QP Testing

QP Testing & Conmitto Software Partnership

Conmitto, Inc. and QP Testing LLC have partnered to offer a modern, flexible Asset, Personnel, PM and Vendor Order system called Conmitto Manager. Conmitto Manager is unique as it takes data from various existing ERP systems as well as sensors, and allows for more flexible interfaces, with dynamic reports and notifications, to be available across a modern maintenance team’s devices.

The optimal clients for this platform include mid to large size heavy manufacturers, food manufacturers, logistics providers, and energy producers. Conmitto Manager offers a flexible, useful system for an entire organization to make sense of IIoT and other operational data to uncover trends on equipment and human performance, especially in business-critical assets. The collecting, tracking, and analysis of this valuable trove of data is the primary focus of most Industry 4.0 transformations.


To get started, Conmitto connects with relevant Operations and Maintenance leaders to identify key platform goals and to begin the Onboarding process. Conmitto Manager is incredibly extensible and in this Onboarding process, there is the ability to add customizations to an organization’s version of the platform. After an organization has completed Onboarding, the Conmitto support team assists in distributing licenses and providing setup support.

QP-Testing LLC is a leading electrical repair/rebuilding, testing, preventative maintenance, and engineering firm based in Hammond, IN. QP-Testing is also part of the QuadPlus international family of companies.


Conmitto, Inc. is an industrial software firm offering flexible cloud-based software for the manufacturing, logistics, and power industries based in Chicago, IL. Conmitto is backed or advised by leading industrial technologists and academics.

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Zentel Tech Optimizes Rare Book Storage HVAC

Zentel Tech was contacted by the director of commissioning for a world renown institution to investigate issues with the HVAC in their rare book storage.  Zentel Tech reviewed all of the information and equipment. The initial complaint was that the heat was being carried over to the supply air from the desiccant regeneration system causing the temperature to rise in the rare book storage.  A secondary issue was the motor for the desiccant wheel failed due to the motor leads overheating.   

Zentel Tech proposed a review of the air system performance to evaluate the overall system conditions.  During the investigation it was determined that there was insufficient return air from the book storage area that limited the units performance.  It was also determined that the insufficient return airflow created excessive pressure differential between the supply air and the return air causing the air to by-pass the desiccant wheel causing excessive temperature condition for the desiccant motor and increased supply air temperature.

This situation is typical in a lot of mechanical systems.  Very simple problems appear complex until the root cause can be discovered and corrected.  Zentel Tech has the expertise from our critical environments work to efficiently diagnose and repair the issues that keep your system from optimal performance.

Engineering & Arc Flash Studies

QP Testing staffs professional engineers that can provide power system studies that can ensure your plant’s OSHA certification, as well as analysis on your equipment. QP Testing includes standard and specialized power system studies, plus pre-installation and post-installation power quality audits to precisely target and help correct power issues. These studies will help optimize your power systems performance and improve safety. Receive unparalleled support with Power System design & Power System unit programming.

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Arc Flash

ENGINEERING

QP Testing provides substation and power distribution system design. This includes load analysis, system layout and calculations and specifications for cables, conduits, transformers, protective devices, panels and switchgear. Our engineering staff is here to help you provide safe working conditions. We have experts that provide Engineering Studies, Arc Flash Training for Personnel, Short Circuit Studies, Coordination Studies, Harmonic Analysis, Power Factor Correction Studies, Transient Motor Starting Analysis and Ground Grid Analysis.

ARC FLASH STUDIES

The best reason for increased awareness and understanding of arc flash hazards is to prevent injuries. Statistics presented from a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health study showed that during the period from 1992 through 2001, there were 44,363 electrical-related injuries involving days away from work. The number of nonfatal electrical shock injuries was 27,262, while 17,101 injuries were caused by electric arc flash burns.

Electrical Testing & Preventative Maintenance Outage Services

QP testing provides engineering, field service and testing services to power distribution equipment including transformers, protective relays, switchgear, capacitor banks, battery systems and power distribution circuit breakers. Our field technical staff will perform maintenance or acceptance testing per NETA standards on electrical equipment. Our preventative maintenance and electrical testing services extend the life of vital equipment and support the significant capital investment you’ve made in your equipment. Receive unparalleled support on your electrical power and distribution system.

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ELECTRICAL TESTING

Our experience with all levels of power distribution allows QP Testing professionals to maximize your return in your facility’s power system investment. Through analysis, design assistance, and construction resources, we can offer assistance to your facility’s development team or provide turn-key completion of your power feed and distribution system. Our Field Engineers each have over 40 years of experience testing switchgear for our customers. We provide primary injection & secondary injection testing of their circuit breakers, transformer testing, relay calibration, & cable testing at our customers’ site.

PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE

There is nothing more important than performing preventative maintenance on your facility’s electrical equipment. Annual outages and shutdowns are necessary to preserve and extend the life of your equipment. We help extend the life of our customers’ switchgear by testing, cleaning, & operating their equipment in these critical shutdowns. Our field technical staff will perform maintenance or acceptance testing per NETA standards on electrical equipment.

Breaker Repair Services

QP Testing is the first and only PEARL Certified circuit breaker repair & recondition facility in the Chicagoland area. Our expertise includes breakers of every make and model, and ranges from circuit breakers in excess of 80 years, all the way up to the current breakers installed today. We have certified nuclear circuit breaker technicians that have work with some of the largest utilities and nuclear power plants in the country for the past 40 years. Whether your circuit breakers need a test and inspection, or a full recondition, our team will provide you with the highest level of service and satisfaction in the market.

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Breaker Repair

REPAIR

Our team of repair experts visually inspects each breaker for worn or missing mechanisms. They perform electrical testing and analysis to determine any issues with the breaker. Upon approval for repair, defective parts are removed and replaced with new parts. A final test and inspection are performed before the breaker is returned.

