HS Facilities constantly monitors newsprint operations

16 January 2008

HS Facilities Management says it ‘aims to ensure seamless production on demand’, with an integrated control system at a UK newsprint site.

The industry facilities specialist provides constant management and reporting solutions for the site that produces over 20 million copies per week.

Real-time visualisation, feedback alarms and constant performance monitoring of the EnergAir compressed air system is central to the factory’s operations.

Eddie Warren, senior facilities manager on site for HS Facilities, said the facility had to be run ‘efficiently and effectively’.

He continued: ‘To this end we provide 24hr continuous facilities management service and over the last five years have also managed three major upgrades to the compressed air generation systems, with the aim of ensuring seamless production on demand.’

Pete Tomlins, regional manager of EnergAir, explained how the compressed air system is represented visually on screen in a Windows XP environment with key indicators such as system pressure and efficiency displayed clearly on screen as analogue style dials.

‘Through a series of SCADA style screens, the operators can drill down and check on the performance of individual compressors, set threshold alarms for performance variables, schedule servicing and maintenance tasks and crucially see the effect any changes made have on the system immediately.’

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