Vectron International announces release of Gen II Temp TrackR system for smart grid power distribution applications

Source: Vectron

Vectron International, a leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of Frequency Control, Sensor, and Hybrid Product solutions, today announced the release of its Gen II Temp TrackR passive, wireless temperature monitoring system.

The Gen II Temp TrackR, marketed through Vectron's SenGenuity product line, allows customers to continuously monitor the temperature of critical nodes and points in high and medium voltage switchgear as well as other power distribution equipment. The system's unique Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) based sensor requires no external power or battery, enabling its use in harsh, high-voltage environments as well as where routine maintenance, such as battery change, is difficult or impossible.

The Gen II Temp TrackR, based on the architecture of Vectron's award-winning original Temp TrackR platform, offers enhanced signal processing capability allowing for the unique sensors to be used in more and different applications while simultaneously cutting installation and provisioning time by nearly 70%.

"We introduced passive, wireless temperature monitoring to the power industry several years ago," commented Gregory Smolka, VP/GM of Vectron's IMS Business Unit, "This latest, customer-driven innovation allows our partners and their customers to better protect their valuable assets from failure due to power overload, an increasing concern, especially in developing countries where power grids are already stretched thin and overloaded."

"The need to monitor active switchgear remains strong," added David Bail, Director of Product Marketing at Vectron. "The original Temp TrackR system generated such strong interest from the market as it allowed for continuous, on-line monitoring in active switchgear while alleviated the need for periodic maintenance. Our Gen II product builds on that legacy by offering a more robust, wireless capability opening up further applications and speeding installation."

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