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ABB has announced that its 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.

System 800xA’s ability to integrate a variety of intelligent electronic devices provides a single platform for process and electrical systems, resulting in operational and energy efficiency benefits.

KEMA’s Protocol Competence and Test Centre is a certification organisation for IEC protocols and is authorised by the Utility Communications Architecture (UCA) International Users Group to perform the official IEC 61850 conformance tests and issues certificates.

This certification assures that System 800xA’s AC 800M controller is in full compliance with the global IEC 61850 standard for electrical devices.

ABB delivers integrated process and power automation systems and has been active in the development 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.

The demand for integrated process and power automation is growing in traditional markets that are heavy energy users, such as oil and gas, power generation, pulp and paper, and 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 and see additional benefits in reduced maintenance, engineering and overall lifecycle costs, according to ABB.

According to Arc, typical savings can result in a 20 per cent reduction in capital expenditures and operating expenditures by integrating these two, usually separate, automation infrastructures.

ABB said its extended automation System 800xA has improved industrial productivity, safety and operational profitability for customers in virtually every industry, from process industries such as oil and gas, petrochemicals, pulp and paper, cement, and mining, to traditional electric and water utilities, to alternative energy production such as solar, waste-to-energy and bioethanol.

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