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Interactive Workshop on “Power Quality and Its Impact On
Steel Re-Rolling Mill Infrastructure”

Asia Power Quality Initiative (APQI) & Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology in association with Vidarbha Industries Association organized an Interactive Workshop on “Power Quality and Its Impact On Steel Re-Rolling Mill Infrastructure” at VIA Auditorium, Nagpur.

On this occasion, a book was released as Application Note on “Power Quality in Steel Re-rolling Industries” at the hands of Mr Atul Pande, President – VIA.

The objective of the workshop to disseminate the information based on field study and create awareness in the area of power quality. The major impact of power quality is felt on the installed infrastructure in existing steel re-rolling industries. The basics of power quality is elaborated by Mr Manas Kundu, National Coordinator of Asia Power Quality Initiative (APQI), Mumbai.  He has explained the importance of good power quality required to improve the industrial productivity and have cost effective utilization of the infrastructure. He also briefed about the role of APQI in capacity building of industry to reduce PQ incidents, control harmonics, etc. in power distribution and supply in internal system; Reduce the economic cost related to PQ incidents; Enhance the competitiveness of manufacturing industries in terms of better production output quality, reduced production costs and improve financial strength, reduced production line interruption and production batches losses.

Mr Mohammed Mohtasib, Technical Consultant, APQI made presentation on “Efficient Power Utilisation in Steel re-rolling Industries.” He also presented the local case studies to give the feel of losses incurred due to poor power quality. It is due to lack of detail information of this subject to various industries.  APQI is providing this platform to inform various stakeholders through various programs conducted across the country. In this context, the steel re-rolling industrial survey is carried out to identify issues related to power quality. Many application notes and case studies with financial implication due to poor power quality is available at APQI website (www.apqi.org).

Prof Mohan V Aware, Electrical Engineering Deptt – VNIT guided the participants on “Power Quality issues and its Economic impact Analysis.” This work of assessment and detail study is carried out by Prof. Aware and his team. He said the power quality audit of fifteen industries around Nagpur and Raipur were carried out by them and findings were discussed in the workshop. The important findings are most relevant in the context of various failures and impact in the small and medium re-rolling steel industries. The issues highlighted and few mitigation techniques are indicated.

Prominent representatives from industries who attended are Eros Group, Sarda Shree Ispat Butibori, Ramsons Group, Orange City Steel, Topworth Urja and Metals, Shilpa Steel & Power, etc.

Earlier, Mr Atul Pande, President – VIA and Mr R B Goenka, Chairman, VIA Energy Forum welcomed by Prof Mohan V Aware, Electrical Engineering Deptt – VNIT with floral bouquets and Prof  Mohan V Aware and Mr Manas Kundu welcomed by Mr Atul Pande with bouquets. Mr Prafull Doshi, Immediate Past President – VIA welcomed by Mr R B Goenka, with floral bouquet. Mr Atul Pande, President – VIA gave his welcome address and complimented APQI, Prof Aware and his team members for assessment done and detailed study on “Power Quality in Steel Re-rolling Industries.” Mr R B Goenka, Chairman, VIA Energy Forum observed work of PQ evaluation particularly on Steel Rerolling industries, is equally beneficial for other sectors and we will organize another session for other sectors also in Nagpur.  Mr Mohammed Mohtasib conducted the proceedings also proposed a formal vote of thanks.

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