The example below demonstrates a typical installation at a small factory premises

SWITCH ROOM

The main electricity meter and majority of additional electricity sub-meters are usually located in the main LV switchroom(s).  This keeps installation costs down by centralising the metering hardware and ensures the minimum disruption of normal operations during the install.  We take care of all the paperwork to connect to the tariff meter (if required) and all the meters here are linked to the system via a single LAN connection if available, but radio is another option.

PLANT ROOM

Plant rooms are the main location for sub-metering utilities such as gas, oil, water and steam, as well as additional large electrical loads.  Meters may be LAN or radio connected.

radio receiver

The radio receiver is located at a suitable central point to provide good signal pathing to all the transmitters.  The exact location and aerial type used depends on the site conditions and system layout, but in most cases a standard dipole antenna is roof-mounted, with the receiver itself inside the building and LAN connected to the system.

main building

Not all electricity sub-meters can be installed in the main switchrooms and additional meters may be required all around the site.  Elcomponent’s ultra-compact hardware solutions make this easy, and meters can be readily integrated into the system via a local network connection.

main gas & water meters

Tariff gas and water meters are often located at the periphery of the site, which makes radio the most common solution for linking them to the system.  Elcomponent carries all the necessary approvals for making data connections to all types of meter, and we also look after all the necessary paperwork to ensure connections are made as quickly as possible. Water meters can present an additional challenge, as many of them are located in pits or manholes making radio connection difficult.  However our new ‘pit transmitter’ uses the manhole cover itself as ground plane aerial which dramatically boosts performance and allows us to link to below-ground meters over far greater distances than before.

main gas & water meters

Tariff gas and water meters are often located at the periphery of the site, which makes radio the most common solution for linking them to the system.  Elcomponent carries all the necessary approvals for making data connections to all types of meter, and we also look after all the necessary paperwork to ensure connections are made as quickly as possible. Water meters can present an additional challenge, as many of them are located in pits or manholes making radio connection difficult.  However our new ‘pit transmitter’ uses the manhole cover itself as ground plane aerial which dramatically boosts performance and allows us to link to below-ground meters over far greater distances than before.

renewables

If you have on-site generation from wind or solar or other renewable sources, it will certainly be metered.  Elcomponent are experts in ensuring that your renewables input is incorporated into your site metering package and also into any realtime presentation screens you may have.

REALTIME DISPLAY - USING METERRING RT

More and more businesses are looking for an effective way to showcase their carbon and energy performance and MeterRing RT is the ideal way to do it.  Elcomponent’s high quality bowser-based realtime screens show power levels, consumption history and performance against target in an eye-catching and informative package.  The system uses the same data acquisition and meter reading hardware as our sub-metering systems, and can be installed alongside MeterRing MM or as a stand-alone product.

energy manager

The Energy Manager and other key individuals run Elcomponent’s ‘MeterRing MM’ software to provide all the detail needed optimise the efficiency of the site.  MeterRing’s user-friendly graph-based presentations ensure that waste is eliminated, costs are reduced and carbon footprint minimised.

remote building

Remote parts of the site may not be LAN connected, or there may be restrictions on LAN usage for security or other reasons.  In these instances a radio link is the answer as this can be used either to link to individual meters or as a ‘bridge’ for multiple meters in the building.