Peng Xinli, Power Line Expert
Peng Xinli, a team leader in a line repair sector of Miyun Power Supply Company, has been given large credit for working on power lines.
Electrical workers wear yellow insulated clothing with elbowlength gloves and hard hats, working in places three to four metres above ground. If coloured white, they may be easily mistakenly as astronauts walking in outer space. But they have to deal with electricity on telegraph poles on a daily basis.
Peng Xinli, a team leader in a line repair sector of Miyun Power Supply Company, has gained recognition for his work: the “National Youth Innovation and Efficiency Award” in 2002, “National Youth Position Expert” in 2002, the Capital Labour Medal in 2004, the “Excellent Communist Party Member of Beijing State Capital Office Party Committee” in 2004, Beijing Model Worker in 2005, the “Advanced Worker” of the North China Grid Company Limited in 2005, “Advanced Knowledge Individual” of central enterprises in 2006, and the “National Advanced Knowledge Individual” in 2007.
Under his leadership, the team has given full play to working on live lines. Since 2008, they have taken on over 800 electrical work orders, over 2,400 live line working practises, and increased power by 3.6 million kilowatthours (KWH). Despite these honours, Peng always believes that achievements remain in the past, while the future may start from zero.
In the autumn of 1991, Peng graduated from junior high school and took over his father's job as a line repair worker at the second maintenance team in the Miyun Power Supply Company. In the power supply industry, line repair work is exhausting and dangerous, demanding to stay outside and endure bitter cold winters and scorching summers, sand and windstorms, and irregular dinners. Yet Peng has devoted to his job for a decade.
Inspired by his father's lifelong diligence in the industry, Peng relentlessly holds himself to high standards. After coming to a line repair work area, he started diligent work and received early qualification, even acting as an assistant while studying at the same time.
After work, he found materials to practise with, and never stopped getting approval from his master. While learning how to bind stand bottles, he even took down an old bottle and practised on it with wires. After three nights of practise, he could finally make it work.
Peng said, “At that time, impressed by my master's sophisticated work, I set a goal for myself. Over the past ten years, I have followed a standard to learn from the best and be perfect in my work. It doesn't matter whether you can make it or not when faced with a new challenge, since no one is born to be a master; what matters most is whether you have devoted to it or not, since there is no shortcut to learning techniques. Only through practise can improvements be made. As a staff member working in electrical power, we can't make any work happen without skills.”
Half a year after beginning his career, when his supervisor asked Peng to practise to climb transmission pole, he took out climbers and safety rope without hesitation and started climbing. Surprised by his selftaught skill, the supervisor praised him as “someone to be cut out for line repair.” Peng's career set sail from that time, and he had been a lead player until 1997. In those five years, his footprints covered all of Miyun's circuit areas, giving him a full understanding of the hundreds of kilometres of circuits in Miyun's jurisdiction.
In those early days, Peng felt that he should try to improve his capabilities. He enrolled in a technical secondary school majoring in electrical appliances, and grasped knowledge and theories after two years of study. “It was the first time when I have felt how important studying was for improvement.” Studying kindles his flame to happiness and hope. In January 1997, he was appointed to vice-supervisor of the maintenance team.
In October 1997, Peng was assigned to take part in live- line training. The benefit of liveline working is to reduce power cut- off range so that some customers may even not suffer from blackout. Quite different from power- cut working, it stresses on safety. According to Peng, the biggest danger of live line working is caused by missing steps from slacking off, which brings risks in construction.
“Someone who doesn't obey the rules can't finish his work, possibly risking his life.” After years of work, Peng said that the more work he's done, the more he knows about operating circuits. Increasing fears make him work more carefully. Peng came to realise why those principles and rules are more important now than ever.
Live line working is an advantageous yet dangerous line of work. Peng gives priority to safety. He also explains safety regulations to workers each day of the week to heighten their consciousness and self- protection.
Every early January, he leads his team members to revise a system of responsibility in safe production and to reformulate a range of safe responsibility agreements including “Mutual Insurance Liability Agreement,” stressing the work of his team, assuring both safety management and safety awareness. He once said, “Each safety day, I cannot emphasise safety enough. We must stay alert at every safety issue.”
