Material science research has progressed rapidly in recent years thanks to advancements in high-resolution computed tomography (CT) scanners, and South Africa’s Stellenbosch University is leading the pack. After using a large GE micro CT scanner since 2010, the school recently installed GE’s nanotom CT scanner, the first of its kind anywhere in Africa.
“The online vibration process is a critical online surveillance system that provides essential real-time data for performing predictive maintenance. Continued critical asset reliability is paramount to the successful operation of the Port. The vbOnline system, in conjunction with a focus on maintenance strategy management, helps deliver a high level of availability.” – Bob Smillie, Otago Port Maintenance Manager
"GE came through with substantial answers," said a spokesperson for Didrikson Associates Inc., "that allowed our client to troubleshoot the burner assembly and decipher how mixtures of gases might be affecting the outcome. We are excited about GE’s interaction with our client."
One of the most vital protection functions provided by a control system is the capability to automatically trip the fuel valve if a flameout is detected, which requires installation of reliable flame sensors with fast response times.