Powell Industries, Inc. announced the completion of an Asset Purchase Agreement with ThermaBrite Technologies Inc. of Vancouver, British Columbia. With this agreement, Powell acquires the patent-pending technology for real-time optical fiber based thermal sensors that have application for monitoring of hot spots in electrical power equipment systems. These hot spots typically develop at bus joints and other power connection points and can eventually cause failures, such as insulation breakdown and arc-flash.
The sensors, placed at critical points inside the equipment, relay data via fiber-optic cable to provide greater safety and a more secure signal. The data from the sensors is processed by a sophisticated proprietary controller and is then available to the customer for monitoring and analysis through communications systems, including Powell’s PowlSmart system.