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Russelectric in Hingham keeps the power on

Russelectric’s switchbox parts receiving polyester powder coa ng at its facility at 99 Industrial Park
Road in Hingham. The Company, founded in 1955, specializes in developing power‐control systems.

 

By Zane Razzaq
The Patriot Ledger
Posted Nov 24, 2017 at 12:24 PM
Updated Nov 24, 2017 at 7:46 PM

The Hingham factory is present anywhere even 15 seconds of no power can be disastrous – places like hospitals and airports, casinos and insurance agencies.

HINGHAM — With a cloud of smoke, a Hingham factory roared to life. Workers assembled bits and pieces for power control systems. Others welded metal parts from behind protective glasses. Heat rose as the parts were sprayed with an electrostatic polyester powder and baked at 470 degrees.

Nestled in a quiet part of town off Route 3, Russelectric Inc. has been creating a crucial but invisible bit of technology.

“We’re in the business of ‘it just can’t fail,’” said John Stark, the marketing services coordinator. “Nobody thinks about power until they don’t have it.”

The 62-year-old family-owned company custom designs and builds low -and medium-voltage power control systems and automatic transfer switches to ensure that critical facilities keep power during surges, spikes, blackouts, or other power quality problems.

Dorian E. Alexandrescu is President
and Chief Execu ve Officer of Russelectric.

Russelectric’s equipment is present anywhere even 15 seconds of no power can be disastrous – places like hospitals and airports, casinos and insurance agencies. South Shore Hospital, Logan International Airport, and Foxwoods Casinos are among the customers.

The list stretches beyond Massachusetts, with major players such as the NASA, Bank of America, and Caterpillar, Inc. relying on the local company and its products.

“Look at any Fortune 100 company – they’re going to have our equipment,” said Dorian Alexandrescu, Russelectric’s president and CEO.

The company was founded by Raymond G. Russell in 1955. The Scituate native was a veteran of the United States Navy who served during World War II. Because on-site emergency power was nonexistent in the late 1950s, the Navy usually responded to power outages. If a facility needed power, Russell would arrive with a generator on a trailer as part of his service.

The Northeast Blackout of 1965 changed Russell’s career path. On Tuesday, Nov. 9 of that year a major disruption in supply of electricity left over 35 million people without electricity for up to 13 hours. Much of Massachusetts was in the dark, along with Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New York, and parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Braintree, with its own electric utility, was one of the few places where the lights stayed on. It remains one of the largest electricity outages in U.S. history. Most hospitals, airports, and other spaces did not have emergency backup power sources prior to 1965. Suddenly, backup power for critical facilities became a high priority.

John Stark, marketing Services Coordinator, with one of the company’s transfer switches.

“It basically convinced him to get out of the portable-generator business and into building transfer switches,” said Stark.

The company is now unveiling its new micro-grid innovation test center in Hingham. The micro-grid includes an emergency diesel back-up generator, a rooftop solar system, and an energy storage system.

The innovation center also acts as a hands-on demonstration area, allowing industry participants to get firsthand idea of what a micro-grid is and how it works.

Alexandrescu said that the new micro-grid can be used to simulate taking the solar system online or offline, transferring between power sources, and other testing high-stress situations.

“It looks like you’re playing a video game almost,” said Alexandrescu.

Kevin Morrissey and Ed Malley of Russelectric Inc. in Hingham demonstrate a screen for the monitoring of an
electrical grid.

Close-up for the monitoring of a microgrid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephen Pike, the CEO of Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, called it “a tremendous story.”

“The thing that’s unique about it is that most micro-grids are designed to sit there and be in the background,” said Tim Kelley, the Director of Renewable & Storage Solutions. “Ours is designed to be played with.”

To Pike’s knowledge, Russelectric is one of the only private companies that is demonstrating an entire micro-grid.  “A lot of companies may have micro-grids but you can’t take it for a test drive,” said Alexandrescu.

John Stark, Marketing Services Coordinator, displays the insides of an automatic transfer switch.

Assembly of power control systems takes place at Russelectric, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The company makes a special effort to hire veterans with 17 percent of its employees having served in the military. Like serving in the military, being a field engineer for the company demands being on call 24 hours a day and being away from family for weeks at a time.

“Once you get the mindset of serving, that tends to carry with you,” said Alexandrescu on why the company seeks out veterans.

Even as the company is present at most critical facilities around the country, keeping power flowing seamlessly, Stark said that most South Shore don’t realize it is being created in their backyards.

“The average Hingham resident has no idea all this is here,” said Stark.

