Power monitoring to ensure business uptime

Power monitoring can help optimise electrical systems for maximum uptime and ensure energy efficiency.

Combining structured procedure with specialist hardware (power meters), methodology and technique, Critical Power Projects provides a power monitoring service for customers operating critical applications in dynamic environments that need to ensure power (and thus business) continuity. We employ an experienced, nationwide team of specialist engineers who understand the objectives of power monitoring and how to carry it out constructively.

Ensuring power quality.

Another aspect of power monitoring is exploring the condition of power from where it enters an electricity distribution network through the utility supply and makes its way through the system to upstream equipment. Mains power is prone to problems such as sags, surges, brownouts, spikes and transients, electrical noise and harmonics, alongside frequency variations and complete blackouts. The job of a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) is to sit between mains power and connected loads, protecting them against blackouts but also acting as a buffer between mains power problems and loads. Otherwise, these power problems could lead to equipment failure, damage and/or data loss (if it happens to be data centre servers, for example). Our power monitoring service can include:

- Rack monitoring – assessing power usage and capacity.

- Monitoring PDUs (power distribution units).

- Monitoring cooling units through ac distribution boards.

- Power quality analysis.

And to minimise disruption on site, any kind of monitoring these days can be done remotely, once implemented, using specialist software and any one of a number of protocols (RS-232 serial connection, SNMP – simple network management protocol, MODBUS/JBUS or profibus).

Once established, this connection enables two-way communication signals between power monitoring equipment and the remote operator (which could be the customer or Critical Power Projects on behalf of a customer). We can then receive information from the system, history logs, analysis, interrogation and diagnostics, call up additional information for reporting purposes and set up specific testing/diagnostic routines.