Weekly Informational and Training Webinars

At EasyPower, we offer a variety of weekly webinar sessions to help you become better acquainted with the software and to further develop your skills and understanding. There are two different types of webinars.

  • The Tuesday Refresher webinars are short (30 minute) sessions going over the basics of using EasyPower software in a variety of situations.
  • The Thursday webinars topics will vary and are also applicable for beginning to advanced users, depending on the topics covered. See the webinar schedule below.

If you are not currently using EasyPower, download a free demo version of the software and sign up for one of these classes or view the free training videos. We also offer extensive regional and on-site training options - view our training schedule.

Tuesday Refresher Webinars

8:00—8:30am PST (roughly every other week)

Topic - Refresher/beginner series for using EasyPower software, various topics. This will include insights and tips for using EasyPower, not system engineering, which is often covered more in the Thursday Webinars.

Earlier Refresher Webinar VideosSee Recorded Videos Here

  • Presented by Jim Chastain, Support Engineer at EasyPower
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Description - When properly modeled the digital data file created during an Arc Flash Study represents the ‘ideal’ model of the plant’s electrical distribution system. This webinar, given by Jim Chastain at EasyPower, offers a brief insight into the extraordinary value that can be extracted with a PowerFlow analysis of the electrical power system. He discusses system capacity, power factor correction, standby power considerations, and pre-emptive maintenance flags. These are all readily available with a PowerFlow study using the Arc Flash data file as a starting point. This will be an additional value-added link for any contractor providing maintenance support as well. 

  • Presented by Jim Chastain, Support Engineer at EasyPower
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In most AC systems, bolted fault current is much-much higher (usually 10X or more) than normal operating currents. So it is relatively easy to set protective devices to trip in times short enough to reduce the arcing hazard incident energy. Bolted fault current in DC systems, while very high, may not be as high when compared to normal operating currents. It can be difficult to set protective devices to trip on arcing currents and still tolerate the transients which occur during normal operation. 

In this refresher webinar, given by Jim Chastain at EasyPower, he discusses the modeling of DC systems and covers the options available in EasyPower tools to predict arcing current and incident energy.

  • Presented by Jim Chastain, Support Engineer at EasyPower
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IEEE-1584 has some applications for which results are ‘conservatively high.’ Many of those applications fall into the category of lighting systems or 240-volt panel loads. This refresher, given by Jim Chastain at EasyPower, focuses on common problems encountered in modeling these systems and offers solutions for systems which seem to predict unrealistically high incident energy. Recommendations for labeling will also be included.

  • Presented by Jim Chastain, Support Engineer at EasyPower
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Description - As more and more data collection firms jump on the EasyPower OnSite band wagon, the question arises, “How can we get the OnSite tablet to better sync with EasyPower analytical modules?" The answer is Templates! In this EasyPower Tuesday Refresher, Jim Chastain illustrates how to develop a custom Template based on default equipment list in EasyPower. The result will produce cleaner imports, less wasted effort during data collection, and better productivity for all!

  • Presented by Jim Chastain, Support Engineer at EasyPower
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Description - We kick of the first part of a 4-week series on how to meet NFPA compliance and control costs with a discussion of safety related to arc flash hazards and the evolution of regulator standards in the 15 years since their introduction. This webinar includes the updates to NFPA 70E 2018.

  • Presented by Jim Chastain, Support Engineer at EasyPower
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Description - Of the overall time involved in an Arc Flash study,  data collection can be the most costly is not properly planned. Eliminating the need for repeated trips to the site and avoiding excess delays and cost is the focus for this presentation. Second in the Arc Flash Risk Assessment series, this presentation emphasizes the benefits that can be recognized both in cost reduction and employee education when facilities maintenance teams are part of the process.

  • Presented by Jim Chastain, Support Engineer at EasyPower
  • Completed - Video coming soon

Description - The third installment of this series focuses on the use of the EasyPower Arc Flash Suite #2 to construct the one-line model from the collected data and then proceeds to the initial steps required to calculated arc flash incident energies. Industry standards describing the use of the IEEE-1584 model are detailed and examples provided.

