Trending: Circuit Breaker Monitoring

Mar 14, 2022 | utilities, substations, breakers
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APPLICATION: Transmission / Distribution Substation Circuit Breakers

Why Is Circuit Breaker Monitoring Trending?

With early detection of circuit breaker deficiencies and automated system performance evaluation, circuit breaker monitoring provides utilities with the tools to help improve efficiency, extend equipment service life, and enhance the reliability of their systems.

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Optimizer3 Circuit Breaker Monitor

The INCON® Optimizer3 Circuit Breaker Monitor delivers advanced automated reporting of all critical circuit breaker diagnostics to ensure uptime and facilitate predictive maintenance. The Optimizer3 is ideal for high-voltage, live or dead-tank, oil, vacuum, or gas circuit breakers. 

The Optimizer3 and its array of sensors deliver a complete diagnostics report of a circuit breaker’s performance.



About Circuit Breaker Monitoring

Since the 1980s, there have been many concepts for monitoring circuit breakers, from complex and expensive, to simple and cheap. The Optimizer3 Circuit Breaker Monitor is a careful balance of low cost, fast installation, and most accurate actionable data. For about 1/10th the cost of the circuit breaker, metrics that are important to the breaker’s performance and maintenance can be monitored in real time.

Negative trends can be identified early, allowing maintenance and repairs to be scheduled when convenient, rather than done in an emergency situation. Scheduled inspections and testing can be deferred, based upon real data, reducing operation and maintenance costs as well as truck rolls.

Here's The Benefits:

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Breaker Timing Metrics

Breaker timing is a key indicator of a breaker’s overall state-of-health and a good indication of remaining life. In the milliseconds it takes for a circuit breaker to trip, the Optimizer3 collects and delivers a full spectrum of timing data including opening (trip) time, clearing time, arc duration, and opening/closing travel times and velocities.

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Condition Based Maintenance

Armed with a high degree of circuit breaker performance insight from the Optimizer3, utilities can deploy maintenance with intelligence and only as needed – limiting truck roles, speeding reaction time, and lowering overall maintenance costs.

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24/7 Real-Time Analysis

The web-based software provides monitoring data on both the mechanical and electrical performance of a circuit breaker, delivering trending analysis that predicts the date of future service. All data can be seamlessly transmitted to the utility’s SCADA via DNP3.

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SF6 Reporting

The Optimizer3 aids in the mandatory compliance reporting required by the EPA, resources boards, and other regulatory agencies by monitoring for SF6 gas leaks and related indicators, and ensuring awareness of leaks and resultant harmful emissions.

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