Entergy, Dynegy Midwest using SmartSignal's asset software

Lisle, IL—SmartSignal Corp. announced Dec. 3 that both Entergy and Dynegy are using SmartSignal's Equipment Condition Monitoring (eCM) software to examine the health and performance of key assets.


Lisle, IL— SmartSignal Corp. lant equipment.

SmartSignal's eCM software turns sensor data into equipment performance insights, giving companies advanced early warning of abnormal machine and process behavior that can lead to failure. These early warnings enable power generators to reduce maintenance spending, improve generation availability and increase return-on-assets.

'We're pleased to provide asset health monitoring of mission-critical assets for these important new clients,' says Gary Conkright, SmartSignal's ceo. 'We estimate that a 600-megawatt plant using SmartSignal technology can save $1 million annually and significantly increase return on assets.'

Diverse applications
Entergy is using eCM in a pilot project to monitor selected equipment at the five-unit, 1,600-MW, gas-fired Ninemile plant near New Orleans, LA. SmartSignal eCM will be integrated into Entergy's Performance Monitoring & Diagnostics Center (Woodlands, TX) for central monitoring of critical assets.

Meanwhile, Dynegy Midwest Generation is evaluating SmartSignal for use at its three-unit, 1,800-MW Baldwin Energy Complex (Baldwin, IL). 'SmartSignal has the potential to give us important insight into our equipment operations,' says Rich Eimer, Dynegy Midwest's senior vp. 'Moreover, eCM's ability to monitor a wide range of critical equipment, from boiler feedwater pumps to electrostatic precipitators, across operating modes, was an important factor in its being selected for the pilot.'

Three-week installation
Brad True, gm of SmartSignal's Power, Energy & Process division, adds that, 'I'm particularly pleased with the quick, smooth deployment at the Baldwin Plant. The team had eCM installed, including three new applications, within three weeks of receiving the purchase order.'

Control Engineering Daily New Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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