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PEARL 2010 Electrical Safety and Reliability Conference offers hands-on training


January 21, 2010
By Anthony Capkun

The testing and maintenance of power transformers rated at 500 kV or less will be the focus of two days of training at the upcoming Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League (PEARL) 2010 Electrical Safety and Reliability Conference & Exhibition at the Westin Tabor Center in Denver, Colo., April 24-26.

AVO Training Institute’s senior training specialist, James Smith, will
instruct attendees on the proper DC and AC testing of power
transformers, as well as oil testing, gas testing, and final assembly
electrical tests.

Hands-on tests include—but are not limited to—Power Factor, insulation,
and winding tests during the DC/AC testing segment; liquid sampling,
dielectric and interfacial tension tests during the transformer oil
testing segment; and gas detection, oxygen testing, and gas analysis
during the Gas Testing segment of the two-day seminar.

Maintenance and testing are emphasized although transformer types and nameplate data are also covered.

“This course will benefit all personnel involved with the testing and
maintenance of power transformers,” explained Malcom Frederick,
president of Coastal Switchgear and PEARL Technical Committee chair in
charge of the two-day seminar, adding that the course is best suited
for people working with transformers rated 500 kV or less.

The 2010 Electrical Safety and Reliability Conference & Exhibition
offers a two-track program with the transformer training running
opposite two days of business and electrical presentations from
electrical industry leaders.

Among the conference highlights is Nabil Nasr, director of the Golisano
Institute for Sustainability at the Rochester Institute of Technology
(RIT), who will look at sustainability and reuse in the electrical
industry; and Eaton Corp.’s anti-counterfeit manager, Tom Grace.


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Photo shows: Two-day training seminars for electrical technicians held
during PEARL’s Electrical Safety and Reliability Conference &
Exhibition combine classroom lecture with hands-on laboratory training.