Our Experience

Our Device Experience

These are the systems, software, hardware, and devices we have experience implementing. This is by no means an exclusive list, but these are the most common. Use the filtering parameters to explore devices Affinity Energy has integrated in past projects.

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Wonderware InTouch SCADA
SCADA Systems

Wonderware InTouch SCADA

Our engineers recommend and integrate Wonderware when:

 

You want it distributed across many machines to help with load balancing and/or redundancy

A Wonderware SCADA system allows you to deploy application objects and I/O to different computers through distributed application design. Distributing applications across many machines means operators can more easily balance loads. Higher dispersion also means better data redundancy across the system’s infrastructure, should one machine fail.

 

You need a rich and customizable feature set

Because of Wonderware’s history and presence in industries like manufacturing, System Platform has a rich set of modern-style HMI graphics, but can also be configured for situational awareness. The abundance of customizable features also extends to aspects like alarming and history as well. Ultimately, Wonderware System Platform can be tailored based on what the end user wants.

 

You’re looking for something easily scalable (from 500-500,000 points) that will be used by more than one end-user or operator.

With object-oriented design methods, Wonderware System Platform supports a database of templates. By using a templated approach, you can standardize and apply across all blocks in the environment. Once you’ve created one object, the rest of the plant becomes easy to scale and recreate…not to mention the reduction of engineering time and lower lifecycle system costs.

Weidmuller WI-MOD-945-E Wireless Radio
Instrumentation

Weidmuller WI-MOD-945-E Wireless Radio


Our engineers recommend and integrate Weidmuller WI-MOD-945-E radio when:

 

You want a flexible radio with many customization features

Weidmuller radios have digital I/O built in, and can function as a Modbus client and/or server. This means you can communicate transparently through the radio with other Modbus devices.

It also has a built-in RS-232 and RS-485 serial port, allowing you to get a wireless connection to serial devices at the same location. Weidmuller also has built in networking features such as managed switch capabilities and routing.

 

You want industrially-hardened, reliable access points that don’t require burying connectors

Today’s industrial-grade wireless connections are considered reliable and redundant enough to perform in industrial atmospheres. In fact, they have just as much (if not more) security capability and encryption as a wired switch, and their reliability is unparalleled. Weidmuller is considered one of the most industrially-hardened wireless radios.

 

You want an extremely economical solution

You save a lot on labor costs when you aren’t paying for miles of trenches and conduit. Wireless radios also require less planning resources than running hard connections.

 

VTScada
SCADA Systems

VTScada


Our engineers recommend and integrate VTScada when:

 

You need a rock solid, all-in-one enterprise SCADA solution that’s easy to configure out of the box

If you use other SCADA solutions, you will probably need separately supported software made by a different company (e.g., Kepserver, Dream Reports, OSI PI). But because Trihedral controls all aspects of their VTScada software (drivers, historian, alarm notification, etc.), it means nothing else is required for basic implementation. In addition to reduced cost, because they own all aspects of the system, you can get any questions answered or issues resolved with a single call.

 

You require a multi-generational, cost-effective solution

With VTScada, a small system under 250 points can be up and running on a comprehensive SCADA solution for an investment of less than $5,000. As a matter of fact, Trihedral also offers VTScada LIGHT for systems under 50 points, free of charge. Even if your system requires more than 50 points, VTScada LIGHT is a great way to get your feet wet while experiencing the full functionality of the product.

 

You need a scalable, expandable, and redundant solution

One of VTScada’s greatest strengths is scalability. A lot of major SCADA solutions require all enterprise SCADA solutions to run on the same version and/or same operating system. They are unable to support older generation systems without an entire system upgrade each time a new location is added. VTScada, on the other hand, is backward compatible. This means your 2010 system running on Windows 7, and your 2017 system running Windows 10 can work with one another on an enterprise level. If you plan to build a portfolio of projects with multiple installations, there’s peace of mind knowing you’ll have complete support for older systems with VTScada.

Veris E50
Instrumentation Power Meter

Veris E50

Our engineers recommend and integrate Veris e50 when:

 

You need a cost-effective submeter that leaves a small footprint for retrofit situations

If you have limited space and you need a meter with a display, the Veris e50 is about as small as you can get. But it’s not just actual meter dimensions that give them their edge on size. Because it is also a form factor mount, it can attach to any DIN rail, which allows for quick and cost-effective custom submetering panels. Because it can sit inside an enclosure, it takes up even less space in cramped retrofit environments.

 

You need it to do more than electricity

The Veris e50 has the ability to capture non-electrical utilities like gas, water, and steam. This makes it an ideal meter for energy plants like medical campus central utility plants. Because it has a display, it can act as a local HMI for other meters in the plant. It does this by using a pulse input to connect into different meters and measure their outputs.

 

You need protocol options

When integrating Veris meters into existing systems, you have options. The Veris e50 comes with three different protocols, which makes it an obvious choice for retrofit situations. Specifically, it can interface with devices through Modbus, BACnet, and LonWorks.

Vaisala WXT520
Met Station

Vaisala WXT520

The WXT520 is an all-in-one weather monitoring instrument combining anemometer, rainfall, temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure sensors in one instrument. It talks a protocol called SDI-12. It does have an option that integrates a pyranometer, but it’s a first class pyranometer. It’s less accurate, but can be used as a GHI irradiance measurements. Like most all-in-one instruments, it’s easier to deploy an all-in-one than a combination of sensors, but does cost more, and if any part of the instrument fails, the entire instrument fails.

Ubiquiti Radio
Instrumentation

Ubiquiti Radio

Our engineers recommend and integrate a Ubiquiti radio when:

 

You want a cost-effective point-to-point communications solution

When your situation doesn’t require a top-of-the-line industrial-grade radio, the cost difference is significant. For example, Ubiquiti is a fraction of the cost of industrially-hardened radios, which typically start at $1,500. As a bonus, it requires much less power to run, once installed.

Not to mention the overwhelming advantage of wireless over wired. You save a lot on labor costs when you aren’t paying for miles of trenches and conduit. Wireless also requires less planning and allows for easier retrofit options than hard connections.

