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How to use BOS1000
Dec-08-2015
BOS1000 software is designed for the BJ194 series Power Meter. The software provides real time monitoring and meter configuration, also provide data logging for energy data saving, user can use this data for power quality analysis. This software is intended for users to monitor multiple parameters continuously, and allow users to monitor and maintain the meter in real-time.
 
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General Operation of BOS1000
 
Step 1: Started
 
Please make sure your host device support RS485 communication, at least one available COM port for connection!
 
The BOS1000 can support max 32pcs 194series Multifunction Power Meter connection and work in group, monitor metering and data logging, if you need more function, please contact Blue Jay Technology Co.,Ltd for further support!
 
Click [Operation] > [COMM Setting]
 
The dialog box is shown as figure 1.



Figure 1 COMM CONFIGURATION
COMM port: Select a serial port on you host PC
Baud Rate: This should be the same as the meter setting (Default 9600)
 
Step 2: Add device
 
After the above step, you need to select a device to communicate with. To add a new device, do the following:
 
Click [Operation] > [Add Device]
 
The dialog box is shown as figure 2.



Figure 2 Add Device
 
Device Type: Model of the device you are going to communicate with.
Device Addr: This should be same as the meter setting.
Device Name: Free to define the device name.
 
Step 3.1: Connection
 
You can read all the measurements after you have correctly finished the steps. To connect, do one of the following:
 
Click [Operation] > [Connect]
 
The BOS1000 will automatic scan the slave meter in the front active screen, and display the upload metering data as figure 3.
 
Notes: Scan interval default is 15sec, if the data display incorrect, please wait to the next scan cycle.



Figure 3 Main Screen Display
 
Step 3.2: Disconnection
 
User can stop the BOS1000 scan the slave meter, and change the setting or close the software. To disconnect, do one of the following:
 
Click [Operation] > [Disconnect]


Functions of BOS1000:
 
Basic monitoring
1. Add new connection. Refer to the Started section.
2. Add device window. Refer to the Add device section.
3. Connect. Refer to the Connection section.
4. Click the node in tree browser on the left side, you can see measuring values. The content displayed in the device window may be different according to different device types.
5. Click Disconnect menu or to stop whenever you want.
 
Add/Delete device
1. Add a new device. Refer to the Add new device section.
2. If some windows may not be used any more, click Delete Current Device menu.
 
Data Logging
1. Data logging settings:
You must set data log before you press Connect menu. To set it, do one of the following:
Click [Log Setting] > [Data Log Settings].
 
The dialog box is shown as figure 4.



Figure 4 Data Logging
 
Time Interval: User free to set automatic data logging time interval 1min to 60min.
Save File Name: Show the device auto logging data record file, you can find this in folder named “Record”.
 
2. Now connect, and pause about 10 second. Then click the Start Data Logging menu to enable this function.
3. Click the Stop Data Logging menu stop this function as required.
4. Manual record the energy data, in the monitor screen, user can click button “Save” to record the cumulative value, such as Energy data and Multi-tariff record value.
5. View and record data:
There is a Excel file called “DeviceX” are stored in the folder named Record. “X” number is follow as the add device order. And make sure to according to following rules before you open any file:
 
Special Attention:
Never double click any EXCEL files (inc. monitoring data files) on your computer and switch to the meter configuration screen when data logging is active, otherwise it may cause software to become unstable and potentially produce inaccurate results (such as out-of-order and loss of data, etc.).
 
 
Meter Configuration of BOS1000
 
In Configuration screen, press button [Read] can see the meter present configuration info, user can free to configuration the meter setting and press button [Update] to change the setting:
 
General setting:
Setting for PT, CT ratio, slave meter communication address, Baud rates etc. every 194series Multifunction Power Meter has this setting screen.



Multi-tariff:
Setting for multi-tariff energy record data. Meter allow max 12segment interval for 4 tariffs (Sharp, Peak, Flat, Valley) in the meter screen will show as (TinE, PEAK, FLAt, LOW), Time Format: Hours + minutes, 24-hour clock. Default value is 0000, which means the billing date is at 00:00 on each day.



Notes: Each time segment must be increase at least 1 minute from the last a time segment.
Segment 1 is for the multi-tariff starting time!! Or the meter will not record the multi-tariff energy data.
 
