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The Newsletter of

Schneider Electric

New Zealand

December 2012

Switching on: Innovative solutions for the home






> Collaboration key to Christchurch rebuild – B&D Doors

> Lactose — Whey profitable

> Contactor solutions – new on-site customisation

About Schneider Electric

As the global specialist in energy management with operations in more than

100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions to make energy

safe, reliable, efficient, productive, and green for its customers. The Group’s

110,000+ employees achieved sales of more than ¤19.6 billion in 2010,

through an active commitment to help individuals and organisations all over

the world make the most of their energy.



Cover story: Switching on: Innovative solutions for the home 4

Target sustainability 6

Lactose — Whey profitable 7

Wired for speed 8

Hybrid var compensation system lifts sawmill 10

Collaboration key to rebuild 12

Loaf handcrafted breads 14

Beat rising energy costs 15

Schneider Electric Services 16

Improved contractor solutions 17

New products 18

Schneider Electric apps and social media 19

Free training opportunity with My Energy University 19

System Integrator Alliance Partner Profile — Macro Automation 20

Events 22

Global Update 22

Local Update 23

A message from Schneider Electric New Zealand Country President...

Ray Dunn – Schneider Electric New Zealand

Country President

With the end of the year approaching I extend my

thanks for your support over the last 12 months

as we continued our work with the Christchurch

rebuild and faced several changes in the building

and housing industry. In this issue we highlight

several recent successes including the Bay of

Plenty Sawmill, B&D Doors, Beca Tauranga,

Tatua dairies and more. We also feature the latest

in residential innovations from the LifeSpace

business as highlighted on our cover.

For more information on anything in this issue,

contact our friendly Customer Care centre. I hope

you enjoy some time off with family and friends

over the holidays and look forward to beginning

the next year fresh and enthusiastic. Have a safe

and happy holiday and don’t forget to travel safe.

Schneider Electric News December 2012 3

Cover Story

Switching on: Innovative solutions

for the home

Continuing the tradition of what began more than 75 years ago with PDL in

New Zealand, our people take on and develop ideas from our customers and

turn them into world leading products and solutions. R&D remains at the heart

of our business, and our recent national round of electrical contractor forums

again proved it to be one of the best things we do as business. Our LifeSpace

business leads the market through the help of our customers with continued

innovation in residential and commercial spaces.

Bringing the future forward with Saturn’s

new Horizon

No matter what colour you choose, Horizon

provides you with the most contemporary,

modern switch design on the NZ market.

Colours and styles

The product is available in two new metallic

finishes: Horizon Silver and Horizon Black for all

wall switches, switched sockets, dimmers, fan

controllers, cooker switches and communication

plates. Horizon Silver and Horizon Black come

with a subtle charcoal grey frame, flat squareedge

design and push-buttons that perfectly

match the stylish new fascia which will superbly

complement any modern interior.

Strato 800 Series - White

Following on from the sleek profile and

sophistication of the metal picture frame look

offered by the Strato range, the brushed

aluminium now comes with a white surround to

perfectly match your tailored white mechanisms

and rocker switches within. With the same finger

mark resistant finish and 5mm thick wall plate,

Strato white now offers another option in stylish


Strato White will be available in 2013.

Please contact customer care on

0800 652 999 for more information.


LifeSpace — the link between energy and people.

Taking what has been traditionally known as the PDL & Clipsal businesses in New Zealand, we are now part of the

Schneider Electric LifeSpace business, leading the way with innovative solutions.

In a world driven by the energy dilemma, rapid changes and increasingly complicated technology, we understand

and anticipate what our different customers want: the developer — differentiation, competitiveness; the specifier —

design, efficiency; the installer — speed, simplicity, reliabilty; and the end-user — ease of use, safety and comfort.

4 Schneider Electric News December 2012

Energy monitoring

Energy monitoring is the key to successful energy

management. The Ecomind Electricity Monitor

is the most recent development in wireless

electricity monitors. It allows you to monitor and

analyse your electricity consumption, learn how to

save energy and help the environment.

With the Ecomind Electricity Monitor you can

identify how much electricity is being used,

enabling you to make instant changes that will

help reduce your energy consumption.

The Ecomind will instantly help you save money

on your electricity bills by allowing you to take

control of your electricity consumption.

It can display your usage in dollars ($), kilowatts

(kWh) and carbon tonnes (kgCO2), and track

your high, lows and changes by the hour, day,

week or month. For more advanced features and

greater monitoring flexibility, you can download

the Ecomind Electricity Monitoring Software to

track your electricity usage from your computer or

digital device.

Available with a battery or mains powered

transmitter, the Ecomind Electricity Monitor is easy

to use and can start saving you money instantly –

up to 10% on your electricity bill.

Outdoor Sensors

Schneider Electric’s new Outdoor sensor range

won’t leave you in the dark. Each motion sensor

unit comes complete with integrated lamps, and

is available in spotlight, twinspot and floodlight


Best of all, the range is packed with an impressive

array of professional features, putting the range in

an unbeatable class of its own.

The range features a stylish new look and design,

an integral override function, and a built-in sunset

function to turn on the lights at dusk. Other

features include a courtesy light and dimmer

function as well as adjustable lamps to allow

the light to be re-directed.

Control it all with one simple touch;

Saturn OneTouch

The innovative Saturn OneTouch range utilises

electronic switch and dimmer technology, to

provide unique touch operation. Using touch

sensitive technology one touch of the wall switch

will turn the light on and an extended touch will

dim your lights up or down. The LED indicator

shows you which switch is in use – and falls back

to a subtle glow when the light is off.

