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Working safely in a powerplant with a medical implant

By some counts, says James E Timperley of J E Timperley Consulting LLC, over 300,000 electronic medical devices—such a pacemakers, defibrillators, cochlear, and neurostimulators—are implanted in Americans annually. Millions of these appliances are in service, covering all age groups in today’s population. This means that perhaps 1% of all people entering a powerplant may have …

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7F Digital Conference: Week 2 user, vendor presentations recapped here

Editor’s note: What follows are summaries of user and vendor presentations made last Tuesday and Wednesday. They illustrate the value of participation in both the 7F Users Group’s 2020 Digital Conference and the organization’s upcoming 30th Anniversary Meeting at the Marriott St. Louis Grand, May 24-28, 2021. To dig deeper, PowerPoints or video recordings of …

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Lesson learned: Heat tracing demands constant attention

A roundtable on winterization at the 2021 conference of the Combined Cycle Users Group drew on the vast experience owner/operators who have faced heat-trace-system challenges at their facilities. There are still two outage seasons before winter 2023 to implement the many best practices shared by colleagues from Woodbridge Energy Center, Dogwood Energy, and others. By …

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KinetiClean presents new option for HRSG tube cleaning

Calling it “safer, faster, and deeper” than dry-ice blasting, Jeff Bause, CEO, Groome Industrial Service Group, introduced participants in the 2021 virtual conference of the Combined Cycle Users Group to KinetiClean HRSG tube cleaning, a patented kinetic shockwave technique widely used in other industries but new to combined cycles. It was developed by Explosive Professionals …

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7F Users Group to meet May 23-27 in Dallas, REGISTER TODAY!

The world’s largest user organization supporting owner/operators of 7F gas turbines promises the industry’s most robust in-person meeting of its type since the pandemic began two years ago, when the group meets at the Fairmont Dallas Hotel, May 23-27. Recall that the 7F Users Group pioneered a return to in-person conferencing last August, conducting its …

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Turbine valves: How to prevent an actuator failure from tripping your plant

The value of user groups continues to grow in the electric power industry as the number of employees on the deck plates shrinks and personnel with deep experience retire. The plant manager for a 2 × 1 J-class combined cycle under construction told the editors he had received more than 500 resumes in the last …

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Commentary: The value of remote technical support during generator inspections, maintenance

Clyde V Maughan, president, Maughan Generator Consultants Cost-containment initiatives over the past several years have encouraged the move to more offsite technical support of outages in powerplants. More recently, Covid-19 travel restrictions have made onsite technical support difficult. Thus, offsite support via video-chat technology has become more common. This has encouraged discussions questioning the adequacy …

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