SEL recently released a new cellular router that helps utilities securely use public cellular networks for communication with remote equipment and devices. This new router allows utilities to upgrade from older 3G technology and extend communications to previously unreachable areas of their power systems.
Just in time for Fiscal 2019, registration is now open for 2019 SEL University courses. SEL University power system experts have trained tens of thousands of industry professionals worldwide as a part of SEL’s ongoing effort to make electric power safer, more reliable, and more economical.
Thirteen new IEEE PES “Schweitzer Meritorious Scholars” Chosen
SEL’s lineup of IEC 61850-9-2 Sampled Values (SV) protective relays has expanded, allowing substation designers to apply an interoperable network-based digital secondary system (DSS) solution that reduces copper, saves money, and increases safety.
The University of St. Thomas (UST) in St. Paul, Minnesota, is constructing an innovative microgrid research and testing facility with the help of technology from Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL). The new facility will provide a flexible and configurable platform for third parties to test microgrid controls and software and help advance the field of alternative energy solutions.
An ongoing process improvement campaign in SEL manufacturing factories is helping SEL ship custom-made products within days of receiving orders. For many popular SEL products, this lead time is just five days.
SEL has published a new book on power system cybersecurity. Sensible Cybersecurity for Power Systems is a collection of 28 technical papers by industry experts that offers an overview of challenges, opportunities, and solutions for modern power system cybersecurity.
SEL has released a new book that explains the latest innovations in using traveling waves and instantaneous incremental quantities for ultra-high-speed line protection and fault locating. The book is a compilation of 15 technical papers on applying time-domain technology.
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) is partnering with Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM), the state’s largest electricity provider, to be the first to protect high-voltage 345 kV transmission lines using time-domain technology. The SEL-T400L Time-Domain Line Protection is enabling the utility to achieve operating speeds and accuracy impossible through conventional means.
David Shadle, the grid optimization editor for T&D World, recently called out SEL in his story on designing simple digital substations. He describes how SEL’s “sharp group of authors” impressed him with a technical paper presented at Texas A&M’s 70th Annual Conference for Protective Relay Engineers.
Operating a relay should be as easy as operating a smartphone, and now it is. SEL has added an optional 5-inch, 800 x 480 color touchscreen display to the SEL-700G, SEL-710-5, and SEL-787-2/-3/-4 relays.
SEL released the first software-defined networking (SDN) solution specifically designed for electric utility substations in 2016. Now, operators at real-world installations are realizing the benefits of this new wired Ethernet technology.
A new article in PAC World magazine written by SEL engineers describes how to reap the benefits of high-speed, wireless fault transmitter and receiver systems.
SEL has named Tony Lee the Chief Research and Development Officer.
With advanced recloser controls, distribution protection engineers can solve challenges that have historically been considered acceptable anomalies. By addressing these challenges, utilities can improve grid performance and predictability.
A mainboard and firmware update in the SEL-735 Power Quality and Revenue Meter increases device memory, enables digitally signed firmware, and more.
SEL has launched a new tool to make choosing the right industrial computer easier than ever: the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Calculator. This intuitive, web-based tool lets you compare the true costs of industrial computers over their entire lifecycles and demonstrates how much can be saved by investing in reliable equipment up front.
The town of Clayton, North Carolina, recently installed the SEL-FT50 and SEL-FR12 Fault Transmitter and Receiver System to improve their power system protection by blocking reclosing for underground faults. The system will minimize power outages for the town’s residents and protect expensive equipment from damage.
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) will give $2 million to fund Lewis-Clark State College’s new Career & Technical Education (CTE) Center to be built in the Lewiston Orchards. SEL Founder and President Ed Schweitzer and his wife, Beatriz, will also donate $1 million to the project.
The SEL-2730M Managed 24-Port Ethernet Switch and the SEL-2740S Software-Defined Network Switch have received KEMA Type Test Certificates after evaluation by KEMA Laboratories. The certificates validate conformance to IEC 61850-3 environmental standards and IEC 61850-90-4 Ethernet networking performance standards.
Ordering through the SEL website is even easier with the introduction of new features to improve the online ordering experience.
SEL released new firmware for the SEL-3620 and SEL-3622 Security Gateways on June 8. This release (Version R206) enhances the AAA (authentication, authorization, and accounting) proxy feature set and proxy performance. These customer-requested enhancements make the SEL-3622 and SEL-3620 more flexible and easy to use.
As telecom carriers focus increasingly on digital services and phase out analog leased line services, many utilities face escalating fees for analog services or compromised performance for protection circuits when migrating to digital leased lines. SEL’s newest webinar, “WAN Case Study—Addressing Analog Leased Line Obsolescence,” details how one public utility, Consumers Energy, confronted these challenges and implemented an innovative solution based on the SEL ICON.
