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Energy Resolutions for your Business this New Year


New Year, new business? It’s not the phrase you typically hear this time of year but there’s still plenty of ways you can set resolutions to better your business, too!

Here’s how energy resolutions are the perfect complement to all of your “typical” 2019 business goals.

The Business Goal: Increase Profits

The Energy Resolution: Well, how much are you spending on your bottom line? More specifically, your energy bill? Sub meters help you spot that money drainage. Want to patch that leak? Install them.

The Business Goal: Retain Top Talent

The Energy Resolution: Make sure your office space is abundant in natural light. Sun beams will minimize your need for electricity usage. It’s also a step in the right direction when working towards the WELL Building Standard, a certification program designed with your employees’ well-being in mind.

And for those late nights at the office when sunlight won’t do the trick? Upgrade to LED light bulbs, which use 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting.

Need help putting these energy resolutions to the test? Reach out to our expert engineers by emailing sales@electroind.com. For more energy tips and tricks, visit us at electroind.com/news.

New Year, New Career: Available Engineer Positions at EIG


Hopeful 2019 can be the year you find a career you love? Take a look at the open positions available at Electro Industries. We’re looking for a Hardware Design Engineer, an Embedded Software Engineer and a Sales Engineer in the Seattle area.

Think you have what it takes? Review the job description and requirements below. To apply, submit your resume at electroind.com/apply-today.

 

HARDWARE DESIGN ENGINEER – WESTBURY, NY

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Create design requirements specifications from product features, illustrated with high and detailed level block diagrams
  • Requirements include electrical, mechanical, environmental and standards compliance details
  • Design Analog and Digital or mixed mode circuits with schematic capture and board layout software
  • Optimize design for manufacturing process
  • Make bills of materials and assembly drawings for production
  • Write production test specifications and procedures
  • Create circuit design verification and debug documentation
  • Test prototypes and provide performance analysis in written report
  • Research, test and verify substitutes for end of life parts
  • Perform any other electrical duties required by the Company

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor of Electrical Engineering
  • 5-10 years of experience in hardware engineering and design
  • Knowledgeable in design system/hardware/
  • Experienced with CAD design
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Ability to source components and work with component vendor
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal

 

EMBEDDED SOFTWARE ENGINEER – WESTBURY, NY

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Develop embedded programs and firmware
  • Support existing firmware, fix bugs and add new features
  • Interface with hardware design and development, and review code design
  • Support customer service with firmware issues
  • Create and maintain internal firmware documentation
  • Review and support software manuals created by technical writers

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or related field
  • Master Degree a strong plus including computer architecture, program languages, Digital systems, electronic/digital circuit prototyping and other relevant courses.
  • 5 -10+ years of experience in embedded systems and firmware design architecture
  • Must have skills in C and C#; OS coding, Interfaces; hardware and tool development for compiling and debugging.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal

 

SALES ENGINEER – SEATTLE, WA

We’re looking for experienced, technical, customer facing Outside Sales Engineers to join our Technical Sales Team.

In this position you will work as part of the regional sales team to qualify leads and work directly with customers to identify power monitoring projects and find solutions utilizing EIG’s power meters and energy management software. We are currently seeking a Sales Engineer to cover the Northwest Territory. Ideal location would be in the Seattle, WA vicinity.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Maintain relationships with facilities/maintenance managers and engineers
  • Follow up on open projects and opportunities
  • Ability to perform product demonstrations to Industrial/Utility and Commercial environments
  • Attend and exhibit at regional conferences and trade shows
  • Find additional leads via the internet to bring in sales
  • Position reports to the Regional Territory Manager
  • Requires 50% overnight travel

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Energetic and outgoing personality
  • Ability to integrate technical and sales
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to communicate at a technical level
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering preferred

Curious what it might be like to work at Electro Industries, either at our Westbury corporate office or in the field? Get to know us at electroind.com/careers-at-eig.

Cyber Security Features of EIG Power Meters: The Shark® 250 Meter


As the rate of intrusions of utilities and industrials grows exponentially in the coming years, so does the need to secure power grids around the world by taking effective action before it is too late.

Cyber security is often thought to be handled only by firewalls and IPS/IDS systems, but as technology grows in the utility and industrial sectors, the cyber threat to other devices including power meters, switches and relays needs to be recognized and proactively prevented.

EIG provides cyber secured configuration on most of its popular products to help utilities design substation that are safe and secure from malicious attempt to load harmful firmware or configure meters to provide false data.

Let’s take a look at some of the security features on our popular Shark® 250 Meter:

  • Up to 8 customized levels of password protected access, starting with an admin level
  • 30 character alphanumeric passwords
  • Username and password encryption when sent to the meter

In addition to the above, built-in, security features, many of the power meter’s functions can be modified to include customized security restrictions of your choice. Adjustable functions on the Shark® 250 Meter include the energy readings reset, firmware uploads, demand resets, programmable setting edits and uploads, test mode execution and more.

Questions on the security features of our Shark® 250 Meter or other power meters we sell? Speak with one of our expert field technicians today by emailing sales@electroind.com. We have been engineering and manufacturing power meters with advanced analysis capabilities for over 40 years – and we look forward to serving you!

Our Commitment to Innovation & Continuous Improvement (2018 Product Announcements)


The start of a new year with new goals is right in front of us, but we can’t help but pause and take a look back at the milestones we hit in 2018. We’ve shared with you before a snapshot of product announcements from 2016 and 2017 and, of course, this year is no different!

EIG’s mission is to innovate and produce ground-breaking new technology in the energy space. Thus, each year we prioritize upgrading our software and meters to bring you the very best power monitoring tools for the modern day. Here are our three big highlights from 2018:

March 29, 2018. We released the Shark® 270 socket revenue meter with Level 2 DNP3 protocol for both serial and Ethernet. Using Level 2 DNP3, the meter can be used for SCADA, as well as to collect energy for billing purposes.

May 25, 2018. We updated the Nexus® 1500+ high performance Power Quality meter to support Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) communication. This meter can now be integrated seamlessly into existing SNMP networks, such as those in data centers. The meter’s onboard touch-screen display was also improved!

