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2018 Hands-On Relay School Enrollment Now Open

Want to get the best relay training possible? Sign up for the 35th annual Hands-On Relay School in Pullman, Washington happening March 12-16, 2018. They fill up fast, so you should sign up today! https://cm.wsu.edu/ehome/index.php?eventid=268868& This

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How to Perform Dynamic Relay Testing on Digital Relays

If you’ve read anything about relay testing written in the last ten years or so, you’ll see a pattern; No-one is talking about the traditional pickup and timing tests most relay testers (and

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Why Does My Open-Delta Connected Phasor Diagram Look Weird?

Meter tests on protected relays connected to open-delta connected PTs can be very confusing. I know I spent a LOT of time trying to figure out the values reported by my first open-delta connected relay

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Why Do Traditional Line Distance Protection Relay Testing Procedures FAIL on Digital Relays?

Traditional line distance relay testing procedures (MTA, Reach, and Timing) are a great way to test electro-mechanical relays and learn how line impedance relays operate; but they are inefficient, ineffective,

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Coming Soon! The Relay Testing Handbook: Simplified Motor Protection Relay Testing

Start by understanding the general operating characteristics of motors and their control schemes. Review the documentation to make sure everything is designed to operate correctly. Connect your test-set

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How to Understand and Determine Phase Rotation in a Power System

Understanding phase rotation is vital when connecting two systems together because the results can be catastrophic if someone doesn’t understand how to interpret phase rotation drawings. You would think

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Understanding Permissive Under-Reaching Transfer Trip (PUTT) Communication Assisted Trip Schemes Video

Here is the latest video describing the Permissive Under-Reaching Transfer Trip Communication-Assisted Trip Schemes used in modern distance protection. You can follow along with this animation via the

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Valence will be at the 34th Annual Hands-On Relay School

Chris will be at the 34th Annual Hands-On Relay School this year. Stop by the Suppliers Showcase on Tuesday evening to meet the author of The Relay Testing Handbook Series, or check out our collection

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High Impedance Busbar Differential Protection

We covered the basic operating principles of high impedance busbar differential protection in our previous post, I Want to Know How a High Impedance Differential Scheme Works. You should read that post

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Get and Manage Protective Relaying Online Training Courses for Your Entire Team

Want to enroll your entire team in one of our protective relaying online training courses quickly and easily? With our new added features, you can: Purchase multiple seats in any of our online training

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I Want to Know How a High Impedance Differential Scheme Works

We received this question from the Ask Chris form at relaytraining.com. Follow this link to ask your own question and it might appear in a future blog post. High Impedance Differential Scheme Testing High

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Direct Transfer Trip and Direct Under-Reaching Transfer Trip Schemes Video

We’re continuing our end-to-end testing series by looking at the two simplest communication-assisted trip schemes used.  Watch this Direct Transfer Trip and Direct Under-Reaching Transfer Trip

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Valence will be at the NETA PowerTest 2016 Conference in Fort Worth, TN

The NETA PowerTest 2016 Conference is one of the best conferences in the industry. It starts on Monday, March 14th with a series of 45-minute lectures from industry experts. There are several tracks,

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Thank You for Your Support!

Big Changes are Coming Soon 2015 was an incredible year for Valence Electrical Training Services.  We: Sold over 5,000 copies of The Relay Testing Handbook to date Trained over 150 students in our hands-on

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Portable Phase Angle Meter from 1924 Silent Sentinels

Silent Sentinels 1924 Excerpt #16 This excerpt from the 1924 version of Silent Sentinels discusses how engineers used a phase angle meter in the early days of the electrical system.  What differences

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