DO and AO setting:
DO mode and value setting please refer to User Manual of your meter;
I.- Choose “Alarm”, the DO port will automatic act when meter detect electrical parameter achieve the preset condition.
II.- Choose “Remote”, the DO port work in remote control mode, user can free to open or close the DO port for click the button active.
III.- Choose “Off”, will disable the DO port.



Notes:
When “Delay” time set zero, mean DO port work in “Level output mode”, mean the relate port will active as soon as slave received the command, and will keep the loop open or close before next command;
When “Delay” time set to 1~9999, mean DO port work in “Pulse output mode”, mean the relate port will close last the preset time interval (0.1sec~999.9sec) when received the command, and will automatic open the loop after the interval counter to reset.

 
AO setting:
AO mode and value setting please refer to User Manual of your meter; User can free to set analog output port zero/full scales relate value.
 
Notes: The parameter value is for the secondary side value; do not relate the CT and PT ratio!!
Notes: If your meter does not option these ports, the setting is invalid!!
Read there to find power meters formats
Feb-23-2013
Blue Jay supply following types of electrical metering device:

Panel Mount Electricity Meters:

These types of Electricity Meters fit into a hole cut into a panel or enclosure. Their size is normally expressed as either a DIN96 or DIN72 being the cut out hole size 96mmx96mm or 72mmx72mm square respectively. Electrically they are available in single phase, three phase, basic kWh only or as Multi-function instruments (these options are further explained below). In addition some models have plug in modules that can be fitted after the meter is installed which offer pulse outputs, MODBUS Communications, Profubus Communications, Analogues Outputs and Alarms etc. To view our range of Panel Mount Energy Meters click this link

DIN Rail Mount Electricity Meters:

These types of Electricity Meters fit inside a panel or enclosure on Top Hat or DIN Rail. Electrically they are available in single phase, three phase, basic kWh only or as Multi-function instruments. DIN Rail Electricity Meters are usually supplied with any pulse or communications options when the meter is bought and cannot generally be added to at a later date. To view our range of DIN Rail Mount Energy Meters click this link

Tariff / Billing Meters:

Blue Jay 194 series Multifunction Power Meter can add this function, 194Y and 194Q series meter provide 12 segment 4 tariff logger billing, can be used by landlords, caravan park or marina owners to bill their clients and tenants for energy used.


Electricity Meter Options

Pulse Output

A pulse output is a relay contact (more often that not an electronic relay) inside the meter that closes momentarily when the meter advances it energy register. By connecting this up to either a BMS (building Management System) or an Energy management system the remote equipment can count the pulses and in turn display the same reading as the meter remotely. Pulse connected systems do have their problems. Firstly no pulses can equal no consumption seen in the remote system but this may be normal for a feeder that does not normally consume that much energy, however there may be a fault with wiring or component in the system that goes unnoticed.

Communications

Unlike pulses with a more intelligent system where a dedicated communication protocol is used, the meter is asked by the remote system for the readings out of its internal registers. This means that if the meter fails to respond then an alarm can be raised straight away. Not only that but any register/ value in the meter can be read remotely such as current, voltage, power factor, frequency, instantaneous power as well as the energy register displays. The most common protocol in use would be MODBUS however there are others such as M-BUS and BACNET.

Analogues Outputs and Alarms

Some Electricity Meters have analogue outputs which can be programmed to give a 4-20mA or similar in sympathy with the amount of instantaneous power being consumed. Other Electricity Meters have alarm outputs which can be programmed to signal various conditions.
How to choose battery capacity in my DC power system
Jan-08-2013
To have a better usage of the solar system or backup power system, the right battery capacity select is important. Battery selection is according to the needs of the application, voltage, discharge time and temperature are the most basic parameters in the system (need to be determined).

The capacity is related to the battery charge and discharge current: the current increases, the lower capacity; smaller the current, the higher the capacity.

Battery discharge current and capacity has the relationships follow Peukert equation:

            C = I n · t
            C - Capacity (Ah)
            I - Current (A)
            t - Time (sec, min or hour)
            n – Constant value

Following is an example for battery capacity selection in constant current discharge condition:

Requirement:

Load current of 20A
Normal running voltage is DC 48V ± 15% 10% 0 ° C
Can work last 5hours (minimum).

