Overhead System Condition Assessment and Maintenance: Techniques and Benefits

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 14th, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Location: Idaho Power Company CHQ Auditorium West

1221 W. Idaho St., Boise ID 83702

Brown Bag Technical Event: Drinks and light snacks provided

Presented by: John Lauletta, CEO, Exacter, Inc.

As overhead distribution electric equipment ages it is subject to damage by lightning, environmental pollution, switching surges, freeze/thaw cycles, and other issues of age related wear-and-tear. The result of this damage is momentary and sustained outages, reduced feeder reliability, increased Customer Minutes of Interruption (CMI) and a degradation of standard reliability indices such as SAIFI and SAIDI.

This presentation will review the root causes of equipment damage, the symptoms that result from weakened equipment, the opportunity to improve overall overhead distribution reliability, case studies to demonstrate the efficacy of predictive-based overhead system hardening, and the methodologies to develop conditions-based predictive maintenance programs. The review will include high-voltage laboratory test methods and results that demonstrate the failure syndromes of weakened overhead equipment.

Finally, a review of U.S. statistics on weakened equipment findings and field methods to pinpoint the structure and piece of equipment to replace will be reviewed.

John Lauletta has been involved in electric utility measurement technology since 1975. John’s career includes ten years with American Electric Power as Measurements Manager, 14 Years as VP Scientific Columbus and most recently as President and CEO of Exacter, Inc.

John holds engineering degrees from The Ohio State University and Purdue University and is the Past Chair of the Central Ohio Power Engineering Society Chapter of IEEE.

John holds several patents in predictive failure technologies. Exacter, Inc. is a developer of predictive technologies for electric utility reliability, grid conditions-based assessment, and preventive maintenance.

Contact Information:

Exacter, Inc.

7700 Rivers Edge Dr.

Columbus, OH 43235



Phone: 614.880.9320

Mobile: 216.496.1219

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