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Additions to IEEE 3000 Standards Collection™ for Industrial & Commercial Power Systems (formerly IEEE Color Books®) focus on instrumentation, metering and instrument transformers

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PISCATAWAY, N.J., USA, 30 July 2013 - IEEE, the world's largest professional organization advancing technology for humanity, today announced approval of four new standards in the IEEE 3000 Standards Collection™ for Industrial & Commercial Power Systems (formerly IEEE Color Books®), which sets guidelines and establishes standards for virtually every aspect of power generation and distribution. Developed in order to support more efficient and safe installation, usage and maintenance of a variety of power systems equipment, the newly published standards are:

  • IEEE 3001.8™ external link “Recommended Practice for the Instrumentation and Metering of Industrial and Commercial Power Systems,”
  • IEEE 3004.1™ external link “Recommended Practice for the Application of Instrument Transformers in Industrial and Commercial Power Systems,”
  • IEEE 3006.7™ external link “Recommended Practice for Determining the Reliability of 7×24 Continuous Power Systems in Industrial and Commercial Facilities” and
  • IEEE 3006.9™ external link “Recommended Practice for Collecting Data for Use in Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability Assessments of Industrial and Commercial Power Systems.”

The IEEE 3000 Standards Collection provides a fresh approach to power system design, installation, operation and maintenance. Each topical area within the collection is made up of “dot” standards that focus on specific technical topics, making it easier for power engineers to find the most up-to-date best practices and solutions for virtually any power system venue or application.

“IEEE 3001.8, the first ‘dot’ standard of the IEEE 3001 Standards, extends the standard to focus on instrumentation and metering in industrial and commercial power systems,” said Peter Sutherland, chair of the IEEE Power Systems Design 3001 Working Group. “The standard provides installation and operational guidelines for the types of meters that are used on panel boards, switchboards and switchgear. This is the basic switching equipment used for controlling power in facilities using industrial and commercial power systems.”

The recommended guidelines of IEEE 3001.8 are intended to give engineers designing or maintaining an industrial and/or a commercial power system the background and fundamental understanding of the system’s technical components.

“The IEEE 3004 Standards are designed and updated to suit the electrical protection engineer in the industrial and commercial facilities and, in general, all electrical industrial engineers who are interested in industrial and commercial systems,” said Rasheek Rifaat, chair of the IEEE Protection & Coordination 3004 Working Group and IEEE senior member. “As the first of the IEEE 3004 Standards, IEEE 3004.1 addresses instrument transformers, which are used both in protection and metering, and includes recommended practices for the application of instrument transformers.”

The IEEE 3004 Standards are intended to provide engineers with guidance on how to design electrical and commercial power protection systems that are reinforced with approved codes and operational best practices.

“The science of protection itself is associated with coordinated, secure and prompt isolation of a faulty piece of equipment within the electrical system. Coordinated, secure and prompt isolation is critical because leaving a piece of equipment that is in a faulty condition, or an abnormal operating condition, may cause additional damage to the equipment—as well as it may endanger people in the vicinity,” said Rifaat.

As recommended practices, the IEEE 3006.7 and IEEE 3006.9 standards are designed to assist engineers with maintaining the safety and reliability of continuous power systems in industrial and commercial facilities (such as data centers or large government facilities). IEEE 3006.7 provides the structure for determining the reliability of such systems, while the IEEE 3006.9 standard provides the data collection elements for use in their maintainability.

“IEEE 3006.7 provides the methodology and defines what the right definitions and formulas are because there's so many different types of facilities and analysis. IEEE 3006.9 provides recommendations on how to collect the data for support purposes,” said Robert Arno, chair of the IEEE Power Systems Reliability 3006 Working Group, senior member of IEEE and vice chair of the IEEE Reliability Subcommittee. “The IEEE 3000 Standards Collection for Industrial and Commercial Power Systems is designed to give knowledge to a facility manager to operate as effective, efficiently and safely as possible. This fits right into the ‘green’ effort that is so important to this country and so important to consumption of resources right now.”

For more information about the IEEE 3000 Standards Collection, please visit IEEE 3000 Standards Collection™ for Industrial & Commercial Power Systems web page.

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