For many environmental engineers working with dust collection equipment can be a challenge. While many other industries seem to have moved forward with advancing technology, dust collectors often seem to be stuck in the past with regards to recording and reporting of particulate monitoring data. Manually collecting data sets from various monitoring sources can take much effort and even more work is required to compile them into one unified report.How can environmental engineers improve the current process of collecting and disseminating emissions data at their facility? Continuous parametric monitoring software (CPMS) can make a big difference.
Ineffective Data Collection Equals Tedious and Time Wasteful Reporting
In many facilities, gathering the required data for an emissions report can involve several separate data collection tasks. Collecting differential pressure readings from individual dust collectors often involves physically taking a reading from a magnehelic gauge located on each unit and then recording it on paper. Then emissions data might be culled from an opacity meter or other emissions monitoring device. Depending on the application and air permit, the engineer might also need to record temperature, differential pressure (DP) and airflow readings for each system. Then they must combine all these disparate data sets (think lots of clipboards and spreadsheets) into a coherent storage format (ideally more than a file cabinet full of clipboard reports) which includes transcribing lots of data and saving it in a way that's easily accessed and backed up. That's all before it's even distilled into a report for submission to their regulating authority.
Obviously, this process required extensive time and effort from the environmental personnel, time much better spent supervising operations and improving system processes at the plant. It also is prone to human error with multiple data sources being compiled from field measurements, and then even in the best of cases, typically lots of cutting and pasting of data from spreadsheets.
TRIBO.vision Unifies Emissions Data Collection and Dissemination
Rather than require manual collection of disparate data sets from individual systems, engineers can now leverage continuous parametric monitoring software, like Auburn's Tribo.vision, to assist.
Using user-defined configurations, the TRIBO.vision system automatically collects and processes various data sets into one unified database for easy review and reporting. TRIBO.vision also can centralize data collection and recording of other data sets required by the facility’s air permit such as differential pressure, process temperature, airflow readings, fan amps, and more. This means that all the data required for compliance reporting gets collected and recorded into one central location while incorporating dynamic and interactive features. (Of course this can also centralize monitoring, alarms and other operational functions for speedy and efficient response.)
This not only helps environmental officers with their reporting duties, but also equips operators and managers with the data they need to make informed decisions regarding operations and maintenance. Emissions levels (as reported accurately by a triboelectric detection system) and differential pressure are the two key data sets needed for proper operation of a dust collection system. When it becomes cumbersome for technicians to manually take these readings, or even when they are submitted to a PLC, but they are not unified with emissions data and other relevant data sets, it becomes difficult for personnel to have the quick access they need to carry out the decision making process effectively. And realistically we all know that if it's cumbersome, it probably won't be done quite as often as it should. By making use of TRIBO.vision software, all plant personnel can have quick access to all the unified data they need.
Unify Your Data Collection Process with TRIBO.vision Software
Now is the time to improve your data management with continuous parametric monitoring software. As budgets get tighter, and reporting requirements get stricter, facilities that fail to optimize their compliance reporting processes will fall behind. So why not consider the potential benefits of using Auburn’s TRIBO.vision software in your facility? Contact us today for a free consultation!