SEL has redesigned several multimode serial fiber-optic transceiver models to meet new CE requirements and make them easier to install and use.
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories has named Leith Sorenson vice president of Manufacturing.
Dr. Héctor J. Altuve, an SEL Distinguished Engineer and the Dean of SEL University, has been published in the newest edition of the McGraw-Hill Standard Handbook for Electrical Engineers. This industry-standard reference provides “up-to-date coverage of every facet of electric power in a single volume” and includes input from over 100 internationally recognized power system experts.
SEL recently worked with Pend Oreille Public Utility District (PUD), an electric and water utility in Northeast Washington State, to upgrade an aging communications system with a simple and affordable solution.
Two SEL authors were awarded the 2017 Best Paper Award at this year’s Georgia Tech Protective Relaying Conference for their paper "A Current Story – When Primary Met Secondary." SEL engineers Swagata Das and Ariana Hargrave wrote the paper with Genardo Corpuz of Lower Colorado River Authority.
A pioneering fault-detection application by John Oliveira of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro earned top honors in the SEL Engineer Design Challenge.
The SEL-FT50 and SEL-FR12 Fault Transmitter and Receiver System uses wireless technology that must be certified by each country’s communications regulatory agency. With the recent certification in the European Union, SEL has added 28 certified countries for a total of 36.
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories has named David Costello their Chief Sales & Customer Service Officer. Costello steps into the newly created position to guide the company’s S&CS organization worldwide, with a special focus on quality, service and customer relationships.
A new video shows how SEL helped Central Hudson Gas and Electric, a utility in New York State that serves 300,000 electricity customers, harden their Danskammer substation so that it can survive storms with limited or no damage.
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) announces plans to build a 100,000-square-foot facility for electric power research in the Purdue Discovery Park District designed to support up to 300 new high-tech jobs.
Many modern power system applications require timing that is synchronized to less than a single microsecond. Synchronizing with this accuracy was previously impossible over an Ethernet network, but now it can be done with Precision Time Protocol (PTP).
The SEL-2740S Software-Defined Network Switch improves cybersecurity, network performance, and traffic management in the substation LAN. And now, the SEL-2740S supports Precision Time Protocol (PTP), defined by the IEEE 1588 standard.
In the just-released 2018 Navigant Research report on microgrid controller vendor performance, SEL led a field of 15 prominent companies with a composite score of 84.3 on a 0–100 scale.
ANSI, the organization that sets the North American revenue metering standards, recently updated their standards to include a new accuracy class that requires higher metering accuracy and better performance, even under challenging nonsinusoidal system conditions. The SEL-735 exceeds these new, tougher requirements.
To help compliance and management teams learn how to effectively navigate and implement North American electrical security regulations (including NERC CIP), SEL University is offering the course SEC 203: Electric Security Regulations for North America. It is region-independent and includes reliability standard audit worksheets (RSAWs), data requests and audit best practices.
SEL’s newest webinar, “Chomping CAIDI With the Right Fault Indication System,” introduces the SEL-FLT and SEL-FLR Fault and Load Transmitter and Receiver System.
POWERGRID International magazine has published an article by SEL authors that highlights the importance of implementing protection-class fault indicator systems in existing distribution protection systems to improve response times, increase system visibility, extend equipment life and reduce fault durations.
With nonsinusoidal loads and sources becoming more common in modern electrical power systems, reliable and accurate energy metering is more important than ever. SEL metering experts presented a webinar on metering under all power system conditions on March 28.
Regulatory agencies in Peru, Australia, and New Zealand have recently certified the SEL-FT50 and SEL-FR12 Fault Transmitter and Receiver System.
SEL and Dragos, trusted names in digital power system products and cybersecurity, have jointly developed a solution that provides continuous monitoring, threat intelligence and active cyber defense for industrial control systems.
The SEL Engineer Design Challenge tasks entrants with creating power system designs that use the SEL-FT50 and SEL-FR12 Fault Transmitter and Receiver System in new, innovative ways.
An article describing how SEL engineers partnered with Southern California Edison engineers to resolve a high-voltage transmission issue on a hybrid overhead/underground line in Chino Hills, Calif., was published in the latest issue of PAC World magazine.
A new video featuring SEL and Ciena networking experts describes how they partnered to address the challenge of converging IT and OT networks while maintaining the network performance requirements of OT power system applications.
SEL’s controller chosen from five competitors following a 21-week competitive procurement program.
