Whether on land or at sea, power generation schemes generally follow a SCADA-like architecture with data distributed between RTUs / PLCs, Industrial PCs and HMIs. In modern offshore systems, data transfer is generally done over an Industrial Ethernet backbone using fibre-optic media for noise immunity and to span the long distances involved in distributed control systems.
Amplicon offers a solution for all elements of an offshore control system.
Remote I/O modules are often used instead of or as well as a PLCs / RTUs to provide closed control and data capture from analogue and digital sensors. Although they do not meet the requirements of safety critical systems, they are often used to massively reduce costs in I/O transmission and monitoring applications where safety compliance is not required.
Remote I/O modules are also used to tunnel I/O signals over an existing IP based LAN, WAN or even the internet saving the cost of installing a dedicated point to point cable for I/O signals.
Industrial Ethernet switches provide the IP backbone for power generation and distribution systems and many of Amplicon’s range meet IEC61850-3 approval for substation environments. Our ability to design fault-tolerant networks with millisecond recovery times is one of the key reasons why system integrators from around the world choose Amplicon.
Our single-strand fibre converters make long-reach data communications very cost-effecitve by halving the number of fibre strands required for each 100 or 1000Mbps bi-directional connection.
Amplicon’s Panel PCs are used to act as an HMI and visualisation platform for Windows and Linux based SCADA packages. Our offering in this area includes a wide range of models and are available with marine approvals.
The Impact-E range has been used to provide direct control inside wind turbines thanks to its compact and rugged form-factor.