Whatever your requirements are, there is a Saturn

OneTouch switch or dimmer to suit. Whether you

need single or multiple configurations, Saturn

OneTouch is available in one to six touch-control

wall plates, and one and two gang architrave

versions. Control from multiple locations (up to

three) throughout the home offers great flexibility

due to the multi-way switching and dimming


The dimming function also has a clever memory

function that enables the switch to remember

the last dim setting, so when the light is switched

back on, it will turn on at the previous dim level.

This handy feature provides easy replication of

your required lighting levels. Dimming your lights

is also great for saving energy, while creating the

perfect ambience in your home.

Download the

product flyer today!


and enter the

keycode 47705Y

Schneider Electric News December 2012 5

Case Study

Target Sustainability – the energy

management programme

The energy management objective: The Target Sustainability programme

developed by the Christchurch City Council was established to support

businesses to reduce waste and to be energy and water efficient.



helped us to

achieve our


Electric corporate

objectives of

being a world

leader in energy

management and



Brian Wright,

Plant General Manager,

Schneider Electric

As a global specialist in energy management,

Schneider Electric prides itself on leading the way in

energy management, which is evident in its custom

built Highbrook, Auckland, head office building which

showcases multiple energy management solutions for

commercial buildings and is at least 50% more energy

efficient than a comparable building.

The commercial office and manufacturing plant of

Schneider Electric based in Christchurch joined the

Target Sustainability Programme in 2010 with an aim to

reduce waste sent to landfill and become more energy

and water efficient.

Several projects were put into place to establish change

and improvements across the building.

Energy Efficiency

The main consumption of energy at Schneider Electric

comes from electricity. Over a 6 month period,

Schneider Electric has already reduced electricity use

by 12%, saving 38,000 kWh at the Moncur Place site.

This level of savings was achieved through several

initiatives including:

> Reviewing all heat pump timers to ensure settings

were correct.

> Replacing photocopiers, printers and fridge/freezers

with modern/energy efficient models.

> Adding a timer to the air compressor – ensuring it is

only used as required during work hours.

> Establishing a compressed air leak detection

procedure and a replacement programme for end of

life hand tools to be changed from compressed air to

direct electric driven.

> Improving the electricity metering system to allow

remote monitoring of specific areas in the site.

> Placing switch off stickers on light switches.

Waste Reduction

Schneider Electric has achieved the

following waste reduction results:

required due to streamlining of waste flows and

reduced collection), packaging reduction, and

reductions in waste disposal.)

Water Efficiency

Schneider Electric has reduced its water consumption

by 1527m 3 per year. This corresponds to a 35%

reduction in water use (based on average metered

water consumption). Schneider Electric implemented

the following initiatives to increase water efficiency:

> Reduced water use (vehicle washing and irrigation) in

line with Christchurch City Council’s 2011/2012 water

restrictions .

> Check the seals on the dishwasher and dish steriliser


> Implement a water leak reporting procedure that is

communicated to all staff.

The staff induction process has also been updated to

include the promotion of staff using efficient energy and

water usage as well as waste reduction practices.

Since joining the Target Sustainability Programme

Schneider Electric has implemented a range of projects

that has resulted in a reduction of waste sent to landfill

and an improvement in energy and water efficiency.

Schneider Electric’s future plans are to continue to look

for ways to reduce and recycle its waste and to focus

on implementing further energy and water efficiency

projects. Some future projects include insulating

domestic hot water pipes, implementing a BMS, and

replacing mercury vapour lights with fluorescent tube


It is estimated that once fully implemented the energy

efficiency initiatives will save approximately 30% of total

energy used on-site.

For more information visit

> Reduced total waste sent to landfill by

32%. In total a 6 tonne reduction per year.

> Reduced recycled material by 25 %.

In total a 19 tonne reduction per year.

> Together this was a saving of $18,000 in

production and disposal costs. (Including

reduced paper towel usage, reduced

paper use (587kg per year), reduced

printing and photocopy costs, savings

in the return of a printer that is no longer

leased, savings from less bin hire (not

Schneider Electric Christchurch staff

6 Schneider Electric News December 2012

Case Study

Lactose – Whey profitable

A new lactose-recovery facility at Morrinsville’s Tatua Dairy Company is

delivering multiple benefits to the organisation. The process uses high-pressure

filtration – Schneider Electric’s technology optimises its energy consumption

and simplifies its control.

Lactose is a simple sugar found in milk and

a major component of whey. Traditionally

considered an inconvenient by-product of milk

processing (and part of the waste stream), today

it is widely used for infant milk formulas and as a

supplement in food and confectionery.

In fact, lactose is so popular that dairy companies

now find it commercially viable to recover it and

on-sell it to third party manufacturers. Recovering

it also minimises a dairy company’s waste stream,

significantly reducing its environmental impact.

Overall, a classic win-win solution.

Tatua’s new lactose plant has been built on the

site of the company’s previous food manufacturing

facility. With the completion of a new food

manufacturing facility (in 2011), the old building

was demolished to make way for the lactose plant.

The new building will also house a new hydrolysis

plant (scheduled for completion in 2013).

The principle behind lactose recovery, says the

company’s projects engineer, Ben Wright, is

filtration. “Effectively we force the milk through an

ultra-fine membrane filter under high pressure. To

achieve the right flow rate and pressure we use a

range of pumps, including some very large ones.”

Auckland’s GEA Process Engineering, specialists

in membrane filtration technology, designed

and built the plant. It is fully-automated and runs

24/7. A single Schneider Electric Quantum PLC

oversees the process, distributing the control via

multiple racks with hundreds of I/O.

Hamilton’s Intelectric did the electrical installation

and Auckland’s Macro Automation programmed

and commissioned the control technology. It’s

all orchestrated via an Ethernet network which

Wright says allows for rapid communication with

the SCADA system, giving operational crew more

(and better) information to make decisions.