July 17, 2018. We released our latest Shark® Series meter – the Shark® 250 power meter with enhanced revenue metering features, multiple serial or Ethernet ports for redundant communication, a large memory capacity for more significant load studies and a Cyber secured configuration. Cyber Security is something we’ve been incredibly focused on in 2018!

Journey with us through 2019! Each release will be shared right here at electroind.com/news.

EIG is a leader in power monitoring and grid solutions. Take a look at our full suite of products and software here. Contact us at sales@electroind.com for expert advice.

Looking Ahead: What’s in Store for Smart Grids in 2019


As we look ahead to 2019, utility managers across the globe are chasing a more effective grid system for two main reasons – security and reliability. As a result, smart grid advancements will be a huge priority for national governments this upcoming calendar year, including the United States, Australia and China. Similarly, the introduction of the NIS Directive by the European Union is driving an increased focus on cyber security amongst utilities.

Looking to keep up with the trends? Here are a few things you should know going into the New Year:

  1. Your power meters should be updated with cyber security features. Cyber Attackers can tamper with data and compromise the authenticity of your information, causing downtime and increased costs. Cyber Secure power meters, such as the Electro Industries/GaugeTech Nexus® 1450 energy meter, provide 128 bit AES encryption on all configuration and control functions, significantly increasing the difficulty of a successful cyber-attack.
  2. Smart Grids enable a two-way communication, updating utilities with real consumer demand. To fully maximize the benefits of a smart grid system, and to maintain data integrity, the network needs to be fully protected.
  3. There are platforms at your disposal for staying informed. Smart Grids Forums is hosting the first annual Energy Intrusion Detection conference in January 2019. The event will take place in Amsterdam and draw over 100 cybersecurity specialists from electrical power generation, transmission, and distribution operators across Europe to discuss the evaluation, procurement, and implementation of these crucial monitoring systems.

Electro Industries specializes in power meters and smart grid solutions that excel at revenue grade energy measurement, power quality and advanced telemetry. Users worldwide depend on EIG’s WiFi-based submeters and power meters to capture energy and power metering data for energy cost, power costing and tenant billing. Contact us at sales@electroind.com for more information.

EIG Power Meter Training: Kick off the New Year with us in Minnetonka, MN


Calling all engineers and technicians in Hennepin County, Minnesota and the surrounding areas! Our upcoming two-day training will be FREE and focus on the features of our Shark® and Nexus® series meters.  

In order to get the most out of the technology you’ve installed (or are considering installing) it’s important that you fully understand the various functions so you can adapt our meters to fit your unique needs. Networking with other utility users is an added course benefit! 

Register today as space is limited!

Where: Minneapolis Marriott Southwest, 5801 Opus Pkwy, Minnetonka, MN 55343

When: Tuesday, January 15th and Wednesday, January 16th (9 AM – 5 PM both days)

Why: Getting full functionality out of your meter is important! Both novice and experienced users will benefit.

Take a look at our training flyer for full details, including what to bring and how to install the software we’ll be reviewing during this course!

Contact our local sales representatives for additional information:

James Chan at jchan@electroind.com 

Victor Batwar at vbatwar@electroind.com

Can’t make this training but need the support? Keep an eye on our website as we regularly update it with upcoming training that may be in your area!  

 

How to Arm your Commercial Power Monitoring System against Cyber Attacks


According to IBM’s 2018 Cost of Data Breach Survey, the average total cost of a data breach, globally, is $3.86 million. Putting reputation concerns and personal data vulnerability aside, that’s not a cost any business can take lightly.

Electro Industries is committed to helping the businesses we work with stay ahead of the curve when it comes to arming their commercial power monitoring systems against cyber security attacks – especially when they can lead to these kind of costly data breaches. At a high-level, here are the security features you want to have in place:

Encryption. Encrypting secure messages to and from meters prevents malicious users from *sniffing your credentials. This can be done with the use of an encryption key, a random string of bits created explicitly for scrambling and unscrambling data. Long encryption keys make it harder to sniff as the code can only be easily read by the sender and the receiver.

Complex Passwords. Over the years, it’s become increasingly popular for networks to require a password that is both longer in length and more complex in makeup (i.e. the inclusion of special characters and a combination of both letters and numbers). It’s important to apply these same rules when creating passwords for your power meter software applications so they are not easy to guess. 

Limitation of Login. Also increasingly popular, it’s important to limit the number of times an individual user can enter an incorrect password in a short period of time. This also makes it harder for malicious attackers to repeatedly guess credentials.

Digital Signing of Firmware. Signing firmware guarantees that the meter is running code that is authentic. Without it, there’s no way to tell if code has been tampered with, thus producing inauthentic results.

Training on Social Engineering Attacks. Employees are a crucial part of ensuring your system’s security and should ideally be just as comfortable with the guidelines above. Notifying employees of security updates is just as important as installing them!

For more information on Cyber Security in the energy sector, visit our website or reach out to our expert team of engineers at sales@electroind.com.

*Sniffing is a term used to describe a cyber attacker’s ability to silently capture data as it is transmitted over an unsecured network.

The WELL Building Standard and What it Takes to Be Certified


When it comes to modernizing your commercial real estate, there’s health benefits in addition to energy and cost savings. Whether or not you provide a working environment that’s good for your employees’ well-being is for the International WELL Building Institute to decide.

How to meet their standards?

It’s not easy (given the 100 wellness features that need to be met), but it’s worth it – especially since high-quality buildings cost less and are worth more. To achieve this, buildings need to incorporate new technologies that allow for things like continuous fresh air and natural light.

Air and light are two of the 7 core components that the WELL standard addresses – the remaining five being water, nourishment, fitness, comfort and mind. While the certification program was only built 4 years ago, the standard has quickly drawn significant attention worldwide. This is in large part due to the unique demands of today’s millennial workforce.

