Powerful, Flexible and Easy to Use

The OrionLX is the latest Orion Substation Automation Platform, 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.  Other features include  an open source SQL-compliant database for storing non-operational data, the ability to Email SEL Event Records, and Cascading Orions – the ability to connect multiple Orions in larger substations and handle all communications and configuration through a single Orion.

The OrionLX shares the same 2RU box dimensions and serial communications cards as the Orion5r, but adds expanded diagnostic LEDs, redundant wide-range power supplies, front and rear USB ports, a fiber optic Ethernet port and expanded memory options

Configuration of the OrionLX—including the points read from IEDs, the points presented to SCADA, Math and Logic, and special functions for Sequence of Events, Alarm Annunciation and Distribution Automation—is accomplished using NovaTech Configuration Director (NCD), the same license-free tool used to configure other Orion models. Below is a list of SCADA Master and IED protocols and devices supported in NCD and by Orion. Security-sensitive parameters, such as IP addresses, firewall settings, VPN, user names and passwords, are configured online through a standard browser. Configurations developed to run on the Orion5r can be run on the OrionLX after running through a conversion utility in NCD 3.0.

Key Design Features

Rugged Like a Relay

Meets ANSI C37.90.1 2002 Fast Transient on I/O and power supplies and ANSI C37.90.2 1995 RFI to 35 volts per meter

Direct fiber optic available on serial communication ports and Ethernet port

Designed to operate over -40°C to 70°C, without heaters or fans

Flexible and Modular Like a PLC

Complete logic suite for local control and intelligent alarming

Modular and expandable I/O

Modular and expandable ports

Non-volatile memory

Standard PC Tools

Large, expandable solid state memory

SQL-compliant relational database

Built-in 10/100MB Ethernet

A variety of communication options such as web pages, sFTP, SSH, telnet and PPP


Complete Cyber Security package

Built-in breaker control, counter and accumulator functions

Momentary-Change-Detect function

Full suite of utility protocols

Support for bit synchronous communications


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