Kinectrics Inc.

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800 Kipling Avenue, Unit 2
Toronto, Ontario, M8Z 5G5
Canada

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Overview

Key Contact Personnel:
Dave Clarke, General Manager dave.clarke@kinectrics.com
Bert Grespan, HV Lab Manager bert.grespan@kinectrics.com
Andrew Haines, HC Lab Supervisor hcl@kinectrics.com
Zsolt Peter, Mgr. Mechanical Test Lab zsolt.peter@kinectrics.com
Year Founded: HV Lab: 1920 HC Lab: 1960 Mechanical Lab: 1986
Major Export Markets Served (2017): Canada, USA, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Spain, France, Malaysia, India, China, Turkey, Europe
Industry Standards: ISO 9001, ISO 17025, IEEE, ANSI, ASTM, CSA, IEC, NEMA, AS, AEIC

High Voltage Laboratory

Number of Employees in High Voltage Laboratory: 6
Dimension of Main Test Hall: 35 m length x 20 m width x 20 m height
Dimension of Secondary Test Hall: 20 m length x 20 m width x 20 m height
Dielectric Testing Facilities:   

Max. Volt./Current Standard/Remarks
Impulse Testing:
Lightning Impulse Indoor 2 MV Compliant with IEC 60060 series standards and IEEE Std. 4 All applicable IEC, ANSI, CSA, IEEE standards related to high voltage equipment testing
Switching Imp. (Dry) Indoor 1.5 MV
Switching Imp. (Wet) Indoor 1.5 MV
A.C. Testing:
Dry Indoor 750 kV
Outdoor 750 kV
Wet Indoor 800 kV
Mobile Resonant Sets: 700 kV variable inductance
520 kV variable frequency
D.C. Testing:
Dry 1.1 MV
Wet 700 kV (mobile system)
PD & RIV Testing: 350 kV & 750 kV
Capacitance &Tan ∂ Testing: 450 kV

Pollution Testing:
Dimension of Main Test Chamber: 10 m length x 4 m width x 13 m height

Standard Max. A.C. Volt. Temp from – to °C
Clean Fog IEC, IEEE 350 kV -15°C to +4°C
Cold Fog 350 kV -15°C to +4°C
Icing Tests ANSI, IEC 350 kV -15°C to +4°C

Specialized Facilities & typical tests performed:
Ageing Tests: Insulator tracking wheels (spray and dip), salt fog ageing/corrosion
HV Cable Testing: To industry standards (eg. IEC 60840, IEC 62067, AEIC CS9-06, IEEE 404) for cable systems up to 500 kV rated voltage.
Core Qualification tests (including Accelerated Water Treeing Test):
Dedicated facility to currently test one cable design;
Testing performed to industry standards (CSA C68.5, AEIC CS5)
Other Tests Performed on Insulators, Arresters, Bushings, Cable Terminations: Partial Discharge, load cycling, long-term ageing, all standard insulator tests, all standard cable qualification tests, all standard bushing, termination, and arrester tests
Corona & RIV Testing of insulator assemblies, line hardware and station equipment for up to 765 kV AC and 600 kV DC systems
Safety Equipment Testing Services: Rubber insulating protective equipment certification and periodic testing (to ISO 17025)
• Rubber gloves, blankets, mats, insulated aerial devices, live line tools


High Current Laboratory

Number of Employees in HC Laboratory: 7
Power Source for the HC Laboratory: 
3 high-current transformers fed from the power system
Specifications of Main Test Bay: Large indoor test cell
Possible Power Frequency: 60 Hz
Max. MVA: 200 MVA Max. kV: 20 kV Max. kA & Duration: 100 kA rms
Electrical Tests: 
Low and Medium Voltage Tests: Standard and qualification tests on apparatus such as distribution transformers, disconnect switches, grounding switches, temporary working grounds, connectors, reactors: Arc rating (ATPV) of FR textiles, garments and other PPE
Heat Run Tests: Single and three phase low voltage, high current testing up to 16,000 A on reactors, transformers, CTs, switchgear etc.
Other High Power Tests Offered: DC power source, up to 800 V, 5 kA continuous, 50 kA momentary.


Mechanical Test Laboratory

Number of Employees in Mechanical Test Laboratory: 8
Key Facilities/Services: 
• High capacity multi-purpose strong floor – 10 m x 20 m
• Conductor dynamics test facility – Aeolian vibration and galloping spans, 15- 90 m in length equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, instrumentation and data acquisition systems
• Eleven creep spans with various lengths and loading capacity; ambient temperature and high temperature creep bays
• Connector test facility – six heat cycle loops, up to 12,000 A capacity
• Thermal chambers – 6 m length x 5 m width x 3 m height walk-in chamber, temperature range from -50ºC to +90ºC
• Sheave test facilities, fixed sheave and sheave pulley system
• Thermo mechanical cycling test bay
• Sub-span oscillation and longitudinal flexibility test machine drives for spacer-dampers
• Field inspection and monitoring devices for overhead conductors: LineVue™ conductor inspection device, infrared cameras, OhmStik
• Failure Analysis
• Conductor and tower vibration studies, field monitoring
• Short circuit forces in stations
• Seismic test facility – Tri-axial shaker for equipment qualification
Components Tested: 
• Overhead fibre optic cables
• Various types of overhead conductors including high temperature low sag conductors
• Fittings, clamps, connectors, vibration dampers, spacer-dampers and many other components


Other Test Capabilities

On-site Commissioning Testing of Transmission Class Cables: On-site AC Hi-Pot commissioning testing according to IEC 60840 and IEC 62067 using a mobile resonant test set (260 kV/ 83 Amp). Testing includes Partial Discharge (PD) testing using ultra broadband PD monitors with Kinectrics daisy- chain network.
On-site Partial Discharge Testing of Cables: On-site partial discharge testing of cables using non-invasive capacitive or inductive PD sensors using ultra broadband PD monitors. The technology used can pinpoint the location of individual PD sources occurring simultaneously. Continuous monitoring solutions offered
On-line Partial Discharge Testing: On-site PD measuring and analysis services for on-line diagnostic testing of transformers, MV and HV cables, and bushings.
Dielectric Spectroscopy: For detection of water treeing in XLPE and EPR cables and moisture presence in PILC cables.
GIS Commisioning Services: Mobile 700 kV resonant test system (13nF at 700 kV, 52 nF at 350 kV).
Generator and Motor Lab and Field Services: Stator Bar/Coil insulation Qualification: voltage endurance (IEEE 1043), thermal cycling (IEEE 1310), turn insulation testing (IEEE 522). Field diagnostic and condition assessment testing of generators and motors.
Mobile Test Equipment: 75 kV, 30 kV and 20 kV test sets for MV cables and generator testing incl. full range of diagnostic services. Full Suite of Field Testing IR/PI, AC/DC over voltage, Partial Discharge, C&DF, TVA /Corona, EL-CID RSO.
High Voltage Motor & Generators: Inspection, Consultancy and root cause failure analysis services.
On-Site Commissioning & Maintenance Testing: Medium Voltage cables and Metal clad switchgear using AC Hi-Pot and PD testing.
On-site condition assessment testing of overhead conductors using LineVue™ technology.
Lab Testing Services for Distributed Generation (DG): Facility can test up to 6 inverters in parallel and features PV array simulators for testing inverters up to 45 kW. Capabilities: Inverter efficiency and MPPT, power quality, Fault current contribution, anti-islanding, ride-through and other protection functions.