Multiple Schneider Electric Altivar 71 variable

speed drives control the large pumps, while a

range of Altistart soft starters and TeSys directon-line

starters are used on others. “Apart

from the energy efficiency benefits of using this

technology,” says Wright, “it also helps us to meet

our community responsibilities. The electrical load

at start-up is significant – the last thing we want is

to leave Morrinsville in the dark!”

Schneider Electric legacy

Tatua’s electrical foreman Peter Cook has worked

for the company for some 20 years, and says

Schneider Electric has an extensive track record

at the site. “The legacy includes many of the early

Modicon 800 series PLCs – and they’re still in

use. A major advantage of using a single source

supplier for the control technology is the common

protocol – even though the new Quantum PLC is

a vastly different beast to the earlier generation

technology, they can still communicate.”

Power supply

The new plant significantly increased the site’s

electrical load – and it will rise even further when

the new hydrolysis plant comes on stream. That’s

required the installation of a new 11kV transformer

and Schneider Electric 11kV switchgear.

The entire site has also benefitted from the

introduction of a new dedicated 33kV line which

will improve reliability of supply.

Tatua is one of New Zealand’s oldest dairies

and will celebrate its centenary in 2014. The

installation of the Schneider Electric technology,

says Cook, offers an element of future-proofing.

“As is evident from the existing infrastructure,

knowing that the equipment can easily be

incorporated into any future developments offers

peace of mind.”

Schneider Electric News December 2012 7

Case Study

Wired For Speed

Staff at the Tauranga branch of engineering consultancy Beca are enjoying

faster data transfer and easier video-conferencing with colleagues in national

and international offices – as well as with their clients – following the recent

installation of an extensive Cat 6 cable network.

Beca’s Tauranga team has expanded steadily

over the 20 years the company has leased its

Harington Street premises, eventually forcing the

company to split its 150 personnel between the

first and third floors. When the tenants on the

second floor recently opted to move out, Beca

grabbed the opportunity to bring its team closer

together – and launch a major refurbishment


“We wanted to create a more contiguous

feel,” says office services manager Sonia

Tibble, “making better use of the space on

the first and second floors – more open plan,

more user-friendly. The old interior was very

compartmentalised – dark and boxy with high

corridors and very few meeting rooms.

Schneider Electric’s Kelvin Hart and Beca’s IT support

manager Bernadine Smith in the new server room.

Schneider Electric provided the Cat 6 cabling, the patch

panels and the wall termination units.

“We also wanted to upgrade our data

communications capability. Beca is a multidisciplinary

consultancy, and our projects always

involve shifting large, bandwidth-hungry graphic

files – not only within the office, but also nationally

and internationally. With the two floors stripped

to a bare shell for the interior’s redesign, the

opportunity to install a faster network was ideal.”

The project saw the installation of sixteen

kilometres of Cat 6 cabling with more than 300

terminations across the two floors. Schneider

Electric supplied the cabling, and sales

representative Kelvin Hart says Cat 6 offers

greater speed and better data integrity over the

more conventional Cat 5 cable.

“Cat 6’s superior features stem from an internal

divider that separates the eight wires in the cable

into four distinct pairs. The separation eliminates

attenuation and distortion, providing a purer

signal. It effectively creates greater bandwidth,

and that’s ideal for advanced telecommunications

facilities such as video conferencing and

transferring large files.”

Benefits to Beca

Six months after the refurbishment, Beca is

enjoying multiple benefits provided by the Cat 6

infrastructure. “The major change,” says Sonia,

“is the dramatically-improved video conferencing

capability. We have five permanent meeting

rooms equipped with large TV screens – and

there are nine other rooms which have been

pre-wired for the screens, ready to be deployed if


Beca has five meeting rooms equipped with video conferencing facilities, with nine more pre-wired for immediate

connection if required.

8 Schneider Electric News December 2012

“These screens can be linked to any of our video

conferencing facilities around the country – and

indeed to any of our international offices. That

means staff can discuss projects face-to-face and

identify issues and solutions much more quickly.

It’s like everyone’s sitting in the same room, and

the saving on travel costs is enormous.”

Engineers, she adds, tend to use plenty of large

files in their work – graphics, drawings and 3D

modelling images generated by programmes

such as Solidworks, Revit, CAD and PDMS.

“Fly-throughs – where the viewer is taken on a

flying tour through a three-dimensional rendition

of a plant – are particularly data-intensive. Having

multiple parties able to share them in real time is

an enormous advantage.”

The meeting rooms, she points out, are also

much more effective spaces because a variety

of peripherals can be connected to the screens

through a selection of ports in a wall panel

– a data projector, a lap-top, PC and even a

USB stick. It’s a much more flexible place for



Tauranga-based Cable Comms installed the Cat

6 cabling, and terminated the data outlets and

patch panels at the cabinets and its owner, Tony

Drake, has been certified by Schneider Electric.

Certified installers, says Tony, are able to provide

a 30-year warranty on the project – a feature that

offers clients peace of mind.

“To ensure the infrastructure’s integrity, we

check every termination with a Fluke scanner for

attenuation or distortion. Scan results are sent to

an independent verifier.”

With this new network, says Sonia, “Beca is

equipped to operate much more smoothly

and efficiently, and it also offers an element of

future proofing. Our IT team is already exploring

additional technologies utilising the greater

bandwidth capacity – and ways to do things


The wall panels – where the Cat 6 cables

terminate – are part of Schneider Electric’s Epic

Organiser range, and also contain ports for an

HDMI connection. An iPod docking station is also

an option.


The introduction of the Cat 6 cabling has also

allowed Beca to swap its telephone system for

voice-over-internet-protocol (VOIP), a shift that’s

cut the company’s telephone bill significantly.

