Major new order for utility service control switch placed


David G. Hart,
Senior Vice President
of Products & Quality,
Farmingdale, NJ, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — February 29, 2008 – Dialight BLP reports that Elster Electricity, based in Raleigh, NC, has placed a new order for 200,000 of its PowerPulse™ 200-amp disconnect/reconnect load switch for use in their REX2® smart electric meters.

Elster selected the PowerPulse 200-amp switch because of its robust design and proven field experience. The PowerPulse switch design allows for over 50,000 mechanical operations and places the switch fully in an open or closed state. Elster has shipped over 150,000 AMI meters with full service control switches to customers who are actively operating the function. The service control feature gives utilities the ability to remotely disconnect and reconnect electric service to consumers, also enabling tokenless prepayment and demand-limiting capability.

"Customer demand for our smart meters with an integrated service control switch is just one of the reasons Elster has the largest deployment of two-way mesh AMI applications in the world,” said David G. Hart, Elster’s senior vice president of products and quality. “We currently have 150,000 smart disconnect meters working at various utilities, and based on current demand have just ordered 200,000 more control switches from our supplier, Dialight BLP."