News Article | December 14, 2016
NETA, the InterNational Electrical Testing Association, is offering real-world training tools for electrical engineers, field technicians, and electrical power systems contractors at special discounts through December 31, 2016. NETA Series I and Series II Handbooks are just $10 each. Buy three handbooks and get a fourth one free. NETA Handbooks are a collection of over 200 of the best articles published in past issues of the highly respected NETA World Journal, as well as the most popular technical presentations from PowerTest conferences. The Handbooks deliver the most comprehensive and relevant information available, including testing procedures, troubleshooting, and real-life solutions encountered in the field every day. The Handbooks are component-specific, technical resources suitable for training and reference purposes. NETA Book of the Month sponsors include Ampteks, CBS, ArcSafe, CBS Circuit Breaker Analyzer, Intellirent, IRISS, Megger Distributor Group, Raytech, Shermco Industries, SMC International, Tony Demaria Electric, and Vacuum Interrupters. For a full list of Series I and II books, visit the bookstore. Call 888-300-6382 (NETA) to place your order by December 31, 2016, to receive the discount. For more details on the Handbooks, visit http://www.netaworld.org, click on the Bookstore tab, and select Series I and Series II Handbooks. ABOUT NETA NETA is an ANSI Accredited Standards Developing Organization that creates and maintains standards for electrical maintenance and acceptance testing for electrical power equipment and systems, as well as a standard that addresses the certification of electrical testing technicians. NETA is an association of leading electrical testing companies comprised of visionaries committed to advancing the industry standards for power system installation and maintenance to ensure the highest level of reliability and safety.
News Article | October 29, 2015
The third quarter numbers are in, and 2015 is shaping up to be a strong year for wind energy. Installations are up, wind power’s costs have dropped 66% in just six years, and technological advances are creating exciting new opportunities. With the goal of continuing this success into 2016 and beyond, the AWEA Wind Energy Fall Symposium is coming up next week, with a comprehensive senior executive, or C-level, program. Here are a few key highlights: Keynote speaker Alan Webber, the Fast Company co-founder and 2014 New Mexico Gubernatorial candidate, is set to take the stage during Fall Symposium’s keynote addresss. Alan is expected to zero-in on change and how good leaders both anticipate it and make the most of it. With energy currently being a hot topic in New Mexico, attendees can expect to hear Alan’s native viewpoint to discuss how we all should think about energy, both as a business itself and as an input that affects nearly every aspect of society. He’ll be a part of the Opening Session that also features: • Tom Kiernan, CEO, AWEA • Michael Garland, President & CEO, Pattern Energy Group Inc., Chair, AWEA Board of Directors • Chris Brown, President, Vestas, Incoming Chair, AWEA Board of Directors • Kevin Gresham, Government Relations & External Affairs, E.ON North America • Michelle Arenson, Regional Director, Wind Generation, Alliant Energy • Peter Duprey, President & CEO, Broadwind Energy • Ray Wood, Managing Director and Global Head of Power & Renewables, Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Emerging leaders – Launched in 2014, AWEA’s Emerging Leaders Program will begin its second year at the Symposium. Created to support the next generation of industry leaders, this program connects the up-and-comers in wind energy with the seasoned professionals that have championed the industry and helped move it into the successful space it enjoys today. Any long-term strategy is contingent upon the next generation to see it through, so this is an excellent chance to start laying the groundwork for tomorrow’s prosperity. Networking – Building business is the ultimate goal of most people in the industry and expanding your contact base is a vital component of realizing that success. Beginning next week, there will be many opportunities to connect with fellow members, starting with the Welcome Networking Reception sponsored by Shermco Industries and the WindPAC Reception, and closing with an “idea exchange,” allowing peers to collaboratively discuss provoking topics of interest. Crowdsourcing session – Leading the session about the role technology plays in the future is Jose Zayas, Director, Wind & Water Power Technologies Office, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy. He’ll be joined by panelists Borja Negro, CEO-North America, Gamesa, John Purcell, Vice President, Energy Division, Leeco Steel, and Daniel Shreve, Partner, MAKE Consulting during “Crowdsourcing the Future of Wind Technology,” where they will show how research and technology gains will enable wind power across all 50 U.S. states and help our industry reach 20% wind energy by 2030. However, they are also looking to attendees to guide this session. During the first day of the symposium, attendees can submit related questions and they will be added to the full discussion during the closing session. AWEA Community Engagement Seminar – This co-located event is a first for the Symposium and focuses on building and maintaining community acceptance during the planning and development of wind projects. Despite high overall public approval for American wind power, fostering local community support is critical to getting any project off the ground. This seminar hones in on the best practices for engagement and the latest research that guides it. The session will be led by Harley McDonald, Lead/Senior Business Developer, Iberdrola Renewables and John Davies, CEO & Chairman, Davies Public Affairs. Separate registration is required. The AWEA Wind Energy Fall Symposium, held November 3-5, is coming to the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. Registration is still open at www.awea.org/symposium. Separate registration is required for the following co-located events: DOE Executive Summit on Wind Research and Development (Nov. 1-3), Women of Wind Energy Leadership Forum (Nov. 3), and the AWEA Community Engagement Seminar (Nov. 5).
