As many energy companies seek to reduce their footprint on the environment, more efficient power and energy generation is becoming a critical issue. In the power generation and distribution market, maintenance-free backup systems and IEC 61850-based power transmission & distribution systems improve energy generation and distribution efficiency. Power substations are subsidiaries of electricity generation systems where voltage is transformed from high to low or reversed using transformers. Nowadays, multiple protocols, including many proprietary protocols with custom communication links exist for substation automation and interoperation with devices from different vendors would be a huge advantage to users of substation automation devices.
The IEC 61850 international standard for substation automation systems defines the communication protocols between devices in substations and related systems and as such any equipment needs to be compliant with this standard. In the next-generation IEC-61850 certified power substation systems, communication gateways and managed switches play an important role. Abstract data models, defined in IEC 61850, can be mapped to a number of protocols and there are many proprietary devices and networks which are defined in such a way as to link all proprietary devices together.
APAX-5000 series controllers with Intel®, Atom™ and Celeron® M grade CPUs provides various peripheral interface such as LAN, USB, DVI, audio, RS-232, RS-422/485, etc.
AutomationX is an Austrian based automation solution providers in the industry, infrastructure, and energy fields. They designed Power and Energy Modules for a substation customer using their PLC programming tool and Advantech's acclaimed APAX-5000 series Programmable Automation Controllers (PLC), as well as UNO series.
Advantech was chosen by AutomationX for their wide product portfolio, and because the harsh working environments in power substations require that equipment has to meet robust design specifications, such as wide temperature range, isolation I/O, dual power input, vibration & shock protection and rackmount installation.
The APAX-5000 series integrates control, information processing and networking in a single platform. By leveraging the latest automation technology, AutomationX and the APAX-5000 series PAC system created a more reliable, scalable and flexible substation control and automation application.
Advantech and AutomationX jointly developed a control solution that served a Power & Energy customer in power distribution with a very successful process control solution. Among the benefits provided were:
IEC 61850 and IEC-870-5-10x certifications which is a standard for the design of electrical substation automation
Lifetime support which is critical point for Power & Energy industries
A single software tool that allows customers to engineer and visualize everything across multiple domains
Modern data transmission technology and consistent interface between operator and unit
Complete end-to-end solutions for the customer