Using ION

This section provides information on ION solutions and examples of typical module configurations.

ION solutions

ION devices come with default module configurations that provide capabilities such as energy and demand calculations, min/max logging, harmonics logging, loss compensation and Modbus slave communications. Default configurations are different for every type of device.

You can stay with these defaults, or assemble your own set of ION modules to match your specific requirements. You can implement specialized features for power quality monitoring, revenue metering, substation automation, demand and load management, capacitor bank switching and operations planning.

Example framework daily demand recording

Suppose you want to record demand values every day at the same time:

  1. Take a Power Meter module and link its kW output to a Sliding Window Demand module. This Power Meter module calculates average power consumption over a predefined interval. The Sliding Window Demand module is used to calculate block and rolling block demand. Ensure that the demand calculation is configured for the desired time interval (In this example, the time interval is 24 hours).

  2. Link a Data Recorder module to log the time-stamped demand values.

  3. Add a Periodic Timer module that provides a trigger for recording every 24 hours.

Example cost allocation

ION offers an economical way of attributing portions of your monthly power bill to various equipment and systems in your operation. If you are planning facility expansion or upgrades, Power Monitoring Expert or ION Setup software can integrate this information and promptly disseminate it to the appropriate people.

You can implement cost allocation features with a combination of Power Meter, Integrator, Arithmetic, and Data Recorder modules.

Popular module links

You may want to implement power monitoring, analysis and control operations using the module links suggested below.

Desired Operation

ION Module Links

Breaker trip counting

Digital Input → Counter

Cost calculation

Virtual Processor & XML Import → Arithmetic

Delay of operation after setpoint1

Setpoint → One-Shot Timer → Data Recorder or Digital Output

Demand control (load shedding)

Demand → Arithmetic or Setpoint → Digital Output

Demand peak recording

Demand → Maximum → Data Recorder

Disturbance counting

Sag/Swell → Counter

Energy calculations

Power Meter → Integrator

Fuel level recording

Analog Input → Data Recorder

Phase imbalances 

Symmetrical Components → Data Recorder

Power factor log statistics

Power Meter → Setpoint → Counter

Power quality analysis

Sag/Swell →Pulse Merge → Waveform Recorder

Service continuity verification

Setpoint → Counter

Time-of-use revenue metering

Power Meter and Time of Use → Integrators → Counters

Transformer temperature recording

Analog Input → Data Recorder

Trending, demand

Power Meter → Sliding Window Demand2 → Data Recorder

Trending, maximum values, recorded at daily intervals

Power Meter and Periodic Timer → Maximum → Data Recorder

1. Setpoint conditions can be high demand, low current, high harmonics, etc.

2. Sliding Window Demand module is used to calculate block and rolling block demand.

Configuration tools

Two software tools can be used to configure ION modules:

  • Designer component of Power Monitoring Expert

  • ION Setup

For more information regarding ION configuration, refer to the ION Setup or Power Monitoring Expert online help, download the documentation from theSchneider Electric website or contact your local Schneider Electric representative for ION training opportunities.

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