ABB Ability System 800xA Power Control Library with PLC Connect
ABB has expanded its ABB Ability System 800xA Power Control Library (formerly MIDAS Library) software to include more options to communicate with and control electrical devices throughout the power infrastructure for mining and mineral processing operations. The digital solution now supports the PLC Connect functionality to extend power automation beyond IEC 61850 devices and infrastructure. The addition of PLC Connect support enables digitalisation for substations that were built without IEC 61850, making it possible to digitalise existing brownfield sites.
ABB Ability System 800xA is a platform for monitoring and controlling a wide range of automated industrial processes. The Power Control Library is based on the IEC 61850 standard, which creates a common language for automated substations and power distribution systems so that technologically advanced mines around the world are able to take advantage of its capabilities.
The updated version supports non-IEC 61850 substations through the PLC Connect functionality of System 800xA, to communicate with and control a broader range of intelligent electronic devices (IEDs).
The Power Control Library provides engineers that operate automated mines with the ability to rapidly troubleshoot electrical system issues through an enhanced substation control and monitoring environment in one control room. It allows a broader range of electrical and substation equipment to be monitored and managed remotely, so that potential issues can be resolved quickly. This remote monitoring allows the plant team to solve problems safely, away from the electrical substation, thus reducing the time for electrical fault diagnosis and problem solving.
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