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Electrocon International to Demonstrate NERC PRC Standards Reporting Support in CAPE Computer-Aided Protection Software at Georgia Tech Protective Relaying and Fault and Disturbance Analysis Conferences

Leading computer-aided protection software for high voltage electrical transmission and distribution lines

6000+ detailed relay styles, reclosers and fuses

CAPE-TS Link option integrates with Siemens PTI PSSE transient stability simulation

IPS-CAPE Bridge option integrates with IPS Energy RELEX protection system data management software

Ann Arbor, Michigan – March 1, 2017 – Electrocon International, the full-service developer and marketer of CAPE software for protection system simulation and data management, will demonstrate the latest enhancements supporting NERC PRC standards for CAPE 14 at the Annual Georgia Tech Fault and Disturbance Analysis and Protective Relaying Conferences taking place Monday-Friday, May 1-5, 2017. Supporting the system protection function within electric power utilities, CAPE is used by transmission, distribution and generation companies as well as electrical engineering firms in more than 50 countries on six continents. CAPE offers extensive tools for detailed relay modeling that help engineers manage voluminous and complex network data, uncover potential problems, and examine alternative solutions.

Weve added significant support to CAPE to better assist our customers in meeting NERC PRC compliance reporting, remarked Paul F. McGuire, EE, MSEE, PE and President of Electrocon International. In the past year we have added support for PRC-019-1, PRC-023-2, PRC-025-1, PRC-026-1 and PRC-027-1.

In addition to the NERC PRC compliance support, CAPE 14 includes features designed to enhance usability and improve engineer productivity including:

Automated time-distance diagrams with option to store in database.

CAPE-TS Link option to integrate the detailed protection system model of CAPE with the time-domain model of the Siemens PTI PSSE transient stability simulation

IPS-CAPE Bridge-CIM option to provide two-way data exchange between the IPS-RELEX protection system data management software and the CAPE protection system simulation environment allowing two-way transfer of not only relay settings, but network typology including CTs and VTs

Special support for generator protection coordination tasks; display of generator capability curves; loss-of-field protection

Frequency relay models

Volts-per-Hertz relay models

100+ new detailed relay models developed since CAPE 2010 bringing the total relays to more than 6000 detailed relay styles, reclosers and fuses

Modeling of generator and induction motor fault decay in Short Circuit, System Simulator, and Relay Checking

Support for modeling unbalanced three-phase transformers

Enhanced Shunt Capacitor Bank Performance macro

Quickscan fault studies

Quick protection system simulations in Short Circuit

CT saturation simulation in differential relays

Sliding fault impedance feature

Electrocon continually incorporates enhancements in CAPE that will better assist our users at doing their jobs, stated McGuire. We listen to the needs of our customers and then develop the necessary tools to support those requirements. Our product development direction has been customer focused for more than thirty-five years.

CAPE handles networks of any size, large or small. CAPE users have systems ranging from under 100 buses to over 30,000 buses. Several have protection systems with 20,000 to 50,000 relays.

Simulating short circuits and showing the responses of protective devices

With CAPE, you use a mouse to click and drag elements on a one-line diagram, and to open breakers, apply faults, and simulate protective system responses. Conducting automated fault studies and wide area coordination reviews, developing incisive custom reports, and identifying fault locations, all become practical, efficient activities that add value to the organization.

More detail gives you more realistic results

CAPEs ability to handle rich detail allows users to create models accurate enough to realistically predict likely misoperations. CAPE handles model-specific comparator equations, phase and fault selection logic, manufacturer- and model-specific setting names, and internal supervision logic. CAPE comes with a library of relays, distribution reclosers, and fuses, all ready to use out of the box.

Get the most from your data

CAPE is built upon a true relational database, which is included with CAPE software. CAPEs underlying DBMS is fully ODBC- and SQL-compliant; therefore, the CAPE database may be accessed with programs like Oracle and Microsoft Access. All of the CAPE modules use the same CAPE database data, so any data item is entered once and may be used many times.

CAPE users with active software maintenance agreements received CAPE 14. For more information about CAPE, CAPE 14 or Electrocon services, visit us on the web at or call +1 734-761-8612 extension 202 or email

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About Electrocon International, Inc.

Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Electrocon International, Inc. develops and markets CAPE software for protection engineering. CAPE’s graphical network modeling and system simulation support automatic relay setting, detection of miscoordinated settings, and event analysis. CAPE’s is the largest and most detailed library of relay models available. With more detailed, more accurate models, protection engineers study real life conditions, perform wide-area reviews, predict protection system performance, and much more. Electrocon provides ongoing technical support and CAPE-related services for its customers all over the world, which include transmission utilities and engineering firms of all sizes.

Electrocon has been developing tools for computer-aided protection engineering since 1985, working with input from protection engineers from leading North American power utilities. CAPE’s original mission was to create a combined network and protection system model that would support automated relay setting and coordination checking. Today, with a master library of over 5,500 manufacturer-specific relay styles and supported by a true database management system, it is common to see CAPE network models of 2,000 to more than 30,000 buses and protection system models of 5,000 to 50,000 relays. Wide Area Coordination reviews have become a reality as one tool to improve overall power system reliability.