Bench Testing Services
Almost all utilities of any size that embark on implementing a new SCADA system, installing a new internet protocol (IP) data network to substations, or integrating additional types of intelligent electronic devices (IED)s and software applications have a major effort ahead. The challenges are to design a sound network architecture; address cyber security issues; determine communications settings for IEDs, Ethernet switches, communication processors, and software; learn how to configure all the equipment and software, test the solution, analyze communication packets, troubleshoot problems and performance; and fine-tune the solution to meet the needs. And after all that comes user and system support training.
Performing these functions effectively to reach a quality solution requires a substantial amount of specialized expertise. With some training and experience, utility staff (with suitable backgrounds) can learn enough design details and become proficient enough at the software and tools to maintain and expand the system to meet future needs.
Power System Engineering, Inc. (PSE) Services
PSE has combined the right tools with a staff of experts highly experienced at fully implementing and testing automation technology for utilities. We can do this implementation and testing efficiently and then train your staff to take it from there. After completing the work, PSE will serve as a resource for unique challenges and as a backup for your staff.
Integration, testing, training, and support services PSE provides include:
Hands-on integration of IEDs, radios, Ethernet networking equipment, remote terminal units (RTUs), SCADA software, IED software, data historians, and other components.
Simulating power system conditions in a lab environment to test communications and automation functionality of integrated IEDs and software packages.
- Optionally setting up and configuring equipment into a permanent training and test environment to be placed at your utility. This would typically be racked equipment (one of each type) accompanied with appropriate diagnostic tools and software. Your utility would use this setup to continually train staff and test new firmware, hardware, and software updates before deploying to an operational system.