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Utility & Phase Monitoring

Three Phase Monitoring

A very high percentage of commercial and industrial companies require a three phase electrical circuit to be provided by their utility company. Many different types of systems, especially those utilizing three phase motors, depend on the accuracy and consistency of the independent phases. An out of phase or loss of a phase does not necessarily mean that the equipment/system would shut down, as motors usually will continue to operate at a reduced speed.

However, the current in the remaining phases will typically increase considerably, which can cause internal heating of the motor components and damaging vibrations. This condition can create major costly problems for both the consumer and the utility providing the power.

PoweriQ for Monitoring Three Phase Power

The PiQ 600 Series of products by Rugged Telemetry is an end-to-end solution for monitoring three phase power. These products are designed  to continually monitor the voltage of each phase independently and, more importantly, notify the utility and/or end user when a phase is lost or starts to go out of an acceptable tolerance. The information provided by a PiQ 600 can alert both the customer and the utility so engineering can quickly shut down systems, avoiding critical failures and costly repairs or replacements.

The PiQ 600 Series was designed for both utilities and industrial customers. Installed at the meter monitoring the source, before it enters the building, the  PiQ 600 enables critical operational data to be reported back to the utilities over the existing infrastructure.  When the system is installed by end users, this data is routed back to Rugged Telemetry’s cloud-based monitoring system which then provides real time data and alerts to the user.

Rugged Telemetry’s PiQ 600 Series of products are powerful Industrial IoT edge intelligence devices.  The user can configure the device for 120, 240, or 480 volt systems through a local web service interface.  The device also provides visual indications of operation and logs outages to its internal memory so local technicians have access to this data when working onsite.  The PiQ600 Series also has an optional supercap power bank that can power the device for up to 25 minutes when power is lost and re-charges in a matter of minutes when power is restored. This provides more than enough overhead to notify the utilities or the customer when power is lost.