Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Challenges, Benefits and Practical Applications of Distribution Transformer Monitoring

Transformer Monitoring
Transformer Monitoring Equipment
(courtesy of GridSense)
To accommodate ever-increasing network strains, transformer monitoring addresses all potential distribution transformer failure modes and detects early warning signs of asset deterioration. Transformer monitoring focuses on parameters that address cooling efficiency, insulation aging, dynamic loading, capacity optimization, fault current and voltage abnormalities. There are multiple models to accommodate all distribution transformer monitoring needs, including padmounts and poletops:
  • Small Power Transformer Monitoring
  • Network Vault Monitoring
  • Padmount Transformer Monitoring
  • Residential Transformer Monitoring

The benefits to transformer monitoring are:
  • Quickly identify faults
  • Monitor asset condition
  • Diagnose and resolve voltage problems
  • Perform power factor correction
  • Optimize conservation voltage reduction
  • Smooth the introduction of renewables onto the grid
With transformer monitoring you can improve outage management and pre-empt customer issues as you shorten fault isolation time, and set transformer alarms for temperature, overload, and voltage sag/swell.  Improve revenue protection by detecting signs of illegal activity using abnormal load patterns, or reconciling meters against the transformer monitor's kWHr readings. Finally, upgradeable firmware guarantees that you always have the most up-to-date configuration.

Watch the video below for more insight on transformer monitoring.

For more information on transformer monitoring, contact:
Arjay Automation
1178 E. Cliff Road
Burnsville, MN 55337-1577
Phone (800) 761-1749
Fax (612) 861-4292