Mississauga, ON — Dec. 2, 2002 — Siemens Canada held an official opening ceremony for its recently relocated and expanded Transformer Repair Centre in Stoney Creek, Ont., on Nov. 22, 2002.
The new facility handles inspections, repairs, rewinds and complete remanufacturing. It can also build new and exact duplicate transformers. The services previously were offered in three seperate locations in Ontario.
The 70,000 sq ft site has the capacity to handle liquid- and air-cooled transformers up to 250 MVA and 230 kV.
Dr. Albert Maringer, president and CEO of the company, spoke open-heartedly to employees and a large group of invited guests about the venture.
Three technical seminars were held for customers after a plant tour and catered lunch. Topics focussed on asset management and provided an overview of the topic as it applies to transformers.
The seminars included Transformer Asset Management by William Bartley, P. Eng., of Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection & Insurance Co. of Hartford, Conn. He addressed the adequacy of the U.S. electrical transmission system, the cause of transformer failures, the aging transformer fleet, and the risk analysis process.
“There is no single scientific method available to determine the exact probability of failure, or to calculate the end-of-life of a power transformer,” Bartley said. However, he discussed a screening technique that helps users to develop a failure probability factor.
Other seminars included Transformer Plant Evaluation by Dr. Klaus Eckholz of Siemens AG, and Plant Capabilities by Gary Kitchen of the new Siemens facility.