IntelliSAW Announces Pilot Installation at Companhia Brasileira de Aluminio in Brazil
- Published: Monday, 02 July 2012 03:24
Andover, MA, US - IntelliSAW, a leading provider of next generation wireless sensor systems for smart grid applications is pleased to announce that it has successfully implemented a multi-system pilot network of its wireless temperature monitoring technology in electrical power assets at the Brazilian aluminum plant of Companhia Brasileira de Aluminio ("CBA").
This pilot is part of a strategic initiative by CBA to implement continuous thermal monitoring of its critical electric power assets. There are over twelve thousand points in the plants electric power system requiring temperature monitoring -these are currently monitored through manual thermography methods. Implementing a continuous monitoring solution will allow for real-time visibility into the plants electric power service health while additionally providing a reduction in existing preventative maintenance programme costs. Following a successful pilot CBA will move toward formal approval of the system and its implementation at this plant.
Rodson Mendes Cardosa, Manager of Operations and Maintenance at the Aluminio plant commented, "The reliable, uninterrupted supply of electric power to our aluminum production operation is essential to our ability to meet production demands and to ensure the quality of our product. We have been looking for a way to advance our electric power monitoring program, which currently is done via manual thermography, to one where we have a continuous view in to asset condition. The implementation of IntelliSAW's system provides for real-time data allowing us to be more proactive in addressing potential issues, whereas current monitoring methodology only affords us a look at these assets on a once-a-month basis."
Tom Cunneen, CEO of IntelliSAW, commented, "We are very pleased to have the opportunity to showcase our technology at a major industrial company like CBA. The challenges of this environment have served to further advance our overall system performance and we are looking forward to a wide scope deployment of our systems throughout this plant."
About Companhia Brasileira de Aluminio ("CBA")
With over 60 years of operation CBA has averaged 10% annual growth and is the second largest Brazilian metal producer with 400 thousand tons/year of primary aluminum. Positioned among the largest global companies in the industry, it is the largest plant in the world operating totally in a vertical way, producing at this one location a range of products, including; bauxite processing to the manufacture of products (ingots, dowels, beams, plates, coils, panes, sheets, profiles, tiles and cables). Among CBA's business differentiators is their self-generation of electric power, one of the main and most expensive raw materials used in the manufacturing of aluminum. At least 60% of the electric power it consumes is produced through its 18 hydroelectric power plants, while the world average in the industry is 28%.
IntelliSAW, a trading division of Transense Technologies plc (AIM: TRT.L), develops and markets patent protected wireless, passive surface acoustic wave (SAW) based sensing systems targeted at challenging industrial applications. Its IS485 family of products provides temperature monitoring of critical electric power switchgear equipment in Smart Grid applications.
IntelliSAW's proprietary solution is wireless and does not require any power to the sensors, affording ease of installation and system commissioning while avoiding introducing any arcing or flashover concerns. Moreover the IntelliSAW system outputs data directly onto existing communication networks using standard protocols, allowing for instantaneous monitoring and control.
The IS485 platform brings an advanced feature set as compared to legacy solutions on the market today, including twelve independent sensor frequencies and four antenna connections per reader which combined allow for up to 48 sensors per system. Further innovative advances in interrogation protocols, differential sensor topology, and microcontroller architecture serve to resolve a number of known issues with existing solutions including sensor drop-out, challenging system set-up processes, positional dependence of sensor calibration, and non-compliance to high voltage application environments.
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Thomas Cunneen, Chief Executive