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Published 08/30/2019

FirstPower Group LLC is known for much more than just The STINGER® electrical switch lubricating tool. The company is adept in the area of high voltage circuit breaker and compressor maintenance, repair and upgrades. FirstPower’s president, Jack Harley, founded the company back in 1979 with a mission to provide electric substation products and services, as well as innovative solutions for the electric power industry. Since then, the company’s engineers and technicians have used their extensive technical knowledge and experience to solve many of the unique challenges that electric utility companies face.

Our solutions have been proven to help increase productivity and efficiency, decrease maintenance, reduce waste and lessen environmental impact over the years. And Harley has become a respected educator in the area of circuit breaker mechanism lubrication. In partnership with the Doble Engineering Company, he'll help teach a three-day course about circuit breaker maintenance and mechanism lubrication in Ontario, California at Vanguard Instruments, a division of Doble. The seminar is scheduled for November 19-21, 2019. 

Operational testing is vital to ensuring the reliable operation of circuit breakers, as is the lubrication of mechanisms. This course was designed to take a closer look at how circuit breaker testing can reveal major problems before equipment fails or an electrical power system becomes damaged.

Why Are We Partnering with the Doble Engineering Company?

Doble is a leading provider of lab services, consulting, testing software and gold-standard hardware. Doble’s solutions are making electric utility companies safer, smarter and more efficient — just like FirstPower Group LLC’s.

What Can You Learn in the Course? 

Circuit breakers have many moving parts that can wear, and their alignments and clearances can change and negatively impact critical functions. Regular testing will help industry professionals pinpoint any detrimental changes before major circuit breaker failure causes damage to electrical power systems, rendering equipment inoperable. Attendees will also get an introduction to various mechanism types, interrupters and testing methodologies. 

In regard to each test, there will be in-depth discussions about measurements, setups, testing methodologies and acceptance criteria. Test results will be used for reporting, maintenance and historical data samples. A specialist will also help attendees to decipher and review apparatus test results so they’re clear and easy to understand.

A portion of the seminar has been set aside for FirstPower Group LLC to go over the basics for a comprehensive mechanism lubrication program. The goal is to convey that when the right decisions are made regarding lubrication, companies can help extend the life and performance of circuit breaker mechanisms. This session will cover best practices in the field, along with case-studies related to the fundamentals, like selecting the right greases and oils. 

Who Should Take This Course?

This seminar is suitable for substation test engineers and technicians working in operations, maintenance, engineering, or another service field in which knowledge of circuit breaker testing methods and lubrication application are required. 

Upon finishing the course, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand how circuit breakers work
  • Know when to perform routine circuit breaker tests
  • Interpret test results, case studies, and numerous field examples
  • Create test plans using the manufacturer’s circuit breaker specifications
  • Use Vanguard or Doble circuit breaker analyzer software to perform routine circuit breaker tests and manage test plans and results
  • Understand circuit breaker lubrication options, how lubricants work and why they fail
  • Select and apply the right lubricants for circuit breaker mechanism components, for example trip latches on different mechanisms, prop bearings, cams, gears and chains

The course is worth 2.4 CEUs or 24 Professional Development Hours. 

If you would like to attend the Circuit Breaker Maintenance and Mechanism course on November 19-21 in Ontario, California, you can register here