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What's New in EasyPower 10.0 Release

This webinar, given by Jim Chastain, an EasyPower Engineer, covers some of the new features in version 10.0 of EasyPower. Jim covers the extended support for the IEC-60909 standard in short circuit and protective device coordination. He explains how to create custom text templates and symbols for items on the one-line, along with other new features.

See the full transcript of the webinar below.

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Full Transcript of the Video

Jim Chastain: Good morning everyone. According to my Caesium time dial, we're at the top of the hour. Welcome to this special edition of the EasyPower Thursday Webinar Series. What we're gonna talk about today is the upcoming release of the EasyPower 10.0 version, and it's just a matter of days if not a week or so before the release will be made. So, what I wanted to do was cover some of what you can expect. This will not be, by any means, an exhaustive examination of all the features, but we wanna give you some things to look forward to and some highlights. And certainly, after the release, we will be having a number of tutorials on the specifics. But this is what we're gonna cover today.

So, first and probably the most eagerly awaited, (00:01:00) what we will be doing at that time is talking about the text editor and then covering the basic use of it. You will see it has the ability to have conditional statements, and the examples we're gonna cover will be specifically on how to manipulate the data that I wanna display for cable, and then some of the potential uses on, for instance, a low voltage power circuit breaker. And you'll realize that each of these templates, because I'm gonna develop a template and then save it, can be exported and then reused. And in some cases, they may even wanna identify them for specific clients or specific application. So, it's a very versatile feature. And as I say, many in the audience have probably been asking for it for a while.

And we'll talk about the ability to do (00:02:00) custom symbols. Again, another feature that's been requested in the past and they were excited to introduce that capability today. Along with the release of 10.0, we have significant enhancements to the IEC capabilities and we will be touching on those in an overview. And then some additional detail on the features that will be part of the release, including a new language capability. So, as we launch into this, the one-line text blocks gives us the ability to put a host of information on the one line diagram that has been limited in the past.

And as I mentioned, it has the ability to make each of the data elements visible on conditional, or the condition of whether the cable data (00:03:00) requires that information or not. And those of you that work with the customized label editor, you'll see a lot of similarities in the logic system that's built into the editor. What it allows you to do and why this would be a benefit to any users is it allows you to customize the look and feel of a project or the data that's displayed for different applications from the same database. For instance, my bid package may have a requirement for displaying certain elements of the cable, whereas as I'm doing the design I may wanna have other information available to me as the engineer but not necessarily include that as part of my in one line that could go to my customer.

And as you'll see, the templates that are developed can be reused and even modified within the project, (00:04:00) and that information again will be saved with the project. So, what it really means is the bottom line is you can see what you wanna see when you wanna see it. Now the text block editor itself has several main constituents. The first will be it's available from the Tools, Option menu, and you will see that we have the ability to customize every individual element that's in the database file and even have the ability to have multiple data text blocks as required. And once we've selected that particular element, again the default template will be part of the initial display, and then we can modify it. And as we do so, we have the ability to utilize a preview pane that will display an example of what we're gonna be seeing once we get to the finished template. So, let's jump into an example here.

(00:05:00) What I have in mind is I want a display that shows on my one line that I'm gonna be using from my bid packet submission the number of sets in my cable run in the bundle, the size and material for the phase conductors, the neutral conductors, the ground conductors and the conduit, and then I want a second extended version of that, that I would use as I'm doing my design work prior to submittal that has all of that information, but it also has the current waiting for the cable bundle itself. As I'm kind of adding loads and the making changes, I wanna kind of remind myself if I'm exceeding the capacity of that particular cable. So, let's see if we can make that happen.

So, here's a typical project, and this is probably (00:06:00) somewhat close to what the current display of EasyPower would produce. And I'm in the 10.0 prerelease version, and what I'm gonna start with is the access to the templates themselves. As I mentioned earlier, a number of these new features are based upon templates that can be developed, and they are available as we look at the file locations in a very similar format as we have in 9.8. But you can see that we have one-line symbols that utilize a template that's been located and assigned that connection. Likewise, the one-line text symbols or text templates will be available and can be changed based upon what I wanna use.

