07 September 2012 – South Africa’s cost of power is increasing at an alarming rate and users of power are being asked to save energy wherever possible to help prevent future power cuts. Industry and facilities alike are looking for ways to conserve energy to reduce ever-escalating energy bills.

Fluke, represented in southern Africa by the Comtest group, has come up with an offering that provides power quality analysis and has the ability to clearly quantify energy losses in rand and cents. It is the Fluke 430 series II power quality and energy analysers, which replaces the previous Fluke 430 series. The energy analysis capabilities of the 430 series II gives electricians the ability to determine how much power is being wasted and calculate exactly what the extra consumption costs. The technology behind this monetisation capability is revolutionary and can only be found with the Fluke 430 series II.

The new Fluke 434, 435 and 437 series II models help locate, predict, prevent, and troubleshoot power quality problems in three-phase and single-phase power distribution systems. Additionally, the Fluke patented energy loss algorithm, Unified Power Measurement, measures and quantifies energy losses due to poor power quality such as harmonics and unbalance issues, allowing users to pinpoint the origin of energy waste within a system and make the necessary repairs.

The 434 series II energy analyser is specifically designed for facilities engineers, building managers (energy costs), residential and commercial electricians, and basic power quality users. The 435 series II power quality and energy analyser has applications in waveform capture and power inverter efficiency. It measures efficiency of inverters in solar and wind UPS applications for industrial electricians, utilities technicians and advanced power quality users.

The top-of-the-range 437 series II power quality and energy analyser targets military defence, avionics and other transport-focused industrial electricians and technicians for the capture of power quality measurements in avionic and military power systems with 400 Hz frequency needs.

The 430 series II provides monetisation data by means of a built in mathematical formula for the monetisation of energy created by the professors and staff at Valencia university, USA. Fluke heard about their work, did its own testing, and incorporated it into the 430 II, making it the only power quality analyser in the world with energy monetisation capabilities.