Centrifuge Protection and Reliability

Preparing bitumen froth for upgrading requires removing clays and other solids along with entrained air. One process for doing this is through the use of centrifuges. This equipment can experience extreme loading, bowl erosion, and other degradation which effects centrifuge balance, bearings, and drivetrain. Unplanned failures can result in huge production losses as well as safety concerns.

Only protecting these assets per API does not address reliability issues for the complete asset lifecycle or provide information for a thorough failure analysis. Periodic condition monitoring solutions often miss shutdown failures leaving reliability groups with no insights into failure modes.

Emerson's AMS Machinery Health Manager diagnoses and communicates the health of mechanical and rotating machinery using data from several predictive maintenance technologies. This includes integrating data from third-party, complimentary technology vendors such as mini labs and handheld oil analyzers from Spectro Scientific, and popular infrared and thermography cameras from FLIR and Fluke.

The AMS 6500 Machinery Health Monitor is designed for process automation and protection system upgrade projects, and combines prediction and protection in a single chassis for rotating and reciprocating assets. The AMS 6500 is fully compliant with API 670 and integrates protection, prediction, real-time performance monitoring, and process automation by preventing missed trips. Emerson’s PlantWeb digital architecture provides enterprise-wide information needed for real-time decision making.

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