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Setra System’s Power Battalion 48 Networked Power Meter

2018 March 15
by Morgan Mularski; 40 views

Setra’s newest networked Power Meter – the Power Battalion 48

Learn more from the video that was provided to us by Setra:

The New Setra Power Meter Roll Call

Like the Power Patrol and Power Squad 24, the Power Battalion 48 is a ANSI C12.2 revenue grade power meter capable of capturing both high and low voltage loads. This meter offers additional options when planning your next building automation project. The Power Battalion 48 adds flexibility by combining two different voltage sources, allowing the user to monitor both high voltage loads (480V, 600V) for chillers and compressors while also capturing low voltage loads (120V, 208V) for lighting grids. The dual voltage references eliminate the need to have more than one multi-circuit meter– all for less than $100 per metering point.

Why Setra Power Meters Excel

  • Multi-circuit meters eliminate the need for multiple enclosures or breakers; an installer can mount 16 traditional single circuit meters with individual enclosures and fuse disconnects – or they can just install one Power Battalion 48! A single 15 amp, 600 Volt rated breaker can protect all 48 circuits being monitored.
  • Setra’s family of Power meters are UL610.10 rated for installation inside main distribution panels without having to install them in a UL508 enclosure – eliminating costly labor and conduit runs.

  • USB interface allows for setup via a laptop prior to installation.  The Setra Power Battalion 48 is also equipped with a web browser-based setup, eliminating the need to suit up in personal protective equipment (PP/Arc Flash suits) while setting up the meter parameters. The utilization of one meter, which provides full data stream metering via common Building Automation System (BAS) platforms allows for the user to choose the right communications protocol needed for the application. Supported protocols include:
    • BACnet IP & BACnet MS/TP (BTL Certified)
    • Modbus TCP & Modbus RTU
    • Two pulsed outputs
  • Every Setra power meter is equipped with the unique functionality of being installed on 90-600 Volt services without having to know your voltages ahead of time. Each meter can work with small 20 amp CTs at 0.333 MV output or Rogowski CTs from 5-5000 amps at 108mV/1kA. Setra’s Patrol Flex Rogowski coils exhibit industry-best accuracy at 0.5% (positional) while only weighing about half a pound each.

Where are Setra power meters being used now?

User-owned power meters are increasingly installed as standard practice in most industrial and commercial new construction. With environmental sustainability becoming a growing concern, a lot of new construction projects are following LEED certification guidelines. Advanced LEED power monitoring requirements include frequent logging of power usage and demand via a BAS, monitoring of power factor, and submetering among many other factors.

Watch the video that was provided to us from Setra:

Increasing energy costs are frequently the largest variable expense for commercial and industrial facilities; the installation of submeters can provide numerous benefits to the facility manager.  Real-time submetering data can help facility managers drive savings by highlighting opportunities to optimize equipment and site performance.  This data can provide feedback on energy consumption; how much energy is being used throughout the day and identify which areas are consuming more energy than necessary.

Find the Power Battalion 48 on

And here’s where we dedicate inside sales and support team members specifically to your account.

2018 February 26

In an effort to always-constantly-perpetually-forever improve your customer support experience when you shop in our online marketplace, we’ve recently made changes to the assignments of our technical and sales support staff who are now dedicated specifically to your account.

So when you reach us via phone, email, live chat, or Skype, you can depend on talking to the same support team member who knows you, knows your account, and is ready to jump in right away and help.

Here’s how our inside sales and support team breaks down geographically:

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And here’s how you can easily reach them:

ernie larsonErnie Larson
Customer Service/Inside Sales
phone: +1 412.464.1730 x29
call Ernie Larson on Skype

jj maloneyJohn “J.J.” Maloney
Customer Service/Inside Sales
phone: +1 412.464.1730 x42
call J.J. Maloney on Skype

Ernie and J.J. help customers in our northeast territory in support of our regional sales manager Chris Colacito; in our mid-Atlantic territory for Jason McCormick; and in our southeast territory for Jon Cramer.

gabriel porroGabriel Porro
Inside Sales Representative
phone: +1 412.464.1730 x46
Hablo español
call Gabriel Porro on Skype

jeremy robertsJeremy Roberts
Customer Service/Inside Sales
phone: +1 412.464.1730 x44
call Jeremy Roberts on Skype

Gabriel and Jeremy help customers in our midwest territory in support of our regional sales manager Travis Haas; in our mid-south territory for Laci Jackson; in Latin America & the Caribbean for Gerardo Vergara-Monroy; and for our Honeywell Key Account Manager Wendy Siefert.

braden larsonBraden Larson
Customer Service/Inside Sales
phone: +1 412.464.1730 x31
call Braden Larson on Skype

matt bensonMatt Benson
Customer Service/Inside Sales
phone: +1 412.464.1730 x32
call Matt Benson on Skype

Braden and Matt help customers in our west territory in support of our regional sales manager Jim Kalafatis; and in our southwest territory for Greg Thorne.

