I often receive news from Spirax Sarco, a steam system management company. The news is not generally relevant to our focus areas at EE-Evaluation Engineering, but this latest item caught my attention: The company is looking for the world's oldest commercially operating steam boiler in an industrial or building-service and needs your help. In addition, the company has joined the ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute.
As for the “World’s Oldest Working Steam Boiler Contest,” enter by June 1, 2014, and you could win a Kindle.
“Steam systems have a reputation for being reliable and robust, working for many years with minimal maintenance. Modern steam systems are many times more efficient than older systems, and Spirax Sarco would like to prove the point by comparing a modern system with a really old one,” said Tracy Britt, marketing communication coordinator at Spirax Sarco. “But first we have to find the oldest one.”
Boilers on exhibit in museums don't count.
If you know of an old yet still operating steam boiler, access the latest edition of to SteamNews magazine at http://bit.ly/zYjZsw for more information on how to enter the contest.
The company also announced that it has joined the ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute (WCI) to help its customers improve productivity, save energy, and reduce waste.
Spirax Sarco will enable ISA100 Wireless users to
- design, install and commission new facilities,
- optimize existing steam systems,
- upgrade steam plants, and
- maintain performance with scheduled maintenance.
Simon Sprackling, group research and development manager at Spirax Sarco, said, “We seek to leverage the robust, secure ISA100 Wireless protocol to complement our existing communication tools and provide our customers improved access to our products’ diagnostic capabilities.”
“Spirax Sarco is joining an industry-leading team of suppliers who are collaborating to promote a robust, reliable, and secure communication standard,” said Andre Ristaino, managing director, ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute. “We look forward to their unique perspective, and the positive impact Spirax Sarco will have on ISA100 Wireless’ list of features and capabilities.”
ISA100 Wireless (IEC 62734) is an international, industrial wireless networking standard engineered to serve the needs of process industries. End users can select ISA100 Wireless Compliant devices from a pool of suppliers with assurances of device interoperability. ISA100 Wireless enables automation engineers to quickly create, modify, optimize, and scale wireless networks that are open, interoperable, and reliable for their most critical applications. ISA100 Wireless is the first standard in the ISA100 family of open standards.