2013 Product of the Year finalists: Energy Management
Finalists in the Energy Management category for the Plant Engineering 2013 Product of the Year competition.
Uninterruptible power system
The 93PM uninterruptible power system (UPS) is a three-phase system engineered to offer the lowest total cost of ownership possible. It is designed with today’s data center and facility managers in mind, featuring flexible deployment options that support integrated thermal management solutions, a compact footprint, efficiency up to 99%, and simplified energy management features. As an integrated UPS solution, the 93PM can be strategically deployed and scaled to meet the specific needs of nearly any critical application, including grey or white space deployment, colocation facilities, mission-critical data centers, and cloud data center environments.
Energy monitoring software
The Power Xpert Insight software is a power and energy monitoring software that helps customers reduce energy consumption and control costs, and improve the reliability of facilities. Power Xpert Insight provides the big picture on energy usage, efficiency, and power quality for facility, energy, information technology, and health care managers. With a user-centric design, Power Xpert Insight is designed to be intuitive to install, configure, and obtain power and energy information to make operating decisions proactively and efficiently. The software’s interface provides real-time and historical data to identify, track, and improve wasteful energy practices.
The Power Xpert Multi-Point meter accurately tracks facility energy use and is designed for use in industrial sites and other multi-tenant applications. The meter is also designed to accurately aggregate gas, water, and steam consumption data to enable a comprehensive review of a facility’s utility use and the development of energy savings solutions. The Power Xpert Multi-Point meter can be installed in new and retrofit applications and includes robust commissioning tools that support accurate installation and reliable operation. It provides a cost-effective, scalable approach to monitor energy in assemblies or power distribution equipment with a high density of metering points.
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