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Thomas & Betts

VisualSolutions for Outage Detection and Reporting: Wireless Fault Circuit Indicator (FCI)
In collaboration with Thomas & Betts, Elster can easily integrate the T&B wireless fault circuit indicator (FCI) status outputs with Elster IP AxisLinkTM platform. The IP AxisLink platform supports IP routing, DNP and other protocols used to communicate with and control key distribution automation devices.

Wireless access to critical feeder fault circuit indicators (FCIs) enables cost-effective harvesting of data from feeder fault detectors. By sharing common wireless WAN or AMI LAN infrastructure between AMI and DA control points, the wireless FCI enables the utility to benefit from improved ability to locate and isolate feeder faults, improved delivered power quality, and improved reliability indices (e.g, SAIFI, SAIDI, MAIFI).

Solutions for Fault Location, Isolation and Restoration (FLIR): Wireless Fault Circuit Indicator (FCI)
In collaboration with Thomas & Betts, Elster has developed a wireless fault circuit indicator (FCI) that is designed to work with Elster IP AxisLinkTM platform. The IP AxisLink platform supports IP, DNP and other protocols used to communicate with and control key distribution automation devices.

Wireless access to critical feeder fault switchgear apparatus (reclosers, sectionalizers and switches) improves delivered power quality. By sharing common wireless WAN or AMI LAN infrastructure between AMI and DA control points, the wireless FCI enables the utility to benefit from improved reliability indices (e.g, SAIFI, SAIDI, MAIFI).

Solutions for integrated Volt/VAR control (IVVC): DA Protocol Routing
Thomas & Betts provides intelligent controls that are key elements needed to support critical grid optimization applications such as IVVC when integrated with Elster EnergyAxis. These integrated solutions using innovative DA protocol routing solutions such as the Elster IP AxisLink router,  enables utilities to monitor voltage and VAR flow at frequent intervals for strategic feeder grid sensing; leverage live data into more effective decision-making; enable control of critical feeder volt/VAR switch gear.

Accurate data enables the utility to determine the optimal configuration for distribution voltage regulation and capacitor bank configuration. The IVVC no longer uses estimated or conservative (high) values which in turn enables the utility to lower voltage and minimize VAR flow. Lowered voltage and VAR flow improves delivery efficiency and minimizes the risk of equipment damage.