Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant to enhance equipment monitoring capabilities
Azima DLI announced a teaming agreement with Luminant to wirelessly monitor mechanical integrity – a first for the nuclear power industry.
“This technology will allow Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant to further enhance our already robust equipment monitoring capabilities,” said Rafael Flores, chief nuclear officer of the 2,300-megawatt Luminant plant in Somervell County, Texas. “We are proud to be the first nuclear plant in the country to leverage this new wireless reporting system.”
Comanche Peak is piloting Azima DLI’s Watchman Analysis Program, which captures critical machinery health data via a wireless network tested in collaboration with the Electric Power Research Institute to study the feasibility of a new digital control system compliant with IEEE 802.11 wireless radio emission standards. The Watchman Analysis Program automatically captures current machine health data and populates a hosted database. This database is accessible by a web browser to facility maintenance personnel, managers, operators in Luminant’s Power Optimization Center and Azima DLI machine health analysts, all of whom have access to predictive analytics and measures of production risk on a 24/7 basis. The service allows this group the opportunity to address dynamic situations collaboratively by offering anytime, anywhere access to a common picture of machine health across the critical assets of the plant.