Industrial Ethernet Book (IEB) has published the white paper Purpose-Engineered, Active-Defense Cybersecurity for Industrial Control Systems” authored by Rhett Smith of SEL and Roger Hill of Veracity Industrial Networks.
A Burns and McDonnell test report has confirmed that SEL ICON virtual SONET network (VSN) technology delivers strong network performance. The test results show that with this technology, network operators can now migrate to a converged information technology (IT)/operational technology (OT) network without sacrificing the performance and reliability of their critical protection circuits.
Powercor, the largest electricity distributor in the Australian state of Victoria, is using the SEL-451 Protection, Automation, and Bay Control System to manage a new earth fault management system recently put into service. The purpose of this system is to minimize phase-to-ground fault current to prevent deadly bushfires.
Time-domain and traveling-wave technologies are delivering dramatic reductions in transmission relay operating times.
Partnership ensures reliability and performance of critical OT protection circuits over an MPLS core network.
SEL hosts annual Education and Wellness Expo, Thursday, September 28.
Create a robust, flexible, and interoperable IEC 61850-9-2 protection system that saves copper, money, time, and lives.
Employees at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories in Pullman are churning out disaster relief power restoration products in a tenth of typical production time and getting them out the door to Texas in 48 hours or less
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories donates $150k to American Red Cross, discounts products for customers affected by Harvey
U.S. Energy Association presented SEL with the 2016 Project of the Year award for its work in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Simple, out-of-the-box configuration enables installation and use in new and retrofit applications
SEL's creativity and uncommon take on hiring, training and retention shine in Forbes article.
Cooperative effort will broaden OT and IT service and technology offerings for applications across critical infrastructure industries
SEL opens a Regional Integration Center in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
Learn how to apply SEL SDN technology to engineer a better network with SELU hands-on training
Trip in milliseconds, speed up restoration, and improve safety on distribution feeders.
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories has purchased a 28,000 sq. ft. building in Spokane Valley, Washington.
LC Valley business representatives tout the need for building new Lewiston High School.
Pullman kids from all over the region got to learn about electric power systems and high-tech manufacturing at SEL's GREAT Day.
Use knowledge gained to implement more secure industrial control systems.
New Ethernet communications technology aims to keep systems operational under cyberattack.
Improve underground reliability and speed up restoration in harsh subsurface environments
Discovering she wanted to be an electrical engineer was a jolt to Jackie Peer's system; she now strives to lure more women and men to join her field.
Made in the USA, the new SEL-3360E Compact Industrial Computer from SEL features the Intel® Core™ i7 processor, a –40° to +60°C operating range, no vents and no moving parts.
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories vice president of Global Factories announces retirement.
SEL featured on the Employee-Owned S Corporations of America (ESCA) blog.
DoD shortlists SEL-3031 Serial Radio Transceiver for military applications.
SEL to host annual Education & Wellness Expo with Free glucose, cholesterol and fitness screening and more!
IEC 61850 MMS File Services now available from SEL. Real-Time Automation Controllers (RTACs) expand versatility with support for new IEC 61850 communications capabilities.
The SEL-T400L Time-Domain Line Protection trips securely in as fast as 1 millisecond to protect critical lines.
SEL has successfully completed onsite testing of its new software-defined networking (SDN) technology at the Ameren Illinois Technology Applications Center (TAC) in Champaign, Illinois, using their smart grid testbed.
SEL acquires Sienco Energy Partners, an engineering and integration firm based in Bogota, Colombia.
SEL is North America’s preferred relay supplier according to the recently released Newton-Evans study “Worldwide Study of the Protective Relay Marketplace in Electric Utilities: 2016–2018.” In the survey, 84 percent of electric utilities chose SEL as their favorite protective relay provider.
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories made Fortune’s list of the 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials and the 20 Best Workplaces for Baby Boomers.
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories is expanding its footprint and capabilities in Brazil. The company recently opened a 50,000 sq. ft. regional integration center in the Techno Park business park in Campinas, São Paulo.
Julian Alzate selected to participate in the newly formed U.S. Mexico Energy Business Council.
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories started in founder Ed Schweitzer's basement. Now it employs more than 4,300 people, with plans to hire 850 more, and sells products around the world.
Article for Textron's Journey website illustrates how SEL uses business aviation to continue to operate and grow from their rural location in Pullman, Washington.
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories is one of the thousands of small and medium-sized manufacturers committed to providing employees with top-of-the-line health care.
SEL to construct two new buildings, adding over 200,000 additional square feet of space. The new facilities will enable SEL to hire more than 850 additional employee owners in Pullman over the next several years.
