SF Power and Energy Society Technical Presentation June 21 2017


Topic: Fire-Resistive, Circuit Integrity Cables Suitable for Hydrocarbon Pool Fires and Remote Operated Shutoff Valves (ROSOV) on Pipelines

Speaker: Art Maldonado – CEO, AM Technology Group LLC


Fire Safety has become increasingly important in several industries particularly, the Petrochemical and Utility Industries. The loss of lives and property can be devastating and very costly.Recent Refinery and fires in Texas, and Pipelines in California, have brought attention to more stringent fire protection safeguards. New circuit integrity, fire resistive cables (FRC) for power, control, and instrumentation applications, have been developed to comply with Fire Proofing Practices, Guides, and Testing Standards such as API-2218, API-540, API-14FZ, and IEC-60331, IEEE-P1717-2012 and a new installation guide for FRCs under development, IEEE-P1810. FRCs are designed for emergency and safety shutdown systems and are normally used for critical circuits powering and monitoring Remote Operated Shutoff Valves (ROSOV), and Emergency Isolation Valves (EIV), which are designed to limit the duration and severity of a fire by shutting off the fuel source.

 This presentation will present the rationale, design criteria, development and evaluation test protocol for flexible circuit integrity cables suitable for use in both monitoring status and assuring shutdown of safety valves, even when the cable is exposed to a 1093°C (2000°F) hydrocarbon fire environment. The new IEEE standard IEEE-1717-2012 "Standard for Testing Circuit Integrity Cables Using a Hydrocarbon Pool Fire Test Protocol”, will be briefly reviewed. These new Fire Resistive cables compliant to IEEE-1717-2012 are now installed in 23 Refineries and Petrochemical plants around the world. Cables meeting meet the requirements of Type TC-ER HL, for use in Class I, Division I, and Zone 1 Hazardous Locations will be briefly discussed.


Lunch will be provided (includes vegetarian). There will be a $5 fee to IEEE Members and a $10 fee to Non Members. Payments to be made in person (cash or check) at the event.

The SF PES Chapter AdCom is mindful of our environment and food waste.  As a courtesy, please email our Secretary, Rahul Anilkumar (ranilkumar@quanta-technology.com) no later than the day before the event if you absolutely need to cancel your reservation.  Thank you!  

  Date and Time




  • San Francisco, California
  • United States 94102
  • Building: 505 Van Ness Avenue
  • Room Number: Room 4200
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  • Starts 19 May 2017 12:00 AM
  • Ends 21 June 2017 12:00 AM
  • All times are US/Pacific
  • No Admission Charge
  • Menu: Non-Vegetarian, Vegetarian, Vegan
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Art Maldonado – CEO, AM Technology Group LLC of AM Technology Group LLC


Art Maldonado is the Founder and CEO of AM Technology Group LLC. With over 35 years of experience, Art is an IEEE Senior Member, Polymer Chemist, and Fire Safety Electrical Cable Engineer. Art was a former Vice President of Technology/ Fire Safety Engineering at Cable USA, A Marmon Wire and Cable/Berkshire Hathaway Company. Currently, Art is Chairman of IEEE PES’s Insulated Conductors Committee (ICC) Subcommittee D, “Generating Stations and Industrial Cables” which has 23 cable standards writing working groups.

Art is the chairman of the WG IEEE-1242, “IEEE Guide for Selecting Power, Control Cables in Petroleum and Chemical Plants” and initiated the working group for IEEE-1810 at IEEE IAS’s Petroleum and Chemical Industry Committee, “Guide for Installation of Fire Rated, Circuit Integrity Cables in Petroleum and Chemical Industries”. Art was the Chairman of the WG, IEEE-1717-2012. Art holds U.S. Patent #6,380,312 B1 “Thermoplastic Elastomer Blends” and has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico and an MBA from the University of Delaware.