Novinium Announces 14th Patent
Novinium Announces 14th Patent – and a first for Donald Songras
Auburn, WA August 10, 2013 – Novinium, Inc. announces it has been awarded its 14th patent. U.S. patent number 8,475,194 titled, “Reticulated Flash Prevention Plug,” was issued on July 2, 2013. The reticulated plug further upgrades Novinium’s iUPR or improved Unsustained Pressure Rejuvenation (iUPR) for medium voltage electric cables by increasing safety to workers at the initial injection and during the course of cable rejuvenation projects.
When filled with Novinium’s insulation rejuvenation fluid, the porous polymer plug fills the injection passage enhancing electrical isolation to prevent an arc flash from the injection port to the adjacent pulling eye on the elbow, upgrading the field proven elbow to a higher level of arc resistance.
Only Novinium adds reticulated flash prevention to the injection process. Without the plug, the potential for arcing, which is greater in humid climates and at higher altitudes, puts the injection technician at risk during the process and exposes utility linemen who access the transformer mid-injection. Further, arc flashing will create an outage damaging components and putting the circuit owner at downstream risk.
Striving to constantly improve upon the safety and reliability of cable life extension methods, Novinium offers three injection methods. The key to improving unsustained pressure rejuvenation initially was designing the lengthy soak period out of the process. Eliminating the soak period improves the safety, lessens environmental impact, and reduces the cost of UPR. This improved UPR technology is designated “iUPR” a n d is available only from Novinium.
“The reticulated plug technology described by the ‘194 patent takes yet another step in improving our proprietary iUPR solution and demonstrates our focus to improving safety by reducing utility and injection personnel arc flash exposure, and by eliminating costly outages,” explains Glen Bertini, President & CEO and co-inventor.
The patent is a first for co-inventor Don Songras. “Novinium’s culture of continuous improvement and our growing patent portfolio demonstrate the profound technological innovation at work here. Don is very inventive, with more work in the pipeline,” comments Research & Engineering Manager Richard Varjian, PhD.
“It is a source of pride to our entire team that Novinium technology consistently delivers ‘better than new’ reliability and our investment in process improvement helps our team perform with unmatchable safety and quality,” adds Bertini.
Novinium’s technology solutions address circuit owners’ infrastructure problems at a fraction of the cost of existing methods, save energy, save natural resources, and reduce greenhouse gases by eliminating the need for additional production of aluminum and polymers for new cables. Founded in 2003 by the experts who invented the field of cable rejuvenation at Dow Corning Corporation in the 1980s, Novinium’s patented injection process rejuvenates and extends the reliable life of underground power cable up to 40 years. Headquartered in suburban Seattle, the privately-held company is the recognized technology and process leader in cable rehabilitation and was honored as one of Seattle’s 2013 Best Places to Work. For more information, visit: www.Novinium.com.