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For facility managers

The easiest way to save energy and save on your electric bill

January 2014

Most facility managers realize that energy is being wasted by inefficient systems or by operating non-critical loads at peak utility rate periods.

In addition to the cost of all that wasted energy, safety is another concern. If you’re planning to add a new electrical load to your existing service you need to know exactly what your existing systems are drawing. Just measuring voltage and current at any given point in time doesn’t provide the level of detail you need to determine if there is capacity for the new load. Performing a load study using an electrical energy logger gives you a more accurate picture over time, and you can use those results to meet reporting requirements for various safety regulations.

In the past, getting an accurate picture of energy use was complex and costly. You could use a low-end, general-purpose logger but you wouldn’t get accurate results. Or you could use an expensive power quality analyzer, but that required an engineer with advanced training.

Now there’s a new solution.

Simplified, affordable energy logging

The new Fluke 1730 Three-Phase Electrical Energy Logger delivers high-performance energy logging capabilities in a compact, intuitively easy-to-use logging tool. You can use it to measure multiple values simultaneously over time, and run calculations on the data collected. The Fluke 1730 is optimized for energy logging in industrial plants and commercial/institutional buildings, or any application needing three-phase energy profiling.

The two most frequent applications for the 1730 include:

  • Energy studies. You can use the 1730 to document energy use over several days at the largest systems in your facility. Start at the main service entrance and then move downstream to electrical supply panels. The 1730 measures current, voltage, frequency, watts, demand, Total Harmonic Distortion (THD), and power factor, and can display multiple energy logging sessions simultaneously to create a complete picture of energy use across the whole facility. You can use the results of this study to see when equipment is consuming power and determine whether you can make changes to reschedule some operations to lower demand and lower cost times of day.
  • Load studies. If you’re planning to add equipment or increase the load on a specific circuit you can use the 1730 to log power consumption over a full production cycle. This will help you determine whether you have the capacity to handle the increased load and will also keep you from adding capacity where you don’t need to. In situations where it is difficult to make a voltage connection, you can use the 1730’s simple load study feature to measure current only. The user can enter the nominal expected voltage and the unit will make all the necessary calculations.  

Not just another energy logger

The Fluke 1730 Electrical Energy Logger not only provides professional-level data measuring; it gives you those capabilities in an intuitive, easy-to-use, very portable tool that:

  • Is easy to set up. We spent months researching the actions that trigger user errors and applied what we learned to completely re-engineered connectors, digital check and auto correct of all connections, and an on-screen wizard for interval setup that greatly reduces common setup errors.
  • Fits inside most electrical cabinets. Since the Fluke 1730 can draw power directly from the circuit under test, there are no cords to prevent the closing of panels. Remove the detachable power supply and the unit becomes half as thin, allowing it to fit in even smaller space.
  • Carries the highest safety rating in the industry. The 1730 is 600 V CAT IV/1000 V CAT III rated for use at the service entrance and downstream.
  • Is easy to use, even with gloves. The custom touch screen and large buttons are easy to manipulate with heavy gloves on. And the specialized screen technology is reactive to touch yet safe for live-energy work. The logical user interface presents choices, steps, and values in the order you need them, which makes the 1730 a breeze to use even if you don’t use it often.
  • Lets you see data in real time. Rather than have to wait until you download the logged data to review it, the 1730 displays data during logging. You can also download logged data to a USB stick in the field and leave the logger to continue its job. It can store more than 20 separate logging sessions.
  • Connects with temperature and pressure accessories. The 1730 has two auxiliary ports for connection to external sensors.

Putting the data to work

Fluke Energy Analyze software, which comes with the 1730 Energy Logger, is designed to meet the needs of a broad range of maintenance professionals - from facility managers to electrical engineers. After the 1730 collects the data you can import it into the software for further analysis and automated reporting to clearly show decision makers the areas for potential energy savings. Using the software, it is easy to zoom in and out on details; add comments and pictures to the data (for example, images from a thermal camera); overlay multiple logging sessions; and export measurements to create powerful reports.

Together, the new Fluke 1730 Energy Logger and Energy Analyze software make it easy and affordable for facilities of all sizes to track and address energy waste to optimize systems and help reduce your electric bill. To see the Fluke 1730 in action, take a look at the 1730 video series and see how easily it puts energy logging within your reach.

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