IDEAL Industries, Sycamore, Ill, introduces The Voltage Performance Monitor (VPM), which identifies voltage events and harmonics that can cause IT equipment damage or failures.

According to the company, the VPM tells the user if problematic voltage events on the circuit are occurring and logs the time, duration, and severity of the event. It also lets users verify the need for a UPS installation or a surge-protective device.

Because the VPM plugs directly into a circuit at the point of equipment connection, it will "see" exactly what the equipment sees. Logging only those events that exceed designed tolerances, including voltage sags, swells, impulses and excessive Total Harmonic Distortion, the VPM determines if equipment failure is related to a specific voltage event. Time and severity of events are displayed on its OLCD screen that inverts when it is necessary to plug in upside down. Up to 512 events can be stored in the unit’s internal memory for review by category or chronological order.

The VPM comes preloaded with tolerance settings based on 15 internationally recognized standards, including ITIC, CBEMA, SEMI, and ANSI. Users simply select the appropriate standard for the application and the VPM logs those events while ignoring the rest. Technicians can also set their own custom thresholds to meet specific needs.

The VPM works on all 100- to 240-volt single-phase circuits and ships with four international plug adapters for use in the United States, United Kingdom, China/Australia, and Continental Europe. It is CAT III 300V. Also included in the package are a carrying case, a quick reference guide, and an instructional DVD.