Jan 03, 2023

Madison, WI USA, January 04, 2022 – Franklin Electric announced the expansion of their Power Grid Monitoring product line with the launch of the INCON® Distribution Transformer Monitor (DTM). The DTM provides, meter-grade precision performance monitoring of high-value, mission critical, low voltage pad mount transformers and conventional pole top transformers. By continuously monitoring the key indicators of a transformer’s performance, the DTM provides remote access to real-time transformer health data and automated alarms for condition-based maintenance planning.

A built-in cellular modem allows the DTM to communicate via a cellular network enabling utilities to deploy DTMs virtually anywhere and at scale. A secure MQTT communication protocol allows the DTM to safely communicate with Franklin Electric’s web-based asset management database, UNITE™. This IoT database features data visualization tools that provides user-friendly access to all distribution transformer performance data for analysis and reporting in a centralized location.

“Predictive maintenance is at the forefront of many utilities’ resiliency initiatives. Many organizations are working to collect, analyze, and execute on real-time data,” said Franklin Electric Senior Product Manager, John Kuehl. An array of DTMs combined with UNITE™ can arm utilities with a consolidated view of an entire network of distribution transformer health information, facilitating data-driven maintenance decision making.

With the INCON® DTM, utilities can manage maintenance and truck rolls by exception with customized threshold alarms and notifications, determine the most efficient distribution of power during peak times, and ensure the delivery of high-quality outbound power when their customers need it the most.

“With the ability to monitor and trend transformer performance data including output voltage, loading (current) by phase, temperature, and Power Factor for an entire network of transformers, utilities are equipped with powerful information regarding energy distribution and equipment maintenance,” said Kuehl. “The DTM’s simple installation and cellular communication allows utilities to quickly and efficiently scale their distribution transformer resiliency planning.”

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