The Institute of High Voltage and High Current (IVAT) continued to work closely with the industry through the training series with Behr Bircher Cellpack Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (BBCMY). This time, 3 academic members and 2 assistant engineers of IVAT learned from BBCMY a different module of training, namely, “Research and Testing Collaborations on Plug-in Termination for Polymeric Cables up to 24 kV”. The training started at 9:00 am on the 1st of November 2017, welcomed by the BBCMY’s Managing Director, Mr. Hanspeter Ritzmann, and facilitated by two experienced engineers from the company, Mr. Sapto Endar Djuniarso (Technical Engineer) and Mr. Dody Ismoyo (Application Technology Engineer).

The training project consisted of 5 modules. The theoretical part included the following modules: (i) Introduction to Cellpack products, (ii) Single core cable construction, and (iii) Cellplux plug-in product introduction. Meanwhile, the practical part consisted another 2 modules: (i) Plug-in installation steps using T-form separable connector for single core polymeric cables up to 24 kV as well as termination points, and (ii) Laboratory testing. Four of the modules were conducted as a 1-day training and hands-on sessions at the BBCMY factory in Gelang Patah, Johor, while the other module will be carried out as a 2-day laboratory testing work at IVAT in coming weeks.

During the 1-day training session, the participants were theoretically and practically exposed to the construction, component selection, and installation steps for the joint point using T-Form separable connector especially for switchgear termination point. All the processes were demonstrated in detail by both the facilitators. The training session concluded at 5:30 pm with a brief speech by BBC Managing Director, Mr. Ritzmann and some fruitful discussion between the two parties.

IVAT sincerely thanks BBCMY for providing such a meaningful platform to bridge the knowledge gap between academia and industry. IVAT is glad that all the attended staff gained valuable knowledge during the training and hopes for more strategic collaborations between IVAT and BBCMY in the future.

Various scenes during the training

By Dr. Mona Riza Mohd Esa, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

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