WATERTOWN, Mass., Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As the primary line of defense for our electric power grid, it's essential to understand and regularly assess the health of circuit breakers in order to ensure the safe, reliable delivery of power. However, shrinking budgets and demand for increased capacity are putting significant pressure on those operating and maintaining substations and switch-gear assets, making it more challenging than ever to keep circuit breakers operating reliably.
To meet the needs of utility and electric power industry maintenance professionals, Doble Engineering Company will host this year's annual Finepoint Circuit Breaker Test & Maintenance Training Conference, Oct. 7-10, in Atlanta, GA. Doble Engineering Company acquired the conference in December of 2012.
"We want our attendees to walk away with something real, that immediately improves their lives and addresses the day-to-day challenges they face," said Jozef Levi, a speaker at the conference and technical application engineer for circuit breaker and TDR test instruments at Doble Engineering Company. A long-standing leader in the circuit breaker and testing community, Levi holds a U.S. disconnecting switch patent, with special interest in electrical contacts for high voltage circuit breakers and disconnect switches.
Punctuating the conference, two of the region's leading manufacturers, Hitachi HVB, Inc. and Southern States, LLC will also open their factories and provide interactive tours to conference attendees, allowing them to create their own test plans and determine effectiveness.
"It's easy to look past some of the basic components in the electric power system, but maintaining and testing circuit breakers is incredibly important," said Kevin Case, Product Services Manager of Hitachi HVB, Inc. "We sincerely welcome all the Finepoint attendees, and hope to share what we've learned over the years, providing them with useful information they can take home."
Over the course of five days, the conference will provide extensive, hands-on circuit breaker training, switchgear and substation maintenance, and testing strategies -- all from the industry's foremost experts and all designed for immediate implementation.
"Innovation through collaboration is the key to a better running power grid," said Jeff Howe, Vice President and General Manager of the Power Switching Division of Southern States, LLC. "Doble is giving us an outstanding platform to give back to our community with this conference and learn from each other at the same time."
Training sessions will cover new industry topics such as on-load tap changers, and provide the most up-to-date regulatory requirements; a full schedule can be found on the conference website. Additionally, for the first time this year, attendees will have the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Units.
With nearly a century of providing industry-leading diagnostic and testing innovation and intelligence, Doble Engineering Company is the trusted and experienced third-party authority in the electric power industry. Doble Engineering Company's solutions are backed by the broadest and most comprehensive database of historical test data, and give energy providers unprecedented access to the tools, data and information needed to make educated decisions about the reliability and efficiency of the power grid.
To register or download a request for approval letter for the Finepoint Circuit Breaker Test & Maintenance Training Conference, please visit the conference website.
About Doble Engineering Company
Now in 110 countries, Doble Engineering Company has been helping clients in the electric power industry improve operations and optimize system performance for nearly a century. Doble offers diagnostic instruments, services, and the world's premier library of statistically significant apparatus test results for the benefit of energy generation, transmission, delivery companies and industrial power users worldwide. Doble is part of the Utility Solutions Group of ESCO Technologies Inc. (NYSE: ESE), St. Louis. For more information, visit: www.doble.com
About Southern States, LLC Southern States, LLC is the world leader in the design and manufacture of high-voltage switching devices. Our vertically integrated manufacturing plant provides complete control of product from inception to completion. Over 430 people with one goal - to increase the reliability of our customer's utility system by providing the best switching and protection products available in the industry. For more information please visit our website www.southernstatesllc.com
About Hitachi America, Ltd. Hitachi America, Ltd., headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies, offers a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For more information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. The company's consolidated revenues for fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) totaled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional material & components, automotive systems and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.
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