Monday: Reliability Track

Monday |  Reliability Track

9:30 AM–10:15 AM 
In Service Partial Discharge Surveys: For Reliability and Safety

Speaker: Anthony McGrail/Falk-Rudiger Werner, Doble Engineering Company

Partial Discharge (PD) is a symptom of insulation breakdown which is a precursor to a possibly catastrophic failure. This presentation will discuss practical cases of PD surveys and the detection of problems before failure occurs.  PD is a common phenomenon and as the test/survey is performed without an outage, there is a significant benefit to the owners/operators in reducing incidents while also reducing the need for outages. Beginning with the basics of PD and the variety of symptoms which can be detected, examples are given of sensors and techniques to detect PD activity and locate the source. The presentation will address the need to deal with background noise, and gives examples of interference which may be present. Interpretation of data, from time resolved, phase resolved and spectral representations will be given. Examples from the field include detection of PD, with analysis and actions: within GIS; from insulators, disconnects and switches; from cable terminations; from transformers and breakers. Successful interventions show that PD survey and assessments rely on good data, appropriate interpretation and realistic action. The role of artificial intelligence and machine learning tools is discussed, with examples of practical tools to support users in the field.

10:30 AM–11:15 AM
Power Quality and Reliability: Impact on Automated Industrial Systems

Speaker: Alan Ross, SD Myers

Robotics. Artificial Intelligence (AI). Automation. Synaptic Performance Indicators (SPI). Machine Learning (ML). What do all these disciplines have in common, besides, being great buzzwords for the reliability professional to throw around? They all require reliable, quality power and without clean, reliable and quality power, plant operations will experience potential drastic failures in the future.

This presentation will focus on the issue of power quality and power reliability, two distinctively different issues that impact each other, as they both affect sophisticated automation systems. Looking at these issues from a NETA professional’s perspective, we can see that the more we rely on automation to operate plants, the greater the impact of poor power quality and in turn, the greater the impact on the reliability of those plants.

There is rapid and dramatic change affecting the manufacturing world as we fully embrace digitization, automated control systems and Manufacturing 4.0.  Globalization, hyper-competition, advanced automation design and the ever-present pressure to produce more at lower costs and higher quality make the job of plant and asset design, operations, maintenance and reliability, more challenging.  All these significant changes will greatly affect NETA members and those best prepared will prosper as a result and those who are unprepared may flounder.

Several case studies will be presented that show the connection between operational reliability and power quality when automated systems or assets have been added to plants and what was done to remediate the problems.

11:30 AM–12:15 PM
How to Perform a Power Survey

Speaker: Ross Ignall, Dranetz Technologies

Power monitoring can encompass anything from spot checks to Energy surveys to Power Quality surveys and anything in between.  Power monitoring applications can have a lot of similarities, such as circuit connections and wiring, but the end objectives can be quite different, meaning the tools used may be different.  Energy surveys typically look at consumption, with the main goal being how much energy is used, when and where.  Power quality surveys are focused on the compatibility of the power source to the load, with the goal being troubleshooting problems or improving system performance or uptime.  Each can be done on a proactive or reactive basis.  Proactive monitoring is done to better understand and/or improve the process with the end goal being problem prevention, improved reliability or energy reduction.  Reactive monitoring is troubleshooting; a problem occurred and you’re trying to fix it.

This interactive session will review the various types of power surveys, similarities and differences.  We’ll cover choosing the right equipment, instrument connections/wiring and transducers, as well as the systematic steps to get the best results from your survey.

2:15 PM–5:00 PM
Emerging Technologies Symposium

More details coming soon.