(00:07:00) And then when we get to the one-line text template itself, it's available under the options list. Now just as before, we still have the ability under our Text Visibility tab to show either the equipment data, which is what will be part of the label; or the per-unit impedances. And so as we apply that, again this is a feature that's been there for some time, and that information can be presented either with the ID name as we currently have it or in the two side of the line cable itself or with the farm site. All right so that feature, that capability is still there. What we're working with now is the template that controls what that database or what that data block will display.

So, let me (00:08:00) go back and put this is my ID name so we can see it there. All right again this is available under options, one-line text. As I mentioned earlier, each element in the system has an entry into this database template, and I'm gonna start with the cable. So, for right now, this is what the default template looks like. And again, if I go back to my file locations, you'll see as I launched the one line, it points to the text template, which is the default setting. What I wanna do in this case, in fact I've already kind of started my template, I'm gonna go back to my one-line text editor and import from a file, one that I've already created.

And at this point I need to go to, under my Documents, EasyPower 10.0, Templates, (00:09:00) and we're gonna look at Jim's bid package template. So, there's not much difference, at least where I'm starting from, except that it's spread out in a single line. And what we see here is the number of conductors per phase, the type of conductor, type of insulation, the size, the size unit and the material. And what we see in this lower field are the conditional statements that are used to present that information. So, if I select number of phases, number of conductors per phase, if it's blank, that entry is gonna be blank. And when it's not per unit, then it will be displayed. When we go to Type, in this case we have Other.

And again if it's not per unit, it's gonna be displayed as the type, (00:10:00) in this case, let me show what the other is. And we'll get to each of these in turn. Again, the size, the conductor size will be displayed if we're talking about equipment data and not per unit. in the preview Pane over here, we have the ability to make entry changes and see how the setup is gonna affect it. So, for now my number, number per phase is one. Let's change that to two. And as I do that I can see down in the preview that this has changed to 2-1.c. If I change it to three, again so it's talking about the number of bundles if you will, the number of sets of cable, all right? So, that appears to be doing what I want it to do. If I go to the size, come back up here to my data entry preview, my size is a four aught.

(00:11:00) If that changes to, so let's says a two aught, I can see that it displays and it displays AWG. When I come back to here and I look at size unit, I have that conditional upon equipment data and material length, material. And so, we're showing AWD here. So, what I wanna do, let me go back and make sure I have the right template because I've set some of these cables up before and I wanna make a modification. So, if we apply this, so what we can see is we have are two sets of four wire bundles. In this case, it's a two aught with the four aught ground.

And I want these to be oriented so I can read everything (00:12:00) on one line, so I'm gonna put a line return behind my ground. So, let's do that. And as I apply that, it'll change the display on the one line. All right so I wanna have my line return right here. So, that seems a little bit more compact. Now the thing I wanted to add is the size of my conduit. I'm showing here in my display an inch sign or an inch double asterisk. In my example, when I scroll down to my conduit, I don't show a conduit size.

(00:13:00) If I put in a five, I can see it shows up down here as five inches. So, what I wanna do is expand my conduit name. And as I type that in, I can see it show up on my label. And I wanna show the material. So, in that case, I wanna put it right before the conduit size. So, I put in a couple of spaces. To put in the material for my conduit, I gotta find it. Raceway material. And I'm gonna put that in my, just left click and drag and put that into my... So, what I'm showing is an IN steel conduit of five inches. So, let's apply it and see how it looks on my one line.

All right so here the significance is we have a host of data within (00:14:00) the database that hasn't been displayed, and that's why the request for a data block has been expanded. So, what I'm looking at here is for this particular cable, there's two conductors per phase, it's THWN insulation, it's a size number two, 50 feet in length. If I go to the specification tabs, here's the size of my conduit and you can see it shows up right there. When I go to the ground wire, I have a separate ground wire that's a size number two. And my neutral wire, again we have a single neutral wire and it's size number two. So, all that information now is available on the one line as part of my bid package. And in spite of having an extra space of conduit, I'm gonna be happy.

