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Electrocon International to Exhibit CAPE Protection Software at Western Protection Relay Conference in Spokane

CAPE software improves management and analysis of network protection

Ann Arbor MI, October 13, 2014:  Electrocon International, the full-service developer and marketer of CAPE software for protection system simulation and data management, will exhibit the latest enhancements to CAPE at the Western Protection Relay Conference (WPRC) in Spokane, October 14-16, 2014, hosted by Washington State University.

“WPRC is an excellent venue for Electrocon to showcase CAPE,” remarked Paul F. McGuire, EE, MSEE, PE and President of Electrocon International. “The conference is attended by protection engineers who understand the importance of modeling the protection system utilizing software with detailed models of their networks rather than using more generic modeling found in some solutions.”

CAPE software supports the system protection function within electric power utilities. CAPE is used by major utilities in more than 50 countries on six continents worldwide because of its serious tools for detailed modeling that help engineers manage voluminous and complex network data, uncover potential problems, and examine alternative solutions.

CAPE (Computer-Aided Protection Engineering) software is built for engineers responsible for protection of high voltage transmission systems and distribution systems within electric power utilities and includes:

  • Detailed modeling capabilities based on a single open source database.
  • Support for analysis and simulation to solve data management issues, uncover potential network and protective device problems, and evaluate alternatives.
  • Support for networks of any size.
  • Support for setting complex modern digital relays.
  • Ability to integrate with conventional transient stability programs to allow the kind of evaluation of wide-area control needed to avoid cascading outages and blackouts.
  • Support for relay coordination functions and wide-area studies.

CAPE handles networks of any size, large or small. CAPE users have systems ranging from under 100 buses to 30,000 buses. Several have protection systems with 20,000 to 50,000 relays.

Simulating short circuits and showing the responses of protective devices
With CAPE, you use a mouse to click and drag elements on a one-line diagram, and to open breakers, apply faults, and simulate protective system responses. Conducting automated fault studies and wide area coordination reviews, developing incisive custom reports, and identifying fault locations, all become practical, efficient activities that add value to the organization.

More detail gives you more realistic results
CAPE’s ability to handle rich detail allows users to create models accurate enough to realistically predict likely misoperations. CAPE handles model-specific comparator equations, phase and fault selection logic, manufacturer- and model-specific setting names; and internal supervision logic. CAPE comes with a library of relays, distribution reclosers, and fuses, all ready to use out of the box.

Get the most from your data
CAPE is built upon a true relational database, which is included with CAPE software. CAPE’s underlying DBMS is fully ODBC- and SQL-compliant; therefore, the CAPE database may be accessed with programs like Oracle and Microsoft Access. All of the CAPE modules use the same CAPE database data, so any data item is entered once and may be used many times.

For more information about CAPE or Electrocon services, visit us on the web at www.electrocon.com or call +1 734-761-8612 extension 202 or email eii@electrocon.com.

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About Electrocon International, Inc.

Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Electrocon International, Inc. develops and markets CAPE software for protection engineering. CAPE’s graphical network modeling and system simulation support automatic relay setting, detection of miscoordinated settings, and event analysis. CAPE’s is the largest and most detailed library of relay models available. With more detailed, more accurate models, protection engineers study real life conditions, perform wide-area reviews, predict protection system performance, and much more. Electrocon provides ongoing technical support and CAPE-related services for its customers all over the world, which include transmission utilities and engineering firms of all sizes.

Electrocon has been developing tools for computer-aided protection engineering since 1985, working with input from protection engineers from leading North American power utilities. CAPE’s original mission was to create a combined network and protection system model that would support automated relay setting and coordination checking. Today, with a master library of over 5,500 manufacturer-specific relay styles and supported by a true database management system, it is common to see CAPE network models of 2,000 to more than 30,000 buses and protection system models of 5,000 to 50,000 relays. Wide Area Coordination reviews have become a reality as one tool to improve overall power system reliability.