iCOD Intelligent Controlled Operation Disconnect
iCOD intelligent Controlled Operation Disconnect is the result of five years of research and development. Designed to provide utilities and heavy industrials a level of security for their substations and grids not previously available. Disconnect switches by their very nature are used in part to isolate areas within substations in order that maintenance can be performed, thus they are an integral part in the security and safety of substation personnel. However, conventional designs have elements that cannot be relied upon should connection to a smart grid be required. iCOD intelligent Controlled Operation Disconnect is the intelligent part of the motor operating mechanism. It eliminates the auxiliary cam switches typically found in conventional motor operated disconnect. It has the processing power to efficiently operate the DC motor in order to reduce arcing time. And it stores operational curves for later diagnosis of the operation of the disconnect. Contact us for details.
iCOD intelligent Controlled Operation Disconnect contains two independent microprocessors. One for the control and operation of the motor, the second is for monitoring and analysis. Disconnect switches are found in the most extreme climates in the world. When designing iCOD, the harsh substation environment was a main concern for its extended operation therefore, all boards are protected by a conformal coating.
The heart of the iCOD is the optical positioning system, OPS. The OPS eliminates the need for the auxiliary cam switches used to communicate with other substation equipment and the control room. All contacts signals are accomplished via dry contact relays. The OPS is also used to determine exactly where, in space and in time, the arm of the disconnect can be found during each and every operation. No other motorized system can perform this. The OPS eliminates all of the maintenance normally required with cam switch style control mechanism. The OPS never becomes loose as is the case with cams nor does it require any routine maintenance.
A key feature of iCOD is its ability to reduce the arc time during opening or closing of the switch. Arc time is directly related to the amount of harmonics injected back into the grid. iCOD can vary the motor speed, thus decreasing the duration of the arc. Less harmonics will increase the life of adjacent equipment within the substation.