The Best Place to Be—Welcome to PowerTest 2019

James CialdeaColumns, President's Desk, Spring 2019 Columns

They say everything is bigger in Texas, and that’s what we are shooting for — huge venue, huge attendance, many vendors, and great presentations. That’s why I always look forward to PowerTest. It is without question the best place to be if you are in our industry or use our services. It’s great to see old friends and make new ones, see the latest and greatest equipment, and hear from the experts, all while exchanging ideas and learning.

I hope you are planning to be with us in Texas to take advantage of everything PowerTest 2019 has to offer. Be sure to pick up some copies of the new ANSI/NETA MTS-2019 — hot off the press — updated with many revisions and a new section on partial discharge.

We have made a few changes and adjustments to this year’s PowerTest to improve your experience. Take some time to let the NETA staff know what you like and what you don’t like. Give some thought when filling out the evaluation sheets at each presentation. All of these are reviewed. Your feedback is very important to us.

Most of all, have fun! I’m looking forward to seeing everyone in Texas!

This quarter’s NETA World Journal covers information on medium- and high-voltage breakers concerning SF6 handling and mechanism time and motion measurements. When working with SF6, we must be aware of the environmental impacts and alternatives that are environmentally friendly. Proper training is essential for the handling of SF6. Time/motion measurements are required tests for certain breakers (see ATS-2017 and MTS-2019). These tests are essential to ensure that breakers will operate correctly when needed.

Always be safe — every day.

James Cialdea, President
NETA — InterNational Electrical
Testing Association