CreatedTuesday, April 18,2017 at 3:21 PM
Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) build electrical automation products for the water/wastewater industry that include frequency inverters, power supplies, relays, sensors, telemetry instrumentation, Internet of Thing (IoT) components, servo/motion systems, cameras and video systems, PLCs, embedded controllers, remote I/O, starters, HMIs/operator terminals, PCs, SCADA systems, industrial networking devices, enclosures, cabling and connectivity devices. The brands and models OEMs use depend on end user requirements, applications, costs and personal preference.
Original equipment manufacturers...
OEMs either build a standard product or product line with little variation from customer-to-customer or they leverage a basic product design and customize it to its end users’ specifications. If the water/wastewater end user or contracted engineering firm clearly specifies the brands and models, then that’s what the OEM will use. If the specifications are less rigid emphasizing function, technical specifications and price, the OEMs can often build better, more flexible and less-costly products. There are advantages and disadvantages of both the incumbent model and the best-of-breed or open model.
Incumbent Electrical Controls Components
End users; i.e., water or wastewater plant engineers, IT and operations personnel – often driven by third-party engineering partners – typically specify the controls and instrumentation brands they are most familiar with or currently have installed. OEMs that use the established brands do so because of:
However, on some occasions, the incumbent electrical and controls brands are insufficient for the goals of the end users because:
Best-of-Bred Electrical Controls Components
If the water/wastewater end user or contracted engineering firm does not mandate a specific brand or model, the OEM will build what makes sense. When referring to PLCs, HMIs, PCs and network switches, most OEMs have their favorites. They use components they are comfortable with, whether due to a familiarity with the programming interface, confident with product quality and product availability, or acceptance of the pricing. In a perfect world, OEMs would prefer the flexibility of standardizing on mix of preferred components. This open model gives OEMs the ability to:
Why Should OEMs Consider Alternative Components?
There are a number of benefits OEMs can realize if they leverage a best-of-breed component selection approach to building water/wastewater products:
Why Water/Wastewater OEMs Should Consider Beijer Electronics’ Products?
For over 30 years, Beijer Electronics has designed and manufactured human machine interface (HMI) and industrial networking products for OEMs. Its best-of-breed products include operator panels, industrial panel PCs, automation software, and industrial networking switches, routers and converters. Beijer offers products for most industries but tends to focus on environmentally-challenging industries including water/wastewater, oil/gas, mining, heavy construction, marine, off-shore, transportation and industrial vehicles. The products are design to excel in environments prone to extreme operating and storage temperatures, water, humidity, dust, chemicals, combustion, high vibration, physical shock, and electrical interference. Beijer has shown water/wastewater OEMs that its delivers: