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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Reduce outage time and maintenance costs with ABB’s cutouts with kick-out springs!



Under low fault current interruptions, cutouts generally fall open when a fuse is blown, indicating the location of an operated fuse. A cutout may not always fall open, however, requiring line workers to spend valuable time identifying the location of the blown fuse. This inefficient use of resources prolongs the durati­on of service outage and ties up critical work force time, leading to higher labor and maintenance costs. To help avoid this challenge, ABB offers kick-out springs on Type ICX cutouts. The kick-out spring is an open-assist feature that forces the fuse door to open each time the fuse operates. No longer will line workers waste valuable time searching for an open cutout only to find the cutout with the blown fuse did not fall open.

Kick-out springs are available on all 100 A and 200 A ICX “interchangeab­le” styles. ABB fuse tubes with kick-out springs will also fit and operate in competitors’ interchangeable style fuse supports/cutouts bodies. For more information, click here or contact the factory at +1-252-827-3212.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

New Video: ADVAC advanced design vacuum circuit breaker

Interested in reducing O&M costs? The ADVAC spring actuated breaker features a modular, quick change coil and charge motor design and easy to maintain EL-mechanism. Learn more in the video below.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

New Video: AMVAC ANSI vacuum magnetic circuit breaker

Indoor magnetic actuation, a maintenance-free mechanism, a plug and play control board, and a standard 5-year warranty? Learn more about the AMVAC and how it makes for the lowest O&M costs in the industry.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

New Video: SafeGear ANSI-IEEE arc resistant switchgear

Interested in arc-resistant technology, increased safety, and reduced O&M costs? Watch our new video on SafeGear switchgear.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

2014 Protective Relay School webinar calendar released


ABB Distribution Automation in North America has released the schedule for its Spring – Winter 2014 Protective Relay School webinar series. 

Following in the tradition of the highly regarded ABB Relay School, the protective relay webinar series focuses on distribution and transmission protection and control fundamentals, as well as an introduction to IEC61850. Webinars will be conducted in both English and Spanish.

Developed for relay technicians and protection engineers, power system consultants and substation automation system and communications engineers, these 90-minute webinars deliver an efficient overview of fundamental protection and control principles, as well as key aspects of the digital substation. Real world implementation and applications will be reviewed, best practices will be discussed, and a live online format allows participants to interact directly with the presenters.

The ABB Protective Relay School webinar series is free to industry professionals and will run from March 25, 2014 - December 12, 2014. Topics include: fundamentals for feeder and transformer protection, distribution automation integration, and the role of IEC61850 in substation automation will also be covered.


To view course descriptions and webinar calendar and registration information, visit http://bit.ly/1if5gsk

Monday, February 17, 2014

Missouri utility saves time and money with ABB’s Relion® Pre-Configured Matching Unit (PCMU)


ABB recently completed an installation at a 12.47kV substation for a municipality in Missouri. The customer wanted to upgrade its existing ABB DPU245 and DPU445 relays providing overcurrent protection and reclosing function. The ABB Relion Pre-ConfiguredMatching Unit (PCMU) was the ideal solution for a seamless upgrade of their devices. The ABB Relion PCMU allows the customer to use existing wiring to connect to wire-alike terminals, resulting in the reduction of time, effort and expenses.  ABB replaced the DPU245 and DPU 445 relays with the PCMU featuring Relion REF615 Feeder Protection relay.


The wire-alike feature benefited the utility in several ways. For example, the PCMUs come pre-programmed to match the older DPU245 and 445 relays so the customer only has to confirm the settings through testing and do the installation.  The installation time is cut down to an average time of 30 minutes rather than a full day of rewiring and retesting of each relay that was typical for a non-wire alike replacement.  In addition to matching the functionality of the existing DPU’s the PCMU gave the utility the ability to easily reduce the tripping time with its increased flexibility which in turn greatly increased the safety of their line crews when the unit is put into a maintenance mode.  The non-wire alike replacement also requires additional engineering tasks. 


ABB’s Pre-Configured Matching Unit (PCMU) is the perfect solution to upgrade DPU245, DPU445, and DPU2000 legacy relays. To learn more about upgrading your existing relays, visit www.abb.com/substationautomation.

