New field RTU from GE helps utilities manage stressed grids


Juan Macias,
General Manager
Grid Automation,
Markham, ON, Canada — (METERING.COM) — June 27, 2013 – The MultilinTM DGCM field remote terminal unit (RTU) has been introduced by GE to help utilities improve network efficiency and reliability by monitoring and automating distribution assets.

The Multilin DGCM field RTU monitors distribution assets to determine load constraints and overloading conditions in the network, helping utilities better understand grid conditions to reduce outages and equipment damage. If faults do occur, utilities can use customizable control schemes to reduce the time required to bring the lights back on, lowering repair costs and helping improve customer satisfaction. Visual fault detection, communicated by operators to field crews, helps locate failed equipment faster making power restoration quicker.
“With demand on electrical grids continuing to increase, effective network planning and the ability to remotely manage the network becomes a key factor in ensuring grid reliability,” said Juan Macias, general manager, Grid Automation. “The Multilin DGCM field RTU minimizes the total installed cost of monitoring and automating distribution assets so that utilities can cost effectively deploy network reliability and efficiency improvement strategies.”

The Multilin RTU can log equipment operating parameters so that power system engineers can make immediate and long term planning decisions. It also helps to identify feeders that are exposed to electricity theft. Applicable to both new equipment and retrofit applications, the RTU also supports most wired and wireless communication architectures. Integration into SCADA, OMS and DMS systems is a seamless and straightforward process.