2009 - User Conference - San Francisco
Collect the Data and Make It Pay!
A large electrical power generating plant that produced 30% of the electricity of Las Vegas wanted to improve transformer reliability and increase power output. We designed a PI system that collected data from complex real time hydrogen gas sensors. Within 4 days, the PI system was collecting data from all distribution transformers on this 430K sq ft. plant. Within 30 days, the monitoring system revealed that one transformer was operating abnormally – long before the abnormality caused a power outage. We performed corrective action quickly, prevented a power outage, and repaired the transformer while it remained in service. This talk presents a strategy for quick and inexpensive deployment of Condition Based Maintenance.
Greg Dumas is Chief Technical Officer of DST Controls, which has automated and monitored continuous and discrete process plants for 30 years. Greg's background is information systems engineer; he has 25 years experience in interfacing real time systems to data bases at ROLM, IBM and Siemens. Greg has four patents and five publications. Greg graduated from NYU/Polytechnic Institute of New York.
Andy Gaither is a Plant Staff Engineer for Nevada Energy. Andy directs capital projects for Arrow Valley Generation Complex, which provides 30% of the power for Las Vegas. Andy was selected as one of 15 corporate Continuous Improvement Program Champions. Andy is a Nuclear Power Engineer for the US Navy. Andy graduated from the University of Nevada – Reno with a BS-EE degree, with distinction.