Similar to LEED certified lighting, WELL is another way you can transform your building into a happy, healthy and energy efficient place to be. Interested in becoming WELL certified? Visit the official site for resources.

Electro Industries specializes in power meters and smart grid solutions that excel at revenue grade energy measurement, power quality and advanced telemetry. Users worldwide depend on EIG’s WiFi-based submeters and power meters to capture energy and power metering data for energy cost, power costing and tenant billing.

Why Cyber Attackers are a Threat to Your Commercial Energy System


It’s not the avocado, but it’s still a popular trend in our world and it’s called Cyber Security. While important to uphold cyber security best practices in many industries, here’s why it’s especially important for your power monitoring system.

  1. A cyber attack will cost you. If you are a retail store or manufacturer, the loss is typically financial. No power means no productivity. If your customers can’t see what you are selling, they won’t buy it. Even more severe, is the impact a cyber attacker could have on a hospital building, for example. Without the ability to power certain life saving machinery, even human life could be at risk.
  2. Hackers can gain access to secret information. By reading private energy data, hackers can identify what the system is cooling or producing. In instances of a military installation, this unlocking of intelligence could be detrimental to the operation.
  3. Hackers can change the configuration of your meter, making it look like power is out when it is actually flowing. This is both dangerous for utility line restoration employees and makes future restoration attempts very difficult.

Not sure if your power monitoring system is setup to protect against malicious cyber attacks? Look to Electro Industries for ways to prevent cyber attacks on your meters and learn more about which of our power meters come with built in cyber security features.

Power Meter Training Right Here in our Home Town: Join us November 13 & 14 on Long Island


Our company has hundreds of thousands of power meters installed all over the world, but there’s still no place like home! Since our humble beginnings 40 years ago, we have been proud to support and do business in the Long Island community by participating in programs like Long Island Forum for Technology and Long Island Cares! Therefore, you can imagine we’re excited to have some of you come and join us right here at our home base.

As usual, our two-day training will be FREE and focus on familiarizing you with the features of our Shark® and Nexus® series meters. Networking with other utility users is an added course benefit! Register today as space is limited.

Where: The Inn at Great Neck, 30 Cutter Mill Road, Great Neck, NY 11021

When: Tuesday, November 13th and Wednesday, November 14th (9 AM – 5 PM both days)

Why: Getting full functionality out of your meter is important! Both novice and experienced users will benefit.

Take a look at our training flyer for full details, including what to bring and how to install the software we’ll be reviewing during this course!

 

Top 3 Data Center Power Monitoring Best Practices


It’s a constant push and pull for Data Center Managers – how can you maximize power savings and minimize downtime? It’s tough, given the 1.8% of all US energy consumption that data centers use. A power monitoring system, when utilized effectively, will help drive this massive usage down – and turn more data centers into Energy Star locations.

Here are 3 things we think you should know when you first start thinking about a power monitoring system installation:

Pay close attention to CT accuracy when choosing your meter. It’s important that you understand the capacity of your Current Transformer in combination with your power meter. Installing and testing CTs correctly will give you greater confidence in the accuracy of the data your meter provides. Our Application Engineers will guide you through this process.

Think short-term and long-term. Power requirements vary by machine and site. So it’s important to build a power monitoring system that can not only manage your current infrastructure, but everything you plan to build and install over the next 5 to 10 years.

Monitor the temperature of your equipment, as well. To extend the lifetime of your equipment and to minimize unnecessary energy use, think about the amount of power the cooling process alone consumes. Looking at different environmental guidelines in conjunction with power monitoring data, will give you a larger look into your data center and its opportunities for improvement.

EIG is leader in advanced metering for data centers around the globe. Turn to our application guide or contact a dedicated sales rep for additional information and a suggested bill of materials for your power monitoring installation project.

 

Validate your Installation with Readings on your Power Meter


In a previous post we shared the three things you must know when installing CTs for EIG Meters. Once your installation is complete, you’ll need to validate it with the readings on your power meter. Here are the readings you’ll want to take a look at on the front panel of your meter:

  1. Voltages: You can check voltages with a handheld volt meter at the back of your meter. Remember that in the basic setup for the meter you also entered PT values, so make sure your voltage readings make sense.
  2. Amp Reach: This will give you your current readings.
  3. Watts: This will tell us if you faced the high side of the CTs correctly.
  4. Power Factor: We hope to see a number between .9 and 1.

For complete information on validating your installation, please watch our video below. Forrest Whitt, Senior Application Engineer, will walk you through the details.

You can find a complete list of wiring diagrams on our website under Downloads. Please contact our dedicated team at any time with questions regarding your power meter. You can also join us for one of our upcoming free training sessions throughout the US.

Webinar: Cyber Security in Power and Energy Meters


Please join us on Friday, October 12 at 10AM EST for an educational event on cyber security in Power and Energy Meters!

Our special guests, EIG President Erran Kagan and Senior Software Engineer Rory Koval, will be talking about the need for the cyber security on power and energy meters for utility, industrial, and commercial applications. Learn more about the growing vulnerabilities your system may be facing.

Concerned about what an attacker can do by gaining control of a power meter and how you can better protect against such attacks? Learn all this and more on our 2 hour session.

Registration is required to join this event. Sign up here.

 

EIG Power Meter Training in Glen Ellyn, IL: October 24th & 25th 2018


Calling all engineers and technicians in DuPage County, IL and the surrounding areas! Whether you’re a current customer or considering what type of power meter system to install, our FREE two-day training will benefit you.

Our local, expert technical support managers will take you through our Shark® and Nexus® series meters’ configuration, software, and features. In order to get the most out of the technology you’ve installed (or are considering installing) it’s important that you fully understand the various functions so you can adapt our meters to fit your unique needs.

Join us at the College of DuPage’s Technical Education Center on Wednesday, October 24th and Thursday, October 25th. Register today as seating is limited.

Refer to the flyer for complete information. Contact local representative, James Chan at  jchan@electroind.com for additional information.

Can’t make this training but need the support? Keep an eye on our website for a list of future training or get a team together for a private session. If you’re located further east, we also have a training scheduled for November in Long Island, NY.

