Grid Automation Product Engineering Services

Kalkitech is a partner of choice for OEMs and ISVs across the energy industry, providing hardware and software engineering services and consultancy for Smart Grid solutions. With technical expertise in protocols, communications, embedded design, testing / validation and product maintenance, Kalkitech provides end-to-end product life-cycle support through systematic and certified processes. It is this expertise and experience that has enabled Kalkitech to take up and successfully execute projects for marquee clients in more than 20 countries across four continents.

Increasing investments in intelligent solutions and the Smart Grid by the energy and utilities sector means that products and solutions need to be at the forefront of technological advancements in functionality, protocols, communication, hardware ruggedness and software processes.

Kalkitech Product Engineering Services offers Smart Grid product developers end-to-end design, development and testing services for both hardware and software products across advanced metering (AMR / AMI), grid automation (IEC 61850 Substation and Distribution Automation), and Generation Optimization applications.

Kalkitech quality management and governance processes ensure Intellectual Property (IP) protection, with commitment to on-time delivery and maintaining the highest standards of quality. Our industrial expertise coupled with this process and focus on quality has helped us co-innovate and launch dozens of successful hardware and software products worldwide.

Kalkitech’s Product Engineering Service covers:

  • Hardware/board design
  • Firmware development
  • Protocol development and customization
  • Third party application integration
  • Embedded application development
  • Independent verification and validation
  • Product co-innovation
  • Product prototyping
  • Production coordination
  • Product life-cycle support

Kalkitech Product Engineering Services assists utilities and OEMs to install new products or enhance their existing products to meet the increasing requirements of the new Smart Grid standards as well as to build a platform to transition from legacy systems to the new system. With experience in working with earlier standards like ICCP, IEC 60870-5-101/103/104 and DNP3 as well as  new standards like IEC 61850 and CIM, IEEE C37.118, Kalkitech has the necessary expertise to work with utilities and OEMs on their engineering and development projects.

IEC 61850 Development

IEC 61850 Protocol Driver is a back-end communication software that helps a power system module to enable exchange of data between remote IEC 61850 systems. Different IEC 61850 communication profiles are available based on power system functionality and its communication scope.

  • IEC 61850 Client

To gather IEC 61850 status data from remote server systems and issue controls. Applicable for station level systems like SCADA, DCS and bay level systems like data concentrators, bay controller units.

  • IEC 61850 Server

To report IEC61850 data and facilitate management of local functionality to client systems. Applicable for bay level IEDs like relays, RTUs, bay controller units.

  • IEC GOOSE Publisher / Subscriber

Applicable for bay level IEDs  interested in exchanging fast and priority events and control between other bay level IEDs. Protocol packet uses VLAN priority tagging.

  • IEC SMV Publisher / Subscriber

To send and receive digital sampled value data. Applicable for bay level IEDs that monitor CT / PT information, and process level devices that sample analog signals and convert them into digital sampled value packets.

Other Protocol Implementation

Kalkitech has been providing IEC 60870-5-101/103/102/104, DNP3 implementation and product engineering services for over a decade. It continues to work with customers to help them transition to new standards or implement the latest security specifications and NERC/CIP and IEC 62351 security standard requirements.

Kalkitech provides a variety of tools and software components that enable utilities to validate their communication and automation architecture as well as adopt IEC 61850, the latest communication standard and substation configuration language. Kalkitech SCL Manager Software provides a customizable and flexible engineering platform for IEC 61850 based Substation Engineering. Kalkitech IED Smart IEC 61850 Simulation Environment provides utilities with a tool to simulate their substation architecture and engineering before going live or procuring expensive capital equipment based on IEC 61850. For more information on Kalkitech IEC 61850 SCL Manager, please click here: SYNC 6000 IEC 61850 SCL Manager. Any third party IEC 61850 configurations can be analyzed and simulated using IED simulator.

  • IEC 61850 SCL Engineering Tool
  • IEC 61850 IED Simulation Tool
  • Extension of Open Source tools for CIM
  • Cloud based protocol integration and validation services

Kalkitech Product Engineering and Services team assist utilities in building their own custom tools and application and simulation environments to validate and implement their business and engineering processes for substation modernization.

IEC 61850 Testing and Simulation Solutions

As more and more power system networks are integrated together, testing of the systems require expertise in both communication and power system concepts. Kalkitech helps utilities and OEMs to develop IEC 61850 GUI based test systems for better analysis of their power system, i.e., for internal and external uses. Some engineers will be interested in validating System’s protocol functionality and others in validating total Power system behavioral aspects in case of internal and system events. Kalkitech has the technical capability and communication expertise to help customers validate their systems’ protocol functionality and total power system behavioral aspects in case of internal and system events.

Hardware Product Engineering Service projects:

  • Implementation of IEC 61850 enabled event logger device for one of the largest OEM manufacturers in the USA

Software Product Engineering Service projects

  • Communication firmware development for  DLMS energy meters manufactured by one of the top five energy meter companies in the world

Testing and validation

  • Validation of 60870 and 61850 communication interfaces for industry leading Data Concentrator Gateway from an OEM based in Canada

Product lifecycle management

  • Design, development and maintenance of IEDs developed by a leading Indian manufacturer.

61850 Projects:

  • Implementation of IEC 61850 enabled event logger device for one of the largest OEM manufacturers in the USA
  • Implementation of IEC 60870 / DNP3 Master for a SCADA OEM
  • Implementation of IEC 61850 Driver on substation DCU for a US OEM
  • Implementation of IEC 61850 Process Bus on VxWorks for a US OEM
  • Implementation of IEC 61850 Server on ThreadX for a US OEM
  • Implementation of IEC 61850 Server and Process Bus on real-time Linux for an Indian OEM
  • Implementation of IEC 61850 Server and Process Bus on VxWorks for a Korean OEM

ICCP Projects:

  • Implementation of ICCP on SCADA for a US OEM
  • Implementation of ICCP / DNP3 for an Indian OEM
  • Implementation of ICCP for a European SCADA OEM

IEC 60870/DNP3 Projects:

  • Implementation of IEC 60870 / DNP3 Master for a SCADA OEM
  • Implementation of IEC 60870-5-101 Slave on GE Fanuc PLC
  • Implementation of IEC 60870-5-101 Master on GE Fanuc PLC
  • Implementation of IEC 60870-5-103 Master on GE Fanuc PLC
  • Implementation of DNP3 on Rockwell PLC
  • Implementation of DNP3 and IEC 60870-5-101 Slave on European OEM proprietary RTU controller

Other Protocols:

  • Implementation of SPA Protocol on OEM SCADA / Gateway
  • Implementation of Alstom Courier Protocol for a European OEM
  • Implementation of SEL IED Protocol for a US OEM
  • Implementation of Event Logger Drivers for an Indian utility