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SPX Cooling Technologies Announces Industry-Leading ClearSky® Plume Abatement Technology

Patented ClearSky technology conserves water and improves cooling tower aesthetics

Overland Park, KS SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc., a full-line-full-service industry leader in the design and manufacture of cooling towers and air-cooled heat exchangers, announces that its leading-edge ClearSky plume abatement technology improves cooling tower efficiency, conserves water, and reduces unwanted water vapor plumes when integrated with Marley® field-erected counterflow cooling towers. ClearSky is advantageous for use in many cooling tower installations, including urban environments, airports, hospitals, data centers and power generation plants. Both new and existing cooling towers can reduce visible plume utilizing ClearSky technology.

ClearSky is a fully integrated system that operates more reliably and efficiently than coil-based systems, which are prone to plugging and are more maintenance-intensive. ClearSky instead uses a series of PVC heat exchanger modules in the tower plenum to condense the moisture in ambient air before it exits the tower, thereby reducing the visible plume.

With ClearSky, it is possible to achieve water savings of up to 30%. Instead of water vapor being released into the air, it is reclaimed and used in the cooling tower system. In applications like power plants, where water consumption for cooling is high, this can provide major cost savings and strong return on investment (ROI).

Plume from a cooling tower can pose issues relating to visibility and safety, especially in locations where visibility is critical such as near highways or airport runways, as well as public perception. By reducing or eliminating the presence of this vapor plume, safety, aesthetics and community relations are improved.

For more information and to watch a video about the ClearSky technology, visit http://spxcooling.com/products/marley-clearsky-plume-abatement.

About SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc.:

SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of cooling towers, evaporative fluid coolers, evaporative condensers and air cooled heat exchangers providing full-service cooling solutions and support to customers in the power generation, petrochemical, industrial, refrigeration, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) markets for more than 100 years. For more information, please visit www.spxcooling.com. SPX Cooling Technologies and its product brands are part of SPX Corporation.

About SPX Corporation:

Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, SPX Corporation is a leading supplier of highly engineered HVAC products, detection and measurement technologies and power equipment. With operations in about 20 countries, SPX Corporation had approximately $1.7 billion in annual revenues and approximately 6,000 employees worldwide in 2015. SPX Corporation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol, “SPXC.”  For more information, please visit www.spx.com.

 

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems and OSIsoft Fuel the Digital Power Plant of the Future

Global Strategic Alliance Improves Plant Efficiency, Reliability and Emissions

Orlando, FL– (December 13, 2016) Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS), the recognized leader in power plant reliability and efficiency through the use of big data, expert knowledge and human insights, is expanding its global relationship with OSIsoft, a leader in Operational Intelligence, to drive further development of the digital power plant of the future.

MHPS laid the foundation for the Digital Power Plant in the 1980s and made a major step in 2004 when it began using the OSIsoft PI System at its Remote Monitoring and Diagnostics Center in Orlando, Fla.  This service has successfully demonstrated and delivered improved plant reliability and performance.

The OSIsoft PI System captures sensor-based data from industrial equipment and process systems. Deployed across 19,000 industrial sites in more than 125 counties the PI System enables digital transformations and improves process efficiency, energy use, asset reliability, quality and safety.

The PI System will serve as the core for new interactive, cloud-based analytics services MHPS will use at power plants world-wide.  In addition, the PI System will continue to form the data infrastructure platform for existing total plant remote monitoring and diagnostics services, both for MHPS and other manufacturers’ equipment.

 “Our customers face new regulatory pressures and competitive realities. MHPS is offering a distinct Revolutionary Energy concept which includes a range of digital solutions that maximize plant performance,” said Rick Inskeep, MHPS Senior Vice President, Service. “Power plant owners have always needed to maximize reliability, an area in which MHPS excels.  And they increasingly need to adapt during the lifecycle of a power plant to shifting grid and generation mix requirements, while optimizing operations, flexibility, maintenance cycles and environmental performance tradeoffs. The MHPS digital solutions meet these needs.”

A digital power plant requires a robust information infrastructure to leverage the massive amount of data that is generated during plant operations.  OSIsoft is a proven pioneer and market leader in managing big data to support operational intelligence.  As part of this strategic alliance MHPS and OSIsoft will collaborate to define and promote new integrated digital solutions that add intelligence to power plants around the world, using best-in-class software and leveraging their respective knowledge and expertise.

“Our mission is to give people access to one of their most valuable assets: their operational data. The digital creativity and the returns we are seeing today inside heavy industry is truly remarkable,” said Martin Otterson, Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Partners at OSIsoft. “By collaborating with a global leader like MHPS, we can help people further unlock the potential of data to accelerate their journey towards a digital power plant.”

MHPS is recognized for their collaborative, customer-first approach that continuously improves plant operations.  MHPS already offers a range of data-driven digital solutions that are tailored to address priority needs at each power plant.  As an OEM and also as a power plant owner/operator, MHPS has a unique experience and understanding of how big data can drive optimum power plant performance for its customers.

MHPS has been steadily increasing the digitization of power plants for several decades, introducing its digital solutions to the market step by step. Today MHPS offers a range of advanced, digitally-enabled major equipment for thermal power plants. The PI System is at the core of the MHPS digital solution data infrastructure.

“This alliance with OSIsoft is another important step MHPS is taking to revolutionize energy and advance the concept of the digital power plant,” said Inskeep. “We're enabling the power plant of the future, further proof of the leadership MHPS brings to creating a brighter future.”

About Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc.

