Power quality is essential for safety and reliability in the chemical industry.
Power Quality in the Chemical Industry
Safety is paramount in the chemical industry. Critical protective systems contain sensitive electronics that may be damaged by poor power quality. Power events also interfere with measurement accuracy, compromising safety, product quality, and regulatory compliance.
Chemical plants frequently use continuous processes. Any downtime or hiccup in a continuous process can result in significant product loss, and additional downtime while the process is restarted. Power quality events are one of the most frequent causes of industrial downtime. Chemical plants are likely to have laboratories containing sensitive and expensive equipment such as spectrometers, microvolt meters, and x ray fluorescence instruments. Good power quality is crucial for the accuracy and longevity of this equipment.
Chemical plants are likely to have laboratories containing sensitive and expensive equipment such as spectrometers, microvolt meters, and x-ray fluorescence instruments. Good power quality is crucial for the accuracy and longevity of this equipment. Chemical plants use large motor-driven pumps with variable frequency drives, phase angle controllers for heaters, electrolytic baths, and other devices that can provoke power events. These nonlinear loads draw harmonic currents, which increase heat losses elsewhere in the power system. The distorted voltage wavefrom from these harmonics is likely to disrupt the sensitive equipment mentioned above.
Like all industry, energy is a major expense for chemical manufacturing. Correcting power quality issues will reduce heat losses and other energy waste. Denison's services also include electric energy audits and management. An assessment followed by continuous monitoring will identify points of high usage and recommendations for reducing it. Power and energy services also reduce utility surcharges, demand bills, and asset failures; further reducing the total operating expense.
Chemical plants may have demanding or hazardous environments. All Denison Technologies' gateways are available with specialized enclosures for use in these locations - from washdown, to 316 stainless, even explosion proof. Wireless connectivity and Denison's remote monitoring service are especially useful for monitoring conditions in hazardous locations where personnel approaching is dangerous. Denison's suite of hardware, software, and professional services is key to enhancing safety and reliability in chemical manufacturing.