Power monitoring software adds direct cloud connection

February 15, 2019 //By Nick Flaherty
Power monitoring software adds direct cloud connection
Siemens has added an open cloud connection to the latest version of its powermanager power monitoring software, allowing power data to be directly transferred into cloud operating systems such as MindSphere.

The software is part of the Sentron portfolio for energy management in industrial plants and buildings, and assists companies in boosting their energy efficiency and availability. It displays status information and electrical characteristics for complete plants and systems as well as individual devices in a clearly-arranged dashboard and analyzes energy flows. This allows optimisation for energy efficiency and availability and faster pinpointing of faults in plants by connecting them to the Internet of Things (IoT).

The integration of data in cloud systems enables the storage, processing and the cross-site analysis of large volumes of data, especially for small to medium-sized companiesas the investment costs are low and can be quickly amortized through savings potential. The new version of the powermanager will be presented at Hannover Messe 2019 next week and will be available from May 2019.

In combination with communication-capable protection and measuring devices, such as 3VA molded case circuit breakers, the powermanager power monitoring software provides operational energy management according to ISO 50001 and ISO 50003. The scalable and intuitive software can be deployed with the available hardware and the existing IT infrastructure.

The power averages of the characteristics monitored are visualized as graphs showing changes over time on the user's PC, and load peaks are quickly identified. Through the direct comparison of various processes, loads or system components, inefficiencies can be uncovered. Loads can be allocated exactly and on a cross-location basis to individual cost centers – this enables precise benchmarking, along with optimization of utility contracts. The continuous monitoring of power distribution allows critical plant states to be identified early, reducing downtime.

www.siemens.com/powermonitoring

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