  • Presented by Jim Chastain, Support Engineer at EasyPower
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Description - This last installment in the Arc Flash Risk Assessment series will highlight the EasyPower tools utilities which facilitate compliance with the requirements of NFPA-70E. Included in the presentation is the ability to print and export reports, customize report layout, customize label content and printing. In addition, the EasyPower label editor permits the use of QR codes to extend the information available to anyone able to scan the equipment label

  • Presented by Jim Chastain, Support Engineer at EasyPower
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Description - Frequently system designs and layout engineers prefer a display of the one-line drawing to include more detailed information than the final drawing presented to the client. With EasyPower’s custom Text Data Block feature, engineers can now choose from several ‘purpose oriented’ Text Data Block templates. In this Refresher session, Jim Chastain illustrates how to use the Text Block Editor to create a number of templates for this purpose.

  • Presented by Jim Chastain, Support Engineer at EasyPower
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Description - It is true that Arc Flash label requirements change from time to time. It is also true that systems change on occasion as well. In this Refresher webinar, Jim Chastain will demonstrate the use of the Custom Label Editor features included in EasyPower to maintain your label currency and integrity.

  • Presented by Jim Chastain, Support Engineer at EasyPower
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Description - Recently several new customers have made it a point of asking how EasyPower’s ScenarioManager works.  It seems like the competition does not quite measure up.  Maybe we have taken this useful EasyPower utility too lightly.  ScenarioManager delivers powerful tools to model and analyze possible power system scenarios—without the hassle of juggling many separate databases. You won’t find a faster, easier, or more streamlined way to test different operating conditions. This refresher session dives deep into the details of what makes EasyPower Scenario Manger the champion that it is!

  • Presented by Jim Chastain, Support Engineer at EasyPower
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Description - Motor Control Centers (MCC) are an important element for any large industrial electrical distribution system.  In this Tuesday Refresher, Jim Chastain will review a real world example of device coordination involving banks of MCCs, and discuss mitigation options when the results do not match expectations.

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Thursday Webinars

10:00am PST (2-3 times per month) - Topic varies:

Be sure to sign up and watch the webinars live, so you won't miss any of the valuable information. Sometimes we are not able to provide recorded versions of the webinars afterwards, due to legal limitations of the presenter's employer. You will only be able to hear the questions and answers at the end in the live session, they are not included in the recording that is posted later.

Earlier Webinar VideosSee Recorded Videos Here

  • Presented by Ryan Downey, Principal Engineer at AVO Training Institute
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Description - This presentation, given by Ryan Downey, Principal Engineer at AVO Training Institute, discusses harmonics in electrical power distribution systems. The discussion includes detail regarding the IEEE standard that explains and provides recommendations and requirements for harmonic control. Also included in the discussion will be the various types of harmonic sources and the cause/effect problems they can create and how they can possibly be mitigated.

  • Presented by Roberto Andolfato and Daniele Cuccarollo, at SINT Ingegnaria in Italy
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Description - This webinar, given by Roberto Andolfato and Daniele Cuccarollo at SINT Ingegnaria in Italy, gives an intermediate level introduction to the concepts of grounding calculations and how they can be applied using XGSLab’s GSA_FD grounding software. The topics covered include using the GSA_FD software to enter data and then interpret soil resistivity (multilayer soil model), and touch and step voltage limits (IEC, IEEE, EN standards). They also discuss the main calculation process (voltage and current distribution), as well as the importance of taking self and mutual impedances into account. Finally they will cover post processing for calculation of earth potentials and touch and step voltages (use of reference points) and soil layer covering. The topics are covered in theory as well their practical application in the software.

Description - Device coordination can be a complex topic because the process can exacerbate the task of mitigating arc flash incident energy. The advantage offered by the EasyPower tool suite is the ability to identify and ‘see’ the issues that could be problems in your system. With this knowledge, better decisions can be made to protect the system and ultimately provide a safer workplace for employees. 

