Clamp-On Meters

The AEMC Clamp-on Meter Models 401, 403, 601 and 603 provide a new standard for safety and measurement capability. With a safety rating of 1,000-V CAT IV, these meters are safe to operate at the source of the buildings electrical supply. In addition to the standard measurement of volts, amps, frequency, resistance and continuity, these meters offer several unparalleled features:

  • Measures TRMS voltage and current:

    401 — 1,000 Vac/dc; 1,000 Aac

    403 — 1,000 Vac/dc; 1,000 Aac/1,500 Adc

    601 — 1,000 Vac/dc; 2,000 Aac

    603 — 1,000 Vac/dc; 2,000 Aac/3,000 Adc

  • Unlike other instruments that only measure inrush when the installation is first powered up, these clamp-on meters measure all types of inrush, even those due to load increases on an installation that is already up and running. Both Peak and RMS inrush values are captured at a 1-ms sample rate and 100-ms duration windows.

  • Measures temperature in °F or °C using a supplied K-type thermocouple.

  • Measures frequency to 20 kHz.

Add to this an IP54 environmental rating and you have a meter focused on user safety and measurement performance.

AEMC | aemc.com

Specification Guide

Thomas & Betts' Product Specification Guide, a compilation of various specifications that govern the selection, use and specification of T&B products, is now available online at www.tnb.com/productspecguide. These product guide specifications aid specifying engineers in their selection of electrical products.

Similar to the print and compact disc versions, the online Product Specification Guide is organized by product category but adds the extra functionality of being searchable by brand. Each product category offers a set of specifications that can be downloaded from the site in Microsoft Word format, which enables the specifying engineer to copy and paste information to other documents.

Specifications include those from Underwriters Laboratories, the Canadian Standard Association, the National Fire Protection Association and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association as well as U.S. federal government and U.S. military specifications, among others.

Thomas & Betts | www.tnb.com

Hot Line Tools

Terex Utilities now offers a broad range of tools and solutions for work on energized power lines to electrical industry, electric cooperative and municipal utility customers in North America. Terex hot line tools are specifically designed for use by linemen, electricians and workers in the construction and maintenance of live power lines up to 800 kV.

Terex hot line tools help electrical generation, transmission and distribution customers reduce the risk of working with live power lines and the cost associated with shutting down electrical networks for maintenance services. The Terex line of hot line equipment includes all the necessary tools as well as personal and collective protection equipment for different hot line working methods for applications involving electrical systems, including hot stick and bare hand methods.

In addition to selling these specialty tools and solutions separately, Terex also offers customers the ability to custom-fit their Terex utility trucks with the hot line equipment electric crews need the most.

Terex Utilities | www.terexutilities.com

ANSI Protection and Control Applications

With the addition of a new form factor to support efficient replacement of legacy ANSI microprocessor protection relays, ABB announces the completion of the ANSI Relion 650 series portfolio.

The Relion product family offers a wide range of products for the protection, control, measurement and supervision of power systems for IEC and ANSI applications. To ensure interoperable and future-proof solutions, Relion products have been designed to implement the core values of the IEC 61850 standard.

The 650 series IEDs provide optimum off-the-shelf, ready-to-use solutions equipped and configured with complete protection functionality and default parameters to meet the needs of a wide range of applications within transmission and subtransmission. The 650 series IEDs include support for user-defined names in the local language for signal and function engineering; minimized parameter setting based on default values and ABB's new global base value concept; GOOSE messaging for horizontal communication; extended HMI functionality with 15 dynamic three-color-indication LEDs per page, on up to three pages, and configurable push-button shortcuts for different actions; programmable LED text-based labels; and settable 1A/5A-rated current inputs.

ABB | www.abb.com

Battery-Operated Cable Bender

Huskie Tools introduces the SL-CB battery-powered cable bender. The SL-CB uses the pull-pin design, allowing technicians to change jaws from compression to cutting to cable bending. The SL-CB has several different settings, so the tool can be used on either secondary or primary conductor in a variety of sizes. Featuring a low profile, the SL-CB can be used in a variety of close-quarter environments, such as underground vaults, meter bases and substation applications, and wherever cable bending is required.

Huskie Tools | www.huskietools.com

Electronic Voltage Detectors

HDE's TAG voltage detectors are direct-contact voltage detectors for detecting distribution and transmission voltages. They test for the presence of voltage to help ensure the safety of line personnel.

