Monitoring Energy Consumption at Universities and Colleges

4.12.21

How JMI can help Manage Energy Costs in Colleges and Universities

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Monitoring Energy Consumption at Universities and Colleges

Universities and colleges spend an average of 18 cents per square foot on natural gas and $1.10 per square foot on electricity every year. Lighting accounts for about 31 percent of the annual utility bill, while heating and cooling account for about 28 percent. Heating water is the third largest expense, comprising about 25 percent of a university's yearly utility payments. Reducing utility bills through sound energy management is a major priority for most universities.

Energy management is particularly challenging for universities due to the large number of buildings, including dormitories, which have different energy requirements and different ways of consuming energy. And while managing the energy use in so many buildings is difficult, staying within the often-tight facility budget is even harder, requiring the awareness and cooperation of thousands of faculty, staff and students. JMI can help with measurement and control of chilled water and steam utilities throughout the campus. 

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Control steam flow with greater dynamics.

Shubert & Salzer’s Sliding gate control valve ensure The level of quality attainable in controlling a steam plant is heavily dependent on the dynamic characteristics of the total system comprising the control element, actuator and controller. The control parameters for sliding gate valves relating to dynamic behavior are clearly superior to those for conventional control valves. As a result, the highly responsive dynamics not only improve the control quality but also form the basis for control circuits with very short reaction times. This has proved to be the key factor in steam savings of up to 30 %. Current comparisons of steam plant operators show that savings of this magnitude are attainable only by installing a sliding gate valve in place of a traditional control valve.

Read this application note on Shubert & Salzer,  The sliding gate valve reins in costs for steam systems
The sliding gate valve reins in costs for steam systems

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You can’t manage what you don’t measure! 

Many universities have gone through an evolution of trying to meter thermal energy consumption throughout their campus. The success of these ventures can be elusive when the meter chosen for the job doesn’t live up to expectations. Examples include insertion meters that over time will foul and meters that cannot respond to low velocities that are prevalent during off-peak metering. FLEXIM’s Thermal Energy / BTU Flow Meter is Trusted by 150+ Universities. FLEXIM’s Thermal Energy / BTU Flow Meter is the premier offering in the market today. FLEXIM ultrasonic clamp-on meters do not require shutdown and are very cost effective to install. In fact, clamp-on ultrasonic meters have been doing the job of BTU-metering for decades. FLEXIM’s thermal energy meters support your efforts towards more energy efficient buildings and facilities. More than 150 colleges and universities throughout the country have trusted FLEXIM as their preferred vendor for thermal energy meters. Every university we deal with will attest to FLEXIM’s performance, reliability and support.

Read more about how more than 150 colleges and universities throughout the country have trusted FLEXIM as their preferred vendor for thermal energy meters.
How Thermal Energy Meters Reduce Costs at University Campuses

 

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Time is a true measurement of success.

3.01.21

8 Years later, this Midwest gas company has never needed any zero or span adjustment.

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"We haven't had to calibrate or re-zero any of the new Yokogawa transmitters. We check the zero and span calibration with our calibrator and every single transmitter is within spec, the process of calibration stops when the transmitter is within spec and we can move on to the next."

Natural gas is arguably the most important deliverable utility in certain regions of the country. Rain, snow, polar vortex, or sunshine, natural gas is necessary to heat our homes, cook our food, and keep our businesses operating. There is little tolerance for operational mishaps or down service.

A local Midwest gas company operates gas storage, gas transmission, and tap stations across the Chicagoland area with hundreds of pressure measurement points all throughout the process. Pressure measurement is critical for monitoring and controlling various processes from extraction to customer delivery. With so many critical pressure measurement points to maintain and calibrate, these I&E technicians are extremely busy performing regular zero and span adjustments and calibrations 2-3 times a year on hundreds of transmitters while also maintaining other critical process equipment. Experience and history has shown this company that the pressure transmitters they were using tended to drift with changing climates and/or over pressure events normal for gas transmission throughout the seasons. For example, transmitters that were calibrated and zero adjusted in January needed to be re adjusted in May when the weather got a little warmer and then again in November when the weather got colder. Also, whenever a normal over pressure event occurred, they would deploy an instrument technician to re zero and calibrate the transmitter. All of this activity to maintain proper pressure measurements coupled with other routine equipment maintenance was perceived as normal operating procedures and had been the way of life for almost 25 years. When approached with active digital sensor pressure transmitter technology available exclusively from Yokogawa, the promise of drift free operation in all real world conditions offered a solution to a problem they didn't even know they had. Some test units were installed in various applications throughout their operations and a close eye was kept on performance for 1 year through all 4 seasons. The active digital sensor technology performed extremely well without any change in zero or span stability through a frigid winter and scorching summer transition. Hundreds of transmitters were installed throughout the region to take advantage of this technology in the operations.