 

You want an easily-integrated wireless radio communications solution that doesn’t require burying connectors

Industrial wireless radios are already considerably faster than digging trenches, laying cable, and burying it again. But Ubiquiti’s structure makes installation even simpler. The antenna is built in, it doesn’t require an enclosure, it’s simple to mount, and doesn’t require much support equipment. It may be less configurable than other industrially-hardened wireless radios, but fewer settings makes integration extremely simple.

 

You want a reliable communications solution

In a wired infrastructure, there are many points of failure, mostly from accidental cable cutting. Due to the simplified network of industrial wireless, there are actually less points of failure than in a wired infrastructure. The worst possible scenario in a wireless situation is if a radio happens to go bad (a rarity). In which case, a new Ubiquiti radio can be installed in as little as 30 minutes.

 

T35
GE Relay

T35

An upgrade to SR745, the T35 is a transformer protection relay typically seen in larger power transformers at industrial facilities and distribution substations that stepdown power. This is part of GE’s universal relay family.

SR745
GE Relay

SR745

The SR745 is a transformer protection relay typically seen in larger power transformers at industrial facilities and distribution substations that stepdown power.

Shark 200 Meter
Instrumentation

Shark 200 Meter

Our engineers recommend and integrate Shark 200 when:

 

You need onboard data logging

For mission-critical applications such as renewables and manufacturing, gaps in data are often intolerable. That’s why this meter’s onboard data logging is a huge differentiator. The Shark 200 meter stores data locally, which means even if you lose connection to the meter, you won’t lose your data.

 

You need a large, easy-to-read display with 7 segment characters

The Shark 200 meter has a seven-segment display. Although it may seem old fashioned compared to bright, backlit LED screens, there’s a reason seven-segment displays are still used. LCD displays have issues such as a glare when viewing outside in sunlight or well-lit areas, and problems with screen fade due to excessive sunlight. A seven-segment display has easy-to-read red numerical digits that don’t fade, and are easy to read across long distances.

 

You need expandable I/O

Do you need to monitor other information such as switch or circuit breaker position or transformer alarm? Maybe you want to send a curtailment signal based on exceeding a pre-defined power demand setting. Simplify your application and reduce both hardware and installation costs by using the expandable I/O capability of the Shark 200 meter.

SEL-751 A
Relay SEL

SEL-751 A

The SEL-751 A is a device for feeder protection for industrial utility applications. It uses Modbus, DNP, IEC, as well as other open protocols.

SEL-735
Relay SEL

SEL-735

The SEL-735 is a revenue grade power quality meter that supports Modbus, DNP, and IEC protocols. It’s a good meter we see a lot in utility-scale solar applications, in utility substations, and on income switchgear at industrial facilities.

SEL-701
Relay SEL

SEL-701

SEL-701 is a motor protection relay. We often find the SEL-701 in more industrial applications, and some utility applications at power plants. The SEL-701 supports Modbus communications.

SEL-700G
Relay SEL

SEL-700G

The 700G is a generator protection relay mostly used in emergency power supply system applications. This device supports Modbus and DNP communications, as well as other open protocols.

SEL 651R Recloser
Controls SEL

SEL 651R Recloser

This is the most common recloser used for distribution-connected PV solar sites. Everything it does, it does well. It’s fast responding protection equipment and integrates well with monitoring systems. It also supports all traditional solar monitoring protocols (Modbus, DNP3, IEC 61950, GOOSE).

SEL-551
Relay SEL

SEL-551

Similar to 501, the SEL 551 also provides a recloser relay, mostly for utility applications. It uses Modbus and IEC protocols.

SEL-3530
Real-Time Automation Controller SEL

SEL-3530

Real time automation controller, also known as RTAC, is popular in substation applications and industrial control applications. It provides similar capabilities as a programmable logic controller. It acts as a data concentrator, and/or RTU (remote terminal unit). The SEL RTAC also has the option to develop HMI screens for smaller substation applications.

SEL-501
Relay SEL

SEL-501

The SEL-501 is an overcurrent protection relay, often referred to as a universal overcurrent relay. This device can protect two circuits in one relay and it supports Modbus communications.

SEL-451 Recloser
Controls SEL

SEL-451 Recloser

Most common recloser used for transmission-connected PV solar sites. Everything it does, it does well. It’s fast responding protection equipment and integrates well with monitoring systems. It also supports all traditional solar monitoring protocols (Modbus, DNP3, IEC 61950, GOOSE).

SEL 3555 RTAC
Real-Time Automation Controller SEL

SEL 3555 RTAC

The SEL 3555 on the high end of the RTAC family. It’s an RTU supporting Modbus, DNP3, IEC 61950, and GOOSE protocols. It’s most commonly used as a data concentrator for large point counts. It’s now being used to do control of several solar power plants, replacing an industrial PLC. It has fairly basic HMI capabilities built-in, though not like what you can do with most commercial HMI applications.

SEL-3505 RTAC
Real-Time Automation Controller SEL

SEL-3505 RTAC

The SEL 3505 is the newest, and low-end version of the RTAC. It supports Modbus, DNP3, IEC 61950, and GOOSE protocols but supports fewer points and interfaces. It does not support built-in HMI. Because it supports control programming, Affinity Energy is using it for curtailment control at small solar sites to manage plant output.

PowerLogic
Power Meter Schneider Electric

PowerLogic

PowerLogic was a previous generation EPMS solution offered by Schneider Electric. Affinity Energy is experienced in upgrading older PowerLogic devices as well as PowerLogic software to the current generation (Power Monitoring Expert).

Schneider Electric ION 8650
Power Meter Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric ION 8650

The ION 8650 is a revenue-grade power quality meter ideal for socket/switchboard submetering applications. In addition to its high power quality capabilities and high accuracy measurements, the ION 8650 provides flexible and secure data communications using DNP 3.0, Modbus, and IEC 61850 communications.

Russelectric RPTCS
ATS EPSS

Russelectric RPTCS

Affinity Energy has integrated the RPTCS transfer switch control system using Modbus RTU and Modbus TCP for healthcare and data center applications. Information we’ve integrated includes operational status, system parameters, power summary, and control settings.