The bottom line: we’re here to help. You can contact your service/inside sales representative above, or feel free to reach out to any of us on the Contact Us page at

Thanks for reading!

RLE Technologies Addresses Some Common Concerns About Wireless Monitoring Systems

2017 November 14

Contributed by our friends at RLE Technologies

The advantages of a wireless monitoring system include ease of deployment/expansion and even the simplicity of the relocation of sensors as site configurations change. Unfortunately, I regularly hear from site managers with concerns about the security risks of installing a wireless monitoring system who may not understand just how secure a well-designed system can be. Hopefully, these Q&As might help provide peace of mind for those who are on the fence and considering a wireless monitoring solution.

First and foremost, don’t confuse WiFi sensors that communicate directly with your network with a system utilizing 868 MHz/900 MHz sensors that communicate directly with an appliance designed to accept those signals. Obviously, there are adherent risks with a monitoring system based on WiFi sensors and incorporating a WiFi router on your network as an access point. 868 MHz/900 MHz sensors do not communicate with WiFi routers. They communicate directly with a wireless manager that is designed specifically for the purpose of monitoring the sensors, providing a GUI of the current conditions, alarm notification and providing a way to easily integrate the wireless sensors into a network or building management system.

Can someone use a wireless signal to hack into my network through a wireless manager accepting MHz wireless signals?
No. Generally, the 868 MHz/900 MHz receiver on a wireless manager will only communicate with 868 MHz/ 900MHz sensors or range extenders and the communication is proprietary. In a well-designed system, only the sensors and range extender transmits a wireless signal. The wireless manager has a wireless receiver but not a wireless transmitter so bi-directional wireless communication with it is impossible. The 868 MHz/900 MHz signals that it receives are coded into the wireless manager and the manager will not recognize any signal that has not been coded to communicate with it.

How secure is a MHz wireless manager that is connected to my network?
It is as secure as the firewall that it is installed behind. If the wireless manager is behind a firewall, then the firewall determines access to the wireless manager. If port 80 (HTTP/Web) is open or port forwarded, then a remote user may still be required to log onto the wireless manager. If successful, the user has access to the port 80 web GUI. At this point, the user could change the configuration of the wireless manager, but has no access to the sensors or the network.

Can someone use a wireless manager as access point into my network?
Absolutely not. A well-designed wireless manager does not route anything. It simply serves its own web GUI, along with passing Modbus, SNMP and BACnet signals to a BMS/NMS. Additionally, client applications should include SMTP (mail) notification so alarms can be delivered to the appropriate personnel.

Can someone upload their own firmware to take control of a wireless manager?
No. Not with a well-designed system. The flash application should be proprietary so nothing can be uploaded to it except for updated firmware created and provided by the manufacturer (and there should also be numerous checks and lockouts!).

Is it necessary to have to pay subscription fees or recurring costs for a wireless monitoring system?
Definitely not. Instead of spending money to simply maintain what you have, it makes more sense to spend the money to continue to enhance the system that you already have.

UPDATED! Every Day, We’re Offering More Free Shipping From More Suppliers.

2017 October 11

If you’ve been paying close attention, you may have noticed recently that we’ve been offering free shipping when you order from a number of our terrific suppliers.

Well, here’s a special news flash: we’re only just getting started.

Every day we’re meeting with our suppliers and working out new deals to bring our customers free shipping. And while it’s not a quick or simple process — because honestly, free shipping simply isn’t a good fit for every product from every manufacturer — we truly are dedicated to bringing more value and convenience to purchasing in our online marketplace at

So stay tuned, because you’ll see more no-hassle, free-shipping offers on in the days and weeks to come. Right now today, we invite you to enjoy these productivity-boosting, massive-selection-choosing, bottom-line-improving offers from:

That’s free ground freight shipping, anywhere in the contiguous United States. Some restrictions apply, so if you have questions just contact anyone on our support team.

Check back here often — because we’ll be adding to this list soon!

* selected products only.

Have a terrific Christmas – because that’s what we’re planning to do!

2016 December 19
by admin; 3,393 views

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so why not avoid any product-ordering delays by peaking through this list of our suppliers’ holiday closure notices?

