Laboratorio de Pruebas de Equipos y Materiales (LAPEM) – CFE

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Avenida Apaseo Ote, #950; Col. Ciudad Industrial
Irapuato, Guanajuato, 36571
Mexico

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Overview

Key Contact Personnel:
Alberto Montoya V., GM Manager alberto.montoya@cfe.mx
Ricardo Martinez, T&D Labs Manager ricardo.martinez@cfe.mx
Fernando Bravo, Marketing fernando.bravo@cfe.mx

Year Founded:
HV Lab: 1986
HP LV Lab: 1986
HP MV Lab: 1992
Total Number of Employees: 25
Major Markets Served (2019): Mexico, United States, Canada, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Panama, Guatemala, India, China

LAPEM laboratory is accredited by “ema” to ISO/IEC 17025, is a member of STLNA, and offers test report for testing in accordance with ANSI, IEEE and IEC Standards.
Other Website: www.lapem.com.mx


Services

High Voltage Laboratory

Number of Employees in High Voltage Laboratory: 9
Dimension of Main Test Hall:
62 m length x 31 m width x 32 m height
Dimension of Secondary Test Hall:
24.5 m length x 18.5 m width x 17.5 m height

Dielectric Testing Facilities:

Impulse Testing: Max. Volt. Standard
Lightning Impulse 3.6 MV, 1710 masl 240 kJ IEC, IEEE/ANSI
Switching Impulse (Dry/Wet) 2.5 MV, 1710 masl IEC, IEEE/ANSI
A.C. Testing: (Dry/Wet) 1100 kV, 1710 masl, 1 A @ 60 Hz
Partial Discharge Testing: 520 kV, 1710 masl, 2 A @ 60 Hz
Capacitance & Tan ∂ Testing: 500 kV, 1710 masl, 2 A @ 60 Hz

Pollution Testing:
Dimension of Test Chamber:
24.5 m length x 17 m width x 17.5 m height

Standard Max. A.C. Voltage
Salt Fog IEC 60507 500 kV 2A @ 60 Hz
Steam Fog IEC 60507 500 kV 2A @ 60 Hz

Ageing Tests:
Multistress ageing test chamber, 20 kV @ 60 Hz, 70 °C, UV, salt fog, Humidity Tracking wheel test, 20 kV @ 60 Hz
Other tests performed on insulators, arresters, bushings or cable terminations:
Arresters; Corona visual test to insulators, hardware assembly and calibrations for high volt measuring systems, Cantilever, Torsion, Thermal Performance tests, Mechanical load, Dimensional, Electromechanical, UV-humidity test chamber, Qualification test facilities for splices and terminals, thermal shock test, Porosity test
Other Testing Facilities:
• Transformer Testing: Single Phase, 1.0 MV with lightning impulse
• Reactance Testing: Single Phase, 1.0 MV with lightning impulse
High Voltage on site test to GIS:700 kV Voltage Test System with variable frequency, 30 Hz to 300 Hz, 9 A
High Voltage on site test to Power cable systems:
260 kV Voltage Test System with variable frequency, 20 Hz to 300 Hz, 86 A.

High Power Laboratory

Number of Employees – High Power Laboratory
Medium Voltage – High Power Lab: 14
Low Voltage – High Power Lab: 9
Power Sources for the HP Laboratory
Medium Voltage – High Power Lab:
Short circuit generator, 2200 MVA, 0.3 s, 3 φ, from 2.3 kV up to 43.3 kV, max. short circuit current 70 kA rms. 30 MVA resistive load, 30 MVA inductive load, 23 MVA capacitive load.
Low Voltage – High Power Lab:
Short circuit transformer, 150 MVA, 1 s, 5 MVA permanent, three-phase, test voltage from 184 V up to 1791 V
Specifications of Main Test Bay
Medium Voltage – High Power Lab:
• Two test bay 20 m length X 20 m width X 20 m height (semi-outdoor), with direct transport access
• Open outdoor test bay
• Complete Facilities for sample assembly
Low Voltage – High Power Lab:
Dimensions of Main Test Chamber (12 m length x 8 m width x 10 m height)
Electrical Tests:
Automatic losses measurement system of Distribution Transformers of 13.8 kV at 34.5 kV class and 2000 kVA.
Heat Run Tests: On bushings, switchgears, transmission line connectors, air switchgears, transformers instruments.
Other Types of High Power Tests Offered:
• Short-circuit making capacity
• Short-circuit interrupting tests
• Arc Flash
• Electro-dynamic tests
• Bus-charging current switching
• Low-inductive current switching
• Load-current switching
• Interruption of capacitive currents
• Making and breaking load current test
High Current Test Facilities & Capabilities:
3-phase High-Current source: 500 A up to 7500 A, 60 Hz, 25 VCA, continuously
Single-phase High-Current source: 100 A up to 6500 A, 60 Hz, 15 VCA, continuously
Mechanical Tests:
Cantilever, torsion, thermal performance tests, mechanical load, dimensional, electromechanical, UV-humidity test chamber, Qualification test facilities for splices and terminals, thermal shock test, porosity test
Environmental Tests:
Temperature and humidity test chamber, 3 m length X 3 m width X 3 m height, -25 .C up to 100 .C and up to 95% RH.
Acoustic Measurement:
On-site sound level test for power transformers and power reactors.
Measurement Capabilities:
Automatic acquisition measurement systems in all laboratories. Capacitance, Partial Discharges, RIV, Voltage, Impulse Voltage, High Short circuit current, High Power Frequency Current.
Number of Employees in Other Facilities:
Materials, Chemical, Metrology, Mechanical, Relaying, on-site diagnostics and other electrical facilities: 84
PV Systems:
Testing and inspection for solar photovoltaic products. Systems and plants.
Mobiles Test Equipment:
Trailers for on-site test for cables systems up to 400kV and SF6 substation.
• PV systems: testing and inspection for solar photovoltaic products. Systems and plants.
• Mobiles test equipment: trailers for on-site test for cables systems up to 400kV and SF6 substation.