What is a Smart Grid and What Does it Take to Build One?


Did you know on any given day, there are half a million people in America without electricity for 2 or more hours per day? This is because the grid was originally built as a one-way interaction. We all know how this system works. The utility company supplies electricity to the surrounding community and sends a monthly bill based on usage. In today’s technologically advanced society, however, we are pushing more power through the grid than the system can handle. Thus the need for a more intelligent system.

That’s where this ideal state of a Smart Grid comes into play. When you hear the term “Smart Grid,” it’s referring to a two-way communication stream between utility companies and the end user. This type of automated and immediate feedback loop is critical as our world’s energy use both increases and becomes more complex. Currently a work in process, building a smart grid requires private and public sectors, humankind and advanced technologies, utility companies and consumers, all to work together. You can see how this could be a tall order, but the anticipated result of decreased outages and user accountability is huge.

The impact of a smart grid would be no less enormous than that of the internet. A grid connected to software, mobile applications, and built from modern infrastructure would no doubt change the way we live our daily lives.

Are you a utility company, commercial energy user, or are just following the Department of Energy closely? We’re curious to hear what you think, how far you’ve gotten and how we can help! Contact the leader in power monitoring solutions, Electro Industries, at sales@electroind.com.

 

Sources:

https://www.theenergytimes.com/new-utility-business/building-smart-grid-business-model

https://www.energy.gov/oe/activities/technology-development/grid-modernization-and-smart-grid

https://www.smartgrid.gov/the_smart_grid/smart_grid.html

https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/infrastructure/a9173/what-it-will-take-to-build-a-real-smart-grid-15683905/

How to Install CTs for EIG Meters


Installing CTs correctly is critical to receive good data from your EIG Meter. Here are the three main things you must know:

  1. One side of the CT is the high side, which needs to face the source of the energy
  2. White wires (terminals) connect to the high inputs on the side of the meter and the black wires connect to the low inputs
  3. You can’t cross the voltage in the CT inputs

You need a current through the CTs in order to get an accurate reading. You can’t validate the installation until you have at least 5% of the rated capacity.

For complete information on CT installation, please watch our video below. Forrest Whitt, Senior Application Engineer, will walk you through the details.

You can find a PDF version of the wiring diagram on our website under Downloads. Please contact our dedicated team at any time with questions regarding your power meter. You can also join us for one of our upcoming free training sessions throughout the US.

 

How to Prepare Commercial Buildings for Outages during Hurricane Season


When Hurricane Season arrives, business continuity plans and post-storm recovery are top of mind for key business stakeholders and facility management teams. It’s important, however, for all occupants to be aware of preparation tactics, potential impact and the plan of action going forward.

For Building Occupants

Leadership and/or Facility Managers are responsible for sharing business continuity plans and ensuring a post storm communication system is in place. As an occupant, it’s important to do your due diligence and review all supporting documentation as it’s released. Providing alternative phone numbers and email addresses is important for ensuring all employees can be properly notified on building condition, alternative workspace and business expectations!

In the event of a storm warning and a call for Hurricane Preparedness, all electronics (with the exception of refrigeration) should be unplugged. If all computers, copy machines and printers were to remain plugged in, the building could experience an excessive surge when power is restored.

For Facility Managers

Short term prevention plan: Ensure business critical equipment and Uninterruptible Power Supply is out the basement and above flood zones.

Long term prevention plan: Consider building improvements that minimize flood damage and install up to date power monitoring solutions to minimize downtime. When calculating the risk of business interruption, many smart meter installations pay for themselves. Just as Utility Companies can utilize smart meters to improve restoration times, facility managers can greatly benefit from having that accurate intelligence on points of power outages in-house.

Electro Industries specializes in power meters and smart grid solutions that excel at revenue grade energy measurement, power quality and advanced telemetry. Users worldwide depend on EIG power meters to monitor power information within substations, industrial facilities and commercial buildings. 

How Smart Meters Help Utility Companies During Storms


Smart meters provide immense value to utility companies – especially during hurricane season! Specifically when combined with an Outage Management System (OMS), utility companies and the communities they serve will enjoy three major benefits:

  1. Increased Accuracy 

In many single outage instances, when customers call in to report “no light,” it turns out that the outage is happening at the individual meter level, not on the utility companies end. In instances of multiple outages, typically from storms, it becomes more difficult to rely on customer phone calls and doing so would result in a slow restoration time. With Smart Meters and OMS, utility companies have the advantage of using predictive analytics to make quicker, more accurate decisions when dispatching crews.

  1. Decreased Costs

When crews are dispatched accurately and less frequently, a cost-savings occurs. Enhanced knowledge of the power grid a utility company is servicing leads to a decrease in guess and check work. In communities without smart meters, crews are quite often dispatched to locations where power has already been restored.

  1. Restoration Verification

Aside from pinpointing locations where power is down, it’s just as important to verify that power has been restored – especially in the case of a destructive storm. The ability to do so from a far, by tapping into smart meter software, increases customer satisfaction, decreases the need to dispatch vehicles to various sites and makes for a more efficient restoration process overall.

Smart meters, without a doubt, help to revolutionize the way utility companies handle outages (and minimize outages) in the communities they serve. For more on power monitoring solutions and smart grids for commercial use, visit us at electroind.com.

The U.S. Open Kicks Off Today: Sharing Highlights of Green Initiatives


As the two toughest weeks in tennis kickoff, the tournament brings with it hundreds of thousands of spectators and a whole lot of consumption each year. 2018, however, marks both the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Open and 10 years of growing green initiatives led by the United States Tennis Association.

This year we see old and new smart investments, including the installation of LED light bulbs across all stadiums resulting in energy savings of up to 50%. The new Armstrong Stadium has also been designed to consume 28% less energy and will be the “first naturally ventilated stadium with a retractable roof in the world.”

As the leader in power monitoring systems for commercial building owners and occupants, we recognize the responsibility large organizations have in leading the way towards smart energy use. The USTA has done an incredible job expanding their green program year over year, just as other major commercial energy consumption centers, including universities and data centers, work hard through to do.

