ChallengeThe company's strategy is aimed at minimizing the costs associated with operation and maintenance of the boiler houses network. For this purpose,a centralized remote control system was required that would provide control over the set temperatures, uninterrupted production and supply of heat during the heating season.
At the initial stages the customer tried to use the solutions of Owen, which produces measuring equipment. But the systems of this manufacturer were too slow, worked on a schedule, not in real time, and it was difficult to adapt them to a variety of equipment used in boiler houses. As a result, the customer decided to develop the customized system able to meet their requirements and contacted Sibedge.
ApproachAs a solution, Sibedge engineers suggested an Automated Control & Monitoring System (ACM) which could provide feedback in case of emergency.
The project stipulated development of a set of hardware and software tools, which, among other things, included:
two-loop hardware controller for boiler house control;
• wireless data transfer module and backup power supply;
• software to control the boiler house controller;
• array of wireless sensors to collect data from the boiler equipment.
ResultThe system was successfully deployed at one of the customer's boiler houses.
Thanks to its flexibility and modular architecture, it can be easily scaled and adapted to any new hardware.
Numerous sensors in real time monitor significant parameters, such as:
temperature inside the boiler furnace and inside the pipe;
• temperature of the heat transfer agent at the input and the output of the boiler;
• temperature of heated objects and the outdoor air;
• current heating system pressure;
• amount of fuel consumed by boilers;
• heat transfer agent consumption per hour and per day.
The data received from the sensors is continuously sent to the database located on the company's server. Based on this data, operators can remotely control temperature, fuel consumption, and monitor condition of the boiler equipment. In case of emergency situations, the engineer responsible for the boiler is notified via SMS.
The implementation of the system allowed the customer to significantly reduce the number of employees servicing the boiler houses network and optimize fuel costs. Now all the company's boiler houses can be managed from a central control room.
- 1 - Project Manager
- 1 - Hardware Engineer
- 1 - Embedded Engineer
- 2 - Python developer
- 2 - QA engineer