S&C launches asset monitoring services for critical electric grid equipment

S&C Electric Co. has introduced new asset monitoring services for critical electric grid equipment in conjunction with WINDPOWER 2012.

These services include PureWave CBM Condition-Based Monitoring for S&C’s PureWave family of power quality products, which are applied worldwide at renewable energy plants and critical facilities such as data centers, factories and hospitals.

PureWave CBM, powered by AlsoEnergy’s cloud-based software platform, can help equipment owners improve the reliability of their power systems and extend equipment life.

Additionally, S&C introduced asset monitoring services for S&C automation and communications products as well as other products not manufactured by S&C, such as power transformers.

“Proper maintenance of critical equipment is essential for a reliable grid,” says Dan Girard, S&C Director–Renewable Energy. “At renewable energy plants, asset monitoring is an important first step in a proactive asset management strategy. By properly maintaining the equipment that connects plants to the grid, owners of wind farms and solar energy plants can maximize production and reduce the risk of costly disruptions to plant operations.”

S&C uses pre-installed or deployed sensors to gather real-time condition information on critical equipment, and monitors this equipment 24 hours a day at S&C’s Global Support & Monitoring Center. In the event conditions fall outside normal parameters, an alert is sent to the technical experts on duty, who will then work with the asset owner to resolve the issue.

S&C’s asset monitoring services also hold tremendous value for large power users as well as electric utilities that own and operate transmission and distribution systems. Not only can such services help reduce costs, they also improve electric service reliability for end users.

“In today’s increasingly connected world, electric service reliability is paramount. It drives our economy and our quality of life,” says Wanda Reder, S&C Vice President–Power Systems Services. “Problems with critical grid assets can result in prolonged outages. S&C’s new monitoring services can help our customers identify and rapidly address issues with major equipment that otherwise could lead to costly service disruptions – along with expensive equipment repairs – if they are not addressed proactively.”