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Electricity Meter Properties

Voltage and Power Factor Meter properties can be altered for Current Clamp Sensors, along with Meter Tariffs.

Current Clamp Sensors are Synchronised using the EMS Remote Tools application.

Synchronising Current Clamp Sensors

Changing Electricity Meter Properties

Meter Tariffs

Creating Meter Tariff Rates

Editing a Tariff Rate

Deleting a Tariff Rate

Creating Meter Tariffs

Synchronising Current Clamp Sensors

The Synchronise process takes data from a connected USB device and updates its Serial Number and Calibration details in EMS at the same time as setting the Physical Transmit ID of the device.

Synchronising Sensors facilitates efficient communication between the Sensor and EMS.

Even if the Sensor is already running on EMS, it is strongly recommended to carry out Synchronisation to set a faster transmit rate for the Calibration run.

To Synchronise a Current Clamp Sensor:

1.Ensure that the Current Clamp Sensor Unit is connected to the PC/Server running the EMS application via the supplied Y055 USB lead.

2.Open the EMS Remote Management Tools.

The EMS Management window is displayed once the Remote Management Tools have loaded.

3.Select a Current Clamp Sensor from the EMS Remote Management Tools' EMS Management window. See Figure 879 below:

Figure 879

EMS Management Window Current Clamp

4.From the EMS Management window, select Sync Selected Sensor or Current Clamp Configuration from the Tools entry in the Main Menu bar. See Figure 880 below:

Figure 880

EMS Management Window Current Clamp2

The Current Clamp Configuration V2.2 window is displayed. See Figure 881 below:

Figure 881

Current Clamp Configuration window

Note: The above window is from the Windows Server 2012 R2 operating System. The appearance of the window in Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7 would be slightly different.

The Configuration Parameters available through this window are outlined below:

Log/Transmit Interval

10 seconds to 24 hours (HL4601)

1, 2, 3, 5, 15, 30 or 60 minutes (RL4601/4602)

Operation Mode

Average or Instantaneous.

Average is recommended, particularly for the radio devices.

Full Scale on the Current Clamps

Nominally 30.0, 60.00 or 120.0 Amps.

If a channel is unused then set this to 0.

3 x Single Phase or Three Phase

The ONLY effect of this setting is related to the Event Logging.

If Three Phase is selected, one current threshold will be applied to all clamps. See Figure 882 below:

Figure 882

Current Clamp Configuration window 2

If 3 x Single Phase is selected, then three individual thresholds can be entered. See Figure 883 below:

Figure 883

Current Clamp Configuration Window 3

Log on Event

React to high current levels

Event Timeout

Maximum time in seconds that Event is considered live.

Keep this value as small as reasonable to maximise battery life and minimize radio traffic (RL4106).

Current Thresholds

As required, set to 0 if not required on a particular channel.

Battery Change Date

A record is kept in the device.

Identification

HL4601 only - A string reflecting the intended usage, e.g. ‘Main Feed’.

Transmitter ID

RL4601/4602 only - The ID used within Radiolog.

5.Enter or select the required values.

6.Click on Program device to Synchronise the Sensor.

Changing Electricity Meter Properties

Click here for details on Changing Electricity Meter Properties if you are using a version of EMS prior to Version 1.0.9 / 2.0.3 (Compliant)

1.From the required Site's Live View window, select Edit Mode from the main View Data menu. See Figure 892 below:

Figure 892

Edit Mode Add Zone

 

The Site's Edit Mode window is displayed. See Figure 893 below:

Figure 893

Edit Mode Window

 

By default, the Sensor and Zone editing/configuration window for the Zone at the top of the left-hand menu is displayed.

To display another Zone's Edit Mode window, click on the entry for the required Zone in the left-hand menu. For an example, see Figure 894 below:

Figure 894

Change Zone2

2.Either:

i.In the left-hand list of the Zone's Edit Mode window, click on the small 'arrow' symbol to display a list of the Sensors associated with the Zone. See Figure 895 below:

Figure 895

Zone Sensor Arrow Symbol

 

ii.In the left-hand list, click on the required Current Clamp Sensor's icon Sensor Icon.