“Given the close integration of Beca’s national and

international offices,” says Sonia, “there are plenty

of long-distance calls – so VOIP has made a huge

difference. Cat 6’s added bandwidth also means

we can run all of these telecommunications and

data transfer features simultaneously. Previously,

our telephone lines were competing with our data

communications – and it was always a bit of a

hit-or-miss affair.”

Wall panels use Schneider Electric’s Epic Organiser and include ports for VGA,

a data projector, HDMI and a USB stick.

Staff members all use with camera-equipped

lap-tops, enabling them to join a video conference

if they’re off-site. To simplify the connection

process, the company uses Microsoft’s Link

software. The same facility is also offered to

clients wanting to join a video conference – and

requires them to install a basic, stripped down

version of MSLink on to their computers.

The Cat 6 infrastructure has been complemented

by numerous routers installed throughout the

building, allowing staff to initiate face-to-face

video calls wherever they happen to be.

The make-over of the Beca office presented an ideal opportunity for the installation of

the Cat 6 network.

Schneider Electric News December 2012 9

Case Study

Hybrid var compensation system

lifts sawmill

When regular brownouts and user penalty charges began to plague a

large Bay of Plenty sawmill, its management team knew the overloaded

electrical infrastructure needed urgent help. A Schneider Electric Hybrid VAR

Compensation system provided the perfect solution.

“Overall, the new

power factor

correction system

has already


thousands of

dollars in savings.”

Alister Davies,

Site Electrical Manager,

Pukepine Sawmill

Pukepine Sawmill – located near Te Puke – is

a proactive operation and over the past few

years the company has invested in advanced,

automated technology to lift productivity and

boost efficiencies. It’s been an enormously

successful strategy – Pukepine now processes

twice as much timber in half the time.

But the changes created a significant hiccup: a

seriously overloaded electrical infrastructure. “The

sawmill runs lots of power-hungry equipment,”

says site electrical manager Alister Davies,

“numerous saws, a chipper, an edger, a planer –

as well as kilns and treatment facilities.

“The major problem was at start-up each morning

when the combined load from all the components

proved too much for our system. Our switchboard

is fitted with a 1200-amp circuit breaker – the

combined load at start-up could be as high as

3600 amps.

“So we’d bring the site up to speed in a carefullyorchestrated

sequence, beginning with the

200kW chipper which by itself drags 900 amps

from the system at start up. That was followed

by the head rig (main saw), then a series of other

saws, and finally the edger. With its 300kW motor,

the edger is the site’s single biggest load.

“Any miss-cue created overloading and power

fluctuations – and the unreliability manifested in

dimming lights and the repeated failure of our

computer network. Of course, there was zero

scope for flexibility in the way we operated the


The site has a single 11kV feed and a 750kVA

transformer, and with the latter becoming heavily

overloaded, a serious power factor issue arose.

“The site was averaging a power factor correction

ratio of around 0.86, says Davies, “and we were

pinged severely for it – around $2500 a month in


While the sawmill did have power factor

correction technology installed, it was not only old

but also undersized, and the overloading caused

its capacitors to fail with regular monotony. “We

would install temporary capacitors and bypass

the faulty ones, but one day it all came to a fiery

end when a capacitor caught fire and burnt the

entire power factor correction unit to the ground.”

Accusine PCS

Davies knew what sort of power factor correction

replacement he was looking for and approached

Schneider Electric. The solution is a hybrid

10 Schneider Electric News December 2012

configuration comprising two parts: a 300-amp

Accusine PCS harmonic filtering and reactive

power compensation system, supported by a

static bank of capacitors (600kVar).

“We could have opted for a bigger Accusine

PCS unit and eliminated the static bank entirely,”

says Davies, “but for us a smaller unit with the

complementary static bank was a more costeffective

option. It works perfectly, with the static

bank correcting for the base load and lifting the

power factor correction to a certain level.

“The Accusine takes over from there, catering

for the more variable fluctuations. The advantage

of the Accusine is its speed – it performs the

correction in milliseconds. The static bank unit

is too slow, but it doesn’t have to deal with the


The site now operates with a power factor

correction ratio of 0.97 – and the penalty charges

have disappeared.

The most interesting part of the power factor

solution, says Davies, is that the load on the

transformer has been reduced. “That not only

translates into better overall reliability because

there’s less heat in the cables, but it’s also given

us scope to expand and adapt the site to market


In fact, the sawmill has subsequently installed

a new kerf saw – it now represents the biggest

single load at the site – which allows crews to

process and optimise second-grade timber more

easily. “Overall, the new power factor correction

system has already generated thousands of

dollars in savings.”


So far, rogue harmonics haven’t been a problem

at the sawmill, but Davies is well aware that they

might become an issue as new technology is

introduced. “A significant advantage of having

the Accusine unit installed is that it also operates

as a harmonic filter. If harmonics did become a

problem, we would simply activate the Accusine’s

existing filter component.”

He says monitoring the site’s electrical load is

now simple thanks to the feedback provided by

the Accusine system. “The unit’s multi-functional

display provides good data, and I’m hoping to

install a SCADA system at some point to generate

monitoring, trending information and alarms more


Project at a glance

Project type:

Low Voltage Power Compensation

and Filtering


Pukepine Sawmills Ltd., Tauranga,

New Zealand


Hybrid VAR Compensation System

Main Products

> Accusine PCS

> Varset power factor correction units

Schneider Electric News December 2012 11

Case Study

Collaboration key to

Christchurch rebuild

Relocating a large and complex manufacturing operation to new premises

requires careful planning, cool heads and effective qualified support from key

infrastructure providers. With premises red-stickered after the Canterbury

earthquakes, Christchurch-based B&D Doors NZ embarked on an ambitious

plan to relocate its manufacturing base to alternate premises as quickly

as possible to minimise the impact of forced closure on its business and


“It was a


turnaround and

it couldn’t have

been achieved

without Schneider



Paul Dryden,

Operations Manager,

B&D Doors

Committed to the Canterbury region and its

70 staff, B&D looked for suitable premises in

Christchurch west.