PX4000, PX6000, PX8000
Eaton Power Meter

PX4000, PX6000, PX8000

The PX4000, 60000, and 8000 are high end power quality meters. They can do sag, swell, transient, flicker, and time synchronization. These meters have built in web pages and can act like a gateway to downstream devices.

PX2000
Eaton Power Meter

PX2000

The PX2000 is a midrange power and energy meter with basic power quality. It supports serial and ethernet TCP protocols, and even has a built-in webpage.

Prosoft MVI46-MNETC
Communications

Prosoft MVI46-MNETC

The Prosoft MV46 is a multi-client network interface that allows Allen-Bradley SLC processors to interface easily with multiple Modbus TCP/IP server compatible instruments and devices. It has support for the storage and transfer of up to 5,000 data points to and from the SLC processor.

PowerScout 3037
Dent Instruments Power Meter

PowerScout 3037

The PowerScout 3037 is a cost effective basic power and energy submeter with a very small footprint. It can typically fit within most electrical distribution panels, which makes it ideal for submetering the main power on a distribution panel. The PowerScout 3037 supports both BACnet and Modbus protocols, and can work with standard split core CTs and rope CTs, making it a very versatile solution for basic power and energy submetering.

Power Xpert Gateway
Eaton Modbus Translator

Power Xpert Gateway

Just like a Modbus Master INCOM Network Translator (mMINT), Power Xpert Gateway can talk to older Digitrip units. It can also talk to older legacy Cutler Hammer digital meters such as the IQ Analyzer and iQ Data Plus II using Product Operated Network Interface (PONI).

Power Monitoring Expert (ION Enterprise)
SCADA Systems Schneider Electric

Power Monitoring Expert (ION Enterprise)

Power Monitoring Expert (previously ION enterprise) is a cost effective and comprehensive EPMS solution that supports mission critical power applications such as hospitals, data centers, airports, and manufacturing. Power Monitoring Expert is not only for Schneider Electric products, but there is also a large library of third party, pre-developed device templates such as GE and Eaton.

PM8000
Power Meter Schneider Electric

PM8000

The PM8000 is an entry point meter for advanced power quality metering from Schneider Electric. It has the capability to detect and record disturbance direction detection. It has a compact footprint, expandable I/O, and can be used as part of the EPSS/generator performance module. It’s also a great meter if you’re looking to monitor other utilities like water, air, gas, and steam.

PM800, 700, 600
Power Meter Schneider Electric

PM800, 700, 600

These midrange meters for monitoring feeders or critical loads in electrical systems are all previous generation Schneider Electric meters and not available anymore. They’ve since been replaced by newer meters like the PM5000 and PM8000.

PM174
Power Meter SATEC

PM174

SATEC is a specialty power quality meter manufacturer. We have integrated the PM174 on data center systems where the owner wanted access to advanced power quality without the need for proprietary and expensive power quality software. SATEC offers free software downloads from their website.

NovaTech OrionLX RTU
Data Concentrator

NovaTech OrionLX RTU

The OrionLX RTU is comparable to an SEL RTAC. It works best as a data concentrator for centralizing substation data from relay protection, cap bank controllers, meters, etc. It’s lower cost than the RTAC, easy to program and configure. It supports all the substation protocols (Modbus, DNP3, IEC 61950, GOOSE).

NAE Johnson Controls
Controls Johnson Controls

NAE Johnson Controls

The Johnson Controls network automation engine (NAE) is a common network area controller. Affinity Energy has integrated information from Johnson Controls Metasys building automation systems that have NAEs as part of their system architecture into SCADA systems, especially at hospitals and airports. We typically communicate BACnet IP to Johnson Controls and NAE.

MVT
GE Trip Unit

MVT

The MVT is the unenhanced version of the EMVT. This protective device is typically found in older GE low voltage switchgear. It has basic protection and metering, and is found in much smaller breakers and switchboards. It communicates using GE proprietary commnet protocol and requires a GE Modbus Concentrator to integrate to a SCADA system.

MOXA MGate MB3180, MB3280, MB3480
Gateway

MOXA MGate MB3180, MB3280, MB3480

The MGate is one of Affinity Energy’s go to communications devices for high performance conversion of Modbus RTU to Modbus TCP networks. The 2 and 4-port version provide significant cost-affected scalability, because they save you from buying multiple MB3180’s. If your application only requires a single serial port, such as that provided by the MB3180, consider the MB3170.

MOXA MGate MB3170
Gateway

MOXA MGate MB3170

If your application has 1 or 2 ports, the MGate is one of Affinity Energy’s go to communications devices for high performance conversion of Modbus RTU to Modbus TCP networks. When compared to the MB3180, it has a few different features, such as redundant power supplies and multiple ethernet ports for ethernet cascading.

MOXA ioLogik
Controls

MOXA ioLogik

The ioLogik is a low cost, remote I/O module used for monitoring transformer alarm points and field met station instrumentation in solar projects. It works with Modbus or ethernet IP and allows us to monitor the status of switches or 4-20mA signals from devices not near the controller. There are options for digitals, analogs, or temperature sensors.

MOXA EDS Switches
Communications

MOXA EDS Switches

Moxa switches are fairly low cost, and have a good temperature rating. The 2 series is considered light commercial. The 3 series has better thermal ratings for industrial applications. The 4 series is a managed switch with intelligence that can integrate with SCADA, talking ethernet IP, Profinet, or Modbus. The 5 series and higher are managed switches with good variety of capabilities to support POE, and fiber at 10/100/1GB speeds.

Monico CDL Gateway
Caterpillar Gateway

Monico CDL Gateway

The CDL (Caterpillar Data Link) is a protocol converter that allows integration of older Caterpillar generators using EMCP II control panels.

Modbus Concentrator
Communications GE

Modbus Concentrator

Modbus Concentrator is a protocol translator that converts the GE commnet protocol to Modbus RTU open protocol. It’s typically found in GE AKD switchgear or Spectra Series switchboards. It allows the integration of Microversa trip units.

The Modbus concentrator has since been obsoleted by GE. If you have switchgear with a failed Modbus concentrator, the recommended solution is to replace the trip unit with AC-PRO trip unit. It can be retrofit to the GE switchgear and it has Modbus communications.

