MEprotect

Digital Protection Relay

Intelligent Energy Asset Protection

Feeder Distribution

Motor Relay and Manager

Transformer Relay

Generator Relay

Outline

MEprotect increases plant availability and safety by its robust protection functions, while optimising the link between the control system and the electrical asset base, allowing significant savings to be made during installation, commissioning, operation and maintenance of the assets.

Applications

MEprotect is a flexible and modular intelligent protection system for low and medium voltage motors, distribution, transformers and electrical generators. Using a common hard and software platform, it is designed to scale from simple to highly critical applications.

Scope

  • MEprotect is typically installed in the MCC (LV application) or switchgear system (MV usage) and links the higher-level automation system and the protected equipment intelligently via fieldbus technology (choose from Profibus, Modbus, Profinet, CAN-Bus and IEC61850)

Target deployment sectors for MEprotect

The primary function of MEprotect is to protect and control critical electric assets: motors, generators, distribution feeders and transformers in their most diverse industrial applications.  Due to its minimal size and modular design, the relay is ideal for use where space is a key criterion, e.g. in Intelligent Motor or Power Control Centres (MCCs / PCCs). Its high reliability and robust construction make MEprotect suitable for the toughest industrial applications. Its on-line monitoring functions, equipment failure diagnosis and failure statistics allow preventive maintenance to be more effective, thus reducing asset downtime.

Configuration

The MEprotect relay is fully configurable with the aid of either the MEprotect/emp software or a human machine interface unit (HMI). Access to the unit to operate, configure and change parameter settings is strictly password protected – multiple access levels are defined for each of these actions. Event records can also be downloaded with the aid of the laptop for further analysis. The relay includes an on board database where time and date stamped records are kept. Two types of records are kept namely fault records (35 last faults) and sequential event records (1400 events). In the case of event records, the user has limited access rights (read only). The MEprotect/emp application also has an additional (PC-based) data recorder and a spectrum analyser which can be used to analyse machine performance, supply power quality, etc. The spectrum analyser can detect harmonics up to the 9th harmonic on any of the three phase currents.

Powerful engineering and monitoring with MEprotect/emp application

MEprotect/emp is a Windows application for configuring and monitoring your protection relay. It connects to the MEprotect relay via USB, secure Bluetooth (useful since there is no need to open panel doors to connect) or via Ethernet if the network communication expansion module is present.

MEprotect/emp provides a comprehensive suite of engineering, parameterisation and surveillance tools, including:

  • Statistical data, such as equipment stops and starts, active and reactive energy utilisation, running/online hours, availability, utilisation, etc. to assist with predictive maintenance
  • Faults log (last 35 faults) time stamped with the fault description, running/online hours of the equipment, current maximum, voltage minimum and breaker clearance time used for maintenance planning (available in Excel format / SAP uploadable)
  • Events log (last 1440 events): same data as fault logs but including events, warnings, etc.
  • Protection configuration: parameterisation of all protection blocks (PBs), including a simulated mode where equivalent values are injected into the PBs to verify correct operation
  • Spectrum analyser: up to the 9th harmonic (core variant) and 31st harmonic (essence & pro variants) as a power quality analyser and for assessing line filtering needs
  • Logic engineering: control functions including alarm flags, trip flags, timer outputs, function-block outputs, RTC output, starter outputs, digital field inputs, PLC inputs, creation of functionblocks (FBs), etc.
  • Real-time display: comprehensive information about the protected equipment showing voltage, current, active and reactive power + energy, temperatures, etc. related to the protection block(s) (PBs) for the protected equipment
  • Simulation: interactive or pre-programmed injection of current, voltage, fault, phase angle, etc. information to test PBs and related control and FB logic. Also useful as a training aid for maintenance and operational personnel.
  • Three-phase recorder: records the protected equipment’s currents, voltages, thermal capacity and power factor (as applicable). The equipment’s motor performance can be monitored and analysed in real time. Particularly useful when tripping occurs for no obvious reason, alleviates to an extent the need for sophisticated equipment to be carried around the plant