Electric Power Reliability Summit 2019 to be Hosted at The University of Texas at Austin
SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 | AUSTIN, TEXAS
The Electric Power Reliability Summit will return to Texas on September 17-19, 2019, hosted by the university’s Center for Electromechanics, and will feature expert speakers and practitioners from across the country.
In May 2018, the Electric Power Reliability Summit (EPRS) brought industry leaders, reliability professionals, and experts from several areas of power system reliability together in Houston, Texas. In 2019, the community will relocate to the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center on the campus of the University of Texas.
The 2019 summit will be hosted by the university’s Center for Electromechanics (CEM), the largest university-based electromechanics research and development facility in the country. The CEM is at the forefront of research for electrical and mechanical engineering, working closely with the Department of Energy on projects to improve the grid.
For forty years the CEM has conducted leading-edge research, working alongside the government and industry on collaborative projects including system modeling for microgrids and hydrogen fuel cell development.
EPRS attendees will have an opportunity to tour the center and learn more about the work they do there firsthand.
Participants in 2019’s EPRS can expect to collaborate with peers and focus on leadership. The goal of the summit is to not only develop a reliability plan that will guide you into the future, but to shape organizational culture.
"No Power, No Happy": SDMyers to Bring Electric Power Reliability Conversation to SMRP Annual Conference in Orlando
SEPTEMBER 5, 2018 | TALLMADGE, OHIO
SDMyers will be packing up it’s “reliable, low-cost and uninterrupted power” message and expertise and delivering it to the The Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals (SMRP) 26th Annual Conference, taking place Oct. 22 through Oct. 25 in Orlando, Florida.
The theme of this year’s exhibit is “No Power, No Happy,” a concept that emphasizes the risk of unplanned downtime and massive capital expenditure in the event of a transformer failure.
More than 1,000 maintenance, reliability and physical asset management professionals will gather at the 2018 conference for education, certification and networking.
The conference will feature several high-level speakers, such as Captain Mark Kelly, commander of Space Shuttle Endeavour's final mission, along with maintenance and reliability practitioners from across the country. Alan Ross, Vice President of Reliability at SDMyers, will speak at the conference about the organizational skills required to make a difference at an organization and overcoming the challenges associated with the shift in diagnostic and analytical systems brought on by condition-based monitoring.
SMRP is a nonprofit professional society formed by practitioners to develop and promote excellence in maintenance, reliability and physical asset management while creating leaders in the profession.
For more information on the conference, visit the SMRP website for a full list of presentations, speakers, and exhibitors.
New NFPA Standards on Arc Flash Safety Affect Oil Sampling Procedures for Cabinet Transformers
AUGUST 29, 2018 | TALLMADGE, OHIO
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has announced immediate changes to electrical safety best practices that will affect safety protocols for cabinet transformers.
SDMyers operates a very robust safety policy that is informed, in part, by standards published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Every three years, the NFPA publishes a revised set of standards—NFPA 70E®: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace—which is adopted by companies nationwide as the standard for accessing and servicing high voltage electrical equipment.
The 2018 edition of the NFPA 70E® standard details a significant change to the set of best practices that apply to cabinet transformer inspections and sampling. These measures are aimed at reducing the risk of injuries caused by arc flashes and are a result of new data that highlights the frequency and severity of the risk associated with these incidents.
Arc flashes are sudden energy discharges—explosions—caused by a fault in an electrical circuit reacting with ionized air. These potentially deadly events can reach extremely high temperatures, ejecting molten metal and expanding air so violently that workers can be thrown across a room.
The new standard codifies the following aspects of cabinet transformer safety:
- All technicians servicing cabinet transformers must wear the appropriate grade of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) every time a cabinet is opened.
- Some higher-rated cabinet transformers must be de-energized before they are serviced.
- Precautions must be taken to mitigate the risk of arc flashes.
SDMyers has already developed solutions to address these changes and is contacting customers with cabinet transformers over the next few weeks to put the appropriate safety measures in place. For more information, download the full version of NFPA 70E or visit our Arc Flash Safety guide to learn more. For an immediate response, contact SDMyers or speak directly with an SDMyers expert at (330) 630-7000.
SDMyers to Present and Exhibit at RELIABILITY Conference 2018
April 15, 2018 | TALLMADGE, OHIO
We are delighted to be an integral part of this year’s RELIABILTY Conference. Come and say “hello” to us during the expo, check out our presentation on Tuesday, and test yourself with our online quiz. We’ve so much to share with you. Let’s talk.
Transformers in industrial applications are incredibly important. They power production lines, critical equipment, and entire industrial operations. If a critical unit fails, the power goes down immediately and brings everything to a halt. SDMyers is here to help you not only avoid unplanned outages, but also create a culture of reliability around transformer management that will keep your operation running smoothly, efficiently, and cost-effectively.
Catch Alan Ross’s talk on Tuesday for insights on transformer reliability
This year Alan Ross, our Vice President of Reliability, will present on how to build a best practices reliability culture in your organization. Alan’s examples will focus on high-voltage power system maintenance, but the subjects are broad enough to apply to most aspects of reliability. Alan’s talk will cover how you as a reliability professional can define the exact reliability culture you want to create, gather support from leadership, understand the changing demographics of the workforce, and define what a “best practices” and “reliability culture” looks like. You can catch Alan’s talk, “Building a Successful Transformer Reliability Program,” between 2 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. in room Sonoma D on Tuesday, April 24.
Take the Transformer IQ Quiz and see how your reliability knowledge stacks up
Do you know your power factor from your Karl Fischer? Your Roger’s Ratio from your Duval Triangle? Test yourself of all aspects of transformer reliability by taking our new Transformer IQ Quiz, available online right now. This 60-question multiple choice quiz was compiled by experts at SDMyers, and it can help you find gaps in your transformer knowledge. It can even suggest course tracks based on the amount of questions you get right. And if you’re already a transformer expert? Get your team members to take it and find out what training they might need to boost their Transformer IQ—and your reliability program.
Join us in Houston this May for The Electric Power Reliability Summit 2018
We are sponsoring a new conference—the Electric Power Reliability Summit—on May 16 and 17, 2018 in Houston, Texas. This is a forum for reliability practitioners, created by reliability practitioners, with a focus on practical solutions. You’ll identify industry best practices, evaluate yourself and your current high voltage reliability plan against those practices, and discover practical ways to close that gap in knowledge. Most importantly, you’ll walk away with a game plan. The summit will feature ReliabilityWeb’s own Terry O’Hanlon, SMRP Chair Dr. Howard Penrose, and a whole host of industrial reliability leaders from all over the US giving talks, leading panels, and participating in workshops. This is the inaugural event and an excellent opportunity to get ahead of the current trends.