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SEL-3530/3530-4

Real-Time Automation Controller (RTAC)

Suitable for use in utility substations or industrial control and automation systems, the SEL-3530 Real-Time Automation Controller (RTAC) provides complete and flexible system control with integrated security, seamless configuration, unified logic, and reliability. The RTAC converts data between multiple protocols, communicates with any configured and connected device, and comes with an embedded IEC 61131 logic engine.

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Network Security Device—Make the SEL-3530 or the SEL-3530-4 Real-Time Automation Controller (RTAC) the secure access point into your substation or plant. Implement Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) central authentication and role-based user authentication, project passwords, web upload features, access logs, and secure engineering access via Secure Shell (SSH). Map security tags into SCADA reports for industry-leading integration of security technologies.

SCADA Remote Terminal Unit (RTU)—Quickly design an integrated substation RTU system that includes protocol conversion, SCADA communications, synchrophasors, time synchronization, data management, and custom logic.

Data Concentration—Communicate with any device through built-in client and server protocols. Exchange data through DNP3, Modbus, IEC 60870-5-101/104, LG 8979, SES-92, SEL Fast Messaging, Mirrored Bits communications, and IEEE C37.118 for synchrophasors. Convert data between protocols, perform math and logic functions, and execute output logic for real-time control.

Substation Controller—Create your logic solutions in the embedded IEC 61131 logic engine, which comes standard with every RTAC. Build custom user logic. Access all system tags, including diagnostics, contact I/O, protocol data, and communications statistics, to provide unparalleled control flexibility.

IEC 61850 Integration—Integrate modern intelligent electronic devices (IEDs) into control and automation schemes with IEC 61850 GOOSE and the manufacturing message specification (MMS) client and server.

Operation Supporter/Regulator—Meet or exceed IEEE 1613 and protective relay specifications for harsh environments. The RTAC is designed to withstand vibration, electrical surges, fast transients, and extreme temperatures.

Event Collection—Detect, filter, and collect event data automatically from connected SEL relays. Fault location, fault current, and other data are populated into tags for easy retrieval through SCADA protocols. Automatically collect and archive events through the RTAC with acSELerator Team SEL-5045 Software.

Integrate Power Management With Industrial Control—Provide a powerful gateway between the substation and the factory using EtherNet/IP. This popular industrial protocol facilitates reliable communication between electronic devices in industrial automation systems. Use the RTAC EtherNet/IP adapter to exchange critical data for real-time monitoring, process control, and power system integration.

Substation Human-Machine Interface (HMI)—Provide cost-effective local and remote monitoring, control, and annunciation for substations and other processes by installing the optional web-based HMI, available for the RTAC and SEL-2240 Axion. acSELerator Diagram Builder SEL-5035 Software easily maps the RTAC tag database to reduce screen development time.

Features

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      Diagnostic LEDs

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      Ethernet activity indicators

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      Exe-GUARD whitelist antivirus technology

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      Serial activity indicators

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      User-programmable bicolored LEDs

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      No moving parts

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      LDAP centralized authentication

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      SEL screw-terminal connectors (STC) with #10 screws that accept ring terminals and are easy to connect and disconnect

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      Independent Ethernet ports

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      Demodulated IRIG-B input

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      Up to 33 DB-9 EIA-232/-485 software-selectable serial ports, which operate at up to 115 kbps

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      Isolated serial port with positive retention connectors for reliable long-distance communication

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      Isolated contact input with user-settable voltage ranges for programmable control functions

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      Programmable alarm contact for internal diagnostic status indication, communications access, and settings changes

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      Three power supply options: 125/250 Vdc, 120/240 Vac; 48/125 Vdc, 120 Vac; or 24/48 Vdc

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      Lamp test pushbutton and diagnostic LEDs

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      LEDs simplify diagnostics by indicating transmitted and received activity on each port

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      Programmable bicolor LEDs with configurable labels provide custom annunciation

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      Wide operating temperature range of –40° to +85°C (–40° to +185°F)

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      Rugged enclosure withstands EMI, RFI, shock, and vibration

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      Independent Ethernet ports can be RJ45 or LC fiber

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      Demodulated IRIG-B input and output for high-accuracy time synchronization

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      Serial ports are EIA-232/485 software-selectable

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      All terminals are clearly numbered and lettered for wiring and testing

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      Programmable input and alarm contact

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Details

Integrated Security
Make the RTAC the secure access point into your substation or plant using Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) central authentication, local role-based user authentication, access logs, and secure engineering access. This increases your system security and helps meet regulatory standards.

Simple, Seamless Configuration
Quickly design an integrated automation system that includes protocol conversion, SCADA communications, synchrophasors, time synchronization, data management, and programmable logic. See how easy it is to set up and start using the SEL RTAC with our "how to" video series.