So, at this point I wanna save this (00:15:00) particular template. So, I'm going to export to a file, and this, make modifications to Jim's template package. And now I'm ready to roll. Now the last thing I wanted to do or the second thing I wanted to do was be able to display on my one-line diagram what the cable ampacity is for this particular combination of elements just for my purposes. And to do that, again I'm gonna go back and create a second template, a modified template. If I come down to my cable, I can go over and find my ampacity rating if I'm careful enough. Size, unit, rating.

(00:16:00) So, I'm gonna left click and drag and put this down at the bottom. And I wanna put it on the second row. Let's go ahead and put the text. And then at the tail end I want an amp or A. So, as I do this, I see what the preview is gonna look like down here if I apply this, and then look in my one line. Now I can see in each of my cable labels what the rating is for that particular run. And now I wanna save this as a separate template. And we're gonna call this my design template for my own use.

(00:17:00) Okay, so the bottom line is I get it the way I want it and I can modify it for other audiences or for other purposes, and it's all part of the template structure that we've done. So, just to kind of test this, what happens if we go to a four, four conductors per phase... Yeah, and my rating changed with it. Okay I'm tickled. Hope everybody else got something out of that. All right, that brings us to the second topic. Oh, I was gonna talk a little bit about the display of low voltage power circuit breakers. Same mindset, and that is what it is that we need to see it when we need to see it.

So, in the default (00:18:00) standard, we're showing the current for that particular device based upon whether it's a solid-state trip or not. And if it is a solid-state trip then what frame and plug combination there is, as a result we're getting a preview here. I think the addition I wanna make here is the type of breaker that's being displayed. And so, if I take the class and put it up here on the second line, and let's go ahead and put a space in there just to make it a little bit... You can see it shows up in this case by itself because that's on the PCB or the MCC line.

As we apply this, we can go back and we see that we show an MCCB class here for these feeders, and up here there's a low (00:19:00) voltage power circuit breaker. So, again that may be something that I'd want to have on the one line that I provided the electrician so that they could make sure we're doing correct data collection. And at that point, I'd say this template, for whatever purpose, I need it to keep that separate. All in all, it's extremely versatile and makes a lot of sense. And like I say, we've had a lot of requests for it. The one thing I didn't show and it's pretty versatile is the fact that as we go to each of these elements, I can put, let's find a more populated one, I can put in a number of lines. So, we're not limited to a fixed number of characters. it's basically how much space we're gonna take up on the one line. All right, next topic, custom symbols.

So, since forever, since the Windows format (00:20:00) was implemented, EasyPower uses XML templates for symbols. And for some time now, people have asked for custom symbols or different symbols and what we had in the basic library. At this point now with the release of 10.0, we make those templates available to you and you can customize them based upon your needs. But what this means to you is you can enhance your display element for any number of reasons. There are unique one-line diagram displays now that could be carried through CAD, gives you the ability to have some element or branding for your CAD displays and files. And I have a couple quick examples. As I say, these are XML templates.

It's nontrivial if you're not familiar with XML, and we will be having tutorials in the future (00:21:00) to get into explain how to access the template files. And very much like some of the other templates for schedules and MCC schedules for folks who wanna do a lot of customizing, you may want to invest or expand the development of one of your engineers as an XML aficionado. So, let me jump into that real briefly and we can talk about what that means. Again, it's accessible from the Options dialog box. And again, one-line symbols is what we're gonna be accessing. And as you notice, we utilize the same feature as part of the IEC implementation. Currently we're showing the ANSI base symbols. We can display the IEC symbols.

(00:22:00) And as we apply that, you'll notice that the equipment display over here now is incorporating the IEC symbols designations. And all this is covered in the help files and the user's guide. But as I want to implement a specific customized template, I would import it from a file and it's gonna remove any custom devices I currently have in my system. So, we implement a file now that has custom devices for this list of elements. We apply it, and you can see we've expanded the display for the panels. A different model for the transformer.

(00:23:00) And if we scroll up, we have kind of a fancier display for the utility icon. And as we reuse or reapply different elements, they will conform to whatever that template will be set up or referred to. It's a unique way to customize your display, your one line and your branding. And by all means, if you need assistance in setting it up, we make the folks available through tech support to be able to describe the process to you.

