ABB’s System 800xA extended automation controller has received KEMA certification for its IEC 61850 electrical integration interface. IEC 61850 is the global communication standard for Power Distribution and Substation Automation.
Founded in 1927, KEMA is a global provider of business and technical consulting, operational support, measurement and inspection as well as testing and certification services for the energy and utility industry.
KEMA’s Protocol Competence and Test Centre is the leading certification organisation for IEC protocols, and the first independent test organisation authorised by UCA (Utility Communications Architecture) International Users Group to perform the official IEC 61850 conformance tests and issue certificates.
The KEMA-certified System 800xA extended automation controller integrates a wide variety of intelligent electronic devices to provide a single platform for process and electrical systems, resulting in significant operational and energy efficiency benefits.
The KEMA certification confirms that System 800xA’s AC 800M extended automation controller is in full compliance with the global IEC 61850 standard for electrical devices.
While delivering integrated process and power automation systems for many years, 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 has lowered the investment barrier for customers to integrate the process and power devices on their plant floors.
Integrated process and power automation has a growing demand among heavy energy users in traditional markets such as Oil and Gas, Power Generation, Pulp and Paper as well as Minerals and Metals industries.
By integrating power and process systems on the common 800xA platform, customers optimise the design and performance of their electrical and automation systems while deriving additional benefits in reduced maintenance, engineering and overall lifecycle costs.
Typical savings from integrated process and power automation, according to ARC can result in a 20% reduction in CAPEX and OPEX.
ABB’s System 800xA extended automation controller offers benefits such as improved industrial productivity, safety and operational profitability for customers across diverse industries.
ABB is a world-leading provider of power and automation technology. ABB Australia is the Australian operation of the ABB Group.