Norman Bradshaw gives his verdict on the PEL 103 Data Logger from Chauvin Arnoux and asks why more electricians aren’t taking advantage of the revenue stream that data logging can provide?
You may recall that a few months ago we did a review on the increasing call for clients to ﬁnd ways of saving electricity. One method we highlighted was by using a data logger. Have you given it any more thought since then? If you have not then view this article as a refresher as knowing what you can oﬀer your clients in the way of energy conservation could prove to be a useful and proﬁtable tool for you in the future.
Like other data loggers I have tested, Chauvin Arnoux’s data logger was simple to use. You simply plug it into a local power source and connect the CT clamps to either a single, 2- or 3-phase supply, insert the SD card and the machine, basically, does the rest. Once ﬁnished, you just use the data view software to access the data recorded on the SD card so the necessary analysis can be conducted.
The PEL 103 can be set up on diﬀerent parts of an installation and recorded progress can be viewed in real time via Ethernet connection using a remote computer. The data can be downloaded remotely which can greatly enhance your ability to give your client a quick overview of what is happening.
One of the product’s star features for me was its magnetic back. This allows you to conveniently place the logger to the wall within a metal consumer unit, giving the user a clear view of the instrument and helping avoid any cables or other devices.
A magnetic cable reeling box is also available to prevent the cables getting in the way and tangled.
The PEL Kit comes with three mini CT clamps and an assortment of leads and crocodile clips. There are even some small colour tags to add to the instrument itself and the leads so that you always know which lead is which and where it is plugged in. This was a smart but simple feature which just adds to the ﬂexibility of this data logger. Any neutral currents/distortions can be recorded and voltage spikes can be clearly identiﬁed with this machine. The four main functions or modes which can be displayed on the screen are General Information, Measurements, Maximum and Harmonics.
The screen uses what I will call a traﬃc light system to let you know whether you are recording the data, or if on SD card has been inserted etc.
Harmonics can be checked up to the 50th order for both neutral and live currents so you have full control of how in-depth you wish your report to be.
In short, with Chauvin’s PEL Data Logger you will not miss a trick and therefore your client won’t either. It is really comforting to know that you are using a really fantastic piece of kit and even more so when the company’s tech team are so great at explaining and assisting with the product whenever required.
Data logging may not be your thing, but do give it careful consideration. You could be losing out on work which, when employed correctly, can give you a steady income while you carry on with other aspects of your electrical survey. Data logging can add another arm to your business and if you want a machine that is simple but gets the job done professionally then the Chauvin Arnoux’s PEL 103 will be a good step in the right direction.