ImpulseCheck wins the
GIT Security Award 2020
With our assistance system for surge protection ImpulseCheck, we have won the GIT Security Award 2020 in Category A. Dr. Martin Wetter, Business Unit Manager Surge Protection TRABTECH, received the award at the ceremony at the SPS trade fair in Nuremberg.
With the intelligent assistance system, the state-of-health, like the current status of the surge protection, can be called up online at any time. In addition to monitoring the surge protection devices, ImpulseCheck also offers a simple and comprehensive analysis of the system EMC. Possible disturbance variables are detected before there is a failure in the system. This makes it easier to plan service and maintenance operations.
Our thanks go to all readers, market participants and partners for their participation in the voting. We are pleased to have submitted ImpulseCheck, a product that really inspired the participants.
What ImpulseCheck offers
Keeping the pulse of your system
Status reports at the push of a button
Using digital added values and services
Have a look at real measurement results
As part of our product development program, surge protective devices are subjected to surge currents and transient overvoltages during testing. The testing systems in our laboratory are able to generate surge currents and surge voltages with different pulse shapes. An ImpulseCheck is installed on one of these test systems. This device provides data for our demo system.
Gain an overview of the user interface and functions of the ImpulseAnalytics application and test our demo system.
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Exploring new paths – ImpulseCheck
ImpulseCheck redefines the way surge protective devices and the system's EMC are monitored. Familiarize yourself with our assistance system for surge protection.
The early warning system for the control cabinet: ImpulseCheck
Interview on the assistance system for surge protection at the Hanover Fair with the product managers for ImpulseCheck and PROFICLOUD.
ImpulseCheck – Assistant system for surge protection
ImpulseCheck detects the load of your surge protective devices and the installation caused by transient overvoltages and surge currents. The animation briefly describes the assistance system for surge protection.
ImpulseCheck – Installation and Start-up
We accompanied the installation and start-up of an ImpulseCheck with the camera. The video clearly shows the necessary steps to integrate a ImpulseCheck into your system.
ImpulseCheck – Installation and Start-up
ImpulseCheck is the first assistance system for surge protection in the mains protection sector. In addition to the basic functionality, this video shows the steps required to integrate a ImpulseCheck into PROFICLOUD.
ImpulseAnalytics, the PROFICLOUD application for ImpulseCheck
ImpulseAnalytics is the application in PROFICLOUD that processes, analyzes and visualizes all ImpulseCheck data. This video gives you a deeper insight into the application. In addition, this video explains how communication between ImpulseCheck and PROFICLOUD is structured.
At home in your industry – Selected applications
ImpulseCheck is ideally suited for use in highly complex or difficult-to-access systems that in turn require a high degree of availability to avert the high costs associated with downtimes or avoid delaying critical operational processes.
Thanks to the PROFICLOUD connection, the state of health (SoH) of the protective devices and, thus, the status of the entire system, can be accessed any time, anywhere. Your benefit ─ Maintenance can be planned even more efficiently.
Here is a small selection of examples that lend themselves to the assistance system for surge protection.
ImpulseCheck in detail
Method of operation
Connection and communication
Configuration via web-based management
ImpulseAnalytics application in PROFICLOUD
Consistent security concept
High level of availability with maximum security
Intelligent assistance system for surge protection ─ ImpulseCheck
ImpulseCheck is the first assistance system for surge protection in the field of mains protection. The system consists of the IPCH-4X-PCL-TCP-24DC-UT pulse measuring device, a corresponding number of sensors and the ImpulseAnalytics application in PROFICLOUD.
In this section you will find a collection of frequently asked questions (FAQ), that have reached us since the launch of ImpulseCheck. If you prefer to download the full list of FAQs, please click here.
The measurement data is transmitted via an encrypted Internet connection in accordance with the TLS 1.2 standard. You can temporarily start a local web server for network settings on the device, such as static or dynamic IP (DHCP) or proxy configurations. In normal operation, the device does not disclose any open ports, which means maximum security. Any software updates necessary in the future will be made available automatically.
