Paper, plastic, or standby power

12/01/2008


View the full story, including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition.

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina damaged the Gulf Coast of the United States, particularly New Orleans. In response to the natural disaster, Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. enacted a program that allowed them to rebuild damaged grocery stores in the event that a hurricane or other natural disaster caused them to close.

In October 2007, the Winn-Dixie store in New Orleans East marked a significant milestone by hosting the remote NASDAQ opening. The event marked the first NASDAQ opening from a grocery store and the first ever in Louisiana.

The 50,709 sq ft facility was the first full-service grocery store to return to the community after the hurricane. Winn-Dixie chose to install a 600 kW diesel generator from Cummins Power Generation Inc. The weatherproof generator provides electricity to the entire store in the event of a power outage. Fully compliant with NFPA 110 for Level 1 systems, the generator provides the Winn-Dixie store with a graphical data display. The display allows the operator to view all engine and alternator data; perform operator adjustments for speed, voltage, and time delays; view fault history; and set up and adjust the generator set.

The standby generator features a PowerCommand iWatch wireless monitoring system that links the generator set with cellular and satellite networks. Users access operational data using the Internet or receive e-mails or text messages about alarm condition updates. The system uses a Modbus or hard-wired interface to communicate with a Web server. The standby generator, equipped with automatic transfer switches and a 3,600-gal, sub-base fuel tank, sits atop an 8-ft-high, flood-protected platform.

According to Shawn Sloan, director of energy for Winn-Dixie, the complete reconstruction of the New Orleans East store is part of a multi-phase effort in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi to upgrade 500 stores within the next four years.

“When natural disasters strike, a full powered retail grocery location plays a critical role in the devastated communities. These standby generators will enable our stores to remain fully operational—providing refrigeration, lighting, and business services—in the event of a natural disaster or power outage,” Sloan said.

Cummins worked with its distributor, Cummins Power South LLC, as the primary equipment and service supplier. Winn-Dixie chose Preservation Power LLC to manage the project. The two companies collaborated to meet the aggressive schedule for the first two phases of the project, which include solving a number of store energy load management issues.

Preservation Power and its subcontractor, Chain Electric, expedited the permitting and commissioning process. Cummins compressed the delivery schedule on the 600-kW diesel unit, both of which set a record from order placement to commissioning and operation.

Information provided by Cummins Power Generation .



AT A GLANCE

Shortly before Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Winn-Dixie Stores enacted a program that rebuilds damaged grocery stores in the event of a natural disaster. Winn-Dixie selected Cummins Power Generation to help them with the rebuilding process after the hurricane. In October 2007, the Winn-Dixie store in New Orleans East reopened and became the first full-service grocery store to return to the community.

Cummins Power Generation provided a 600 kW diesel generator to provide electricity to the entire store in the event of a power outage. Fully compliant with NFPA 110 for Level 1 systems, the generator provides the Winn-Dixie store with a graphical data display. The display allows the operator to view all engine and alternator data; perform operator adjustments for speed, voltage, and time delays; view fault history; and set up and adjust the generator set.

The standby generator features a PowerCommand iWatch wireless monitoring system that links the generator set with cellular and satellite networks. Winn-Dixie users can access operational data using the Internet or receive e-mails or text messages about alarm condition updates. The standby generator, equipped with automatic transfer switches and a 3,600-gal, sub-base fuel tank, sits atop an 8-ft-high, flood-protected platform.



No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
2016 Engineering Leaders Under 40; Future vision: Where is manufacturing headed?; Electrical distribution, redefined
Strategic outsourcing delivers efficiency; Sleeve bearing clearance; Causes of water hammer; Improve air quality; Maintenance safety; GAMS preview
World-class maintenance: The three keys to success - Deploy people, process and technology; 2016 Lubrication Guide; Why hydraulic systems get hot
Flexible offshore fire protection; Big Data's impact on operations; Bridging the skills gap; Identifying security risks
The digital oilfield: Utilizing Big Data can yield big savings; Virtualization a real solution; Tracking SIS performance
Getting to the bottom of subsea repairs: Older pipelines need more attention, and operators need a repair strategy; OTC preview; Offshore production difficult - and crucial
Applying network redundancy; Overcoming loop tuning challenges; PID control and networks
Driving motor efficiency; Preventing arc flash in mission critical facilities; Integrating alternative power and existing electrical systems
Package boilers; Natural gas infrared heating; Thermal treasure; Standby generation; Natural gas supports green efforts

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
This article collection contains several articles on the vital role that compressed air plays in manufacturing plants.
This article collection contains several articles on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how it is transforming manufacturing.
This article collection contains several articles on strategic maintenance and understanding all the parts of your plant.
click me