Now another case in point where we've had people asking for specifically overload contactors as part of the display, when we go in and look at our breakers, we show up breaker contactor but the request has always been to show the overload elements that are usually (00:24:00) reflected in a bid package or in a has built. And so, by implementing those, I have a different template that includes that, now we could see that, that element can be included as part of my breaker symbol and make some designers a little bit more comfortable with the fact that those elements are included in the starter. Now just as before, once I'm happy with a particular element or option template, I can then either save it with part of the package or go back to the default settings.

Or in this case, just remove the custom elements (00:25:00) from my project and go back to the original settings that we had when we loaded the file. Again, a very versatile application that may not be something that applies to everyone right off the bat. But I think as you understand what that will permit you to do as far as your presentation, it could be a valuable way to set yourself apart from the competition. Then let's talk about the IC enhancements. So, there have been expanded enhancements to compliance with IEC 60909, specifically the short circuit calculations. The panels have an international protection code field that can be entered as part of the database and displayed with the custom templates.

Transformer damage points (00:26:00) plotted on the TCC curves. Equipment tab now shows the X/R calcs per IEC 60909. And then there's additional time slots for short circuit calculations and the steady state short circuit values. The remote currents and voltages for remote buses when you fall to single bus is now available as it was in the ANSI tool suite. The short circuit calcs are integrated with the protective device coordination and will reflect on the TCC plots. Multiple report formats have been added that were not there before, and the whole benefit of this, what this means to you is it expands your reach into IEC markets and does so in such a way that will be very familiar to you as an EasyPower user.

So, let's see (00:27:00) how that's gonna look for us. So, I do have a sample here that's set up. In fact, there's a protection one IEC sample with the installation, with the upgrade. And so first of all, you can see we have the IEC symbols, which are available when we go back to our options, you can choose between IEC and ANSI when you do the installation. But at any point in time, as long as you have both licenses, at any point in time you can change from one to the other. This includes the base symbols, the equipment designation in terms of X/R calculations. And derating can be based upon US or CSA. And then we already talked about the symbols and the one-line diagrams.

(00:28:00) When we go into short circuit and you can see the different timeslots that are now available for short circuit calculation, and if we follow up the buses. And then the final selection is for the steady state or long term short circuit for an extended fault over a quarter of a second. The equipment duty is compliant per IEC. The remote current and voltage is available as we indicated when we felt a single bus. And so now we see in this case the 20 millisecond current for contributions from all the remote buses to an individual fault.

(00:29:00) Short circuit options include the voltage range controls per IEC, the driving point controls and the ability to change the methodology for peak calculation. For the reports that are generated, you can include fuse and MCCB duties. Breaking and interrupting reports. Multiple formats. Let's apply that and they will show up under our Windows. Here's our breaking report.

And in the initial report, whichever else I produced, and so again, (00:30:00) much better alignment in terms of the calculations, both for X/R, short circuit and standard compliance between the IEC 60909 than we had before with just the ANSI calculations. Should make a lot of people happy, especially on this call. Okay, then the last enhancements that we've done or miscellaneous improvements include the new release of the Chinese version, which includes tutorials, user's manual and documentations, and then the equipment palette and text boxes. Media gallery has been improved so that it utilizes the image viewer on your system.

And as you double click in the media gallery pane, you'll be able to expand it and control it with (00:31:00) your photo viewer that's built into your system. Currently you have the ability now in 10.0 to model voltages down to one volt. You saw as we were looking at the text templates the file locations have been reorganized. There's now an auto-backup that queues up the last save file, as well as the one you're about to save or close. And then as I indicated, system defaults are set up at install, either IEC bases or ANSI bases, and they can be changed after you're well into the use of the tools. In addition, there's numerous bug fixes. And then here's what the Chinese language versions look like and tool display. Documentation and the tutorials. And I can't read a word of this except EasyPower.

(00:32:00) So, stay informed about other webinars. We have updates every week to the website. Be sure to follow us on social media and keep track of the upcoming webinars and training sessions. And you will be seeing new webinars posted as far as schedule after the next couple of months by the end of the week. Thank you everyone for attending, thank you for support of EasyPower. So, that's all we have for today, thank you very much for attending.