SOURCE: Power Distribution, Inc

Power Distribution, Inc

November 01, 2011 09:05 ET

PDI Enhances Data Center Power Management Monitoring

New Touch Screen Monitor Measures Power From 96 Devices -- at Eyelevel -- Easily Obtaining Capacity Levels

RICHMOND, VA--(Marketwire - Nov 1, 2011) - Power Distribution, Inc. (PDI), providers of mission-critical power management equipment for data centers, alternative energy, industrial, and commercial power markets, today announced the PowerWave Bus System™ Color Monitor. The new 7 inch, wall-mounted touch screen, color monitor is centrally located between the end feeds of multiple bus runs and extracts power data from tap off boxes and end feeds simultaneously. The company's innovation helps minimize total devices required to manage real-time data center energy consumption.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), data centers consume as much as 20 times more energy per square foot than a typical office building. More effective energy consumption monitoring helps data center managers with capacity planning, but getting the information often proves cumbersome.

PDI's Vice President of Marketing & Service, Dave Mulholland elaborates, "The typical power monitoring device is mounted on the end feed which is near the data center's ceiling -- this makes extracting energy consumption data difficult and expensive, as multiple conduit runs must be made to daisy chain multiple devices. The simplicity of the PowerWave Bus Color Monitor resides in its ability to be installed at eyelevel on a wall, at the server rack level. Now managers don't need to walk the floor and climb ladders to view power consumption; they can easily identify areas where they have light or heavy power loading from a single source and use this information to drive their server adds and changes."

The PowerWave Bus System Color Monitor may also be incorporated into existing building management systems and joins PDI's growing family of power monitoring options, which also includes:

  • BCMS Hub - An eyelevel monitoring device that measures and remotely monitors current and voltage on each individual branch circuit, gathering power consumption data from up to 240 branch circuit monitoring devices including the PowerWave Bus System and all PDI distribution equipment.
  • PowerMap™ - A cloud-based software and hardware package that automatically uploads individual circuit-based power statistics and provides real-time information in a secure cloud. This solution is capable of displaying information from an unlimited number of devices. (see PowerMap announcement)

The PowerWave Bus System Color Monitor is currently shipping. Please contact PDI for more information at

Learn more about PDI's innovative solutions at the following events:

Read PDI's latest industry article: Power Distribution Management -- The Key to Increasing Data Center Efficiencies.

For additional information, visit or contact PDI's corporate office at (804) 737-9880. Follow PDI on Twitter @PDICorp, Facebook and LinkedIn.

About Power Distribution, Inc.
Founded in 1978, PDI is a leading provider of power distribution equipment and services. PDI, part of Smiths Interconnect, is headquartered out of Virginia with additional manufacturing and engineering facilities in California and Michigan. The PDI, Marelco, and Onyx Power branded products cover a wide range of customized power solutions for data centers, wind, solar and other alternative energy, commercial, and industrial applications.

About Smiths Interconnect
Smiths Interconnect is a leader in technically differentiated electronic and radio frequency products that connect, protect and control critical systems for the wireless telecommunications, aerospace, defence, space, medical, rail, test and industrial markets. It is part of Smiths Group, a global leader in applying advanced technologies for markets in threat and contraband detection, energy, medical devices, communications and engineered components. Smiths Group employs around 23,000 people in more than 50 countries.

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