The Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa, Inc., mill can produce more than 1.2 million tons of steel per year. Producing this amount of steel requires large amounts of water which it gets either from Lake Tuscaloosa or if required, via the local municipality which costs a lot more. This distribution system's water meters are monitored by transmitters that communicate their measurement values via WirelessHART monitoring consumption and point of use throughout the facility. This information allows engineers to conserve water, optimize the process, and provide leak detection alarming/alerting reducing the need for higher priced water.
WirelessHART technology helped Nucor realize benefits and savings throughout plant operations: