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Pennakem Improves Utility Performance & Supports Sustainability Goals

January 9, 2024
The goals of this particular modernization project were to improve the performance of its utilities, while also bolstering the plant’s sustainability footprint. Experitec was additionally challenged with the modernization of the secondary boiler controls and enabling that boiler to run more efficiently and record time, to meet a state mandated inspection deadline.
Experitec, Emerson, & Pennakem Partnered To Get the Secondary Boiler On-Line ‘The First Time’
Experitec, Emerson, & Pennakem Partnered To Get the Secondary Boiler On-Line ‘The First Time’

Pennakem was ecstatic that the boiler lit reliably, and that Emerson’s control logic would allow it to run through its paces. Experitec exceeded all goals! Before they left the first startup, it was running up and down its entire load pattern. This gave Pennakem the confidence that they would be able to run on only its secondary boiler with the assurance that they were not going to trip the plant due to unreliable steam. The fact that it ran so well offered them a level of confidence that they would not need to overstaff the control room, and immediately won the overwhelming approval of their operators.

As we compete in global markets, we have to work smarter and do more to upscale our operations, giving personnel the tools to operate more equipment, efficiently and safely. With a modernized control system at our fingertips, we can troubleshoot it in five minutes. That’s the biggest immediate impact—better, faster, more accurate troubleshooting.” 

—Andrew Wiley, Director of Engineering
“With less than six months of runtime on the new boiler logic and operator interface, we are already experiencing close to a 50% reduction in excess O2, which can be attributed to our operators trusting the improved controls scheme and letting the DeltaV system do its job. This confidence translates into less human intervention, less room for error, and ultimately safer and cleaner operations that add to our company’s overall goals.”
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