Testing power management controls without generators and utility being available is difficult, costly and requires a considerable amount of equipment. We need a smaller and lower cost system with the ability to automatically perform tests ahead of commissioning the field equipment. To minimize overall space requirements, having a built-in interface and integrated I/O is ideal.
dBm Power Labs owner, Denis Mircea, is designing a plant backup system using Woodward LS-5 controls and the Horner XLe all-inone controller. Using Horner XLe controls reduced the need to wire multiple relays to mimic power breakers and generators. This testing makes commissioning the equipment on-site fast and efficient, giving me the ability to test failures ahead of time. The XLe gives an interface as well as the automatic control needed to replace multiple relays and switches. When combined with Cscape programing the project was fast and low-cost.