In Part 1 of this 2-part series, Jim Chastain at EasyPower introduces us to TCC curves and how EasyPower displays plots for protective devices, loads, and current limits. He also discusses bolted, arcing, and ground fault currents.

Description - In Part 2 of this 2-part series on device coordination, Jim Chastain at EasyPower continues his explanation that device coordination can be a complex topic because the process can exacerbate the task of mitigating arc flash incident energy. He explains how to determine if mis-coordination exists and the process to set coordinated protective devices. He then shows how to create a ‘difference calculation’ to graphically show device coordination as well as implement trip settings for fixed time devices. He finishes with an answer to the question, “If this computer is so smart, why can’t it do device coordination for me?”

Description - Due to increased requests, we are replaying a popular webinar given a few years ago on dynamic stability. This session is taught by Chris Duffey, P.E., where he introduces you to the EasyPower Dynamic Stability feature. Though typically relegated to "specialty" analysis, we show you how this feature will supply you with unparalleled insight into the real-time and often hidden dynamic response of your system with very little effort. This feature integrates all EasyPower protective devices, a large library of typical motor and generator stability data, and the ability to simulate system dynamic response with fast and simple double click actions.

  • Presented by Paul Steciuk, President and Co-Founder of Northeast Power Systems Inc. (NEPSI)
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Description - Come join Paul Steciuk, President and Co-Founder of Northeast Power Systems Inc. (NEPSI) for an “open-mic” session where you can get answers to your questions in any of the following areas: 
• Harmonic Analysis 
• Power Factor Correction on commercial, industrial, and utility power systems 
• Harmonic Filter Design and Specification 
• Component Specification and Application 
• Shunt Capacitor Bank and Harmonic Filter Bank Application Considerations 

Mr. Steciuk has over 25 years of experience in power systems and solutions and brings with him a wealth of information. You can submit your questions in advance (sent them to nicole@easypower.com) or ask them live on the Webinar, by either using your headset or typing them in. We look forward to hearing from you. 

  • Presented by Ryan Bergeron, at GE
  • Completed - Video coming soon

Description - Understanding how to apply, model, and evaluate various arc flash reduction strategies is an important skill.  Proper modeling and evaluation of the results are key components to selecting appropriate arc flash reduction techniques and selecting the setting(s) to optimize application method(s). This session, presented by Ryan Bergeron at GE, will provide you with an understanding of how to model two of the methods cited in the new NEC 2017 Article 240.67 for Fuses 1200A or higher – (B) 0.07 seconds or less at the available arcing current and (B)(2) Maintenance Switching – for a low voltage system using EasyPower® analysis software. 

  • Presented by Jim Phillips, founder of BrainFiller.com and ArcFlashForum.com and also Vice-Chair of IEEE 1584
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Description - In this webinar, by Jim Phillips, founder of BrainFiller.com and ArcFlashForum.com and also Vice-Chair of IEEE 1584 and International Chair of IEC TC78, you will see how to develop a simplified labeling strategy that makes labels easier to understand for the end user and also helps minimize the need to relabel. He has been advocating this method for years and has numerous published articles on the subject. Jim will begin with the history of arc flash labeling and early NEC requirements. He then takes you through the evolution of labels from simple – to complicated – and now back to simple again. Jim will cover the most current requirements from NEC, NFPA 70E 2018 and ANSI Z535 including the latest NFPA 70E exception where details may no longer be required on a label pending specific conditions.

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Engineering Support | Web-Based and Personal

Need help completing your own arc flash study? Want to advance your EasyPower skills? Do you learn better in a one-on-one setting? Consider our Web-based training.

Using the latest online meeting tool, an EasyPower engineer will show you how to perform specific tasks that you request—in real time. You won’t even have to leave your desk! Learn how Engineering Support can personalize a Web-based program for you.

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