Specifications and properties2017-12-17T20:50:33+00:00
enerchart

Specifications and properties

The enerchart energy management system can be purchased in two variants: as SaaS (Software as a Service) enerchart cloud for instant startup and as enerchart enterprise, the classic purchase version for On Premise installations. The properties listed here are also available in both versions.

Dashboards

Everything important at a glance! A dashboard provides a summary view of plants, processes or business units by means of a clear and representative presentation of the data. The dashboard building block allows you to create arbitrarily structured dashboards from charts, texts, key figures, images and other elements that can be placed anywhere on the user interface. Multiple dashboards can be combined in slideshows to create impressive presentations.

Charts

example bar chartThe graphical evaluations of enerchart leaves nothing to be desired, here the energy manager finds a wealth of functions to interactively dive into the data and identify specific potentials. In addition to standard functions such as free time selection, period comparisons, zooming and scrolling enerchart offers many other options for analyzing diagrams. The system allows a wide range of settings such as colors, fill, interpolation, axis adjustment, display of minimum, maximum, setpoint and average lines, grid adjustments, color reversal, measures, legends, threshold violations and much more.

example line chartThe selection of diagram types is constantly being expanded and improved. enerchart includes the following types:

  • Line graphic (for example, for status/history)
  • Bar charts (e. g. for consumption)
  • 15-minute progress reports and continuous response curves for load curve analysis
  • ABC report to identify main consumers
  • Image reports for the combination of free graphics (e. g. property plans) with energy data
  • Sankey diagram
  • scatter diagram
  • pie chart

example dasboard using charts (combined power heat)In addition to interactive analysis, charts can also be used in slide shows or sent automatically: enerchart takes care of the regular delivery of the current energy data to all recipients defined by you. You can use an editorial building block to create evaluation folders. A layout editor gives you a lot of design freedom for positioning graphical reports, tables and your own images and texts. An evaluation folder created in this way is then created in a selectable cycle (from hourly to annually) by the system with current diagrams as PDF and sent by e-mail.

Energiecontrolling

Example carpet plotThe documentation of measures taken to increase efficiency is an important part of continuous energy management. The enerchart action management system allows you to log all measures already taken and those planned for the future. Files (e. g. a maintenance plan) can be saved for each task, so that all information is directly available. The tasks are not only displayed in tabular form: In reports, the tasks can also be displayed directly in the form of markers (flaglets) in the graphics.

Energy management requires meaningful key figures (EnPIs). enerchart supports you in several ways in the determination and monitoring of these comparative values. On the one hand, the system has access to data resources (such as your ERP) in a variety of ways, and on the other hand, the Formula Editor helps you to calculate key figures correctly.

conversion exampleThe flexible handling of standard conversion factors and the associated conversions allow you to use a reporting system that is oriented to the needs of the users (and not to the technical entries). You can use this function to create cost reports or CO2 reports, for example. Each change to the conversion factor (for example, in the case of rate changes) is logged and displayed in the report. When defining conversions, you can use several conversion factors (for example, alternative overnight rates).

Define week plans as a criterion for the application of different functions in enerchart. You divide the week into time intervals, for example, to create a plan “Early Shift Plant1”. Functions such as threshold value check, conversions or graphical reports can be restricted to a weekly schedule created in this way. This enables you to adapt your energy management system exactly to the circumstances of your company.

Threshold value monitoring and plausibility check

threshold configurationAn important part of energy controlling and a useful added value is the continuous monitoring of threshold values, e. g. to report unintentional load peaks. In addition to individual measured values, key figures can also be monitored. The threshold values can be defined statically or as a percentage, the selection of the interval for monitoring and a weekly plan for restriction is also possible. If a threshold value is exceeded or fallen below, the group of receivers defined by you receives a notification or digital outputs can be switched.

In addition to the threshold value check, you can also check the plausibility of each incoming measured value directly when it is entered, in order to receive a warning message via faulty meters or unsuitable import formats, for example, as soon as it occurs.

Measured values

example dashboard (photovoltaics)As a comprehensive energy management system, enerchart considers all conceivable and measurable media and energy sources. These include electricity, water, gas, oil, diesel, petrol, steam, district heating, compressed air, air, noble gases, renewable energy sources and many more. There are no limits to the measurement types. In addition to the “classic” energy quantities such as electrical work, power, voltage, current and all other measurable quantities such as volume, flow rate. Pressure, area, illuminance, etc. can be defined in addition to any other measurement type.

Since on the one hand, the enerchart also calculates key figures and on the other hand, any values can be processed beyond the energy, these own measured variables can also become very exotic. For example: Absence days, number of customers, CPU utilization, scrap quantity or whatever your individual reporting system requires.

