General Physics Integrates Advanced Pattern Recognition Technology into EtaPRO Plant Performance Monitoring System

General Physics Corporation - 03.29.2011

Global performance improvement solutions provider General Physics Corporation (GP), the operating subsidiary of GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX), announced today that it has added Advanced Pattern Recognition (APR) technology to its industry-leading EtaPRO™ Plant Performance and Equipment Condition Monitoring System. EtaPRO APR™ is fully integrated with GP’s time-proven EtaPRO System, providing the power generation industry with a single platform for thermal performance analysis and asset condition monitoring.

GP worked closely with CPS Energy to field-test the EtaPRO APR application at the Deely Plant located at Calaveras Station. According to Melanie Green, Senior Manager at CPS Energy’s Deely Plant, “GP is helping CPS Energy achieve our objectives to reduce forced outages, improve reliability and increase availability. The combination of GP’s EtaPRO System and their Remote Monitoring & Diagnostic service allows CPS Energy to expand our performance improvement efforts with fewer resources.”

EtaPRO APR uses empirical models of plant processes for early detection of slowly developing faults in plant and equipment. As faults develop and are detected, they are collected and prioritized in the EtaPRO Concern Viewer, an anomaly management tool designed specifically for EtaPRO APR. Engineers, operators and analysts review fault history and trends, and assign the next action required to address the concern. Users gain insight into the problem and quantify its potential impact on plant capacity and heat rate using EtaPRO’s VirtualPlant™ thermodynamic models.

Technical development of the EtaPRO APR technology was led by Dr. Elmer Hansen, P.E., Principal Engineer in GP’s Energy Services Group. A pioneer in applying APR technologies in the power industry, Dr. Hansen’s two decades of experience monitoring power plant assets ensured that EtaPRO APR would be state-of-the-art. EtaPRO APR will be available in April 2011 with the release of EtaPRO 10. GP has a proven track record of providing integration support, training and remote monitoring services using GP toolsets for major power companies around the world.

About CPS Energy

CPS Energy is the nation’s largest municipally owned natural gas and electric utility, providing service to approximately 717,000 electric customers and 325,000 natural gas customers in and around the city of San Antonio. The utility ranks among the nation’s lowest-cost energy providers while ranking number 1 in wind-energy capacity among municipally owned utilities. For more information, visit www.cpsenergy.com.

About GP

GP is the principal operating subsidiary of GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX). GP is a global performance improvement solutions provider of sales and technical training, e-Learning solutions, management consulting and engineering services. GP’s solutions improve the effectiveness of organizations by delivering innovative and superior training, consulting and business improvement services, customized to meet the specific needs of its clients. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, manufacturing, process and energy industries, and other commercial and government customers. Additional information may be found at http://www.gpworldwide.com.

 

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