PQM, PQM II
GE Power Meter

PQM, PQM II

The PQM and PQM II are higher end power quality meters that include waveform capture and harmonic spectrum monitoring capability. They provide the ability to measure and categorize voltage disturbances, such as sags and swells.

ML735, ML750, MIFII
GE Relay

ML735, ML750, MIFII

The ML735 and ML750 (also known as multilin), and the MIFII are older generation feeder protection relays. They are found in switchgear on the feeder breakers for both low and medium voltage applications.

ML489
GE Relay

ML489

The ML489 (multilin) is the previous generation generator protection relay. It’s used in emergency power supply systems to provide electrical protection to the generator system.

ML469
GE Relay

ML469

The Multilin 469 was a very popular motor management relay that Affinity Energy integrated in industrial facilities with expensive motors. In addition to monitoring all the electrical parameters like voltage, current, and power, the ML469 can monitor things like bearing temperatures and vibration.

Mitsubishi MELSEC iQ Series PLC
Controls

Mitsubishi MELSEC iQ Series PLC

The iQ series are small form factor PLCs with big PLC capabilities. They’re modular with all the types of I/O one would need (digitals, analogs, temperature interfaces, communications, etc.) and provide an adequate temperature rating. They work well with Mitsubishi equipment.

MicroLogix PLC
Controls Rockwell Automation

MicroLogix PLC

Our engineers recommend and integrate MicroLogix when:

 

You need high maintainability

With fantastic backward compatibility and legacy support, you’ll always have a clear migration path. Software is always well tested and upgraded to support new hardware features and additional processor memory.

 

You’re looking for an industrially hardened controller with a good temperature rating

Do you have a machine that was designed to stand alone, but may need to share information to the outside world? MicroLogix are designed to be installed on the machine, where vibration and temperature variations can be more intense than the climate controlled spaces control cabinets are often installed.

 

You require a high level of customer support

Unlike many PLC vendors, Allen Bradley has field technicians available to perform emergency repair or replacement with most components. Though a relatively expensive path to repair, the cost of downtime may justify a rapid response.

In addition, a global network of distributors and sales support help initiate discussions with OEMs to integrate Allen-Bradley processors in any equipment you plan to purchase.

 

You don’t need to add more than a couple dozen I/O

MicroLogix was designed to control a single aspect of a machine, and was never designed to be the master of any other process. MicroLogix PLCs report back to supervisory control PLCs, such as CompactLogix and ControlLogix. They also work well for standalone processes where basic HMI can be installed on the machine.

 

Micrologic Trip Unit
Schneider Electric Trip Unit

Micrologic Trip Unit

The Micrologic trip unit is a common trip unit found in Schneider Electric low voltage switchgear. Using Modbus communications, Affinity Energy has integrated basic as well as more complex trip units that include harmonics and power quality. We are also familiar with integrating the Modbus cradle communication module (CCM). If a CCM is used in conjunction with the micrologic trip unit, it will provide breaker position (racked in, racked out, or test).

Meteocontrol
Controls

Meteocontrol

Meteocontrol is a monitoring system targeted at solar sites with less than 5MW. In Affinity Energy’s opinion, it’s not particularly good at doing plant control because it doesn’t have a controller in the system. Plant control would be considered an add-on to the system. A modestly low-cost solution, it has a cloud app for monitoring data and its own I/O devices that go in the enclosures. It is comparable to Locus Energy, Draker, and AlsoEnergy, however Meteocontrol is primarily European, so it can be difficult to reach tech support at times.

M340
Controls Schneider Electric

M340

The M340 is a highly flexible compact and expandable PLC platform and overall mid-range workhorse. It supports multiple open protocols such as Ethernet, Modbus, and CANopen. It can be used as both a PLC and remote terminal unit in electric utility applications since it supports DNP capabilities. It can also be used as a distributed I/O device if you don’t want to do controls but pick up discrete or analog signals, and can be used as a remote I/O platform when connected to higher end Quantum PLCs.

Lufft WS500
Met Station

Lufft WS500

The WS500 is an all-in-one weather monitoring instrument combining anemometer, rainfall, temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure sensors in one instrument. It talks a protocol called SDI-12. It does have an option that integrates a pyranometer, but it’s a first class pyranometer. It’s less accurate, but can be used as a GHI irradiance measurements. Like most all-in-one instruments, it’s easier to deploy an all-in-one than a combination of sensors, but does cost more, and if any part of the instrument fails, the entire instrument fails.
When compared to the Vaisala WXT520, the Lufft WS500 is a little easier to implement.

Locus Energy
Controls

Locus Energy

Locus is a monitoring system targeted at solar sites with less than 5MW. In Affinity Energy’s opinion, it’s not particularly good at doing plant control because it doesn’t have a controller in the system. Plant control would be considered an add-on to the system. A modestly low-cost solution, it has a cloud app for monitoring data. It is comparable to Draker, Meteocontrol, and AlsoEnergy.

Kipp & Zonen CMP11, CMP22
Met Station

Kipp & Zonen CMP11, CMP22

A well, recognized brand, the Kipp & Zonen CMP11 is the industry standard, secondary standard pyranometer used for irradiance measurement at solar sites. Comparable to Hukseflux, the CMP11 comes in at a higher price point with lower performance. Traditionally, the instruments provide a millivolt signal and are best used in conjunction with something like a Campbell Scientific datalogger.

KEPserver/TOP Server
Communications Kepware

KEPserver/TOP Server

KEPserver and TOP Server are both software Affinity Energy uses as its OPC (OLE for process control) or SuiteLink server in many of the Wonderware-based SCADA systems its engineers have designed. TOP Server is simply a rebranded KEPserver software by Software Toolbox with a few add on modules.

JACE
Controls Tridium Vykon

JACE

JACE, or Java Application Control Engine, is an open architecture network area controller commonly found in commercial and institutional building applications such as education, government, and healthcare. The JACE is part of the Tridium VYKON product line manufactured by Honeywell. For a period of time, Affinity Energy was an authorized system integrator. Because of their systems integrations in hospitals and data centers, Affinity Energy has maintained expertise in configuring and integrating JACE. We also use JACE when we are required to interface EPMS systems to building automation systems.