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Chen W.,TECO Westinghouse Motor Company
2011 Electrical Insulation Conference, EIC 2011 | Year: 2011
A quantitative review of the failure modes of over 1200 wind turbine generators repaired or replaced since 2005 has uncovered that fewer that half of the failures were electrical in nature and most of those were due to mechanical failures of the insulation support structure. In this paper, we will discuss briefly the overall failures and, in more depth, the nature of the electrical failures. Many of the failures appear to be of a serial nature due to inadequate original design of the machine and/or the insulation system. Some possible suggestions will be offered regarding repairs after catastrophic failure to help insure that the same type of failure will be less likely to repeat during the projected life of the turbine. These generators are exposed, at least in some part, to the typical voltage irregularities and mechanical stresses of any machine that operates 100 meters in the atmosphere in a wide variety of weathers. However, they are also sometimes affected by poor power quality from the IGBT based convertors used in most turbines. These failures could result from voltage stresses created by the convertor in the turbine or from neighboring turbines or, as has been suggested, even from neighboring wind parks. Defining actual root causes is therefore very difficult, but the immediate causes within the generator will be reviewed. Statistical information from other industries will also be used as a comparison to the relatively short experience of wind energy equipment. Where proper maintenance and mechanical analytical predictive techniques can drive major improvements in the mechanical life of the generators, the electrical failures are more difficult to identify before failure. © 2011 IEEE.
Moore M.,Shermco Industries
EC and M: Electrical Construction and Maintenance | Year: 2011
Some of the important considerations while assessing service-aged, medium-voltage (MV) power cables, are discussed. Life expectancy should be considered as the MV power cables operating in commercial, electric utility, and industrial locations can be exposed to a variety of environmental and operational stressors. For cables that fail early, their failure can be attributed to one of various failure modes such as particle discharge, treeing, and poor workmanship. A facility maintenance planner must justify the need to test the lifeline of the electrical power system, the MV power cable. The primary goal of any preventive maintenance plan for MV power cables is to test and analyze the overall insulation of the cable as well as to determine the serviceability of the accessories through data trending to prevent catastrophic failures. When an electrical outage is cost prohibitive or lacks internal support, a time-based predictive maintenance approach should be considered.
Moore M.,Shermco Industries
2011 Electrical Insulation Conference, EIC 2011 | Year: 2011
As wind turbines quickly spread throughout the USA, many wind generation sites were designed, developed and installed very quickly and not always with long term dependability in mind. This review of cable testing methods used in both acceptance testing and annual maintenance practices will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the various methodologies in wind farm applications. Also discussed will be a method for a time based approach to cable maintenance testing and how to develop standards and qualify personnel for the procedures. © 2011 IEEE.
Moore M.,Shermco Industries
IEEE Conference Record of Annual Pulp and Paper Industry Technical Conference | Year: 2012
Developing an "Electrical" Multi-Employer Worksite Protection Program You are the host of many electrical contractors, and their electrical/non-electrical subcontractors who work at your sites on a daily basis. During your large planned outages it is necessary to bring in additional electrical/non-electrical contractors to perform maintenance & repairs on your sites electrical equipment. You are subject to OSHA's Multi-Employer Worksite Policy CPL 02-00-124 and have a completely different set of responsibilities and risks to mitigate. You need to start asking questions and obtaining data from each contractor to protect your company and yourself. You must know what your site hazards are, as well as how your contractor plans to mitigate those hazards. This paper will provide an overview of OSHA's Multi-Employer Worksite Policy CPL 02-00-124. In addition details will be provided on how to prevent regulatory multi-employer worksite issues with contractors that routinely work at your site, as well as those contractors who periodically work on site. © 2012 IEEE.
Beisert P.,Shermco Industries
Power Engineering (Barrington, Illinois) | Year: 2011
Both the facility owner and the contractor should be involved in planning and managing the safety of the electrical maintenance outage. Prior to every electrical maintenance outage, a pre-outage assessment should be conducted. If the outage is not a total plant outage, plant owner should identify all equipment that will not be de-energized and develop a plan to mark the equipment that is still energized. The equipment can be marked using signs, red danger tape, barricades or any means necessary to get the attention of the workers. A pre-job hazard analysis (PJHA ) should be performed by each crew for every task during the outage. The PJHA form should be identified and communicated to all involved, including training on how to use the form. Owner must identify all personal protective equipment (PPE) that may be needed during the outage. Emergency response phone numbers should be identified and communicated to all involved prior to the outage. A switching order review and approval meeting should take place to ensure accuracy and increase communication between all parties.
News Article | November 21, 2016
News Article | February 21, 2017
Several Shermco Industries executives will be providing their expertise in wind project electrical systems, components and safety at the 2017 American Wind Energy Association's Operations, Maintenance and Safety Conference held from February 28 to March..
News Article | December 22, 2016
Shermco Industries' 6th year participating in Pete Delkus's annual charity event.