From the Brink of Disaster

Saturday, 14 March 2015 by

Lessons for Electrical Safety and Reliability H. Landis “Lanny” Floyd, DuPont   First, it may be useful to share a bit of background on DuPont, the oldest Fortune 500 company. French immigrant Eleuthère Irénée du Pont founded the company in 1802 to make black powder to supply gunpowder and explosives used in farming, mining, and construction

Don A. Genutis, No-Outage Electrical Testing, Inc. & Neil Davies, EA Technology   Introduction Just like people, electrical assets age and deteriorate; and as with human medicine, there have been tremendous advances in recent years in the ability to diagnose in the early stages ailments suffered by assets, enabling us to keep them healthy and

BY MICHAEL SKELTON Kelvatek Background One of the most critical devices on any electricity network is the circuit breaker which can be described as the silent sentinel, standing guard over the network and only being called into action when a fault occurs. The circuit breaker needs to operate within its composite tripping time (relay trip

By Baldwin Bridger Many older installations of metal-clad switchgear are candidates for modernizing or upgrading. The interrupting duty may have grown past the interrupting capacity of the existing circuit breakers, maintenance costs may be getting out of hand, or circuit breaker parts may no longer be available.   Modernization may be accomplished by either of

ANSI/NETA STANDARDS UPDATES ANSI/NETA MTS-2011 Revision Review and revision of the ANSI/NETA Standard for Maintenance Testing Specifications for Electrical Power Equipment and Systems was completed on April 15, 2011. This document is scheduled to be published as a revised American National Standard in 2011. These specifications cover the suggested field tests and inspections that are

BY KRISTEN WICKS NETA Each year NETA’s President is given the difficult task of selecting one of NETA’s many volunteers as the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award. This person demonstrates selflessness, drive, dedication, loyalty, and leads by example. This person is someone who balances family, friends, work, and philanthropy on a knife’s edge and

BY TODD MARTIN, Basler Electric Company       Updating Switchgear Relays Electromechanical overcurrent relays such as the IAC and CO are the historical backbone of power system protection. These relays use delicate mechanisms and precision components to develop their operating characteristics and are subject to misoperation and failure resulting from contamination, corrosion, and simple aging.


Thursday, 04 September 2014 by

Safety In general, any outdoor activity in bad weather constitutes a risk and should not be performed without a thorough risk assessment and appropriate authorization. A severe risk is posed by lightning. Doble Engineering does not recommend testing in any situation where lightning is a present or an imminent threat. Equipment Status and Motivation for

NETA: Setting The Standard

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 by

Article Written By Jill Howell, NETA In the early 1970s, there were few standards for electrical testing. NFPA had authorized a committee in 1968 to create NFPA 70B, Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance. This standard addressedelectrical equipment maintenance practices. It also touched on acceptance testing, advised on equipment, type of tests, and how often

SKM Software Issue

Monday, 12 August 2013 by

If you have had a power system or arc flash study done recently using Captor/Dapper software then you may have a potentially serious problem that needs to be addressed. It has come to our attention that SKM does not factor in breaker lug ratings when THHN wire is modeled. THHN wire has a rating of