ESC Spectrum
Tuesday's Agenda



Review the agenda, abstracts and the biographies of our presenters.

Presentation Abstracts

Modbus 101 Training

Yasmin Alkusari

Modbus is a communications protocol that allows devices to pass numbers and statuses between each other over either serial or Ethernet connections. The Modbus 101 training will cover important concepts and practical applications. You will learn best practices and participate in hands-on and interactive exercises to help you understand key ideas. 

  • Understanding Server and Client roles 
  • What are Registers and Coils 
  • Defining Binary and Hexadecimal Values and how they appear in the 8864 Data Controller 
  • You will learn practical applications including: 
  • How to configure an 8864 Data Controller 
  • Modbus mapping 
  • Understanding bit parsing 
  • Server configuration files 
Probe and Sample Conditioning System Training

John Cutaia & Greg Owen

Join us to gain valuable insights through a presentation and engaging discussions on various sample probes and sample conditioning systems utilized within a Continuous Emissions Monitoring System. Our focus will include a comprehensive exploration of the disparities between dilution and extractive probes, as well as providing training on effective troubleshooting, repair, and maintenance techniques for your CEMS probes and sample conditioners to ensure optimal data availability. Moreover, we will specifically dive into strategies for preserving the performance and longevity of your M&C SP2000 & SP2006 dilution probes and the SP2000 extractive probe.

StackVision Intermediate & Advanced Training

Mark Astudillo

In this session, we will look at the various program the EPA has established to control emissions. This will include a brief overview of Clean Air Act programs to gain an understanding of the requirements for monitoring under 40CFR75- the acid rain program and 40CFR60-New Source Performance Standards. We will also use see how available supplemental information and resources can assist in our CEMS compliance. All this while learning where reports are located, how to access reports and applying that knowledge to you own reporting procedures. 

This session is designed to help participants use DataLab to manage filters and save custom views in DataLab, which are used to load and review data quicklyWe will look at the available tools to manage data anomalies and understand the difference between missing and invalid data.  You can filter, summarize, identify, and make data replacements using a practical applicationThe calibration and CalLab portion will focus on the requirements of the calibration error test, how those test results are used to validate data, and how to enter the 7-day calibration error test and Cycle Response Time test in StackVision.   

This session will focus on the ProcessNow logic for data processing in StackVision. This will include steps required to initiate ProcessNow, review plant operational data, and available tools to accomplish this, and how to determine which sequences and tasks have been applied to your CEMS configurationWe will also review ProcessNow historical records and possible troubleshooting ProcessNow errors. 

This session will dive deeper into the quarterly and annual quality assurance requirements. This will include the requirements for Cylinder Gas Audits (CGA), Linearity, Fuel analysis, and Relative Accuracy Test Audit (RATA)We will see how to enter the specific test data into StackVision to become part of the CEMS-required records.   

During this presentation, we will define what a certification event is, why they are required, when they are required, and how to employ StackVision to generate event recordWe will also see which reports could be considered for periodic review, such as the comprehensive alarm history report, Cumulative emission summaries, performance summary reports, and other reports specific to CEMS governing program.  Also, in this session, we will see if our readings meet the requirements of the EPA 20/80 rule and what steps to take to ensure compliance. 

We will use Microsoft SQL Reporting services to locate and manage standard StackVision reports and how to create custom folders and linked reports to manage report settings and tailor those reports to individual site needs.  

Presenter Biographies

Yasmin Alkusari – Training Specialist III

Yasmin Alkusari is a Training Specialist III and has worked at ESC for 5 years. She works on designing and delivering training programs. She previously worked as an Engineer with ESC Spectrum on new DAS and service projects for Part 75, Part 60, and refinery customers and has particularly deep experience with Server Migrations. Yasmin earned her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her Previous experience includes work with medical devices at Zimmer Biomet and technology transfer at NASA. 

Mark Astudillo – Education Services Coordinator

Mark Astudillo joined the ESC Spectrum family in 2004, after retiring from a rewarding 21-year career in the United States Navy. Mark earned his Master Training qualifications while in the Navy, and this prepared him to engage in his second career as ESC Spectrum’s Educational Services Coordinator. 

John Cutaia – Field Service Technician V

John has been in the industry for over 16 years, starting with stack testing in 1992. He comes from Luminant Power where he was in the CEMS support group for 10 years, providing support to all power plants on continuous emission monitoring system hardware and software. John also was a training instructor for Extractive and Dilution (CEMS) systems for plant site technicians.  

Greg Owen – Lead Field Service Trainer

Greg joined ESC Spectrum in 2014 as a Field Service Engineer and currently serves as the Lead Field Service Technician at the Pensacola office installing and maintaining customer CEMS systems. Greg also serves as the Lead Field Service Trainer to meet the continuous advancement in knowledge and experience for the local service department technicians and customers. Prior to ESC Spectrum Greg graduated from a US Air Force Electro-Mechanical Tech School in 1987, USAF Avionics Tech School in 1991, and the USAF Avionics Instructor Certification Course in 1997. 

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