Utility Network Timing


Network Timing Solutions For Utilities

Clock synchronization in power systems involves ensuring that the clocks across various components of the system are aligned to a common reference time.

  • Digital and hybrid substations
  • Smart Grid
  • Distributed energy resource integration

This is crucial for accurate and coordinated operation, control, and communication within the power grid.

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Here are some key aspects related to clock synchronization in power systems:

1. Phasor Measurement Units (PMUs):
– PMUs play a significant role in power system monitoring and control. They measure voltage and current phasors and provide synchronized data. Clock synchronization ensures that the time stamps associated with PMU measurements are consistent across the entire grid.

2. Wide-Area Measurement Systems (WAMS):
– WAMS use synchronized time to collect and analyze data from multiple locations within the power grid. This synchronized data helps in identifying and mitigating disturbances, ensuring grid stability.

3. Communication Networks:
– Modern power systems rely on communication networks for real-time data exchange between different components such as substations, control centers, and generators. Synchronized clocks are essential for accurate time-stamping of data during communication.

4. Control Center Operations:
– Control centers manage and monitor the entire power grid. Synchronized clocks in control centers ensure that operators have a consistent time reference when making decisions, analyzing data, and responding to grid events.

5. Event Sequencing and Analysis:
– Accurate time-stamping of events is crucial for post-event analysis and troubleshooting. Synchronized clocks enable power system engineers to sequence and analyze events in chronological order, helping in identifying the root causes of disturbances.

6. Protection and Relaying Systems:
– Protection and relaying systems use synchronized time for coordination during faults. Quick and accurate responses to faults depend on synchronized clocks to ensure that protective devices operate in a coordinated manner.

7. Data Logging and Recording:
– Synchronized clocks are important for time-stamping data in logs and records. This is valuable for compliance reporting, auditing, and post-event analysis.

8. Frequency Control:
– Synchronized clocks aid in frequency control by ensuring that generators and loads respond appropriately to changes in grid frequency. Coordinated actions based on accurate time references contribute to maintaining grid stability.

9. Standardization:
– Power systems often adhere to international standards for time synchronization, such as the Precision Time Protocol (PTP) defined by the IEEE. Standardization ensures interoperability and consistency across different components of the power grid.

In summary, clock synchronization is a critical aspect of modern power systems, facilitating accurate data exchange, coordinated control, and effective monitoring. It enhances the reliability and stability of the grid by ensuring that various components operate in harmony with a common time reference.

About Syncworks

For over twenty years, Syncworks has been evaluating, testing, designing, and implementing timing networks for telecom, cable, utility, and enterprise customers in the US and the Caribbean. We are a well-known and trusted partner and critical supplier to major network operators.  As a diamond partner to Microchip and a skilled integrator of other vendor products, we can provide options for the most performant, resilient, and economical timing network possible. We specialize in ensuring that critical networks can survive disruptions like GPS jamming and spoofing. And we provide expert support, sparing, and repairs for everything we install leveraging the largest inventory of related products and components in the industry. 

Syncworks is a value-added stocking reseller of network sync and timing equipment for critical infrastructure companies. SyncCare and Field Services ensure your network equipment is flawlessly executed and supported.  

Our 10,000 sq. ft. warehouse stocks and ships critical equipment and replacements for networks all across the USA and the Caribbean. With expertise from GPS signal to our new output expansion panels, we an experience and trusted guide. Our tight-knit crew of engineers and field services technicians work together to efficiently and effectively bring your network to Stratum 1 standards.

Syncworks delivers the highest level of expertise to every project and offers a complete menu of network synchronization products and services. Our flagship product, the TimeProvider® 4500, is a gateway clock that accepts multiple inputs from Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), Synchronous Ethernet (SynE), and 1588 PTP Grandmaster Clock and E1/T1 digital transmission links.  

As a Microchip Diamond Partner, we maintain the largest and most diversified stocking supply of Microchip network sync & timing products to meet our customers’ every need when it comes to sync and timing technology.  

For more information, contact sales@syncworks.com or call (904) 280-1234