Relocating to the west posed additional

challenges because of the limited electrical

infrastructure in place to support large

manufacturing operations like B&D. The

company’s ability to resume manufacturing

quickly hinged on its ability to power up its plant.

With a fragile urban network and competing

customer demands, B&D knew that network

provider Orion Energy would require carefully

documented power use analysis to support a

request for a new high-voltage transformer to

meet present and future forecast load demands.

Qualified support

Leaving nothing to chance, B&D approached

Schneider Electric’s Power Services Division in

Christchurch for advice on how best to prepare

a case in support of its request for a high-voltage


Schneider Electric Sales Engineer Simon Grose

says Schneider Electric’s Power Services Division

swung into action and fast-tracked a thorough

energy audit of B&D’s existing energy use across

a number of energy cost centres.

The raw data collected was then passed

onto engineers at head office in Auckland for

extrapolation, interpretation and recommendation.

Simon says the data identified not only a

minimum peak load transformer requirement of

1MVA but also identified very poor power factor

and damaging harmonics within B&D’s existing

electrical design.

“B&D Doors’ relocation created an opportunity to

address these issues with a structured electrical

design that would not only achieve considerable

energy savings but would also provide valuable

headroom for future manufacturing expansion.”

He says to demonstrate the scope of efficiencies

achievable with smart energy management

solutions B&D Doors Operations Manager Paul

Dryden accepted an invitation to visit Schneider

Electric’s head offices in Auckland to view energyefficiency

at work.

Structured design

B&D’s Paul Dryden says the visit helped cement

B&D’s decision to rely on Schneider Electric

to develop an electrical blueprint for its new

Christchurch facility including the design and

specification for its primary switchboard and

multiple downstream distribution boards.

12 Schneider Electric News December 2012

“We looked at a range of options but Schneider

Electric provided the best solution and had the

in-house engineering support to deliver on a

commitment to meet extremely tight lead times.

We made the right call.

Schneider Electric engineers worked effectively

as a team and kept us informed every step of the

way. This was critical for our own planning. The

team also worked closely with our switchboard

builder and electrical contractor to deliver a

seamless solution on time and on budget.”

Paul says that within four weeks of B&D Doors

taking possession of its new site in Hornby it had

taken delivery of its distribution boards and a

week later had power on site and was then able

to begin installing and commission the plant.

“It was a remarkable turnaround and it couldn’t

have been achieved without Schneider Electric’s


He says key improvements include reducing four

separate metering points at its previous facility to

a single meter for its entire manufacturing facility

making it vastly easier to monitor and manage

energy usage.

Effective partnerships

Simon Grose says it was a rewarding project

for both parties and pleasing to demonstrate

Schneider Electric’s capability to assist displaced

Christchurch businesses make the move to new

premises easier and cost-effective.

“We’re acutely aware of the challenges

Christchurch manufacturers are facing and were

geared up to respond quickly with power quality

audits for transformer sizing to avoid costly

network delays getting power to new sites.

“Power audits will also identify issues around

power quality and power factor correction leading

to network compliance and very considerable

long-term future savings. Schneider Electric’s

expertise and leading energy management

solutions also provide peace of mind knowing

you’re working with a structured energy partner.”

If your business is relocating or targeting

greater energy efficiency or network

compliance simply call our customer care

team on:

0800 652 999

“The distribution boards are only an eighth of the

size of what we used to have and this makes a

huge difference in terms of assigning real estate.

Would we use Schneider Electric again Yes,


B&D Doors (NZ)

B&D Doors is New Zealand’s leading manufacturer of sectional and roller doors and supplier of

automatic openers and other related products servicing the commercial, industrial and residential

markets. The company has a workforce of 90 people and manufactures in Christchurch and

Auckland. Products are marketed through the company’s nationwide dealer networks under

the Garador and Dominator brands. B&D Doors is part of Australian listed company Alesco

Corporation Limited (ASX code: ALS).

Schneider Electric News December 2012 13

Case Study

Loaf Handcrafted Breads

Bakery saves dough with annual electricity bill reduced by

29% through better tariffs

“What a fantastic

result! All those

savings are

straight off the

bottom line, and

for a fast growing


business that is

massive. I didn’t

even need to

switch off my


I would definitely


Schneider Electric

to anyone looking

to reduce their

energy bills.”

Sean Armstrong,

Director and Founder,

Loaf Handcrafted Breads

Our Client

Auckland’s Loaf Handcrafted Breads was

founded in 2004 on the back of Director Sean

Armstrong’s vision for producing high quality

artisan breads and baked goods. Today, his team

at the bakery produces a range of delectable

loaves, slices and sweet treats for the everyday

foodie — with the same high quality standards the

best chefs are used to.


Loaf Handcrafted Breads approached Schneider

Electric with the desire to reduce their electricity


Our Solution

The answer was relatively simple – there were

better tariff structures available to Loaf than the

one they were on and Schneider Electric was

happy to ensure they took advantage of these.

Loaf’s electricity costs were being charged at

a standard commercial rate for each unit of

electricity regardless of the time it was consumed.

Through monitoring of the site’s usage over the

day and analysing the data, Schneider Electric

was able to establish that Loaf would benefit

significantly from moving to a more complex

meter and tariff, effectively meaning they paid

different rates for differing periods of the day.


