Emerson Network Power White Paper Outlines the Importance of Custom Programming with Microprocessor-Based Relay Systems

The white paper highlights how neglecting custom relay programming when replacing aging electromechanical relays with microprocessor-based relays undermines the upgrade investments and jeopardizes system protection. This relay retrofit made by many utilities and industrial facilities brings a multitude of benefits which are also outlined in the whitepaper. The benefits of these new generation relays include improved system reliability, enhanced control, event recording and reporting capabilities, decreased maintenance, simplified regulatory compliance, enhanced communication, arc flash mitigation, and better overall protection.

“Unfortunately, many owners fail to maximize their system protection simply because they lack the time or skill to appropriately configure relay settings and logic to best meet their facility’s requirements,” said Tom Nation, vice president and general manager, Emerson Network Power’s Electrical Reliability Services business. “This white paper details the four programmable relay settings every facility should implement with real-world examples for each, and explains how working with qualified integration engineers when designing a microprocessor-based relay protection system allows owners to fully leverage the inherent benefits of the relay and see the greatest return on their upgrade investment.”

More specifically, experienced integration engineers ensure that owners take advantage of the multi-function capabilities in each relay to proactively eliminate redundant components and minimize the potential for multiple points of failure. They also help owners capitalize on each relay’s self-testing features to improve reliability of all system components, simplify NERC compliance, and reduce maintenance time and costs. Finally, they can program communication processor functions to integrate information from a wide variety of microprocessor-based devices and make the data accessible via a web-based Human Machine Interface (HMI) display for both visualization and unparalleled control of system data.

For more information on Emerson’s Electrical Reliability Services, visit EmersonNetworkPower.com.

About Emerson Network Power
Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR), delivers software, hardware and services that maximize availability, capacity and efficiency for data centers, healthcare and industrial facilities. A trusted industry leader in smart infrastructure technologies, Emerson Network Power provides innovative data center infrastructure management solutions that bridge the gap between IT and facility management and deliver efficiency and uncompromised availability regardless of capacity demands. Our solutions are supported globally by local Emerson Network Power service technicians. Learn more about Emerson Network Power products and services at EmersonNetworkPower.com.

About Emerson
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2012 were $24.4 billion. For more information, visit Emerson.com.

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