Power measurement software for precision analysers
Published: 30 April 2012 - Rachael Morling
In accordance with the latest IEC62301 Ed.2.0 (international) and EN50564:2011 (European) standards, Yokogawa has created a power measurement software package for its range of precision power analysers.
The software, designed for use with the WT210, WT500, WT1800 and WT3000 analysers, is aimed at manufacturers of domestic electrical appliances and related equipment, who require a solution to the testing of standby power.
The EU has supported an initiative by the International Energy Agency to limit the standby power consumption of a single piece of equipment to 1W. These guidelines have been adopted by the International Electrotechnical Commission, which has recently released the second edition of its International Standard IEC 62301 (Household electrical appliance – Measurement of standby power).
The company claims that the new power measurement software will help manufacturers improve the efficiency of equipment in the standby mode, thus leading to significant reductions in electricity consumption.
The software’s functions include communications between the host PC and the relevant instrument, measurement of power data as defined in the standards, report preparation and production, and saving to the appropriate storage medium. Electrical parameters measured include total harmonic distortion, crest factor, voltage, frequency, power variation and accumulated energy, exclaims the company.