A networked system can also use remote access to the electrical system to enhance safety. Workers can access electrical system information or even open and close breakers from a remote computer or mobile device, without entering a high-voltage substation.
For Integrators: Faster, Better Integration
Traditionally, integrators have had to develop custom programming for every electrical control system. But some intelligent packaged power systems include standard, prebuilt faceplates that integrators can reuse across different projects. This can help them reduce programming requirements and speed up integration times.
The right technology vendor can also help integrators make sure that data from intelligent electrical devices (IEDs) is delivered at the speeds customers need. Using communications protocols like IEC-61850 and EtherNet/IP, along with interfaces to legacy networks, a vendor can connect all IEDs and provide access to real-time information on equipment and operating conditions.
Some vendors have even developed performance guidelines to help identify how different systems will perform before they’re built. This can help integrators reduce their design and testing times.
A Smart Business Model
Integrators have a vital role to play in helping industrial customers become more connected and data driven. And those that can reliably and cost-effectively give customers access to the information they need to optimize operations will have the most success. Gaining the capability to deliver an intelligent power and electrical system can open doors to new projects and new business opportunities for system integrators.
Rockwell Automation can help integrators gain this competitive edge by providing an intelligent packaged power system that unifies electrical and process control and unleashes the power of real-time electrical control system data. More information about intelligent packaged power can be found here.