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A Deep Dive into Phasors

A Deep Dive into Phasors

In last month’s blog, we covered the fundamentals of phasor diagrams and how to interpret them at a basic level. In this article, we delve deeper into understanding and analyzing phasors practically, in common scenarios for different power systems.A Brief ReviewPhasor...

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Understanding Phasors

Understanding Phasors

IntroductionPhasor diagrams can be very helpful in assessing and diagnosing a power or power quality situation if you know what you are looking at and what to look for. This blog covers the basics of understanding phasor diagrams and what it could possibly mean for...

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Creating a Report

Creating a Report

Video: Creating a Report in ReportWriter Wizard™In this video, learn about using ReportWriter Wizard™ to create a fast, easy, and professional report for your test in PSM-A. Once you have already downloaded data from the analyzer onto your PC and reviewed it, you are...

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Why Calibrate

Why Calibrate

Types of Calibrations & CertificatesThese days, any reputable manufacturer (or laboratory) performing a calibration will provide “NIST-traceable” calibration certificates, which denotes that the calibration accuracy is directly derived from the reference...

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Choosing The Right Current Probes

Choosing The Right Current Probes

PowerSight offers a wide selection of current probes for just about every need. The one downside of having so many options is deciding on which current probe is the right one for the job, and how many to get. Below, is a discussion of the various current probe...

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Should I Monitor In-House?

Should I Monitor In-House?

Should I Do Power Studies In-House or Subcontract Them Out?For some companies, deciding whether to perform power monitoring studies with their own in-house professionals or subcontracting out the work may be a real toss-up. There is no “right answer” but there is a...

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Post-Logging Best Practices

Post-Logging Best Practices

The monitoring session is all over and it’s time to collect the data and analyze it. What are the steps you can take to execute a seamless, error-free finish to your study? After all, performing the test is only step four of the six-step power monitoring process. We...

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Power Monitoring Best Practices

Power Monitoring Best Practices

In addition to the Power Analysis Checklist (our guide to making sure you have the necessary equipment for a power analysis study), we have put together this list of ‘best practices’ for successful power monitoring. PowerSight is designed to give you success in almost...

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Cost of Ownership

Cost of Ownership

Power analyzers are the kind of product that many people falsely assume will be a one-time expense of whatever price is listed by the manufacturer or distributor. Unfortunately, the reality is that to get the best value and to assure you and your customers that the...

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The True Cost of Owning a Power Analyzer (EC)

The True Cost of Owning a Power Analyzer (EC)

Power analyzers are the kind of product that many people falsely assume will be a one-time expense of whatever price is listed by the manufacturer or distributor. Unfortunately, the reality is that to get the best value and to assure you and your customers that the...

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Your Partner in Power Measurement

Your Partner in Power Measurement

A good power analyzer can serve as an effective replacement to several one-sided testing tools. This is not to say that every power analyzer is a form, fit, and function replacement for any of these tools, but most power analyzers perform some of the measurements...

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The Benefits of Power Analysis (EC)

The Benefits of Power Analysis (EC)

Power analysis provides answers that many testing instruments/practices do not. Instead of only measuring one aspect or phase of power in a power system, complete power analysis provides the total view of a power system by logging all the important measurement types....

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Key Analyzer Features

Key Analyzer Features

In our research, we found 50+ unique power analyzer models currently in production, and dozens more that are discontinued but still functional and valuable. With so many choices, it is hard to narrow down which ones are the best and if they are worth the price. To...

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The Future of Utilities Lies in Power Quality

The Future of Utilities Lies in Power Quality

The power grid is evolving to become more renewable.   This is better for our planet in the long-term but creates a number of risks and complications in the short-term. The problem with adding renewable sources to a grid, combined with dispersed customer owned...

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Monitoring Power in 400 Hz Systems

Monitoring Power in 400 Hz Systems

Who Uses 400 Hz Systems?   400 Hz systems are mostly used in avionics, military, shipboard, and aerospace applications. Commercial airlines, the military, and their contractors are the main users of these higher frequency power systems.   How 400 Hz is...

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How SureStart™ Could Save Your Study

How SureStart™ Could Save Your Study

Overview   If you are at all familiar with PowerSight’s unique, efficient power analyzers, you probably know about the SureStart™ Expert System. For those that do not know about SureStart™, it is our patented rules-based knowledge system that you can use to check...

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The Critical Importance of Redundancy

The Critical Importance of Redundancy

Power Monitoring is fundamentally different from other typical measurement activities in several ways: It is done over a long period of time, typically from 72 hours to one month. The installation and removal is done in potentially life-threatening circumstances (and...

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The Cause & Effect of Arc Flash/Blast

The Cause & Effect of Arc Flash/Blast

What is Arc Flash and Arc Blast?   An arc flash is a sudden release of energy in the form of current that flows through charged (ionized) air. In person, it looks like an explosion of electrical sparks with pieces of metal, fire, and smoke shooting into the air....

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A Dive into Harmonics and Why They Matter

A Dive into Harmonics and Why They Matter

Plain and simple, harmonics are frequencies produced by a standing wave pattern. Harmonics, as far as we are concerned, are multiples of the fundamental frequency. The fundamental frequency is the lowest frequency produced by an object or machine and also signifies...

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What is Medium Voltage?

What is Medium Voltage?

In a previous article, What is Voltage?, we discussed the basics of voltage, its applications, and how measuring it can be beneficial. There are a few classifications of voltage, though, based on amount distributed. Most buildings you see day-to-day use “low voltage”...

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The Complete Power Monitoring Process

The Complete Power Monitoring Process

You have a job to do, and that job involves power. If your equipment is not functioning properly or you want to measure how much power your equipment is using, you may want to use a power analyzer. A power analyzer, or power monitor, is a device that measures power...

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What is Current?

What is Current?

For most of us, we use electricity in many products throughout the day but really don't know how it works. You probably don't even think about it that much! You just assume when you flick a switch, the electricity will flow to the item you're using and it'll work just...

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What is Unbalanced Voltage and Current Unbalance?

What is Unbalanced Voltage and Current Unbalance?

When you are running an industrial plant, the term "time is money" is incredibly true. The more efficient and productive you are, the more money you will make. In order to be producing at all times, or during all business hours, you need a lot of machines humming...

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What does a Power Quality Analyzer do?

What does a Power Quality Analyzer do?

We’ve lived our entire lives with lamps, air conditioning, televisions, vacuum cleaners, and microwaves. It’s hard not to take electricity for granted. You turn on a switch and a machine, tool, or light bulb turns on. You can turn a knob and dial up the speed or...

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What is A Power Quality Analyzer?

What is A Power Quality Analyzer?

A power quality analyzer is incredibly helpful, both commercially and in regular, everyday life. Before you can learn how to use a power quality analyzer to your advantage, you must first understand what one is. A power quality analyzer is a device used to measure...

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4 Reasons to Monitor Power Consumption

4 Reasons to Monitor Power Consumption

If you’re like many companies, your electric bill is a portion of your budget you feel you simply cannot do anything about. Since all you get is one overall monthly bill, with no indication of whether that use was standard or excessive compared to operations that...

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Why Power Monitoring is Important

Why Power Monitoring is Important

Power monitoring equipment is now used by businesses to monitor, control, and optimize the energy consumption of their property. It’s become incredibly popular, and nearly a necessity. Why is this? Here are just three of the main reasons your business should invest in...

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