ABB's IET600 substation automation configuration tool awarded world’s first IEC 61850 tool conformance testing certification

2016-02-23 - ABB Grid Automation Products is proud to announce its market leading substation automation system configuration tool IET600 is the first to be awarded the UCA International Users Group conformance tested certification for the industry standard IEC 61850.

Protection and control relays, as well as IEC 61850 clients, have long come with certified conformance to different versions of the standard, but ABB’s IET600 is the first system configuration tool to receive independently-verified certification. This means utilities around the world now have a benchmark for what a system configuration tool is expected to perform in terms of interoperability and system integration tasks.

“Ten years after commissioning of the world’s first multi-vendor IEC 61850 substation automation system,
ABB is once again defining the industry benchmark for vendor-neutral system engineering in modern digital substation automation systems” explains Claus Vetter, Global Product Group Manager, ABB Grid Automation Products.

“Our globally leading research and development team have taken the expectations of the International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC) and more importantly our customers to the next level and further simplified the tasks of substation automation system integration.”

IEC 61850 ensures interoperability, but it’s an evolving standard, split into sections which are updated independently. As an active member of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), ABB contributes to that evolution, ensuring that ABB products are fully compliant with the latest pertinent standards.

Joint partnership with DNV GL

ABB and DNV GL, a world-leading provider of testing, certification and advisory services, initiated the certification program for system engineering tools in late 2014 to bring the quality of the tools to the next level.

Throughout 2015 both ABB and DNV GL worked closely together pilot testing and refining the test procedures in close cooperation with stakeholders in the UCAIug before publication of the official test procedures in October 2015.

The final testing of ABB’s IET600 Integrated Engineering Tool took place in late 2015. The results were reviewed and approved by the UCAIug on January 25, 2016.

“For many years, DNV GL has strived to proactively contribute to the UCAlug and IEC 61850 community. Through this joint partnership, we are leading the development of new conformance test programs and providing expert knowledge. As an organisation we are committed to bringing the quality of IEC 61850 System Configuration Tool to the next level" says Bas Mulder, Senior Consultant at DNV GL.

IET600 – one tool to engineer multi-vendor SA systems

IET600 is already recognized as an essential tool in configuring IEC 61850-based substation automation systems, combining Instantiated IED Description (IID) files to build a horizontal and vertical data flow while checking for consistency at every step of the engineering process. Engineers around the world already use IET600 to design and configure substation-automation systems and modelling the traffic flow. With the new version of IET600, they can now take advantage of the latest features of IEC 61850 edition 2, by sourcing components that conform to the standard and integrating them into their design.

When engineers choose IET600 they’re building on more than a decade of real-world experience, gained across more than five thousand IEC 61850 substation automation systems built by ABB. ABB customers have built thousands more, and their feedback also feeds into the tools ABB creates, making life even easier for the next generation of substation automation engineers, designing and building the next generation of substation automation system, with the help of IET600.

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ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility, industry, and transport and infrastructure customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 135,000 people.

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