We have two new services for you.
FAT testing primary network equipment
We are now using our test facility, test equipment and skilled staff to undertake pre-commissioning testing for our customers. In addition to the equipment we sell, we are now doing this for other manufacturers’ equipment. Customers are dropping off their RMUs and Reclosers (etc) for us to fit customer radios/modems/antenna etc, to load the settings and do various current/voltage/resistance/insulation and systems/functional testing. For devices with built-in radios we undertake point testing to their SCADA, allowing the units to be sent direct to site for trouble-free site commissioning. This frees our customer’s technicians for other jobs. We can efficiently undertake this work in our large weather-protected testing bay, with all the test equipment on hand – eliminating the need for you to pull staff and equipment back from your site jobs.
Omicron secondary relay testing
Relays such as Siemens SIPROTEC 5 are incredibly powerful, with the typical manual being 1000+ pages. We have found the simulation tools within DIGSI 5 and those within the relay themselves are invaluable in helping to understand the relay and the settings. However, there is no substitute for external secondary testing to be truly confident in the end design. So HV Power have purchased a state-of-the-art Omicron test set and are now working towards installing a permanent and purpose-built relay test facility.
We are offering for hire the capability (in Auckland) to undertake secondary injection on Siemens (and others) protection relays. The facility, with a skilled Omicron operator, will be available to:
- Secondary inject relays to prove effectiveness of settings and validity of scheme logic
- Secondary inject relays to aid understanding of relay response to specific fault conditions
This service will help customers and consultants to deliver more robust standard designs, and to reduce the workload on field commissioning technicians when issues are found at the last moments during commissioning.
Customers and consultants can bring your relays (or use ours) and setting files etc and work with our skilled operator. This may be for the peace-of-mind in having a scheme tested, or as part of an independent FAT. This facility is in its infancy, so talk to us now if you have any idea of how we may be able to help you.
This is not a new service, but something we have been doing for a while. For one of our customers, when sites are upgraded, the old equipment is delivered to us. We sort out the items they wish to retain, test, package and deliver them back to their ‘spares’ store.
Also, if you hold spares of relays, keep in mind they should be powered for at least 48 hours at least every two years. We can help with that and replace batteries, upgrade firmware etc at the same time.