Information Scope of the DIGSI 5 Help   

DIGSI 5 Help offers you comprehensive assistance to enable you to understand the functionality of all DIGSI 5 modules. DIGSI 5 Help also contains more in-depth reference information and practically oriented examples.        

The following structure will provide you with a first impression of the scope of information that DIGSI 5 Help offers:

  • Introduction

    The current topic is part of this topic block, where you also find out more about the DIGSI 5 information system. Further topics are Using DIGSI 5 Help and Safety notes.

  • First Steps

    This topic block allows you to get to know DIGSI 5 for the first time. For example, you are informed about the diverse DIGSI 5 variants and you get answers to questions on how to migrate from DIGSI 4 to DIGSI 5.

  • Basic Operation

    This topic block provides the information you need to quickly familiarize yourself with the newly designed DIGSI 5 user interface. It includes not only explanations of the basic structure of the user interface and how to adapt it to your requirements, but also information on working with projects and libraries.

  • Projects

    In this topic block, you find all the information for creating a project and for other actions that are necessary for working with projects.    

  • Devices

    This topic block contains information about inserting offline configurations in the project for the SIPROTEC 5 devices. You find out how to configure the hardware of SIPROTEC 5 devices and how to generate display pages for them.

  • Single-Line Configuration

    In this topic block, you learn how to map a system as a single-line configuration using the single-line editor. With the symbol editor, you can also generate your own symbols for the single-line configuration.

  • Applications and functions

    The topics in this block describe how to configure the application for a SIPROTEC 5 device. For this purpose, you will receive the necessary information to adjust the scope of functionality of a SIPROTEC 5 device and to set a parameter for the project thereafter.

  • Signals

    This topic block provides an overview of signals such as measured values or commands. Additionally, you will receive information about other actions that are necessary for working with signals.

  • IEC 61850 Structure

    With the information in this topic block, you find access to the IEC 61850 structure. You will find out how to access the structure and adjust it to meet your requirements.

  • Information Routing

    In this topic block, you will learn how to route information on device components, such as inputs and outputs on a buffer.

  • Function Charts (CFC)

    With CFC (Continuous Function Chart), you extend a SIPROTEC 5 device to add functions for interlockings, measured-value tasks, and other task cards. This topic block explains how to configure and then test CFC functions in function charts with complete function blocks. It also provides you with additional information on all function blocks.

  • Test Sequences

    The test sequences test the protection functions. This topic block provides the information for generating and editing test sequences.

  • Communication

    Besides describing general communication characteristics of SIPROTEC 5 devices, this topic block also tells you how to configure a communication connection and communicate with a SIPROTEC 5 device. Attention is focused particularly on communication in compliance with IEC 61850.

  • Commissioning and Operation

    In this topic block, you find information on all test and diagnostics functions of the DIGSI 5 Test suite and the process data. The other topics discussed, for example, the transmission of configurations or updating the device function.

  • Export and Import

    The topics in this block provide you with all information on archiving, importing, and exporting data. therefore, It provides you further with an insight into how to also make data available to other programs through the DIGSI 5 open interfaces.

  • Documentation

    DIGSI 5 includes an extensive documentation function. This topic block is therefore devoted to designing and printing the project documentation.

  • Properties

    This topic block informs you about global elements and characteristics that are not unique to one specific device type. For example, these can be communication settings or characteristics of library elements.

  • User Interface

    The descriptions of all user interface elements are grouped in this topic block. Here, you find out all you need to know about editors, tabs in the task card, matrices, tables, various input, and selection areas, and also dialogs and icon bars.  

DIGSI 5 displays all editing tools such as the Function chart (CFC) editor or the Display editor within the working area. You use buttons in the object bar to switch between the open tools by clicking with the mouse. 

You see the task card on the right-hand side of the user interface. This is where you find context-related tasks or functions. The Libraries task card has a special significance. The library contains a large number of elements that you can drag and drop into the project. Among other things, such elements can be function blocks for a function chart or also icons for equipment that you need for a single-line configuration or a display page.

Inspector and information cards will help you further if you are interested more in a specific element. Depending on the element selected, these windows immediately provide you with suitable display and input options without any need to open any additional dialogs.

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DIGSI 5 manages the components of a system and all the data associated with it about the project. Topology, SIPROTEC 5 devices, settings values, communication settings, process data, and much more are grouped and saved under a project name. In other words, you only open one project file to have access to all data. Conversely, all changes are saved simply by saving the project file.    

Project Tree

The project tree is positioned on the left side of the user interface and is the central element when working with DIGSI 5. Its individual icons give you access to all data and tools. One double click each suffices, and you will display settings of protection functions, start actions such as loading firmware into SIPROTEC 5 devices or open one of the editors.

Working Offline and Online

There are 2 modes in DIGSI 5: offline and online

In the offline mode, the entire data of a SIPROTEC 5 device to be edited is available in the files. There is no connection to a physically existing SIPROTEC 5 device. You can work with an offline configuration of a SIPROTEC 5 device. You can work in this mode to prepare the settings or to evaluate the stored process data. Validation of the text entered in DIGSI 5 while renaming any element is based on the number of characters and also on the number of pixels. If the entered text exceeds the allowed limit, an error message is displayed. You must resolve the inconsistencies to proceed further. 

In the online mode, there is a physical connection between DIGSI 5 and a SIPROTEC 5 device. You work in this mode to transmit settings from DIGSI 5 to the SIPROTEC 5 device or to read process data of it, for instance.

In DIGSI 5, you can work with both modes in parallel. You can edit project data offline and at the same time monitor SIPROTEC 5 devices that can be accessed online.

The following list provides an overview of the tasks you can deal with, among others, in the offline mode:

  • Creating a topology as a single-line configuration

  • Incorporating SIPROTEC 5 devices into the topology

  • Configuring hardware of a SIPROTEC 5 device

  • Defining the functional scope of a SIPROTEC 5 device

  • Defining individual function settings

  • Routing information

  • Editing display pages

  • Configuring function charts (CFC)

  • Configuring the communication network and setting communication settings

  • Displaying saved measured values and indications

  • Displaying saved fault records and evaluating them with SIGRA

  • Exporting and printing data

  • Creating test sequences

The following list provides an overview of the tasks you can deal with, among others, in the online mode:

  • Transmitting settings values from DIGSI 5 to the SIPROTEC 5 device

  • Transmitting settings values from the SIPROTEC 5 device to DIGSI 5 and saving them in files

  • Transmitting indications, measured values, and fault records from the SIPROTEC 5 device to DIGSI 5 and saving them in files

  • Setting limiting values

  • Testing SIPROTEC 5 devices and functions

  • Controlling equipment

  • Initiating SIPROTEC 5 device starting or restarting

  • Setting the date and time of the SIPROTEC 5 device

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2 Replies to “DIGSI 5 Help – Part 1 : Introduction”

  1. avatar

    Can DIGSI 5 be used to communicate with SIPROTECH 4 devices ?

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      No you can not use DIGSI 5 to communicate with SIPROTECH 4 devices. DIGSI 5 can be used only for SIPROTEC 5 devices. For SIPROTEC 4 you should use DIGSI 4.