Soon after installing hundreds of transmitters, this local Midwest gas company noticed that their I&E technicians were spending 75% LESS time on their instrument calibration routes! One technician reported; "We haven't had to calibrate or re-zero any of the new Yokogawa transmitters. We check the zero and span calibration with our calibrator and every single transmitter is within spec, the process of calibration stops when the transmitter is within spec and we can move on to the next." This tremendous saving of time not only helped the technicians complete their transmitter checks quicker, but also allowed larger time-consuming projects to be completed within or ahead of schedule as the time historically spent on calibrations could be spent achieving operations upgrades and optimization. 8 years later, the same active digital pressure transmitters installed all throughout the area are still in service and still have never needed any zero or span adjustment.

Overall, the entire operational procedure for this company had changed and become more efficient, profitable, and safer, all because they fixed a problem they didn't know they had.

Want to know why? Check out the video on the DPharp sensor technology below, another Yokogawa innovation.

LIQUID LEVEL MEASUREMENT WHITE PAPER

PERFORMANCE UNDER PRESSURE-DP TRANSMITTER TECHNICAL NOTE

PRESSURE HANDBOOK A BASIC GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING PRESSURE

PRESSURE MEASUREMENT PRODUCTS

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Is your CIP system costing you money?

2.15.21

For all CIP systems, the key component to minimize costs, waste, and water usage is the conductivity meter.

CombiLyz®
Conductivity Analyzers that save you money.


Why Baumer for your CIP process?

  • Reduce CIP operation costs: Efficient chemical utilization leads to greater productivity
  • Food Safety: Optimize cleaning process control and process safety with smart sensors
  • Support from an experienced partner: Local stock and technical expertise to help you start saving
  • Simplify CIP System: Easy sensor configuration and a variety of process connection

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The CombiLyz® is a conductivity transmitter used to analyze and differentiate liquid media. It provides either the direct measured conductivity or the calculated concentration value. Additionally the measured temperature is also available as output. Due to its hygienic and robust design it meets the highest industrial standards. For all CIP systems, the key component to minimize costs, waste, and water usage is the conductivity meter.

JMI TV episode: Baumer Analytical
What conductivity product has the fastest thermal response time on the market, has IO link, 3A, and all the approvals that you might need for the Food and Beverage and Chemical industries? Watch this episode of JMI TV where we talk with Kyle Lake from Baumer about the CombLyz all in one conductivity measurement system and how it can improve your CIP system.

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Do not waste anything...How sensors help the food industry save water and costs.
Intelligent technology is where we can help manage these challenges, especially when it comes to optimizing efficiency and resource utilization.

Read this Technical Report on how sensors help the food industry save water and costs:
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CIP Conductivity Meter Saves $500,000 For busy Food and Beverage Processing Plant
A well-designed CIP program minimizes downtime, improves safety and product quality, and imposes the lowest impact possible on the environment by minimizing waste.

Read about how Baumer’s high sensitivity CombiLyz conductivity sensor is designed specifically for CIP systems used in food and beverage processing.  

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Baumer conductivity sensor helps save 100,000 liters of water daily.
Read this Technical report on how this dairy manufacturer launched an optimization process for its CIP procedure to lower the consumption of water and cleaning agents

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Want to know your cost savings? Download the Baumer Savings calculator.

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New Compensating Capillaries for Reliable Level Measurement despite changing ambient or process temperatures.

2.08.21

Overcome the challenges of measuring the quantity of chemicals in your outdoor storage tanks.

