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July 10, 2014
Welcome Carl West

ERLPhase is pleased to welcome Carl West as Sales Engineer to assist our customers in the Western US. His passion for exceptional customer support will strengthen ERLPhase business development in California, N. Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Idaho, and Montana.

Mr. West has more than 20 years’ experience working with the electric utility industry. His past focus and expertise with SCADA, RTU’s, substation automation, systems protection, and transformer monitoring is ideal for the promotion and support of ERLPhase Digital Disturbance Recorders and Protective Relays.

Mr. West is based in El Dorado Hills (Sacramento) CA, and can be reached at cwest@erlphase.com and at 916-765-5066.

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October 2013
Introducing the B-PRO 4000 Multi-Busbar Protection System



The B-PRO 4000 Multi-Busbar system provides protection for any bus bar configuration with 3 differential zones and a check zone. Its scalable architecture allows flexibility to use the most cost effective hardware combinations, based on the actual number of zones and number of current inputs in the bus system. For example, protection for 23 feeders plus one bus tie breaker can be provided using four B-PRO 4000 relays communicating with each other.

The B-PRO 4000 Multi-Busbar system provides current differential bus protection, circuit breaker failure protection, end fault protection, backup over current protection, independent check zone, open CT and advanced saturation detection for EHV bus-bars. It provides control, automation, metering, monitoring, fault oscillography, event logging, and dynamic swing recording, with advanced communications in a flexible cost effective package.

  • Easy to use, intuitive setting and analysis software
  • Dynamic Bus Replica
  • Integrated Breaker Fail Protection with single phase initiation, End Zone Protection and Over Current Protection for each input current
  • Isolator and CB status monitoring and alarming
  • Delta Phase and Rate of Change of Differential (ROCOD) algorithms provide enhanced security during external faults with heavy CT saturation
  • Use 1 x B-PRO 4000 relay for every 6 x 3-phase CT inputs configured for the bus differential element
  • High quality fault recording and event log


October 2013
ERLPhase Announces IEC 61850 Certification for B-PRO 4000 Bus Protection Relay

ERLPhase Power Technologies, a provider of easy-to-use protection relays and digital fault recorders, today announced IEC 61850 protocol certification of its B-PRO 4000 Bus Protection Relay. Issued by the Central Power Research Institute of India, this independent assessment is based on the UCA International Users Group Device Test Procedures.

IEC 61850 Station Bus protocol (8-1) is offered as a standard feature on all 4000 Series relays and recorders.

About IEC 61850:
In response to growing proprietary protocols, the IEC 61850 standard was developed to ensure interoperability of substation automation devices. Beginning in 1995, an IEC project group of about 60 members from different countries worked in 3 IEC working groups to create a single protocol which would: define basic services required to transfer data in the future, promote interoperability between vendor systems, standardize on a common format for data storage, and define testing requirements for conformance to the standard.


October 2013
Transition to 4000 Series Protection Relays

ERLPhase is pleased to announce to our relay customers that our 4000 series of protection products is now complete, including the addition of the F-PRO 4000 and the advanced B-PRO 4000 Multibus Protection Relay. Customers used to purchasing our older generation protection relays will experience a seamless transition and increased functionality with the purchase of 4000 series relays.

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Applications Engineer Anderson Oliveira February 2013
Welcome our Newest Applications Engineer Anderson Oliveira

ERLPhase is pleased to welcome Anderson Oliveira as a Field Applications Engineer in our Technical Services Group. Mr. Oliveira has over 10 years experience in power transmission and distribution systems. He is a well rounded engineer with experience in power systems studies, design and commissioning of Protection & Control systems, as well as detailed design of power plants and substations. Mr. Oliveira also has experience implementing training; technical communication with ERLPhase customers, both in North America and Latin America, will be a significant part of his role.

Prior to joining ERLPhase Power Technologies, Mr. Oliveira was a Design Engineer for Genivar in Toronto where he was involved in the design of generating stations, transformer stations and distributed generator in accordance to the technical interconnection requirements of the owner of the power grid. He has also worked as an Electrical Engineer for CHESF, one of the largest utilities in Brazil, coordinating and supervising implementation of maintenance programs for substation equipment. Anderson is a Professional Engineer, registered in the Province of Ontario. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pernambuco, Brazil and he is working on his M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. Anderson is fluent in both English and Portuguese and can converse in Spanish as well.

