GE has announced the availability of the first product in its new MultilinT 8 Series platform, its next-generation protection and control relay platform designed to deliver the performance and reliability required to support the mission-critical electrical infrastructures of industrial and distribution utilities.The 8 Series platform will enable utilities to enhance the reliability of their electrical infrastructure and reduce costs associated with unplanned outages.
To help customers better manage their electrical systems, the 8 Series delivers improved data fidelity in current and voltage sample rates, which improves electrical system visibility, providing improved post-event analysis.
Designed to withstand harsh environments, the 8 Series leverages detailed asset diagnostics so operators can make informed, proactive decisions to reduce unplanned outages and accurately plan maintenance schedules. Using GE’s environmental awareness module to actively monitor both the environment and its own internal components, the 8 Series generates data that operators can use to make decisions about when maintenance or downtime should be scheduled, increasing operational uptime. The standard harsh conformal coating on the 8 Series’ printed circuit boards helps protect against environmental factors to help deliver higher reliability and extend product life.
The 8 Series also has an integrated integrity engine that utilizes customized algorithms, which provide advanced diagnostics to ensure asset protection is not compromised. Coupled with the latest cybersecurity features, customers can comply with the latest NERC/CIP and NISTIR 7628 cybersecurity requirements.
With many industrial processes using a variety of communication gateways, integrating a new product can potentially increase the overall system cost and downtime. GE has designed the 8 Series to include advanced and flexible communication options to make integration easier and faster.