Distribution Automation (DA) Controller

An OrionLX or LXm can be configured as a Distribution Automation (or DA) Controller in a fault isolation and restoration scheme. Orion collects data from feeder mounted reclosers, switches and sensors, identifies the faulted section, isolates it and restores service to unfaulted sections from an alternate source. DA logic in the Orion is pre-configured and requires only point and click for simple schemes. Math and Logic, including IEC 61131-3, is available for more complex schemes.

Software for this Application

Pick Lists for commonly used recloser and switch controllers; Cooper, SEL, G&W, etc.

DA Logic

Pre-engineered logic to enable the OrionLX to identify location of the fault, isolate faulted line section and restore service to unfaulted section.

Protocols for this Application

DNP3 Serial Master

For serial communication to DNP3 IEDs. Compliant with Level 2.  Includes “DNP3 Passthrough” to pass through DNP3 vendor software to connected IEDs. Supports Secure Authentication Version 5.

DNP3 TCP/IP Master

For TCP/IP communication to DNP3 IEDs. Compliant with Level 2. Supports Secure Authentication Version 5.

  • Orion DA-Master Datasheet

    The Orion DA-Master is a NovaTech Orion with specialized software that allows it to function as an independent Master Controller in a single or multi-feeder, single or multi-substation Distribution Automation System.

    November 12, 2010

  • Orion Advanced Math and Logic Datasheet

    Advanced Orion Math and Logic provides OrionLX users with a sophisticated logic engine for evolving OrionLX applications. This new logic editor allows users to access and manipulate data – not just data from IEDs, but data from the Orion SQL database and data from tables, arrays and strings. In addition, larger Orion math and logic configurations execute faster while imposing less burden on the OrionLX CPU.

    September 7, 2010

  • Great Lakes Energy uses 76 substations to serve 26 counties in the state of Michigan. This presentation describes the first DA programs at Great Lakes Energy using Orion DA Logic controller. Detailed isolation and restoration steps for various fault scenarios included.

    January 1, 2011

  • This presentation describes how We-Energies uses the Orion5r DA-Master in various DA schemes, including: Decentralized DA: keeps systems small and maintainable Load Relief DA: defers Substation Upgrades Conditional DA: enables DA only when you need it Cooperative DA: allows DA systems to expand easily Adaptive DA: evaluates alternatives in real time to restore more customer

    January 1, 2011

  • Orion DA-Master™ 配电自动化控制器 (Chinese)

    The Orion DA-Master is a NovaTech Orion with specialized software that allows it to function as an independent Master Controller in a single or multi-feeder, single or multi-substation Distribution Automation System.

    April 1, 2007

  • Eastern Utility improved automation and efficiency by integrating NovaTech systems into their operations. This presentation describes a DA system between two substations with eight Cooper Form6 Recloser Controllers, wireless UtiliNet mesh radios, DNP3.0 unsolicited communications and an Orion5r with DA control and restoration logic. Includes detail on Orion DA-Master configuration. Note: This system uses and Orion5r with Math and Logic, but not NovaTech Orion DA-Master software

    January 1, 2011

  • Putting Your DA To The Test – A Success Story

    Success story describing the technology of the DA system design, the simulated automation system tools, and the testing procedures that were used to place several independent and unique DA schemes in service at We Energies.

    April 1, 2008

  • Additional Datasheets, Application Notes, Customer Success Stories and other documents in our documentation library

  • Math and Logic Processor

    The OrionLX or OrionLXm can serve as a substation Math and Logic Processor. Data polled from attached IEDs – meters, event recorders, I/O, relays, breakers, etc – can be manipulated using the OrionLX internal Math and Logic Functions.

    November 25, 2014

  • OrionLX IEC 61131-3 Math & Logic Webinar

    A webinar covering the five Math and Logic toolkits in IEC 61131-3: Ladder Diagram, Structured Text, Function Block Diagram, Sequential Function Chart, Instruction List, and how each application should be used.

    November 25, 2014

  • DA Logic Configuration (Part 3)

    This series explains the setup and configuration of the NovaTech Orion Substation Automation Platform in an example feeder automation scheme. Beginning with basic concepts (Line sections, zones, IED points), the series provides a comprehensive overview of how distribution automation tasks can be accomplished using the existing IEDs in a substation and along the feeder. (Part 3 of 3)

    November 25, 2014

  • DA Logic Configuration (Part 2)

    This series explains the setup and configuration of the NovaTech Orion Substation Automation Platform in an example feeder automation scheme. Beginning with basic concepts (Line sections, zones, IED points), the series provides a comprehensive overview of how distribution automation tasks can be accomplished using the existing IEDs in a substation and along the feeder. (Part 2 of 3)

    November 25, 2014

  • DA Logic Configuration (Part 1)

    This series explains the setup and configuration of the NovaTech Orion Substation Automation Platform in an example feeder automation scheme. Beginning with basic concepts (Line sections, zones, IED points), the series provides a comprehensive overview of how distribution automation tasks can be accomplished using the existing IEDs in a substation and along the feeder. (Part 1 of 3)

    November 25, 2014

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