Case Study: Alaco Dam Control Solution

ICOEM S.r.l. is a family owned system integrator, operating within plant engineering since 1975. Their core business consists of the design, assembly, construction and maintenance of technological systems and equipment, industrial automation systems and building automation.

IMO Automazione in Italy were approached by ICOEM S.r.l. to assist in providing a solution for the Alaco Dam located in Calabria, southern Italy. The dam, which was completed in 2004, was still using the original parts and components fitted at the time of it’s construction, but was starting to experience control issues with the water valves at the bottom of the dam wall.

An overhaul of the control system was required for greater reliability and efficiency. Working with ICOEM S.r.l., we recommended the i3AX intelligent controller to work in conjunction with the iView Advanced HMI. The i3AX was installed directly with close proximity to the lower valves, with the iView located in a control panel in a separate control room, connected over ethernet. The dam utilises a connected PC in order to store all historical information including positioning alarms.

Working closely with ICOEM S.r.l. we were able to establish exactly what the issues were, and then run a series of tests and emulations with the i3AX and iView in order to reach the perfect solution.


"We have over 40 years experience in electric plant engineering, and have been using IMO products for the last 15 years. We have found IMO Automazione to be knowledgeable and helpful, and we worked very closely with them in order to provide the best possible solution for the end user. This particular project was not only completed ahead of schedule, but was done so in the most efficient and cost effective way. This has given us the competitive edge needed to succeed.".
Lead Project Engineer, ICOEM S.r.l.

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