Associate Member Announcements

Schneider Electric Teams up with IPS Company

Earlier this month, Schneider Electric showcased its asset performance management capabilities at European Utility Week in Amsterdam. At the event, Schneider presented how existing EcoStruxureTM Grid solutions will fully meet the APM needs of transmission and distribution utilities.

Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Grid solution can now offer unprecedented management of millions of assets across grid infrastructures by extending its expertise through a partnership with IPS Company Group, recognized for its specialized asset performance management solution for electric power systems. This combination of asset performance management software portfolios addresses the growing demands of transmission and distribution utilities. As such, EcoStruxure Substation Operation will enhance its condition, risk, and reliability-centered maintenance capabilities at the substation level, while fully integrating with utility enterprise solutions. This embedded intelligence provides a means to diagnose the health of critical equipment and avoid unnecessary maintenance or downtime.

IPS-SYSTEMS™ adds the world’s largest proven technical library relating to new and legacy assets to EcoStruxure Grid, enabling high-performance configuration, rapid deployment, and ease of use. Predictive maintenance will reduce the number of outages, for which utilities are penalized, while optimized investment strategies and longer asset life will reduce capital expenditure.

“By combining our know-how in deploying IoT equipment on electrical utilities’ assets, and our new partnership with IPS Company Group, we can retrofit old equipment to become smart, as well as providing a whole range of new connected equipment,” said Jérome de Parscau, Schneider Electric’s SVP Energy Digital Solutions & Strategy. “Schneider Electric’s strategy is to continue finding synergies outside the company that can help its customers control costs while supporting their digital transformation in a rapidly-changing energy landscape.”

The IPS Company Group is the world’s leading supplier of enterprise asset management and asset performance management software for the electric power industry. Headquartered in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, with a presence on five continents, including generation, transmission, and distribution companies. For more information, visit www.ips-energy.com.


Terex® Launches the Optima™ Series

Terex Utilities announces its Optima Series of enhanced aerial devices used for construction and maintenance of distribution lines. The new Optima™ TC, TCX, HR, and HRX Series feature product enhancements in the heart of the Hi-Ranger™ aerial device product line.

“Performance, productivity, and safety are among the top concerns of electric utility customers,” said Director of Marketing Joe Caywood. “Terex Utilities has responded to customer requests time and again in an effort to provide continuous improvement of our products that are rooted in these three areas of focus.”

Product improvements include greater payload capacity, better boom speeds, enhanced side reach and ground access, as well as features that improve maintenance access and reliability on the Optima Hi-Ranger aerials. 

“When it comes to payload capacity, operators always want more. Crews want to carry as much gear and equipment on their trucks as possible,” said Vertical Market Product Manager Ted Barron. By using higher-strength steel to reduce overall vehicle weight, Optima TCX and HRX now offer up to 1,000 pounds more vehicle payload capacity, depending on specific configuration and stability requirements. 

Improved boom speeds and responsiveness have been accomplished by redesigning the hydraulic circuit and optimizing the hydraulic cylinders. An expanded working range optimizes capacity and supports improved ground access.

Optima TC and HR models boast three feet more side reach. A visual indicator light shows the operator when the boom moves into the extended reach area of the working range. The addition of the optional Load Alert system further enhances safe work practices by monitoring the truck’s jib and basket capacity.

In addition, all Optima aerial devices now have 700-pound platform capacity as standard. Optional 800-pound capacity platforms are available on the Optima TCX and HRX models. An optional two-single-man 24 x 30-inch platform is available with capacity of 700 pounds (350 lbs. for each bucket).

Terex Corporation is a global manufacturer of lifting and material processing products and services delivering lifecycle solutions that maximize customer return on investment. More information about Terex is available at www.Terex.com, www.linkedin.com/company/terex, and www.facebook.com/TerexCorporation.

Click here to read the full Terex news release.


NISC Expands to 50 States

National Information Solutions Cooperative® (NISC), a leading provider of software solutions and services for utility and telecommunications organizations worldwide, is excited to announce it will now provide software services in all 50 states in the United States after signing its newest member, Butler Electric Company, based out of New Jersey.

The largest software cooperative in the country, NISC serves more than 820 electric utilities and telecommunications companies across the U.S., Canada, American Samoa, and Palau.

“True to name, we are national and NISC is pleased to welcome Butler into our membership,” said NISC Vice President of Member & Industry Jasper Schneider. “Our partnership with Butler marks our presence in all 50 states, but also marks significant progress toward serving municipals and the public power sector. We are pleased to expand our services into this market.”

In 2012, Butler invested in Aclara TWACS® Advanced Metering Infrastructure and soon realized that in order to take full advantage of AMI data, they also needed to deploy robust customer care and billing solutions that are fully integrated with work management, meter data management, and outage management solutions. NISC’s iVUE Enterprise System, along with other NISC mobile and data-management solutions, are able to provide an integrated system paired with a proven track record of working with Aclara’s TWACS AMI.

“We are excited to work with NISC,” said Jim Lampmann, CEO of Butler Electric. “Their progressive and tightly integrated solutions will provide us the efficiencies and reliability we need to best serve our customers, manage our business and leverage other critical solutions like advanced metering.”

NISC was formed in 2000 when Central Area Data Processing in Missouri and North Central Data Cooperative in North Dakota merged with the goal of creating a unified software solution for electric and telecommunications organizations across the country. National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC) is an information technology organization that develops, implements and supports software and hardware solutions for our Members/Customers. Additional information can be found at www.nisc.coop.


 

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