GE Digital Energy HardFiber System IEC 61850 Process Bus Solutions – The Brick

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The Multilin HardFiber System is an IEC 61850 Process Bus Solution that allows the mapping of measurements made in the switchyard to protection relays located in the control house using secure communications. The HardFiber System is designed to reduce the overall labor associated with the tasks of designing, documenting, installing and testing protection and control systems. By specifically targeting copper wiring and all of the labor it requires, the HardFiber System allows for greater utilization and optimization of resources.

  • Eliminate majority of copper wiring to better utilize resources for the design, building, commissioning and maintenance of power system protection and control
  • Robust and simple architecture for deploying IEC 61850 process bus
  • Built as an extension of the Universal Relay family and is available for protection applications
  • Reduces exposure to cybersecurity threats through sealed communications
  • Improves employee safety by limiting the number of high-energy signals in the control building
  • Save up to 50% in P&C labor costs
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Description


The HardFiber Process Bus System represents a true breakthrough in the installation and ownership of protection and control systems, by reducing the overall labor required for substation design, construction, and testing. This innovative solution addresses the three key issues driving the labor required for protection and control design, construction and testing:

  • Every substation is unique making design and drafting a one-off solution for every station
  • Miles of copper wires needs to be pulled, spliced and terminated
  • Time consuming testing and troubleshooting of thousands of connections must be performed by skilled personnel

The HardFiber System was designed to address these challenges and reduce the overall labor associated with the tasks of designing, documenting, installing and testing protection and control systems. By specifically targeting copper wiring and all of the labor it requires, the HardFiber System allows for greater utilization and optimization of resources with the ultimate goal of reducing the Total Life Cost (TLC) for protection & control.

Key Benefits of the HardFiber System

The underlying driver for the HardFiber System is the reduction of Total Life Costs of protection and control through labor and resource optimization. This optimization is achieved by replacing individual, labor-intensive, individually terminated copper wires with standardized physical interfaces and open digital communications.

Traditional substation designs require large amounts of skilled labor to create engineering drawings, pull and terminate miles of copper cables, and test and troubleshoot thousands of connections.

Standard mounting options

  • Rugged outdoor mounting available
  • Standard case for surface, flush, and panel mounting
  • Supports customer standards for fiber and copper cable

 

Applications:

  • Retrofit and greenfield installations for power generation, transmission and distribution systems
  • Generator protection, Transformer protection, Transmission Line protection, Bus protection, Feeder protection, Motor protection, Capacitor bank protection, Wide area network protection
  • Distributed busbar protection and bay control, enabling centralized overcurrent backup protection
  • Substation automation
  • Air-insulated and gas-insulated substations
  • Multi-terminal line differential where 2 or more terminal are less than 2 Km away
  • Remote protection and control rooms for MV switchgear to mitigate exposure of operators to arc flash hazards

 

Download Further HardFiber System Product Information Here

GE Multilin HardFiber Reference Manual

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