Data Logging Through the DecadesThis column looks at how data logging has evolved over the 40 plus years of my career and discusses the crucial role data logging plays to this day in supporting the operation of our facilities.

This column looks at redundancy and discusses how you might need to think of it in broader terms than just having an extra prime mover. It includes a case study, which was essentially an onthefly ongoing Cx effort where considering the system, not just the prime mover led us to a solution to a problem that was costing us $20,000  $30,000 a year in nonenergy costs. The solution actually cost us a bit of energy, but it was a net win because it eliminated the other costs. And the other costs had implications in terms of embedded energy and other resources.

This article looks at the impact of lags on a control process serving the cooling towers in a condenser water system, a lesson a originally learned by blowing up a duct (this link takes you to a discussion of that significant emotional event). The resources below provide a more detailed look at the system diagram and control logic I discuss vs. the simplified versions included in the actual article.

The files to the right are a more detailed version of the system diagram for the system discussed in the article. If you are interested in the concepts and techniques behind this type of diagram, you will find some resources, including a link to a string of "how to" blog posts on the System Diagram Symbols page of the website.


The file to the right contains the detailed logic diagrams illustrated below in the form of an Excel based spreadsheet tool. You can find out more about the tool and download the current version and symbol list on the Logic Diagram Tool page of the website.

