Editorial Calendar

Fall (August) 2017

Articles Due: April 17, 2017

Medium-Voltage Circuit Breakers

Medium Voltage Circuit Breakers vary widely in construction type and operating characteristics. OEM devices can utilize air, oil, vacuum, and SF6 technology for interruption. In addition to original equipment designs, there are many retrofit and retro-fill solutions available to the industry. Air circuit breakers can be replaced with vacuum technology and traditional stored energy mechanisms can be replaced with magnetically held mechanisms to name a few. Diagnostic testing routines can be applied to allow for more predictive maintenance schedules and repairs.

Acceptable articles may focus on the theory of one or more predictive tests available, case studies involving one or more of the testing technologies, or the importance of circuit breaker performance as increasingly understood in arc flash safety.

  • First-Trip Testing
  • Time-Travel Analysis
  • Vacuum Bottle Testing

Winter (November) 2017

Articles Due: July 21, 2017

Electrical Safety

NFPA 70E-2018 will be released by the publishing of this issue. Often the NFPA 70E is described as the industry recognized standard. However there is another standard that may be applicable based on the facility being discussed, the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC).

Acceptable articles would include an overview of when to apply each safety standard and any significant differences between the two as it pertains to the daily work of a facility manager, engineer, or test technician. Also, articles covering significant changes to the NFPA 70E from a broad overview perspective, or a focus on a specific change and the possible ramifications to the electrical testing industry would be acceptable.

Spring (February/March) 2018

Articles Due: October 20, 2017

Rotating Machinery

Rotating machinery refers to both motors and generators, AC and DC, with many construction variances designed for specific applications. Rotating machinery is an area of knowledge where a large percentage of NETA techs could benefit from an article in the basics of construction and types of motor commonly found in the industry. Additionally, the 2018 ECS is scheduled to be released in this issue.

Acceptable articles may be a general overview of rotating machinery, specific testing routines applied to rotating machinery, or complex commissioning of rotating machinery including load banking of generator apparatus and complex rotating machinery protection schemes.

Summer (May) 2018

Articles Due: January 19, 2017

NERC Compliance for Transmission, Generation, and Distribution

The purpose of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) is to ensure all transmission and generation Protection Systems affecting the reliability of the Bulk Electric System (BES) are maintained and tested. NERC is a not for profit corporation. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission designated NERC as the ERO on July 20, 2006. Electric reliability organization (ERO) refers to NERC's role as the independent entity that develops and enforces mandatory standards for the Reliable Operation and planning of the Bulk-Power System throughout North America, as called for in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. PRC-new standards should be out around this time.

Acceptable articles would include a summary of changes to the PRC standards, or a spotlight on one or more significant changes and how it will affect the electrical testing industry.