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Cyber Sciences, now part of Trystar LLC, develops solutions for critical power applications, including data centers, hospitals, and more.
Restore power quickly to mission critical facilities
Critical facilities such as data centers, hospitals, and airports share one thing in common, they simply can’t afford to have downtime. Mission critical facilities can lose millions of dollars from just one outage. Having accurate and reliable data to help pinpoint the source of problem is critical in getting operations back up and running as quickly as possible. Solutions such as the STR-100 and Sequence of Events Recorder are a crucial part of the power monitoring system for these type of facilities to help with event reconstruction in determining what happened and when it occurred.
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“I thought we could get by with basic metering and NTP time sync, but then we had an incident. The CyTime SER-3200 gave us the data to reconstruct why our transfer scheme switched over to generator power. Now I specify all SER devices with 1ms accuracy.“
Electrical power distribution systems designed for data centers are complex. To achieve near-flawless uptime, power systems are designed with multiple sources and redundancy. Data center electrical power monitoring systems (EPMS) must provide pertinent data about normal operations as well as forensics when abnormal conditions are detected.
To ensure reliable power, root-cause analysis is used to understand the sequence of events—not only for disaster recovery—but to diagnose any abnormal condition, long before these lead to a total outage.
“We needed to automate the EPSS testing required by the AHJ. The CyTime SER-2408 monitors status of all our ATS and makes our testing faster and more efficient.”
Hospitals require reliable power 24/7. Electrical power distribution systems designed for hospitals are complex, especially the Emergency Power Supply System (EPSS). Critical healthcare facilities are required to conform to the requirements of the NFPA 110 standard which calls for periodic installation and maintenance of the EPSS as well as testing of not only the generator but also the transfer switches, batteries, and breakers serving the electric utility and emergency power supplies.
Because the Sequence of Events Recorder has the ability to capture the status change of this equipment to the millisecond, it is easier to record and document EPSS testing for compliance.
"I have legacy devices that use RS-485 4-wire communications, but I need to connect these to a 2-wire network. The CNV-100 from Cyber Sciences is simple—it just works!"
Cyber Sciences offers products for power reliability and industrial automation, characterized by industrial-grade temperature ratings and UL-listing. Typical industrial markets include refineries, semiconductor manufacturing, water and water treatment, food and beverage plants, and small manufacturing facilities.
One application of the Sequence of Events Recorder for these type facilities is in gathering WAGES (Water Air Gas Electric Steam) data from all these critical plant utilities, usually by counting pulses from a variety of meters.
Unlike PLC I/O which requires custom engineering services and PLC programming, the CyTime SER-3200 can be configured in minutes to count high-speed pulses (up to 32 channels) and communicate to PMCS software using Modbus TCP over Ethernet.
“Microgrids combining utility sources, wind and solar power are complex by design. The requirement for SER with 1ms accuracy is a given."
Microgrids and Alternative Energy
Microgrids are electrical power distribution systems specifically designed to be operated independently from the electric power grid. Often these include alternative energy sources such as wind and solar power, with storage batteries and means to ensure system stability while connected to the grid or in "island" mode.
These complex power networks require challenging engineering and dynamic controls. To ensure reliable power, root-cause analysis is needed to understand the sequence of events—not only for disaster recovery—but to diagnose any abnormal condition, long before these lead to instability or outages. The Sequence of Events Recording systems provide the high-speed logging of events time-stamped to 1ms accuracy required for this application.