Due to the growing interest of IEC 61850 Process Bus within North America, we have reached out to a number of Canadian/USA stakeholders to seek interest in becoming a member to a user-driven task force . We’ll be closing the call for memberships on February 12th, and before doing so we wanted to confirm if there are other North American users interested in participating. If interested, please contact us (dtessier@tesco-group), and we can provide more details. Here is some additional information and bear in mind there are no time or cost commitments for users to join.
Process bus products and solutions – including the supporting technologies (e.g. time synchronization) – are maturing quickly, which has resulted in a growing interest within the North American market. Granted some NA users are farther down-the-line than others with their process bus deployments, the proposed Task Force aims to be a open-platform to capture past lessons learnt and future requirements, which may eventually be incorporated into future specifications/standards/TISSUES.
The Task Force is meant to be a support group where members may share information , in hopes to exchange lessons learned from both a business and technical perspective, while also providing access to subject matter experts (e.g. Standards bodies, integrators, consultants, research institutes, etc). Members will have different levels of technical maturity, with some having already commissioned their first process bus pilot project, while others are developing the business case to support their pilot project. This blended background will create an ideal environment where users are in a position to benefit regardless of their process bus experience.
The Task Force differentiates itself from other research institutes/initiatives is this focused task force looks exclusively at IEC 61850 Process Bus. The overall objective of the Task Force and its deliverables is to clear any user obstacles that may impede industry from deploying IEC 61850 Process Bus. This applies to addressing any challenges that may arise throughout the specification, engineering, testing and maintenance processes.