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08/29/2022

Trending: Battery Monitoring Systems

Utilities are turning to battery monitoring systems to help mitigate maintenance costs, achieve NERC compliance, and improve the reliability of their critical back-up power systems. With remote access to back-up battery system state-of-health information, utilities can proactively maintain the stationary power systems providing standby power for their critical utility infrastructure without...

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07/21/2022

Trending: Next Gen Battery Testing

For technicians tasked with conducting manual compliance testing on DC power plant batteries, having the right tool for the job is key. Testing has to be fast, reliable, and most importantly safe. Outfitted with the latest in handheld battery testing technology, maintenance teams are executing more efficient testing programs and delivering both time and money savings.

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05/19/2022

Trending: Combating Supply Chain Issues With Remote Monitoring

In addition to all the new developments surrounding industry regulations, lead times have extended beyond imagination and the prices of critical assets have skyrocketed. In response, more and more utilities have realized the hard-dollar savings achieved by extending the useful lives of transformers, circuit breakers, and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) on a global scale.

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05/18/2022

Deep Dive: Retrofitting Transformers For Remote Monitoring

The Load Tap Changers (LTCs) inside transformers provide the critical task of allowing the output voltage to be adjusted up or down, depending upon the demand for power. Utilities armed with the position information of these LTCs are empowered with data to run their transformers as efficiently as possible. Installing INCON® LTC Position Monitoring in an existing transformer is easy regardless of...

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05/17/2022

Deep Dive: Top 5 Transformer Predictive Maintenance Capabilities

The INCON® 1250-LTC Programmable Load Tap Changer (LTC) Position Monitor relays critical position information between a distribution transformer LTC and the LTC controller, enabling utilities to run their transformers as efficiently as possible. With over 40 years of proven service in over 33,000 utility transformers around the globe, the 1250-LTC does so much more than just monitor tap position...

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05/02/2022

Trending: Load Tap Changer Position Monitoring

Transformers are the heart of the electric utility system. The Load Tap Changers (LTCs) inside transformers provide the critical task of allowing the output voltage to be adjusted up or down, depending upon the demand for power. Utilities armed with the position information of these LTCs are empowered with data to run their transformers as efficiently as possible.

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04/25/2022

Trending: Remote Asset Monitoring

Monitoring and measuring key utility assets like circuit breakers is important, but this data doesn’t become actionable information until it gets to the right personnel with the capabilities to act on it. With expanding networks and additional assets to monitor, utilities are looking at cost-effective ways to manage their equipment performance without increasing truck rolls and headcount.

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03/21/2022

Deep Dive: SF6 Gas Monitoring

The EPA has regulations regarding the release of SF6 into the atmosphere, requiring utilities to report their SF6 use and any losses annually. Monitoring for this gas in circuit breakers is vital to ensuring both circuit breaker performance and EPA compliance.

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06/03/2019

Meeting NFPA-110 Requirements To Ensure Healthcare Standby Power

The aging grid infrastructure, increased power consumption and increasingly unpredictable weather conditions have made power outages a more common occurrence. In order to better regulate these systems within health care facilities, The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) established stringent requirements for generator and standby power system testing.

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05/06/2019

How to Determine a Reference Value

A conductance baseline reference value is a benchmark value based on data collected from known good batteries. Reference values provide an estimate of where a reading should be, although they are not absolute. The trending of actual measurements is the best method of interpreting conductance measurements.

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06/14/2018

The Difference Between Stationary Batteries and Engine Start Batteries

Not all batteries are made equal. Did you know every battery type serves a specific functionality? The two main battery types are stationary batteries and “starting” batteries. It is very important that you find the correct battery for your particular application, as the wrong choice can affect both the battery’s efficiency as well as its lifespan.

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11/29/2017

Top Reasons for Critical Power Battery Failure

Failure modes for stationary power Vented Lead Acid (VLA) batteries and the cause of failure in Valve Regulated Lead Acid batteries (VRLA) have been increasingly understood as the industry has continually utilized them in Telecommunications, UPS, and Utility applications at a growing rate.

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09/11/2017

Probe Placement For Conductance Testing

The most critical aspect of evaluating true health of a battery are the measurements of the internal cell conductivity of each individual battery. Correctly and accurately capturing these measurements for gathering of historical battery information to predict the health and service life of a battery must be of topmost importance.

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08/09/2017

The Critical Need For 24/7/365 Uptime

One thing is certain, we all rely on technology to keep our businesses, our homes, and our entire infrastructure operating on ’round the clock demand. Satisfying that demand requires dedicated maintenance, testing and monitoring of operational and backup systems -- particularly in the telecommunications, data center and utility industries.

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04/04/2016

Critical Power in Solar

Solar energy is enjoying tremendous growth in the United States and globally. From giant farms to small rooftop installations, businesses and consumers alike are embracing the sun as a way to deliver power. This growth is largely attributable to many factors, including local and state regulations, declining prices, and energy storage technology.

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03/07/2016

Critical Power in Telecommunications

The telecommunications market has become a major consumer of power. The Internet of Things reached an astounding 5 billion “things” in 2015. With so much growth, service continuity continues to be a must. That is why telecom base stations are equipped with uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems to provide backup power when utility power becomes unavailable.

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07/30/2015

17 Stationary Battery Terms To Know

In the world of stationary batteries, terminology is extensive. There are literally hundreds of terms associated with batteries. It is nearly impossible to know and understand them all. I’ve boiled down the list to what I believe are the 17 most important terms and defined them for you today.

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