Industry customers today are typically using the international standard (EC61850) to integrate electrical switchgear into their process control infrastructure. A system for the control of a paper mill is now able to visualize all the electrical protection devices, circuit-breakers and transformers and also manages the load shedding.
Constantly increasing safety requirements in off-shore activities demand new concepts for planning, construction and the operation of plants. The concept of “Integrated Operation” with extended diagnostic features, remote operation and user-friendly information processing offers an answer. Communication and its availability is a major challenge in deep-sea drilling for example.
Increased integration of substations into the central HMI is another growing trend in pipeline management. Hierarchical systems for communication, efficient and consistent engineering and back-up strategies for remote operation are necessary.