Programming and Functional Testing of PCMU

Saturday, February 8, 2014

ABB Featured in Business Spotlight Video for Seminole County, Florida

The Seminole County Economic Development Team featured our Lake Mary, Florida plant in a recent video.  Take a look below


Monday, February 3, 2014

ABB Distribution Automation wins 2013 Operational Excellence Award!


Every year, an ABB business is recognized by ABB management as the top performer in Operational Excellence. The management team evaluates the overall performance of each business with respect to Safety, Delivery, Quality, Innovation, Productivity, New Product Development, and Customer Focus.

I’m pleased to announce that our Distribution Automation business in Coral Springs, FL won the award again for 2013.


We are extremely proud to receive this award and we are glad to see our efforts in continuous improvement are recognized by ABB management.  

Thursday, January 30, 2014

ABB expands Arc-Resistant Switchgear product line with SafeGear HD 63kA

ABB’s SafeGear HD 63kA, Type 2B arc-resistant metal clad switchgear answers the power industry’s need for increased ratings to enhance safety and reliability.
ABB has extended its proven SafeGear arc-resistant switchgear product line with an enhanced solution known as SafeGear HD (High Duty).

SafeGear HD, as with the entire SafeGear product line, provides ABB customers with a reduced product footprint and unmatched safety and reliability that maximizes uptime and provides lower cost-of-ownership. The short overall equipment height of SafeGear HD (smallest plenum in the industry), reduces building size requirements for further customer cost-savings. SafeGear HD uses ABB’s ADVAC breaker to ensure continued superior performance.

In addition to the 63kA rating, SafeGear HD incorporates ABB's IsLimiter fault current limiting device. This unique technology solves high kA system applications where the alternative is a costly complete system redesign.

SafeGear HD provides a safe solution with Type 2B accessibility, 0.5s arc duration, Delrin arc snuffing PT/CPT contact design, multipoint latch front doors and a separate low voltage compartment.  In order to minimize footprint, SafeGear HD is offered in a 2-high breaker configuration with an overall footprint of 36”W x 112”D x 95”H.  In addition, SafeGear HD is UL/CSA certified, designed for ABB’s SmartRack remote racking device and is full support by ABB Service.

“We are excited to offer our customers the SafeGear HD product,” says Ken Alloway, marketing manager for ABB’s Medium Voltage business. “The SafeGear product line extension gives ABB customers more options to meet their ever-growing operational requirements. ABB realizes customers continue to face challenges to safety and reliability as the industry increases in complexity. SafeGear HD keeps with ABB’s tradition of providing the smallest, safest and most reliable arc-resistant switchgear on the market.”

See more informationon SafeGear HD HERE

Monday, January 27, 2014

ABB to showcase new product at Distributech conference


ABB recently launched a major addition to the Relion® distribution relay portfolio. We are proud to showcase the REF615R at this year’s DistribuTech conference and exhibition, January 28-30, in San Antonio, Texas.

This 19” rack mount form of ABB’s Relion 615 series provides an economical replacement solution for the DPU 2000R. Members of our staff will be onsite to conduct presentations and hands-on demonstrations for conference attendees. We will also have scheduled demonstrations on integration solutions for today’s challenges, including storm response, distribution optimization and asset health. We are extremely excited to share what this new protection relay has to offer.

We invite you to join us at booth #1638 for more information about the new REF615R. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information and demo schedule, Click HERE

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Feeder Protection with the Relion REF615R Relay

The REF615R is designed to provide customers with a 19” rack mount version of the Relion® series REF615 feeder IED, as well as an easy, cost-effective upgrade of the DPU2000R. This dedicated feeder relay is perfectly aligned for the protection, control, measurement and supervision of utility and industrial substation feeders requiring ANSI/IEEE and IEC standards and ring-lug terminals in grounded and ungrounded distribution systems. The REF615R contains the functionality of traditional REF615, as well as features utilizing some of the latest technologies available today.
Four major ease of replacement benefits for ANSI and IEC DPU2000R users:
  • Same form and fit eliminates panel cutting or rack repositioning
  • Wire-alike I/O and CT/VT connections
  • Comparable protection and control plus more included
  • Near SCADA-alike for DNP3.0 points and Modbus registers
The REF615R features the same rear terminal block layout as the existing relay, reducing the installation time while ensuring that the existing wiring and its terminal connectors can be connected without the need for any modifications. 

