Jun 16, 2011

Power Analytics Unveils "Throw the Switch" Incentives Plan for Power Systems Designers to Upgrade to Paladin DesignBase Modeling Software

Power Analytics Corporation has announced a three-point incentives program called “Throw the Switch,” to motivate power systems engineers to switch from the modeling platform they are currently using, over to the newly-released Paladin® DesignBase™ 4.0 platform.

Paladin DesignBase is an advanced, 40+ program software platform for the design, analysis, and optimization of complex electrical power infrastructure. Used throughout the design phase, it ensures that a power systems model is “perfect on paper” before the construction phase begins; afterwards, the design model is used as the benchmark to ensure that the finished facility operates precisely as designed. Paladin DesignBase models serve as the technological foundation for some of the world’s most demanding facilities, including multitrillion-dollar financial data centers, air traffic control installations, offshore oil platforms, medical facilities, and other sites with mission-critical requirements.

The incentives announced under the “Throw the Switch” program include:

1. Software “trade-In” pricing: For a limited time, Power Analytics is offering qualified users of competing power systems modelers the one-time ability to switch to Paladin DesignBase 4.0 for the same price they would otherwise pay in annual maintenance for their existing software. Because annual maintenance is typically 10-20% of the initial price of software, power systems designers could, as an example, upgrade to a basic package of Paladin DesignBase – typically costing $2995 – for less than $1000.

2. Half-price model conversion: Power Analytics is offering new customers under the “Throw the Switch,” program a 50% discount on model conversion services, cost-effectively getting them a new, up-to-date model of their facility that can serve as the technological foundation for live, real-time diagnostics.

3. Free, discounted training: For each license purchased, “Throw the Switch,” customers will receive a free seat in the Company’s “Power Systems Modeling Essentials” course, and a 50% discount for each additional seat; tuition is normally $1600 per student. The course is a three-day, hands-on workshop that teaches users how to build a power systems model, as well as perform studies for power flow, short circuit, protective device coordination, arc flash, and other engineering tasks… and qualifies for IEEE Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Customer sites with more than 10 users should contact Power Analytics for a tailored, on-site training course on the customer’s site.

“Even before today’s announcement, Power Analytics believed that Paladin DesignBase offered a range of features and functions that out-performed other products in its class – including being the only platform whose models could be re-deployed in live, on-line operations and diagnosed remotely – at a price point far less than competing systems,” said Jim Neumann, Vice President of Marketing for Power Analytics Corporation. “With these incentives in place, it would be hard to justify sticking with your old stand-by modeler now that something this powerful – and this cost-effective – is available.”

Some terms and conditions apply to these offers, and prospective users will be asked to provide proof of their annual maintenance agreements. Users of other software platforms should visit www.PowerAnalytics.com/switch to request more details on this limited-time offer.

Pricing and Availability
Paladin DesignBase 4.0 is available immediately, and a free, 14-day trial is downloadable at www.PowerAnalytics.com/designbase; a detailed video demonstration of the software can be viewed at www.PowerAnalytics.com/demos. On average, Paladin DesignBase is priced significantly lower than comparably-configured competitive offerings; prices starting at $2995 for the base package, which includes the core modeling environment, bundled with programs for arc flash, short circuit, and power flow protective device coordination (PDC). Power Analytics also offers customers the widest range of pricing and licensing terms, including provisions for project-based pricing and leasing options.