MASAR Technologies, Inc.

- Version 7.52 - Real-Time Monitoring & Optimization of Membrane Desalination System Operation & Performance Software



SMART (Silent Membrane Alarm in Real Time) technology, the basis for the MASAR® software is an innovative and reliable software application system that detects and monitors the performance and fouling development of all Reverse Osmosis (RO) and Nanofiltration (NF) as well as Ultrafiltration (UF) and Microfiltration (MF) membrane systems of brackish and seawater water purification plants. MASAR minimizes your total cost of water like no other system in the world. It is NOT another normalization program.

This is why:
MASAR calculates and displays a unique membrane system fouling indicator, developed by MASAR Technologies, Inc., called the Fouling Monitor (FM), which is the difference in normalized product flows calculated using the standard ASTM D 4516-00 method as well as the MASAR modified method. 

Monitoring the FM allows users to continuously check the operational and performance status of the membrane system and detect the development of any membrane fouling, scaling or deterioration trends long before adverse symptoms become significant and visible at the plant, resulting in irreversible loss in performance characteristics. 

This translates into significant reduction in energy and chemicals consumption rates, plant downtime, maintenance and operating costs while assuring that plant produces the design quantity and quality of water with maximum plant operational efficiency and availability. 

Main System Functionality: 
MASAR system works for all RO/NF/UF/MF plants operating with any feed water source (brackish, high brackish, wastewater and seawater), any brine-staging (1-3 stages), any membrane type (spiral, hollow-fine-fiber, flat), material (polyamide, CA), manufacture and configuration (accepts different number of membrane cartridges per pressure vessel for every operating point if applicable). MASAR Plus, a specially-designed version of the software system, handles double -pass product-staging applications especially for dirty source waters or ultra-pure applications. 

MASAR does not require the collection of any additional operating data other than is normally collected in the plant. The system operates on-line; it does not require any system shutdown or maintenance.

1. Data Entry/Edit: 
a.Train/Skid Design Parameters 
b. Standard and Operating Units 
c. Standard Conditions, System Operating Data. 

2. Operating History Summary Displays & Graphs: 
Feed Salinity, Temperature, Pressure, System Conversion, Product Flow, Salinity & Membrane Bundle Pressure Drop Profiles. 

3. Fouling Monitoring Status Alert: SilentAlarm:
Interpretation of Average FM and Recommendations for Action. 

4. Fouling Monitoring Results Summary Displays:
a. Fouling Monitor(FM) (per data point and overall average) , 
b. ASTM & MASAR Normalized Product Flows 
c. ASTM & MASAR Normalized Salt Passages. 

5.Performance Monitoring Graphs (View/Print): 
a. Fouling Monitor (FM) 
b. ASTM & MASAR Normalized Product Flux Declines 
c. ASTM & MASAR Salt Passages 
d. ASTM & MASAR Product Salinities 

6. Plant Operation & Performance Reports (View/Print): 
a. Plant and Train/Skid Design Parameters & Units 
b. Standard Conditions, Operating History & Performance Status Summary 

7. Other Features 
a. User-friendly, point-and-click MSWindows-compatible software system. 
b. Manual or automatic operating data logging (database compatible with automation via data acquisition systems). 
c.Data selection, display, editing, plotting & reporting & by train/skid, stage/overall & operating hour range. 
d.Detection of unreliable, questionable or erroneously entered data that do not match system reality. 
e. Operating and design data backup and recovery option in case of software or computer malfunction. 
f.User-defined password selection for authorized access to the software. 
g.Customization options for system functionality, data display and report/graph output. 
h.Plant historical data conversion and transfer from any membrane manufacturer’s normalization program, any database or spreadsheet format. Data

The following are operating and design data parameters utilized by the Membrane Alarm System and Automated Reporter, MASAR. Each record data set must contain at least the parameters listed under Required Data, in order for MASAR's database and operating system to produce the desired output and for all system features to function properly. The required parameters are the same as required by the industry-standard normalization technique (ASTM D 4516 Method - Standard Practice for Standardizing Reverse Osmosis Performance Data), which is the basis for all normalization programs available mainly from the membrane manufacturers (see footnote below). Also required is a set of train/stage design projection data (all parameters listed under I. Required Parameters plus the projected product flow and salinity). These will be used as the basis for normalization of data (i.e. Standard Conditions); they should represent the average actual current conditions as much as possible, according to ASTM D 4516. The following parameters apply to all membrane processes: Reverse Osmosis (RO), Nanofiltration (NF), Ultrafiltration (UF) and Microfiltration (MF), except as noted. List of Data Requirements

I. Required Parameters

  1. Train or Skid Name, Number or ID.
  2. Stage Number (1,2 or 3).
  3. Date Data Set Collected.
  4. Operating Hour (total operating time excluding membrane system shutdowns).
  5. Feed Temperature (first stage input only).
  6. Feed Salinity or Electric Conductivity - RO & NF only (first stage input only).
  7. Feed Pressure (input to each stage).
  8. Membrane Pressure Drop (feed pressure minus brine pressure directly across the average pressure vessel in each stage)
  9. Product Pressure (output from each stage) if available- final value is adequate.
  10. Final Reject or Brine Flow (output from the last stage)
  11. Product Flow (output from each stage)
  12. Product Salinity or Electric Conductivity - RO & NF only (first stage input only).
  13. No. of Pressure Vessels On-line (per stage)
  14. No. of Membrane Cartridges per Pressure Vessel On-line (per stage)

II. Optional Parameters

  • Turbidity 'NTU' (Membrane system feed)
  • Silt Density Index 'SDI' (Membrane system feed)
  • Micron Filter Pressure Drop (Membrane system feed line)
  • RO Feed pH (Membrane system or common acidified feed line)
  • Redox Potential or ORP reading (Membrane system or common feed line)
  • Chlorine Residual (Membrane system or common feed line)

Custom Features
Customization options such as data input/output, screen displays, custom reports and graphs are available upon request.

Data Transfer/Evaluation
Your plant operating data, previously entered in any MSExcel spreadsheet, or MSAccess, dBase or other database file format (including data files from any membrane manufacturer's normalization program such as NormPac, NormPro, RODATA, ROSA, etc.), can be accepted and evaluated by MASAR so that your plant's full operating and performance history can be available, and you continue to enter new data into the system without interruptions or loss (custom option with licensing).

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