Wednesday

Seminar

Reliability vs. Efficiency, Safety vs. Production: Creating Synergy in Quadrants of Dichotomy

2/28/18
8:00AM - 11:45AM
Stacey Hefner, Practicing Perfection Institute
Description:

The current landscape of performance improvement (PI) is hewn with much energy, lots of money being spent and many smart, dedicated people working really hard to make things better.  Unfortunately, stressors remain high.  Little (if any) synergy is being achieved in many organizations, and this at a time when external, regulatory and societal challenges are demanding near 'perfection'.  

In spite of everything we've learned, most organizations still find themselves in an ongoing tug-o-war between priorities, riding a roller coaster of metrics and KPI's. This is because performance improvement, as it has been globally treated up till now, has been primarily based upon...hope or luck.  

The significanct problem of today simply CANNOT be solved using the same level of thinking that created them.  This workshop identifies and details the following:  A history of how we got here, common sense regarding the (4) things EVERY organization seeks, latest research in the area of people performing at work, the key to achieving balance, how to lower costs while raising performance levels and an invitation to learn more...Welcome to the Next Generation of Performance Improvement.

Seminar

Relay Troubleshooting (Morning Session)

2/28/18
8:00AM - 11:45AM
Ryan McDaniel, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.
Description:

Want to know some basics about troubleshooting application problems with protective relays? This half day session will guide you through troubleshooting techniques with some common distribution and transformer protection relays.


Topics include:

  • Troubleshooting problems with a distribution feeder relay, such as reclosing and logic setting issues.
  • Troubleshooting problems with a transformer protection relay, such as current differential winding compensation setting issues.
  • Troubleshooting problems with a motor protection relay, such as thermal element and motor lockout issues.

REQUIREMENTS: For full participation, students should bring their own laptop with acSELerator QuickSet and Synchrowave 2015 software installed prior to class as well as a calculator. Attendees must be familiar with how to connect to relays, send and receive settings, and download event reports. It is also recommended that attendees have experience in applying relays for transformers and distribution lines.

Seminar

Power Transformer Commissioning

2/28/18
8:00AM - 11:45AM
Donald Platts and Brandon Dupuis, OMICRON electronics Corp. USA
Description:

Transformers are the largest, most expensive and highly critical components of most utility substations. They are custom designed and built for the customer's specific needs. After manufacture; the next critical step in the life of a transformer is the installation and commissioning process... The key to ensuring a long, useful, service life is to ensure that the transformer is in excellent condition when it is first energized. The commissioning process is a critical step in the validation of the manufacturer's warranty, and the foundation for the service life.

This presentation will summarize the commissioning steps recommended in IEEE C57.93 "Guide for Installation and Maintenance of Liquid-Immersed Power Transformers". We will focus on the electrical testing that can, and should, be done during the commissioning process to ensure that the transformer is in good condition, and is ready to begin a productive lifetime of serving the load.

Some of the tests that will be reviewed are:

  • Power Factor (Transformer, bushings, and surge arresters)
  • Exciting Current
  • Turns-Ratio
  • Leakage Reactance
  • DC Winding Resistance
  • Sweep Frequency Response Analysis
  • Dielectric Frequency Response (Moisture)

Seminar

NFPA-70E 2018: Edition Changes, Overview, and Understanding the Impact of the New Standard

2/28/18
8:00AM - 11:45AM
Jim White, Shermco Industries
Description:

To come.

Seminar

Best Practices for Battery Testing and Maintenance

2/28/18
1:00PM - 5:00PM
Volney Naranjo, Megger
Description:

One of the key factors in the reliability of the Bulk Electrical System is the battery bank. With the existing regulations and the need for continuous power supply, the health of the battery system is without discussion a topic of concern. Then, it is critical to educate battery maintenance personnel about the requirements and practices to test and keep these systems in a healthy operating condition.

The Battery Testing seminar will be focused on the electrical tests for batteries and their best practices. It will start by presenting the IEEE, NETA and NERC requirements and recommendations in relation to maintenance of VLA, VRLA, and NiCad batteries as well as its periodicity. Next, all the activities related to electrical testing will be fully described to explain comprehensive and efficient ways to perform each activity and to discuss different options for a maintenance program and its documentation. Finally, special focus will be given to the ohmic and capacity tests, which are the main tests required for NERC compliance.

To better illustrate the concepts of the tests and the analysis approach, field results from both, ohmic and capacity testing, will be shared with the audience. For the ohmic testing, impedance measurements will be used to explain how to define baseline values, how to evaluate results from one single test, trending the measurements or comparing to the baseline value. Next, for the capacity testing, which involves applying a constant load during a specific period, it will be discussed if it is efficient and accurate to reduce the discharge test duration.

This seminar will provide attendees the necessary information to review and improve a battery maintenance program and practices, as well as to obtain the most out of the results to comply with the regulations and guarantee the proper operation of the stationary batteries in a substation.

Seminar

Medium-Voltage Circuit Breaker Maintenance: A Hands-On Seminar with GE PowerVac Breaker

2/28/18
1:15PM - 5:00PM
Finley Ledbetter, Group CBS, Inc.
Description:

PowerVac Circuit Breaker Seminar A sixty-minute workshop on General Electric's legacy PowerVac circuit breakers: the strength of the platform, excellent service life, and ways to extend the usable life beyond planned obsolescence. This workshop will cover lubrication adjustments, parts availability, testing, and upgrades required to keep this important, medium-voltage power circuit breaker in service for many years to come.

In addition to the remarkable similarities between different types of circuit breakers and the PowerVac, other medium-voltage vacuum circuit breakers manufactured in the United States between 1975 and 2000 will be discussed as well as major action items explained. This will be a team-led, hands-on workshop with audio visual highlights. Attendees will watch several key maintenance items performed first hand and learn the best practices based on Group CBS's forty years of experience.

Seminar

Relay Troubleshooting (Afternoon Seminar)

2/28/18
1:15PM - 5:00PM
Ryan McDaniel, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.
Description:

Want to know some basics about troubleshooting application problems with protective relays? This half day session will guide you through troubleshooting techniques with some common distribution and transformer protection relays.


Topics include:

  • Troubleshooting problems with a distribution feeder relay, such as reclosing and logic setting issues.
  • Troubleshooting problems with a transformer protection relay, such as current differential winding compensation setting issues.
  • Troubleshooting problems with a motor protection relay, such as thermal element and motor lockout issues.

REQUIREMENTS: For full participation, students should bring their own laptop with acSELerator QuickSet and Synchrowave 2015 software installed prior to class as well as a calculator. Attendees must be familiar with how to connect to relays, send and receive settings, and download event reports. It is also recommended that attendees have experience in applying relays for transformers and distribution lines.

Seminar

Power Factor Testing of Instrument Transformers

2/28/18
1:15PM - 5:00PM
Keith Hill, Doble Engineering Company
Description:

This seminar will focus on the test procedures used to perform power factor tests for the following instrument transformers: line to ground potential transformers, two bushing potential transformers, single phase metering outfits, current transformer without test tap, current transformers with test tap, and the capacitance coupled voltage transformer. There will be questions by the speakers so audience participation is encouraged.