Associate Member Announcements

SEL Celebrates the Opening of Regional Integration Center in Saudi Arabia

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) hosted the grand opening of the SEL Saudi Arabia Regional Integration Center on May 4 in Dammam. More than 60 people attended the ceremony, including representatives from Saudi Electricity Company, National Grid Saudi Arabia, and Saudi Aramco.

The SEL Dammam team will design and build up to 1,200 comprehensive panel systems annually for the protection, control, and automation of electric power.

“We are excited to expand our capabilities in the Middle East,” said CEO Luis D’Acosta. “This center will enable us to deliver regionalized solutions, with SEL reliability, quality, and technology, to customers in Saudi Arabia and throughout the region.”

The new facility will accommodate all phases of panel design, construction, and testing.

“This Regional Integration Center, along with our centers in the U.S., Brazil, Mexico, and Colombia, enables us to deliver on our long-term commitments to bring the latest power system protection and automation technology to our customers around the world,” said Senior Director of International Operations Julian Alzate. “We are extremely pleased to grow our footprint in Saudi Arabia in this way.”

SEL has locations offering sales and application support for customers throughout the Middle East, including Jeddah, Riyadh, and Khobar, Saudi Arabia; Dubai, UAE; and Manama, Bahrain.

SEL invents, designs, and builds digital products and systems that protect power grids around the world. This technology prevents blackouts and enables customers to improve power system reliability, safety, and cost. For more information, visit

ABB’s CMS-700 Energy Monitor and Control Unit Provides Easy Access for Data Management

ABB has launched the CMS-700 energy monitor and control unit in the U.S. to allow easy access for data collection, analysis, and download through a built-in Web server to manage power and optimize energy efficiency analysis in a circuit monitoring system. The system is expanded with a new generation of open-core sensors that can be connected to existing installations easily without disconnecting the power, providing a high degree of measurement accuracy.

Product features include new open-core sensor for easy connection to existing installations. The addition of the CMS-700 energy monitor and control unit expands ABB’s portfolio of circuit monitoring system solutions for multichannel measurement of branch monitoring in buildings and critical power applications. The CMS-700 unit features the new open-core sensor that is easily connected to existing installations for flexibility in retrofitting and expansion. All components are linked over one flat cable and installation requires no special tools. A simple set-up procedure, smart configuration, and ease of installation reduce installation time by as much as 30 percent.

“The CMS-700 is easily commissioned,” said Egon Hillermann, product marketing manager, USA, building products for ABB, Electrification Products division. “With the open-core sensor, it takes only a few minutes to install and commission a branch monitoring system without rearranging the existing installation.”

The CMS-700 energy monitor and control unit can integrate up to 96 sensors, which can be displayed and processed using the built-in Web server, Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) or a Modbus Remote Terminal Unit (RTU). CMS-700 technology also delivers high measurement accuracy and can monitor AC, DC, or mixed currents up to 160 amps. The compact size of the CMS-700 energy monitor and control unit enables it to occupy minimal space, and requires no additional space in the enclosure.

Other features include contactless measurement and minimal wiring for system stability and reliability.

ABB is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation, and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry, transport, and infrastructure globally. For more information, visit

OSI Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Open Systems International, Inc., a world leader in utility automation and operations technology, celebrates its 25th year of business in May 2017.

“We would like to thank all our clients we’ve had the pleasure of serving over the past 25 years. It’s been an honor for us to form such long-term partnerships and friendships, and we are proud to have been able to serve them with the highest levels of service, innovation, and support. We’re looking forward to continuing to serve the utility industry worldwide in the next 25 years and beyond,” said Bahman Hoveida, OSI’s co-founder and president/CEO.

OSI was founded in 1992 with a simple vision: to create an extraordinary software and services company with customer service and innovation as its fundamental cornerstones. From its humble beginning of four employees, OSI has grown to a staff of nearly 600 employees, with sales in more than 27 countries and a customer roster of nearly 400 companies. As an American company and one of the last bastions of U.S. technology in the field of OT, OSI develops all of its technology exclusively in the United States using a U.S.-based workforce with no outsourcing or off-shoring of components. From a cybersecurity and support perspective, this gives utility customers the best peace of mind for the management of their critical assets and our nation’s critical electric infrastructure.

“We have been extremely lucky right-guessing utility industry trends and the IT landscape as it went through transformational changes in the past 15 years, and we have been able to realign our technology and organization to serve customers otherwise ill-served by the industry. We clearly see ourselves as a customer service business first, and as a software and technology business second. This philosophy, along with a talented and dedicated workforce, has been the key to our success,” Hoveida said.

As of three years ago, OSI has surpassed all its competitors in sales, number of customers, and growth rate while maintaining an unmatched customer satisfaction rating nearing 100 percent.

Open Systems International ( provides open, state-of-the-art, and high-performance automation solutions to utilities worldwide. OSI’s solutions empower its users to meet their operational challenges, day-in and day-out, with unsurpassed reliability and a minimal cost of technology ownership and maintenance.


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