Webcast: Preventing Power Quality Problems from Harming your Plant

By Plant Engineering Staff August 17, 2005
Originally broadcast November 15, 2005
This Register
As if electrical costs weren’t enough of a problem for plant managers, the quality of the current is a serious issue for many manufacturers. What can plant managers do to ensure power quality, whether from their own generation or from utilities, and what are some of the issues every plant engineer needs to know when confronting this issue.

Senior Editor, Jack Smith, moderates a panel of thought-leading plant managers and power quality experts through a discussion of the solutions available for plant managers who are faced with the issues of power generation and electrical costs for their plants.

Topics of discussion include:

  • How Harsh are Harmonics?

    • How do they manifest themselves?

    • How to minimize them?

        • Tracking and eliminating transients and surges

        • Preventing voltage sags and swells

        • Return on investment

        • Power quality improvement strategies

          • Detection and measurement

          • Grounding

          • Mitigation


            • Panelists Include:

              Rudy T. Wodrich, P.E., MBA
              Manager %%MDASSML%% Power Quality Correction Group
              Schneider Electric

              Rudy manages a US$10M business unit within Schneider Electric, and is ultimately accountable for sales, marketing, application engineering and field service of all products relating to power quality throughout North America. Major activities include sales strategy development, development of large OEM target clients, marketing planning and execution, budgeting and forecasting (base cost and sales), market trends analysis, product development planning, development of pricing strategy, competitive analysis, and identification of acquisition targets.

              He has written numerous technical papers including Eliminating Variable Speed Drive’s Harmonics on Offshore Gas Platforms; Active Harmonic Filter corrects Power Quality Problems at Le Massif Ski Resort; Solving Power Quality Problems at National Particle Accelerator Lab; Active Harmonic Filters for the Oil & Gas Sector; and holds a patent for the Zero Threshold Surge Suppressor, 8/10/2004; US Patent 6,775,117.

              Patrick S. McCurdy
              Product Marketing Manager %%MDASSML%% Surge Protection Devices
              Phoenix Contact

              Patrick McCurdy has been with Phoenix Contact for 14 years and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Penn State University and a Master in Business Administration from Lebanon Valley College.

              Active professional associations include:UL 1449 STP, and NEMA 5VS.

              Pat is a Product Manager and Technical Specialist for Surge Protection Devices at Phoenix Contact Inc., Harrsiburg, PA.

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