The Latest Condition Monitoring Technology from Doble: Three Benefits of Calisto N1
Power and utility companies today are facing a slew of new challenges. An aging workforce and infrastructure is leading to knowledge gaps and skills shortages. Growing cybersecurity concerns plague the industry, with cyber-attacks on the grid’s critical infrastructure happening every day. And the rise of renewables makes the operating model of the power system even more complex as organizations increasingly integrate wind and solar energy sources into the grid.
These challenges are all driving forces for organizations pushing towards digitization and looking to technology to provide data-driven insights that enable better decisions. And with the U.S. Department of Energy estimating outages cost the U.S. economy $150 billion annually, the need to leverage technology to safeguard the optimal health and performance of transformers and new critical infrastructure has never been more important.
With that in mind, here are three ways the latest addition to Doble’s Calisto® Condition Monitoring Platform, the Calisto® N1 , can help you reach your digitization goals and provide you with the asset-health data you need to ensure reliable power for all.
Quick Access to Advanced Asset-health Data
Today’s power and utility teams are tasked with what some would consider impossible – to proactively monitor assets, spot signs of failure and take action by scheduling maintenance or other interventions before it’s too late. Traditionally, it would take teams countless hours to install, collect and read insights from multiple sensors in the field, ultimately slowing data interpretation and fault identification. But with the Calisto N1, teams can check the readings directly on site from a variety of devices and immediately act on the data to ensure asset performance. With this new insight, power and utility teams can be confident in their asset management decisions.
Seamless Integration with Existing Systems
As power grids continue to grow and evolve to include new technology, sensors and other third-party devices in the field, it can become difficult to effectively visualize critical asset-health data that lives in various formats and systems. The Calisto N1 provides teams with centralized access to asset-health data from any third-party data source in the field such as sensors, dissolved gas analyses (DGAs), power meters and other Intelligent Electronic Devices (IED) that use standard protocols including Modbus and DNP3. The device also integrates with engineers’ current applications across multiple assets simultaneously to support proactive event investigation, troubleshooting and enhanced decision-making. Gone are the days of leveraging multiple systems across multiple assets due to varying system requirements.
Enhanced Collaboration Enabled by Cloud-based Technology
The Calisto N1 also enables teams to collaborate on event detection and mitigation. A built-in webserver makes it easy to manage user access, alerts settings and data visualization for sensors installed in the field. This way engineers can be alerted to potential faults automatically, seamlessly visualize the data and share with other stakeholders and take action to prevent failure. The new technology also makes it easy for supervisors to get a clear view of asset health in the field via the cloud, while complying with the cybersecurity constraints of the organization.
Condition Monitoring of the Future
The best way to prevent asset failure is to intervene early. But with skills gap issues, the rise of renewables, cybersecurity concerns, and other factors adding to an already complicated monitoring landscape, detecting early faults has become even more challenging. It’s time for teams to digitize and leverage technology to increase confidence and success identifying failures so they can effectively mitigate asset health issues as they arise.