Pravin Khanna

Pravin Khanna



Pravin Khanna currently oversees the Digital Department for Smart Transformers at ABB, Inc. for the North American market. Pravin’s primary responsibility is to present end users and the ABB Product Management Team with digital solutions for power transformers. Pravin has accumulated twenty-eight years of experience in the Power and Specialty Transformer industry with expertise in General Electric, Westinghouse, Asea, BBC, and ABB technologies.

In 1991, Pravin completed his Electrical Engineering degree from the K. J. Somaiya Institute, Mumbai, India, and subsequently embarked on his career as a Production Engineer with a local power transformer company where he received specialized manufacturing training for the 400kV Class and additional industrial transformers. In 1996, Pravin relocated to Israel and worked for ELCO Industries as a transformer-manufacturing expert up to the 500kV class.

 In 2000, Pravin joined ABB, Inc. in Guelph, Canada, and held several positions in quality and manufacturing in which he offered invaluable insight in implementing process automation for Smart-winding machines and E-core cutting machines. In 2006, Pravin joined ABB Transformer Services in Saint Louis, Missouri, where he was responsible for transformer remanufacturing for the North American market.

 In 2008, Pravin completed his MBA with Aspen University in Colorado; shortly thereafter, Pravin’s responsibilities expanded to include the international market concerns for transformer repairs and onsite transformer repairs. At this time, Pravin undertook additional responsibilities as the Engineering Solution Manager for the global transformer service market.

Throughout his tenure at ABB, Inc., Pravin’s experience and highly specialized knowledge has proven instrumental in contributing to the research & development of transformer condition assessments and monitoring. In 2015, Pravin received a promotion to Director of Marketing and Sales for Transformer Services for the United States and, in 2019, ABB, Inc. recognized his indispensable expertise by making him responsible for digital transformers for all of North America



Transforming the Future - Enabling Intelligence

Power transformers are critical assets that support the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical energy.  With the profile change in power generation and consumption, it is important that the condition of transformers and their utilization are well understood. In the past, most transformers were fitted with basic sensors which at best only provided alarms after the condition of the transformer had already started to deteriorate. Recent years have seen a step change in both the availability of cost effective and reliable sensing solutions together with the data expectations surrounding the knowledge based economy.

As the power industry embraces the fourth industrial revolution, many stake holders are still uncertain what this will mean for them, but it is clear that within the lifetime of major assets, such as power transformers, there will see a paradigm change in the way they are utilized and their role in the grid intelligence infrastructure.

It is therefore critical that asset and operations managers have not just data, but the right data to provide them actionable information that supports effective operations and maintenance actions.  The correct application if sensing and domain knowledge remain key to the value any sensing solutions may bring

This paper will explain the steps to be taken to take advantage of the advancements in understanding transformer condition and the role sensing solutions together with domain knowledge will play..