Whether your company is a major U.S. Open sponsor or you’re sending employees and customers to enjoy the games, take a moment to recognize how the USTA attention to everything from lighting to air conditioning are creative solutions that can be rolled out to commercial entities across the globe.

For more on how power meters, sub-meters and energy monitoring software solutions can help your business, email us at sales@electroind.com and ask for one of our expert engineers.

Our Commitment to Innovation & Continuous Improvement (2017 Product Announcements)


It was 40 years ago when we launched our first digital power meter, but we didn’t stop there! EIG’s mission is to innovate and produce ground-breaking new technology in the energy space. Our customers motivate us to achieve these milestones and new product roll-outs. Let’s take a look at a summary of our product announcements from 2017 below:

January 11, 2017. We released a pre-wired enclosure for the Shark® 270 and Nexus® 1262/1272 Form 9S socket revenue meters. This release allowed any meter to be serviced or tested by mechanically isolating it from incoming line voltage.

May 10, 2017. We released new features for the INP100S Ethernet card and INP300S IEC 61850 Protocol Server card used by its Shark® 200/270 meters. Upgrades included enhanced security through creation of a whitelisted Exclusive Client and more.

July 5, 2017. We released the CONN20163-KT Terminal Breakout Box kit that could be used to connect the Shark® 270 meter to a customer’s existing equipment in a simple, one-step process!

September 15, 2017. We released a translation interface module (TIM) that enabled the Shark® 270 meter to support Itron’s MV-90 system. The TIM was developed by Itron in partnership with EIG.

November 3, 2017. We announced the addition of our new revenue meter, the Shark® 270 meter and GE’s PQMII panel meter to the list of meters supported by our ProtoCom/ProtoCom-Lon protocol converters.

December 21, 2017. We released the Nexus® 1450 as the newest meter in our Nexus® Series. It included upgrades for accuracy and security, as well as the ability to offer real time data without software.

Travel back in time with us through 2016, as well!

EIG is a leader in power monitoring and grid solutions. Take a look at our full suite of products and software here. Contact us at sales@electroind.com for expert advice.

Gear Up for a Surge in Students with Advanced Metering


Dorm rooms, classroom space, offices, and dining halls. The amount of energy used on your average university campus quickly adds up. But can anything be done about it?

Whether it’s to reduce costs in your bottom line or to foster a culture of responsible citizenship among your student body, implementing an energy tracking system will be step one.

Create accountability through sub-metering. Installing sub-meters in the various main locations throughout your campus is the quickest path to understanding where the the highest use of energy occurs – when, where and how much. Let students compete dorm building to dorm building by tracking their energy habits. The dorm that installs the smartest energy practices, thus reducing costs, wins!

Get administrative leaders on board. The road towards an energy efficient institution is only possible when those who utilize the facilities are behind it. Of course, appliance upgrades and light bulb changes is a good start, but rallying your campus leaders together to tackle the mission will have a big impact on student body buy-in.

Our Universities and Educational Facilities Application Guide is a great resource for academic institutions looking to make a positive change. For dedicated engineers and comprehensive support, contact EIG at sales@electroind.com.

Last Call for August Power Meter Training in Washington D.C.


Calling all engineers and technicians in Washington D.C., Virginia and the surrounding areas! Whether you’re a current customer or considering what type of power meter system to install, our FREE two-day training may benefit you.

Our local, expert technical support managers will take you through our Shark® and Nexus® series meters’ configuration, software, and features. In order to get the most out of the technology you’ve installed (or are considering installing) it’s important that you fully understand the various functions so you can adapt our meters to fit your unique needs.

Join us at the Holiday Inn Express in Springfield, Virginia on Wednesday, August 22nd and Thursday, August 23rd. Register today as space is limited.

Refer to the flyer for complete information. Contact local representative, James Poole at  jpoole@electroind.com for additional information.

Can’t make this training but need the support? Keep an eye on our website for a list of future trainings or get a team together for a private session.

Energy Consumption Measurement Not Just for Commercial


We’re proud of the work we’ve done to help revolutionize attention to energy usage and quality in the commercial space – but that doesn’t mean homeowners can’t find ways to save, as well! Power bills can hit you like a ton of bricks, especially when children are home for the summer, insisting to keep the AC pumping and adding to the light and TV usage via gaming and the like.

Ready to settle that argument on who’s responsible for the surge in your electricity once and for all? Power meters are also available for residential use and, in the same way large-scale power monitoring systems do, they can help you identify main sources of energy usage (whether that be a specific appliance or bedroom).

How to choose a power meter that will give you the information you need? It’s good to look for a device that lists the following capabilities: customizable measurement periods, energy usage history, multiple appliance input and wireless connections. There are actually quite a few home monitoring systems on the market if you’re looking for the whole shebang.

Users worldwide depend on EIG power meters to monitor power information within substations, industrial facilities, and commercial buildings – but we believe in residential energy efficiency all the same! Feel free to contact us for additional information.

EIG Releases Cyber Secured Shark® 250 Power and Energy Meter for Utility and Critical Industrial Substations


Westbury, NY (Tuesday, July 17, 2018) – Electro Industries/GaugeTech (EIG) announces the release of its latest Shark® Series meter – the Shark® 250 power meter with enhanced revenue metering features, multiple serial or Ethernet ports for redundant communication, a large memory capacity for more significant load studies and a Cyber secured configuration. Its multiple advanced features include:

  • 0.2% accuracy that meets ANSI C12.20 Class 0.2% and IEC 62053- 22 CL 0.2S accuracy standards.
  • Enhanced revenue metering features, including CT/PT compensation, Transformer/Line Loss compensation, Test Mode, and Time of Use.
  • Standard RS485 and USB ports and optional Ethernet and serial ports.
  • Level 2 DNP3 and IEC 61850 Protocol support as well as Modbus RTU/ASCII/TCP.
  • Multi-level, customizable cyber secured encrypted configuration that prevents tampering and hacking of your power system data.
  • Rugged design for harsh environments, with standard conformal coating on PCBs, and superior surge withstand capability.
  • Extensive upgradable I/O.