Mr. Oliveira enjoys working in partnership with customers on technical planning to choose appropriate power systems equipment. He looks forward to meeting you all!

Windows 7 October 2012
ERLPhase Announces Windows 7 Operating System Support

ERLPhase is pleased to announce the release of software updates for all products, adding support for the 32 bit Windows 7 Professional operating system. This release maintains all backwards compatibility features. It means that ERLPhase software will now work with both Windows 7 32 bit operating systems as well XP Service Pack 3 operating systems.

As always, all ERLPhase Control Panel software can be downloaded from the Software page of our website.

Note that installation of a new ERLPhase USB driver will be necessary as described by the USB driver Installation Guide. Also note that, due to Windows 7 restrictions, the location of the Records folder for new installations has changed to "C:\Users\Public\Public Documents\ERLPhase\RecordBase Server\data-base" for Windows 7 and "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Shared Documents\ERLPhase\RecordBase Server\database" for Windows XP. Existing databases are not affected.

For further questions anytime, please contact our customer service team at support@erlphase.com or 204-477-0591. We look forward to speaking with you.

Also stay tuned for future releases of 64 bit Windows 7 compatible software!

ERLPhase Acquired PICS Certification September 2012
ERLPhase Acquired PICS Certification

ERLPhase is pleased to have acquired certification from PICS, which performs supplier prequalification, with a focus on safety. PICS's prequalification and auditing services are used by some customers in the oil and gas industry, in power, and in manufacturing. Founded in 2003 as an organization dedicated to safety, PICS is headquartered in Irvine, California (http://www.picsauditing.com).

ERLPhase Earns LAPEM Certification for TESLA 4000 August 2012
ERLPhase Earns LAPEM Certification for TESLA 4000

LAPEM is the Quality division of CFE (The Federal Commission of Electricity of Mexico) and approves organizations, such as ERLPhase Power Technologies to supply products and services to CFE. Suppliers are evaluated and audited in accordance with ISO Quality Standards.

ISO 9001:2008 Recertification Audit June 14, 2012
ERLPhase Successfully Passed ISO 9001:2008 Recertification Audit

We are honored to announce that in May ERLPhase successfully passed an ISO 9001:2008 Recertification Audit, valid for another 3 year term. An independent certification body confirmed that ERLPhase meets all quality system management requirements under ISO 9001:2008. The audit included a review of processes throughout the business from management responsibility, to purchasing/subcontractor control, to inspection and testing.

The management system was found to be fully effective (no nonconformities issued). Auditors were especially impressed with implementation of the Balanced Score Card system for evaluation and self-evaluation of individual job performance. They also were pleased to see that QMS documents actively reviewed and revised as processes evolved. Auditors mentioned some opportunities for improvement, which will be followed up on actively, in keeping the culture of continuous improvement at ERLPhase.

Bien Lalo, Quality Assurance Specialist at ERLPhase "ERLPhase is an organization with very competent people and highly skilled staff," commented Bien Lalo, Quality Assurance Specialist at ERLPhase. "I am proud of the way our team came together to demonstrate the quality processes that we uphold every day. The fact that this re-certification audit resulted in no findings is a solid testament to everyone's commitment. Let us continually support and improve our QMS as we grow and be a leader in the industry."

ERLPhase Quality System Strengths: (as identified by auditors)
  • Customer focus
  • Commitment to compliance to the documented QMS
  • Commitment to continual improvement of the effectiveness of the QMS
  • Implementation of the second party audits of contract manufacturers
  • Effective implementation of the ESD control program

March 20, 2012
TESLA Power System Recorders

TESLA Power System Recorders Our TESLA 4000 recorders have now been in production and shipping to customers for over two years. This new hardware platform has proved to be reliable and has been embraced by many existing and new users for its new features and increased processing resources. As a result of the increased volume and success, our recorder inventory and production emphasis has shifted to this newer TESLA recorder.