IQ250
Eaton Power Meter

IQ250

The IQ 250 is a basic power meter, similar to an ION7300 or ION6200. It supports Modbus serial and TCP.

IQ 150
Eaton Power Meter

IQ 150

The IQ150 is a basic power meter, similar to an ION7300 or ION6200. It supports Modbus serial and TCP.

ION 7700
Power Meter Schneider Electric

ION 7700

The ION 7700 is two generations old, originally a 90’s meter. It’s a good meter, but due to its age and lack of parts, it’s difficult to repair when it fails. In addition, it can only be integrated into an ION system.

Generally, if we come across an ION 7700, we recommend an upgrade. Technically we can integrate it, but the cost of integration merits a discussion of upgrading to one of its replacements (ION 7550 or ION 7650).

ION 7650
Power Meter Schneider Electric

ION 7650

The ION 7550 and 7650 are high end power quality meters. We recommend these meters when you need access to sags, swells, transients, and the harmonic spectrum. One of the distinguishing features of this meter is disturbance direction detection, which provides an indication of whether a power quality event was initiated upstream or downstream of the meter.

With higher-end fidelity, the 7650 captures a higher waveform resolution. Its granularity within cycles is much greater than its sister meter.

ION 7600
Power Meter Schneider Electric

ION 7600

The ION 7600 and 7500 have been replaced by the ION 7550 and 7650.

ION 7550
Power Meter Schneider Electric

ION 7550

The ION 7550 and 7650 are high end power quality meters. We recommend these meters when you need access to sags, swells, transients, and the harmonic spectrum. One of the distinguishing features of this meter is disturbance direction detection, which provides an indication of whether a power quality event was initiated upstream or downstream of the meter.

ION 7500
Power Meter Schneider Electric

ION 7500

The ION 7600 and 7500 have been replaced by the ION 7550 and 7650.

ION 7350
Power Meter Schneider Electric

ION 7350

The 7350 and 7330 are mid-range power quality meters no longer available today. They’re commonly found in low voltage substations metering branch circuit feeders.

ION 7330
Power Meter Schneider Electric

ION 7330

The 7350 and 7330 are mid-range power quality meters no longer available today. They’re commonly found in low voltage substations metering branch circuit feeders.

ION 6200
Power Meter Schneider Electric

ION 6200

The ION 6200 is a basic power meter used to meter branch circuit feeders in low voltage substations that don’t require high end power quality.

Hukseflux SR20
Met Station

Hukseflux SR20

The SR20 is a high performing secondary standard pyranometer used for irradiance measurement at solar sites. It’s comparable to the Kipp & Zonen CPMP 11, but it’s a lower price point and tests indicates it is more accurate, particularly in low irradiance conditions. Traditionally, the instruments provide a millivolt signal and are best used in conjunction with something like a Campbell Scientific datalogger.

HMS Anybus
Gateway

HMS Anybus

The HMS Anybus offers a converter that integrates the two worlds of PROFIBUS and ethernet IP protocols, which are otherwise incompatible. Anybus is a bit different from a gateway in that a gateway is generally synchronous. However, Anybus is an asynchronous gateway that pulls information continuously. It has updated information all the time and responds more quickly to requesting devices. Affinity Energy commonly uses Anybus to get Modbus data into an Allen Bradley PLC via eIP.

GE PQM Power Quality Meter
Instrumentation

GE PQM Power Quality Meter

Our engineers recommend and integrate a GE PQM when:

 

You’re looking for proven reliability with a large install base

GE meters, like the GE PQM II, have been around forever (almost). Their form factor may seem unusual, but there’s a reason they haven’t changed in so long. They’re great, reliable meters. In fact, the GE PQM II has a worldwide 10-year warranty.

 

You require the collection of other utility data

If you have a water meter, BTU meter, or other utility resource you want to collect information from, the PQM II meter can collect and store information locally. Using optional onboard inputs, it has the ability to interface or connect to other types of pulse-type utility meters, and store usage information for later extraction and analysis. Additionally, if configured with the –C option, you can send a control signal to a curtailment system based on high usage scenarios.

 

You want power quality analysis without expensive software

If you don’t want to invest in expensive software, this is the meter for you. GE offers free software downloadable from their website for meter waveform capture and sequence of events. Using the free software, you can download the data which has been stored in onboard logging.

GE Cimplicity SCADA
SCADA Systems

GE Cimplicity SCADA

Our engineers recommend and integrate GE Cimplicity when:

 

You need a scalable solution developed for power and energy

GE’s name is synonymous with the electrical grid. They’re a power and energy company, which means their solutions are developed with that industry in mind. If you need a solution that understands electrical power, transmission, and distribution, GE is the right solution for you.

 

You require easy change management

Certain industries, such as food, beverage, and industrial, require a paper trail to show changes made to the SCADA solution. Cimplicity was one of the first companies to incorporate change management into a SCADA and PLC platform. If you require adherence to strict change management standards for version control and regulatory compliance, GE Cimplicity is a great option.

 

You want a comprehensive GE solution

If you’ve already specified GE PLCs, integrating with GE Cimplicity will save a lot of development time. Integration between GE products is tightly woven together, which means their products are more efficient talking with each other than through other solutions. For example, Cimplicity’s driver is more efficient when communicating directly to GE PLCs than through KEPServer or Matrikon OPCs.

G30/G60
GE Relay

G30/G60

The G30 and G60 are GE’s current generation generator protection relay. They replaced the ML489. They are part of the GE universal relay family, and used in emergency power supply systems to provide electrical protection to the generator system.

FactoryTalk View SE
Rockwell Automation SCADA Systems

FactoryTalk View SE

FactoryTalk View Site Edition is a SCADA system that collects data from multiple sources on the network and supports client server viewing of process information. It does away with the traditional SCADA paradigm of having a tag database. Instead, FactoryTalk Directory allows the HMI to browse the namespace of Allen-Bradley PLCs on the network. Because those points are already defined in the control system, they don’t need to be redefined in a tag list in the HMI. No tag definition means no tag licensing. Instead, FactoryTalk View is licensed based on the number of displays. FactoryTalk View SE works best when used with Allen-Bradley equipment.

