Test & Measurement
Ideal VPM takes (some) guesswork out of equipment failure
By Anthony Capkun
July 23, 2013 – When a voltage problem is suspected as a cause of equipment failure, Ideal Industries suggests using its VPM voltage performance monitor, which works at the point where equipment is connected. The VPM offers real-time monitoring of TRMS voltage, frequency and harmonics. Once plugged into an outlet, it will measure, categorize and list each voltage event, including its magnitude, duration and exact time of occurrence. With this information, the technician can identify whether voltage is the cause of the equipment failure or some other issue exists. Up to 512 events can be logged onto the VPM for analysis. The VPM can also be used to determine whether voltage is stable enough to connect additional equipment to a circuit, or if power conditioners—such as a UPS or surge protector—are required.