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Is the network cable connected?

  • Check the cables.
  • Check that the cables are connected to the correct communication ports.


Is the IED responding to any communication?

  • Open the command prompt.
  • Type ping device IP and wait for at least one minute to see if there are any communication breaks.
  • If the ping does not work, check the communication settings: IP gateway, IP addresses, subnet masks, and firewalls.


Is the IP address unique in the subnetwork?

  • Unplug the communication cable from the IED and ping the IP address.
  • If there is a response to the ping, find the device with the same IP address from the network and remove it.

Is the SCL technical key correct?

  • If the technical key is not correct, a message is displayed in the PCM600 Output window.
  • Select the IED from the PCM600 tree structure and run Set Technical Key.


Are the communicating devices in the same subnetwork?

  • Verify the PC and IED communication addresses and subnet masks.

Is the communication port set correctly?

  • Select the IED from the PCM600 tree structure and check the Communication Port setting from the shortcut menu.
  • Verify that the IP address in the Object Properties window is correct.

Are there several PCM600 processes running simultaneously on the same PC?

  • Only one PCM600 process can communicate at a time.
  • Stop other PCM600 instances while communicating with the IED.

Is the parameter communication working?

  • Open the parameter settings and try to read the parameters.
  • If the parameter setting works and if there is no other communication, the problem can be in the firewall settings.

Is the IED communication reserved by other clients?

  • Determine the maximum amount of simultaneous clients. In the IEC 61850 communication, this can be seen in the device’s SCL file. In some IEDs, the used clients from the IED can be checked manually from the WHMI.
  • Isolate the IED from other communication devices to make sure that the clients are not reserving the communication.
  • Try to communicate with the IED directly from the front port when the rear port cable is disconnected.


Does the communication work with other software than PCM600?

  • If the IED supports the IEC 61850 communication, try to communicate with the IED with a third-party client. If the communication fails, check the network configuration.


Does the communication work with the Windows Administrator rights?

  • Sometimes the communication configuration is updated wrongly with or without the administrator rights in the Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems. If UAC is enabled, run PCM600 using the administrator account.

Does rebooting the IED help resolve the communication issues?

  • Communication may be occasionally reserved in the IED. Reboot the IED.

Can multiple tools be used simultaneously to configure the IED?

  • In some cases, when two users access the same IED at the same time, the communication fails.

Can data be read from the IED by using multiple tools at the same time?

  • Some IEDs do not support the reading of disturbance recording simultaneously from two clients.

Is the IED under heavy load?

  • Operations in the IED can have a high priority and consume most of the IED resources. This can break the communication with PCM600. An example of a resource-exhausting operation is the storing of a disturbance recording.
  • Ensure that there are no ongoing processes in the IED and try to communicate again.

Are there multiple devices with the same MAC in the same network?

  • Try to communicate with a device directly from the front port when the rear port cable is disconnected.

Are the external network devices working properly?

  • Sometimes routers, switches, and media converters can malfunction.
  • Try to communicate with a device directly from the front port when the rear port cable is disconnected.


Is the communication time-out too short?

  • In the Object Properties window, select the value Fixed with High Latency for Connection Type. The Time-out property becomes visible.
  • Define the time-out for long-delay networks.
  • PCM communication uses the time-out value specified by the user.
  • When selecting Fixed, the default time-out is used.

6 days of training at your place by Dr. Saeed Roostaee

  • ABB relays history
  • PCM and connectivity pack installation
  • An overview of the PCM 600 functionality
  • Establish communication between the physical IED and PCM 600
  • Manage project with PCM 600
  • Hardware configuration
  • Application configuration tool
  • Read and write the tool in the PCM 600
  • IED online monitoring and signal monitoring
  • Event viewer and disturbance handling
  • signal matrix editor tool
  • Parameter setting tool in the PCM 600
  • Writing configuration into IED
  • Interlocking between application configuration and signals matrix tool in PCM600
  • function blocks and naming based on IEC 61850 standard, IEC symbol, and ANSI code
  • Distance protection function configuration
  • 67N protection function configuration
  • How to test ABB relays

  • How to install DIGSI 4
  • Introduction to SIPROTEC Relay families
  • wiring connection
  • start with DIGSI 4
  • Archive, import, export
  • Masking I/O
  • Default and Control Display
  • CFC
  • Power system data 1
  • Setting Group
  • Oscillographic Fault Recorders
  • General Device Settings
  • SIPROTEC 5 – Devices and Fields of Application
  • The basic function of SIPROTEC 5
  • Installing DIGSI 5
  • DIGSI Device Drivers
  • Add new device
  • The online SIPROTEC 5 configurator
  • DIGSI 5 User interface and general setting
  • Distance relay configuration
  • Display Page configuration
  • CFC Configuration
  • busbar configuration
  • How to test SIPROTEC relays

  • An introduction to IEC 61850 & how to learn it effectively
  • Overview of the main features of IEC 61850
  • IEC 61850 data structure and data format
  • IEC 61850 station in DIGSI 5 and IEC 61850 System Configurator
  • GOOSE configuration and the publisher/subscriber LNs
  • GOOSE simulation via IEDScout
  • GOOSE configuration and simulation between different relays
  • Time synchronization settings and SNTP configuration
  • IEC 61850 configuration in DIGSI 4

1: Right-click on IED and select Write to IED.

Sometimes in the case of 650 IED, it will throw an error saying the technical key doesn’t match in PCM and IED. In this case, we should set a similar technical key & try to write to IED.

Be careful, write operation may delete all IEC61850 communications if the write operation is not carried out with proper structure & communication mappings.

Assuming Communication is established between PC & IED (Online mode).

2. For confirmation read/write operation (from proper IED), it will ask you for confirmation to confirm. click yes to continue write operation.

Read/write operation log is shown in the Output window

3. It will ask for confirmation, whether to write the new IEC61850 communication configuration into the IED. If yes, click yes. click No to proceed further writing operation.

These pictures are part of our supplementary files for ABB PCM 600 training that is mixed with Oral explanations to help you in the best way of understanding this course. These auxiliary files have been gathered and attached to our ABB PCM600 training course, you can get more information by clicking on the following link:

https://elec-engg.com/abb-pcm-600-training/