How Software and Networking Can Help You Streamline MACT Reporting

Posted by Earl Parker on Nov 20, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Revolutionize your emissions reporting with innovative new software.Changes in air quality control and emissions reporting standards have lead to larger environmental compliance burdens for countless industries; from cement and steel production to pharmaceuticals and chemicals, today’s regulations require more advanced and efficient reporting systems.

Triboelectric dust collection monitoring instruments help engineers and manufacturers meet compliance standards but reporting remains time consuming.  MACT (Maximum Achievable Control Technology) and similar regulations from the EPA and local state governments require a robust set of tools to reduce the labor involved in regular reporting.

But the good news is there's a solution - an approach to monitoring and reporting which reduces the demand on engineering and maintenance for routine reporting.

Intelligent Monitoring - One Approach…Many Elements

MACT reporting can be done the old way - with clipboards, files full of log sheets, excel spreadsheets and lots of cutting and pasting.  Or it can be simplified and streamlined using an integrated approach built on current technology.

One of the traditional complications with monitoring and reportings is the collection and collation of isolated and remote data sources. This information is crucial to meeting compliance requirements, but a frustration to manually log, compile and report. Networked detection and monitoring devices can be arranged to provide continuous monitoring of emissions monitoring as well as parametric data sets.

There’s a decent chance that, if you still have older factory automation software installed in your facility, those solutions only report on production and process control issues. Emissions monitoring software go beyond basic data logging, and can provide full environmental reporting on their own, at the push of a button.

However, these integrated solutions offer value beyond just meeting compliance and environmental requirements, as many engineers are quick to learn upon installation. In fact, the innovative reporting systems can simplify all facets of MACT reporting in an operation, by condensing facility-wide monitoring systems under one committed application.

Aside from triboelectric dust collector reporting, these monitoring software tools are capable of reporting on emissions fluctuations or air quality irregularities in a facility’s:

  • Temperature
  • Fan amps
  • Differential pressure
  • Ancillary manufacturing activities
  • Bin level

Parametric data collection integrated with leak detection devices eliminates manual tracking and configuration of emissions data, and automates the reporting process. No longer must engineers and emissions equipment maintenance staff spend long, tedious hours compiling air quality data logs themselves; today’s powerful software tools do this automatically, which is why integrating these solutions is one of the surest ways a business can both improve its compliance with MACT and other air standards, as well as generate high savings potential in areas previously not considered.

Automated Data Applications in Any Industry

With emissions data reporting unified under one software system, engineers can see significant improvements in other compliance tasks almost immediately. These tools completely automate event alarms and the management of these events, as well as historical event data retrieval, providing substantial labor savings.  In a sense they let engineers get back to the task at hand by reducing time spent on tedious administration.

These tools can even be configured with custom settings and multiple alarm levels to provide early warning, and predictive maintenance alerts.  They may even be integrated with existing monitoring equipment. By shifting from a mindset of checking multiple individual points - to a view of holistic monitoring and data logging, companies move to an intelligent monitoring 2.0 mode.

As for fiscally justifying these software systems, the positive numbers behind integrated monitoring investments are just as clear as the emissions data they provide.

Since these tools eliminate tedious data capturing and compile all data sources through one powerful system, they can bring facilities significant boosts in efficiency, empowering maintenance staff to focus on optimizing operations. Generally solutions like this can be implemented without any impact on existing air permits.

There's more to it than just labor savings. Once installed, users can expect to see real-time, instantaneous data trending information, multi-tiered data exchanges with other common manufacturing software tools, and fully configurable reporting and processing alarms.

Best of all, there’s no special training or knowledge required to use these monitoring systems; they don’t take a skilled computer programmer to run, as they automate most of the tedious, micromanagement tasks and incorporate multiple alarms and alerts for early and remedial tweaks.

The best monitoring devices, installed as islands of observation, are a compliance solution. But integrated they are a business efficiency solution.  If the opportunity is there to both boost your facility’s efficiency and stop wasteful spending with innovative monitoring and reporting solutions, it’s always worth the investment.

To learn more about how powerful tools can change how your company handles MACT reporting and collector monitoring forever, download our free eBook, a Guide to Intelligent Monitoring.

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Topics: MACT Reporting