Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

Rittal

 

Janaury 17, 2018

Industry 4.0 scenarios such as Predictive Maintenance are based on the provision of data and networked communication. For this to happen, IoT-compatible devices equipped with the necessary communication options are required. With its new IoT interface, Rittal is now laying the foundation for the optimal integration of cooling units and chillers in Industry 4.0 applications. This makes continuous communication from the sensor to the cloud possible, as well as connection to superordinate monitoring or energy management systems.

A great deal of information is generated when it comes to operating modern climate control solutions in enclosures. Until now, it has only been practical to record operating hours and the current temperature inside the enclosure. But with modern devices like the new cooling units and chillers in the Rittal Blue e+ range, a multitude of values and other information can be measured and recorded. This includes the temperatures inside and outside the enclosure, the evaporator and condenser temperatures and, where appropriate, measurements from additional sensors located inside the enclosure. Instead of a simple operating hours meter, the run-times of the compressor and internal and external fan are recorded separately. There are also system messages, data for capacity utilisation and the current parametrisation information.

Tim Rourke, President, Rittal Systems Ltd., said, “Rittal is a pacesetter when it comes to introducing systems that respond to the customers’ needs for greater security, monitoring and energy savings. It is crucial for businesses to select systems that are IoT enabled in order to meet the challenges of Industry 4.0.”

Rittal

Creating added value from data

In order to generate added value from the high volume of data, the information must be made available to superordinate systems. To make the seamless communication of data possible, Rittal now offers its new IoT interface, which turns the cooling units and chillers in the Blue e+ range into IoT-compatible devices. The IoT interface can either be mounted on a top hat rail or directly on the cooling unit or chiller. The protocols supported are OPC-UA, Profinet, SNMP, Modbus and CANopen. The number of protocols supported makes it is possible to connect to superordinate monitoring or energy management systems in virtually every case. The data from the cooling units and chillers is then available in these systems at all times. It is also possible to set parameters and configure settings via the IoT interface.

Cloud connectivity

The information from the devices can also be used for a wide range of analyses. The communication options available through the new IoT interfaces make it possible to integrate the climate control solutions into IoT applications, paving the way for new applications and smart service solutions. For example, the options make optimisation of maintenance and servicing of climate control solutions possible, lowering operating costs. Another important application is energy data management. With all data available at all times, the level of energy efficiency is increased, which in turn helps reduce costs.

Check out Rittal’s new IoT video: Increase your machine availability with smart data use! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsMNn3zdAlY

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Quite simply put if you feel that job site costing and quote development are a lot of work, you are right! To properly assess a job and estimate the required work time, product costs and various other expenses can take more time than is often feasible for a small company. You need to be spending your time completing projects, which can become difficult if you are spending your hours doing cost analysis. We learned this first hand in last month’s edition of the Electrician Forum when Steve Beeby of Beehive Electric discussed the balance required to own and operate an electrical contracting company.

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Fluke Hammon Healy

As our population grows and consumers continue to rely on technology for both essentials and comfort, the need for power quality has become vital. Fluke is a leader in this field, offering power quality training seminars, as well as employing power quality specialists with years of industry experience.

This month’s personal profile is a double feature of two of Fluke’s senior power quality specialists, Hilton Hammond and Frank Healy.

Hilton Hammond has been with Fluke since 1995, and in 2013 moved into his current position as Power Quality Business Unit Manager. He has a deep and thorough knowledge of power quality and related electrical instrumentation. 

Frank Healy, Power Quality Product Marketing Manager at Fluke since 2006, has been in the industry for well over three decades. He globally manages Fluke’s power quality products, including measuring instruments and precision power analyzers.

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