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

FORUM: Selecting contractors   

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

SUMMARY

 

In this forum you'll learn about:

  • Selecting contractors to suppliment 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 Resource Practitioner Allan Rienstra, a 30-year veteran of the maintenance and testing industry and an expert on ultrasound inspection of electrical equipment. Joining him is Lee McClish of RagingWire and Tony Dotson of WestRock, both accomplished reliability professionals with unique insight into the realities of electric power reliability program management. 

MEET THE PANEL

TONY DOTSON

WestRock

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

LEE McCLISH

RagingWire

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

ALLAN RIENSTRA

SDT Ultrasound Solutions

Allan Rienstra is president of SDT Ultrasound Solutions and a 30-year industry veteran.

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.

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