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DeviceMaster RTS Simplifies Direct Monitoring and Control for Multiple Substations

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DeviceMaster RTS Simplifies Direct Monitoring and Control for Multiple Substations

Supplying electric services to over one million customers is no easy feat, but one U.S. energy company was able to do so thanks to Comtrol’s DeviceMaster RTS 16-port.

DeviceMaster RTS

DeviceMaster Simplifies Direct Monitoring and Control for Multiple Substations

Connecting the DeviceMaster RTS to relays and RTUs (remote terminal units) gave this company control over each substation by connecting numerous devices, and gaining real-time monitoring access and control over data from each station. The information that is collected by the DeviceMaster is communicated directly to the central station by Ethernet.

The DeviceMaster family of serial device servers enables browser-based remote port/device monitoring and configuration. Available in a variety of port sizes,
DeviceMaster can simplify maintenance, reduce cost-of-ownership, and translate savings and efficiencies to your company’s bottom line!

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Comtrol in the Energy Industry

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Energy Industry

Within the energy industry, companies are continuously looking for ways to maximize the use of our finite natural resources. Comtrol Corporation provides several solutions for companies who are looking to increase their efficiency in energy.
Energy Industry
Comtrol’s DeviceMaster servers have applications in many different parts of the energy industry. Many of our DeviceMaster servers are in place controlling several different energy systems, including hydraulic fracturing with oil collection, wind power, underwater hydropower, and more. The DeviceMaster has also been used to collect data from energy meters, and monitor oil pipelines.

RocketPort® multiport serial cards provide data collection and control capabilities within systems such as electricity generation and conversion. Customers who have used the Rockeport serial card have seen that the card provides reliable monitoring between substations of electricity generation, and efficient communication between all intelligent electrical devices (IEDs).

Becoming more efficient in the way we harvest energy helps to preserve resources and allows us to successfully distribute every portion of that usable energy with minimal loss. Comtrol is committed to providing high-performance and quality communication, data transmission and connectivity devices for these processes

Hydraulic Fracturing Process Monitoring

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Hydraulic Fracturing

Fracking, otherwise known as hydraulic fracturing, has become a word well-known with the recent expansion of oil exploration.  As fracking helps to release natural substances (in this case, oil) from the earth’s rock for extraction, monitoring sensors directly at the site provide data and supervisory control for engineers and personnel controlling the fracking process.

The fracturing process, in order to be profitable, must be truly mobile.  Thus, many pressure pumping companies located in both the United States and Canada have created mobile command centers inside vehicles to control the fracking operations directly from the field.  These vehicles, often termed “data vans,” house important monitoring equipment.  Sensors used directly at the fracking site such as pressure meters, flow meters and engine and pump monitoring sensors transmit data in various different protocols such as CAN bus, RS-232 and RS-485.  Converting all of this data to a common medium – Ethernet – is necessary for the SCADA system to ensure the fracking process is safe and efficient.

Comtrol’s DeviceMaster® RTS 16-port serial to Ethernet gateway is included in data vans as the center of communication with the field.  As seen below, the data from the sensors is either converted from CAN bus to RS-232, or travels directly via RS-485 to the DeviceMaster.  The DeviceMaster then relays that information via TCP/IP (Ethernet) to the SCADA system.  The DeviceMaster provides great flexibility with software selectable RS-232/422/485 support, along with being reliable, rugged and tolerating use in a mobile environment for extended periods of time.

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Efficiency in Energy Management

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An energy meter manufacturing company based in Cairo, Egypt discovered that there is an economical solution to the extra time and cost that can be accrued by sending out company personnel to manually read electrical meters and log energy usage from each floor of a commercial building.

Property management and energy companies can reduce time and expenses by adding a DeviceMaster® Ethernet gateway to their physical system configurations as well as a corresponding software program on their networks.

Comtrol’s DeviceMaster UP 1-Port has been used by the energy meter manufacturing company to complement its meters and provide as a package to property management companies.  The DeviceMaster UP 1-Port has the capability to connect the energy meters together for remote reading and monitoring.Energy Meter Management

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