The visualization in enerchart is not limited to individual measured values. You can define any number of structures (hierarchies, views) and, for example, you can also create total consumption figures. Such structures can contain individual measured values, totals of measured values (with delta calculation), whole substructures or – using freely formulated formulas – also “calculated” measured values (e. g. key figures). This allows you to solve the complexity of your measurement infrastructure in a playful way and gives you all the freedom you need to generate individual evaluations.

What happens in case of incorrect measurements? In practice, it happens (rarely) that measured values have not been correctly transferred. This may be due to faulty meters/sensors or incorrect import data, for example. Therefore enerchart offers the possibility of a manual, traceable correction of measured values: the data of a measuring point can be overwritten in an exactly selectable time window. The correction values are either a single value, a value of the same measurement loop from another time window or the value of a comparable measurement loop.

Data sources

MBUS center (driver) configurationThe great strength of enerchart: It masters a wide variety of different data interfaces, almost every standard interface and every energy meter/data logger can act as a data source. The list of data interfaces is constantly being expanded, and the most important ones are:

  • OPC UA
  • Modbus TCP
  • SNMP
  • SQL
  • (S)FTP (pull & push)
  • ODBC
  • (…)

Janitza ProData 2 (driver) configurationGateways support other common data collection protocols such as:

  • Modbus RTU
  • OPC Classic
  • KNX
  • BACnet
  • M-Bus
  • S0
  • digital and analog pulses
  • (…)

OPC UA configurationenerchart operates independently of specific manufacturers. For a growing number of data loggers and intelligent meters, the system offers device-specific drivers in addition to the standard protocols, which allow comprehensive configuration of this hardware directly in the application. Please ask us for the current status of the device drivers for your equipment.

Energy data and key figures can be provided in a variety of formats. Here is an excerpt of the implemented formats:

  • CSV (any structures)
  • MSCONS
  • XML
  • JSON
  • (…)

csv import adjustmentIn practice, your company has numerous data sources (e. g. meters, billing files,…) which are not (yet) networked and therefore cannot be read out automatically. enerchart offers suitable tools for this purpose for the simple and secure integration of this data into the system: so-called “meter lists” can be defined for meters to be read out, which provide the meter reader with a fixed route of the meters (and other values) to be recorded. This enables the user to record the current meter readings regularly (e. g. with the associated smartphone app) and enter them in the system. You can also define an authorization that is specially reduced to this task.

For data that are already supplied as a file (e. g. monthly fuel bills), a convenient import interface is available for fast and error-free import of these files.

SNMP configuration

Connection to IoT-Clouds (LoRa, Sigfox, NB-IoT, …)

In addition to the classic protocols and devices, so-called IoT clouds are becoming increasingly important for remote meter reading and energy data management. Counters and sensors are networked via novel, particularly suitable radio networks such as LoRa or Sigfox. The data of these devices can then be retrieved from the associated “IoT clouds” via programming interfaces (APIs) and transferred to the enerchart database.

The enerchart system already masters the connection to the networks of tomorrow today, and numerous field tests have proven its suitability for practical use. The development of the IoT Clouds by various providers is in full swing, please ask us for the currently available interfaces.

Export of data

enerchart is not a “data dead end”. The data can be used in third-party systems via freely definable export configurations. This allows you to export individual measuring points or complete reports for further use. A configuration can, for example, generate CSV files and send them cyclically by e-mail or upload them to a server. SQL export can be used to create so-called “database views” that allow third-party applications to access enerchart data directly.

Further features

The following list shows further characteristics of enerchart that make the system a particularly scalable and flexible tool:

  • enerchart has a very flexible user administration and rights assignment, so that teamwork is guaranteed to be child’s play and security. Users can be created and assigned to different roles (e. g. energy officer, board of directors, controlling, facility manager, auditor, etc.).
  • In addition, there are so-called notification groups in which non-system users can also be included. These groups are recipients of automatically generated and sent reports or, for example, messages from the monitoring functions.
  • With the system’s own notifications, you are always kept up to date with all the processes. These messages inform you, for example, about threshold violations, irregularities when importing from data sources or system errors. Thanks to the read status and archive function, you will not miss any relevant information. Of course, every user can choose whether he or she wants to receive messages as e-mails as well.
  • A “global energy management system” speaks the languages of its users. Each user can choose the language in which he or she wants to operate the system. Please ask us for the current status of available languages.
  • Numerous objects in enerchart can be tagged. The multiple use of tags forms semantic groups and enables you to enrich the significance of measurement points or evaluations, for example. The search and filter functions in enerchart can be limited to keywords, so that you can quickly find certain groups of objects.

In addition to these general properties, enerchart enterprise or enerchart cloud also have other specific characteristics of these license variants for the two versions enerchart enterprise or enerchart cloud.

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