One device – two application scenarios: the SSC Bluetooth® module offers a helping hand to installers

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In the day-to-day work of plumbers and professional installers, the topic of drinking water quality has long had a special status. In both public and private facilities, users are absolutely reliant on the high quality of their drinking water, which in Germany is a guaranteed quality provided by the utility to the service connection. Drinking water installations must therefore be assured of achieving specified normal operation. Thanks to SCHELL, professionals can pick from a range of solutions that provide efficient and economical support for maintaining drinking water quality – even during the construction phase. 

Electronic fittings instead of manual stagnation flushes

To maintain drinking water hygiene on a permanent basis, water in the drinking water installation must be prevented from stagnating in the piping. This is where electronic fittings can be especially helpful, as they trigger stagnation flushes automatically and so help to ensure drinking water quality.

The alternative – manual stagnation flushes – presents facility managers with time-consuming work involving high personnel costs. All of the fittings, sometimes organised into flush groups, need to be opened and then closed again by hand. This is where the professional installer can advise the client, and recommend electronic fittings to reduce operating costs and provide support for maintaining water quality. With electronic fittings, settings can be configured so that the fittings carry out stagnation flushes 24 hours after the last use, for example, or every 24 hours on a routine basis. Read on to discover more about how electronic fittings save time and money.

A helping hand from SCHELL’s Single Control SSC Bluetooth®module

Electronic fittings need to be adjusted individually to ensure that all of their parameters match the conditions on site. Although fairly awkward, this can be done manually at the fitting. A simpler approach is to set parameters with the SCHELL SSC Bluetooth® module. The installer can use the module to adjust the corresponding fitting parameters with their smartphone or tablet plus the free app for iOS and Android. The app developers have been careful to ensure that it is very straightforward to use. The SSC Bluetooth®module can be used as a portable tool – installed temporarily to adjust electronic SCHELL fittings – or installed permanently for adjusting, completing and logging stagnation flushes. The module is therefore a real asset when it comes to maintaining drinking water quality.

The SSC Bluetooth®module – a ‘digital pipe wrench’

When the SSC Bluetooth®module is used as a portable tool, the module is simply and quickly plugged into place between the power supply and the fitting electronics. This makes the SCHELL fitting ‘Bluetooth®-ready’ and the fitting parameters can be individually adjusted. With contactless SCHELL fittings, the sensor range can be adjusted here, for example. Limits can also be set for the follow-up time and the maximum flow time. The SSC Bluetooth®module is also useful if multiple SCHELL fittings of the same type need to be given identical settings. Once the parameters have been adjusted, the app caches these settings so that they can then be transferred quickly and easily to the next paired fitting. Using this feature, an installer commissioned with setting up a sports hall, for example, can set the parameters for all of the fittings back at the office and then apply all of the settings the next day on site. Saving time, effort and stress.

The SSC Bluetooth®module – a ‘fine-tuner’ for fittings

If the module is permanently installed – left in place between the fitting and the power supply – other functions then become available. As one example, stagnation flushes can be scheduled for certain times of day using a flush calendar. This provides facility managers with a key advantage, since stagnation flushes can be carried out automatically and in sync across multiple fittings.

In the space of a week, 32 different stagnation flushes can be scheduled and logged accordingly by the system. All of the data logged can be accessed as a CSV file exported from the app. The app also makes smartphone-based troubleshooting possible. For installers working in the field, another advantage is that the module is ‘ready to go’ as soon as the app has been downloaded – no complicated extra equipment is necessary. Go here to find out more about SCHELL SSC.

Offering an integrated service

Professional installers and plumbers can protect building users by recommending (and then installing) electronic fittings that perform stagnation flushes automatically to achieve the water exchanges required by law. To provide first-class service to facility managers, too, settings on SCHELL fittings can also be adjusted with the SSC Bluetooth®module. The module is also useful for private-sector customers: if a guest toilet or a bathroom the kids used to use is now no longer used as often as needed, electronic SCHELL fittings can have the SSC Bluetooth®module fitted permanently to help maintain drinking water quality.

Usage scenarios for the SSC Bluetooth® module  at a glance:

As a ‘digital pipe wrench’

  • A mobile programming unit for setting fitting parameters
  • All fitting parameters, such as sensor range and flow time, can be adjusted quickly and easily
  • Any settings preconfigured by the installer can be transferred to all fittings of the same type with just one module

As a ‘fine-tuner’ for fittings

  • A mobile programming unit for setting fitting parameters
  • Once installed permanently, the module can also trigger scheduled stagnation flushes
  • A total of 32 different stagnation flushes can be configured in a weekly programme
  • The last 64 stagnation flushes are logged and the log can also be exported