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Air Products Installs GE’s Wireless Monitoring Solution

May 6, 2009

The wireless system collects, processes, and delivers liquid-level and consumption information on the company's large tank operations, which eliminates manual tracking and improves productivity by providing timely data on chemical inventories.

ALBANY, NY -- Air Products, a global manufacturer of industrial gases and specialty chemicals, has recently completed installation of a new wireless remote monitoring solution powered by GE Enterprise Solutions and distributed through GE Water, a business unit of GE Energy. The new system, implemented at the company's Calvert City, KY, location, is helping improve operational efficiency and productivity by providing a way to reliably monitor, diagnose, and maintain water equipment and processes.

The GE Wireless Monitoring Solution combines an exclusive blend of technologies from across the GE Enterprise Solutions portfolio to create an all-encompassing remote monitoring system that offers application expertise, wireless technology, sensor technology, software hosting, alarm notification, and installation services in a complete end-to-end solution.

"GE's new wireless monitoring solution is truly innovative," says Butch Marshall, Site Manager for Air Products. "The system helps us to be proactive as we monitor chemical tank levels that support our water operations, and we can access it at any time from anywhere in the world."

The new solution relies on GE's domain expertise and leading technologies to connect Air Products' water treatment data and provide enhanced visibility to relevant information, improved data accuracy, increased cost savings, and higher staff productivity.

Seamless Integration
The GE wireless monitoring solution installed at Air Products features liquid level monitoring of the company's large tank operations, which eliminates manual tracking and improves productivity by providing timely information on chemical inventories.

"The installation of our wireless monitoring solution at Air Products underscores the significant impact achieved through coordination between multiple GE businesses," explains Kathleen Carroll-Mullen, Water Vertical Leader for GE Enterprise Solutions. "We have developed cutting-edge, integrated technologies from GE Enterprise Solutions and then leveraged the domain expertise and customer relationships at GE Water to deliver the only total water management solution in the industry."

How It Works
A Submersible Level Probe sensor from GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies is dropped into each tank to collect measurements. Using GE Digital Energy's wireless MDS technology, the raw data is sent to a Trinity Gateway, which serves as the field data collection point for each application. The gateway sends the collected data to secure hosting servers, managed by GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, where it is translated into online diagrams showing liquid levels and consumption rates. In addition, experts from GE Water are on call in the support center to help analyze information, resolve issues, and drive continuous optimization for the business.

Additional features of the GE wireless monitoring solution include:

  • Remote monitoring, for easier access to accurate and timely information from anywhere in the world, which significantly improves operational efficiency


  • An easy-to-use Internet portal, which allows end users to tap into customized dashboards, user-selected trend information, and automatic alarming and event notifications


  • Access to GE Water subject matter experts, which allows users to leverage GE's in-depth industry and technical expertise to help analyze information, resolve issues, and drive continuous optimization for the business


  • Secure connectivity, which provides an integrated security approach that includes password clearance and device authentication for hardware in the field, as well as password authentication to log onto the Internet portal

"GE's wireless monitoring solution allows us to remotely monitor our chemical treatment systems that support our water treatment operations, and the system can automatically alert us when specified process conditions are reached," explains Marshall. "It ensures that we are getting the right information at the right time to aid in our decision making for our operation."

Although Air Products currently only uses the wireless monitoring solution for tank-monitoring purposes, the company may additionally begin using the solution for cooling system optimization, which improves the on-stream of valuable water treatment and processes.

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About Air Products
Air Products serves customers in industrial, energy, technology, and healthcare markets worldwide, with a unique portfolio of atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, and equipment and services. Founded in 1940, Air Products has built leading positions in key growth markets such as semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, home healthcare services, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. The company is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence, and commitment to safety and the environment. In 2008, Air Products had revenues of $10.4 billion, operations in more than 40 countries, and 21,000 employees around the globe.

About GE Enterprise Solutions
GE Enterprise Solutions elevates customers' productivity and profitability with integrated solutions, using sensors and nondestructive testing; security and life safety technologies; power system protection and control; and plant automation and embedded computing systems. Enterprise Solutions' high-tech, high-growth businesses include Sensing & Inspection Technologies, Security, Digital Energy, and GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms. The business has 17,000 problem-solving employees in more than 60 countries around the world.

About GE Energy
GE Energy is one of the world's leading suppliers of power-generation and energy-delivery technologies, with 2008 revenue of $29.3 billion. Based in Atlanta, GA, GE Energy works in all areas of the energy industry, including coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear energy; renewable resources such as water, wind, solar, and biogas; and other alternative fuels. Numerous GE Energy products are certified under ecomagination, GE's corporatewide initiative to aggressively bring to market new technologies that will help customers meet pressing environmental challenges.

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