ABB Australia, the leading power and automation technology company, has released that it has been recognised as a qualified test center to certify products as compliant with the new global standard for communication in substation automation, IEC 61850.
ABB is the first manufacturer to achieve official Conformance Test Center status as determined by the UCA International Users Group, an organisation of utilities, vendors and users of communications for utility automation.
The certification authorises ABB's System Verification and Validation Center in Baden, Switzerland, to perform IEC 61850 Conformance Testing in accordance with the group's Quality Assurance Testing Program Procedures.
According to ABB, it is the first equipment manufacturer and system integrator to earn this important qualification. The recognition reaffirms both its position as a market leader and its commitment to standards like IEC 61850 that will move the industry forward.
The IEC 61850 standard makes it easier for various substation automation devices such as protection relays and bay controllers, as well as their engineering tools, to exchange data among each other. Recognition as a test center for products seeking compliance certification depends on meeting the strict procedures, guidelines and requirements laid down by UCA.
Having a recognised test center enables ABB to give customers the assurance that ABB’s products are of high quality. This will become more important as the IEC 61850 standard is applied even more widely and the demand for compliant products increases.