Four Things to Look for in Protection Testing Technology
Protection testing is evolving with the rise in substation automation, wind and solar renewables, cybersecurity concerns, and more. Being equipped with the right tools will help navigate new testing requirements with confidence.
Here’s what to look for:
- A configurable test platform built for an evolving technology environment. Changes to relays and relay testing will only continue. You can overcome the limits of conventional test sets and the expense of investments in specialized equipment by adopting a universal platform that is flexible and modular. An ideal platform provides test set configurations that align to the testing you do most while offering functionality that prepares you for advancing protection technologies. Look for tools that provide a user experience with the same look and feel across instruments regardless of their configuration.
- Holistic solutions that meet various applications. Choose test instruments that deliver performance across both conventional and digital testing environments. Should your investments in digital substations continue to grow, not having to make additional investments in different test sets will preserve your budget and prevent headaches from the time and effort otherwise expended on test equipment fleet management.
- Features that make daily work easier on your team. Digital substations are pushing the limits of workforce experience. The right tools can close the knowledge gap and overcome skills shortages when testing over digital networks. Look for intuitive features that include real-time information surfacing, data visualizations, automated test plan creation, and more to remove guess work and ensure easier troubleshooting, test set up, and execution.
- A partner to work alongside your team. Evolving your protection testing program toward the digital substation environment invokes new concepts, practices, and considerations. The right solutions will come from a provider who drives value by helping you implement changes in your program around your goals, budgets and timeframes. Tapping solutions that are backed by a team of experts can help you stay ahead of change and feel better prepared in an evolving landscape.
The expectations of today’s protection and control teams are quickly expanding. The pace of change will only continue to accelerate. With the right tools and approach, power and utility companies can ensure their workforce is fully equipped for today’s protection testing landscape, and ready to take on whatever future changes arise.
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