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Doble & Electrical Builders, Inc: Increasing Bus Duct Reliability in Power Plants

Companies to provide customers with complete turnkey solutions to help extend life of critical electric power plant equipment

WATERTOWN, Mass., Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Doble Engineering Company and Electrical Builders, Inc. (EBI™) are pleased to announce a new alliance to provide customers with complete on-line and off-line solutions for isolated phase bus diagnostics and maintenance. EBI is a leader in bus duct maintenance, off-line inspection, repairs, retrofits and new construction. Doble is a leader in diagnostic solutions and consulting services for the energy sector.  Through their new agreement, EBI will be the exclusive provider of EMI Diagnostics(SM), Doble's in-service, non-invasive electromagnetic interference survey, for bus duct reliability assessment for nuclear plants throughout the United States and Canada.

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"EBI is committed to helping our customers operate their plants at optimum efficiency," said Jessica Ducharme, EBI Vice President, Sales & Marketing. "By working with Doble we can now provide a complete solution portfolio that combines both on-line and off-line inspection techniques. With the addition of this on-line, non-invasive service, we can help our clients identify issues before the outage, allowing for more efficient outage planning and prioritization of needed repairs. When the outage takes place, time is saved because the initial discovery has already occurred, allowing for more in-depth testing of targeted areas and addressing identified issues with immediacy.  We look forward to offering this service to all our power generation clients."

"One of the benefits of EMI testing is that we can provide electrical asset maintenance recommendations after the very first test," said Paul Griffin, Doble Engineering Company's Vice President, Consulting and Testing Services. "EMI is a proven technology which is a useful and cost-effective way to identify electrical asset issues, including bus duct maintenance, repair or replacement, as well as assets where maintenance is not required."

Isolated phase bus ducts systems are vital components in power plants that are often overlooked. These bus duct systems are the only critical components within the plant that have no redundancy and no quick replacement solutions. EMI Diagnostics(SM) is an invaluable tool to detect and identify electrical and mechanical defects in bus ducts systems, generators, motors, transformers and associated electrical systems – all while the equipment is in-service.

About Doble:
Now in 110 countries, Doble Engineering has been helping clients in the electric power industry improve operations and optimize system performance for nearly a century. Doble offers diagnostic instruments, services, and the world's premier library of statistically significant apparatus test results for the benefit of energy generation, transmission and delivery companies and industrial power users worldwide. Doble is part of the Utility Solutions Group of ESCO Technologies Inc. (NYSE: ESE), St. Louis.  For more information, visit: www.doble.com

About EBI:
Electrical Builders Inc. (EBI) is the nation's premier high power conductor service provider. EBI is proudly Veteran and women owned, and ISO 9001 certified. An active member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the American Nuclear Society (ANS), EBI has provided quality workmanship to power plants and utilities since 1974, and has been involved with some of the most prestigious utility and substation projects throughout North America. Learn more at www.electricalbuilders.com.

SOURCE Doble Engineering Company

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