US power systems supplier S&C Electric Company launched new self-healing solutions to simplify utilities’ deployment and management of grid automation at an industry conference and exposition last week.

The range of products include a web-based software application that makes it easier to manage large deployments of S&C’s automation products, including IntelliRupter PulseClosers and other IntelliTeam SG-enabled devices.

Another new product is 6801M Automatic Switch Operator that aims to make it easier and more affordable to upgrade manually operated overhead three-phase switches to enable remote supervisory control, and also to serve as part of a self-healing system.

The new SpeedNet ME Mesh End-Point Radio provides another tool to support the expansion of advanced self-healing networks.

Designed for end-node distribution automation applications, the radio provides the performance required for SCADA devices used in advanced grid control applications while also making the communication system more economical.

The radio offer peak information rate of 300 kbps and low message latency of 30 ms per hop.

Chris McCarthy, director, Grid Automation and Control, at S&C, said: “The new grid controls and radios we’ve introduced are part of our larger commitment to making it easier for utilities to adopt distribution automation technology.

“Not only does a self-healing grid lead to operational cost savings for the utility, it also provides a major economic benefit for the community’s residents and businesses.”

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