2014 GE 7EA Users Group: Issue 2

Highlights of what owner/operators shared at the 7EA annual meeting

The 7EA Users Group's 2014 conference and vendor fair attracted 136 owner/operators from 81 organizations-about the same as it did last year. Eight countries were represented. The three-day program integrated user presentations, discussion forums, and invited vendor presentations into a value-packed learning experience for the depression-era user registration fee of $50, including meals.

This article summarizes a comprehensive presentation on the second-stage shroud-block failure in a 7E and presents highlights of some interactive discussion sessions. more

Clashing continues to rally 7EA owner/operators
Many owner/operators consider attendance at this annual meeting mandatory. The reason can be summed up in one word: clashing. If you are a 7EA user and are not familiar with the term used to described the contact that occurs when the tip of a stationary Row 1 (and/or Row 2) vane moves forward and contacts one or more passing rotating blades near their platforms, don't delay in reviewing the information published in last week's state-of-the-engine report and the resources linked to that article. more
Why you should buy only premium valves

The exhibit hall at the 7EA Users Group 2014 annual meeting was filled to capacity with 116 vendors touting their products and services. Bremco Inc's Reg and Bob Morse were among them, all smiles showing off the company's new booth and ready to share a case history on the replacement of main steam valves for F-class heat-recovery steam generators.

     This article illustrates the extensive, and expensive, effort required to replace large boiler valves. Likely, it will make you think twice about purchasing valves of any size for new HRSGs, or replacement valves for existing units, based on cost rather than on quality. more  

What selected vendors told the 7EA users

Days Two and Three of the 7EA Users Group 2014 meeting were dominated by vendor presentations arranged by the steering committee. Access summaries from the following companies:

  • Combustion Parts Inc
  • Parker Hannifin Corp
  • Turbine Technology Services Corp
  • JASC Controls
  • Vogt Power International Inc
  • CSE Engineering Inc
  • MD&A
  • PSM more 

CCJ's 2015 Best Practices Awards

DEADLINE January 30, 2015. Get your plant staff the recognition it deserves. With the deadline for submissions fast approaching, it is that time of year to get your entries into the editors of CCJ. Award categories are:

  • Fast starts.
  • New skills/workforce development.
  • Water management
  • Performance improvements.
  • Plant safety procedures.
  • Outage management.
  • O&M: Generators, transformers, HV electrical.
  • O&M, mechanical: Major equipment, BOP.
  • Predictive analytics/M&D centers.                more

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