Eaton has announced that its Cooper Power Systems division has launched the GridAdvisor Series II smart sensor, improving outage management and capacitor bank monitoring while providing real-time critical system information not previously available in the marketplace. The simple, yet sophisticated device improves overall efficiencies in distribution systems by identifying directional fault targeting, detecting capacitor bank fuse failure and providing real-time line monitoring at nearly any location through the Distributed Network Protocol 3 (DNP3).
The sensor is cited to be not only an advancement in the identification and location of fault and fuse failures, but also in smart grid data acquisition. The device saves operation and maintenance costs while improving reliability by reducing drive time. It maximizes energy savings by keeping capacitors online while supporting an industry standard device protocol for data delivery.