Power analysis tool monitors live requirements and thermal conditions

June 18, 2019 //By Nick Flaherty
Power analysis tool monitors live requirements and thermal conditions
DIN-rail power supplier PULS Power has developed a diagnostics tool, which makes the power requirements and thermal conditions in systems and installations transparent to the user. This allows users to check and specify their power budgets directly on their own systems, live and completely securely.

The SmartFab Box power analysis tool measures voltage and current (input and output), power (primary and secondary), transients, power factor and temperature (ambient and inside enclosure). It is available to PULS customers free of charge for a limited period of time or it may be leased for longer term analysis of the effects of changes or improvements to power systems. This unique user service provides assistance in selecting the right power supply and avoiding over specifying excessively large power reserves.

Customers can see the power analysis though the application's data live at any time via the online dashboard. For answers to questions or recommendations on the results, the PULS application engineering team is available with support.

Installation and operation of the SmartFab Box requires an AC mains connection and an LTE / 3G cell signal. The sensors of the SmartFab Box are then connected to the application and the setup is ready to start the analysis. The non-invasive measurements use a VPN connection to the SmartFab Box saving all application data securely and anonymously to a cloud server in Germany. The data is exchanged over the LTE / 3G cellular network and there is no requirement to connect the SmartFab Box power analysis tool to the local corporate network. The tool is designed to be non-invasive at all times and will not affect the application during the installation or when taking measurements. This assures absolute safety and integrity of the customer's process.

The web-based user interface, which provides live analysis of measurement data, can be displayed on a PC or notebook and is very intuitive and simple to use. The operator can access data via the online dashboard. The dashboard is password-protected and accessible only to authorised users and a qualified PULS support team.


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