REFURBISH

During the breaker refurbishment process, our expert technicians completely disassemble, inspect, clean, and plate and paint if required. We then reassemble the breaker with replacement parts before a final test and inspection prior to shipment.

RETROFIT

Our Industrial circuit breaker retrofitting services can provide a more robust and reliable system to reduce losses that can happen during down time and upgrades. Retrofit components can be installed using existing facilities, require no additional space, and can save up to four times and space of replacement with new systems.


Breakers Serviced

WESTINGHOUSE

Low Voltage Breakers: DS; DB
Common Issues: DB Insulating links crack; Pole bases often have low insulation readings


Medium Voltage Breakers: DHP; VCP
Common Issues: Dry lubrication causes breaker to open slowly; contact resistance typically high from lack of cleaning.

Our Expertise: QP-Testing reconditions and/or refurbishes to factory specifications with new lubrication and parts when required. QP-Testing has nuclear qualifications on the DS/DHP breakers with over 30 plus years of experience.

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GE

Low Voltage Breakers: AK
Common Issues: Failure to close due to lack of lubrication; Contact resistance typically high from lack of cleaning.


Medium Voltage Breakers: MagneBlast; MA
Common Issues: M-B bushings fray & need replacement with Al-Bronze; Bearings dry out from lack of lubrication

Our Expertise: QP-Testing reconditions and/or refurbishes to factory specifications with new lubrication and parts when required.

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ABB

Low Voltage Breakers: K; Line
Common Issues: Lack of lubrication; High resistance on control relay; breaker fails to close due to defected closing latches; nuclear circuit breaker Part 21 defective secondary trip latch.


Medium Voltage Breakers: HV; HK
Common Issues: Hard to trip because of lack of lubrication; bearings worn and dried out; High resistance on control relay

Our Expertise: QP-Testing reconditions and/or refurbishes to factory specifications with new lubrication and parts when required.

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EATON

Low Voltage Breakers: DS
Common Issues: Hard to close; Hard to trip


Medium Voltage Breakers: VCP-W
Common Issues: Factory recommended maintenance not performed, which results in the breaker being unable to be fully charged; Motor continues running due to charge not advancing; Worn parts in mechanism

Our Expertise: QP-Testing reconditions and/or refurbishes to factory specifications with new lubrication and parts when required.

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Siemens/Allis Chalmers

Low Voltage Breakers: LA; RL
Common Issues: Contact resistance high


Medium Voltage Breakers: FC; FCV; MA; FA
Common Issues: Hard to trip because of lack of lubrication; Bearings become worn and dried out; High resistance on motor cut-off switch

Our Expertise: QP-Testing reconditions and/or refurbishes to factory specifications with new lubrication and parts when required.

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Federal Pacific Breakers

Low Voltage Breakers: FP 25; FP 50
Common Issues: Mechanism trips free; Loss of lubrication; Manual charging mechanism binds


Medium Voltage Breakers: DST II
Common Issues: Bad closing and tripping knobs; Worn trip latch

Our Expertise: QP Testing has factory specifications for each breaker model, we have a vast experience working on all types of breakers for some of the largest utilities in the US.

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Square D Breakers

Low Voltage Breakers: DS 206; Masterpact
Common Issues: Trips free; Bad trip units; Materpacts are insulated case breakers and typically cannot be rebuilt and need to be replaced with new breakers


Medium Voltage Breakers: Vad 1, 2, 3 & VR
Common Issues: Mechanism binds; Contact erosion; Nottles go bad quickly; Loss of lubrication

Our Expertise: QP Testing has factory specifications for each breaker model, we have a vast amount of experience working on all types of breakers for some of the largest utilities in the US.

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QP Testing Adds Seven New Synchronous Motor Field Application Systems at The Chicago Water Departments South Water Purification Plant

QP Testing has completed their installation portion of the 45 million dollar Electrical Distribution revamp of The City of Chicago’s South Water Purification Plant. This first phase of the project was to install 9 new PCP’s (Pump Control Panels), for 7 synchronous and 2 induction motors. These panels completely changed how the motors were started from the existing systems installed in the late 1940’s. The installation team consisted of MG Electric (general contractor), QP Testing (provided 7 Synchronous Motor Field Applications Systems), Siemens Industry, Inc. Switchgear Division (supplied new Switchgear and motor starters), and Allen ICS (Supplied SCADA equipment and programming). One of the challenges was that the Plant could not be shut down to accomplish this retrofit. We were given one pump system every 6 weeks to complete the transformation. The motors ranged from 350hp to 1000hp at 2300vac. During the design phase of the project QP Testing and the supplier of the synchronous equipment Kinetics (Trenton, NJ) were able to engineer a package that had the range in field currents so that one system could do all 7 motors, which only required a small amount of tuning at start up. The customer was very happy with this, since the spare parts were all interchangeable. The success of this start up gained QP Testing the ability to quote and win the next project at The City of Chicago’s Jardine Water Purification Plant. We will be supplying a total of 8 new Synchronous Motor Field Application Systems following the same design criteria as done on the South Water Plant project.

Installation of a Toroidal Plasma Device Known as HIDRA

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Center for Plasma-Material Interactions (CPMI) looked to QP Testing Senior Engineer Kent Wegley for expertise in safely installing a toroidal plasma device known as HIDRA. Combining capabilities of a tokamak and a stellarator, HIDRA provides scientists a valuable and unique testbed for plasma/fusion experimental research, the type of science that could one day lead to viable energy production from fusion reactors. HIDRA was transported from its original home at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Germany in 2014 and is now safely running at CPMI. More information about HIDRA can be found here.