Factors to Consider When Replacing Your DAS

Your Data Acquisition System (DAS) helps to monitor emissions and keep your company compliant. When you determined it is time to replace your DAS there are several factors you need to take into consideration while moving forward with the upgrade. Discover some of the hidden challenges associated with the endeavor:

Infrastructure

Often overlooked, infrastructure can pose as a major hindrance to a successful DAS upgrade. Ethernet is the most common connection. You’ll want to make sure you have connectivity from all your monitoring locations that loops to one, central location. Incorporate the process group and IT team into the decision-making process to make sure every angle is covered. Evaluate current needs with those of the future in mind.

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5 Common DAS/CEMS Management Challenges and Solutions

When it comes to managing DAS and CEMS systems, there are some common challenges that arise. Compliance Managers must have access to the most current and thorough emissions data to ensure regulations are being met. Here are five common DAS and CEMS operations concerns and accompanying solutions:

1. Multiple Regulations

Combustion units are typically subject to multiple air regulatory programs. More often than not, different rules require different validations, averaging, calculations and/or reporting. Steps you can take to address this problem include fully understanding your company’s compliance obligations (NSPS, NESHAPS, Title V), determining if “harmonization” is permitted among the various programs, and checking DAS documentation and the QA/QC Plan to make sure you’re in compliance with all necessary validation and ongoing QA tests.

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ECMPS Changes for 2019 Q2 Reporting (UPDATED)

*UPDATE May 1, 2019 – The EPA has delayed this requirement until Q3.*

By now, most VIM customers that report using ECMPS have heard that the EPA is adding System and Component IDs during missing data periods beginning with the 2019 Q2 reporting period. Here is a summary of what you need to know if you are using VIM’s software:Read more »

Why You Should Consider Replacing Your DAS

A Data Acquisition System (DAS) is a crucial tool for gathering and analyzing your plant’s air compliance. When it comes to ensuring air compliance, you don’t want to take any chances. Here are some significant reasons to consider updating your DAS sooner rather than later:

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Benefits of a Software Support Maintenance Contract

VIM Technologies’ CEMLink6 software is designed to streamline the data acquisition process of emissions data for a myriad of industries. We provide prompt and thorough assistance for our clients and we offer Software Support Maintenance Contracts as an additional layer of support. This remote support service is an ideal complement to your CEMLink6 usage that can address questions and concerns regarding the software operation, updates, and more. Discover the benefits of our Software Support Maintenance Contract:

Priority Access to 24/7 Technical Assistance

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COMPAS: Did You Know?

CEMLink6 and COMPAS are VIM’s flagship offerings, both of which we actively improve based on client feedback. COMPAS stands for Compliance Optimization & Monitor Performance Accuracy Service and here are facts you might not know about it:

More Practical Experience Than Competitors

Did you know that the VIM Technologies COMPAS team has more proven environmental engineering experience than any other data acquisition and handling systems (DAHS) company in the market? Yes, it’s true! Our regulatory group has over 100 years of experience developing, managing, and overseeing air compliance programs for a wide array of power generation and industrial facilities. We have developed proprietary value-added management and data forensic tools that will ensure environmental compliance programs run smoothly and cost-effectively. Whether it’s a response to an enforcement action or simply the need to retrain staff on regulatory challenges facing your facility, VIM’s COMPAS  has you covered.

Extensive Compliance Reporting Assistance 

Did you know that for the last 20 years VIM has helped hundreds of customers navigate the complex data review and reporting requirements? Facilities that utilize continuous emissions monitoring systems (CEMS) and DAHS are particularly susceptible to systematic errors and accuracy issues due to the complex QA/QC requirements and sheer volume of data that is generated by a CEMS over the period of just a single year.  Conducting regular reviews of all the emissions data and ongoing quality assurance tests are critical to ensuring accuracy and optimizing regulatory compliance for an affected facility.

The COMPAS team is thoroughly versed in the data requirements, QA/QC procedures, and reporting systems that are currently in place for all affected industries utilizing CEMS and DAHS systems. Using specialized data reviews and compliance checking tools, the COMPAS team can help identify and correct data accuracy issues and compliance problems before the data gets reported and becomes part of public record.

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CEMLink6: Did You Know?

VIM Technologies is a leader in the air compliance data acquisition systems industry as a major supplier of Continuous Emission Monitoring software. Whether you are a current CEMLink6 user or are interested in learning more about the software, here are some interesting facts you should know about this revolutionary software:

Custom Dashboard Builds

Users can configure a custom dashboard with the easy to use drag-and-drop tools. The graphic visuals enhance the presentation of data to increase communication of important figures. In addition to diagrams and images, users can display annunciators, trends, alarms, analyzer diagnostics, and more.

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