Monday, March 28, 2016
Innovative controller capabilities for load bank testing
When using load banks to test the reliability of generators for backup power at a data center, hospital, or other facility, networking smaller load banks located locally or up to several hundred feet away can help optimize testing efficiency and productivity. The ability to test a series of loads with a mix of smaller load banks can provide more flexible test capability. For example, using smaller load banks makes it easier to get test capacity into space-restricted areas, eliminating the need for long cable runs from large, street-based load banks.
There are several other advantages to testing networked load banks, as well. For example, the ability to perform testing locally and remotely on networked load banks using industry-standard CAN bus communications protocol enables operators to monitor and control numerous load banks up to several hundred feet away.
In addition, when testing multiple networked load banks, a controller that can monitor and control vary, accept or reject the loads on a single unit can save time.
A controller that also enables the user to test a single load bank gives the ability to monitor temperature at specific serve rack locations to determine how an HVAC system reacts to temperature changes.
These types of productivity-enhancing controller capabilities are changing the face and pace of load bank testing.
Are there other features you have come across or that you think are feasible?