COPA-DATA  

Princeton Junction,  NJ 
United States
https://www.copadata.com


Secure, reliable, and efficient SCADA for smarter grids

COPA-DATA is a leading innovator for automation solutions with around 135,000 installed projects worldwide. Easy to operate and manage, our software platform zenon provides industry-leading Data Acquisition and Supervisory Control (SCADA) for utilities. Its unparalleled features like scalable network architectures, data security, redundancy, and more, all combined into one fully-integrated platform, serve as the future solution to digitization in the energy industry.

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 Press Releases

  • zenon has been certified in accordance with the international energy systems standard IEC 61850 Edition 2, proving conformity with the most recent additions to the standard.

    Standards and communication protocols in the energy sector are regularly renewed. The international standard IEC 61850 regulates, among other things, communication between different components in automated power stations and transformers. The current test bed for Edition 2 checks new functions and additions to the standard. It is usually the server providing data that is certified to the IEC 61850 standard. zenon acts as a client however, and was one of the first worldwide to be successfully tested with the new Edition 2 of the standard.


    In Edition 2 of the IEC 61850 standard, apart from additions to the object model, it was the functional constraints permitted in spontaneous communication that were enhanced in particular. As a result, the standard offers more flexibility when designing efficient network communication. The most significant enhancement concerns service tracking. This allows not just the current device status to be queried; detailed information on completed actions can also be queried.


    Albi Kospiri, Communication Protocol Engineer at TÜV SÜD Product Service GmbH in Munich, explains: “COPA-DATA came to our laboratories with clear ideas and the implementation of the Edition 2 of IEC 61850 standard seemed to be carried out by knowledgeable people with hands on experience of the standard. The testing process didn’t bring up significant issues. The application being tested was a comprehensive SCADA application, which gave us the best chance to test all the applicable test cases required by the test procedure.”


    Jürgen Resch, Energy Industry Manager at COPA-DATA, adds: “The demand for comprehensive Edition 2 certification in the energy market is increasing – not just for hardware, but also software. It is expected that it will even become a benchmark in international tenders in the future. This new certification from TÜV SÜD is a further important building block for our international competitiveness.”

    For media inquiries, please contact: marketing.us@copadata.com

  • Since the very start of its development, the zenon software system by international automation manufacturer, COPA-DATA, has had a clear focus on meeting requirements in the energy sector. The software controls and monitors equipment for energy distribution and the generation of electricity from renewable energy sources. Offering the operators of energy facilities and grids a powerful package of customized functions, COPA-DATA is providing the tools needed to meet the very latest requirements in the energy sector.

    Historically, COPA-DATA has always been closely linked with the energy industry. In the early 1990s, energy supply companies were among the first users of zenon software. Since then, the energy sector has been in a period of constant change, with developments moving on apace in the last five years in particular.

    Digitization is forging ahead, networked systems and distributed equipment are becoming increasingly common, and both suppliers and their customers are, in parallel, feeding power into the ever-more intelligent networks, or smart grids, as they have become known. In addition, electromobility is requiring more power on demand, and methods of storing energy – ideally generated on the basis of renewable energy sources such as sunlight, wind, or hydropower – for use at a later point in time are the order of the day. These and similar developments are creating a demand for new systems and technologies that are able to meet changing requirements.

    A single system for many different applications

    With its zenon software, COPA-DATA is offering both its private customers and those in the public energy and infrastructure sector a modern system that is able to support many different areas of application. The solution on offer supports the automation of substations, hydropower plants, and wind farms. Its focus is on monitoring and optimizing electricity grids, interconnecting energy storage systems, and controlling equipment for the generation and distribution of renewable energy.

    zenon is frequently implemented in substation automation. zenon technologies are used for on-site operation (HMI), at control center level (SCADA), and as gateways. COPA-DATA is also developing proprietary communication stacks for important international standards, including IEC 61850 (Edition 2), IEC 60870, IEC 61400-25, DNP 3, Modbus Energy, and ICCP. This enables quick expansion and the optimal maintenance of drivers. zenon's communication abilities ensure excellent connectivity in heterogeneous equipment and compatibility for use in smart grids. In addition, zenon offers many functions for the infrastructure of smart cities. It is possible to monitor and control tunnel facilities, water and waste-water management, as well as public transport and its power supply.

