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The next WMEA conference will be held in Rapid City, SD - May 27th ~ 29th, 2009. Plan now to attend!





Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn
505 North Fifth Street
Rapid City, South Dakota
 Call: 1-
Fax: 1-605-348-9777

Flanders Course NOTE: 1 Day DC Machine Operations and Maintenance Technical Training Course May 27th for end user (only) electrical technicians (*1) 
May. 27th ,Wednesday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
DC Machines Operations and Maintenance Course

Presented By Rick Scherer, PE - Corporate Technical Manager Flanders Electric and WMEA

WMEA Meeting  
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Registration and Hospitality room



May. 28th ,Thursday
7:00 am 8:00 am




8:00 am 8:15 am

Opening remarks/Business Meeting
Jed Jensen, President



8:15 am 9:15 am

Group Discussion Divide into groups to discuss Safety, New Innovations & Technology, Problems and Solutions, and Future Meeting Presentation Topics and locations. Summary of discussion will be presented the following morning.



9:15 am 9:30 am




9:30 am 10:15 am            

Power Monitoring and Energy Management
- Bruce Reeves Automation Specialist, Crum Electric Supply
- John Ahrens ACCESS Business Development Manager



10:15 am 11:15 am

Dragline Sync Motor Excitation
- William Horvath, General Industries A.E. Team Leader, TMGE Automation Systems


11:15 am - 12:00 pm          


Commutator Maintenance and Repair Tools
- Jeff J Hager, International Sales Manager
Martindale Electric



12:00 pm 1:00 pm




1:00 pm 2:00 pm

LED= Safety and Saving
- Doug Woehler, Business Development Manager
Unimar Inc.



2:00 pm - 2:15 pm




2:15 pm 3:00 pm

Arc Flash Panel Discussion
- Dale Chittum, Senior National FR expert, Aramark
- Dennis Neitzel, Director of AVO Training Institute
- Alexander Nizov, P.E., Principle/Manager of the Electrical Engineering Division of AVO Training Institute



3:00 pm 3:15 pm




3:15 pm 4:00 pm

Arc Flash Panel Discussion



5:30 pm 7:00 pm         

Hospitality room



May. 29th ,Friday
8:00 am 9:15 am             

Group Discussion
Summary of Group Discussions held on Thursday



9:15 am 9:30 am




9:30 am - 10:30 am


Upgrading Power Systems by Replacing C0-Series Electromechanical Relays with Startco Feeder Protection
- Cory Anderson, BScEE, EIT
Technical Sales, Startco;

- Don Selkirk, P.Eng.
Sales Engineer, Startco



10:30 am - 10:45 am




10:45 am - 11:45 am

Electrical Troubleshooters:
A Phenomenological Study of Expertise in Powder River Electrical Organizations
- Lonnie Anderson
University of Nebraska College of Education and Human Sciences, Ph.D. Student



11:45 am 12:00 pm

Closing remarks
- Jed Jensen, President



12:00 pm 1:00 pm               




1:00 pm           

Steering committee meeting

          (*1) Topics covered in course are for end users Electrical Maintenance Technicians only please no vendors.
Objective is to identify challenging maintenance issues, understand theory of operation, offer 
         troubleshooting techniques, and provide industry accepted maintenance and repair practices on DC
         Motors and Generators. 

         Presented by Rick Scherer / PE - Corporate Technical Manager with Flanders Electric and WMEA. 

         Please RSVP for DC Machine Operations and Maintenance Course to: rscherer@FlandersElectric.com,

         Class will be held at the Rushmore Plaza holiday Inn, room TBD.  Course is open and free of charge to
         mining electrical end-users only.  Training material and lunch will be provided.

 (*2) The Arc flash Panel will require audience participation to make it a success Travis Sondrol will mediate
        the Panel and ask questions from emails received prior to the meeting, the panel will field questions
        from the audience as well.

        Please Email any and all Arc Flash questions to Travis Sondrol at travis.sondrol@riotinto.com.  These
        questions can be asked anonymously if you would like please state that in your emails please.




Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn


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