FORUM: Electrical System Asset Failures: Exploring the real world of unplanned outages

August 13, 2020 | 11 a.m. EST | Free access to members

SUMMARY

 

In this forum you'll learn about:

  • Budgeting for lifecycle management

  • Implementing teams from the top down

  • Developing a backup plan before implementation

Electrical system assets, particularly those in the high voltage arena, can last for decades. Their MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure) for some assets can be measured in half-centuries. But this can lead to a false sense of security; we seldom place enough emphasis on their potential for unplanned outages. If we are not prepared, the cost of a failure can be counted in the millions. 

Why is electrical system asset failure something we must plan for? No one has time for downtime. 

In this forum, you'll hear from Resource Practitioner Ben Lanz, Director of Applications Engineering at IMCORP and a leader in the power cable industry. Joining Ben is Bob Rasor, Director of Transformer Services at SDMyers where he has been a dedicated member of the engineering team for 41 years. Finally, you’ll hear from Larry Bryant, Director of Reliability at Domtar and serves on the EPRA Advisory Board. 

MEET THE PANEL

BEN LANZ

IMCORP

Ben Lanz is the Director of Applications Engineering at IMCORP and a leader in the power cable industry

BOB RASOR

SDMyers

Bob Rasor is the Director of Transformer Services at SDMyers where he has been a dedicated member of the engineering team for 41 years.

LARRY BRYANT

Domtar

Larry Bryant is the Director of Reliability at Domtar and serves on the EPRA Advisory Board.

FORUM: Safety and Reliability: Two Sides of the Same Coin

July 9, 2020 | 11 a.m. EST | Free access to members

SUMMARY

 

In this forum you'll learn about:

  • Aligning OSHA statistics with reliability

  • Investing in reliability and safety

  • Reducing unplanned downtime

  • Delivering increased safety and reliability in electrical power distribution systems

Safety and reliability are intrinsically connected, and a robust electric power reliability program helps save time, money, and lives. We’ll explore why connecting safety and reliability is just a better practice.

Why is electrical safety something we must push so strongly given the likelihood that a failure is less likely compared to a mechanical safety issue? Or is it? 

In this forum, you'll hear from Resource Practitioner Martin Robinson, an innovative leader in the electrical maintenance industry who, as the founder of IRISS, has more electrical maintenance safety device (EMSD) patents to his name than seems possible. Joining martin is Ron Moore, managing partner of The RM Group and recognized expert in the field of safety and reliability, and Tim Haag, an experienced leader in electrical reliability asset management, quality assurance, construction, and maintenance management for Stepan Company.

MEET THE PANEL

MARTIN ROBINSON

IRISS, Inc.

Martin Robinson is the founder, owner, and CEO of IRISS Inc., a leading manufacturer of infrared inspection windows.

RON MOORE

The RM Group

Ron Moore is an accomplished author and is Managing Partner of The RM Group, providing reliability, consulting and management services. 

TIM HAAG

Stepan Company

Tim Haag is the Electrical Reliability Specialist and corporate electrical subject matter expert at Stepan Company.

FORUM: Transformer and breakers spares program

June 25, 2020 | 11 a.m. EST | Free access to members

SUMMARY

 

In this forum you'll learn about:

  • Sourcing and storing spares for your electrical assets.

  • Testing components of your electrical system and your spares.

  • Budgeting and planning for a spares program.

  • Overcoming common obstacles related to electrical asset spares. 

One of the most complex aspects of reliability planning is creating a spares program that is both cost-effective and valuable. The MTBF of some electrical assets are notoriously difficult to estimate--I'm looking at you, transformers--which makes developing an effective spares program part science, part art. 

What are some of the major obstacles you might face when developing a good spares program...and how might you overcome them? 

In this forum, you'll hear from Resource Practitioner Martin Robinson, an innovative leader in the electrical maintenance industry who, as the founder of IRISS, has more patents to his name than seems possible. Joining martin is Juan Rodriguez, of Gerdau Steel, and Gary Griffith, an expert in distribution systems with three decades of knowledge and leadership to draw from.

MEET THE PANEL

MARTIN ROBINSON

IRISS, Inc.

Martin Robinson is the founder, owner, and CEO of IRISS Inc., a leading manufacturer of infrared inspection windows.

JUAN RODRIGUEZ

Gerdau Steel

Juan Rodriguez is an expert on electric power reliability in manuracturing.

GARY GRIFFITH

Archer Daniels Midland

Gary Griffith is Automation and Electrical Manager at ADM. Griffith has more than 30 years of top-level experience in electrical power distribution systems.

FORUM: Selecting contractors   

June 11, 2020 | 11 a.m. EST | Free access to members

MEET THE PANEL

SUMMARY

 

In this forum you'll learn about:

  • Selecting contractors to supplement your team where needed.

  • Discerning between capable contractors and "the others."

  • Understanding the impacts of COVID-19 on the contractor market and how it can affect your reliability plan.

Not all contractors are created equal. It's often necessary to contract help for electrical testing, maintenance, or engineering support. 

 

What are the potential pitfalls and problems from hiring contractors, and what is the effect of COVID-19 on the issue?

In this forum, you'll hear from Tony Dotson of WestRock and Lee McClish of NTT Global Data Centers, both accomplished reliability professionals with unique insight into the realities of electric power reliability program management. Chuck Baker, President of PowerPro 360, will complete the panel, bringing his reliability assessment expertise to the discussion. 

TONY DOTSON

WestRock

Tony Dotson is Division Reliability Manager at Westrock Paper, and is focused on reliability-based best practices.

LEE McCLISH

NTT Global Data Centers

Lee McClish is a reliability engineer at NTT Global Data Centers and is an expert on Total Productive Maintenance.

CHUCK BAKER

PowerPro 360

Chuck Baker is the president of PowerPro 360, a company offering power system reliability assessment and reliability maintenance programs for industrial and commercial organizations. 

FORUM: "We can't get approved!"   

June 4, 2020 | 11 a.m. EST | Free access to members

SUMMARY

 

In this forum you'll learn about:

  • Protecting and prioritizing your maintenance budget in the wake of an international health crisis.

  • Overcoming objections to investment in your reliability plan.

  • Leveraging existing relationships to ensure that operational expenses--testing, maintenance, repairs--and dollars for capital projects remain to keep an aging asset base functioning.

Let's face it: your electric power reliability program has never been the easiest thing to sell to any organization. But you've taken on the challenge. What's more... you've made some headway already, and you have commitment from stakeholders and the benefits are already being realized.

 

But the COVID-19 pandemic--which was not part of any business plan-- has made maintenance dollars hard to come by.

In this forum, you'll hear from Resource Practitioners (Chip Angus, SDMyers, and Martin Robinson, IRISS, Inc.) and a hands-on reliability expert (Larry Bryant, Domtar, who will look at this new challenge under the microscope and offer their perspectives and insights into where we go from here.

MEET THE PANEL

MARTIN ROBINSON

IRISS, Inc.

Martin Robinson is the founder, owner, and CEO of IRISS Inc., a leading manufacturer of infrared inspection windows.

CHIP ANGUS

SDMyers

Chip Angus is reliability accounts manager at SDMyers, a leading North American transformer management company.

LARRY BRYANT

Domtar Paper

Larry Bryant is Director of Reliability at Domtar paper. He serves on the EPRA Advisory Board

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