VIM Technologies Welcomes John David Cutts as Central Regional Manager

John David CuttsVIM Technologies is thrilled to welcome John David Cutts as Regional Sales Manager, covering the Central Region.

John David’s 20+ years of Process Industry experience will be an invaluable asset for VIM Technologies and our clients. His experience spans a wide range of industries and applications, including Up, Mid, Downstream O&G, Biogas as well as Petrochemical and Chemical for End Users, OEM’s and EPCs. Putting his Process Industry knowledge to work, John David will help clients find the right implementation of CEMLink 6 for all their data collection and reporting needs. He will also work with clients on the Compliance Optimization & Monitor Performance Accuracy Service (COMPAS) program, with auditing services, assessments, and QA/QC plans.

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Preparing for the Upcoming CEMLink6 Upgrade

Beginning with the next release of CEMLink6 (Version 6.2.100), scheduled for late February 2021, VIM will require all DAHS server and Client computers to be running Microsoft .NET 4.8. Up until this release, CEMLink6 required .NET 4.5. If your server or client computers were deployed prior to September 2019 OR if you have had Windows updates deactivated, it’s likely that your systems will need to have this update installed.

Please view documentation here for help determining the version of .NET, how to access an update, and when this needs to be completed. If you have any questions or would like to talk with someone about this further, please reach out to our support group at support@vimtechnologies.com.

VIM’s 2020 Webinar Recap

The year 2020 left companies frantically struggling to move operations online as cities and countries around the world went into lockdown due to COVID-19. Most companies faced a major challenge – to help their employees adapt to new routines and technology, and to do so remotely. Businesses had to limit employee travels, postpone, and cancel in-person training and meetings. At VIM Technologies, we recognized that our customers cannot simply push the pause button on critical workplace learning while trying to put employee safety first. To meet this challenge and support our partners, we decided to develop and host free webinars starting in April 2020.

Here is a recap of all VIM webinars conducted in 2020. If you missed any of them and would like access to any of the recordings, here’s a list of previous webinars. Select the webinar(s) you’re interested and fill out the request form.Read more »

EPA Signs Final Revisions to 40 CFR Part 63

EPA Seal

On October 1, 2020, the EPA Administrator signed final revisions to 40 CFR Part 63, National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Source Categories.

The rule will become effective sixty (60) days after publication in the Federal Register.  The rule is designed to formalize EPA’s 2018 guidance memorandum which overturned EPA previous policy of “once in, always in” (OIAI), which is often referred to as the May 1995 Seitz Memorandum.

The rule also finalizes revisions to the Part 63 General Provisions clarifying “that a major source can be reclassified to area source status at any time upon reducing its potential to emit (PTE) hazardous air pollutants (HAP) to below the major source thresholds (MST) of 10 tons per year (tpy) of any single HAP and 25 tpy of any combination of HAP.”

Additionally, the final rule specifies compliance dates, notification, and recordkeeping provisions applicable to sources electing to reclassify to area source status or to sources reverting back to major source status.  A copy of the prepublication version of the rule is available here.

Managing DAS & CEMS Systems: Top 5 Challenges and Solutions

Updated Original Post Dated: April 23, 2019

Compliance Managers can only be effective if the data they’re accessing is current and thorough. Multiple regulations coming into play, outdated DAS, or incomplete testing are just some of the many challenges Compliance Managers face.

When overcoming these challenges, if you document the solutions the lessons learned can be invaluable tools for future reference and training new employees. With that in mind, we’ve assembled the top 5 challenges faced when managing DAS and CEMS systems — and recommended solutions to address the issue.

Challenge: Late or Incomplete QA Test
Solution: Be Proactive with Tracking QA Test Deadlines

Missed or incomplete testing can result in excessive downtime. Excessive downtimes can be very expensive for sources in trading programs such as ARP, SIP, CSAPR, and RGGI. One way to combat these challenges is to be proactive with tracking QA test deadlines – don’t wait for ECMPS to tell you. Having a thorough understanding of what qualifies for an extension and/or grace period can help ensure you’re conducting and submitting information on time.

The CEMLink 6 compliance calendar and QA test deadline features allow users to track and monitor Part 60 ongoing QA tests in addition to inspection and site-specific operating limits (SSOL) required by many MACT regulations. Learn how to use these helpful tools in this pre-recorded webinar, available for download here.Read more »

CEMLink6 Version 6.1.747 Now Available

Version 6.1.747 of CEMLink6 is now available. Updates are available to those with an active maintenance contract.

If you would like more information, or to update your CEMLink6 system to this version, please contact VIM Support at 410-859-5455.

For more information on our maintenance and support services, please contact Eva Fewster at 410-859-5455 or eva.fewster@vimtechnologies.com.

VIM Technologies to Assist Feeding America

All across the United States today people, like us, are facing challenges we have never encountered before. We at VIM Technologies are committed to helping our neighbors and our communities get through these troubling times. To whom much is given, much is expected, and we want to make an impact by reaching out to help those less fortunate.Read more »