    Latest zenon Energy Edition product enhancements

    Easy configuration, testing, and execution of command sequences

    The Command Sequencer is a new module that has been integrated into zenon to facilitate the easy configuration, testing, and sending of command sequences. In so doing it increases the efficiency of operators and, as a result, makes supply more secure. The command sequences for the automation of substations are configured in a user-friendly editor. The individual commands in a sequence are simply arranged one after another. Operators can use the module intuitively with no need for programming knowledge. The system can be "taught" certain command sequences. It is also possible to perform testing in a simulated environment and changes can be made directly. PLC programming is not necessary. This ensures accuracy, efficiency, and flexibility.

    Fully traceable processes

    The Process Recorder module is also new. It records process data in full and can then make it available on request in the process visualization at a later point in time. Past processes can be played back, forwarded or reversed step by step, or stopped, as often as needed. The findings gleaned in relation to possible causes of errors can be used to increase effectiveness and quality. The improved traceability of complex processes in electricity grids or substations supports grid operators in maintaining critical infrastructure reliably.

    Quick location of statuses and errors

    zenon supports a new option for combining data from geoinformation systems (GIS) and zenon visualization. With the GIS editor and GIS control, users can display electricity grids in the zenon visualization in geographical mapping material. Current statuses, such as alarms, are shown on the map directly. Users can thus localize certain states and events more precisely and handle alarms more efficiently.

    Another new feature in zenon is the impedance-based fault locating. Using the impedance measured (alternating current resistance), it is possible to localize errors in the grid with great precision. The employees at energy supply companies can thus react quickly and with focus, thereby significantly reducing power outages.

    For media inquiries, please contact: marketing.us@copadata.com

  • COPA-DATA presents new versions of its automation and reporting software with zenon 8.00 and zenon Analyzer 3.20. Users will benefit from a number of performance improvements, extensive functionality for smart factories and energy distribution, as well as new predictive analytics calculations.

    As well as module and industry-specific extensions, the focus of this year’s release is fundamental adaptations to product infrastructure. In future, zenon customers can take advantage of improved performance in the areas of data distribution, grids and redundancy, as well as cycling archiving. For example, through optimized data distribution between driver and Runtime, zenon 8.00 processes more than 10,000 variable changes per second in one screen. Thanks to multi-threading, grid redundancy performance is improved by up to 50 percent. In stress tests, cycling archiving performance of 250,000 variables written per second has been demonstrated.

    In addition, further zenon developments lay the foundation for a new licensing system which makes license management more flexible, quicker and clearer for customers. In the future, zenon users can manage their software licenses more independently and enjoy more flexibility and time savings thanks to automated digital processes.

    “With our short release cycles, we support the innovation capability of our customers. The increasing volumes of data from the digital transformation of industry demand reliable applications. Thanks to design thinking and agile software development, we guarantee the continual development of zenon while bringing reliable new technology promptly to the market,” explains Reinhard Mayr, Head of Product Management at COPA-DATA.

    New features for the energy industry

    For energy automation, COPA-DATA has developed additional functionality with regard to a comprehensive Distribution Management System. Two new modules, Load Flow Calculation and State Estimator enable grid calculations in the context of energy distribution. Load Flow Calculation benefits smaller energy grids in which all inputs and charges can be properly measured. The State Estimator plays a role in larger energy grids in which complete measurements do not take place. Furthermore, calculations can now be made to optimize grid operation, such as topologic interlocking from the grid calculation or the (n-1) calculation to assess faults in subcomponents of the grid.

    If invalid data is sent from a Remote Terminal Unit (RTU), this can lead to widespread loss of function at the operator site. The newly developed Alternative Data Points (ADP) driver helps avoid this issue and provides improved data consistency and operation safeguarding through robust data flow. The alternative data points jump in during an RTU fault and maintain the data flow either with redundantly collected data from other RTUs or through programmable simulation data. Moreover, the ADP driver is also useful for control systems in other industries.

    For media inquiries, please contact: marketing.us@copadata.com


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