The basic calculations are as follows:

The maximum DC bus voltage U max = 48 × 1.15 = 55.20V
The minimum DC bus voltage U min = 48 × 0.90 = 43.20V
If use the monomers voltage of 2volt battery, U max ÷ 2.25 (float voltage) = 55.20 ÷ 2.25Vpc, = 24.5, total need about 24pcs.
Minimum discharge voltage U min ÷ 24 = 43.20 ÷ 24 = 1.80Vpc only

If the temperature is 25 ℃, from the factory battery specification table shows that: when the discharge termination voltage of 1.8V, GFM-150 type battery 5 hour rate discharge current is 27A.

However, the required use of a temperature of 0°C! Should be carried out in accordance with the manual given formula and the correction factor correction:

The discharge capacity required by: Ct = 20A × 5h = 100Ah
Correction factor: K = 0.018
Capacity after correction: C e = 100 × [1 +0.018 × (0 - 25)] = 182Ah
Requirements of the discharge current (25 ° C, and 5-hour rate): I d = 182 ÷ 5 = 36A

Clearly, GFM-150 batteries can not meet the requirements. From the factory battery specification table shows that: GFM-200 battery 5 hour rate discharge current of 36A, it seems to meet the requirements.

But if need the battery can reliably support system in the entire life span should also be considered in the selection of the battery end-of-life provisions: 80% less than the rated capacity of the battery discharge when mean the end of life.

So the actual discharge capacity should be:

C = 182Ah × 120% = 218Ah
25° C when the discharge current (5 hour rate): I = 218/5 = 43.6A

From the factory battery specification table shows that: when the discharge termination voltage of 1.8V, GFM-250 type battery 5 hour rate discharge current of 45A, to meet the requirements.

Finial correct selection of the battery results: 24pcs GFM-250 type batteries.
Difference of 193 and 192 series meter
Jan-07-2013

192 series panel meter are Blue Jay electronic early-type Power Panel Meters, designed from 2004, full series product mass production in 2005, accuracy class is 0.5. In 2007 upgrade the hardware and software, the accuracy is higher than 0.5 class.

Full type have voltage meter, amp meter, active power meter, reactive power meter, frequency meter, power factory meter, energy meter.

Products can use in measure three phase and single phase data.

Standard meter case dimension is 96x96x123mm (mode number 9), 120x120x123mm (mode number 2).

193 series panel meter are new generation of panel meter in Blue Jay electronic early-type Power Panel Meters, designed from 2010, full series product mass production in 2011, accuracy class is 0.2.

With improved outlook, suit for most market all over the world, use more compact case, standard panel size (96x96mm), (80x80mm), (72x72mm), depth only 71mm, can be located in small size electrical cabinet.

Tree-phase active power meter reactive power meter, power factor meter combinative in one meter, can effectively reduce the client's investment. Cancel the DC grid measurement series, focus on AC grid metering.

BJ-194 series multifunction power meter
Jan-05-2013

The BJ-194 series Multifunction Power Meter, once cabled and connected is seen to give a correct voltage and current reading, but shows negative values for active power (generation).

This is an error with the cabling for the current transformer secondary; the direction of the transformer current has to be respected as shown in the connection diagram. The current transformers have a two face primary; the current must pass from P1 to P2 giving the result in secondary (S1 and S2) of 5 amps.

The error stems from:

a). The current transformers have been incorrectly installed. As a result it gives the direction of the current as passing from P2 to P1; to resolve this problem, the current transformer does not have to be dismantled and installed again, but the transformer secondary (S1 and S2) just has to be inverted.

b). The connection of the current secondary in the current transformers have been incorrectly connected; to resolve this problem just connect the S1 transformer secondary to the S1 on the meter and the S2 on the current transformer to the S2 on the meter

The BJ-194 series Multifunction Power Meter, once cabled and connected, is seen to give an incoherent Power factor and CosΦ reading (-0.01 or similar).

This is again a current transformer and voltage phase connection error phase A, must correspond to the current transformer installed in phase A; phase B, must correspond to the current transformer installed in phase B; and phase C, must correspond to the current transformer installed in phase C.

This connection is clearly shown on the back of the analyzer.

The BJ-194 series Multifunction Power Meter is measuring in average voltage and is displaying the secondary voltage (for example 110 volts).

Ensure that the voltage Transformer ratio has been correctly set (please refer to the user manul).

The BJ-194 series Multifunction Power Meter does not correctly display the current reading. It shows values varying between 0 to 5 amps of current.

Ensure that the Transformer ratio has been correctly set; once correctly set the current measurement shall be shown correctly (please refer to the user manul).

