Power Measurement Meters

We can help obtain the important “power usage” information required to take advantage of today’s de-regulated utility environment. Data can assist in the evaluation of alternative suppliers. Operational “power quality” monitoring can assist in making decisions related to reliability and reasons for the unexpected down-time.

A well designed monitoring system will involve:

  • Hardware (the meters to obtain performance data)
  • Communications (for meter data retrieval)
  • Software (to store and process the data)
  • Reporting System (to convert the data to information you can use)

The type and size of a power monitoring system varies from one installation to another. A single meter to monitor the incoming energy from the utility may be all that is needed. Some installations may involve substations and switchgear within a manufacturing facility. A campus may have meters monitoring individual buildings. Other utilities such as water, compressed air, gas, steam, etc. can also be monitored.

Specific meters and software are chosen based upon the application to be served:

Energy Cost Control:  Demand charges, power factor penalties, and billing errors all can lead to higher energy costs. Power monitoring can help reduce these expenses through automated demand control and perhaps cost allocation for tenants or even departments/divisions within a facility.

Power Quality:  Voltage sags, transients, and harmonics can shut down operations, damage electronic controls and equipment, or cause equipment malfunctions that lead to costly down-time or start-up costs. Continuous power quality monitoring and high-speed sequence-of-events recording can help identify the source of disturbances and determine corrective actions to prevent a recurrence or minimize their effects.

Operational Improvements:  The electrical aspects of a facility’s operations need careful management just as any other raw material. Planning for facility expansions, generation of energy consumption reports, planning equipment maintenance can be reasons for more information.

All these tasks and more can be handled with the help of a power monitoring system. Save on capital expenditures by using trend data to load electrical circuits at higher levels and run systems near rated tolerances. Replace outdated manual meter reading with automated collection, processing, and customization of data. Streamline maintenance with desktop access to historic files and automatic notification of equipment operation.