The Newsletter of
Switching on: Innovative solutions for the home
IN THIS ISSUE
> 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
Global Update 22
Local Update 23
A message from Schneider Electric New Zealand Country President...
Ray Dunn – Schneider Electric New Zealand
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
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
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.
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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
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.
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;
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.
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Schneider Electric News December 2012 5
Target Sustainability – the energy
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
being a world
leader in energy
Plant General Manager,
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.
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
> Reviewing all heat pump timers to ensure settings
> 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.
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.)
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
> 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 www.targetsustainability.co.nz
> 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
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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.”
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.”
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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.
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“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
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
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.
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Hybrid var compensation system
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
dollars in savings.”
Site Electrical Manager,
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
“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.”
Davies knew what sort of power factor correction
replacement he was looking for and approached
Schneider Electric. The solution is a hybrid
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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
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
Low Voltage Power Compensation
Pukepine Sawmills Ltd., Tauranga,
Hybrid VAR Compensation System
> Accusine PCS
> Varset power factor correction units
Schneider Electric News December 2012 11
Collaboration key to
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
it couldn’t have
Committed to the Canterbury region and its
70 staff, B&D looked for suitable premises in
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.
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
“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
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.
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“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
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
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
Loaf Handcrafted Breads
Bakery saves dough with annual electricity bill reduced by
29% through better tariffs
“What a fantastic
result! All those
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
to anyone looking
to reduce their
Director and Founder,
Loaf Handcrafted Breads
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
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
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.
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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
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.
> Display instant electricity usage in dollars,
kilowatts and carbon tonnes
> Monitor hourly, daily, weekly, monthly and
> 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.
> 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.
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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
It is not always practical or economic to repair
Variable Speed Drives in the field.
(NZ) have in
excess of a
million dollars of
to support our
Lee Barrett, Workshop
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
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
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.
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.
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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,
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
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
> 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,
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.
IP66 Plugs and Connectors
16A – 50A
Tougher Plugs for a
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.
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Systems Integrator Alliance
Dairy’s go-to guys
Ross Colville — CEO,
Andrew Schultz —
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
“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.
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
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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.
* “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.
Rebuild and Renovate Home Show
— March 22–24 2013, CBS Canterbury Arena, Christchurch — Stand 44
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Strategic partnership for a
complete automation and
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
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
“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
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
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.
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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
> 1 x Surge Filter Domae Din Mount
> 30m C-Bus cable.
BED 2 BED 3
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!
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