The meter also comes in a transducer only configuration for DIN rail mounting. The Shark® 250T transducer offers the standard RS485 port and the optional communication and I/O.

For additional information on the Shark® 250 meter, visit its webpage:
https://electroind.com/product-info/shark-250-power-and-energy-meter-for-utility-and-critical-industrial-substations/

Portable vs. Permanent Power Monitoring Systems


The type of power monitoring system your business will need is dependent largely on your motive for using one. Long-term reasons, such as cost-savings and environmental impact, call for a permanently installed system that delivers ongoing data, constantly helping you pinpoint room for improvement. Of course, a major component of achieving cost-savings and establishing eco-friendly energy practices includes understanding the data and then actually implementing change. Power quality and efficiency is a multi-step process.

Of course, businesses who have not invested in the installation of a permanent power monitoring system for one reason or another still have power diagnostic needs. In order to isolate and troubleshoot power system disturbances in grids not permanently monitored, a portable power quality analyzer, such as our PDA 1252, will come into play. Real-time data can still be delivered in simpler formats via advanced analysis software like our Communicator EXT™ application. In fact, our free (LITE) version allows you to configure and program any EIG meter. To find and group all meters on a network, the professional version is required.

Still unsure what your product needs are as they relate to power quality monitoring? Our expert engineers are available to discuss your unique needs. Give us a call at (866) 928-7908.

Our Commitment to Innovation & Continuous Improvement (2016 Product Announcements)


 

It was 40 years ago when we launched our first digital power meter, but we didn’t stop there! EIG’s mission is to innovate and produce ground-breaking new technology in the energy space. Our customers motivate us to achieve these milestones and new product rollouts. Let’s take a look at a summary of our product announcements from 2016 below:

February 25, 2016. We released updates to improve the Communicator EXT™ 4.0 application and the meter management component of the software. With the upgrade, this comprehensive energy management software could manage a large number of meters among other enhancements.

March 8, 2016. We released updates to improve our EnergyReporter EXT product, a reporting and billing software. The updated version of the software included full support for our newest meter, the Nexus® 1500+ Power Quality monitor for metering critical energy circuits among other enhancements.

June 21, 2016. We announced that our Nexus® 1500+ High-Accuracy Meter became available in a pre-wired NEMA 1 type enclosure assembly. This allowed for outstanding metering accuracy and stability.

September 7, 2016. We released a new outdoor energy meter, the Shark® 270. With this meter, users know everything about their power, including usage over time and voltage supply reliability.

December 22, 2016. We began offering a low voltage option in addition to the existing options for the Nexus® 1500+ high-accuracy revenue and Class A power quality meter for critical metering applications in a pre-wired NEMA 1 type enclosure assembly.

Keep an eye out for an upcoming article where we will highlight our announcements from 2017!

EIG is a leader in power monitoring and grid solutions. Take a look at our full suite of products and software here. Contact us at sales@electroind.com for expert advice.

How Your Airport Can Track Energy Usage & Power Quality


Airports are among the largest energy consumption facilities. In fact, they’re even neck and neck with medium-sized cities. Knowing this, energy usage and power quality tracking is an absolute must. But how?

Install Meters in Critical Areas. Install individual meters in various locations throughout the facility including old airport buildings, the parking garage, and the food court. This distribution of meters will tell you exactly which parts of the airport are eating up the most energy. Once you have the facts you can invest in upgrading parts of the airport where consumption is the highest.

Set Power Quality Limits. Alerts to a facility manager’s email can be automated to forewarn the right person ahead of time of potential quality problems, such as voltage sags. Airports, as you probably know, can not afford blackouts, therefore, this kind of proactivity is key.

Install Submeters. Bill tenants according to their energy usage to create a sense of fairness. Submeters can be paired with an automated energy reporting and billing software such as EIG’s Energy Reporter EXT. In addition to being a major efficiency, it holds tenants personally accountable, motivating them to be responsible when it comes to energy consumption.

Our Airports Application Guide is a great resource for airport facility management teams who are looking to make a change. For dedicated engineers and comprehensive support, contact EIG at sales@electroind.com.

Summer Solstice: 5 Facts About the Incredible Power of Solar


The longest day of the year is here. That means more sunshine for everyone. We’re celebrating by sharing our five favorite facts about solar power. Thanks to Climate Reality Project for the inspiration.

From the 2018 U.S. Energy and Employment Report
  1. Utility-scale solar installations are growing faster than any other generating technology at an average rate of 72% each year.
  2. In 2017, more than half of U.S. solar workers were spending the majority of their time working on commercial or utility-scale projects. (Hint: there is skilled labor out there if you are looking to power a commercial building with solar).
Other Fun Facts
  1. The White House has had some experience with Solar Power. In 1979, Jimmy Carter had 32 solar panels installed. Those have since been removed and put back again in 2010 by President Obama.
  2. The cost of solar power equipment decreases year after year. The International Energy Agency predicts this could make solar energy the number one source of electricity as early as 2050.
  3. In a single hour, the amount of power from the sun that strikes the Earth is more than the entire world consumes in a year (Business Insider). This one blows us away.

Sharing these facts is fun but energy efficiency is serious business.

Considering powering your business’s electricity with solar? Talk to Electro Industries, the leader in power monitoring and smart grid solutions. The first step is understanding your energy usage.

Ways Commercial Buildings Can Save Energy this Summer (without compromising coolness)


Commercial buildings eat up a ton of energy and often 24 hours a day. Here’s how you can cut costs this summer.

Start with Lighting

Lighting is a great place to begin because you can cut costs on two fronts. With efficient lighting, you can reduce heat production and increase time off – both of which reduce energy use. Here are the two lighting adjustments you can make to get started:

Replace bulbs with LED lighting

LED lights emit very little heat. In the summer months especially, you are competing with heat producing fixtures for cool air. Less heat production equals lower AC bills. It’s really that simple. Plus they use 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting.

