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New Performance Monitoring for Detroit Edison

Posted on April 28, 2006

SmartSignal Corporation today announced that Detroit Edison will deploy SmartSignal's EPI* Center predictive analytics solution at its new Performance Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A. EPI* Center will enable Detroit Edison to monitor equipment health through the use of existent data and real-time analytics. The solution will be deployed across 29 units (19 fossil fuel and 10 combustion turbine) representing 8491 MW of power in southeastern Michigan.

SmartSignal was initially deployed by Detroit Edison at its Monroe Plant, according to Joe Robinson, who manages the company's Fossil Generation Process Controls and Technology. "SmartSignal's EPI*Center provides insight into the health of all our key equipment," he said. "We expect to significantly reduce unplanned downtime and to improve maintenance programs, which will help us provide even higher levels of consistent and reliable generation to our customers."

SmartSignal's EPI*Center continually inspects key aspects of equipment health to provide early warning of impending problems, enabling increased uptime and reduced operating costs. Unlike condition-monitoring devices, EPI* Center provides constant, 24/7, predictive, data-centric analysis of the health of all monitored equipment. It uses a patented methodology whereby models of historical performance are developed for each serial-number-specific piece of machinery, and actual readings of all relevant sensors, in a holistic manner, are compared to historical in all operating states. In this way, EPI* Center identifies and focuses on impending problems, transcends data overload, and may predict failure days, weeks, and even months earlier than possible with traditional monitoring methods.

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