Digital Power Metering and Industrial Data Communication for Meter Systems
Thomas Mason, P.E.
course discusses the underlying principles of power metering, selection of components
and connection for centralized reporting. Concepts can be applied to benefit
for small commercial operations, large tenant spaces and campus settings. Drawings
and photographs illustrate the concepts. The reference list shows sources for
economical components and sophisticated integrated systems.
This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.
At the conclusion of this course, the student will:
electric power meters perform three valuable functions - cost allocation, failure
analysis and problem anticipation. Cost allocation has two faces - to the supplier
and to the user. The purpose of this course is to help the student deliver value
to his employer and to the firm.
Cost allocation is necessary base information to permit the accounting folk to determine costs associated with various areas of operation. The most common example of this is the electric Utility. They sell electrical energy and measure different aspects of the electric usage to determine the monthly bill. The Utility passes-through the costs of the electricity to the user. Similarly, many firms and landlords measure individual electrical usage and pass through actual dollar billing or accounting charges to each department.
From the user side, the Utility customer, the tenant or the department, where this energy goes is a measure of savings opportunities and a true aid in efficient management. The advantage of metering over estimating is that the Utility bills are a regular verification of accuracy, usually with a substantial dollar value indicated.
In situations where service interruption has a defined cost, as hospitals, solid-state chip fabrication and chemical processing, it becomes critical to determine the initiating failure, not just a count of all the systems which failed. Modern microprocessor-based meters help with this analysis at very low cost.
Finally, there are persons who believe that money should be spent to avoid future failures. In this environment, electrical metering often gives first indication of incipient malfunctions. The metering system, however, is not the expensive part of the pro-active program, it is the man-hours to analyze and interpret the data.
The course content is in a PDF file (899 KB) Digital Power Metering and Industrial Data Communication for Meter Systems. You need to open or download this document to study this course.
This course covered the concepts and available products for electric power metering for commercial, institutional or industrial use. It introduced devices, interconnection block diagrams and very general specifications. The links provide access to equipment and software suppliers. Following successful review of the reference material and the associated examination, the student should be able to discuss metering effectively with sales persons and management representatives.
For additional technical information related to this subject, please visit the following websites or web pages:
Extech - http://www.extechproducts.com/products/extech/clamp.html
AEMC - http://www.aemc.com/
Amprobe - http://www.amprobe.com/cgi-bin/pdc/pgview.cgi?id=main&type=elec
Power Meters and
Hardware and Cable
TopWorx - http://www.topworx.com/fn_over.html
EmersonProcess - http://www.emersonprocess-powerwater.com/
Stonel - http://www.stonel.com/FieldLink/mbsystems.html
SixNetIO - http://www.sixnetio.com/
Human Machine Interface
WonderWare InTouch - http://www.wonderware.com/
Data Analysis Software
OriginLab - http://www.originlab.com/www/products/origin/index.asp
SAS - http://www.sas.com
SPSS - http://www.spss.com
Synergy - http://www.synergy.com/fast.htm
Matlab - http://www.mathworks.com/products/daq/
Mathcad - http://www.mathcad.com/products/Mathcad.asp?page=2
Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.