Install motion activated lights

Why waste energy lighting an office that isn’t in use when employees skip out for summer Fridays as early as noon? When a business powers down, so should the electricity and in today’s flexible work environment it’s hard to predict the exact hours a facility will be in use. Motion activated lighting systems shut off after extended periods of stillness making them an automated way to save energy.

Upgrade to a Programmable Thermostat

Similar to the motion activated lighting, you can save with a programmable thermostat due to the advantages of automation. Seventy-five degrees may be the optimal temperature when the office is full but when 6 pm hits it’s probably safe to set the temperature 3 to 5 degrees higher. With a programmable thermostat, you can set these rules ahead of time. The aggregate savings on cooling costs will really add up.

Get Your Staff Involved

There are some things you can’t simply solve with automation such as standby power. Electricity continues to leak from office equipment even when it’s seemingly turned off. If it’s too much to ask employees to unplug desktops and other machinery daily, request that they do so while out for vacation during the summer or perhaps long weekends! Unplugging eliminates phantom power and the energy savings can really add up.  

EIG has been engineering power monitoring systems for over 40 years to help commercial clients understand their energy usage. For more on how we can help your business this summer and beyond, email us at sales@electroind.com.

Top Reasons to Install a Power Monitoring System


You know a power monitoring system provides comprehensive, real-time data on power quality – but do you need to install one? Here are three reasons to make the investment.

Reason #1: You’re looking to save money

Even if you think you are doing okay on energy spend, it may be worthwhile to double check your statements. Energy bills can increase little by little over time, driving costs you may not catch with a glance over. By installing a power monitoring system, you gain access to digestible information regarding your energy use. Only when you identify a problem, can you fix it! The oversight a power monitoring system provides allows you to create energy efficiencies that help financially.

Reason #2: You can’t afford downtime

Power system failures can cost an organization money by putting productivity on hold. A huge benefit to powering monitoring systems is the minimization of unexpected downtime in your operation. Included in your power monitoring system is a software that will alert you of maintenance needed on your electrical work. When you have the luxury to plan ahead you can be conscious not to interrupt business hours.

Reason #3: You want to be environmentally friendly

Not as direct as the first two but a pretty good tipping point is the positive impact sustainable practice has on a corporate image. If saving money and increasing productivity is not enough, consider the benefits of corporate responsibility. Consumers increasingly appreciate organizations that support sustainability. In short, it looks good to carry out business in an eco-friendly way.

For over four decades, EIG has engineered and manufactured power meters with advanced analysis capability. We’re here to help you meet your specific metering needs no matter where in the world you do business. Email us at sales@electroind.com for more information.

EIG Releases Update with SNMP Support for the Nexus® 1500+ Power Quality Meter


Westbury, NY (Friday, May 25, 2018) – Electro Industries/ GaugeTech (EIG) announces the release of updates to its Nexus® 1500+ high performance Power Quality meter. The 1500+ now supports Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) communication, enabling the meter to be integrated seamlessly into existing SNMP networks, such as those in data centers. This adds power monitoring capability to the network, letting users be notified of power quality problems, such as voltage sags, so that action can be taken before problems escalate and threaten the integrity of the system.

In addition to SNMP, there have been enhancements to the meter’s onboard touch-screen display, aimed at providing additional information to the operator.

For more information on the Nexus® 1500+ meter, visit its webpage at:
https://electroind.com/product-info/nexus-1500_plus-next-generation-power-quality-revenue-meter/

E.I.G Training. York, NE : June 2018


If you are located or will be in and or near York, Nebraska June 12th – 13th, this training is for you.

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Training Meetings

Electro offers two-day seminars that teach your staff all the features of our power meters and how to utilize them best. When installed, the meters match to specific applications in your operations. Just as your needs change, you can adapt your use and application of our meters.

Things We Will Cover In This Training

• Introduction and overview of the Shark® and Nexus® series meters’ configuration, software, and features.
• Communicating with meters using a variety of available protocols.
• Programming, and understanding the terminology of, the meter’s setup profile.
• Uploading and saving the profile, and working with it offline.
• Looking at and interpreting the real-time data.
and much more.

Be Sure To Bring

  • A laptop that can run: Vista, 7, 8, or 10
  • Please, pre-install Communicator EXTTM 4.0 software,
    • Fill out this form below from our website:
    • https://electroind.com/communicator-ext-4-0-form-2/

Seating Is Limited

Please contact a local sales representative:
John McGarty
Cell: 516-334-0870 x 213

or
Adam Nelson
Energy Solutions Inc.
Cell: 402-551-9177
adam@energysolutions-inc.com

The Location

Holthus Convention Center
3130 Holen Avenue
York, NE 68467

Here is the flyer for this meeting for further details.

 

Easy Office Updates for Energy Savings


Easy Office Updates for Energy Savings

 


Offices are busy places, and people are always moving around, using electronics, and expending energy everywhere. For offices, especially the ones that have hundreds or even thousands of employees, energy costs can be a very expensive overhead cost. It is estimated that the average office spends around $30,000 on energy costs each year. There are a few steps that offices can take to reduce energy costs. We’ve listed a few here.

Replace electronics with Energy Star rated electronics.

Many electronics now come with energy star ratings. These electronics tend to use less energy than the ones that don’t have the ratings. They also give an estimate of the annual costs of running that particular piece of equipment so that the cost can be factored into a budget. The government also provides tax credits to offices who have certain energy star rated products, so this can also save office money in the long run.

Install motion activated lights.

These lights will automatically turn off in rooms where no one is working. This will dramatically save money on energy costs, especially if people are forgetful when it comes to turning the lights off.

Replace light bulbs with energy efficient light bulbs.

Light bulbs have evolved dramatically over the last decade. LED bulbs are the most efficient bulbs on the market, and prices have decreased a lot to make them more affordable. On average, an LED bulb uses around 91% less energy than the old incandescent bulbs and approximately 87% less energy than halogen bulbs.

Set the thermostat and lock it.

