Aim Dynamics: October 2014

Sunday, October 26, 2014

New Equipment to Monitor DC Current Sensor Installations over WiFi

The Power TakeOff WiFi Kit is the ideal power monitoring product for industrial applications where routing Ethernet cables to reach individual power meters might be deemed either too difficult, too impractical, or too expensive to do. In such cases, businesses that use the product save money on installation costs over other solutions that do not include a wireless option—or that require a separate wireless installation by a dedicated wireless team. Properly setup, the unit collects data in one-minute intervals, making it available to energy managers through any computer, tablet, or smartphone. This allows them to keep track of energy consumption in real-time even while they are on the go. Alerts for high consumption or unusual demand can also be set up and be sent via email, test message, or phone call.

Friday, October 24, 2014

New Kit Monitors AC and DC Current Transformer Setups over Mobile

Notable among Aim Dynamics’ range of Power TakeOff meters is the Power TakeOff Cellular Kit, which is equipped with a 3G/4G cellular attachment that allows it to send energy consumption updates over standard mobile communications networks. This makes it incredibly useful for monitoring even remote facilities that are outside the range of wired and Wi-Fi telecommunications networks. Power TakeOff’s meters collect data at one-minute intervals, making it available through a wide variety of channels. Users can monitor energy usage, as well as weather, building utilization, production, and occupancy normalization data in real-time on any web-enabled device. This information can then be used to optimize energy consumption, allowing a company to reduce costs, obtain an ENERGY STAR rating, and/or earn LEED credits.

Typical Applications for DC Current Sensors

The ability to monitor currents discretely is often a requirement for the accurate control of the complex DC circuits used in many commercial and industrial applications today. DC current sensors are often used to facilitate the monitoring required. These are used in applications such as:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Remotely Monitor Flexible Current Transformer Setups with New Meter

The Power TakeOff Ethernet Kit from Aim Dynamics is a power monitoring package that includes the Power TakeOff Meter with built-in Ethernet connectivity in a weather-resistant NEMA Type 3 enclosure, equipment and software setup support and training, and a monthly subscription to the Power TakeOff Service. Custom configuration of the Power TakeOff system based on your CT requirements, ongoing software support, and free access to new software features also come standard. Designed to record energy consumption in one-minute intervals, the Power TakeOff meter makes available energy consumption data on a wide range of platforms. This allows users to monitor usage and costs on any computer, tablet, or smartphone, and receive real-time alerts of high or unusual demand by email, text message, or phone call.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Split Core Current Transformer Distributor Launches Improved Website

Aim Dynamics’ new website features several improvements over its previous version. First, it is built on the Volusion ecommerce platform, which is designed to be remarkably customer-centric, allowing for the quick administration of customer and transaction data. It also includes other useful features not typically available on other ecommerce platforms, such as returns and the ability to print invoices. Second, the homepage features a cleaner, crisper design that’s on par with current web design standards. Menu bars, text, and product listings are clearly laid out to aid accessibility and navigability.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Safe, Accurate High-voltage Measurements

Regardless of current type, all high-voltage currents pose a significant risk to the life and limbs of the people who work with them. Given this, one might be tempted to think that avoiding high-voltage currents altogether might be best for all involved. However, there are instances when working with high-voltage currents cannot be avoided.
Take for example power transmission. In this application, electricity is raised to a higher voltage to reduce line loss at long distances. Additionally, many industrial devices require higher voltages due to their higher power requirements.

Friday, October 17, 2014

DC Current Sensors Play a Vital Role in Managing Stored Solar Power

Of course, utility companies still need an accurate DC current sensor to ensure that the batteries won’t become overloaded. If not, the power storage units may get damaged or become unstable like the power grid. Fortunately, companies like Aim Dynamics offer DC or AC current sensors designed specifically to prevent this scenario. These tools, along with the batteries, serve as a viable stopgap until Hawaii can upgrade its power grid to better accommodate solar energy produced by households.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

DC Current Transformer Suppliers Play Role in Green Energy Adoption

In light of the increased acceptance and implementation of alternative energy sources, DC voltage transducer manufacturers and suppliers play a very important role. Solar panels typically produce a direct current output, which is later converted into an alternating current. At larger quantities, such as would be experienced in UC’s installation, accurate DC measurement can be difficult, so transducers and transformers are necessary. By providing the measurement systems required to accurately and precisely monitor the health and performance of the power-generating equipment, DC current transformer suppliers, like Aim Dynamics, assist in making a future where green energy is not the alternative, but the mainstream source, a distinct possibility.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Install a Flexible Current Transformer, Ready for a Gas-Powered Future

Unlike other measuring devices, this transformer can be easily installed onto an existing power system without interference, making it a practical choice for electrical engineers. So-called ‘split-core’ transformers, in particular, are compact enough to be assembled around a buss bar without disconnecting it, which, normally, is the standard procedure when installing other power measuring devices. Given that more and more people will be tapping into the growing, gas-powered Texas grid soon, quick and easy installation of flexible current transformers will be vital if utility companies want to provide reliable services. Of course, this is not to say that any type of current transformer can be used without worry. For starters, transformers meant for power measuring systems must be durable enough to withstand a variety of power currents.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Keep Informed of Your Firm’s Power Usage with Split Core Transformers

This provides a variety of choices among the available split core transformers and other types from Aim Dynamics. In the past, experts would have chosen solid core transformers for their inexpensiveness and their accuracy. However, the problem with them is that they have to be put in place at installation; if you want to install a solid core current transformer afterwards, you’ll have to turn off the main power and be ready to pull out some wires. In contrast, a reliable split core current transformer would be able to be snapped on over a wire, with no need for screws or brackets. They can be added to an installation by placing control panels at important junctions in a system, so as to gather data. They aren’t as accurate as wound current transformers and have a higher price tag, but they are often the only options available for some situations like older facilities or the need for immediate power monitoring.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Choosing a Core Transformer: Factors to Consider

Most industrial processes that rely on electricity require the use of power meters. These devices allow operators to measure just how much electric current is being utilized and thereby monitor changes or fluctuations that may affect productivity. Power meters and other electrical measuring instruments come with a small but extremely vital current transformer (CT), which reduces the level of electric current that passes through the measuring instrument.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Current Transformer’s Role in a Circuit

Electrical measurements are critical to industries that rely on electricity for production continuity. After all, aside from potential interruptions due to sudden current flow changes, over fusing can lead to fires and increased current flow through the wires. Constant monitoring of the current flow using measuring instruments, such as an ammeter, is imperative in any electrical system.

Unfortunately, most measuring instruments cannot take the current flowing through live wires. Like how electricity can severely injure living things that come into contact with an open electrical source, so does the circuitry inside these instruments burn when subjected to excessive currents. An electrical measuring instrument has to be protected so it can continue to measure alternating current without the risk of over fusing.