  • TAG-200 is a single-range distribution voltage detector with typical ranges of 4 kV to 12 kV, or 12 kV to 35 kV.

  • TAG-200MR is a dual-range distribution voltage detector with typical ranges of 4 kV to 12 kV, or 12 kV to 35 kV.

  • TAG-330 is a single-range transmission voltage detector with typical ranges of 69 kV to 230 kV, or 138 kV to 500 kV.

When in direct contact with an energized conductor, the TAG emits an audible and visual alarm to clearly warn the user if the conductor is energized. All TAG voltage detectors can be used in overhead and underground applications with the appropriate probes. They have no on/off or range selector switches (always on), and feature an All-Check self-test system and built-in universal spline. Optional bushing probes for use in underground applications are available.

HD Electric Co. | www.hdelectriccompany.com

Network Management Software

The latest version of Ambient Corp.'s network management system, AmbientNMS, is a purpose-built suite of integrated software applications for real-time fault, performance analysis and reporting of characteristics of the medium- and low-voltage grid infrastructure.

This latest version of AmbientNMS features new tools for interpreting, arranging and sharing data, allowing the utility to create preselected users or groups with the ability to create an experience custom-tailored to that individual's role, tasks and priorities:

  • Auto-discover devices without user input/intervention

  • Enhanced customizable lists and maps may be viewed at various levels such as state, city and street level, down to a single device's information

  • Maps may be organized geographically or with electrical substation and circuit topology imposed on them

  • Retrieve and present real-time data such as energy use

  • Create reoccurring reports from regularly collected data

  • Control and share desired data-based metrics and users

  • Configurable events and alarms based on user-defined thresholds to discern the urgent and important information amid the vast quantity of available data

  • Enriched charting and export functions for subsequent further analysis

  • Forward events such as outage notifications to (user-defined) third-party applications.

The primary function of the AmbientNMS is to provide an extensible system for managing the communications network between grid devices and the existing back-office systems. The NMS can monitor and manage tasks, run discovery and status checks, query devices, and store and relay information and instructions between the NMS and the Ambient Smart Grid Nodes. It distributes software upgrades to the nodes and manages other downstream devices conforming to existing standards.

In addition, the Ambient Smart Grid Platform facilitates multiple applications in parallel, including, but not limited to, multiservice smart metering, outage detection and restoration management, power quality monitoring and distribution automation (for legacy and new) infrastructure assets. The AmbientNMS automates the collection and reporting of data from hosted applications; both Ambient's own and third parties' and can be integrated into other utility operational systems.

Ambient | www.ambientcorp.com

IP SCADA for IsatData Pro

SkyWave Mobile Communications created the IP SCADA service to work with its IDP series terminals designed for low power, reliability and ease of installation.

IP SCADA allows SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) managers to connect and communicate with remote isolated sites — where leased lines, GSM, RF or satellite backhaul communications are unavailable, unreliable and cost prohibitive — seamlessly over satellite using an IP connection, and without any special knowledge or handling of proprietary satellite protocols.

IP SCADA offers many advantages:

  • l Plug and play: Provides IP-based connection to existing virtual private networks already implemented for existing infrastructure.

  • Infrastructure: No need for capital investment in RF infrastructure for private radio networks.

  • Coverage: With uniform and global satellite coverage, any site around the globe can use IP SCADA. No need to worry about cellular coverage, RF repeaters or quality of service.

  • Low power consumption: IsatData Pro terminals have power consumption for unsolicited exception messages that average less than half a watt of power, eliminating the need to invest in large solar panels at unpowered sites.

  • Low total cost of ownership: IsatData Pro terminal and airtime packages are a lower-cost SCADA option when compared to similar market solutions. As well, the compact omnidirectional antenna reduces average install time, errors and cost by avoiding a satellite pointing procedure.

  • Safety and environmental protection: IsatData Pro terminals have IP67 rating and can be installed outside without additional protective coverings.

  • Temperature range: Designed for operation across broad temperature ranges, IsatData Pro terminals can operate in extreme environments.

  • Programmable terminals: With intelligent control and Modbus, IsatData Pro terminals with the IP SCADA service can be used as RTU replacements for sites that monitor analog or digital sensors or connect directly to existing RTUs.