Over the next few months, ERLPhase will be transitioning production away from the existing TESLA 3000 with the primary emphasis being support of existing installed base and accommodation of our market leading 10 year warranty. Easy customer transition to the TESLA 4000 is designed into this newer product, with full fit, form, and functionality of previous models. The TESLA 4000 is the same size, has identical terminations, and utilizes the same input modules as the TESLA 2000 and 3000 recorders. Also, the latest release of TESLA Control Panel Software is backward compatible with all previous TESLA recorders.

We truly appreciate your continued business and look forward to supporting your seamless transition to the newer recorder products.

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October 27, 2011
ERLPhase Welcomes Rafael Chaparro as Director of Sales for Latin America

Rafael Chaparro ERLPhase is pleased to welcome Rafael Chaparro to lead sales in the Latin American region.

Mr. Chaparro's experience includes over 25 years in the power utility industry, including 8 years in communications and relaying with RFL Electronics and 10 years in metering systems with Schlumberger.

Mr. Chaparro will work very closely with Hugo Davila, who has been with the company for many years and is the Technical Manager for Latin America.

"Rafael Chaparro is a very high caliber professional, whose communications experience in relaying and metering applications will be invaluable to ERLPhase and to our customers," said John Swindlehurst, VP Sales and Marketing at ERLPhase. "His experience with Latin American power utilities will help shape our strategies in that region, which will represent a growing part of our business in years to come."

Mr. Chaparro has an Electrical Engineering degree from Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia, and a Masters of Science in Telecommunications from George Mason University in Virginia, USA. He is an IEEE Power Engineering Society member and is active in Power Systems Relaying Committee working groups.

"I am excited about ERL's new generation of product and am pleased to be part of a dynamic organization with international vision," commented Mr. Chaparro. "ERLPhase is certainly ready with all the features demanded by clients in Latin America and I look forward to bringing these innovative solutions to the market. These products, along with ERL's tradition of excellent support and ease of use, will open new doors."

Mr. Chaparro is based in the Washington DC area and can be reached at rchaparro@erlphase.com or (703) 716-4507.

Link to high resolution photo.


September 2011
Krish Narendra Appointed as Adjunct Professor

Krish Narendra ERLPhase Power Technologies is pleased to announce that the University of Manitoba has appointed Krish Narendra (Ph.D.) as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. This 3 year term includes providing thesis topic advice to graduate students, evaluating graduate students theses, shaping graduate studies policies, and maintaining his high level of scholarship and research in the University community.

Dr. Narendra is the Vice President of Technology and Quality at ERLPhase Power Technologies. He obtained his B.E. (Electrical Engineering) in 1986 from University Visweswaraiah College of Engineering (UVCE), and Msc (E.E), Ph.D. (E.E) with a specialisation in High Voltage Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, India in 1989 and 1993 respectively. He joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Concordia University, Montreal as a Research Scholar in 1995. From 1996, he worked in software development with APT Technologies and then NxtPhase T&D Corporation, heading Software Development for the Relay and Recorder division since 2006.

Dr. Narendra has over 18 years of software development expertise, as well as over 25 publications and 4 patents (pending) to his credit. He is actively participating in the IEEE PRSC (Power System Relaying Standards Committee), IEEE – IEC joint working groups and is a member of the PRTT of NASPI (North American Synchrophasor Initiative). His areas of interest include Power Systems Disturbance Analysis, Protection, HVDC Controls, Neural Networks, Fuzzy Logic, Wavelets, Phasor Technology (PMUs), and IEC 61850 application to protection and control.


April 2011
Interview with Apps Engineer, Mark Peterson at IEEE Power Systems Conference



Listen as Mark Peterson gives an overview of ERLPhase products at the recent IEEE Power Systems Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

Mark gives a high level overview of why customers are choosing ERLPhase protection relays and power system recorders.

He was interviewed by Canadian Electronics for the article "IEEE Conference addresses the smarts in the smart grid"


Presented recently at Winnipeg's IEEE Power & Energy Society meeting...

