OMICRON Magazine

Voltage transformers (VTs) need to transform primary voltages to smaller voltages with precision on their secondary side. These voltages serve as the input signals for secondary devices, such as protection relays or electricity meters. Manufacturers need to fulfill high-quality requirements while improving their production lines’ efficiency so that prices can stay attractive for their international clients. Semar Electric in Cairo Montenotte, Italy, has made its VT production line more efficient by integrating the VOTANO 100. Voltage and current transformer (CT) manufacturers verify the performance of their CTs and VTs during several stages of the production process. A voltage transformer needs to perform correctly in ratio, phase, polarity, and accuracy class, and a current transformer must have proper winding resistance, excitation curve, knee point, and ratio, to name but a few of the most important parameters. Thus, these VTs and CTs must undergo several testing stages during production. The first tests occur before the pre-assembled VT or CT active part goes through the resin-casting process. The second one is the final production test. For the first test phase, Semar Electric optimized testing performance and production efficiency by integrating the CT Analyzer for their CT tests a few years ago. They have currently integrated the VOTANO 100 into their VT production line. Semar Electric controls the VOTANO 100 directly from the production software via the VOTANO 100 API. During the transition from their former measurement bridge to the VOTANO 100 measurement, Semar Electric used both measurement methods to compare results. These comparisons have shown that the results of the measurement bridge and the results of the VOTANO 100 correspond well. The main advantage the VOTANO 100 measurement has over the measurement bridge is the amount of time it saves. With a bridge measurement, one leg of the bridge circuit must be balanced with the voltage transformer under test for each measured value. The VOTANO 100, on the other hand, automatically performs several measurements in quick succession to VT TESTING AT SEMAR ELECTRIC Increasing efficiency with a model-based approach determine the most critical parameters of the VT, such as the winding resistance or the magnetization curve. During these tests, VOTANO 100 determines the VT model elements and automatically calculates the accuracy of the voltage transformer from these intermediate results. Seconds later, VOTANO 100 outputs an automatic VT class assessment. This class assessment 18