MICATU's Groundless Sensors
The MICATU Groundless Optical Current and Voltage Sensors are contact-free solutions for accurate current and voltage measurement, even when an external ground is unavailable or unfeasible. Platform with the m410B Optical Signal Processor to aggregate real-time, seamless delivery from any MICATU Optical Sensor models.
Designed for direct installation in air-insulated, pad mount equipment or within enclosures, MICATU Groundless Sensors provide a more reliable measurement across multiple voltage classes. With contact-free, optical sensing technology, MICATU Groundless Sensors can be deployed directly on a busbar or underground cable without the need for additional insulators. And the highly precise data is available on any connected SCADA network, thanks to the plug-n-play m410B Optical Signal Processor.
When used in a feeder compartment, MICATU Groundless Sensors do not require an external ground. It uses the compartment itself for ground reference.
Purposefully designed for specialty applications, Groundless Optical Sensors represent a transformative solution that propels the electric utility industry into a new era of reliability, efficiency, and safety. With their advanced features and benefits, these sensors empower utilities to proactively manage their electrical infrastructure, reduce downtime, optimize performance, and enhance worker safety. Ideal for use in applications where directly mounting the sensor either to pad-mount equipment, to cabinets, or within enclosures, depending upon model these sensors use industry-standard bolt-circles or directly mount to the busbar via side tabs, nylon bolts, and nylon wingnuts.
Designed in collaboration with a utility partner when they needed a future-forward replacement for neon-filament voltage indicators, the ONC125 exclusively available from MICATU elegantly solved all of their requirements. The new unit needed to be reliable, work with 4kV Unit-Substation feeders, and ideally could be installed without taking the unit offline. In short, it had to work well with the most demanding grid in the country.
Building on their wealth of experience in optical sensing, the MICATU team delivered something extraordinary. Not only did the ONC125 provide exceptional accuracy in a 2-pound, non-conductive housing, the entire solution could be installed without making contact with the current itself — or even without access to an external ground!
With its modular design and capacity to handle multiple voltage classes, this utility was able to deploy the ONC125 sensors rapidly. Their teams were able to reliably determine voltage without even accessing the compartment, thanks to the sensor’s integration with the m410B Optical Signal Processor.
"Although originally envisioned for one specific use case, we quickly realized how transformative a contact-free, groundless voltage sensor is. And the opportunity this opens up for the integrated grid… well, it’s a game changer."
Because the MICATU Optical Sensor is contact-free and works outside the current, installation and operation present no violent failure or electrocution risks.
MICATU Optical Sensors maintain +/- 0.5% accuracy across the entire measurement range, regardless of applied voltage or current.
The ABS housing is watertight and keeps the entire sensor free of conductive materials. The all-optical design keeps the sensor isolated from the system, ensuring high reliability and long life.
The MICATU Optical Sensor is non-contact and can be easily installed directly on the busbar via sidetabs, nylon bolts, and nylon wingnuts. Fiber optic cables connect the sensors to the m410B Optical Signal Processor.
MICATU Optical Sensors are non-contact and utilize a 100% "all optical" measurement platform for unparalleled accuracy and precision of current and voltage readings, across multiple voltage classes. Sensor models are specifically designed for installation directly on busbar and/or feeder cables or on pad-mount equipment. All signals from the sensor are connected via optical fiber connections to a "plug & play" (m410), Modular Optical Sensor Platform, that is fully ruggedized and scalable.
Visibility that Saves Time and Money
"MICATU’s technology allowed us to gain important distribution feeder data at a pace we’ve never been able to achieve. This deployment not only improves our visibility of the grid but saved us valuable time and money."
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