The Orion5 transducer mount chassis supports up to nine user serial ports, an Ethernet TCP/IP port, internal dial- up modem, and discrete inputs and outputs. Expansion communication cards add four ports and can be ordered with RS-232/485 or fiber optic connectors. Most importantly, the Orion5 contains no fans, no hard drives, and no moving parts.
Port and protocol configuration is completely flexible. The Orion5 is capable of using a different protocol for each port with any combination of master and slave protocols. Multi-dropped devices are supported when protocols and communication media allow. Each port uses hardware buffers for independent high-speed data serial communications. Configuration is easily accomplished using NovaTech Communications Director (NCD) software, providing a simple drag and drop interface. NCD drastically reduces configuration time by pre-packaging IED protocol information, allowing the user to focus on the project, instead of learning about protocols and IEDs. Offline configuration allows the user to configure the system without connecting to the IEDs, enabling configuration outside of the substation.
Separate polling groups can be configured to adjust update times on a per point basis. Unsolicited responses from IEDs are also accepted. Using a point and click interface, over 50 math and text manipulation functions can be applied to any data point. In addition, user logic simulation software is available for offline troubleshooting. State of the art onboard diagnostics allow the user to view port communications, data values, and communication statistics. These tools provide a clear definition of device and point status.
The OrionLX Substation Automation Platform is designed with a Linux operating system, more powerful processors for an expanded range of substation automation applications, and comprehensive Cyber-Security functions for meeting NERC CIP requirements.
The OrionLX/Orion5rL Automation Platforms are designed with access controls, intrusion protection and security logging to meet or exceed NERC CIP Cyber Security standards for critical cyber assets. The OrionLX/Orion5rL are designed to provide a migration path to upgrade the existing Orion5/Orion5r platforms to meet these new security requirements. Configuration conversions tools are provided to preserve engineering investments. This datasheet summarizes security features on the OrionLX/Orion5rL compared to the Orion5/Orion5r.
The Orion5 Automation Platform interfaces with Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs) using their legacy or industry standard protocols. Information is shared between IEDs, RTUs, PLCs, DCSs, HMIs, and SCADA masters. The Orion5 enables utility engineering, operations, planning personnel, neighboring utilities, state power pools and regional transmission groups to share critical information.
The Imperial Irrigation Distract, the nation’s largest irrigation district, chooses NovaTech to upgrade legacy RTUs and reduce inefficiencies. This presentation summarizes the upgrade of legacy RTUs with Orion and DDIO based design, including Orion WEBserver HMI.
Omaha Public Power District, a consistent winner of J.D. Power awards for highest residential customer satisfaction rating among medium-sized utilities, now uses NovaTech to modernize their systems. This presentation describes the evolution from early Tasnet design to modern distributed NovaTech design with multiple Orions, NVP HMI, time stamps, relay integration. Also includes smaller RTUs.