Pat Beisert, production manager for the Engineering Services Division of Shermco Industries, presented a seminar titled ‘Flood Repair of Electrical Equipment: Lessons Learned from the Cedar Rapids Floods of 2008’ at PowerTest 2009 in San Antonio, March 12.
Hosted by the InterNational Electrical Testing Association, PowerTest 2009 was a conference designed to inform and educate those involved with electrical power system testing and maintenance. To address electrical recuperation efforts in a case of flooding, Beisert led conference attendees through Shermco’s recent experience in Cedar Rapids assessing facility damages and recovering equipment. The seminar covered circuit breakers, motor control centers and power cables with information on how they were tested, repaired and energized after the flood waters receded.
“In devastating situations like flooding, there is a lot of money and time that can be saved by salvaging and repairing equipment instead of completely replacing it,” said Beisert. “Our lessons learned in Cedar Rapids can help others quickly recover from a disaster and return a damaged facility to pre-flood operational performance.”
‘Flood Repair of Electrical Equipment: Lessons Learned from the Cedar Rapids Floods of 2008’ was one of several presentations made by Shermco employees at this year’s conference. Ron Widup, executive vice president of Shermco and PowerTest 2009 conference chair, presented a technical paper titled ‘First Trip Analysis of Power Circuit Breakers: Reducing Breaker Maintenance Through First Trip Timing Analysis.’ In addition, Shermco’s training director, Jim White, moderated a panel discussion on changes to the NFPA 70E as well as held a seminar on arc flash safety.
To see an interview with Ron Widup of Shermco Industries and Jayne Tanz of NETA at PowerTest 2009, go to youtube.com/watch?v=9Agko0VoabQ.
Shermco Industries (shermco.com) is a provider of safe, reliable testing, repair, professional training, maintenance and analysis of rotating machines and electrical power distribution systems and related equipment for the light, medium, and heavy industrial base nationwide. Founded in 1974 in Dallas, the company is comprised of two strategic business units; Apparatus Services Division and an Engineering Services Division. With a corporate location in Irving, Texas, a sales office in Brussels and service centers in Austin and Tulsa, Shermco Industries has over 250 full-time employees and exceeds $50 million in annual revenues. The company is a member in good standing with the American Wind Energy Association, European Wind Energy Association, Electrical Apparatus Service Association and the International Electrical Testing Association.