PULLMAN, Wash. — A new microgrid control solution from Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (SEL) marks the latest of University of California, San Diego’s ongoing improvements to its campus electrical utility system. The recently installed high-speed islanding detection and load shedding system integrates SEL intelligent controls and adaptive wide-area protection technology with the campus’ onsite generation, load and energy storage.
SEL makes Fortune’s list of the 15 Best Workplaces in Manufacturing and Production for the second year in a row.
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories President Edmund O. Schweitzer, III, offered perspectives on employee ownership during a panel discussion on retirement security at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that took place in Washington, D.C. last week.
The SEL-2240 Axion complies with IEEE Synchrophasor Measurement Test Suite Specification requirements and receives the first IEEE phasor measurement unit (PMU) certification in the world.
PULLMAN, Washington – Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories is expanding its presence in Saudi Arabia with the opening of an office in Jeddah. The new location will serve customers in the western half of the country. SEL also has offices in Khobar and Riyadh.
PULLMAN, Wash. — Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (SEL) today announced a new release of its ACSELERATOR Meter Reports SEL-5630 Software. This latest version includes support for dynamic viewing tools, faster database interrogation and offline demonstrations.
Florida Keys utility improves operational efficiency to offset decrease in revenue
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL), a manufacturer of sophisticated equipment for utilities and other power systems, is looking to hire scores of electrical engineers right now.
PULLMAN, Washington—Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories has begun construction on a new roadway into the Port of Whitman County. The road, which is located on SEL property, runs parallel to NE Hopkins Court beginning at NE Terre View and ending at NE Hickman Court.
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories plans to open a medical clinic for employees at its Lewiston plant, modeled after a successful clinic the company operates at its Pullman, Wash. headquarters.
PULLMAN, Wash.—Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories places the focus on self-improvement at the annual Education and Wellness Expo. The event takes place from 11:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the SEL Event Center, 1825 Schweitzer Drive. Admission is free.
It took years of planning, some finessing in Congress and millions of dollars in donations, but this bustling college town finally has enough money to replace the small, outdated runway at its airport.
PULLMAN, Wash. — Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories is donating $1 million to help fund the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport Runway Realignment expansion. SEL Founder Ed Schweitzer and his wife Beatriz will also donate $1 million to the project.
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (SEL) has donated $2 million to the University of Idaho College of Engineering to create an endowed chair position in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Industrial computer applications and specifications have evolved significantly over the last 30 years. The first industrial computers provided human-machine interface (HMI) support and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) for automated machinery within factories.
Learn cyber attack mitigation techniques and intrusion detection methods that can help protect your control system devices and network.
MELBOURNE, Australia- Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories is celebrating the 15th anniversary of opening its first office in Australia. The Melbourne office opened its doors in August 2000 to provide sales and technical support to customers in the region.
PULLMAN, Wash. — After seven years of renting office space in the Treasure Valley, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories is putting down deeper roots in Boise, Idaho, with the purchase of an office building on the Boise Research Center Campus. The company, which invents, designs and manufactures systems that protect power grids around the world, purchased the 16,940-square-foot facility located at 12754 West Lasalle Street in June.
PULLMAN, Wash. —Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (SEL) today announced that the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) has certified SEL as a third-party engineering firm and the SEL RTAC as a Remote Intelligent Gateway (RIG) for direct telemetry of participating generators and loads within the CAISO balancing authority area.
Visiting the doctor is about to get easier and more affordable for Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories’ LC Valley employees. The company announced today that it will open an on-site health clinic in their Lewiston facility this February.
Washington State University announced today that Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) contributed $100,000 to the Dr. Elson S. Floyd Medical Education Founders Fund to honor the memory of a valued friend and community leader.
PULLMAN, Wash.–After nearly 17 years, Ron Schwartz, senior vice president at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, will retire at the end of June. Schwartz joined SEL in 1998 and has served in leadership positions in several divisions, including Quality, Research and Development, Marketing and Manufacturing.
PULLMAN, Wash. — Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories will begin a project to pave the road on the southeast side of the Stanley E. Zocholl building on its Pullman campus the week of June 22.
PULLMAN, Wash. — Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (SEL) today announced the release of its new line of microgrid control system solutions. The microgrid control system builds on the proven design and capabilities of SEL’s powerMAX Power Management and Control System and makes use of SEL’s decades of experience in power system protection and control.
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories is expanding its facilities at the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport.
PULLMAN, Wash. — Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (SEL) today announced a new addition to the SEL wired communications product line. Designed to cut the rack-mount space in half, the SEL ICON cube chassis offers the same functionality as the full-sized, 19-inch ICON chassis, but with a smaller footprint. Its reduced size allows wide-area communications to be brought to locations that are space-constrained, such as pad mounts, repeater sites and oil/gas platforms.
At Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, the airplanes work for everyone.
PULLMAN, Wash. — Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (SEL) today announced the SEL-3360S Compact Industrial Computer. Designed for extreme environments and small spaces, the SEL-3360S features powerful Intel Core i7 dual- and quad-core processors. To ensure the highest reliability, SEL’s newest industrial computer supports two solid-state 2.5" SATA drives and RAID configurations and uses single-level cell NAND flash. Up to 16 GB of error-correcting code RAM provides ample memory for demanding applications.
KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa.—Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories’ King of Prussia team discussed the benefits of being a 100 percent employee-owned company with Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA) during his visit to their Pennsylvania office Monday.
PULLMAN, Wash. — Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (SEL) has added support for the Precision Time Protocol (PTP) to the SEL-2488 Satellite-Synchronized Network Clock. In just one clock, users can now synchronize end devices with submicrosecond accuracy using demodulated IRIG-B and/or PTP. The SEL-2488 can meet all the timing needs of industrial and utility applications.
PULLMAN, Wash. — Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (SEL) recently added synchrophasors to its popular SEL-735 Power Quality and Revenue Meter. With synchrophasors, users can now collect real-time measurements of electrical quantities from every SEL-735 Meter across their system. They can use synchrophasor data to perform wide-area control, validate system models, determine stability margins, maximize stable system loading, detect islanding, record system-wide disturbances and visualize dynamic system responses.
PULLMAN, Wash. — Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (SEL) today announced the release of the SEL-3555 Real-Time Automation Controller (RTAC), the fastest and most powerful product in the RTAC family. The SEL-3555 provides an Intel Core i7 2.5 GHz dual-core or 2.1 GHz quad-core processor, making it ideal for the most demanding substation automation projects, and includes an integrated video port and a human-machine interface (HMI) for localized viewing and control.
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories' newly constructed facility is offering employees a mix of services that can't be found just anywhere on the Palouse.
Peoria, Ill., without Caterpillar (CAT)? Benton Harbor, Mich., without Whirlpool (WHR)? Columbus, Ind., without Cummins Engine (CMI)?
One of America’s under-appreciated relationships is the one between smaller cities and bigger companies, an often-happy exchange of quality-of-life for the combination of well-paying and skilled jobs, economic growth and stability, and corporate generosity to support cultural and educational institutions.
PULLMAN, Wash. — Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (SEL) today announced the addition of bit-based, serial-to-Ethernet conversion capabilities to its security gateway and port server family. This new capability allows utility infrastructure owners and operators to migrate from analog leased lines to new Ethernet-based communications circuits without requiring the replacement of existing SCADA communications front ends (CFEs), remote terminal units (RTUs) and intelligent electronic devices (IEDs).
PULLMAN, Wash. — Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (SEL) recently released the new 87L-over-Ethernet feature in its SEL-411L Advanced Line Differential Protection, Automation, and Control System. The SEL-411L now supports data exchange over a dedicated Ethernet network to provide line current differential (87L) protection for transmission lines with as many as four terminals.
PULLMAN, Wash. — Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (SEL) has introduced a comprehensive, centralized control system that monitors, controls and protects low-voltage motor control systems. Scalable to any size motor control center (MCC), motorMAX is a turnkey system that ships to customers fully configured, tested and ready for immediate assembly into MCCs.
PULLMAN, Wash.—Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories will host local eighth‐graders who have been selected to attend a day of learning about the electric power system, high‐tech manufacturing and careers in engineering. “Getting Ready for Engineering and Technology (GREAT) Day” will take place Feb. 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the SEL manufacturing facility, located at 2440 NE Hopkins Court in Pullman.
PULLMAN, Wash. — Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (SEL) today announced three new additions to the popular SEL-787 family of differential protection relays, providing low-cost, versatile transformer differential protection for an expanded range of applications.
PULLMAN, Wash.—Great Place to Work's Great Rated! has chosen Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc., as one of the "People's Picks: 15 Great Workplaces in Manufacturing & Production."
PULLMAN, Wash. — Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc., has been selected as a supplier for India’s largest power company, NTPC Limited, with its fast bus transfer system featuring the SEL-451 Protection, Automation, and Bay Control System. The SEL solution was chosen after a rigorous approval process that included a number of SEL’s competitors.
On February 9, 2016, Dr. Ed Schweitzer presented to an audience of more than 140 local business leaders at the Pullman Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon. During the 30-minute talk, he discussed the importance of free enterprise and pursuing opportunity.
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