This new metering and tariff structure resulted in

significant savings – reducing Loaf’s annual bill by

around 29%.

Once the new tariff structure was established

as the way forward, Schneider Electric went to

market on behalf of Loaf and sourced the most

competitive contract, and then took care of all the

switching and metering needed, leaving Loaf to

do what they do best – bake.

14 Schneider Electric News December 2012


Beat rising energy costs –

Ecomind energy monitor

With energy costs set to double in the near future, more and more people will

be demanding solutions to control, monitor, and reduce energy consumption.

There are many ways to improve the energy efficiency of residential homes,

and energy monitoring holds the key to successful energy management.

The Schneider Electric Ecomind Electricity

Monitor is the most recent development in

wireless electricity monitors. It allows you to

monitor and analyse your residential electricity

consumption, while learning how to save energy

and help the environment.

Schneider Electric recently conducted a field

trial with the help of Dr Paul Elmes Head of

Engineering and Architectural Studies at CPIT

(Christchurch Polytechnic and Institute of

Technology). We asked Dr Elmes to install the

EM422EM-E-KBTS Ecomind Energy Monitor in

his home and let us know how he and his family

found this product.

Q: Having installed this device, has it

changed your perception of energy use

A: Yes, the monitor has given us the knowledge

of how we are using our energy and what it is

costing us. After having the monitor installed the

family were glued to it, because the display shows

your usage in not only kilowatts but dollars we

could instantly see that simply turning off a light

saved us money.

Q: What has the device done for your

energy awareness

A: Because the Ecomind monitor is portable

we could move about the house learning what

appliances consumed the most energy and

where we may be wasting energy. For example,

as soon as we installed the energy monitor

we noticed that there was a large continuous

consumption of energy, with the help of the

electrician it was tracked down to a fault in our

hot water heater, which we are now having

repaired. Using the information from this monitor

we are able to save 10% on our electricity bill.

Q: How is the Ecomind Energy Monitor

modifying your family behaviour to energy


A: The monitor is a fantastic tool as it helps

educate you about your energy usage and puts

it into simple terms you can understand; cost

or usage which is real time. This data builds

powerful information which you can use to make

decisions about the types of products you are

installing in your home. Simply installing a timer

on your towel rail, or changing to energy efficient

light bulbs can save energy and contribute to the

efficient running of your home.

Ecomind Features

> Display instant electricity usage in dollars,

kilowatts and carbon tonnes

> Monitor hourly, daily, weekly, monthly and

average data

> Memory function allows you to store and

analyse historical data

> Battery or mains powered options

> Optional free computer software for graphical

display and monitoring of electricity usage.

Ecomind Benefits

> MONITOR your electricity consumption

> REDUCE your energy use

> SAVE money on your electricity bills

Richard Coulter, National Power Systems Specialist Schneider Electric, left

and Dr Paul Elmes, Head of Engineering & Architectural Studies CPIT, right.

Schneider Electric News December 2012 15


Schneider Electric Services

No 3. Drives Workshop Refurbishment & Repairs

In this issue we continue our series aimed at answering the question:

What can Schneider Electric Services do for you

The Problem:

It is not always practical or economic to repair

Variable Speed Drives in the field.


Electric Services

(NZ) have in

excess of a

million dollars of

dedicated service


and service

drives available

to support our


Lee Barrett, Workshop

Operations Manager,


Many drive manufacturers rely on Service

agencies to support their products and perform

repairs in their local workshops. While they may

have access to spare parts, rarely do they have

the ability to load and soak test drives.

Drives will often run fine under no load, but when

a load is applied the fault will appear as in the


The Solution:

Schneider Electric Services technicians routinely

perform complex test procedures in real-world

conditions including arduous loading events and


The workshop in Highbrook has 10 test bays for

drives from 4 to 160kW, with variable load control

over the frequency range. And larger drives up to

300kW can be loaded tested to the 160kW

rig limit.

The fault log in each drive is downloaded and

checked then the drive may be load tested as

part of the diagnosis.

> > The repair is made with factory spare parts.

> > Drive firmware is routinely upgraded.

> > Every drive gets load tested after repair.

In addition the individual parameter settings are

saved and restored to the repaired drive before

shipment back to the customer.

Loan Drives can be supplied for critical functions

while yours is being assessed and repaired.

The Outcome:

If the drive is uneconomical to repair you will be

advised and only incur an inspection charge.

Drives are serviced and tested to factory

specifications using factory spares.

Drives are returned to the customer with

parameters intact (ready to go) and a 3 month

warranty on any replaced items.

16 Schneider Electric News December 2012

Improved contactor solutions

available from 24VAC to 415VAC

Schneider Electric takes motor control seriously. A change in process

means Schneider Electric can now provide quality and reliability faster

than ever before.

The Schneider Electric Offer:


LC1K/LP1K (3 and 4 pole) 6-16A (2.2-7.5kW)

LC1D (3 and 4 pole) 9-150A (4-75kW)

LC1F (3 pole) 115-800A (59-450kW)






24VAC, 110VAC, 240VAC, 415VAC


24VAC, 48VAC, 110VAC, 240VAC, 415VAC

24VDC (Standard and Low Consumption)

24VAC (only up to 330A), 110VAC, 240VAC,

240VAC, 415VAC


Improved delivery, reduced downtime:

A newly implemented programme means that

Schneider Electric New Zealand can now provide

customers with quicker delivery of non-common contactors.

For example, before this implementation it could take 3-5

weeks delivery for a 4 pole 48VAC contactor. Today, that

delivery has reduced to under a week.

Reduce your downtime and ensure a better continuity of

service with the latest reliable, fast and effective motor

control solution from Schneider Electric New Zealand.

