Cloud-Based Generator and ATS Monitoring, Testing Solution Developed - Murata Energy Solutions Americas - Facility Management Product Release
Murata Energy Solutions Americas, Inc., a subsidiary of Murata Electronics North America, Inc., has introduced the PowerConnect emergency power supply system (EPSS) solution, a product line developed exclusively for the automated generator and automatic transfer switch (ATS) monitoring and testing market.
Murata Energy Solutions Americas’ PowerConnect EPSS combines a cloud-based IoT platform with secure, field-proven industrial wireless technology to automate the monitoring and testing of both generators and ATSs. When exceptions occur, PowerConnect EPSS not only has the ability to send e-mails or text messages alerting users of the issue, but also has a sophisticated rules engine that allows users to have the Murata solution send commands to the equipment to stop the generator or switch an ATS to reduce the load. In addition to increasing the reliability of the system through detailed monitoring and recording of generator parameters, PowerConnect EPSS also automates, records, and reports tests of the generators and ATSs. The result is a simplified process that adheres to the Joint Commission and EPA rules and regulations.
As background, onsite generating assets are a critical piece of facility equipment and provide an invaluable service when called upon. Generators constitute a significant capital investment. To fully realize the benefit of this expenditure, the generators and ATSs need to operate when there is that demand. However, statistics show that EPSS systems fail to operate in almost 30 percent of these crucial times. PowerConnect EPSS provides users with information regarding generating assets, as well as the ATSs, to improve the reliability of the information and control system.
“By employing the latest cloud-based technologies and robust wireless products, PowerConnect EPSS provides access to authorized users anywhere there is an Internet connection while avoiding unnecessary installation costs from running wires and conduit. As an added benefit, our new solution can also be used to automate the use of EPSSs in demand response programs,” says Tim Cutler, General Manager, Murata Energy Solutions Americas, Inc.
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