It also offers an optional cable fault detection (CFD) feature for real-time detection and notification of short duration, high current feeder faults where the substation breaker does not operate. Knowledge of fuse-operated outages before first customer call and of incipient underground (insulation) and overhead (vegetation) faults without outage is possible with CFD. 

REF615R is a member of ABB’s Relion® family and a part of its 615 protection and control product series. The 615 series has been designed to unleash the full potential of the IEC61850 standard for communication and interoperability of substation devices including fast, horizontal relay-to-relay (GOOSE) communications for cost-effective, reliable and high-speed control schemes. The relay also supports DNP 3.0 and Modbus® protocols. 

To find out more about the REF615R click HERE

Friday, December 13, 2013

When Winter Storms Hit, Count On ABB To Deliver


When winter storms hit your utility, you can count on the ABB cutout team to deliver the cutouts you need quickly. When you partner with a company who assembles their cutouts in the USA, you can depend on great service. Living near the coast of North Carolina, we have our share of hurricanes and our team understands what it's like to be without power. They understand the importance of working quickly to deliver cutouts to areas that are hard hit.

When storms take out your power lines, call us right here in North Carolina, USA, and we will be glad to help you get your power back on.

Call us at 252-827-2121 to discover the great customer service we can deliver to your utility.


Monday, December 9, 2013

Cold Weather Is Here - Is Your Grid Prepared?


If Week 13 of the NFL showed us anything, it is that cold weather is here and it has come with a vengeance. Cold weather can wreak havoc on porcelain cutouts. Although we have independent tests that verify we have the most durable porcelain in the industry, if your utility is in a cold weather zone, you should be protecting your distribution grid with polymer concrete cutouts.

Pennsylvania Power and Light (PP&L) came to us 24 years ago with a real problem. Their porcelain cutouts were suffering from the Freeze-Thaw cycles of the harsh Pennsylvania winters. They were experiencing far too many cracks and, as a result, wasting too many man hours on a supposedly insignificant part of the grid. But there is nothing insignificant about your grid going down unnecessarily. ABB developed a polymer concrete insulator that can stand up to the harsh winter weather. And PPL has not had a cutout fail because of cracking ever since.

If you don't believe us, read it in their own words here.

We are so sure about the longevity of our polymer concrete cutouts, we back them with a 10 Year Warranty. Check with your current cutout supplier and see if they have the confidence to to provide a 10 year warranty with their cutouts.

For more information on how you can "winterize" your grid, give us a call at 252-827-2121.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Release of the REF615R product line, part of Relion® product family

  
ABB is pleased to announce the release of the REF615R, the ideal solution for rack mounted feeder protection in both new installations and existing systems. Whether used as a replacement for an existing DPU2000R or as a stand-alone feeder protection relay, the REF615R is a smart solution for your feeder protection needs!

The REF615R is designed for ANSI and IEC DPU2000R users as a quick, easy and economical replacement to upgrade their feeder protection and control schemes to the latest standards and technologies with matching form-fit and wire-alike features to the DPU200R. The unique REF615R form affords new users a smart solution where a 19" rack-mount relay is desired. The same form and fit feature, and wire-alike I/O and CT/VT connections provide significant cost savings and reduced installation time. Additionally, the time to update drawings after installation is virtually eliminated since no changes in the above wiring are required.


REF615R is a member of ABB’s Relion® family and a part of its 615 protection and control product series. The 615 series has been designed to unleash the full potential of the IEC61850 standard for communication and interoperability of substation devices including fast, horizontal relay-to-relay (GOOSE) communications for cost-effective, reliable and high-speed control schemes. The relay also supports DNP 3.0 and Modbus® protocols. It also offers an optional cable fault detection (CFD) feature for real-time detection and notification of short duration, high current feeder faults where the substation breaker does not operate. Knowledge of fuse-operated outages before first customer call and of incipient underground (insulation) and overhead (vegetation) faults without outage is possible with CFD.