For more information please contact Customer Care on 0800 652 999

Schneider Electric News December 2012 17

New Products

Magelis HMI go mobile!

With the latest version of Vijeo Designer, users

can remotely connect to a Magelis HMI using a

tablet or smartphone.

The user can remotely view, and control the

machine from anywhere. The applications are

created in Vijeo Designer and then can be

downloaded from the Apple Appstore or Google


There are two different ways of viewing data from

your machine:

Numerical Data

> Mirror – Similar to the current Webgate offer,

the user can connect and view exactly the

same screen displayed on the HMI, ideal for

debugging, commissioning and maintaining the


> Mobile HMI – By using Vijeo Designer the user

creates a separate application with screens and

data to show key information, more suited to a

smartphone. The app is then downloaded from

the respective appstore. Mobile HMI is aimed

at production, monitoring and adjusting the


Support for Apple and Android,

operating systems


Graphical Data

Powerful design, trusted brand,

evolution at its best

New Range of IP66 Plugs & Connectors

32A, 40A & 50A

Tougher Plugs for a Safer Workplace

Schneider Electric’s new 56 Series size 2 plugs have undergone a design

upgrade. This new release brings the offer of “size 2”, 32A and above

plugs and connectors up to date with the rest of the 56 Series

range. Not only do they have the revolutionary MACTRO

cord clamp and cable seal system they too have snap-shut

bodies, an improved ergonomic shape, and a new bigger

lock ring making them easier to use.

56 Series

IP66 Plugs and Connectors

16A – 50A

Tougher Plugs for a

Safer Workplace

Features and Benefits

> Available in 32A, 40A and 50A options

> P66 rating

> MACTRO Technology – A revolutionary cord clamp

and cable seal system

> Small and large cable seals provided to suit a wide range of cable dimensions

> Snap-Shut Bodies – Screw-less assembly using a unique latching spring, allows for speed,

simplicity, strength and improved reliability

> Ergonomically Superior – New wider lock-ring, improved plug

shape is easier to operate and unscrew from sockets

> Clean lines minimise dirt build-up.

18 Schneider Electric News December 2012

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Schneider Electric News December 2012 19

Partner Profile

Systems Integrator Alliance

Dairy’s go-to guys

Ross Colville — CEO,

Macro Automation.

Andrew Schultz —

Engineering Manager,

Macro Automation.

In addition to the milk they process, the vast

majority of independent dairy facilities established

in New Zealand over the last five years have

one thing in common: they’ve used the same

company to design and install their automation

and control infrastructure.

Auckland’s Macro Automation has something

of a reputation as the “go-to guys” for greenfield

installations and major upgrades in the dairy

industry – a legacy that’s flourished with the

sector’s boom.

“We are food and beverage industry specialists

with a project-oriented focus,” says CEO Ross

Colville, “and we like to think that combination

offers something unique to an industry where

automation and control systems are critical to a

modern efficient production facility.”

Macro Automation is also one of Schneider

Electric’s Alliance and Integration Partners – a

relationship that has its roots in the establishment

of the company 21 years ago, when many of its

first dairy clients were using the early Modicon


Our growing involvement with the sector since

then, says engineering manager Andrew Schultz,

eventually led to it playing a significant role in the

development of a formal automation and control

standard* for application with the independent

players in New Zealand’s dairy industry.

Project oriented

One of Macro Automation’s defining

characteristics, says Andrew, is its projectorientation.

“Typical jobs are mainstream

installations or major modifications. We’re often

commissioned to review defunct systems, and

always adopt the same starting point: what’s the

client trying to achieve, and what equipment is

needed to meet that goal The answer shapes

the design of the new system.”

The company’s project-focus is reflected in its

staff profile – the team has a process focus

rather than pure automation focus. They employ

both automation and process engineers.

“Understanding how the process should be

run and designing it accordingly,” says Andrew,

“makes the automation engineers’ code-writing

job a lot easier. Approaching things the other way

round – with the automation engineers defining

the process, is always a tough job.”

With 28 full-time employees (26 are engineers)

Macro Automation is one of the country’s biggest

process control and automation specialists.

Reflecting the diversity of New Zealand

society, team members are from various ethnic

backgrounds, and all have come through the

New Zealand educational system.

Ross says the company has a young, vibrant feel,

and he likes to think the staff find it a fun place

to work. “They certainly get exposed to relatively

large projects with advanced technology and

sophisticated processes very quickly – so it offers

newcomers a great learning curve.”

He also believes the company has a responsibility

to nurture and advance New Zealand’s

automation and control industry. “We recruit

interns most years and put them through a

three-month training course. They are expected

to get up to speed as quickly as possible, and to

support that we embed them in individual teams

tackling specific projects. The formula seems to

work very well.”

Permanent employees are also eligible to

participate in the company’s shareholding

scheme.Some 65% of the company’s clients are

based in New Zealand – the rest are offshore,

mostly in Asia and North America.

Rapid advances in technology, he adds, make

the automation and control a very dynamic

industry. “PLCs have become much more

powerful, with far greater functionality, and the

HMI is more objected-oriented – the way of doing

things is changing quickly.

“To take advantage of the on-going evolution

you have to keep up. I believe the make-up of

our team – and the way we do things – fosters

innovation. Just like our clients, to succeed you

need to be agile and flexible – and embrace


20 Schneider Electric News December 2012

Schneider Electric Alliance

The Alliance program supports over 1800 Systems Integrators worldwide. Schneider Electric works closely

with the partners, offering extensive knowledge and support, ensuring that the customer has faster access to

the latest technology, solutions, expertise and knowledge base.

Partnership Benefits:

* “This standard, developed by a team comprising Schneider Electric, Macro Automation and Timaru-based

Industrial Controls (another of Schneider Electric’s Alliance and Integration Partners), offers an alternative to the

Independents, one that has been applied in all major dairy start-ups from 2005 – 2011”.