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc. (MHPSA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Ltd.  Headquartered in Lake Mary, FL, MHPSA employs more than 2,000 in the Americas and has the world’s most modern heavy duty gas turbine and steam turbine factory, located in Savannah, GA.  MHPSA utilizes three OEM and non-OEM parts and repair centers and remote monitoring and diagnostics to provide digital services, upgraded and replacement parts and repairs to a rapidly expanding installed base throughout the Americas.  Products and services for the electric power generation industry include the world’s largest and most efficient gas turbines, steam turbines, geothermal turbines, boiler and environmental control systems. Learn more at www.mhpsa.com.

About OSIsoft, LLC

OSIsoft creates technology that lets people transform their world through data. Some of the world’s largest organizations—including over 1,000 leading utilities, 95 percent of the largest oil and gas companies and more than 65 percent of the Fortune 500 industrial companies—rely on the high-fidelity insights from OSIsoft’s PI System data infrastructure to manage their businesses. Worldwide, over 1.5 billion sensors serve data to PI System.

 

AXI INTERNATIONAL TO UNVEIL NEW TECHNOLOGIES AT POWER-GEN INTERNATIONAL

ORLANDO, Fla. (November 21, 2016) – AXI International, a global leader in Intelligent Fuel Management™ solutions, will be exhibiting at the POWER-GEN International Conference at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The conference, which takes place Dec. 13 through 15, will include more than 1,400 exhibiting companies within the power generation industry and is expected to host more than 20,000 attendees.

POWER-GEN International offers an opportunity for companies to showcase their latest technological advances. AXI International has several recently-released innovations that will be showcased, including its STS 8000 series. This intelligent fuel management system features advanced filtration; an integrated optical particle counter; automatic water removal; fuel additive injection; and a patent pending filter mounting and draining system.

AXI International’s FPM series optical particle counter is a self-contained system that also debuted this year. The FPM measures the contaminants within a fuel sample for quick and accurate analysis of fuel cleanliness, providing numerical results in accordance with ISO 4406 and NAS 1638 standards.

AXI International has pioneered the way in off-grid fuel maintenance by introducing the first solar-powered automated fuel filtration system: the SFM-1080. This system is one of the company’s latest environmentally conscious, carbon footprint reducing innovations, providing a solution for those with fuel stored in remote locations.

Another new advancement to be showcased at POWER-GEN is AXI International’s Powdered AFC. This concentrated, broad spectrum fuel additive is intended for bulk fuel treatment. Specifically formulated for Tier 4 High Pressure Common Rail (HPCR) engines, this performance enhancing powder improves combustion, cleans the fuel system, improves fuel economy, and increases system lifespan.

The MTC-X, AXI International’s most popular mobile fuel polishing system will be a featured product on display. This system has a rigid and compact industrial design with unique features, such as an intuitive drain system. AXI International will also be exhibiting its intelligent FTS lineup, which are fully redundant fuel transfer systems.

AXI International will present their latest technological advances at booth #2537.

More About AXI International

AXI International, an A+ rated company by the Better Business Bureau, designs, engineers, and manufactures pre-configured and custom-built Intelligent Fuel ManagementÔ solutions. They work with customers, architects, engineering firms, and facility management companies to create innovative and fully automated fuel optimization and maintenance systems. Established in 1994, AXI International is headquartered in Fort Myers, Fla. and serves clients worldwide. For more information, visit www.AXI-International.com or call (877)425-4239.

 

TEPCO Group and OSIsoft LLC Enter MOU to Collaborate on IIoT

·      New commercial relationship seeks to accelerate the adoption of IIoT technologies across TEPCO Group companies including TEPCO F&P, PG, EP.

·      TEPCO will initially deploy OSIsoft’s PI System for predictive maintenance and improved thermal efficiency in power plants.

Tokyo, Japan and San Leandro, CA, USA (December 5, 2016)—Tokyo Electric Power Company Group (“TEPCO Group”) and OSIsoft LLC today announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop and deploy Industrial Internet of Things solutions for TEPCO Group companies.

Under the collaboration, TEPCO Group companies will integrate OSIsoft’s PI System into its operations to improve efficiency and help TEPCO achieve its social responsibility goals. TEPCO Group will also explore ways to create new products and services with OSIsoft technologies domestically and overseas.

TEPCO will initially deploy technology under the MOU in thermal plants for predictive maintenance and improved thermal efficiency. TEPCO has already validated the performance of the PI System in projects with its power generation company “TEPCO Fuel and Power” and its general power transmission and distribution company “TEPCO Power Grid”.

Transforming the World Through Data

OSIsoft’s PI System is one of the world’s most widely used technologies for the Industrial Internet of Things with over 1.5 Billion data streams licensed across 19,000 sites and 125 countries. The PI System captures data from sensors, industrial equipment and other devices and transforms it into rich, real-time insights that engineers, executives and partners can use to reduce costs, optimize production, improve safety or meet critical goals such as reduced emissions.

PI System data can also be quickly transformed and “shaped” for big data and analytics platforms for predictive analytics or business intelligence, enabling companies to bridge the OT-IT gap and accelerate their digital transformation strategies.

Some of the world’s largest organizations—including over 1,000 leading utilities, 95 percent of the largest oil and gas companies and more than 65 percent of the Fortune 500 industrial companies--rely on the high-fidelity insights from the PI System to manage their businesses.

 “Real-time insight is a powerful asset. We have seen people use the PI System to increase the uptime of wind turbines, reduce energy consumption in large buildings and save millions in maintenance,” said Martin Otterson, Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Partners. “Our alliance with TEPCO will streamline integration of these technologies and together can unleash the creativity of their employees.”

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