Speaker: Alan Ross, SD Myers
Robotics. Artificial Intelligence (AI). Automation. Synaptic Performance Indicators (SPI). Machine Learning (ML). What do all these disciplines have in common, besides, being great buzzwords for the reliability professional to throw around? They all require reliable, quality power and without clean, reliable and quality power, plant operations will experience potential drastic failures in the future.
This presentation will focus on the issue of power quality and power reliability, two distinctively different issues that impact each other, as they both affect sophisticated automation systems. Looking at these issues from a NETA professional’s perspective, we can see that the more we rely on automation to operate plants, the greater the impact of poor power quality and in turn, the greater the impact on the reliability of those plants.
There is rapid and dramatic change affecting the manufacturing world as we fully embrace digitization, automated control systems and Manufacturing 4.0. Globalization, hyper-competition, advanced automation design and the ever-present pressure to produce more at lower costs and higher quality make the job of plant and asset design, operations, maintenance and reliability, more challenging. All these significant changes will greatly affect NETA members and those best prepared will prosper as a result and those who are unprepared may flounder.
Several case studies will be presented that show the connection between operational reliability and power quality when automated systems or assets have been added to plants and what was done to remediate the problems.