FactoryTalk View ME
Rockwell Automation SCADA Systems

FactoryTalk View ME

FactoryTalk View Machine Edition tends to be a more dedicated HMI on a piece of equipment and usually only talks to one PLC. It’s the high-end version of a traditional Allen-Bradley Panel View. FactoryTalk View is licensed based on the number of displays. FactoryTalk View ME works best when used with Allen-Bradley equipment.

F35, F60
GE Relay

F35, F60

The F35 and F60 are current generation feeder protection relays. The F35 replaced the ML735, and the F60 replaced the ML750/ML760. They are part of the GE universal relay family.

EPM9650, EPM9900
GE Power Meter

EPM9650, EPM9900

These are GE’s most advanced high-end power quality meters. They are manufactured by Electro Industries and rebranded by GE. In addition to basic waveform capture and harmonics, they have transient and advanced power quality capabilities, like flicker detection.

EPM6000, EPM7000
GE Power Meter

EPM6000, EPM7000

The EPM 7000, 6000, and 2200 are all GE mid-range, multi-function, power and energy meters. They are manufactured by Electro Industries and rebranded by GE. Affinity Energy has an extensive history integrating GE electrical distribution and control products. We have a long history with GE that has allowed us to build up an expertise integrating a lot of not only meters, but protective devices as well.

EPM 9450
GE Power Meter

EPM 9450

The EPM9450 is a higher end power quality meter that includes waveform capture and harmonic spectrum monitoring capability. It provides the ability to measure and categorize voltage disturbances, such as sags and swells. This meter is made by Electro Industries and rebranded by GE.

Entellisys Switchgear
GE Instrumentation

Entellisys Switchgear

Entellisys switchgear is low voltage electrical switchgear primarily found in mission critical power applications such as hospitals and data centers. Entellisys was one of the first to remove breaker intelligence from the trip unit and put into a redundant central processing unit in the switchgear. This allowed for a significant reduction in arc flash risk.

EnerVista Viewpoint
GE Software

EnerVista Viewpoint

EnerVista Viewpoint is proprietary metering software GE developed to provide a quick and easy way to manage and view GE electrical devices, such as protective relays and meters. Affinity Energy has used EnerVista Viewpoint in conjunction with SCADA software to allow the owner a low cost method for viewing information, such as sequence of events and waveforms, from power quality meters and protective relays.

Enercept
Instrumentation Schneider Electric

Enercept

The Enercept meter is actually built into a current transformer (CT). We commonly integrate this meter at data centers, solar farms, and industrial facilities. It’s a good solution when considering ease of installation because you don’t have to cut any holes or mount any CT shorting terminals.

However, safety is a key concern with this meter. To work on this meter, it typically requires a shutdown because you must access the electrical equipment. From a supportability standpoint, if you have an issue with this meter OSHA regulations make it a challenge to maintain.

To avoid these problems, and still integrate a great meter with simple installation, check out the EM4300.

EMVT-C & EMVT-D
GE Trip Unit

EMVT-C & EMVT-D

As previous generation GE, this protective device is typically found in older GE low voltage switchgear. It communicates using GE proprietary commnet protocol and requires a GE Modbus Concentrator to integrate to a SCADA system. Affinity Energy has experience configuring these trip units into SCADA systems.

EMCP II Gen Panel
Caterpillar Genset Control Instrumentation

EMCP II Gen Panel

Affinity Energy has experience with all three of Caterpillar’s Electronic Modular Control Panel (EMCP) generations, including II, 3.x, and 4.x. II is a previous generation, and requires a Monico gateway for integration. Primary applications of the EMCP II include emergency power supply system SCADA, and NFPA remote annunciation.

EMCP 4.X Gen Panel
Caterpillar Genset Control Instrumentation

EMCP 4.X Gen Panel

Affinity Energy has experience with all three of Caterpillar’s Electronic Modular Control Panel (EMCP) generations, including II, 3.x, and 4.x. 4 is the current generation, and can be integrated using a Modbus protocol. Primary applications of the EMCP 4.X include emergency power supply system SCADA, and NFPA remote annunciation.

EMCP 3.X Gen Panel
Caterpillar Genset Control Instrumentation

EMCP 3.X Gen Panel

Affinity Energy has experience with all three of Caterpillar’s Electronic Modular Control Panel (EMCP) generations, including II, 3.x, and 4.x. 3 is a previous generation, and can be integrated using a Modbus protocol. Primary applications of the EMCP 3.X include emergency power supply system SCADA, and NFPA remote annunciation.

ELO Touchscreens
Instrumentation

ELO Touchscreens

ELO has been one of the market leaders in terms of touchscreen monitors and large format interactive displays. Affinity Energy has used ELO touchscreens as part of our electrical switchgear HMI solutions as well as large format alarm displays for multi generator NFPA 110 compliance.

EGX-100
Communications Schneider Electric

EGX-100

The EGX-100 is a Modbus TCP to Modbus RTU gateway that works well with all the Schneider Electric equipment. It is one of the few gateways that supports power over Ethernet, which especially valuable if you don’t want to worry about a local power supply.

Another reason to consider the EGX-100 is that it supports some of the older Square D legacy devices, such as the CM2000.

easYgen-3000 Series
Genset Control Woodward

easYgen-3000 Series

The easYgen 3000 series is a genset controller manufactured by Woodward. It is commonly found in both single engine and smaller multiple engine emergency power supply systems. Affinity Energy has developed Modbus templates for integrating the 3000-series controller into several SCADA systems.

E3X E
Power Meter Veris

E3X E

The E3X E (Ethernet) is a high-density branch circuit metering system ideal for submetering electrical panel boards. The most common applications we see these meters are in co-location data centers where the owner needs to understand how much power and energy goes to each rack and its associated tenant. Other applications include tenant billing within commercial buildings or cost allocation at schools. The E3X supports Modbus, BACnet, and SNMP and has the ability to measure up to 84 circuits, which allows two full panels to be completely submetered.

