2012 POY Finalists: Energy Management
Finalists in the Energy Management category for the Plant Engineering 2012 Product of the Year competition
Device and data management
The Foreseer X-Class software is designed to monitor, track, and analyze data from more than 100,000 devices at the same time across an enterprise. The software collects data and status information from power, environmental, safety, and security systems to help companies reduce energy consumption. The Foreseer X-Class software has a customized executive dashboard to help track and predict power usage trends and events, and improve energy efficiency. The software is designed for companies with global operations and a vast array of devices.
The Power Xpert 200E gateway is a solution that collects energy usage data from meters, allowing customers to benchmark energy usage, set energy management goals, determine the effectiveness of energy management initiatives, and reduce energy costs. The Power Xpert 200E gateway is designed to be used as a data acquisition tool for serially communicating energy meters via an embedded Web server or connecting to Ethernet-based applications. Eaton’s gateways can be used with the Power Xpert Energy Viewer, which provides a simple way to gather key energy parameters and display them in reports.
Consolidated complex data
The Power Xpert Reporting version 3.0 enables users to make sense of exhaustive power monitoring data and identify important statistics to improve efficiency and reliability. This software was designed for energy, healthcare, information technology, and facility managers to track and compare systems within facilities and across the enterprise. The Power Xpert Reporting is equipped with 13 ready-to-go report templates with graphics and charts to help users understand and control critical power systems and energy flow. The new version of Power Xpert Reporting allows users to create custom reports with user-selectable or virtual attributes and complex formulas for custom data.
USB data logger
EXAIR’s Digital Flowmeter is designed to monitor compressed air consumption and waste. With EXAIR’s newly added USB data logger, users can maintain a history of the Digital Flowmeter’s measurements for analysis. The information from the Data Logger can be removed from the Digital Flowmeter and plugged into a computer where the data can be viewed. The Digital Flowmeter comes with an optional Summing Remote Display to allow for easy monitoring of compressed air consumption in any location.
The Insulator Dock Seal with Light-Blocking Header is a durable dock seal that closes small light gaps caused by trailer protrusions. The design of the Insulator Dock Seal features rows of layered, horizontal pleats that conform to the protrusions as a trailer backs in. All of Frommelt’s dock seals are reinforced with high-strength Durathon fabric over a flexible vinyl base fabric to protect against wear and tear. The corners of the Insulator Dock Seal are also reinforced with layers of Durathon fabric and flexible high-molecular weight polyethylene sheeting to prevent damage and are attached with industrial Velcro for quick replacement.
The 300 kW VDC-XE with High Current (HC) option is a solution for protecting power-dependent applications in facilities that do not have the floor space for multiple backup units. Compatible with all major brands of 3-phase UPSs, the VDC-XE with HC option connects to the dc bus of a UPS. The system includes patented technology consisting of a flywheel hub formed from aerospace-grade steel, a high-speed permanent magnet motor generator, a contact-free magnetic levitation system, and a touchscreen graphical display. VYCON’s flywheels incorporate a host of advanced features that make the systems easy to use, maintain, and monitor.
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