Power monitors help control and reduce industrial energy consumption

17 July 2012

Scalable, cost-effective insight into how, when and where energy is being used throughout a production process is provided by the Allen-Bradley PowerMonitor from Rockwell Automation.

The W250 and 500 power meters are said to help cost-effectively drive energy monitoring further into the production processes compared to previous monitoring technology.

The PowerMonitor W250 offers a self-generating wireless communications platform, 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 can measure energy consumption at multiple metering locations, including remote or confined spaces. The self-generating wireless network transmits energy consumption information directly to Rockwell Software RSEnergyMetrix software.

For smaller consumption and demand-monitoring applications, the PowerMonitor 500 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 tool for implementing and verifying energy-saving initiatives.

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