Aurtra’s three founders started the business in 2017 after recognising the significant industry problem of aging transformer infrastructure and the lack of tools available to forecast useful life. The Aurtra technology was based upon a foundation of world’s best practice research from The University of Queensland, following a decade of transformer research between academia and Australian Utilities. After further research and product design incorporating the latest IOT and cloud technologies, the first systems were trialled at problematic Energy Queensland sites. These successful trials led to full commercial release of the Aurtra solution late 2017. There are now installations in more than two thirds of Australian distribution Utilities, and is a global business with customers in Europe, Asia and North America.
In January 2022, Schneider Electric acquired Aurtra to advance service innovation in the electrical distribution value chain. The Aurtra HealthSense product is being rebranded EcoStruxure Transformer Expert. All references to Aurtra and HealthSense refer to the same product.
What is the EcoStruxure Transformer Expert technology and how does it work?
The EcoStruxure Transformer Expert solution comprises a multi-function intelligent IOT sensor, automated communications, cloud-based patented algorithms and the online EcoStruxure Transformer Expert dashboard to deliver expert systems advice to users.
How has EcoStruxure Transformer Expert solved a problem in the energy industry?
EcoStruxure Transformer Expert enables users to assess, track and forecast transformer insulation state and life left. This automated analysis and reporting has delivered improved data-driven decision-making for asset owners, to optimise transformer fleet management and capital expenditure for replacement programs.