Interview with Wolfgang Sorgatz

Interview with Wolfgang Sorgatz

Vol. 3 Issue 3
Introduction

Transformer Life Management (TLM) Conference was first held ten years ago, following the idea to create a comprehensive platform where all industry stakeholders – transformer manufacturers, customers and service companies – could participate and have the opportunity to introduce their products and services. The idea was to have all people dealing with transformers and doing business in the transformers industry gathered together in one place.

We started as a German conference, which was organized by ENERGY Support, ABB and the Schering-Institute for High Voltage Engineering of the Leibniz University of Hannover. It all started with these three partners wishing to contribute to the same goal and encourage advancement of the industry by having all people from the transformer world converge at one conference.

In time, as TLM Conference bore great success in the German market, we recognized there was the same demand in the international market to have a conference which would focus on the transformers industry only. This is where we decided to use the transformers conference management experience gained in Germany and go global. Three years after our maiden conference in Germany, we organized the first international TLM Conference in Dubai, followed by Guangzhou in China. They were both very successful. At one of the conferences in China, there were more than 300 participants.

Conference values

TLM Conference is a neutral platform for all stakeholders in the transformers industry, from manufacturers of transformers, transformer instruments and transformer materials, to their industrial partners and end customers, such as utilities, power plants and entire municipalities, which is why it is so successful. They can all meet in one place and discuss what can be done to extend the lifetime of the transformers, from all these various, but equally important perspectives. The participants can thus access all technical information and get a rounded picture of the complete management cycle, as well as the maintenance issues involved. So, the conference is streamlined to focus on the transformers world, but within it, it offers a great mixture of topics and participants, which many see as one of the greatest benefits of participating.

TLM partners

TLM Conference is supported by ABB, the Schering-Institute of the Hannover University and ENERGY Support. This is an open conference and this year, which also marks our tenth anniversary, for the first time we have an exclusive media partner – Transformers Magazine.

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