Russelectric Commissions Distributed Energy & Microgrid Innovation Center

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Hingham, MA – October 19, 2017 – Russelectric, Inc. announced today the opening of its new Russelectric Innovation Center (RIC) at its Hingham, MA headquarters. The RIC is both a microgrid supporting the company’s 120,000 sq ft manufacturing facility as well as a hands-on demonstration area for the company’s solution set innovation.  The RIC’s microgrid includes grid power from Hingham Municipal Lighting Plant, an emergency diesel back-up generator, a 200 kW AC rooftop solar PV system, a 69 kW AC / 137kWhr Li-ion energy storage system, and the company’s Russelectric Distributed Energy Controller (RDECTM) which manages the system.

In normal operation, the microgrid supports the company’s Massachusetts facility with back-up power and peak shaving capabilities. In test mode, the microgrid is switched to serve onsite load banks that simulate customer demand to test equipment performance in normal, high-stress, and failure scenarios.

The RIC includes a hands-on, interactive Demonstration Room with full data visualization and control capabilities, live controls and switchgear.

“Facility energy managers today have unprecedented onsite power generation and load control options: backup diesel generation, fuel cells, combined heat and power, solar PV, storage, UPS, and more. Getting these options to work together, both during normal operations and in emergencies, requires robust power control solutions.”, said Ed Malley, VP of Technology and Innovation at Russelectric. “Most roof-top PV systems, for example, are designed to shut-down when the grid goes off-line. Our rooftop PV system is designed to remain on and to power our facility in off-grid, island mode.”

“Innovation is happening all across Massachusetts and we’re proud to celebrate with Russelectric today,” said Massachusetts Clean Energy Center CEO Stephen Pike. “The development of this test center, which can analyze real-time scenarios and monitor performance data, will help drive technology breakthroughs and provide a hub for microgrid innovation.”

“Russelectric has been a leader in mission-critical, made in the USA, power control systems for commercial, industrial, and utility customers for more than 60 years. This system and test center serve as a clean energy innovation hub for the state of Massachusetts and is positioned to help companies around the country achieve their financial, continuity, and sustainability energy objectives.”, said company President and CEO Dorian Alexandrescu.

About Russelectric

Russelectric, founded in 1955 in Massachusetts, is the leading provider of high quality distributed energy and microgrid control systems for the mission-critical facility market. Russelectric’s Distributed Energy Controllers (RDECTM) provide the physical controls and data systems to optimize a facility’s onsite generation and demand, helping customers achieve their continuity, sustainability, and cost reduction objectives. Tens of thousands of RDEC systems have been installed across the US, serving leading mission critical commercial, industrial, educational, and government clients. Russelectric’s equipment is made in the USA at its Hingham MA headquarters and another facility in Broken Arrow, OK, is backed by the longest warranty in the industry, and is serviced by a national network of factory trained engineers.

Non-Automatic Transfer Switches- RTS Series

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Russelectric RTS Series non-automatic transfer switches are ideal for applications in which immediate restoration of service (after loss of the normal source) is not critical, and local operations personnel are available to initiate transfer. These switches are UL-listed double-throw devices with identical withstand ratings and design characteristics to RTS Series automatic transfer switches.

Since these non-automatic switches are identical in design to Russelectric RTS Series automatic transfer switches and are of the same exceptional quality, users can be con dent that they are time- tested, reliable, and safe.

Operations personnel can initiate a source transfer locally using electrically operated push-buttons or a mechanical external manual operator, or remotely (optional).

All non-automatic switches can be easily converted to fully automatic operation with the addition of a control panel and minor wiring changes. This ensures flexibility for future expansion and system redesign.

Tested, Listed, and Labeled by UL under UL-1008

Before Underwriters’ Laboratories, Inc. will allow a transfer switch to be listed with a short circuit rating, it requires that the switch be able to close in on the same amount of fault current as it can withstand. All Russelectric RTS Series transfer switches have been fully tested, listed, and labeled for 30-cycle and 3-cycle closing and withstand ratings under UL-1008.

In applications where extremely high short circuit current is available, fuse protection is mandatory. When coordinated with current limiting fuses, Russelectric RTS Series transfer switches have UL-listed closing and withstand ratings of 200,000 A.

Download brochure, HERE.

Bypass/Isolation Switches- RTS-30 Series

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Russelectric RTS-30 Series automatic transfer switches are the most complete line of 480 VAC 30-cycle and 3-cycle UL tested switches available today.

Tested, Listed, and Labeled by UL Under UL-1008

Before Underwriters’ Laboratories, Inc. will allow a transfer switch to be listed with a short circuit rating, it requires that the switch be able to close in on the same amount of fault current as it can withstand. All Russelectric RTS-30 Series automatic transfer switches have been fully tested, listed, and labeled for 30-cycle and 3-cycle closing and withstand ratings under UL-1008.

