Switchgear Life Extension, Electrical Safety, and Standards Take Center Stage at PEARLs Electrical Safety, Reliability and Sustainability Conference & Exhibition

Aurora, CO (PRWEB) February 14, 2012

Industrial sustainability and cost savings through proper reconditioning of industrial electric equipment such as switchgear and circuit breakers will be the main topics at the 15th annual Electrical Safety, Reliability and Sustainability Conference & Exhibition, sponsored by PEARL, May 5-7, 2012, at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel in Pittsburgh.

In addition to two days of technical presentations related to electrical maintenance, reconditioning, and life extension, the event also includes a two-day, two-track electrical training program for electrical technicians looking to improve their skills.

Presentations start on Sunday with opening remarks from Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl*, followed by insight on building a remanufactured product industry from William Gager, founder of the Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association (APRA). The day also features hot topics and business practices in cold economies; roundtable discussion groups; and a look at the Buckeye Bullet II, the worlds fastest battery-powered car.

On Monday, electrical shock and arc flash protection pioneer H. Landis “Lanny” Floyd, II of DuPont will deliver the keynote address, which looks at the state of electrical safety in the U.S. and the hidden costs of electrical reliability in dollars, employee injuries, and related costs. He will also review the evolution of standards, codes, and regulations as they relate to personnel protection both at the customer site as well as in the PEARL member electrical reconditioning shops. Additional presentations include Nigel McQuin, Senior Member of IEEE, and Europes CIGRE and IET organizations, and his perspective on circuit breaker conversions and switchgear life extensions, as well as other presentations on equipment safety operations, and coaching and leadership. Finally, PEARL member volunteers will give updates on the latest PEARL standards, ANSI efforts, and a proposal for a new PEARL Technician Certification electrical training program.

The conference also offers a two-day, dual-track electrical training course that focuses on low-voltage circuit breakers and medium-voltage contactors, running concurrently with the technical program. Day one involves classroom work presented by Shermco Industries at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel, while day two offers hands-on electrical training presented by Voyten Electric & Electronics, Inc. at The Motor Control Center. During the training, veteran electrical technicians will share equipment-specific defects and trouble areas commonly found in service-aged equipment.

Interested attendees and exhibitors should contact the PEARL office at (877) 287-3275, send an email to pearl(at)pearl1(dot)org, or visit http://www.Pearl1.org. Corporations that join PEARL within 30 days of the end of the conference will have up to 100% of their conference registration fee applied towards their first year’s PEARL membership.

*Mayor Luke Ravenstahls opening remarks are subject to change without notice based on his honors schedule.


Founded in 1997, the Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League (PEARL) creates, collects, and disseminates information, policies, procedures, and standards to ensure the proper recycling and reuse of electrical power equipment. Its 70+ corporate members must meet strict technical, safety, and operational requirements.


Winn Hardin

Hardin Business Communications

Tel: 904-246-8958


Mark Stone

Association Manager

Tel: 877-AT-PEARL

Fax: 888-996-3296



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