Maintenace of the power meter

These type multifuction meter does not require any special maintenance. No adjustment, maintenance or repairing action should be done when the instrument open and powered on, should those actions are essential, high-qualified operators must perform them.

Before any adjustment, replacement, maintenance or repairing operation is carried out, the instrument must be disconnected from any power supply source.

When any protection failure is suspected to exist, the instrument must be immediately put out of service. The instrument's design allows a quick replacement in case of any failure.

Auxiliary power:

Blue Jay's Panel Power Meter with universal (AC / DC) power input, Instruments limit work power supply: AC / DC (85-265V), please ensure that the auxiliary power can match for meter to prevent damage to the product.

This type meter have complete over-voltage and under-voltage protection, if your local can not find stable aux power supply, and need to use the power supply for phase to phase voltage, please contact Blue Jay's sales team for 220V/110V transformer power supply, this is anti-harmonic type to prevent frequent trigger over-voltage protection. (in protection trigged, the meter will automatic off power untill user restart the meter manually)

A. Suggest install 1A fuse in the fire line side.
B. For the areas with poor power quality, suggest install lightning surge suppressor and rapid burst suppressor to prevent lightning strikes.

Battery management basics
Jan-02-2013

After voltage and current, the most useful measurement available from a battery condition monitor is the SOC (state of charge). However, estimation of the SOC of lead-acid batteries is never exact. The problem of making accurate estimates results from the characteristics of the cells, the electrolyte, and the history of current drawn form (discharge) and supplied to(charge) the battery.

The basis for the best capacity estimates is that the starting condition is known. The only well –established “known” started of a battery is when it is fully charged after a long period of trickle or float charging, usually on a shore or regulated alternator-driven charging system. Discharging a fully-charged new batter at a current 1/20 if the manufacturer’s stated capacity will discharge it fully in 20 hours. This current is known as the “20-hour rate”.

So for example if a battery has a stated capacity of 100Ahr, then the 20-hour rate for that battery is 5Amps (because 100/20=5). Likewise, a 40Ahr battery would have a 20-hour rate of 2Amps (40/20=2).

If higher current than the 20-hour rate are drawn from the battery, the available capacity is reduced. For example, if it is steadily discharged at 10 times the 20-hour rate(50 Amp in 100Ahr battery), the available capacity falls to about half of the stated capacity. The battery will be flat after about 1 hours instead of the expected 2 hours. (However, if the battery is left to recover with the heavy load removed, most of its remaining capacity will return after perhaps 20hours’ resting or at a discharge rate closed to the 20-hour rate.)

When the battery is being charged, the voltage is no longer a reliable estimate of the state of charge, and so the MTX integrates the ampere hours added to the last known capacity to estimate the battery’s state of charge on a continuous basis. Allowance for charge efficiency(not all charging current results in useful charge in the battery) is also computed.

Available battery capacity is significantly reduced at temperatures significantly below 20C. The value quoted by the manufacture is valid at 20C. However, at 0C the capacity may be only 90%, and at -20C may be only 70% of the 20C value. A small increase in capacity is achieved at battery temperatures above 20C, rising to about 105% of the nominal value at 40C.

The effects of cell deterioration on the available capacity are significant. If the battery is charged for long periods, gassing takes place. The gases are Hydrogen and Oxygen, derived from the water in the battery acid. Loss of this water needs to be made up by topping up the cells if possible, or by avoiding lengthy overcharges in sealed cells.

Other irretrievable effects include sulphation(encouraged by leaving the battery flat for long periods), and deterioration of the cells’ plates. If the battery voltage falls below 10.7V (for a nominally 12V battery), and charging is not started, sulphation of the plates can begin. The MTX has alarm setting features, that user can free to set the alarm value in over-voltage or low-voltage condition in 12V, 24V, 48V, 96V battery system. If the alarm is triggered, it is important to reduce the current drawn or stop charging process immediately, to avoid permanent damage to the cells. If the alarm is ignored, the total number of charge/discharge cycles which the battery will survive before it loses a substantial fraction of it nominal capacity may be substantially.

All of these and other effects reduce the available charge after full charging the battery. If the effects are ignored, the MTX will incorrectly estimate that more capacity is available at any state of discharge than is actually the case. If so, it is wise to alter the nominal capacity stored in the unit to match the reality of the battery’s condition.

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