Or:

In table in the Zone's Edit Mode window, click on the required Current Clamp Sensor's name in the Sensor Name column. See Figure 896 below:

Figure 896

Current Clamp Sensor Select

The Edit Mode window for the selected Current Clamp Sensor is displayed.  See Figure 897 below:

Figure 897

Meter Settings Window2

3.Click on the METER SETTINGS tab. See Figure 897 above.

The Meter Settings window is displayed. See Figure 898 below:

Figure 898

Meter Settings Window

4.Edit the Voltage and Power Factor values in their respective fields in the Meter Settings window.

5.Click on the Save button at the top of the Current Clamp Sensor's Edit Mode window to accept the changes.

This will save the Meter Properties' values for the currently selected Current Clamp Sensor.

If the Update has been successful, you will be returned to the Zone's Edit Mode window and the following message will be displayed. See 899 below:

Figure 899

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Meter Tariffs

Meter Tariffs are used to define billing strategies.

A Tariff consists of one or more bands (time periods within the day) together with an associated Unit cost.

For example, a Tariff might consist of a Peak Rate during the day with a lower cost off-peak charge in the early hours. All 24 hours must be covered.

Each band has a Rate associated with it.

Note:Meter Tariff Rates must be defined before creating Meter Tariffs.

Creating Meter Tariff Rates

Click here for details on Creating, Editing and Deleting Meter Tarfiff Rates if you are using a version of EMS prior to Version 1.0.9 / 2.0.3 (Compliant)

Click here for details on Creating, Editing and Deleting Meter Tarfiff Rates if you are using a version of EMS prior to Version 1.0.12 / 2.0.5 (Compliant)

For EMS Version 1.0.12 onwards, Tariff Rates are applied to all relevant Sensors, for the entire System as follows:

1.From the View Data main menu bar entry, select the Global Settings entry and then Manage Meter Rates from the displayed sub-menu. See Figure 926 below:

Figure 926

Manage Meter Rates New

The Manage Meter Rates window is displayed. See Figure 927 below:

Figure 927

Manage Meter Rates Window New

2.Click on the Add Rate button. See Figure 927 above.

The Manage Rate window is displayed. See Figure 928 below:

Figure 928

Add Rate Mange Rate Winodw

3.Enter the following details:

An identifying Name for the Rate.

The Tariff’s Per Unit Rate.

The Currency the Rate is to be charged in.

A Colourcolorfrom the palette to identify/highlight the particular Tariff Rate.  See Figure 929 below:

Figure 929

Manage Rate Colour Palette New

i.Click on the colourcolorblock to display the Palette.

ii.Click on the required colourcoloron the Palette to select it.

4.Click on Save Rate.

You are returned to the Manage Meter Rates window.

A green message box is displayed stating that the new Tariff Rate has been updated.

The new Tariff Rate is added.

See Figure 930 below:

Figure 930

New Tariff Rate Added

Editing a Tariff Rate

Click here for details on Editing Meter Tarfiff Rates if you are using a version of EMS prior to Version 1.0.12 / 2.0.5 (Compliant)

1.In the Manage Meter Tariff Rates window, click on the Edit button adjacent to the Tariff Rate you wish to edit. See Figure 934 below:

Figure 934

Edit Tariff Rate New

 

The Manage Rate window for the selected Tariff Rate is displayed. See Figure 935 below:

Figure 935

Manage Rates

2.Edit the fields in the window as required. See Creating Meter Tariff Rates above.

3.When all changes have been made, click on Save Rate.

