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Powerful solution to energy management problems

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CONSIDERING the costly economic and environmental consequences of ineffective energy management, a new offering from Rockwell Automation helps enterprises to optimise energy usage and minimise wastage.

Rockwell Software RSEnergyMetrix is a new web-enabled energy management solution that combines data communication tools, client server software and advanced web technology to capture, analyse and store energy information – enabling information-sharing across the enterprise.

This energy management solution tracks energy usage, cost and power quality data. Load profiling, cost allocation and billing capabilities allow users to correlate energy costs to production costs, providing accurate cost accounting based on energy consumption. Users can view real-time data, create historical trend reports and charts to develop energy budgets and forecasts, negotiate better rates and make decisions on electrical capacity and quality to help avoid unscheduled shutdowns.

RSEnergyMetrix includes a core energy manager that acts as the data logging, reporting, charting and billing package. Connectivity to Allen-Bradley power monitors and programmable controllers is standard, with optional third party device connectivity. The energy manager runs on the Microsoft Windows server and uses Microsoft .NET and XML web services and technologies so users can access, configure and share management information via the web.

The manager can be configured for any energy and production related inputs, including electricity, gas, water and steam meters. Legacy meters can be added manually. Using Microsoft .NET security, meter configuration values can be set up and changed remotely via the web, with multi-level password protection and privileges.

A real-time communications, configuration and data display package allows users to configure and view real-time and historical power monitoring data. It displays waveforms and harmonics in a graphical or log format to provide a comprehensive electrical system view.

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