  • will be closed on 12.23 and 12.26.16, and also on 1.2.17
  • BAPI will be closed 12.26 and 1.2.17
  • Belimo will be closed on 12.23 and 12.26
  • Fox Thermal will be closed 12.23, 12.26, and 1.2
  • Functional Devices will be closed Monday, December 26 through Wednesday, December 28. They will also be closed on Monday, January 2, 2017.
  • IDEC will be closed December 26th. They’ll also be closed January 2nd.
  • IR-TEC will close at noon PST on Friday, December 23rd. Then they’ll be closed from Monday 12.26 through 1.2.17.
  • Johnson Controls Product Sales Operations Team in Milwaukee, WI will be closed for the holidays December 23rd, 26th, and 30th, and January 2nd.
  • KMC Controls is closed from Monday, December 26th and will reopen on Tuesday, January 3rd.
  • Ruskin is closing for the holidays on 12.23, 12.26, 12.30 and 1.2.17
  • Setra Systems will close 12.23, 12.26, and 1.2
  • Siemens will be closed on 12.23, 12.26, 12.30 and 1.2.17

BAPI invites us to an awesome, relationship-building visit to their Wisconsin manufacturing headquarters.

2016 September 29

There’s just nothing like a trip out to the countryside!


BAPI Production Technician Randy Stevenson and President Ritch Stevenson talk quality with Dave Meyers of

And so it was earlier this month when our friends at BAPI invited our President Dave Meyers, Vice President Sales Barry Olson, and our entire sales team to visit their production facility in Gays Mills, Wisconsin. We’ve been selling BAPI sensors for temperature, humidity, pressure, wireless, and air quality monitoring on for 22 years now, so we were very excited to spend a day meeting the BAPI staff and production team, and building on our long and successful partnership.

We admit it, we wanted to show off our facility and the fine people here at BAPI. We also wanted to have our friends from get a better understanding of the detail that we put into each sensor that leaves our facility.

This was a pretty cool opportunity; we talk to our counterparts at BAPI nearly every day as we go about fulfilling customer orders and quotes, so the visit was an excellent chance for us to get to put faces with the names that we’re so familiar with, and strengthen the relationships between our two companies. It was inspiring for us to see — up close and personal — the amount of care and expertise that they bring to their work.


Dave Meyers helps build a sensor with BAPI production line leader Donita Silvia

And Dave even went a step farther, sitting down with one of BAPI’s production line leaders and helping her build a sensor!

In addition to touring the production floor and warehouse, we also put in a long day getting valuable training about new products, new ideas, and what the future might hold for our two companies.

The fact is, it’s terrific enough for us to work with a company like BAPI because of their quality products and high standards of service — but it creates a whole new level of commitment when we get this kind of rare opportunity for hands-on, face-to-face interaction and communication with one of our manufacturer-partners.

Our visit to BAPI made such an impression on all of us from alpscontrols! To see them building their products with such pride and excitement, with such incredible attention to detail and care, it really gives us a powerful insight into how these products make an impact in our customers’ building projects.

From L to R: BAPI Distribution Lead Jon Greenwald; Sarah Jeffries; BAPI Key Account Specialist Brian Thaldorf, BAPI North American Sales and Customer Service Manager Emily Bialkowski;Jason McCormick; Barry Olson; Laci Jackson; Jim Kalafatis; Dave Meyers; BAPI President Ritch Stevenson; Gerardo Vergara-Monroy; Travis Haas; Chris Colacito.

From L to R: BAPI Distribution Lead Jon Greenwald; Sarah Jeffries; BAPI Key Account Specialist Brian Thaldorf, BAPI North American Sales and Customer Service Manager Emily Bialkowski; Jason McCormick; Barry Olson; Laci Jackson; Jim Kalafatis; Dave Meyers; BAPI President Ritch Stevenson; Gerardo Vergara-Monroy; Travis Haas; Chris Colacito.

Our special thanks to everyone at BAPI for extending this invitation to us, and for showing us a good time full of instruction, insight, and inspiration!

New Babies, New Weddings, New Employees, and More!

2016 January 20

With an ever-growing staff like we have at, it’s inevitable that we’re going to experience a string of those Big Life Milestones from time to time — and 2015 was a big year for growth, change, and new life.
joe-abagail-thumbOn July 12th of last year, our UX* Designer Joe Benscoter got himself married off to Abagail, whom he met when the two of them traded coffee for tacos while working at adjacent restaurants in Beaver, Pennsylvania. These two crazy kids honeymooned on Mackinac Island where they rode horses, rode bikes around the island, and enjoyed some excellent meals.

Here are two more pictures of the happy couple.

