The electrical equipment in industrial switchgear is often solely visualized by the protection devices. If an error analysis is possible (fault records) and a good integration into existing systems is ensured, most use cases for the industry are covered.
Relying on such an infrastructure, energy data can be efficiently captured and post-processed in an energy management system.
Source: Siemens AG 2014
Energy-intensive industries with a strong interaction of process and energy systems require additional automation functionality that isn’t covered by today’s process control systems.
In plants equipped with their own power supply, those functions are needed for the control of the generation capacity and the load control up to a fast load shedding in case of an island mode.