Postings tagged with: management


Charles Fialkowski| Apr 14, 2014

Separation requirements for your BMS at sites with mulitple boilers?

For years, I have always driven for complete seperation and independence for all PLC based burner management systems (BMS) as per my own personal interpetation (per NFPA 85 requirements).  Below is an excerpt from the current NFPA 85 standard.  I'm NOT talking about seperation between the control layer and the safety layer, rather, what to do when your plant has multiple boilers on site?   4.11.7* Requirement for Independence. 4.11.7.1 Except as noted in 4.11.7.2, the burner managementsystem sh ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Feb 11, 2014

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Business transformation: This year's crucial utility challenge (DistribuTECH 2014 video)

In New Brunswick, Canada, a Siemens consulting project is charting a course to transform how utilities do business. There, the Siemens North American Smart Grid Center of Competence has partnered with their local utility, New Brunswick Power, to address industry trends that are challenging the traditional utility business model. The Siemens Smart Grid Compass methodology, a key tool in achieving transformation at NB Power, was showcased at DistribuTECH. Siemens management consultant John Cooper ...

Usman Sindhu| Jan 21, 2014

DistribuTECH 2014 conference is approaching – What are your expectations?

Many utility professionals are getting ready to attend the DistribuTECH conference in San Antonio, Texas next week. This year’s DistribuTECH has a rich list of topics as always to keep us engaged. I’m sure, everyone has an eye on various themes impacting the utility industry in general and your job in particular. This year will be important for utilities to strengthen and reinvent their business models. Here’s a list of themes that I’ll personally be following during DistribuTECH: 1.    How util ...

Usman Sindhu| Nov 15, 2013

How eMeter and Siemens are helping European utilities adapt and thrive

Europe's energy landscape is evolving swiftly -- and, together, Siemens and eMeter are helping European utilities keep up with the changes. Last month, prior to attending European Utility Week 2013, Siemens and eMeter, A Siemens Business, met with our European customers to revisit their priorities and direction. These utilities are working to understand the dynamic regulatory environment as well as their own internal business needs -- challenges faced by all utilities across Europe. They're als ...

Charles Fialkowski| Aug 09, 2013

How to invoke the equivalency clause in NFPA standards

When dealing with a prescriptive standards such as the NFPA 85, NFPA 86 or NFPA 87 standards, there are a number of prescribed requirements that often conflict with using modern performance based equipement (i.e. using an external watchdog timer for a Safety PLC, using hardwired relays,etc). I have challenged these concepts since the start of my career in Industrial automation as I worked for a major manufacturer of combustion equipment and believed there had to be a better way..... All NFPA sta ...

Chris King| May 31, 2013

How utilities can blend the IT/OT silos

Historically in the energy industry, information technology and operational technology have occupied very separate realms -- often for good reasons. But today, utilities can only realize the full benefits of advanced metering and smart grid systems if they join these silos to build more collaborative teams and interoperable systems. At the upcoming Siemens Smart Grid Software Leadership Conference (June 4-6, San Francisco), Larsh Johnson (founder and CTO of eMeter, a Siemens business) will lea ...

Charles Fialkowski| Jan 29, 2013

Safety PLCs used for burner management really don’t care about your furnace or boiler

One of the most confusing issues for those looking to upgrade old burner management systems (BMS) from relay or solid-state control to programmable technology (i.e. PLC) is what kind of information does the designer need to know about your process?  Eventually they’ll need to know all of the important operating parameters about your particular unit (to program it), but in order for them to quote you a price, they’ll be more interested in basic stuff l ...

Your Burner Management system isn't just for burners anymore!

Last week while visiting a plant I noticed the engineer got confused while talking about their automation system(s) that controled the operation of their boiler(s). He kept mentioning 3 uniqe system names, but could only come up with 2 systems.  He insisted they had a burner management, boiler safety and combustion control system, but as we walked down the unit, we only found 2 control cabinets.    As I expected, the burner management and boiler safety were really just one in the ...

Messe Blog Team| Apr 24, 2012

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Energy Efficiency, a factor for success

Earth's resources are becoming ever more scarce. Growing energy costs and increasingly stricter environmental requirements mean that companies have to be more efficient than they have been when it comes to energy. With its products and solutions, Siemens helps them become more energy-efficient and at the same time increase the productivity of their industrial plants. This improves a company's competitiveness regardless of the industry. Siemens tackles these important issues comprehensivel ...

Messe Blog Team| Apr 24, 2012

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Expanded energy management with even greater transparency

Even greater transparency when it comes to energy demand and costs: new versions of the Simatic B.Data energy management software as well as the Simatic powerrate with expanded functionality will soon be available. “Version 5.3 of Simatic B.Data for Windows 7, 64-bit now also has an easy-to-configure energy management dashboard,” explains Markus Karmazin, the Energy Management Product Manager for the Simatic HMI software. “Energy-related performance indicators and informat ...


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