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Monitoring for Motor Reliability and Energy Efficiency with Wireless Power Meters

Posted in Energy, Wireless on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017. No comments yet
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Equipment monitoring plays a large role in a manufacturer’s reliability program. The health of this equipment can also affect energy consumption levels. For motor-driven pumps, fans, compressors, etc., monitoring the electrical energy usage provides an additional indication of equipment health beyond vibration, temperature and other traditional measurements. Emerson’s Matt Austin shared with me a new, […]

Advancing Combustion Control Efficiency

Posted in Energy, Technologies on Monday, October 30th, 2017. No comments yet
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Controlling industrial combustion-based units such as boilers, heaters and furnace has historically relied on the use of fuel-to-air curves. These curves represent the amount of fuel and air required for a given load. In this 4:28 video, Patented Combustion Solution From Emerson Improves Performance, Emerson’s Bob Sabin describes how stoichiometric, math-based control approach from common […]

Accurate Level Measurement for Efficient & Reliable Boiler Performance

Posted in Energy, Level on Thursday, June 1st, 2017. No comments yet
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If you’re unfamiliar with the phrase “heat rate” used in the electrical power generation industry, it means the amount of heat energy in BTUs as input to the turbine generators divided by the amount of electricity generated in kilowatts. Accurate level measurement in the boiler drums and feedwater heaters is critical to optimize efficiency and […]

Impressions from CERAWeek 2017

Posted in Energy, Event on Monday, March 6th, 2017. No comments yet
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CERAWeek is “…the premier annual international gathering of energy industry leaders, experts, government officials and policymakers, leaders from the technology, financial, and industrial communities – and energy technology innovators.” I’ll be here this week in Houston, Texas to bring some of the themes and concerns by those involved in energy. The Twitter hashtag #CERAWeek provides […]

Optimizing Energy Usage in Multi-Fuel Boilers

Posted in Energy on Wednesday, November 16th, 2016. No comments yet
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Steam is a critical part of many process manufacturing processes and the energy to produce it can be a significant source of operational costs. I recently caught up with process automation hall-of-fame member Greg McMillan and Emerson’s Scott Pettigrew at the Emerson Exchange conference here in Austin. Greg and Stan Weiner had recently interviewed Scott […]