Power Transformer Technologies Live Online Forum Feb 2024

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February 28, 2024

Live Online Event

Hosted by The Electricity Forum

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Delta-X Research
Dynamic Ratings
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Unlocking the Future of Transformer Maintenance: Join Our Live Online Forum

Are you involved in the maintenance or operation of electrical transformers? Are you looking to stay ahead of the curve in understanding the latest technological advancements and best practices in transformer maintenance? Look no further! The Electrical Transformer Forum is back with a dynamic lineup of presentations aimed at empowering professionals like you with the knowledge and tools needed to optimize transformer performance and reliability.

Scheduled for February 28, 2024, this live online forum brings together industry experts and thought leaders to delve into crucial topics shaping the transformer maintenance landscape. Here's why you shouldn't miss this event:

Cutting-Edge Insights: Our esteemed presenters will cover a diverse range of topics crucial to transformer maintenance, from online monitoring for insulating liquids to analyzing waveform capture and moisture management. You'll gain invaluable insights into the latest technologies and methodologies driving transformer maintenance practices forward.

Expert Speakers: Learn from the best in the industry! Our lineup includes distinguished speakers such as John Brett, CEO of Delta-X Research, Chris Rutledge from Dynamic Ratings, James Cross, President of Kinectrics, Inc., and Dr. Fouad Brikci, President of Zensol Automation Inc. Each speaker brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table, ensuring you receive top-tier education and guidance.

Practical Application: Gain practical knowledge that you can immediately apply in your day-to-day operations. Whether you're seeking to enhance online monitoring capabilities, mitigate moisture-related issues, or utilize fast diagnostic tools for on-load tap changers, our forum will equip you with actionable insights to drive efficiency and reliability in your transformer maintenance practices.

Networking Opportunities: Connect with fellow professionals, exchange ideas, and expand your professional network in our interactive online forum environment. Engage in discussions, ask questions, and forge valuable connections with peers and industry experts alike.


1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

John Brett, P. Eng CEO
Delta-X Research

Online Monitoring for Transformer Insulating Liquids

Periodic sampling of transformer insulating liquids for analysis, including dissolved gas analysis (DGA), is an essential inspection routine for sound transformer maintenance. As technology is improving and becoming more affordable, the use of online monitors for continuous observation of insulating liquids in transformer fleets is growing. It is important to balance the investment in technology with the expected benefits. In this presentation, we explore the variety of online monitors for insulating liquids, including those for dissolved gases, moisture and temperature, and consider the practical application of varying capabilities offset by their respective costs.

1:45 pm - 2:30 pm

Chris Rutledge, Applications Engineer
Dynamic Ratings

Analyzing Waveform Capture

This webinar will examine the different types of waveforms captured through both online monitoring and offline testing of circuit breakers. Using data collected from the field, several examples of breaker mis operation will be discussed. Also, there will be training provided as to the analysis of these waveforms and how they relate to mechanical components of the circuit breaker.

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

James Cross, President
Kinectrics, Inc

Moisture Management in Power Transformers

We will examine the impact of moisture residing in the insulation system of a power transformer.   Sources of moisture in transformers will be identified, and the effect of this moisture on the operation and lifespan of the transformer will be examined.   We will address the issue of how the moisture content in transformers is measured or estimated.   Finally, when the presence of excess moisture in a transformer has been positively identified, the methods used in the field to remove moisture from the transformer insulation will be reviewed, noting that the removal of moisture from the paper insulation is much more difficult than simply drying the oil. 

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm 

Dr Fouad Brikci - President
Zensol Automation Inc.

Vibro-Acoustic as a Fast Diagnostic Tool for On Load Tap Changers

The functioning of an On-Load Tap Changer (OLTC) is complex, since a lot of mechanisms are operating at the same time. Classic testing techniques give very little information on mechanical problems occurring inside an OLTC while in service. This presentation shows how the vibroacoustic method is used as a fast diagnosis tool to easily detect mechanical problems in Tap Changers ON-LINE or OFF-LINE, before they create an outage. We will show also how simultaneous correlation of signals recorded by Vibroacoustic, Motor Current and Dynamic Resistance Measurement (DRM) allows a fast understanding of the internal movements of an OLTC. Each of these tests provides a piece of information that creates a complete picture of the OLTC's condition. Finally, we will present a real case showing how the electric utility New Brunswick Power uses this tool to properly adjust an OLTC.

John Brett, P. Eng


Delta-X Research

Over 30 years, John Brett, P. Eng. has held leadership roles in organizations that operated or provided solutions for demanding applications including utility operations, industrial automation, and navy command & control.

Chris Rutledge

Applications Engineer

Dynamic Ratings Inc.

Chris joined the Dynamic Ratings team in July 2019.
Prior to his present position, he served as Substation Asset Manager and chairman of the Substation Safety Committee at Memphis, Light, Gas and Water. He has 27 years of experience in the utility industry, primarily focused on the installation, service and maintenance of both substation and distribution equipment. He has done extensive research and published multiple papers concerning the interpretation of dissolved gas analysis testing. Chris is dedicated to assisting customers in finding creative cost-effective solutions for improving safety and reliability across their entire electrical system.

James Cross


Transformer Services at Kinectrics, Inc

James Cross (IEEE M '79; SM '17) is currently Director of Transformer Services at Kinectrics, Inc. in Toronto, Canada in which role he leads Kinectrics' testing and consulting efforts in the areas of power, distribution, and specialty transformers. As a subjectmatter expert in the field of transformer engineering, he lends his knowledge and experience in transformer design and manufacturing to related project areas at Kinectrics, including asset management, transformer condition appraisals, design reviews, inplant test witnessing, field testing, forensic and failure mode analyses, component and materials evaluation, and transformer diagnostics.

Dr. Fouad Brikci


Zensol Automation, Inc.

Fouad Brikci obtained a Doctorate in Electronics in 1977 and a master's degree in Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Automation in 1975 both from the University of Bordeaux, France. During his 40 years and more of experience, he was a lecturer at the Ecole Polytechnique in Algiers, Algeria and a researcher at CNRS-LAAS, Toulouse, France. He is currently the President of Zensol Automation, Inc., a company founded in 1990 and located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Zensol is a world leader in the field of acoustic diagnostics for circuit breakers and on-line tap changers (OLTC). Zensol also has extensive expertise in conventional maintenance testing applied to high-voltage circuit breakers.

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