Influenza activity in Ireland decreased during week 7 2013

February 25, 2013

Several indicators of influenza activity in Ireland decreased during week 7 2013, compared to the previous week, however influenza-associated hospitalisations and outbreaks continue to be reported.  The sentinel GP influenza-like illness (ILI) consultation rate was 40.9 per 100,000 population in week 7 2013, a decrease compared to the updated rate of 58.1 per 100,000 during week 6 2013. ILI rates are above the Irish baseline threshold (21.0 per 100,000 population). ILI age specific rates decreased in all age groups. The proportion of influenza–related calls to GP Out-of-Hours services decreased during week 7 2013, compared to the previous week.  Influenza positivity decreased to 18.8% during week 7 2013, compared to 33.8% during the previous week. Twenty-four influenza B, 12 influenza A(H3) and nine influenza A(H1)pdm09 positive specimens were reported from the NVRL for week 7 2013. During week 7 2013, both influenza A and B were co-circulating. To date this season, one confirmed influenza B-associated death was reported to HPSC (during week 5 2013). Four acute respiratory outbreaks were reported to HPSC during week 7 2013. Significant influenza activity continued across Europe in week 6 2013, despite having peaked in a few countries in earlier weeks.


mai™ Case Study: Waste Water Compliance & Operational Efficiency

February 16, 2013

Our Solution:

The mai™ application suite was deployed side by side with an existing PLC network. The company installed individual meters for water, electricity and gas at strategic locations around the site. mai™ was used to analyze and deliver to relevant personnel daily, weekly, monthly and year to date information in a timely manner. Through mai™ functionality, the company was able to establish maximum and minimum limits and deliver rapid notification to relevant personnel when certain limits exceeded. This system was coupled with an energy monitoring system and SCADA system for trend analysis.

Key Benefits To Client:

The goal of the mai™ application suite is to help companies Measure Analyze and Improve their operations and save both time and money. Using the mai™ application suite, the company was able to collect important trend analysis showing actual loads which allowed them to resize existing compressors to meet minimum load requirements.

The company was able to track outside hours and plant energy usages for the first time, which led to the shedding of all non essential loads. This benefit alone resulted in significant savings.

Also using the mai™ application suite, the company was able to monitory compressed air usage which allowed leaks to be detected and repaired , again leading to significant savings.

Finally, the client was able to display energy usage in actual units as well as an equivalent amount to assist with the energy awareness training that was undertaken. Overall cost of Energy monitoring package was paid for after 8 months.

For more information, please contact dan[at]ehasoft.com or visit http://www.ehasoft.com.


mai™ Case Study: Improving Resource Usage, Energy Efficiency and Awareness

February 16, 2013

Our Solution: 

This major manufacturer employed the maitm application suite to help effectively manage plant information and gain the intelligence needed to run the plant more efficiently. With mai™, the manufacturer was able to display real time information from production area to office environment and establish standard run rates for filling equipment. PLC code was written to monitor production units per minute. The user friendly web interface of mai™ provided a seamless dashboard for the operator to record reasons for manual stoppages and corrective actions taken.

Key Benefits To Client

Using the mai™ application suite, the manufacturer saved time and money and gained significant efficiencies in the overall management of the plant facility. Specifically, the plant manager now had the ability to measure manual stoppages to the nearest second and categorize them accordingly. All stoppage reasons identified were categorized as quality, operational, IT, Engineering etc. for better focused responses.

Hourly efficiency tables were populated to show daily live performance providing real time intelligence for the plant manager. Also, the plant manager now has the ability to display for supervisors and management actual plant conditions such as stopped /running /cleaning conditions.

An overall increase in production efficiency of 18% was realized during the first 6 months alone. Specific improvement plans to address bottleneck areas were implemented to further improve efficiencies on a continual basis. Remedial actions could be implemented more quickly by Engineering through monitoring of the live data.

For more information, please contact dan[at]ehasoft.com or visit http://www.ehasoft.com.


mai™ Case Study: Improving Waste Water Licence Compliance and Operational Efficiences

February 16, 2013

Solution:
The mai™ application suite was selected as a solution to address the unique challenges within this waste water treatment facility. The plant deployed the mai™ Waste Water module to gather real-time analysis of when and where problems were occurring. The various control instruments at the waste water treatment facility (pH, temperature, dissolved oxygen, inflow and outflow volumes) were connected into the PLC network.

Using mai™, the plat was able to effectively capture relevant real time plant performance data, including upper and lower parameters. Leveraging an integrated SCADA application, we were able to capture important trending and visual display of the results. mai’stm ubiquitous web-based front end facilitated easy access to the information required to ensure license compliance and accelerate operational efficiencies remotely from its home office environment, including outside hours security.

Key Benefits To Client
The waste water treatment plant recognized significant benefits from the use of the mai™ application suite. The most significant benefit was the real time visualization of working parameters that allowed plant personnel to view and more importantly respond and correct any impending irregularities. As a result, the waste water treatment is now operating within its license conditions.

For more information, please contact dan[at]ehasoft.com or visit http://www.ehasoft.com.


Influenza in Ireland Week 4 2013

February 1, 2013

Influenza activity in Ireland remained stable during week 4 2013, compared to the previous week. Hospitalisations and outbreaks associated with influenza/influenza-like illness continue to be reported. The sentinel GP influenza-like illness (ILI) consultation rate was 48.5 per 100,000 population in week 4 2013, remaining unchanged compared to the updated rate of 47.2 per 100,000 during week 3 2013. ILI rates are above the Irish baseline threshold (21.0 per 100,000 population). ILI age specific rates increased significantly in the 5-14 year age group. The proportion of influenza–related calls to GP Out-of-Hours services increased slightly during week 4 2013. Influenza positivity decreased to 12.9% during week 4 2013, compared to 22.2% during the previous week. Twenty-seven influenza B, three influenza A (H3) and one influenza A (unsubtyped) positive specimens were reported from the NVRL for week 4 2013. Influenza B remains the dominant circulating influenza virus to date this season, accounting for 86.6% of all influenza positive specimens detected by the NVRL this season. Influenza A and B positivity decreased during week 4 2013, compared to the previous week. During week 4 2013, 20 confirmed influenza cases were reported as hospitalised, ten associated with influenza A and 10 with influenza B. To date this season, 86 confirmed influenza cases were reported as hospitalised, 77.9% were associated with influenza B. There were no reports of any confirmed influenza-associated deaths occurring this season to date. One ILI outbreak in a school was reported to HPSC during week 4 2013. Influenza activity remained high and increasing in many European countries during week 3 2013, although transmission may have peaked in some countries, particularly in Western Europe


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