29 May

NFPA 85 Committee Welcomes Synergy’s Own as new Principal Subject Expert

Synergy Vice-President, Marc Hunter, has recently become a part of The Committee of NFPA 85 Boiler and Combustion Systems Hazards Code. He is a Principal Subject Expert on the committee and participates in votes that determine the standards of NFPA 85.

“Now, more than ever, our clients are assured they get a compliant solution and a superior level of safety in our control systems and boiler optimization,” said Hunter.

Hunter insist he is just happy to be considered, but the rest of us here at Synergy know the committee is lucky to have his 20 years of automation experience there to guide the committee on votes. His experiences on the committee will undoubtedly further our commitment and expertise in our core values of safety, reliability and efficiency.

NFPA-85 Combustion-systems-hazards-code
Marc Hunter proudly displays his certificate naming him a Principal Subject Expert for the NFPA 85 Committee.

More about NFPA 85 (from http://www.nfpa.org )

Document Scope:

1.1* Scope. This code shall apply to single burner boilers, multiple burner boilers, stokers, and atmospheric fluidized-bed boilers with a fuel input rating of 3.7 MWt (12.5 million Btu/hr) or greater, to pulverized fuel systems, to fired or unfired steam generators used to recover heat from combustion turbines [heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs)], and to other combustion turbine exhaust systems.
1.1.1 This code shall cover design, installation, operation, maintenance, and training.
1.1.2 This code shall cover strength of the structure, operation and maintenance procedures, combustion and draft control equipment, safety interlocks, alarms, trips, and other related controls that are essential to safe equipment operation.
1.1.3 Coordination of the design and operating procedures of the boiler furnace or HRSG system and any flue gas cleanup systems downstream of the post-combustion gas passes shall be required. Such coordination shall include requirements for ensuring a continuous flow path from the combustion air inlet through the stack.
 
24 May

Data vs. Information: a growing Synergy

Synergy Systems Services Include

These days, there is nothing our state-of-the-art technology can’t measure. From the amount of electricity being used per hour in a plant to the amount of product being created within a day, nothing is beyond measurement. While the data we can gather is remarkable, translating it into useful information that can be used at every level in a plant can be difficult.

To this end, we have updated our website to reflect three of our growing services aimed at turning data into information, improving the overall process of the plant and defining the specific information needed in all levels of a plant.

The following services are growing areas of Synergy Systems Inc.

  • Asset Reliability: We imagine a process system with tangible assets that have the ability to collect a variety of data and easily resent it as information relevant to workers in every level of a plant.
  • Business Performance:  Since business performance is often dependent on the human element of a plant and worker’s ability to make fast decisions, we strive to design HMI which takes this human element into consideration. We strive to create HMI that makes it easy to read and react to information about the plant or process.
  • Key Performance Indicators: Key Performance Indicators, also known as KPI, are specific measure of performance chosen by a business in order to maintain progress toward a goal.

These three services together create the most optimized system for safety, reliability and efficiency. Intelligent technology is able to gather enormous amounts of data and present to those at different levels of a plant the specific information they need.

We are proud to be growing our expertise into these areas and furthering our commitment to the creation of safe, reliable and efficient plants.

03 Apr

Safety and the Value of Risk Assessments

The control of combustion elements in a boiler system is similar to controlling an explosion. Within any process system, where specific elements need to maintain their prescribed balance, small miscalculations can be devastating. This is why safety is one of Synergy’s top priorities. While optimization and efficiency are of great importance, none of it matters if a system isn’t safe.

Regular risk assessments and timely inspections are essential in order to maintain plant safety. The illusion of a safe environment is often created by the fact that no harmful incident has happened. The time to consider a risk assessment is not after an employee or system has been severely injured, but before.

Like every other area of a plant, safety can be optimized for the greatest efficiency. Synergy’s safety measures, including our PLC systems and valve trains, have redundant controls to make sure that processes in a plant continue to operate optimally, even in the event that one small part malfunctions. In addition, we have perfected safety optimization to dramatically reduce nuisance trips.

The highest standard of safety is essential in a workplace to ensure the well-being of employees and equipment. That doesn’t mean you have to pay the highest price. Our combustion and engineering experts would be happy to perform an assessment of your plant and provide you with custom, optimized solutions for your safety, budget and goals.