Join us for our quarterly meeting at SynerComm. Synercomm provides switches and products to data centers, as well as staff augmentation, cyber hacking risk assessment (including a computer that can break 1 million passwords per minute), password authentication software, and more. The topic will be Code Compliance During Maintenance in Mission Critical Facilities. The speakers will be Dan Winter and Steve Stuebe. Below is a outline of the discussion.
Why are we de-energizing
NFPA 70E Electrically Safe Working Conditions
- Additional Hazards or Increased Risk – hospitals, chemical plants, ethanol plants
- Infeasibility – This does not mean impractical. Voltage readings can be taken, shut it down, install the meter and probes, close the door, power it back up.
- Less than 50V – really only applies to telco
- Normal Operation
- Hot Work Permit – last resort – big waving red flag
Little things that help make maintenance easier
Arc Flash (AF) reduction breakers – save lives, but can be forgotten to reset
Breaker numbers – not names
Up to date one-line diagram – show good examples (breaker positions documented, colors, breaker numbers), plant wide one-line – framed or glossy, pocket sized in a slip sheet
Current AF stickers – competent personnel can assemble PPE based on cal/cm, or site specific PPE (not oversized)
Breaker typically open green / closed red magnets
Method of Procedure (MOPs) – show sample
Maximize usage of downtime – service breakers, clean interiors, install IR windows, verify breaker settings
Modern AF suit – thinner but just as tough, gray / clear visor – not green – allows for color rendition
AF response – what’s your plan?
Document – photograph everything
Steve is a resident engineer for High Voltage Maintenance, a service organization within Vertiv as well as an adjunct instructor at Gateway Technical College. He earned his BSEET from the Milwaukee School of Engineering in 2012 and has 17 years in the electrical industry with specialized experience in electrical testing and large power distribution systems. He served a 5 years electrician's apprentice through NECA/IBEW and is a licensed Master Electrician in the State of Wisconsin.
Dan Winter is a Preconstruction Manager in the Energy Group in Faith Technologies in Madison, WI. Dan received his Bachelors of Electrical Engineering from UW-Platteville in 2008, then while working as a consulting engineer, he earned his Masters of Engineering in Professional Practice at UW-Madison in 2012 and became an licensed Professional Engineer in Wil FL, TX, MN, MO & IL. In 2018, Dan acquired his Certified Energy Manager certification from the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). Dan has two published articles Strategies for Electrical Labeling and Documentation 5OCT 2017 Consulting-Specifying Engineer & Designing Emergency and Standby Generator Systems 16MAR2017 Consulting-Specifying Engineer. When not surveying and implementing energy efficiency in industrial buildings or assisting the Mission Critical and Service departments, Dan and his family enjoy hiking, camping and SCUBA diving.
The presentation will be followed by a tour of the Synercomm's data center which they also provide for testing of their products prior to installation in their client's own data centers.
Lunch is being provided by CDP.