An Insight into IEC 61850 Protocol Implementation
Dr. Krish Narendra, PhD


On January 25, 2011, Dr. Krish Narendra presented at a luncheon meeting for the Winnipeg section of the IEEE Power & Energy Society.

Many publications and free online tutorials describe the IEC 61850 standard protocol, but very few implementation details have been published. This presentation included implementation details of the IEC 61850 protocol (both station bus 8-1, and process bus 9-2) with ERLPhase new generation relay and recording systems. It covered a brief introduction to the 61850 standards, logical node descriptions, GOOSE and Sampled Value publishing and subscriptions. An update on work being done to transmit Phasor Measurement Unit (PMU) data using the 61850 protocol was also discussed.


January 25, 2011
ERLPhase Power Technologies Announces S-PRO Sub-Harmonic Protection Relay

S-PRO Sub-Harmonic Protection Relay Winnipeg, Canada, Jan 25, 2011 – ERLPhase Power Technologies, a provider of easy-to-use protection relays and digital fault recorders, today announced the S-PRO Sub-Harmonic Protection Relay. Solutions, like the S-PRO, that help control harmonic oscillations are especially valuable in wind farm applications.

"The S-PRO was installed at a wind farm substation in Trimont, Minnesota to detect subharmonic oscillations occurring at adjacent wind farms connected to the series compensated line," said Pratap Mysore, Consulting Engineer at Xcel Energy. "In tests so far, the unit has performed well and the relay has been designed well to detect and protect against sustained harmonics from the wind turbines."

Since wind farms are generally located far away from load centers, power flow is increased using series capacitors to compensate for transmission line reactance. Unfortunately series capacitors can interact with the wind system, creating undamped sub-harmonic current oscillations that can cause serious damage to wind turbine controllers and also to conventional generators. The wind turbine's own mechanical system interactions (tower-to-blade) can also generate sub-harmonics, which are detrimental to induction generators, transformers, and may cause resonance at the point of common coupling in the electrical grid. By isolating the healthy grid from sub-harmonic generation sources, damage to the electrical interconnection can be prevented.

The S-PRO 4000 relay provides real-time processing of voltage and current signals with sub-harmonic monitoring at 1 Hz intervals between 5 and 25 Hz (5 Hz, 6 Hz, 7 Hz… 23 Hz, 24 Hz and 25 Hz). It protects the grid from sub-harmonic oscillations at the point-of-common-coupling every 1 second, with additional user-configurable delays. Like all ERLPhase relays, the S-PRO is easy-to-use with intuitive settings and analysis software. The S-PRO has already been installed with a lead customer and will begin full production shipment in Q1 2011.

"Our sub-harmonic protection relay (S-PRO) is the first advanced microprocessor-based relay with 10 second high speed recording capability. It can also be used for detecting Sub Synchronous Resonance (SSR) frequencies," commented Krish Narendra, Vice President of Technology and Quality at ERLPhase.

ERLPhase has a history of pioneering innovative protection and monitoring solutions including transformer loss-of-life monitoring in the T-PRO Transformer Protection Relay, dynamic swing recording in the L-PRO Transmission Line Protection Relay, the use of low impedance current inputs in the B-PRO Bus Protection Relay, and dynamic swing record capture with cross triggering in the TESLA Power System Recorder. All these innovations now find wide spread industry application.

Link to full press release.

Link to S-PRO 4000 product info.

Link to high resolution S-PRO photos for download both with windfarm background, and without windfarm background.


December 20, 2010
ERLPhase Power Technologies Announces Availability of L-PRO 4000 Transmission Line Protection Relay

PRO 4000 Transmission Line Protection Relay Winnipeg, Canada, Dec 20, 2010 – ERLPhase Power Technologies, a provider of easy-to-use protection relays and digital fault recorders, today announced the L-PRO 4000 Transmission Line Protection Relay is available for ordering immediately. The IEC 61850 station bus embedded L-PRO 4000 provides comprehensive distance-based line protection, best-in-class DFR quality fault oscillography, standard ring bus capability, swing recording, event logging, SCADA control and metering.