Highlights

The REF615 offers the following main features:
  • Four major ease of replacement benefits for ANSI and IEC DPU2000R users:
  • Same form and fit eliminates panel cutting or rack repositioning
  • Wire-alike I/O and CT/VT connections
  • Comparable protection and control plus more included
  • Near SCADA-alike for DNP3.0 points & Modbus registers
  • Six setting groups
  • Drawout design
  • Underground, overhead cable fault detection (CFD) - optional
  • High-speed (< 1 ms) outputs – optional
  • Field selectable 1A or 5A CT inputs
  • Advanced user programmable function blocks
  • 16 programmable pushbuttons
  • High impedance (HIZ) fault detection - optional
  • Arc flash detection (AFD) - optional
  • Thermal overload protection of feeder cable
  • Ring-lug terminals for all inputs and outputs
  • Large, customizable, easy to read LCD screen
  • Environmentally friendly design with RoHS compliance
  • Web browser based HMI
  • PCM600 Software Tool - tools for basic IEC61850 configuration are included at no additional charge in PCM600
The REF615R provides main protection for overhead lines, cable feeders, and busbar systems of distribution substations. It can be applied for protection and control of grounded and ungrounded distribution systems.
One configuration tailored to meet and exceed these DPU2000R ANSI and IEC configurations:
One configuration tailored to meet and exceed these DPU2000R ANSI and IEC configurations:

  • Standard: 587R... (ANSI); 687R...(IEC)
  • Synch Check: 587C...(ANSI); 687C...(IEC)
  • SEF: 587E...(ANSI); 687E...(IEC)
Supported languages
The REF615R product supports the following languages for the local HMI: English, Spanish and Portuguese.


Product verification
The REF615R functionality related to substation automation systems has been successfully tested and verified in the Product Verification Center (PVC) at ABB, Distribution Automation.

Delivery time
A delivery time of 6-8 weeks applies to orders for quantities of 10 units or less. For larger quantities or for product versions including unique options, the delivery time should be checked from your local ABB sales representative.


Additional information and feedback
Each REF615R product brochure and product guide are intended to be used for promoting and quoting. This product is available on the REF615R product page .


To get more information about the Relion® REF615R call us at us at 954-752-6700 and we will be glad to demonstrate the benefits of switching out your older DPU2000R relays with the Relion® REF615R.


Thursday, December 5, 2013

ABB provides GOOSE based switchgear busbar protection with REF615 ANSI relays



ABB recently installed Relion® REF615 feeder protection relays in four switchgear lineups with multiple contribution (incoming) sources for a customer in the Middle East.  The switchgears are connected by tie breakers that can be closed or opened depending on system availability and loading condition.  In addition to providing over current protection, voltage protection, and sync check function for their associated feeders, REF615 relays were programmed to perform switchgear bus protection via IEC61850 GOOSE messages (aka peer-to-peer communication), instead of utilizing expensive stand-alone bus differential relays.

As a result, the REF615 successfully demonstrated all system fault scenarios including feeder faults (through faults) and bus faults with correct operations.  The customer was extremely satisfied with the scheme and found it to be a value add solution to their switchgear product lines by providing the following benefits:

·         Future proofed IEC61850 communication protocol standard in Relion relays
·         Reliable and cost effective bus protection scheme with the REF615 relay
·         Bus fault block close and interlocking also included with GOOSE
·         Simplified engineering design
·         High reduction in physical wiring among relays
·         Acceptable operating speed
·         Applied to either single or multiple contributing (incoming) sources
·      Applied to switchgear bus or open air substation bus

For more information about the Relion REF615 ANSI relays, contact us at 954-752-6700 or visit www.abb.com/relion.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

ABB awards scholarship to Edgecombe Community College student


ABB in Pinetops recently awarded a scholarship to a deserving student at Edgecombe Community College (ECC) in Tarboro, NC. For more than twenty years, in conjunction with ECC, ABB has given scholarships to eligible students, providing opportunities for many local citizens to complete their education, obtain good jobs, and support their families. To read more about ABB’s education partnership with ECC, click here.

