- September 10, 2018
- Process Control Solutions, Inc. & Reliable Power Controls
September 10, 2018 – Airixa, an energy management and industrial refrigeration control systems platform produced by Process Solutions, recently launched a full suite of energy management features aimed at helping production facilities.
With industrial companies being billed for their energy usage and power demand, Process Solutions designed Airixa to combat the demand peaks that increase customers’ electric bills. To reduce demand peaks, Airixa deploys an intelligent feature set, such as the ability to set an adaptive demand limit for each month, user-selected load reduction priorities, priorities based on production metrics and constraints, and demand response, which monitors the facility’s power loads and automatically controls those loads to match the demand with the supply.
Airixa’s Demand Response features are included in the standard feature package to help companies generate revenue in coordination with the utility and aggregator-provided demand response programs that are now available in many areas.
Further Airixa features include the ability to monitor how much power is being consumed within a certain time period, what equipment is consuming the most power, how individual loads contribute to peak demand, where power is being reduced to prevent demand peaks, and how much surplus power is available to run additional equipment without going over the demand limit in each debit period.
On occasions when power outages occur, Airixa’s start-up sequences allow facilities to ramp up slowly, instead of having all electrical loads start-up at the same time and create a large power load. The priority and order of what equipment is started can be manually set within the system to help get the facility up and running as quickly as possible.
In order to create an in-depth level of control and monitoring capabilities, Airixa allows for load segmenting. With load segmenting, the facility’s power loads are segmented by individual locations or equipment. Each location or piece of equipment is then given its own power settings, which allows for power loads to be controlled individually from the rest of the system.
Upon accessing the Airixa dashboard via HMI, web interface, or mobile device, users will be greeted by a trend displaying the facility’s power demand. The trend can be set to show consumption data for any period the viewer would like to see. Blue bars on the trend illustrate how much power was consumed during each debit period, thus contributing to overall demand, while green bars display reduced power. A black line running horizontally across the trend illustrates the demand limit, where consumption is permitted before creating a demand peak.
By clicking on a specific demand period on the trend, users can view specific demand period values, such as how much energy each load is consuming, how much power is being reduced, and the current reduced statuses.
Airixa systems utilize Siemens hardware and software components, including S7-1500 PLCs and WinCC OA platforms.