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Emerson Network Power Helps Bryan Medical Center Simplify Onsite Power Operation, Produce Joint Commission-quality Reports
Sophisticated real-time monitoring, control and reporting optimize critical power reliability
Florham Park, NJ — Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR) and a global leader in maximizing availability, capacity and efficiency of critical infrastructure, has enabled Bryan Medical Center's East Campus in Lincoln, Nebraska to simplify its emergency power testing procedures and produce automated Joint Commission-quality reports more efficiently.
Emerson Network Power's ASCO PowerQuest ® Power Monitoring and Control system instantly gathers, processes, analyzes and acts on the huge volumes and velocity of data that the medical center's Critical Power Management System (CPMS) generates, including the center's 37 ASCO Automatic Transfer Switches. Besides transfer switches, a CPMS encompasses gen-sets, paralleling control switchgear, circuit breakers and a sophisticated power monitoring and control system that operates at lightning speed, such as the ASCO PowerQuest. The ASCO power monitoring and control system enables the center to test its entire, decentralized six gen-set emergency power system from a single computer screen.
"If we had to walk to each ATS to gather data, it would take hours," said the center's master electrician, Mike Wiruth. The ASCO PowerQuest system also enables him to test a single gen-set with a load bank and get an automated report.
ASCO PowerQuest manages a 4,000 kW emergency power system that supports nearly all operations spanning the center's 1,075,000 sq. ft. of floor space. Facilities include a 382-bed hospital building and five other facilities, including an office building, obstetrics tower and a 700-student college. More than 2100 employees depend on the emergency power system during outages.
ASCO PowerQuest monitors actual load on the generators, which aren't paralleled, during tests.
"Seeing an actual number showing the exact percentage of a gen-set's nameplate kW rating that is under load tells us at a glance when a test meets the Joint Commission's 30 percent of nameplate load requirement for a given amount of time," Wiruth said. Nameplate rating is only one of a host of data points that are monitored to give operators a granular understanding of system operation.
ASCO PowerQuest helps Wiruth trend gen-set load growth so he knows how much load he can add to a given gen-set during a facility remodeling or expansion.
One of the systems' biggest plusses is receiving automatic alarms and notifications via cell phone, tablet and other devices. Other capabilities include the ability to operate the system from up to 10 client computers, view historical event logs, power readings and overall system operation at a glance, and change power transfer switch settings from the software.
ASCO PowerQuest can remotely connect to the power system through the Internet to seamlessly perform software upgrades and diagnostics. A 'Notes' capability allows Wiruth to indicate equipment location, respective loads and other aspects that he finds useful.
"It eliminated the need for a paper spreadsheet and I can access it remotely off campus from a computer or my phone," he said.
ASCO PowerQuest piggybacks on the center's existing VLAN Ethernet network, which minimized installation time and avoided the labor and materials costs of running a secondary, RS485 twisted pair communications structure.
ASCO PowerQuest also helps train technicians and keeps them sharp on power distribution operation, event diagnosis and servicing.
For more information on the ASCO PowerQuest Power Monitoring and Control system and a comprehensive Bryan Medical Center case study that reports on the system's installation and use, call (800) 800 ASCO (2726), email CustomerCare@Asco.com or visit www.EmersonNetworkPower.com/ASCO.
Master Electrician Mike Wiruth of the Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska monitors the East Campus Critical Management Power System with the ASCO PowerQuest Power Monitoring and Controller.
About Emerson Network Power
Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR), delivers software, hardware and services that maximize availability, capacity and efficiency for data centers, healthcare and industrial facilities. A trusted industry leader in smart infrastructure technologies, Emerson Network Power provides innovative data center infrastructure management solutions that bridge the gap between IT and facility management and deliver efficiency and uncompromised availability regardless of capacity demands. Our solutions are supported globally by local Emerson Network Power service technicians. Learn more about Emerson Network Power products and services at www.EmersonNetworkPower.com
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2012 were $24.4 billion. For more information, visit www.Emerson.com.