"Our customers have been eagerly anticipating availability of our next generation series of protection relays," said René Midence, Business Unit Manager for Protection Products at ERLPhase. "We are very pleased to be shipping this product and open to requests from new customers to evaluate the L-PRO 4000 in their own system."

The L-PRO 4000, a member of the 4000 series of protection relays, is a digital, microprocessor-based line distance protection system, which provides protection for medium to extra-high-voltage transmission lines. The L-PRO 4000 is a state-of-the-art, cost-effective product, providing control, automation, metering, monitoring and communications in one flexible and easy-to-use package. Apply the L-PRO 4000 system for high-speed distance and directional protection and complete control in multi-breaker applications typically found in ring or breaker-and-a-half substation arrangements. In addition, the L-PRO 4000 also offers:

  • 4 shot recloser with sync check
  • Single pole trip and reclose
  • IEC 61850 station bus on a dedicated optical/copper Ethernet port
  • User-friendly, Windows™-based relay setting and record analysis software
  • ProLogic® – 24 control logic statements

Link to full press release.

Link to L-PRO 4000 product info.


ERLPhase Announces IEC  61850 Certification for L-PRO Transmission Line Protection  Relay July 20, 2010
ERLPhase Announces IEC 61850 Certification for L-PRO Transmission Line Protection Relay

ERLPhase Power Technologies, a provider of easy-to-use protection relays and digital fault recorders, today announced IEC 61850 protocol certification of its L-PRO 4000 Transmission Line Protection Relay. Issued by the Central Power Research Institute of India, this independent assessment is based on the UCA International Users Group Device Test Procedures.

ERLPhase will offer the IEC 61850 Station Bus protocol (8-1) as a standard feature on its 4000 Series relays and recorders, being released later this year.

"We're very proud of this certification and of the standards-compliant approach we've always followed in our platform design," said René Midence, Business Unit Manager for Protection Products at ERLPhase. "As we look forward to a new generation of Substation Automation IEDs, commitment to certifications like IEC 61850 is essential for the benefit of our industry as a whole."

In response to growing proprietary protocols, the IEC 61850 standard was developed to ensure interoperability of substation automation devices. Beginning in 1995, an IEC project group of about 60 members from different countries worked in 3 IEC working groups to create a single protocol which would: define basic services required to transfer data in the future, promote interoperability between vendor systems, standardize on a common format for data storage, and define testing requirements for conformance to the standard.

Link to full press release.

Link to L-PRO IEC 61850 Certificate.


ERLPhase Expands ISO 9001:2008 Certification June 21, 2010
ERLPhase Expands ISO 9001:2008 Certification

ERLPhase Power Technologies is pleased to announce we have been awarded a renewal of ISO 9001:2008 certification, including an expansion of scope to include Manufacturing processes. This certification covers the major processes ERLPhase has developed to ensure quality for our customers, including assembly, test, receiving inspection, equipment calibration, supplier selection and supplier review. Based on an external ISO audit by Intertek, the auditor found no non-conformities and noted a team environment that embraces our Quality System. Quality for our customers is a cornerstone of our company culture, and is considered a personal responsibility of all employees.


ERLPhase Expands ISO 9001:2008 Certification ERLPhase Quality Management Principles:
  • Customer focus
  • Leadership
  • Involvement of people
  • Process approach
  • System approach to management
  • Continual improvement
  • Factual approach to decision making
  • Mutually beneficial supplier relationship

Download Certificate PDF


June 17, 2010
ESAM's Smart Grid Conference A Success



ERLPhase Power Technologies is a proud member of ESAM, and part of an organizing committee for the recent "Smart Grid: From Concept to Reality" conference. On behalf of everyone at the ESAM member companies, we wish to thank the many delegates, sponsors, exhibitors, and world-class speakers who made this first-ever conference such a success. By all accounts, it was a thought-provoking day packed with insights from a diverse range of speakers.


May 2010
Welcome René Midence, Business Manager - Protection Products

Rene Midence For over 25 years, Mr. Midence has been involved in the design and commissioning of power substations and power plants including Protection and Control, SCADA, Substation Automation and Substation LAN systems. His well-rounded experience covers the fields of consulting and engineering, construction and commissioning, manufacturing and training.