E3X A/B/C
Power Meter Veris

E3X A/B/C

The E3X is a high-density branch circuit metering system ideal for submetering electrical panel boards. The most common applications we see these meters are in co-location data centers where the owner needs to understand how much power and energy goes to each rack and its associated tenant. Other applications include tenant billing within commercial buildings or cost allocation at schools. The E3X supports Modbus and has the ability to measure up to 84 circuits, which allows two full panels to be completely submetered.

Draker
Controls

Draker

Draker is a monitoring system targeted at solar sites with less than 5MW. In Affinity Energy’s opinion, it’s not particularly good at doing plant control because it doesn’t have a controller in the system. Plant control would be considered an add-on to the system. A modestly low-cost solution, it has a cloud app for monitoring data. It is comparable to Locus Energy, Meteocontrols, and AlsoEnergy.

Do-more PLC
Automation Direct Controls

Do-more PLC


Our engineers recommend and integrate a Do-more when:

 

You need an economical solution for basic analog and discrete I/O, Modbus communication, and control

The base model Do-more is just about the lowest price you can get for this tier of PLC. Unlike many PLCs, the software required to program the hardware is free!

 

You require versatile, non-proprietary software

The Do-more line is quite versatile. Many different modules are easily assembled in the PLC rack, such as analog and digital I/O, RTD, and networking modules.

 

You’re looking for a manufacturer with great support

Anyone with a workable knowledge of PLCs and ladder logic programming should be able to support a Do-more PLC, and because the programming software is free and applications non-proprietary, applications can be easily modified by the end user with little to no training.

If you do have a question, Automation Direct is known for its implementation customer support. In fact, 95% of their customers say their phone support exceeds other vendors’ support.

Digitrip 520
Eaton LV Distribution Breaker

Digitrip 520

This digital trip unit is a low voltage protective device for a distribution circuit breaker. The Digitrip talks Eaton’s proprietary INCOM protocol, and in order to interface to an external system, a Master INCOM Network Translator (MINT) is required. This trip unit is integrated with MINT, but a mMINT (INCOM to Modbus) could also be used.

Digitrip 1150
Eaton LV Distribution Breaker

Digitrip 1150

This digital trip unit is a low voltage protective device for a distribution circuit breaker. The Digitrip talks Eaton’s proprietary INCOM protocol, and in order to interface to an external system, a Master INCOM Network Translator (MINT) is required. This trip unit is integrated with MINT, but a mMINT (INCOM to Modbus) could also be used.

Dent PowerScout 24 Meter
Instrumentation

Dent PowerScout 24 Meter

Our engineers recommend and integrate Dent PowerScout 24 when:

 

You want an easy installation

The Dent PowerScout 24 has indicators and diagnostics for an easy installation. In fact, any electrician should be able to install it. They should receive indication that it’s installed correctly without even utilizing the software. Another reason it is installation friendly (and safer) is that it uses millivolt current transformers.

 

You need a cost-effective solution on a price-per-meter point and want to submeter multiple circuits or multiple loads in the same geographic area

A multi-circuit submeter like the Dent PowerScout 24 uses one submeter CPU/circuit board to measure multiple loads. It has only one set of inputs for a common voltage source, and multiple sets of current inputs for loads that share the common voltage source. The Dent PowerScout 24 can measure up to eight three-phase loads.

 

You’re looking for a complete solution

Unlike other meter manufacturers, Dent Instruments sells you the complete solution. Not only do they provide configuration software for free, they also have a full range of current transformers available for purchase from 5A to 5,000A. Whatever type of situation you need the meter to work in, they’ve got a CT that will match it.

A fully provisioned Dent PowerScout 24 will have approximately 66% lower hardware costs when compared to individual meters. Taking in to account labor savings, the total costs savings can be as much as 80-90%.

 

Deep Sea DSE 8710
Controls EPSS

Deep Sea DSE 8710

The DSE 8710 is a synchronizing and load sharing control module that Affinity Energy has integrated in emergency generator applications for healthcare. The module can be synchronized with up to 32 generators and provides multi-set control. It provides a Modbus RTU or TCP interface for integration to SCADA systems, or local HMIs.

ControlLogix
Controls Rockwell Automation

ControlLogix


Our engineers recommend and integrate ControlLogix when:

 

You need a highly redundant and reliable supervisory control solution

With ControlLogix’s bumpless transfer, your process continues like nothing happened. Switchover is seamless to I/O and SCADA.

Safety I/O and safety processors are engineered to fail in a safe, predictable manner. When process control is a matter of life and death, this level of predictability is crucial.

With fantastic backward compatibility and legacy support, you’ll always have a clear migration path. Software is always well tested and upgraded to support new hardware features and additional processor memory. Due to the network of stocking distributors, there is always high part availability.

 

You are in a mission critical environment and require superior control

ControlLogix is great at supervising smaller machines controlled by CompactLogix or MicroLogix with lots of analog data. With chassis ranging up to 17 slots, it scales well into your organization’s future control goals.

In addition, ControlLogix’s new 5580 processor family includes a 1 GB network port in the processor, reducing components and easing programmability.

 

You need a rapid response and support system

Unlike many PLC vendors, Allen Bradley has field technicians available to perform emergency repair or replacement with most components. Though a relatively expensive path to repair, the cost of downtime may justify a rapid response.

Unique to Allen-Bradley, a global network of distributors and sales support help initiate discussions with OEMs to integrate Allen-Bradley processors in any equipment you plan to purchase.

CompactLogix
Controls Rockwell Automation

CompactLogix


Our engineers recommend and integrate CompactLogix when:

 

You are in a mission critical environment where malfunctions cause extreme danger or profit loss. High maintainability is a must.

With fantastic backward compatibility and legacy support, you’ll always have a clear migration path. Software is always well tested and upgraded to support new hardware features and additional processor memory.

 

Your application has between 50 and 250 I/O.

Adding more I/O to your process through either add on Modules attached to the chassis, or as remote I/O on the plant control network, virtually any type or combination can be added to expand the system.

 

You require attentive support.

Unlike many PLC vendors, Allen Bradley has field technicians available to perform emergency repair or replacement with most components. Though a relatively expensive path to repair, the cost of downtime may justify a rapid response. By ensuring your components are on their ‘preferred availability’ list, you can be assured spare parts could be onsite the following day.