Andrew Schultz — Engineering Manager, Macro Automation.


Northland — The ACB to MCB tour

During September Schneider Electric staff Paul Borawski, Bruce Morrison and

Thomas Wephia were given the opportunity by Glen Jenkins to present to

Northland customers on a wide range of topics around distribution.

During September Schneider Electric staff Paul

Borawski, Bruce Morrison and Thomas Wephia

were given the opportunity by Glen Jenkins to

present to Northland customers on a wide range

of topics around distribution.

Topics included ACBs, MCCBs, MCBs, Earth

leakage, discrimination, cascading, standards

around domestic vs industrial, trip curves and

times among others.

Seminars were held in Whangarei, Kaitia and

Kerikeri. A wide range of customers attended,

from individual contractors, panelbuilders and

corporate customers. The two hour session

involved a presentation with lively discussions

throughout and subsequently. Customers also

had the opportunity to experiment with demo

boards and other equipment available on the day.

The feedback on the tour was extremely positive

and highlighted the fact that contractors find this

type of solution update very useful to their roles

in enabling them to keep up to date on the latest

developments and refresh on certain topics.


In September and October Schneider Electric attended the Home Shows

in New Zealand’s four biggest cities – Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton and


With an updated display showing latest

innovations Ecomind and Saturn OneTouch as

well as the established 800 Series Modena and

Strato ranges, Wiser Home Control, LexCom

Audio and energy management solutions

Schneider Electric’s full residential offer was


With over 100,000 visitors over 15 days, the

shows proved to be more popular than ever,

reflecting the current boom in the residential

renovation and build market.

Events Calendar

Rebuild and Renovate Home Show

— March 22–24 2013, CBS Canterbury Arena, Christchurch — Stand 44

Schneider Electric News December 2012 21

Global Update

Strategic partnership for a

complete automation and

instrumentation solution

Schneider Electric has announced a partnership with KROHNE, a world-leading

manufacturer and supplier of solutions in industrial process instrumentation,

to provide customers with a complete solution including Schneider

Electric’s PlantStruxure process automation architecture and KROHNE’s

instrumentation offer.

Schneider Electric’s open system architecture

and KROHNE’s customised instrumentation

offer allows for easy integration of the complete

solution, which enables customers to achieve

increased energy efficiency, productivity, and

process optimisation.

“We are building this partnership on the

shared values of search for simplicity, drive for

innovation and Voice of the Customer oriented

developments. I am confident that the partnership

of Schneider Electric’s global expertise in energy

management and process automation, coupled

with KROHNE’s world class expertise and

engineering capabilities on both standard and

customised Instrumentation solutions, will prove

to be a winning combination for our customers,”

says Cyril Perducat CTO of Schneider Electric

Industry Business.

Michael Dubbick, co-CEO of the KROHNE Group,


“The collaboration agreement with Schneider

Electric is a strategic partnership of high

importance for KROHNE worldwide.”

We have already worked together on several

major projects in the past. Based on this

experience, we strongly believe that the combined

engineering experience of our two global

companies, together with the Schneider Electric

PlantStruxure system for plant automation and

energy management,

will become a real success story.

Schneider Electric’s PlantStruxure process

automation architecture helps customers achieve

energy and productivity improvement objectives

by creating a single environment to measure

energy use, process data, asset utilisation and

machine performance. To achieve this, KROHNE

delivers matching and integrated measurement

solutions for flow, level, pressure and temperature

measurements as well as analytical tasks,

providing the necessary information to monitor

and optimise plant processes that involve liquid,

gaseous or solid mediums.


KROHNE is a full-service provider for process measuring technology for the measurement

of flow, mass flow, level, pressure and temperature as well as analytical tasks. Founded in

1921 and headquartered in Duisburg, Germany, the company employs over 2,700 people all

over the world and is present on all continents. KROHNE stands for innovation and maximum

product quality and is one of the market leaders in industrial process measuring technology.

22 Schneider Electric News December 2012

Local update

Wiser Home Pre-programmed pack

The Wiser pre-programmed pack offers an easy to use, lighting control system

for a typical New Zealand home with set functions already programmed,

including an ‘All Off’ Function to maximise energy savings.

Designed to be simple enough for an electrician

to install, and the home owner to operate.

With the Wiser pre-programmed pack the Home

Owner will have the power to set their own scenes

at the touch of a button!

Included in the pack

> 3x Saturn Double switches in Pure White

> 3x Saturn single switch in Pure White

> 1x Saturn 5 Key Input DLT in Pure White

> 1x C-Bus 4 Channel Relay 10 Amp

> 1x C-Bus Universal Dimmer 2.5 Amp with

power supply

> 1 x Surge Filter Domae Din Mount

> 30m C-Bus cable.






Relay Controlled Dimmed Circuits C-Bus Wired


Contact your local sales representative today to find out more about the

Wiser Home Pre-programmed pack.

Unitec wins 2012 Sustainable Business Trailblazer

Not for Profit Award for Northern Region

Unitec has been announced as the Northern Region winner of the 2012

Sustainable Business Trailblazer Not for Profit Award at the NZI National

Sustainable Business Network Awards 2012.

With an entry covering sustainability initiatives

across travel, waste, energy and building

among others, Unitec has made an outstanding

commitment to being sustainable.

As global specialists in energy management

Schneider Electric were happy to assist

Unitec with this project with support and

service including a Schneider Electric building

management system going into one of the

buildings, meters installed to help monitor and

control energy use as well as assistance in

developing an energy policy.

Congratulations Unitec on your achievement!

Schneider Electric News December 2012 23

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