Doble Engineering Company to Provide Hands-On, Interactive Experience as New Host of Finepoint Circuit Breaker Test Conference

 Doble Engineering Company to Provide Hands-On, Interactive Experience as New
              Host of Finepoint Circuit Breaker Test Conference

Reimagined Finepoint Circuit Breaker Test & Maintenance Training Conference
Will Provide Attendees with Practical Easy-to-Implement Solutions for Critical
Circuit Breaker Challenges

PR Newswire

WATERTOWN, Mass., Sept. 12, 2013

WATERTOWN, Mass., Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As the primary line of
defense for our electric power grid, it's essential to understand and
regularly assess the health of circuit breakers in order to ensure the safe,
reliable delivery of power. However, shrinking budgets and demand for
increased capacity are putting significant pressure on those operating and
maintaining substations and switch-gear assets, making it more challenging
than ever to keep circuit breakers operating reliably.


To meet the needs of utility and electric power industry maintenance
professionals, Doble Engineering Company will host this year's annual
Finepoint Circuit Breaker Test & Maintenance Training Conference, Oct. 7-10,
in Atlanta, GA. Doble Engineering Company acquired the conference in December
of 2012.

"We want our attendees to walk away with something real, that immediately
improves their lives and addresses the day-to-day challenges they face," said
Jozef Levi, a speaker at the conference and technical application engineer for
circuit breaker and TDR test instruments at Doble Engineering Company. A
long-standing leader in the circuit breaker and testing community, Levi holds
a U.S. disconnecting switch patent, with special interest in electrical
contacts for high voltage circuit breakers and disconnect switches.

Punctuating the conference, two of the region's leading manufacturers, Hitachi
HVB, Inc. and Southern States, LLC will also open their factories and provide
interactive tours to conference attendees, allowing them to create their own
test plans and determine effectiveness.

"It's easy to look past some of the basic components in the electric power
system, but maintaining and testing circuit breakers is incredibly important,"
said Kevin Case, Product Services Manager of Hitachi HVB, Inc. "We sincerely
welcome all the Finepoint attendees, and hope to share what we've learned over
the years, providing them with useful information they can take home."

Over the course of five days, the conference will provide extensive, hands-on
circuit breaker training, switchgear and substation maintenance, and testing
strategies -- all from the industry's foremost experts and all designed for
immediate implementation.

"Innovation through collaboration is the key to a better running power grid,"
said Jeff Howe, Vice President and General Manager of the Power Switching
Division of Southern States, LLC. "Doble is giving us an outstanding platform
to give back to our community with this conference and learn from each other
at the same time."

Training sessions will cover new industry topics such as on-load tap changers,
and provide the most up-to-date regulatory requirements; a full schedule can
be found on the conference website. Additionally, for the first time this
year, attendees will have the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Units.

With nearly a century of providing industry-leading diagnostic and testing
innovation and intelligence, Doble Engineering Company is the trusted and
experienced third-party authority in the electric power industry. Doble
Engineering Company's solutions are backed by the broadest and most
comprehensive database of historical test data, and give energy providers
unprecedented access to the tools, data and information needed to make
educated decisions about the reliability and efficiency of the power grid.

To register or download a request for approval letter for the Finepoint
Circuit Breaker Test & Maintenance Training Conference, please visit the
conference website.

About Doble Engineering Company
Now in 110 countries, Doble Engineering Company has been helping clients in
the electric power industry improve operations and optimize system performance
for nearly a century. Doble offers diagnostic instruments, services, and the
world's premier library of statistically significant apparatus test results
for the benefit of energy generation, transmission, delivery companies and
industrial power users worldwide. Doble is part of the Utility Solutions Group
of ESCO Technologies Inc. (NYSE: ESE), St. Louis. For more information, visit:

AboutSouthern States, LLC
Southern States, LLC is the world leader in the design and manufacture of
high-voltage switching devices. Our vertically integrated manufacturing plant
provides complete control of product from inception to completion. Over 430
people with one goal - to increase the reliability of our customer's utility
system by providing the best switching and protection products available in
the industry. For more information please visit our website

About Hitachi America, Ltd.
Hitachi America, Ltd., headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of
Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies, offers a broad range of
electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, automotive products
and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more
information, For more information on other
Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global
electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. The
company's consolidated revenues for fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) totaled
9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the
Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information
& telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high
functional material & components, automotive systems and others. For more
information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website

SOURCE Doble Engineering Company

Contact: Rachel Adam, Corporate Ink for Doble Engineering,, 617-969-9192
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