Renowned SEL Reliability and Support
The RTAC is designed and tested to meet or exceed IEEE 1613 and protective relay specifications for harsh environments and to withstand vibration, electrical surges, fast transients, and extreme temperatures. The SEL RTAC operates reliably, even in challenging environments.

Optional Web HMI
Create web-based HMI one-line diagrams, annunciator screens, and control scheme visualizations with optional acSELerator Diagram Builder SEL-5035 Software. Understand and visualize system status and configuration at the substation or anywhere you have network access.

Protocols
Concentrate and manage data from new and legacy relays and other IEDs using our extensive set of protocols.

Download the acSELerator RTAC library extensions, and take advantage of the flexibility that the SEL RTAC product line provides for your automation and integration applications. These library extensions are prebuilt code components for the advanced users of the SEL RTAC. Once downloaded, the instruction manuals for each of the library extensions will be accessible via the acSELerator RTAC help menu.

You can find the instruction manuals for the general purpose and optional libraries in the Programming Reference.


General Purpose Toolbox Libraries (Complimentary)


LibraryApplication
AnalogCondProcess analog quantities and digital filtering.
CrossTaskDataShare data between Main and Automation tasks.
ChannelMonitoringProvide alerts when a channel deviates from user-defined parameters.
DictionariesCreate lookup tables for fast data retrieval.
DynamicVectorsStore an arbitrary number of items, such as an automatically resizing array.
EmailSend alerts and notifications from an RTAC to a mail server.
IPAliasRedundancyShare a single IP between two RTACs in a redundancy scheme by using an IP alias.
MathComplexPerform mathematical operations on values with real and imaginary components.
MathMatrixPerform common matrix operations.
PacketEncodingsSerialize and deserialize information to/from a socket connection.
PowerMeteringPerform energy and demand calculations.
PowerSystemProtectionIdentify fault conditions, and unlock the potential of the SEL-2245-42 AC Protection Module.
QueueKeep track of ordered lists of objects.
QuickSortSort objects.
RecordingTriggersDetect specific conditions in analog and digital signals to initiate the capture of data.
SELEthernetControllerManage both UDP and TCP raw socket connections.
SELRandGenerate random numbers.
SELServerSimulatorsSimulate an SEL-351 client.
SELStringCombine and split strings in constant time.
SnmpLiteIdentify and troubleshoot network connectivity.
SyslogCollectorReceive Syslog messages from other devices.

Optional Value-Added Automation Solutions

To select any of the following libraries, choose the library as an option in the RTAC hardware configuration.


LibraryApplication/DetailsDependency Libraries
Grid Connection ControlControl the point of common coupling (PCC) between the utility and renewable power generation sources.Dynamic Disturbance Recorder, File I/O
Horizon SVP PlusTurn the RTAC into a synchrophasor vector processor. Detect the onset of uncontrolled wide-area oscillations with SVPplus modal analysis.None
Horizon Power System ModelResolve synchrophasor data streams using a model of the power system.File I/O
Dynamic Disturbance RecorderCollect data from within the logic engine to generate Sequence of Events (SOE), time-aligned CSV, and COMTRADE files in the RTAC.File I/O
Meter Trend RecorderRecord analog data in the RTAC, and send data to acSELerator Team SEL-5045 and acSELerator Meter Reports SEL-5630 Software for analysis.File I/O
Report Generator/EmailPlus ClientGenerate custom reports from data available from the RTAC's logic engine. It is bundled with a fully featured email client that integrates into secure email systems. File I/O
FTP SyncConnect to established S/FTP server infrastructure and automatically push files from the RTAC file system to remote destinations. File I/O
File I/ORead and write files to the RTAC file system. It includes a built-in SFTP/FTP client for sending and receiving files and provides programmatic access to fault and SOE records.None

Engineering Services Libraries (Contact Engineering Services for ordering information.)


LibraryApplication
Distribution AutomationFault location, isolation, restoration, and volt-VAR control of distribution feeders
Automated System Verification and MonitoringProtection system monitoring and verification (NERC PRC-005)
Ground Fault DetectionGround fault identification for ungrounded power systems

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Latest Firmware Versions

There are no firmware versions available for this product.

Product Revision Firmware ID Date Available Serial Number
SEL-3530 R147-V0 SEL-3530-R147-V0-Z000992-D20200820 8/28/20 ~1202410001
SEL-3530-4 R147-V0 SEL-3530-4-R147-V0-Z000992-D20200820 8/28/20 ~1202410001

The Firmware IDs for older versions of the firmware can typically be found in Appendix A of the instruction manual.

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