Who’s got the power?


That would be Omicron, who happen to be the proud sponsors for our Power category for 2020. Here, Omicron gives us a bit of background on who they are, what they’re currently up to and most importantly, why they’ve chosen to be a part of the ER Excellence Awards.

For the benefit of the uninitiated, what is Omicron?

An international company serving the electrical power industry with innovative testing and diagnostic solutions, the application of Omicron products allows users to assess the condition of the primary and secondary equipment on their systems with complete confidence. Services offered include consulting, commissioning, testing, diagnosis and training which all make the product range complete. 

Customers in more than 160 countries rely on Omicron’s ability to supply leading edge technology of excellent quality. Service centres on all continents provide a broad base of knowledge and extraordinary customer support. All of this together with the company’s strong network of sales partners is what has cemented Omicron as a market leader in the electrical power industry.

Does Omicron have a UK-based service centre?

Yes, Omicron has a service and training centre based in the Midlands, purpose-built to provide the electrical power industry with innovative products and services for the testing and monitoring of assets. 

Equipped with state-of-the-art workshop facilities and test objects, the centre is home to a large team which delivers quick responses to both commercial and technical requests and supports clients with everything from coordinating listing strategies to complete commissioning and maintenance regimes. 

Omicron engineers share a broad range of experience in commissioning, factory testing and design and are also expert trainers, delivering professional courses for technical staff from electrical utilities, industrial plants, equipment manufacturers and service companies. 

Covering both primary and secondary testing, Omicron Academy training courses are built around real testing situations, through which delegates can gain knowledge of assets and applications, fully utilise Omicron test equipment and apply efficient test procedures to interpret test and measurement results.

To ensure that the company remains at the forefront of technology, Omicron is committed to investing more than 15% of its profit into research and development, providing the industry with new, cutting-edge devices such as StationScout, StationGuard and MONTESTO 200. 

StationScout  IEC 61850 Substation Automation System testing:

Testing the automation, control, and SCADA communication in an IEC 61850 Substation Automation System (SAS) is as time consuming as testing the protection – or often even more. StationScout simplifies this testing and reduces the required effort significantly.

StationGuard  Cyber security and functional monitoring for substations:

The StationGuard intrusion detection system can monitor Ethernet networks in substations and detects suspicious behaviour, unauthorised actions and malfunctions on the IEC 61850 station or process bus.

StationGuard uses the substation's SCL file to create a complete system model of the IEC 61850 SAS and substation and then compares each individual packet in the network with the live system model. 

MONTESTO 200  Online partial discharge measurement and temporary monitoring system for various electrical assets:

MONTESTO 200 is a portable, two-in-one solution that enables you to perform both online partial discharge (PD) measurements and temporary online PD monitoring on various medium-voltage and high-voltage electrical assets under load. You can use the IP65-rated MONTESTO 200 both indoors and outdoors. Online PD measurements can be easily made on-site.

Why is Omicron attending the ER Excellence Awards?

As a business, Omicron is constantly striving for levels of excellence within our product range and services and we believe that the ER Excellence Awards 2020 reflects this ethos. By supporting and attending the event, we can also fully engage with changes and challenges within the industry.

What are you looking forward to most at the event?

The awards will be a great opportunity to celebrate success while enjoying a fun evening networking with like-minded engineers and key customers.