Built Rugged for Long Life, Minimum Maintenance, and Trouble-Free Service

Russelectric builds all its transfer switches for years of reliable, trouble- free operation with a minimum of maintenance. In fact, many Russelectric switches have been in continuous service for over 40 years.

Contact assemblies are designed to handle the rigors of 30-cycle closing and withstand performance and offer exceptional arc- and track-resistance. Segmented contacts are, machined (not cast, forged, or stamped) from solid copper. Main contact pad material is designed to prevent overheating, and stationary contact pad material prevents welding during withstand conditions. Brush movement of main contacts cleans contact pads with every operation.

All mechanical assemblies, linkages, and connecting rods are purpose-built and precision-machined in-house. Linkages are heavy-duty anodized steel rods (machined, not stamped or riveted) with aircraft-style ball joint fittings.

Bus bar is solid copper, silver plated in accordance with UL and ANSI standards. All bus is formed, cut, and punched before being plated to guarantee the integrity of the silver plating and ensure maximum performance.

Enclosures are fabricated with code gauge steel to meet UL and other applicable standards. All enclosures feature arc-welded seams, extra bracing, and smooth, ground corners. Switches are seismic tested to International Building Code requirements for earthquake compliance.

All transfer switches are thoroughly inspected both mechanically and electrically under simulated operating conditions before shipment.

In applications where extremely high short circuit current is available, fuse protection is mandatory. When coordinated with current limiting fuses, Russelectric RTS-30 Series transfer switches have UL listed closing and withstand ratings of 200,000 amperes.

To download the complete brochure, please click HERE.

Automatic Transfer Switches- RTS-30 Series

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Russelectric RTS-30 Series automatic transfer switches are the most complete line of 480 VAC 30-cycle and 3-cycle UL tested switches available today.

Tested, Listed, and Labeled by UL Under UL-1008

Before Underwriters’ Laboratories, Inc. will allow a transfer switch to be listed with a short circuit rating, it requires that the switch be able to close in on the same amount of fault current as it can withstand. All Russelectric RTS-30 Series automatic transfer switches have been fully tested, listed, and labeled for 30-cycle and 3-cycle closing and withstand ratings under UL-1008.

In applications where extremely high short circuit current is available, fuse protection is mandatory. When coordinated with current limiting fuses, Russelectric RTS-30 Series transfer switches have UL listed closing and withstand ratings of 200,000 amperes.

High-Performance Design

Russelectric automatic transfer switches are modern, high-speed switching devices designed to transfer electrical loads from a preferred power source to an alternate power source when voltage and/or frequency varies from preset limits, and to retransfer loads when preferred source is restored.

Russelectric RTS-30 Series automatic transfer switches utilize simple electrical operators to provide high-speed quick- break, quick-make, preloaded transfers. The operators are connected to the switch mechanism by precision self- aligning, ball joints and sturdy linkage rods which prevent misalignment.

Built Rugged for Long Life, Minimum Maintenance, and Trouble-Free Service

Russelectric builds all its transfer switches for years of reliable, trouble- free operation with a minimum of maintenance. In fact, many Russelectric switches have been in continuous service for over 40 years.

Contact assemblies are designed to handle the rigors of 30-cycle closing and withstand performance and offer exceptional arc – and track-resistance. Segmented contacts are, machined (not cast, forged, or stamped) from solid copper. Main contact pad material is designed to prevent overheating, and stationary contact pad material prevents welding during withstand conditions. Brush movement of main contacts cleans contact pads with every operation.

To download the complete brochure, please click HERE.

Equipment Enhancement Services

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Enhance Performance, Extend Life, Increase Capabilities

Upgrade existing critical power equipment to increase reliability, operational control, and ease of maintenance. It is a more cost-effective alternative to replacing equipment.

  • Improve performance and enhance capabilities
  • Bring your systems up to the latest technology
  • Extend the life of your mission critical equipment
  • Reduce maintenance and increase serviceability
  • Performed by Russelectric Field Engineers
  • All work backed by Russelectric warranty
  • A fraction of the time and cost of replacing equipmentwith minimal downtime

    Preventive Maintenance

    Start with a Russelectric audit of your critical power system.

  • Assess overall equipment condition
  • Identify areas of risk including equipment and maintenance
  • Identify opportunities for performance, safety, and / or communications upgrades
  • Recommend upgrades and options to enhance system capabilities
  • Suggest maintenance best practices
  • Detail all concerns and recommendationsATS Control Upgrades

    Replace automatic transfer switch/bypass isolation switch control systems in one day during a scheduled shutdown.

  • Improve switch operating accuracy and functionality
  • Update control, monitoring, andcommunication protocols
  • Eliminate concerns about the availability oflegacy components

To download the complete brochure, please click HERE.

