Industry News

Advantech Launches a new Slim Fanless Panel PC

Advantech’s 10.4” PPC-3100S is an ultra-slim low power fanless touch panel PC that uses the latest Intel® Atom™ Quad Core N2930 low power consuming processor, a die-cast aluminum alloy enclosure with IP65 protection, durable LED panel with ELO 5-wire touch screen and employs a unique E-eye, which provides error information in an easy- to-read two-digit code on the rear... More


New product line enables AQ 200 series for wider range of applications Arcteq’s AQ 200 series expand to more demanding application areas with the AQ 250 product line. The larger frame size of AQ 250 enables more digital inputs and outputs and new application areas like 3-winding transformers. The AQ 200 series offer products for feeder, line, transformer, machine, control and monitor... More

CIGRE USNC Awards 2016

The CIGRE United States National Committee (USNC) annual meeting and the luncheon took place on 18 July 2016 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel and the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in Boston, MA, USA. During the awards ceremony at the meeting, several members of the protection, automation and control community received prestigious awards for their contributions in the develop... More

Congratulations to the New IEEE Fellows

The IEEE Fellow Award is a special recognition for members with extraordinary accomplishments in the IEEE technical fields. To ensure this the total number of recipients each year cannot exceed 0.1 % of the total higher grade membership. Two members of the PAC community have been elevated to the status of IEEE Fellow in the Class of 2016. George Clark from Alabama Power Company, USA rec... More

MicroSCADA Pro SYS600

Provides enhanced authority allocation for better operational safety of the grids The latest version release for ABB's MicroSCADA Pro SYS600 further enhances the operational safety of the grids by enabling the management of the operators’ control authority with ever greater flexibility. To support virtualization and decrease dependencies on the server hardware, a new guideline for d... More

OMICRON?s New universal test set for recloser controls - ARCO 400

ARCO 400, the smart plug-and-play test set for all types of reclosers, allows users to easily test all settings to ensure correct functionality in just a few minutes and in any weather condition. At 22 lbs (10 kg), the lightweight but rugged ARCO 400 covers all recloser and sectionalizer control functions and provides maximum testing flexibility. Operated by the ARCO Control software,... More

Power Electronics FACTS Solution

Efforts to Green Energy Saving Power electronics technology enables a new generation of FACTS devices for the power generation, transmission and distribution. SIFANG’s Static Var Compensator (STATCOM) and/or Energy Storage System responds in milliseconds to compensate the active/reactive power, filter the harmonics, improve the power quality and balance the system. Leveraging field-... More

SICAM A8000 from Siemens

The application area of the SICAM A8000 series ranges from distribution automation to connection of regenerative energy (wind, solar, hydro) right down to railway power supplies and industrial applications - in short: “Wherever energy flows.” Customer requirements as cyber security, scalability, flexible communication, space-saving design and a layout suitable for harsh ambient ... More

Wanda Reder for IEEE President

Wanda Reder is running for IEEE President. She is the candidate that understands the needs of the PAC industry based on her executive leadership experience in the power industry and IEEE. Her accomplishments as the President of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) and the success of IEEE Smart Grid which she launched in 2010 are just a couple of examples demonstrating that she has the req... More

Technology News

Open Rack 2.0 - a new proposed standard

One of the main requirements in today’s fast moving world is the need for efficiency. As we all know, efficiency means achieving a specific goal with minimized use of a specific resource. Another characteristic of our modern world is the explosion of data. Data is everywhere around us, including in the electric power industry. We get data from all smart devices that are part of th... More

Smart Wires - Towards a Dynamic Grid

The large scale penetration of variable renewable energy resources in areas remote from large load centers presents significant challenges to energy management systems in their efforts to ensure an optimal power flow. Improving the efficiency, reliability and security of the electric power grid are the main characteristics of the Smart Grid and the Dynamic Grid is one of its future compone... More