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IEC 61850 Services from Kinectrics Interoperability Testing Lab

Kinectrics has established the world’s first Interoperability Lab designed to help clients meet a new set of global standards for IEC 61850 and, achieve significant savings with in-house integration and a “plug and work” approach.

Kinectrics interoperability testing services covering IEC 61850, IEC 61970 and IEC 61968 allow Kinectrics, vendors and utilities to discover potential product issues in advance, enabling them to avoid costly issues and problems during integration, operation and maintenance phases.

Advanced Facility

Kinectrics’ Interoperability Testing Lab offers full-scope testing for Substation Automation Systems, EMS, and DMS systems and is  equipped with:

      • State-of-the-art Omicron CMC256 test set with full Net-1 option
      • Real Time Digital Simulator(RTDS) with full GNET option
      • Software suite for GOOSE and message generation
      • Common Information Model (CIM) testing
      • Background traffic simulation
      • Protocol analysis

        Full Scope Testing

        With expertise based on several decades of R&D and field experience in protection and control systems, Kinectrics is uniquely qualified to offer full scope, one-stop-shop services to meet your interoperability testing needs as you move to IEC 61850 based substation automation systems.

        1. Interoperability Testing

        Perform single device testing, multiple device interoperability testing and system integration testing:
        • Single device IEC 61850 testing covering both station bus and process bus
        • IEC 61970 / IEC 61968 CIM testing
        • Interoperability testing
        • System integration and testing

        2. Functionality Testing

        Evaluate the functions of the DUT as specified and its response under the following conditions:
        • Single device protection setting, timing, zone reach testing
        • Multiple devices protection scheme testing involving communication
        • Single / multiple devices local / remote control schema, interlocking testing

        3. Performance Evaluation

        Co-ordination with utilities to define performance evaluation criteria, and to conduct performance evaluation in terms of latency delay, priority handling and fall-over handling.  This applies to communication systems, as well performance evaluation on:

        • Substation communication architectures
        • Substation automation systems
        • Energy management systems
        • Distribution management systems
        • Protection and control schemes

        4. Impact Studies

        By using detailed transient-based power system component models in the RTDS for impact studies, current and voltage signals from the RTDS are amplified and injected into the DUT along with the digitally generated current / voltage / binary signals.

        Response from the DUT is fed back into the RTDS, where the simulation continues in real time to evaluate the impact of the DUT on the entire power system. The scope of these impact studies includes:

        • Single device and its impact on the power system
        • Coordinated multiple devices and their impact on the power  system
        • Interoperation schemes and their impact on the grid

        5. Site Commissioning

        One-stop site commissioning covering all aspects of:

        • Integration test to ensure the entire Substation Automation System functions interactively
        • Interoperability test to ensure the inter-relay protection / control schemes work as designed
        • Functionality test to ensure the device / system functions effectively. This includes checking all set-points, verifying zone-reach and confirming time delays associated with the scheme.