The measurement data is stored permanently in the PROFICLOUD in order to calculate long-term effects on the protective device and to identify systematic malfunctions in the system. Only anonymized data which, in accordance with GDPR, does not enable the identification of persons, is used for the continuous improvement of the aging algorithms and for general statistical purposes.
Yes. For the analysis of the system EMC, the sensors can, for example, be mounted on the feed-in lines of a system in order to detect transient overvoltages and surge currents there. With the appropriate expertise, this measurement data can be used to draw far-reaching conclusions regarding the system EMC.
No. The transient overvoltages are detected through capacitive measurement via the sensors mounted on the cables. The process is optimized for transient overvoltages. Flickers and harmonics are not within the detection frequency range. Other devices, such as the EMpro energy measuring devices, are suitable for measuring flickers and harmonics.
A key role of ImpulseCheck is determining the load on an SPD (surge protective device). This makes it possible to draw conclusions on its state of health (SoH).
The algorithms established for estimating the aging behavior can be continuously improved through empirical data. By permanently storing the measurement data in the PROFICLOUD, all users can benefit from this continuous improvement of the algorithms, even if ImpulseCheck has been installed for a number of years. As soon as an improved algorithm is available, this is integrated into the ImpulseAnalytics application. It is automatically applied to all previously available data. This makes the system absolutely future-proof, which would not be possible with a local platform not connected to the cloud.
The REST interface of the ImpulseAnalytics application enables all data to be called up and further processed at any time. Furthermore, there is a simple function available for exporting the entire measurement data for selected individual events for your own evaluations.
No. ImpulseCheck can be used with any SPD from any manufacturer. The measurement and representation of the load caused by transient overvoltages and surge currents does not depend on the type of SPD. However, statements on the state of health (SoH) and recommendations for the predictive replacement of the surge protection can only be made for surge protective devices from Phoenix Contact, because this requires detailed knowledge of the internal design and structure of the SPD.
The ImpulseAnalytics PROFICLOUD application is subject to continuous development and improvement. Your contact partner in sales will be happy to answer any enquiries regarding the interpretation of any outstanding events. However, it is not possible to guarantee the prompt and comprehensive processing of all enquiries.
No. It is not possible to determine the previous load of an older SPD. The highly nonlinear behavior of the components installed in SPDs means that a retroactive calculation based on current measurement data is not possible. Making a forecast of the aging based on the date of installation is also impossible, because aging is primarily caused by individual events – the frequency of which is unknown.
Each SPD to be monitored requires an ImpulseCheck device.
A volume discount is not currently provided as a standard. Please contact your partner in sales regarding this.
For connection to the PROFICLOUD, the device must be able to reach the configured DNS server or that assigned by the DHCP server. Furthermore, the device communicates with the domains www.proficloud.net and m2m.proficloud.net via port 443. It is also possible to use an HTTP proxy server with “basic” authentication.
The sensor of IPCH is designed for a measurement of the change of magnetic field which results from a change in current flow. Such measurements are shown as events in the surge current list. An additional function of the sensors in combination with the multi-layer PCB board in the IPCH module is a detection of transient overvoltages by capacitive coupling. This is a mere counting of events without quantitative information about the voltage spikes.
The transient overvoltages are counted in real time, but since thousands of transients can occur in a very short time, it is not possible to put a separate time stamp on each event. The total number of transients is transmitted approximately every minute.
The device also works if the connection is interrupted. Impulses are still measured and the device constantly tries to re-establish the connection to PROFICLOUD. The current measurement of the ImpulseCheck is continuously written to a buffer memory. In the event of a current impulse, a recording is triggered and then transmitted to the cloud. If there is no cloud connection, a limited number of impulses can be stored in the buffer memory until the connection to PROFICLOUD is re-established. The number of stored impulses depends on the respective duration, as this determines the required amount of data. Please note that the ImpulseCheck cannot set a correct time stamp if the cloud connection is lost.
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