Temperature-wise, it’s hard to please everyone. Some people will be hot, some will be cold, and some won’t care one way or the other. Closer the thermostat is to the temperature outside, the lower your energy costs will be because the cooling system or the heating system won’t have to work as hard. Find a “neutral” temperature, like 75 degrees Fahrenheit, and leave it there. If there is a problem with employees constantly changing the thermostat, invest in a thermostat lock box or a thermostat that allows employees to only adjust by a few degrees.

Filter sunlight coming in through windows.

Large windows in the office? If sunlight or heat is streaming in, then the air conditioner has to work harder to cool the office. Invest in sun blocking shades or film treatments that block sunlight and UV rays. Sun filtering is especially necessary for offices that have skylights.

The Energy Guide Label on Appliances, What Does It Mean?


Today, more than ever, consumers are just as concerned about being ecologically responsible as they are in being economically smart.

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When it comes to appliances in your home, the Department of Energy has given you a heads start in your search for the most eco-friendly device.

They’re called “EnergyGuide” labels, and you’ve probably seen them affixed to new appliances in bright yellow squares, but may not have realized what their role is.

The sole purpose of the label is to help you better understand the appliance you’re purchasing. Most importantly, to help you understand the hidden costs of the power drain associated with its use.

Similar to the nutrition facts on food items, these labels are power facts for appliances. Included on the label is all of the information you may need in deciding if the machine truly meets your needs as well as your expectations for power costs.

The label includes necessary information on the appliance such as the type, manufacturer, and capacity of the unit. Most of these smaller print items are relatively self-explanatory.

Where most people begin to become confused is trying to understand the actual energy cost which is listed as a range based on all similar models of the appliance. If a device costs $40 per year and similar appliances use between $20 and $60 in energy per year, then that particular model should be in the exact middle of the range.

Keep in mind that when the calculations made for the energy cost, the manufacturer has no way of knowing your real energy use. That amount can vary quite substantially based on your location and the actual amount of use. (Generally speaking, it is less expensive to run a machine later in the evening during off-peak energy hours)

If you want to calculate the energy cost yourself for the most actual savings, here is a method:

  1. Look at your current power bill and note the actual cost per kilowatt hour of power. (Ex. 0.10 per kWh)
  2. Locate the “Estimated Yearly Electricity Use” box on the EnergyGuide label. (Ex. 400Wh)

Now multiply the number of estimated kilowatts by the actual amount charged per kilowatt.

In the example, we would need 400 kWh x 0.10 per kWh to generate a real charge of $40 per year for our new appliance.

Using these labels for a quick reference will help keep you informed as well as eco-friendly!

How Can Birds Safely Sit on Power Lines?


It’s a common sight. You’re traveling along a roadway, and glance upwards to see a bird or an entire flock of birds perched calmly on an adjacent overhead line!

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It’s so common, in fact, that you’ve probably come to believe that birds are somehow immune to deadly voltage. After all, these are the same power lines that you would never dream of touching yourself!

Maybe The Line Doesn’t Have Power?

Perhaps you assume these lines are not carrying power, but are cable lines (or telephone lines for those of us over 40). While it’s true that some of these lines are anything but power lines, how would birds then discern which were safe and which were not? Obviously, this is a dilemma an animal with a “bird-brain” could never figure out. Sorry birds!

So how is it possible for birds to survive something that we know to be mortally dangerous to humans? Do birds possess some type of electro-immunity? The answer is fairly simple and brings us to some of the most basic concepts of electricity.

Let’s look closely at what these power lines are, and how electricity flows through them. There are two basic types of power lines that are commonly commandeered by our feathery friends. The first is primary lines, the second, unsurprisingly, are secondary lines.

Primary Lines

Primary Lines are not generally insulated so great care is used to ensure they have been properly spaced apart so as not to allow hundreds of thousands of volts to arc with each other. When lounging on these larger lines, birds rarely have the body size required to reach across the lines with opposing feet. In the rare case that it does happen (and it has!), these poor flyers have certainly cooked their own goose. Sorry birds!

Secondary Lines

Secondary lines on the other hand, which carry far less voltage (usually only hundreds of volts) are generally insulated. This is why these line pairs are quite often twisted together. It’s an important note that the reduced voltage alone, in no way lessens the risk. Being insulated solves most of the risk facing small feet walking along the wires, but there is also the basic fact that electric currents follow the past of least resistance. Tiny feet clutching the lines are much less conductive than the metal line itself.

So, can birds safely sit on power lines? Yes! The better question might be, “Should they”? Probably not!

Clean Your Way to Energy Savings


Save Energy By Cleaning Up Your Business

 

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Business costs can be reduced and profit increased by examining the energy usage. There are a number of ways to reduce energy costs. These tips will assist you in cleaning your way to energy savings.

Dust

Ensure that all office equipment is free from dust. Ensure that light bulbs and fixtures are clean as well. Microfiber clothes do best for this as they keep the dust on them instead of just spreading it around.

Air Ducts and Filters

Have the ventilation system professionally cleaned and ensure all filters are changed on a regular basis. A programmable thermostat will help to keep the temperatures adjusted higher or lower depending on the season when the office is empty. It is also important to have the unit serviced regularly to ensure it is properly functioning.

Refrigerator Coils

Ensure the coils on the refrigerator in the employee break room are clean.

Windows and Other Glass

Ensure that windows are clean to allow sunlight in and help with keeping the office warm and naturally lit.

Stop Air Leaks

Duct tape, specialty kits and weather stripping can help to keep air from leaking out and running up the bills for cooling and heating.

Ceiling Fans

Change the direction of the ceiling fans to ensure they are circulating warm air in winter and cooling the air in the summer.

In addition to the cleaning of the office to lower energy bills you can have an energy audit conducted to tell you exactly where you are using the most energy. Once the audit is complete setting a specific goal for energy savings can help to keep you focused. Having employees actively participate in saving energy will help you to reach your goal faster. Implement these tips and you will watch your energy savings increase as the energy expenses decrease.

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