You are returned to the TARIFF-MANAGE RATES window which now displays the edited Tariff Rate details and a green message confirming the change(s). See Figure 936 below:

Figure 936

Manage Meter Rate Editing

Deleting a Tariff Rate

Click here for details on Deleting Meter Tarfiff Rates if you are using a version of EMS prior to Version 1.0.12 / 2.0.5 (Compliant)

1.In the Manage Meter Tariff Rates window, click on the Delete button adjacent to the Tariff Rate you wish to delete. See Figure 939 below:

Figure 939

Delete Meter Tariff Rate New

The selected Tariff Rate is deleted and a green message dialog confirms the deletion. See Figure 940 below:

Figure 940

Delete Tariff Rate Successful New

Creating Meter Tariffs

Click here for details on creating Meter Tariffs if you are using a version of EMS prior to Version 1.0.9 / 2.0.3 (Compliant)

Defining a Meter Tariff

1.From the selected Current Clamp Sensor's Edit Mode window, click on the TARIFF SETTINGS field. See Figure 944 below:

Figure 944

Current Clamp Sensor Tariff Settings Pane

The TARIFF SETTINGS pane is displayed. See Figure 945 below:

Figure 945

Tariff Settings Pane

2.In the displayed pane:

i.Check the Enable Tariffs box.

ii.Enter a number (1 - 31) representing the day of the month that the Tariff will apply to into the Billing Day field.

iii.Click on the New Tariff button.

See Figure 945 above.

The TARIFF SETTINGS pane displays a Test Rate for the Tariff, highlighting the Slider bar with the Rate’s defined colourcolor(see ColourcolorPalette information above). See Figure 946 below:

Figure 946

Create Tariff2

By default, the first Tariff Rate defined in the Manage Rates window is displayed.

Note: Initially, as only one Tariff Rate is associated with the Tariff, the Interval entry for the Tariff Rate will be inactive as the Tariff Rate will apply for the full 24 hour period.

To allocate another Tariff Rate to the Tariff, click on the Rate drop-down menu and select one of the displayed Tariff Rates. See Figure 947 below:

Figure 947

Create Tariff3

Defining Further Meter Tariffs

Click here for details on defining further Meter Tariffs if you are using a version of EMS prior to Version 1.0.9 / 2.0.3 (Compliant)

1.Click on the New Tariff button in the displayed TARIFF SETTINGS pane.

The new Tariff is displayed in the TARIFF SETTINGS pane. See Figure 953 below:

Figure 953

Create Tariff4

By default, the first Tariff Rate defined in the Manage Rates window is displayed for the new Tariff.

oTo allocate another Tariff Rate to the Tariff, click on the new Tariff's Rate drop-down menu and select one of the displayed Tariff Rates. See Figure 952 above.

The Slider bar shows the defined colourscolorsfor each of the Tariff Rates allocated to the displayed Tariffs, indicating the time intervals over which they apply. See Figure 954 below:

Figure 954

Create Tariff5

By default each Tariff is allocated a 12 hour period of activity. These periods can be varied by -

Either:

Moving the Slider left or right to adjust the time each Tariff is active for.

Or:

Selecting a time from the Interval drop-down list.

See Figure 954 above.

Note:The Interval drop-down list will be inactive for a second added Tariff as the time it is active, in any 24 hour period, will be determined by the time period set for the first Tariff.

2.As with the first Tariff, select a Tariff Rate for it from its Rate drop-down list. See Figure 952 above.

Further Tariffs are added and their Tariff Rates selected in the same way. See Figure 955 below:

Figure 955

Create Tariffs 6

Note: The Interval drop-down list will be inactive for the final Tariff added as the time it is active, in any 24 hour period, is determined by the time periods set for the first and second Tariffs.

3.When all Tariffs and associated Tariff Rates have been defined, click on the Save button at the top of the Edit Mode window. See Figure 956 below:

Figure 956

Create Tariffs Save

You are returned to the Edit Mode main window and a green message dialog is displayed, if the selected Current Clamp Sensor's details have been updated successfully. See Figure 957 below:

Figure 957

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