PowerDB Pro is a licensed software product that includes a relational database with formatted test forms for data entry and reporting. Over 300 test forms are included in the standard forms library, and the capability to customize existing forms or to create new forms for specific needs is built into the application. Forms are used for both data entry and reporting. Data is entered or gathered by remote users in "field" databases and then merged into a central “master” database for access by all users. A report generator simplifies the process of producing a formal report that includes a cover page and letter, table of contents, and condensed summary sections.
Data can be imported from various sources, acquired directly from test instruments, or entered manually. Maintenance reports can be easily generated for scheduling, for highlighting overdue tasks, or for satisfying compliance audits.
Assets are efficiently organized in the database and can be searched for by their location, serial number or asset ID number. Querying and trending of data over time provides a user with analysis tools to help in evaluating the condition of equipment.
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PowerDB Lite is a free version of PowerDB intended solely for use with Megger test instruments. Lite is bundled with many Megger products that have a communications port or onboard memory storage.
Features of PowerDB Lite include:
- Windows-based PC software, works under Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10.
- Contains a collection of test forms with built-in interfaces for Megger instruments
- Files can be opened in PowerDB Advanced or imported into PowerDB Pro
- Includes relay/breaker/recloser curves for timing tests on specific test forms
- Completed results are stored in discrete files on your PC
- Associates test results with historical results
PowerDB Lite does not include interfaces for non-Megger test equipment, nor does it allow manual entry on its test forms other than for entering equipment nameplate information, test parameters and settings.
Test forms are the backbone of the PowerDB application, and they serve as the user interface for data entry and reporting. Each copy (license) of PowerDB Pro includes the capability of editing any form in the standard PowerDB forms library, or creating any type of unique data entry form for your specific application.
Some PowerDB users may have knowledge of how to create/customize test forms. PowerDB offers training courses that cover form design for various levels of interest and experience.
PowerDB also offers a service for creating custom test forms based on your requirements. Just provide a template in any format (MS Excel or Word, or even hand-written) and we can duplicate it for you in PowerDB Pro. If the form does not need to be proprietary, and it has value for our other users, we may add it to our forms library.
Contact PowerDB support for details and pricing.
PowerDB has upgraded its data hosting service to provide a high level of security and backup protection. Data hosting is a service that has been offered by PowerDB for several years to all users of PowerDB Pro software.
There are several reasons why a user of PowerDB software might decide to subscribe to PowerDB’s data hosting services:
1. Reduce the computer hardware requirements for storing data – All test results and maintenance data captured into PowerDB are stored in a single master database file. Typically a secure network is used to store the database file and provide avenues for connection and synchronizing new results into the master database. PowerDB will provide the network and computer storage space necessary for a user’s database and all backups.
2. Eliminate the cost of upgrading to SQL Server – Depending on the amount of testing performed and other content that can be brought into the database (external documents, images, etc.) a master database may eventually become large. The maximum size of a SQL Server database can be millions of times larger than the standard Microsoft Access database, which has a maximum size of 2 gigabytes. PowerDB maintains the user’s data in a SQL Server database.
3. Minimize the level of internal IT network support – Computer hardware and SQL Server can occasionally require professional attention for both maintenance and updating. Having this expertise on staff can be costly. PowerDB has an abundance of expertise on staff to maintain its onsite hardware and software at the highest level.
4. No worrying about having adequate data backups – Frequent backups are necessary to prevent the loss of valuable data due to hardware failure or other problems. Having someone making consistent and secure backups can be a challenge depending on availability of staff due to vacations, sickness or turnover. PowerDB makes automated backups of all SQL Server databases.
5. Eliminate the cost of one PowerDB license – The PowerDB synchronization server is used for remote connection of field users to the master database when uploading their results over the Internet. A license for one copy of PowerDB must be set aside for running the sync server on the user’s network. PowerDB supplies the sync server for all hosted databases.
Databases hosted by PowerDB are now located on servers at a secure data center located in Bryan, Texas, with a redundant system located 200 miles away in the unlikely event of a local disaster. The data center provides two stages of backup power (UPS and diesel generation) to insure a high level of uptime. Internet communication to the data center is through multiple carriers and multiple fiber circuits giving PowerDB users reliable access for synchronization to their master database.
Backups of all SQL Server databases at the datacenter are made each night, along with transaction log backups which are made every 30 minutes. All backups are automatically transferred from the datacenter in Bryan to the remote backup system via secure link. In the event of a complete data loss on the primary system, data will be restored to the state at the last transaction log backup.
A major advantage of having PowerDB manage a user’s database is the quick access that PowerDB personnel will have to the database. This will allow for a fast response whenever a user reports a problem related to communication, data or test forms.
The PowerDB server for hosted databases undergoes routine maintenance every fourth Sunday of the month between the hours of 6pm and midnight.
PowerDB can be integrated with many CMMS systems, including SAP and Maximo. Integrations may be customized based on the requirements of a business, but typically include:
- Customer/address information feeding into PowerDB automatically
- Job or Work Order creation in CMMS automatically creating a Job in PowerDB
- Results of testing or maintenance feeding back into a CMMS automatically
- Viewing of test results on a web page
PowerDB, Inc. is an IBM Business Partner so that we can better serve the needs of businesses utilizing both PowerDB and IBM Tivoli's Maximo Asset Management software.