ABB’s 800xA Controller Gains KEMA Certification

Thursday, February 24, 2011 @ 04:02 PM gHale

ABB’s System 800xA Extended Automation controller gained KEMA certification for its IEC 61850 electrical integration interface.

IEC 61850 is the global communication standard for Power Distribution and Substation Automation.

KEMA is a global provider of business and technical consulting, operational support, measurement and inspection, testing and certification for the energy and utility industry. KEMA’s Protocol Competence and Test Center is the leading certification organization for IEC protocols, and is the first independent test organization authorized by UCA (Utility Communications Architecture) International Users Group to perform the official IEC 61850 conformance tests and issue certificates.

This certification assures that System 800xA’s AC 800M controller is in full compliance with the global IEC 61850 standard for electrical devices. ABB has been active in the development of IEC 61850, which ensures global consistency and interoperability of industrial electrical system components.

The IEC 61850 standard, along with other emerging technologies, can lower the investment barrier for users to integrate process and power devices on their plant floors. The demand for integrated process and power automation is growing in traditional markets that are heavy energy users, such as Oil and Gas, Power Generation, Pulp and Paper, Minerals and Metals industries.

By integrating power and process systems, users can optimize the design and performance of their electrical and automation systems and see additional benefits in reduced maintenance, engineering and overall lifecycle costs.

Typical savings can result in a 20% reduction in CAPEX (capital expenditures) and OPEX (operating expenditures) by integrating these two, usually separate, automation infrastructures, according to industry research firm, ARC Advisory Group,.

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