Nicely done, Joe and Abagail!

*UX stands for “user experience.” Impress your friends!
IMG_8443July 2015 was a busy month! It also brought the birth of Greta Ann Mead, daughter of Jake and Clare Mead. She’s our Southwest Region Sales Representative, and the family lives in Austin, Texas.

Greta — who also enjoys the distinction of having our own Dave Meyers as her grandpa — was born a week early on July 19th. Now she’s learning to eat big-people food, with a particular enjoyment of broccoli and avocados. She also goes by the nickname “Chicken” because she loves to squawk.

Are you overloaded with adorableness yet? Because here’s another picture of Greta and here’s one of the happy trio.

Welcome to the world, Greta!
alex-boguszewski-thumbAlex Boguszewski joined in November 2015. He’s our new Software Quality Engineer on our Website Development team, working to test and ensure that our software products will meet the needs and wants of our customers.

And wouldn’t you know it? Alex barely had time to warm up his seat in our IT department before he got married, too. Alex and Bonnie were wed January 2, 2016, among many friends and family. The next morning, the newlyweds boarded the Norwegian Star for a seven-day cruise to Roatan, Belize City, Costa Maya, and Cozumel.

Great to have you on the team, Alex, and best wishes to you and Bonnie!

Download this amazing Network Communications Resource from Contemporary Controls

2015 June 26

When we came across this incredible network communications resource from our pals at Contemporary Controls, we kind of thought we were dreaming. A 100+ page book all about BACnet, ModBus, ethernet, and an alphabet soup of digital protocols?

And it’s available for free, just like that? Our staff at have been networking BAS pros for over two decades, and this still rocked their socks off.

It’s big and beefy, and you simply won’t believe all the valuable information it’s got inside. Just click on the cover image on the left there and download it in all its PDF glory.

Thanks a bunch, Contemporary Controls!

And if you’d like, you can browse Contemporary Controls products in the online marketplace right here.

We’ll be home for Christmas – and so will a handful of our suppliers, too.

2014 December 22
by admin; 8,113 views

It’s that time of year again, when a bunch of places close up shop and head off to roast chestnuts, open up brightly-colored packages with family and friends, and consume mass quantities of holiday food and drink.
And yup, we’re one of those places, along with some of our suppliers. Take a look at this list and make sure you avoid any product-ordering delays during the 2014 holiday season:

  • will be closed from Wednesday 12.24 through Friday 12.26, and we’ll also be closed on January 1, 2015.
  • BAPI will be closed on December 25th, December 26th, and January 1st.
  • Beaver Steel will be closed will be closed 12.25, 12.26, and 1.1.15.
  • Belimo will be closed on 12.24 and 12.25 and New Year’s Day, 1.1.15.
  • Blue Ridge Technologies will be closed on December 24th and 25th, and also on December 31st and January 1st.
  • c3controls will be closed 12.25, 12.26 and 1.1.15.
  • Functional Devices will be closed December 24th through December 26th. Their last shipment will go out at 3PM on December 23rd. They’ll also be closed January 1st with their last shipment going out at 4PM on December 31st.
  • Jackson Systems will close at 12:00 PM ET on Wednesday, December 24th and all day Thursday, December 25th. They will reopen on December 26 for normal business hours. Their offices will be closed on January 1st, re-opening on January 2nd.
  • Johnson Controls Product Sales Operations Team in Milwaukee, WI will be closed for the holidays December 24th, 25th, and 26th, and January 1st and 2nd.
  • Lynxspring will be closed at 12:00 PM on December 24, and then all day on 12.25, 12.26, and 1.1.15.
  • Neptronic will be closed from 12.24 until 1.5.15.
  • Ruskin is closing for the holidays on 12.24, 12.25, and 1.1.15.
  • Spartan Peripheral Devices will close at 12:00 PM on Tuesday, December 23rd and will reopen again on Monday, 1.5.15.

Setra Systems Provides Critical Solutions for Ebola Isolation Rooms

2014 October 27

We’ve been telling you for years that the room pressure monitors made by Setra Systems are the industry’s gold standard for accuracy and dependable results — and now that the Ebola virus has created medical facility preparedness as a top priority here in the United States, we’re seeing Setra products at the forefront of this critical effort.

New England’s News Station — NECN — recently interviewed Setra Systems General Manager David Carr about the company’s solutions for medical facilities, including the SRPM room pressure monitor:

On the Setra blog you can find even more informational resources, including Are US Hospitals Equipped For An Infectious Epidemic? and Best Practices for Isolation Room Safety. They’re good reads about an important topic — go take a look today.