April 30, 2008

Schneider Electric today announced that it has expanded its portfolio of engineered solutions with the launch of the Square D® PowerLogic® Emergency Power Supply System (EPSS) monitoring and test reporting capabilities that meet NFPA 110 Guidelines. The system's new automatically generated advanced reporting features, accurate real-time metering and factory-assembled monitoring enclosures provide an ideal retrofit or new construction solution for healthcare facilities seeking to expand their electrical distribution systems while increasing EPSS reliability, performance and efficiency for routine EPSS documentation and testing for Joint Commission compliance. The PowerLogic system with EPSS reporting provides comprehensive documentation and monitoring of essential equipment maintenance testing, power quality monitoring and a single monitoring system that integrates all EPSS components. 

Historically, emergency power backup systems have been tested manually which led to lost manpower, insufficient loading, misinformation due to not monitoring actual generator operating temperatures, and an inability to ascertain the precise timing of an (ATS) automatic transfer switch. EPSS that malfunction in healthcare environments can harm life safety and impede critical patient care. To counter this problem, EPSS logs test data and enables real-time monitoring of critical systems. The resulting documentation helps to identify EPSS problems during tests, rather than experiencing failures under emergency situations. 

"Improper routine testing is one of the leading causes of generator nonperformance," said Jon Waggener, PowerLogic Engineered Solutions Product Manager. "Exercising a generator below recommended loading can actually reduce its reliability and result in unburned fuel and/or carbon build up in the exhaust system. We help our healthcare and critical power customers increase EPSS system reliability by monitoring, collecting and automatically generating test results. That way, they can verify test performance with accurate permanent documentation to ensure that the generator is properly loaded to sufficiently reach the recommended operating temperature for the entire run." 

Generator and automatic transfer switches are still exercised regularly within NFPA 110 Guidelines by operational personnel. However, throughout the testing process, essential status and measurements are stored within the monitoring device's onboard data logs. Upon completion, the system uses automatically collected data and observations generate an EPSS report which gives accurate conclusive results for Joint Commission compliance documentation and peace of mind that the mechanical and electrical systems tests have been properly executed. 

PowerLogic EPSS are engineered to provide traceability of EPSS testing and real-time monitoring to ensure that customers never miss an event or an alarm. Remote EPSS Testing and Monitoring can be accomplished via EPSS graphical interface diagrams to depict or mimic facility electrical distribution single line drawings on a computer screen. Generators and automatic transfer switch (ATS) status along with monitored real-time values are displayed for reporting, system diagnostics and operation of the EPSS. This valuable information provides operations personnel with the ability to quickly diagnose a problem and increase reliability, which in turn reduces overall hospital liability and improves the environment of care. 

"Many facilities are opting for PowerLogic monitoring systems with automatic EPSS reporting which have transformed healthcare facility power monitoring from a luxury item to an essential tool to correctly and efficiently manage the emergency power systems," adds Waggener. 

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