Plant Tour road trip continues

Continuing the journeys started in 2005, the Square D Services Plant Tour van from Schneider Electric will visit 17 locations across the U.S. in fall/winter 2007.


Continuing the journeys started in 2005, the Square D Services Plant Tour van from Schneider Electric will visit 17 locations across the U.S. in fall/winter 2007. The colorful Plant Tour van was designed as a rolling showroom for equipment and capabilities, and has logged about 119,000 miles, with more than 13,000 visitors at more than 1,100 stops.
“The Plant Tour van gives Square D/Schneider Electric a unique opportunity to take our products directly to maintenance staff and facility managers,” said Mike Rice, Director of Services. “As a result, we made a decision to update the entire program for 2007-08. However, the latest offerings in low arc flash products and equipment life extenders that update vintage or older equipment to transparent technology will still be on display.”
In addition to the updated schedule, changes have been made to the van itself to attract even more visitors. Those changes include a complete refurbishment of the interior that includes new equipment such as an interactive display for Power Systems Engineering, Arc Terminator and Motor Control Center replacements, along with new exterior graphics. The tour offers free lunch-and-learn seminars such as arc flash facility safety requirements and equipment life extension options.
Scheduled cities include:
Sept. 4-14: Detroit
Sept. 17-21: Regions of northern Indiana and western Michigan
Sept. 28-Oct. 5: Chicago
Oct. 8-19: Appleton, WI
Oct. 22-26: North Dakota and South Dakota/Minneapolis
Oct. 29-Nov. 2: Cedar Rapids, IA
Nov. 5-16: St. Louis
Nov. 26-30: Tennessee
Dec. 3-7 %%MDASSML%% Birmingham, AL
Dec. 10-14: Atlanta

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