In addition, a global network of distributors and sales support help initiate discussions with OEMs to integrate Allen-Bradley processors in any equipment you plan to purchase.

 

You need a processor to operate a section of your plant, or group of machines, and you’re looking for a smaller supervisory control processor than ControlLogix.

CompactLogix is a better choice when controlling a work cell, or small section of a plant. CompactLogix is great at controlling a few machines, when coordination between machines is required. For example, in an area with four compressors a CompactLogix will decide how many need to run and at what output pressure to maximize efficiency.

CM4000
Power Meter Schneider Electric

CM4000

A CM 4000 is a popular power quality meter found on the main circuit breaker of a lot of industrial switchgear. Today’s equivalent of the CM4000 is the ION7550 or ION7650.

CM2000
Power Meter Schneider Electric

CM2000

The CM2000 is two generations old. We see a lot of these meters in older switchgear installed in the 80’s and 90’s. It was one of the first digital power quality meters on the marketplace. The CM2000 was replaced with the CM4000, which has since been replaced with the ION 7550 and ION 7650. For anyone out there who feels strongly that they want to integrate their CM2000 rather than replace it, it can be done with an EGX-100.

Campbell Scientific Data Logger
Instrumentation Met Station

Campbell Scientific Data Logger


Our engineers recommend and integrate the Campbell Scientific datalogger when:

 

You need instrument variety.

A Campbell Scientific weather station can support virtually every meteorological instrument one could ask for at a PV solar farm (wind, rain, temperature, relative humidity, atmospheric pressure, etc.) Whether you want a cup anemometer or ultrasonic anemometer, you can easily pick and choose instruments you need for a particular project. They even have instruments as obscure as leaf wetness sensors that detect condensation on the back of a solar module.

 

You want low power usage.

Unlike most meteorological stations, a Campbell Scientific weather station runs on relatively low power, even when installed with multiple instruments. With a small battery backup, the data logger can continue to collect data during outages, and their battery charger supports input from a solar panel, enabling virtually perpetual operation without available local power.

 

You’re looking for logging redundancy.

With up to 16GB of compact flash memory, the Campbell Scientific data logger will continue to collect data, even if disconnected during network outages. For a typical site, that would be enough storage to log 1 second data from all met station instruments for the entire life of the site.

 

You need customization.

Logic can easily be configured into the Campbell Scientific data collection algorithm. For example, if the 24VDC power source were to shut off, it can be configured to turn off the heaters and ventilators at the pyranometers to conserve battery life. The programming aspect adds a small level of complexity, but provides tremendous flexibility in where and when you want logging to happen.

 

You have multiple communications methods.

Not only does the Campbell Scientific data logger talk Modbus TCP and Modbus serial, it can also transmit in DNP3. This allows the utility to collect timestamped data from the data logger and collect weather station data without going through intermediate points. It can also periodically FTP logged data to an external storage location to ‘push’ backups of data offsite.

 

C-More HMI
Automation Direct

C-More HMI

Our engineers recommend and integrate a C-more HMI when:

 

You want an attractive and cost-effective touch panel solution to visualize your monitoring data

The price for a base model C-more HMI is just about the lowest price for this tier of HMI. Because of streamlined sets of graphic objects and simple infrastructure, the cost for system integration is also relatively low.

 

You need an HMI that’s easily modified by the end user with little training

What if you don’t want the hassle of contracting with a systems integrator to make minor changes? Anyone with a workable knowledge of HMIs should be able to support a C-more HMI. Instead of spending time programming, end-users can easily configure changes by selecting different objects in a pre-existing library of graphic images and symbols.

 

You want non-proprietary software 

By the simplicity and intuitive nature of the software, it is quite easily modified by the end user with little to no training or further expense. If you do have a question, Automation Direct is known for its implementation customer support. In fact, 95% of their customers say their phone support exceeds other vendors’ support.

BCPM – E
Power Meter Schneider Electric

BCPM – E

The Schneider Electric BCPM E (Ethernet) is a high-density branch circuit metering system ideal for submetering electrical panel boards. The most common applications we see these meters are in co-location data centers where the owner needs to understand how much power and energy goes to each rack and its associated tenant. Other applications include tenant billing within commercial buildings or cost allocation at schools. The BCPM E supports Modbus, BACnet, and SNMP and has the ability to measure up to 84 circuits, which allows two full panels to be completely submetered.

BCPM – A/B/C
Power Meter Schneider Electric

BCPM – A/B/C

The Schneider Electric BCPM A/B/C is a high-density branch circuit metering system ideal for submetering electrical panel boards. The most common applications we see these meters are in co-location data centers where the owner needs to understand how much power and energy goes to each rack and its associated tenant. Other applications include tenant billing within commercial buildings or cost allocation at schools.

Basler Electric DGC-2020
Controls EPSS

Basler Electric DGC-2020

This advanced genset control system can be easily integrated using Modbus RTU. Affinity Energy has integrated this emergency generator controller in healthcare applications to bring NFPA 110 alarms to remote annunciator panels to comply with Joint Commission and CMS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requirements.

ASCO 7000 Series
ATS EPSS

ASCO 7000 Series

These transfer switches are commonly used in hospital and data center applications. They provide Modbus TCP communications to allow integration to SCADA. Affinity Energy is able to integrate switch position, generator start signal, and load submetering for mission critical equipment.

AlsoEnergy
Controls Met Station

AlsoEnergy

Affinity Energy engineers have installed nearly 100 AlsoEnergy solar monitoring systems. AlsoEnergy is a cloud-based app for monitoring solar sites. It’s most commonly used with smaller independent power producers. It has a lot of standard monitoring features that those customers need. The list of devices it has in its library is extensive. It knows how to talk to nearly all inverters, reclosers, transformer monitoring, trackers, etc.) To an unsophisticated user, the analytics are fantastic. However, the most significant limitation with AlsoEnergy is the fidelity of data (samples every 5 minutes.) Large utility-scale customers require 1 second data, which means AlsoEnergy is not a good fit for those types of customers.

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