| November 14, 2012
Energy Monitoring and Control Solution
EnergyPAQ, an energy monitoring and control solution, can help industrial facilities lower utility bills, reduce energy consumption and meet energy compliance standards.
EnergyPAQ is a self-contained energy monitoring unit that provides easy-to-read visual data identifying how much and where energy is being used by various building loads and processes. It monitors and collects usage data from all energy types, including electricity, water, gas, compressed air and steam. After determining problem areas within a facility, EnergyPAQ allows users to implement a viable energy savings plan to reduce consumption and demand through a dynamic demand control/response solution.
“Most industrial companies lack the monitoring capabilities to develop an effective energy savings strategy. EnergyPAQ is a pre-configured, out-of-the box solution, eliminating the need for costly customized or in-house energy monitoring activities that strain engineering resources,” said Ghulam Khan, senior automation solutions engineer, Mitsubishi Electric Automation.
The unit is demand-response capable and has multiple data logging options. It comes prewired for easy implementation, and also has wireless options. Users simply connect voltage and current transformers to the circuits they want to monitor. It can be connected and wired to any equipment or machinery that uses single or three-phase power.
The all-in-one energy monitoring solution offers the ability to log data locally or to a remote database. Standard Web-based visualization dashboards are also available. In addition to the display screen, EnergyPAQ includes pre-loaded tracking software, allowing storage of key energy information. It uses Mitsubishi Electric Automation’s Q Series rack PLC system as the basis for the energy monitoring modules. This system expands the basic platform, including the ability to connect to an Ethernet communications network. It also tracks data for up to five independent circuits, which are hard wired from current transformers that are clipped to the power cables.
Multiple additional circuits can also be connected to EnergyPAQ using a wireless ‘mesh’ network. Critical data such as amps, volts, kW, kWh and power factor can be monitored and stored in non-volatile memory. This information can then be retrieved and imported into a spreadsheet or dedicated energy monitoring software, such as AX Energy.
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