Bryan McIntyre, product line manager at ABB in Pinetops,
presents ABB's scholarship at ECC's recent awards ceremony.


 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Thanksgiving Blessing


Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines with devastating force several weeks ago and for many it is already a distant memory. But for one ABB Pinetops employee, it hit very close to home and he is still feeling the impact. Roger Lapay grew up in the Philippines and still has close family there. When an earthquake registering 7.2 on the Richter scale hit in October, Roger's family's home and neighborhood were destroyed. They were forced to live in a tent.

Shortly after, Typhoon Haiyan hit in November, causing much more devastation throughout the many islands that comprise the Philippines. When the employees of ABB Pinetops found out about Roger's family, we knew we had to help. We put together a food drive that will go out the week after Thanksgiving. The good people of ABB Pinetops filled many crates full of food, water, and other durable goods that will help his family.

We too often take for granted the great things we have here in the U.S. and the jobs that we have. But this Thanksgiving is a great reminder of all the blessings that we have to be thankful for.

From the ABB Pinetops family - Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

ABB launches major addition to Relion® distribution relay portfolio with the REF615R


ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, today announced the release of its Relion® REF615R feeder IED. The REF615R is designed to offer an easy, quick and affordable way to upgrade ABB’s DPU2000R relay along with providing a 19-inch rack mount version of the REF615 feeder IED.


The REF615R is a member of the ABB Relion® product family and part of its 615 protection and control series. Engineered from the ground up, the 615 series has been designed to unleash the full potential of the IEC 61850 standard for communication and interoperability of substation automation devices. The new product contains the functionality of traditional REF615, as well as features utilizing some of the latest technologies available today.


“The 3U 19-inch rack mount ensures a seamless, effective way to upgrade the DPU2000R,” said Kevin Koder, marketing director, ABB Distribution Automation. “The same form and fit plus the wire-alike feature provide significant cost savings and greatly reduced installation time. This gives REF615R users a simple, economical solution for upgrading to current technologies.”


There are four major ease-of-replacement benefits for ANSI and IEC DPU2000R users:


  • Same form and fit eliminates panel cutting or rack repositioning
  • Wire-alike I/O and CT/VT connections greatly reduce drawing modification time
  • Comparable protection and control plus more included
  • Near SCADA-alike for DNP3.0 points and Modbus register
The REF615R feeder protection and control relay offers non-directional and directional phase and ground overcurrent, voltage and frequency protection, flexible multi-shot auto-reclose control, synch check, power system metering, advanced local human machine interface (LHMI) and embedded web-server for ease of data retrieval and setting. The relay also offers optional sensitive earth fault (SEF) protection, power quality, arc flash detection and cable fault detection (CFD) for detecting incipient cable faults.

To get more information about the Relion® REF615R call us at us at 954-752-6700 and we will be glad to demonstrate the benefits of switching out your older DPU2000R relays with the Relion® REF615R.

Friday, November 15, 2013

These Free Webinars can make you an Industry Expert


Increase your protection, automation and control knowledge and improve your skills with free fundamentals training from subject matter experts

Now in its third season, the ABB Protective Relay School webinar series is coming to a computer near you. These educational 90 minute sessions are presented live and encourage interaction between the instructor and participants. In addition to the protection and control fundamentals sessions, several new topics have been added to this year’s schedule.

Find out for yourself why the ABB Protective Relay School webinar series has become a trusted instructional resource for literally thousands of industry practitioners. And, benefit from the depth of understanding and insight that can only come from a leading authority with expertise across the power system. 

Click HERE to get all the details of these informative webinars today. 

Webinars también disponible en español

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Celebrating World Quality Day



Today is World Quality Day! ABB Distribution Automation is proud of the continuous improvement in quality that comes from our new automated assembly and test equipment for Relion® 615 and 620 Relays and FT Switches. We’re paving the way for a bright future for Distribution Automation in North America.