Power meter monitors for reducing energy consumption
The Allen-Bradley PowerMonitor W250 and 500 power meters from Rockwell Automation offer users an opportunity to cost-effectively drive energy monitoring further into their production processes compared to previous monitoring technology.
The PowerMonitor W250 power meter offers a self-generating wireless communications platform, ideally suited for applications located in areas where hard-wired networking is cost prohibitive. The PowerMonitor 500 power meter features a large LCD display to view energy use information directly at the process being monitored without requiring any additional components.
The wireless PowerMonitor W250 power meter is capable of measuring energy consumption at multiple metering locations, including remote or confined spaces such as ceilings, conveyor belts, or outdoors. Completely cable-free, the self-generating wireless network transmits energy consumption information directly to Rockwell Software RSEnergyMetrix software for reduced networking costs and easier data collection. Simplified networking for additional monitors allows for improved system modularity and flexibility.
For smaller consumption and demand-monitoring applications, the PowerMonitor 500 power meter features an on-device LCD display in a small, panel-mounted footprint. Operators can access real-time energy demand and consumption data at the machine or process level to drive employee engagement in energy-savings initiatives. It also features Modbus TCP and EtherNet/IP communication options and is fully integrated with RSEnergyMetrix software. Energy consumption data can be loaded directly to Web-based dashboards to provide a cost-effective tool for implementing and verifying energy-saving initiatives.
– Edited by Chris Vavra, Control Engineering, www.controleng.com