A Fuel Farm contained five storage tanks, as well as equipment to transfer fuel to aircraft and load and offload supply trucks. Its outdated control system was cumbersome and unsafe. Concept was called on to improve efficiency of fuel handling and reduce risk.
ROI: About 12 months
Concept Systems: 2 engineers
- Control engineering and design
- PLC/HMI programming
- O & M and AutoCAD documentation
- Start-up and commissioning
- User friendly system comprised of standard industry accepted hardware and software
- A centralized control system for ease-of-use
- Capacity to handle greater fuel throughput
- Allen-Bradley ControlLogix PLC
- Allen-Bradley MCC IntelliCenter
- DeviceNet, ControlNet and EtherNet/IP
- Rockwell FactoryTalkView SE
- Specter Instruments WIN-911 for alarm notification
- TraceTek Leak Detection System
- Intrinsically Safe Control
Older controls did not provide operators with enough information when fueling aircraft, e.g., they could not see the position of the valves. Other issues were unsatisfactory leak detection, the potential to mishandle fuel, insufficient monitoring and seismic vulnerability.
Concept Systems enabled greater fuel throughput, increased efficiency through a Human-Machine Interface (HMI), improved equipment monitoring and enhanced alarming and safety systems. Various sensors can now be easily monitored avoiding system damage. A hard-wired Emergency Fuel Shut Off (EFSO) system was implemented, including seismic sensors.
The Fuel Farm Control System upgrade increased the usability, efficiency and safety of the existing equipment. The bottom line: improved operator control, enhanced automation capabilities and increased productivity.