Welcome to the Midwest. Ambient temperature can swing as much as 30 degrees in a matter of hours. The incorrect level measurement due to changes in ambient or process temperature could cause tanks to overflow -leading to safety hazards, lost product, inventory control issues, and possible contamination risks. 
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This case study shows how the Yokogawa EJXC80A Diaphragm Seal System overcomes the challenges of changing temperatures while measuring your outdoor storage tank levels.  Learn how these measurements can now be safely and accurately implemented using an innovative diaphragm seal system made for Midwest conditions.

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Differential Pressure Level Solutions 

Overcome Temperature Effects for DP Level




No configuration needed

12.07.20

Finally!! Universal level measurement for ALL media!

FAST and easy level detection without setup


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The new CleverLevel PL20 level switches do not require configuration for your point level application!

The new generation of Industry 4.0 level switches automatically adapt their frequency sweep technology to reliably detect ANY media it sees. This saves setup time while ensuring high process safety. Regardless of liquids, oils, sticky, or granular pastes – the CleverLevel PL20 recognizes them reliably.


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The clever alternative to vibrating forks

With the latest generation of the CleverLevel level switches, Baumer offers an excellent solution for applications in the process industry, from media detection in pipes to reliable overfill protection of tanks or leakage detection. The CleverLevel PL20 is the universal level switch for all media. In case of adhesive materials, the CleverLevel continues to automatically adjust the switching level without the need for any configuration. With its compact design and very short immersion length compared to a vibrating fork, the sensor is very flexible to install, minimally invasive in the process, and easy to clean.


 




Level of what?

With the different trigger modes available, you can now detect the high or low level of product, foam, and separation layer of liquids with a single switch.  Thanks to an optional 4 .. 20 mA analog output signal, this technology can also differentiate the media in the process so you can tell if a tank contains product or cleaning solution. The IO-link interface supports both continuous communication for control and simple commissioning of the sensor.



 

can your facility save time and money?  join us on dec 11th for a quick 15 minute DISCUSSION to find out.


Extend Gas detector calibrations to 24 months!

11.19.20

TruCal sensors check the sensor’s integrity 4x/day and auto-corrects for drift.

Are you tired of calibrating your  H2S or CO gas sensors every 3-6 months? What if it was possible to extend calibration intervals to 24 months, freeing up valuable resources to be used elsewhere (not to mention the amount saved on calibration gas). That reality is here with MSA’s XCell TruCal Diffusion Supervision Sensors.



These patented sensors will do the hard work for you. TruCal sensors check the sensor’s integrity 4x/day and auto-corrects for drift. Diffusion supervision adds another element by warning if the sensor inlet becomes blocked. These combined features allow us to confidently extend the calibration period from 18 to 24 months. Please note, this extension is only available on TruCal sensors with Diffusion Supervision.

The Ultima® X5000 and General Monitors S5000 manuals, literature, and webpages have been updated to reference the 24-month interval. Look for more information on this differentiating technology in the coming months.

Free educational webinar on compressed air monitoring strategies

5.26.20

Air leaks are common and difficult to find. This webinar offers...

Welcome to Industry Insights. Answers to real-world problems, direct from the manufacturer.


This Weeks' Spotlight: Compressed Air!


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DATE: Thursday, May 28, 2020
TIME: 1:00pm EST / 10:00am PST


What's This About?

Industrial facilities use compressed air as a way of storing and transmitting energy. It is so widely used that it is often referred to as the “Fourth Utility”. It is versatile and safer to use than other technologies. Plants use compressed air for many purposes: pneumatic tools, process actuation, blanketing, purge gas, cooling, and more.

Air leaks are common and difficult to find. This webinar offers insight into where flow meters offer value, how to use sub-metering with flow meters as a method to locate leaks, how to calculate losses, and how to gain ROI for the purchase of flow meters to improve the efficiency of compressed air systems in industrial plants.

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White Paper Alert! Hydrogen Detection in oil refineries

5.14.20

Scale and growth of hydrogen demand raise fundamental questions concerning safe hydrogen use.

MSA White Paper

In this paper, we provide a practical approach for deployment of fire and gas detectors that maximize detection efficiency. This approach is based upon the notion that any single detection technique cannot respond to all hazardous events and consequently, risk of detection failure is reduced by deploying devices that offer different strengths and limitations.

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