Power Control Systems

Controls for Emergency Power, Peak Shaving, Utility Paralleling, and Prime Power/Cogeneration

Russelectric custom designs and builds low- and medium-voltage power control systems to meet the stringent performance and reliability requirements of data centers, hospitals, airports, communications, energy, defense, and other mission critical facilities.

In addition to controlling emergency power, systems can be designed for a variety of sophisticated control schemes such as peak shaving, load curtailment, and utility paralleling using live-source closed- transition retransfer and system test to avoid disturbing the load. Prime power and cogeneration systems are also available. Systems include sensors to monitor volts, amps, watts, frequency, and other electrical power data as well as controls for automatic prime mover starting/ stopping, status, and alarm annunciation; synchronizing; and priority load control. Load demand for fuel management and other controls are available as options.

Controls can be furnished for any major manufacturer’s engine generator sets.

Emergency Generator Control Systems

• Upon receipt of loss of normal power source signal from automatic transfer equipment, system automatically sends command to start engine generators.

• The first generator set to reach pre-set voltage and frequency is connected to the bus by closing its circuit breaker.

• System permits first priority loads to transfer to the connected engine generator set, while delaying the transfer of lower priority loads until additional generator capacity has been connected.

• System manages random paralleling of remaining generator sets to the emergency bus through their individual synchronizers and circuit breakers.

• System signals lower priority loads to transfer to the emergency power system as generator sets are added to the bus.

• System manages the shedding of low priority loads if a generator set fails during emergency operation, thereby assuring continuous power to the high priority loads.

• Upon receipt of signal from transfer equipment that it has retransferred to the normal source, system alerts generator sets to disconnect and shut down.

• Alarm and failure system, including annunciation, automatically shuts down an engine generator if required.

• Redundant PLCs ensure uninterrupted automatic system control — even if one fails.

• System design allows manual start and synchronization of generator sets if automatic controls malfunction.

• LCD HMI touchscreen displays, system one-line, alarms, setpoints, etc.

• Optional load demand sensing determines the number of engine generators in operation based on the actual load.

To download brochure or read more, click HERE.

Russelectric appoints Randall Adleman as new Vice President of Commercial Operations

Russelectric® Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Randall J. Adleman as Vice President of Commercial Operations reporting to Dorian Alexandrescu, President and CEO. In this role, Randy will be responsible for commercial operations for Russelectric, as well as all selling activities including sales, marketing, application engineering, and quotations.

Experience & Leadership

Randy has always led with an impressive results-oriented, winning approach. A creative, growth-driven leader with a unique mix of sales and marketing skills, Randy combines a deep knowledge of the power quality, distribution, and controls market.

Skilled at developing and continuously improving sales and marketing organizations, he brings a proven track record of high performance, integrity, and versatility in fast-paced, complex organizations such as Emerson Electric, Invensys/Powerware, Ingersoll-Rand, and Valence Technology.

Prior to joining Russelectric, Randy was Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing for Active Power, in Austin, TX, a manufacturer of flywheel-based Uninterruptible Power Systems for mission critical applications.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and an MBA in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Randy will take over for John Meuleman, who will be retiring after 41 years with Russelectric.

Russelectric appoints Dorian Alexandrescu as President and CEO

John Russell, Chairman of the Board of Russelectric® Inc., recently announced the appointment of Dorian Alexandrescu as the company’s new President and CEO.

Experience

Mr. Alexandrescu has over 20 years of extensive management experience across industry segments. These range from electrical equipment, energy management, and clean energy to automotive to industrial automation, packaging, and consumer goods.  Most recently, he served as President and CEO of RESA Power Solutions, a market leader in life extension products and services for electric power transmission, distribution, and circuit protection equipment.  Prior to that, he was Vice President and General Manager of Eaton Corporation/Power Distribution Operations’ Latin America and Caribbean Division.

Alexandrescu has an International Baccalaureate in Electromechanical Engineering, the equivalent of an MS in Theoretical Physics and Technology Applications from the University of Bucharest, and is a graduate of the Executive Development Program of Dartmouth College’s Amos Tuck Business School.

He takes over for George Whittaker, who is retiring after 48 years of service.  Whittaker succeeded Raymond G. Russell, Russelectric’s founder and owner.

Chairman John Russell commented, “We want to thank George for his wise stewardship.  We also want to welcome Dorian, who is committed to running and growing the company in the spirit my father — independently-owned, innovative, and uncompromising on quality.”

 

Founded in 1955, Russelectric Inc. designs and manufactures integrated emergency and standby power control systems for mission critical facilities.  Manufactured at facilities in Hingham, Massachusetts, and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, the company’s sophisticated power control systems, transfer switches, and bypass/isolation switches are widely used in advanced data centers, banks, hospitals, and other vital installations.