Red TIE event series closes 2012 in St Louis, Missouri

2012-11-19 - The popular ABB roadshow, which offers training tailored to customer needs in the areas of power transformers and components, closed out 2012 in St Louis with its largest event of the year.

The ABB North America Transformers business unit hosted the final Red TIE (Technical Information Exchange) customer training event of 2012 on October 9 in St Louis, Missouri at the Sheraton hotel.

The one-day seminar provided customers training on topics they had selected in advance as well as networking time with ABB experts and the other participants.

Also on hand at the training was the new Vacuum Reactance on-Load Tap Changer (VRLTC) for customer viewing. The type VRLTC tap changer represents a significant advance in the technology of tap changing with its digital drive system and intelligent, digital monitoring system. The digital monitoring system is a solid platform upon which ABB will build more advanced communication features which will allow customers to integrate the type VRLTC tap changer into their smart grid systems.

In addition to the one-day seminar, the optional second day included a plant tour of the ABB manufacturing and repair facility in St Louis. After the tour, customers heard a technical presentation on “Recent Power Transformer Developments: Low sound, the impact of geomagnetically induced currents (GIC), and ester fluid-filled transformers.”

The Transformers business unit has built on a successful formula for hosting a popular series of one-day customer training and networking events that started in 2008. The so-called “Red TIE (Technical Information Exchange) Events” continue to satisfy the needs of its transformer customers.

The most recent Red TIE event drew 60 customers from 14 organizations. Customers attending were from a variety of businesses including Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs), Public Power as well as Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPCs). Typically consultants are in attendance as well.

The Red TIE format consists of six one-hour training seminars let by BU Transformers subject matter experts. Seminar topics in St Louis included:
  • Transformer failure modes
  • Design review process of power transformers
  • Designing transformers to withstand HV lightning and switching surges
  • Transformer processing in the field using low frequency heating
  • Load tap changers: design, application & maintenance
  • Remanufacturing vs. repair of power transformers
ABB held three other Red TIE events in three different cities across North America in 2012, including Baltimore, Maryland, Portland, Oregon and Denver, Colorado. All events offered customers technical training on specific transformer topics they themselves had selected in advance from a list of 14 different topics. More than 180 customers from 55 different companies attended Red TIE events in 2012. The schedule for 2013 has not been announced at this time.

Red TIE events represent a “technical exchange” between our customers and ABB, and are not commercial events. These training programs provide customers with:
  • a full day of customized, technical training
  • an opportunity to discuss technical matters of importance
  • an opportunity to network with industry peers
  • an official Red TIE Certificate upon completion
These Technical Information Exchange events are designed to provide valued customers with: customized technical training; an opportunity to discuss important technical matters; an opportunity for them to network with industry peers; and an opportunity to obtain up to six continuing-education credits/hours.

For more information on the Red TIE series, to recommend a customer for Red TIE invitation, or to host a Red TIE event in your region, please contact Kevin Dwyer.

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