The SGC-30 CUBE Controller is a scalable communication and automation platform for demanding applications which is ideally suited for smart grids and industrial automation.
The modular hardware design allows for a varied configuration of I/O and communication modules allowing the CUBE to handle multiple scenarios. The CUBE can range from 1 to 4 cells with 2 modules per cell.
Based on a multi-tasking real-time operating system, the CUBE’s powerful software platform can use various communication protocols and I/O modules, in conjunction with an integrated programmable logic controller to provide wide ranging communication and automation solutions.
Communication protocols including IEC 61850, IEC 60870-5-101/103/104, DNP3 and Modbus are part of an increasing communication application library available on the CUBE. Cloud interface options are based on standard JSON data format and MQTT exchange.
Using a standard LoRaWAN communication interface the CUBE becomes part of an IoT (internet of things) network as a smart super sensor with edge computing capabilities.
Infoteam’s OpenPCS programmable logic controller application is fully compliant with the IEC 61131 standard with all 5 programming languages and can be integrated as an option.
Standard Communication Features
Two configurable Ethernet ports provide a powerful network connectivity platform. Configuration options are:
- 2 x Independent Ethernet ports with independent MACs
- HSR (High Available Seamless Redundancy) Ethernet Ring
- PRP (Parallel Redundant Protocol) Ethernet configuration
For local IED integration one (1) electrically isolated RS232 or RS485 communication port is provided. Two (2) additional serial ports can be integrated as an extension module.
Additional Communication Options
Cloud computing, wide area and wireless networks will become an integral part of utility communication networks. For these interfaces various communication channels can be added to the SGC-30 as cube cells, including:
- GSM, 3G, LTE
- Lora WAN
- 3 port Ethernet switch
- Wireless Ethernet (on request)
Local I/O and extensions
The CUBE is available in sizes up to 4 functional cells, each cell supporting 2 module cards, making 8 available slots per SGC-30. Other than the power supply and processor boards, the following cards are available:
- 8 filtered digital inputs
- 4 digital inputs and 2 relay outputs
- 4 relay outputs
- 4 analog inputs with DC current measured from -22mA to +22mA
- Wireless temperature and partial discharge monitoring: up to 32 wireless temperature sensors and 3 partial discharge detection locations.
- Cellular (3G/4G) and LoRa interface
- 3x Ethernet port switch extension
- 2x Serial extension (independent RS-232 and RS-485)
The Application Data Hub (ADH) has been fully integrated which includes support for communication protocols IEC 61850, IEC 60870-5-101/103/104, DNP3, Modbus, JSON/MQTT and local I/O and extension cards. The integrated IEC 61131 compliant Infoteam SmartPLC application allows the user to develop their own automation logic.
The Cube Controller is configured using eNode Designer, which links in with the IEC 61131 compliant OpenPCS development tool to allow for easy programming of automation logic.
By linking our IEC 61850 ICD Designer tool to the eNode Designer implementing IEC 61850 applications becomes a simple and easily achievable engineering task.
Typical SGC-30 Cube Controller Applications
CUBE Data Gateway and Sensor Integration Application