2012 Webcasts: On-demand

Arc Flash University, Session 3: Infrared Windows and Infrared Inspection: Utilizing Infrared Windows to Mitigate Causes of Arc Flash
Air Date: Dec. 20, 2012
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Join Plant Engineering for the third and final session of Arc Flash University 2012. This Webcast will give health and safety directors, electrical supervisors and electricians, engineers, maintenance supervisors, and thermographers alike a basic understanding of arc flash, the dangers associated with it, standards governing risk mitigation, training and prescribed PPE, the importance of an Infrared inspection Predictive Maintenance (PdM) program, technology to reduce the probability of an arc flash event, and the techniques to implement this technology. Many industries ranging from petroleum and chemical production and refining to industrial/manufacturing facilities, offshore/upstream, commercial high rise buildings and hospitals adopted the infrared window as a viable way to reduce the probability of an Arc Flash event.

OEM window manufactures continue to provide advancement and development in infrared window technology. Coverage, size, placement and use are critical components to the implementation of a comprehensive installation project. Many industries realize the far-reaching benefits of an infrared inspection program combined with the use of the infrared window, and as a result the work place has and will continue to become a safer environment for those performing Infrared inspection as part of a proactive, cost saving PdM program.


  • Ken Brevell, Level III Thermographer, Advanced Thermal / Infrared Physics, Heat Transfer & Applications, Lecturer at Rice University. Over 25 years in the NDE/NDT industry advancing Infrared application methods, President of Diamond Technical Surveys.
  • Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering

Sponsored by CorDEX

Maximize performance and simplify processes with Integrated Drive Systems
Air Date: Nov. 27, 2012
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Today, engineering managers and plant managers like you assume an ever-increasing load of responsibilities. You manage multiple vendors for multiple components for the entire drive train. You’re called on to review quotes, features, pitches and service agreements. And you’re expected to conserve valuable resources by finding ways to maximize producing and operational effectiveness.

A new approach, Integrated Drive Systems, allows you to view the drive train as a single-source purchase because it is a system that undergoes custom engineering, optimization, and analysis by the vendor to specifically match the dynamics of the driven equipment. These applications can vary in different industries and may be as varied as a pump, a crusher, a conveyor, or compressor, but the key needs for custom engineered and matched components are similar.

Learn how this new approach can improve system performance, reliability, ROI, and also shorten installation and start-up time to lower the total cost of ownership.


  • Bill Finley, Sr. Director of Technology, Siemens
  • Robert Punzul , Product Marketing Manager, Mechanical Drives, Siemens
  • David DePasquale, Region Director Sales & Marketing, MV Drives, Siemens
  • Mark Harshman, Principal Engineer, Medium Voltage Drives, Siemens
  • Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering

No Longer An Academic Theory: Pump System Energy Practices That are Saving Some Plants Millions
Air Date: Sept. 27, 2012
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Recent surveys show that energy efficiency is a top concern of industrial plant managers, and process pumps are the biggest consumers of energy in most plants. In this webcast, attendees will learn about plants that have transformed pump efficiency from a “should do” idea into standard practice—in one case, saving more than one million dollars per year in energy and operating costs from a single pump.

Plant Engineering Editor Bob Vavra will be joined by Mike Pemberton, an energy expert at ITT Goulds Pumps who has edited industry guidebooks and led education efforts on pump efficiency.

Along with case studies, Mike will give attendees practical advice for improving energy efficiency in their plants. He will explain the four essential steps to success of an energy project, so that attendees can stop talking about the need for efficiency and start achieving it in their plants.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Assessing energy use and potential savings—the efficiency study
  2. How and when to develop an implementation plan
  3. Setting the right expectations for results
  4. Targeting the pumps that will ensure success
  5. Leveraging government resources to increase savings


  • Mike Pemberton, Manager of Energy Performance Services, ITT Goulds Pumps
  • Bob Vavra, Content Manager and Editor-in-Chief, Plant Engineering

Sponsored by ITT Goulds Pumps


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