The world’s largest user organization supporting owner/operators of 7F gas turbines promises a robust in-person conference and vendor fair when the group gathers at Atlanta’s Renaissance Waverly Hotel, May 15-19, for its 2023 meeting.
This year’s vibrant, reconfigured program assures a not-to-be-missed event. Vendor solutions highlight the mornings both Monday, May 15, and Tuesday, May 16, with traditional user-only general sessions in the afternoons, and vendor fairs from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday is dedicated to user-only general sessions in both the morning and afternoon. Thursday is GE Day. The Friday morning session has been expanded to include both the OEM’s traditional deep-dive knowledge-sharing program and two special user-only sessions of high value.
It’s important to register by COB Friday, April 14, to get the $445 early-bird conference fee, which increases to $495 on April 15, and to assure your accommodations are at the heavily discounted $189 daily group rate (plus tax, of course), which ends April 24, or earlier, if the room block sells out. An online reservation link will be provided to attendees after they register. You cannot arrange for a room at the conference rate any other way.
Stay tuned to www.powerusers.org for program updates as they become available, as well as other announcements.
The vendor solutions presentations Monday and Tuesday morning are arranged in three 30-minute sessions with four services providers presenting simultaneously in each session. Four platinum-sponsor presentations, aggregated in a fourth 60-minute session, conclude the morning programs.
Monday, attendees can listen to half-hour presentations by GTC Control Solutions (a division of AP4 Group), HRST, Liburdi Turbine Services, PSM, CC Jensen, EthosEnergy, JASC, Turbine Generator Advisers, Riverhawk, and SVI Industrial; plus, hour presentations by AP4 Group, Arnold Group, ExxonMobil, and Shell Oil Products.
Tuesday’s half-hour presentations are by Allied Power Group, C C Jensen, National Electric Coil, Nord-Lock Group, Integrity Power Solutions, Lectrodryer, NRG Faist, Sulzer Turbo Services Houston, Carbon Reduction Systems, Marioff, and PSM; plus hour presentations by AGT Services, Industrial Air Flow Dynamics, MD&A, and PSM.
Suggestion: Access the most recent agenda summary on the Power Users website to plan your participation before arriving in Atlanta.
The general sessions Monday and Tuesday afternoon and all day Wednesday include a lineup of presentations and discussions by and among users on safety, combustion, auxiliaries, rotors, exhaust systems and components, and other topics yet to be finalized.
Vendor fairs Monday and Tuesday will showcase the products and services from five- to six-dozen companies each day. The generous three-hour exhibit hall program allows you to visit all the companies on your punch list while taking advantage of the heavy hors d’oeuvres and open bar.
GE Day topics were not available prior to publication. Based on programs from the last few years, presentations in the morning and breakout sessions in the afternoon likely will include safety; 7F fleet trends; outage planning and execution; GT systems reliability, controls basics, architecture, troubleshooting, and solutions; compressor/turbine/rotor; generator and electrical systems; parts and repairs; and combustion.
The Friday program has been greatly improved by the Steering Committee. It now offers a GE program and two user-only sessions. The GE program:
- Combustion turbine 401 is an advanced session for owner/operators focused on real-world examples.
- The forgotten upgrades, focusing on 7F conversions, modifications, and upgrades not recently highlighted.
- Customer Portal Issue Deep Dive offers opportunity for hands-on troubleshooting of issues with the Customer Portal.
The non-GE Friday sessions are the following:
- DLN tuning will discuss the hardware and software basics of DLN-2.6 (and differences of 2.6+) including input/output variables, control logic, emissions, dynamics, tuning techniques, and how to talk-the-talk with tuners.
- TIL review/tracking is an interactive presentation to share best practices and processes on how to efficiently and effectively track TILs from issuance to completion.