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Facts you should know about Commercial Energy Waste in 2019


Energy efficiency is top of mind for all and commercial buildings bear a huge responsibility. Between the number of commercial and industrial facilities worldwide and the remaining inefficient infrastructure, there is still a lot of progress to be made where commercial energy waste is concerned.

Here are the 3 top facts we think you should know in 2019:

  1. Commercial buildings account for 20% of all US energy consumption and as much as 30% of that use is waste from inefficiencies (MIT Energy Initiative).
  2. Mercantile and service commercial buildings, such as malls, dry cleaners and gas stations, account for the largest percentage of commercial energy consumption at 15%. Office facilities rank second and are just shy of service properties at 14%. (U.S. Department of Energy)
  3. The U.S spends roughly $400 billion on commercial and industrial energy each year. Just a 10% improvement in energy efficiency could contribute to an annual $40 billion in energy cost savings. (Constellation)

Wondering how you can save? Talk to Electro Industries about submetering solutions.

Users worldwide depend on EIG power meters to monitor power information within substations, industrial facilities and commercial buildings. Using EIG power meters, you are able to monitor energy usage, record power quality and log revenue grade energy data throughout a distribution system.

Sign Up for EIG’s Northwest Power Meter Training: April 16 & 17


San Mateo, CA – we’re headed for you! And this time we’re bringing an extra half hour of FREE training each day and complimentary lunch.

As usual, our two-day training will 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.

When: Tuesday, April 16th & Wednesday, April 17th (8:30 AM – 5 PM both days)

Where: Hillsdale Shopping Mall, Sixty 31st Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

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!

Electro Industries/Gauge Tech has met the standards and requirements of the Registered Continuing Education Program. Credit earned on completion of this program will be reported to RCEP. Certificates of Completion will be issued to all requesting participants.

Questions? Reach out to Sean Bell at sbell@electroind.com.

#InternationalWomensDay 5 Facts About Women in Engineering


This Friday, March 8th, marks International Women’s Day. In the spirit of the 2019 campaign theme, #BalanceforBetter, we’re sharing 5 facts about women in engineering:

  1. Women made up 15.9% of all those employed in Architecture & Engineering Occupations in the U.S. in 2018.
  2. The number of women in engineering in the U.S. has not increased since the early 2000s.
  3. In 2017, women in the U.S. earned the highest percentage of bachelor degrees, compared to any other engineering degree, in environment engineering at 50%.
  4. In 2015, the country with the highest percentage of women earning Bachelor Degrees in Engineering, Manufacturing, and Construction was Mexico at 12%.
  5. The University of California – San Diego graduated the highest proportion of female STEM majors at 32.7%.

For the full International Women’s Day experience, visit their website.

Interested in a career in engineering? Electro Industries currently has 3 open positions.

For over four decades, EIG has engineered and manufactured power meters with advanced analysis capabilities. Electrical providers worldwide rely on data captured and recorded by EIG meters to monitor, protect and improve the reliability of electrical power.

Free Power Meter Training Rolling Through Buffalo, New York!


We’re heading north from EIG HQ! It’s not too late to register for our March Training in Buffalo, NY.

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!

Space is limited so please register today.

Where: Holiday Inn Buffalo-Intl Airport, 4600 Genesee Street, Cheektowaga, NY 14225

When: Tuesday, March 26th and Wednesday, March 27th (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 representatives for additional information:

Richard Girard at rgirard@electroind.com

Kevin Bhagat at kbhagat@electroind.com

Can’t make this training but need the support? We have a jam-packed training calendar in 2019! Be sure to take a look on our website.

National Engineers Week: 5 Popular Engineering Careers


Electro Industries is proud to promote Engineers Week 2019, which kicked off yesterday and continues through Saturday, February 23rd.

In celebration, we’re highlighting five popular careers in engineering – a high-level overview and earning potential. In alphabetical order:

Computer Engineering – Responsible for the improvement of computer systems and hardware, computer engineers bring immense value in today’s technology driven society.

Average Annual Salary: $75,047 (PayScale)

Electrical Engineering – Tasked with the creation of the systems that power our universe, electrical engineers must be experts in the physics and mathematics of electricity.

Average Annual Salary: $73,608 (PayScale)

Industrial Engineering – Ultimately responsible for reducing costs and increasing efficiency, industrial engineers must be skilled in quality control and operations management.

Average Annual Salary: $65,367 (PayScale)

Mechanical Engineering – Mechanical engineers architect an array of machines and devices. Biomedical devices and refrigeration systems are common examples.

Average Annual Salary: $69,196 (PayScale)

Software Engineering – Capable of developing the computer applications that change the way we do business and interact with others (i.e. social networks), software engineers must also be highly trained in cyber security as data protection remains a growing concern.