Most recently, Mr. Midence was the VP of Marketing at RuggedCom Inc. Prior to that he worked for GE Multilin for 10 years in progressive positions in Sales, Service, Marketing, and New Product Introduction. Mr. Midence also worked at Klohn Crippen Consulting as Senior Electrical Designer responsible for the design and commissioning of several power plants in Canada and overseas, including the expansion of the largest Hydroelectric Plant in Thailand. In the manufacturing business, he has worked in the design and testing of medium and high voltage substations as well as metalclad switchgear, and protection and control panels.

Prior to immigrating to Canada in 1988, Mr. Midence worked for the national utility of Honduras as an Electrical Engineer where he played an important role in the design, construction and commissioning of the El Cajon, the country's largest hydroelectric plant. Mr. Midence was the founder of CENCAP, the training center of the national telecommunications company of Honduras. He also worked for the University of Honduras where he taught in the faculties of Mathematical Science, Electrical and Civil Engineering.

Mr. Midence is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), member of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) TC57 WG10, and member of the UCA International Users Group where he has contributed in the marketing of the IEC61850 Users Community. He serves on the Advisory Committee for DistribuTECH and the Utility Products Conference and Exhibition. Mr. Midence has written and presented papers at several trade shows including IEEE Concapan and Mexico, DistribuTECH, Substation Automation in India, TechAdvantage, Smart Grid Road Show, T&D Europe, and UTC Telecom. Mr. Midence graduated from the University of Honduras with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Electrical and Industrial Engineering.

Based in Ontario, Canada, Mr. Midence can be reached at rmidence@erlphase.com.

February 2010
iSIS Solid Insulated Switchgear Wins Best Product Award at Elecrama 2010

iSIS Solid Insulated Switchgear Wins Best Product Award at Elecrama 2010 Elecrama, in Mumbai, India, is among the world's largest exhibitions of T&D equipment. This year's show was no exception and we at ERLPhase were excited that a partner company won best product of the year for their iSIS Solid Insulated Switchgear. The innovative iSIS was developed by Switchcraft Europe in Germany, which is a subsidiary of Easun Reyrolle.


A beaming ERLPhase team with the B-PRO 4000 RelaysJuly 2009
First shipment of 4000 series Relays

ERLPhase took the next step on its journey of continuous innovation with the first shipment of the 4000 series Relays on 31st July 2009. These B-PRO 4000 Relays were built on the new hardware platform at the Winnipeg, Canada facility.


July 2009
ERLPhase Power Technologies is now an ISO 9001:2008 QMS Certified Organization

ERLPhase's quality management system has been assessed and registered by Intertek Testing Services NA as conforming to ISO 9001:2008 QMS requirements for design, distribution and service of relays and recorders for the power industry.
Download Certificate PDF

May 2009
Introducing the 4000 series of Protective Relays and Recorders

ERLPhase Power Technologies Ltd has been known for its innovative user friendly products right from its origins as APT and later as the Relay and Recorder division of NxtPhase Corporation. Electrical Utilities in the Americas have found our TESLA DFR and Protective Relays extremely easy to set and use, and the intuitive software easy to understand.

We have pioneered innovative solutions such as transformer loss of life monitoring in our T-PRO transformer protection relay, dynamic swing recording in our L-PRO transmission line protection relay, and using low impedance current inputs in our B-PRO Bus protection relays. All these innovations now find wide spread application in the protective relays industry.

In our TESLA DFR we have pioneered the use of dynamic swing record capture with cross triggering and are a leader in the development of PMU and CDR for Power System Monitoring.

Now, as a part of a global manufacturing and marketing organization, we are introducing the 4000 series of products which are:
  • built on a contemporary new fully type tested substation hardened hardware platform
  • powered by a new processor
  • embedded with IEC 61850 station bus communication protocol
  • with enhanced user configurable DNP mapping list
With this we have taken another step towards our mission of "using the best in class technology to relentlessly provide Smart Solutions for our customers' power system protection, monitoring and control needs"



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