Press Release

Electrocon International to Exhibit CAPE 14 Computer-Aided Protection Software at PAC World Americas Conference

Next generation computer-aided protection software for high voltage electrical transmission and distribution lines Includes more than 6000 detailed relay styles, reclosers and fuses Optional CAPE-TS Link integrates with Siemens PTI PSS/E transient stability simulation

Ann Arbor, Michigan - August 20, 2015 - Electrocon International, the full-service developer and marketer of CAPE software for protection system simulation and data management, will exhibit at the PAC World American Conference, September 1-3, 2015 at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, NC in Booth 12. Electrocon will demonstrate CAPE 14, the next generation version of Electrocon's CAPE family of computer-aided protection engineering software. CAPE offers extensive tools for detailed relay modeling that help engineers manage voluminous and complex network data, uncover potential problems, and examine alternative solutions. Supporting the system protection function within electric power utilities, CAPE is used by transmission, distribution and generation companies as well as electrical engineering firms in more than 50 countries on six continents worldwide.

"CAPE 14 has been widely adopted by CAPE users around the world," remarked Paul F. McGuire, EE, MSEE, PE and President of Electrocon International. "CAPE 14 addresses many of the top issues facing protection engineers today, including the need to conduct numerous studies to meet NERC regulatory requirements."

CAPE 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.

•Support for relay coordination functions and wide-area studies.

•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.

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

CAPE 14 includes a number of new features designed to enhance usability and improve engineering productivity, including:

•Automated time-distance diagrams with an option to store in database.

•Edit forms for adjusting existing double/triple/quadruple, ring, and breaker-and-a-half detailed bus structures.

•Point-to-point line structure for graphical representation of transmission lines and connection of point buses, bus ties, transformers, and shunts.

•On-line documentation with fast, simultaneous keyword-searching across all help.

•Support for NERC standards PRC-019-1 (coordination of Generator Voltage Regulator Controls with Unit Capabilities and Protection), PRC-023-2 Transmission Relay Loadability), PRC-025-1 (Generator Relay Loadability), and PRC-026-1 (Stable power Swing Relay Loadability).

•CAPE-TS™ Link option to integrate the detailed protection system model of CAPE with the time-domain model of the Siemens PTI PSS/E transient stability simulation.

•IPS-CAPE Bridge™ option to provide two-way data exchange between the IPS-RELEX™ protection system data management software and the CAPE protection system simulation environment.

•Special support for generator protection coordination tasks; display of generator capability curves; loss-of-field protection.

•Frequency relay models.

•Volts-per-Hertz relay models.

•100+ new detailed relay models developed since CAPE 2010 bringing the total relays to more than 6000 detailed relay styles, reclosers and fuses.

•Modeling of generator and induction motor fault decay in Short Circuit, System Simulator, and Relay Checking.

•Support for modeling unbalanced three-phase transformers.

•Enhanced Shunt Capacitor Bank Performance macro.

•Quickscan fault studies.

•Quick protection system simulations in Short Circuit.

•CT saturation simulation in differential relays.

•Protection simulation speed enhancements.

•Many new hot key combinations.

•Sliding fault impedance feature.

CAPE Third-Party Interface Modules

CAPE offers optional connectivity with third-party software applications commonly used for planning and asset management. Two such modules include CAPE-TS Link and the IPS-CAPE Bridge. In addition, the CAPE Neutral Interface (CAPE-NI) allows CAPE to share relay data with other asset management software.

Bridging the gap between Planning and Protection

A new optional module in CAPE 14 is the CAPE TS-Link module which integrates the detailed protection system model of CAPE with the time-domain model of the Siemens PTI PSS®E transient stability simulation. CAPE-TS Link was designed to aid in conducting compliance studies for the NERC PRC-026-1 standard for "Relay Performance During Stable Power Swings". This unique simulation tool combines Electrocon's premier stepped-event protection system simulation with time-domain transient stability programs. It enables for the first time a reliable simulation of the bulk electric power system in a way that models the effect of protective relay operations on the dynamic behavior of the system. The ability of the installed or planned protective devices to meet the critical clearing time criteria can now be demonstrated. CAPE's library of detailed distance, overcurrent, voltage, and differential protective devices has been augmented with frequency and out-of-step relays to support unexcelled realism. CAPE-TS Link is an option for CAPE 14 users with Siemens PTI PSS/E.

Protection System Data Management Connectivity

The IPS-CAPE Bridge provides two-way data exchange between the IPS-RELEX asset data management software and the CAPE protection system simulation environment. The Bridge manages the mapping of data common to both products in a way that preserves data integrity. Depending on the transfer the user requests, it can create new substations, LZOPs, relays, and relay settings in the destination database or simply update them if they already exist.

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 by programs like Oracle and Microsoft Access. All of the CAPE modules use the same CAPE database, so any data item is entered once and may be used many times.

CAPE Software Maintenance Agreement

CAPE users with an active software maintenance agreement receive unlimited technical support from Electrocon engineers by phone and email. Unlimited technical support includes help with writing SQL code for interrogating the database and general technical support issues related to protection. Software "updates on demand" for active maintenance agreement accounts, allow users to quickly and easily receive software updates, incremental functionality improvements, and newly-developed relay models.

For more information about CAPE, CAPE 14 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.


Return to top »

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.