Average Annual Salary: $83,576 (PayScale)

Engineers are an integral part of the team at EIG and the companies we work with. Take a look at our open positions for sample job descriptions.

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.

Fall in love with our Power Meter Trainers! Join us next week in Southern California


There’s still time to squeeze in a little education just before Valentine’s Day! 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!

Registration is still open! Especially if you’re in the Orange County area, there’s no reason not to join us!

Where: Holiday Inn Orange County Airport, 2726 South Grand Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705

When: Tuesday, February 12th and Wednesday, February 13th (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 representatives for additional information:

Prejoe Mathew at pmathew@electroind.com

Rose Martin-Fugen at rmartin@electroind.com

Sanjeev Niroula at sniroula@electroind.com

Can’t make this training but need the support? We have a jam-packed training calendar in 2019! Be sure to take a look on our website.

Sneak Peak: 2019 Power Meter Training Schedule


Who’s ready for a jam packed year of FREE Electro Industries Power Meter Training? We’re making our way to the West Coast and the East Coast, plus a couple of places in between!

Whether you joined us last year or are a new engineer on your team, we’d love to have you at one of this year’s events. Take a look at our complete 2019 schedule below and be sure to save the date for the one that works best for you. Check back anytime to see if registration for your desired date becomes available.

February: On the 12th and 13th we’ll be in Southern California. (Registration for this event is still open.)

March: We’ll be heading up to Buffalo for the 26th and 27th. Event details are coming soon!

April: Join us back in California at the Hillsdale Shopping Mall on the 16th and 17th. You can register for this event today.

May: Nothing like a trip to Nashville, TN! Dates and location are still in the works.

June: Join us on June 11th and 12th in Cincinnati, OH. Stay tuned for event details.

August: Join us on August 21st and 22nd in Washington, D.C. Stay tuned for event details.

September: Join us September 17th and 18th in Boston, MA. Stay tuned for event details.

Don’t forget! All of our power meter training sessions are RCEP certified. Earn 14 Professional Development Hours.

Electro Industries/GaugeTech power meters are an essential part of your company’s operation. The more effectively and efficiently you are able to use our meters, the more they will be able to contribute to the success of your endeavors. Our training programs are specifically designed to help you get the most out of the technology you have installed.

What is an Electrical Substation? (& the Main Types)


Electric high-power station and powerful transformers

According to a 2016 article from foreignpolicy.com, there are over 55,000 substations and over 450,000 miles of high-voltage transmission line in the United States today. These substations play a critical role in effectively delivering power to residencies and commercial buildings across the country every day.

Substations exist as part of the larger electrical grid system to transform high voltage into low voltage and vice versa. These “middle man” stations work to deliver power from the main generators to the end user.

Step up and step down substations. As mentioned above, a substation’s main function is to transform voltage upon receipt for delivery. Step up substations transform low voltage to high voltage, while step down substations transform high voltage to low voltage.

Distribution substation. Nearest to the end user, these are necessary to deliver low levels of voltage for residential and commercial needs. In most scenarios, these stations will be fed by the step down substations.

Indoor, outdoor and underground. Substations are built in one of these three main environments. In all cases, lineman are responsible for the daily upkeep and intermittent restoration needs. Lineman are an integral part of the success of these 55,000 substations nationwide and the electrical grid as a whole.

For more on substations, visit osha.gov, or reach out to the expert team of technicians at Electro Industries. Users worldwide depend on EIG power meters to monitor power information within substations, industrial facilities and commercial buildings.

Ways Commercial Buildings Can Save Energy this winter (without compromising warmth)


When it comes to cutting energy costs, the strategy doesn’t have to wildly differ based on the season. Whether it’s cooling costs or heating costs that are eating away at your bottom line, there are a few key focus areas that will do the trick.

Automate the temperature with a programmable thermostat. It isn’t necessary to keep the building at a temperature that’s comfortable for workers all through the night. Consider dropping the temperature down to a bit between the hours of 6 pm and 6 am and only maintain a high temperature of 68 or 70 degrees during the work day. Unless you’re worried the printer might get cold, the savings night after night can really add up.

Encourage employees to work from home. Growing in popularity, depending on your business type, this is a no brainier way to give some outlets a rest. Especially in winter weather conditions, this policy is a win-win for both employees and the building. They might have a dog they keep the heat on high for anyway! Thank about it.

Ask EIG if sub meters are right for your building. Depending on the size and the number of commercial tenants you serve, it might make sense to hold each individual user accountable for the energy they consumed. In fact, commercial tenants are increasingly interested in a lease that includes sub metering because it gives them ownership over their sustainability efforts, driving additional conservation investments.

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 winter and beyond, email us at sales@electroind.com.

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.

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