SkyWave Mobile Communications www.skywave.com

Real-Time Simulators

OPAL-RT's ePOWERgrid real-time simulator family offers an unsurpassed level of scalability to design, simulate and test new control and protection equipment used for distributed energy systems and micro grids as well as very large interconnected power grids.

The capability of ePOWERgrid products to simulate everything from fast electromagnetic phenomenon to the transient stability of large power systems offers power system engineers and scientists many capabilities:

  • Design, test and demonstrate new concepts of local and wide area control or protection systems to improve the efficiency, performance and security of interconnected power grids and minimize the risk of cascaded faults that could lead to major load shedding and system blackouts.

  • Develop and demonstrate new power electronic converter solutions for the future transmission and distribution of AC/DC grids required for renewable energy sources, such as in-land and off-shore wind and photovoltaic farms.

  • Improve system reliability by testing new control and protection system equipment connected directly to the simulators (HIL3 tests) before their installation in the field.

  • Improve system security and performance by enabling high-fidelity simulation of proposed FACTS and interstate HVDC transmission systems interconnecting very large power grids. Such complex interconnected systems can be tested under any type of operating conditions and system contingencies using ePOWERgrid simulators.

  • Implement advanced and realistic transmission and distribution system operator training simulators, capable of reproducing the dynamic behavior of large and complex power grids

The ePOWERgrid product family comprises four main simulator modules: ePHASORsim, HYPERsim, eMEGAsim and eFPGAsim.

OPAL-RT Technologies Inc.
www.opal-rt.com

High-Current Switchgear

Phoenix Electric Corp. offers custom-made high-current switchgear for utility and industrial markets. These fixed-mount designs can be configured for indoor or outdoor use.

All Phoenix Electric switchgear is custom designed and built to meet the user's specific needs. Switchgear can be designed to match existing equipment on site, to meet highly specialized or unusual needs, or to take advantage of the latest technological advances.

Phoenix offers project support from design through final commissioning. Before designing the switchgear, the experienced Phoenix engineering team conducts a thorough assessment of the facility's pertinent electrical and mechanical requirements. Regardless of the application, Phoenix engineers can provide design assistance, or design single or multiple units from scratch. All units are factory-tested.

Phoenix Electric Corp. | www.pec-usa.biz

IEEE 3000 Standards Collection

IEEE has released the IEEE 3000 Standards Collection for Industrial & Commercial Power Systems, which sets guidelines and establishes standards for virtually every aspect of the power generation process. The new standards collection will update and eventually replace the venerable IEEE Color Books, on which the industry has long relied, and make it easier for power engineers to find the most up-to-date best practices and solutions for virtually any power system venue or application.

Power engineers have used the IEEE Color Books for decades to find recommendations and practical guidelines for every aspect of the design, installation, maintenance and operation of industrial and commercial power systems. Over the years, however, as the scope and content volume of the IEEE Color Books has grown, it has become difficult to update and revise them fast enough to keep pace with rapidly evolving technologies.

The IEEE 3000 Standards Collection provides a fresh approach, splitting up the 13 Color Books into smaller, more narrowly focused technical standards. Each standard within the collection is made up of a large number of “dot” standards (approximately 70 in all), which focus on a specific technical topic. For example, “IEEE 3001 Standards: Power Systems Design” will be made up of a number of individual dot standards, each of which will provide recommended practices for a specific power system design topic, such as evaluating service requirements and applying power distribution apparatus, instrumentation and metering. These standards will be shorter and more narrowly focused, therefore, the revision, balloting and approval process will be more timely and efficient. And with the ability to locate and access any dot standard online, power engineers will be able to zero in on the relevant information they need more quickly.

IEEE has published the first three of these dot standards:

  • IEEE 3007.1: Recommended Practice for the Operation and Management of Industrial and Commercial Power Systems

  • IEEE 3007.2: Recommended Practice for the Maintenance of Industrial and Commercial Power Systems

  • IEEE 3007.3: Recommended Practice for Electrical Safety in Industrial and Commercial Power Systems.

The IEEE 3000 Standards Collection will continue to be published over the next several years. The collection will include an introductory standard (IEEE 3000 Standard: Fundamentals), which will provide a framework for all subsequent dot standards. It will offer a generalized overview of power system design, installation, operation and maintenance, with references to the dot standards that provide more detailed information on specific applications and environments.

IEEE Standards Collection | standards.ieee.org