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Boiler Control System Retrofit, Naval Base Kitsap, Bremerton, WA.

Three Boilers - three Control System Upgrades - three years to complete

By Craig Beesley, Systems Interface

"It's an iconic sight driving past Naval Base Kitsap. But what is the 'cloud maker' actually doing?" Kitsap Sun   - May 2019

The existing Boiler Control Benchboards and Plant Auxiliray Benchboard, operator control consoles and displays at the shipyard were deemed obsolete and in need of replacemnt to meet the current stanards and lastest energy saving requirements of Naval Base - Kitsap in Bremerton

Systems Interface teamed up with Coburn Contractors to provide a complete solution from design through installation, including training and commissioning services to upgrade the Boiler Control System to modern control standards.

This included all new hardware and software, control panel manufacturing, new server, workstation and monitor supply and setup for the control room.

Engineers were on onsite to oversee the removal o the old system and installation of the new system. Upon completion of the installation our engineers remained to commission the new control system, train operatons and maintenance personnel, update documentation and hand over the completed control system.

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The Solution

For a robust, standardized, and reusable solution, Systems Interface leveraged the Industrial Combusion & Steam Generation Solutions Team (IC&GS) from Rockwell Automation to provide the burner management (BMS) and combustion control (CCS) required for the boiler Control System.

The three boilers were identical and each was equipped wit two (2) combination natural gas and steam atomized oil fired main burners with natural gas pilots. Each burner had its own fuel train and can operate independelty of each other or in unison. Fuel Switchover is automatic and is not reuired for the boiler to be shutdown. Each burner retained the two (2) UV flame scanners.

The BMS then communicated with the orther external networks of the Boiler Control System over a non-redunant Ethernet/IP network.

Key Controls and operation

Systems Interface designed and manufactured the control system. The bulk of the components are from Rockwell Automation and blah, blah, blah

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Control Selections

What hardware and software was selected and why.

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Commissioning and Startup

How was it done. How many engineers were involved and what was the process.

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Hi Dave and Craig:

Little did I know four years ago that it would be four years before we completed the boiler retrofit for B 900 but, here we are.

Reviewing the system with Craig led me to the conclusion that things are working better than probably ever before. We certainly had our challenges but we hung in there with the common goal of completion with all things working the best they possibly could.

The new graphic panels and controls layout in the control room is exceptionally fine! Never before could you see that much data at one time and easily veiwed by a crowd if needed. There were no alarms and the operator was happy with how things were working. Also, the impression from the operator is that all of the other operators are quite pleased with the system controls.

Thank you for making this lengthy project such a sucess!

very best regards,

  Marvin Hullinger, CxA, EMP

  Commissioning Authority

  Neudorfer Engineers

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About the author: Craig Beesley

Craig Beesley is the Engineering Manager at Systems Interface in Mukilteo, Washington.