GE Power has announced that it has been selected by Alco Bio Fuel to deploy its Predix-based Asset Performance Management (APM) solution to future-proof the company’s biorefinery’s power-generation unit’s refinery field operations.
The service contract will last for 10 years. GE will also be responsible for providing on-site service support.
When an electric rotating machine (ERM), such as the generator in the power-generation unit, fails, the consequence can be significant. GE’s APM solution, powered by Predix, connects, monitors and provides predictive analytics to the generator inside the plant. When deployed, it will collect data from electric sensors built into the generator asset.
The APM application analyses streams of data with key intelligence about the health and performance of the generator asset while searching for signs of mechanical or electrical anomalies, which may lead to potential failure or inefficiency. These insights can, in turn, help operators to fine-tune parameters of the generator to improve its performance. It will also allow operators to solve potential problems before they occur, reducing costly unplanned downtime, mitigating risk and improving productivity. The data-driven operation method will also enable predictive maintenance, which means fixing machines before failures arise, without wasting time servicing them on a fixed schedule, and it will reduce excessive maintenance costs.
“The need for production efficiency has opened up new opportunities to use digital technologies to accelerate field automation and improve plant productivity. Enabling this shift to data-based intelligence to reap additional value should be the focused strategy for companies to sustain their competitiveness. We are pleased to work with Alco Bio Fuel to digitally transform their way of operations,” said Azeez Mohammed, President and CEO, GE’s Power Conversion business.
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