In 2000, the company set up a work group of live line services led by Peng. His
Peng Xinli, a team leader in a line repair sector of Miyun Power Supply Company, has gained recognition for his work. Under his leadership, the team has been given credit for working on power lines.
team has been rated as the most advanced work team multiple times. Since 2001, it has been awarded a model team by the company for four consecutive years. In 2005, the team has been successively named “The Youth Demonstrated Post of Safety in Promotion” by the company and North China Grid Company Ltd.
Although he is a manager, Peng never falls behind on his acumen. Climbing up poles with his team, he is a bellwether that never stops in exceeding at each post. In 2002, he met the biggest turning point in his life. That November, he represented North China Power Group and took part in a competition on live line working of the national electric power sector held by Central Committee of the Communist Youth League of China and State Grid Corporation of China, which was his first time attending a national competition.
Thanks to solid foundations and vigorous studying, he won the title of “National Technical Experts” awarded by Ministry of Labour and Social Security and “National Youth Expert” jointly awarded by Central Committee of the Communist Youth League of China, State Economic and Trade Commission and Ministry of Labour and Social Security. Three days later, at the competition site of Beijing Power Supply Company, he won the championship with a record of nine minutes and twenty- three seconds.
Peng confessed he had learned from the peers through the competition, also a good opportunity for exchange. He maintains a steady drive and calm despite his honours, assuring others and making them reliable. Since he has set other goals and expectations, he says, “I keep improving myself and pass on my experience to newcomers.” According to him, what he wants most is to be an outstanding electrical worker with proficient techniques.
Electrical workers like Peng have silently ensured electricity for others. In 1994, Peng and his colleagues solved a powersupply problem for half of Miyun County by improving electrical power facilities. In 1998, when they were setting up power lines for Beijing Water Ninth Plant, the environment covering four miles from Mutianyu to the plant was very poor with winding mountain roads and dense wetlands, not an ideal landscape for erecting poles. Construction went on with more difficulty, as the materials they used were one level higher than the common standard. But he and his coworkers managed to finish the task within a month, thus ensuring the plant's water supply to Beijing ahead of time.
Faced with the “9950 Promotion Project” (a power grid construction and reconstruction project for the 50th anniversary of the founding of the People' Republic of China) in 1998 and the Fifty Decades National Day Ceremony in 1999, he had to led his members to learn and study new issues not long after he had finished training. They rushed to sites to inspect areas over two hundred times in a single year. Within two years, Miyun's electrical power circuit had greatly been improved with their efforts.
“Twenty-six years ago when I entered the profession, people had to face power rationing often. Those who were having weddings or funerals would apply for electricity ahead of time. Nowadays, demands for electricity are growing, since we need it for industrial developments, and electricity is also a clean energy for environmental improvement.
These make the power industry more important. As the Coal-to-electricity Project has been developing for several years, which provides us with a better living environment,” Peng said with delight. With effort, the first, second and third steps of Rural Power Grids Transformation gained success in 2000, and people wouldn't experience power outages since then.
Feng Lianshun, his former colleague, recalled that he was deeply impressed by Peng on one occasion. One rainy day in August 1998, at about 3 p.m., Peng returned from a construction site. After hearing of an incident that a 35KV circuit
had been off in Bulaotun, Miyun, he gathered workers and hurried to the site in muddy clothes.
The distance between the site and the closest county was over 70 kilometres, and when they reached the destination, it was pouring rain. They had to wait for a night before the rain could stop. The workers were exhausted after completing repairs. Feng said, “I felt very proud of my co-workers.”
Peng often says that people should stand three such tests or touchstones as disgrace, honour and difficulty, which enable us to look inside of ourselves. “I hope that I could withstand the tests.” He knows that his work is based on serving consumers, which is to prevent failure and that improving the reliability of power distribution is a must.
In daily work, he always maintains a good schedule and works hard. Over several years, his mantra “power failure is an incident” has been rooted in the minds of his colleagues, so communicating with his team is always 24/7. Referring to the idea that “incident is a command,” they are on call and try to deal with all incidents in a short time to keep losses at a minimum.
We are in an age when everyone pursues innovation, and people never cease to talk about. But this doesn't come easily, and it is just empty talk without any real investigation, sophisticated experience in one industry and unique insight to observe problems. Peng started his path to innovation since his sixteenth working year with self- improvement and work experience.
In 2006, Peng found an insulation barrier which didn't work properly, which caused him to action. He shared his idea with other control experts and, with their approval, successfully improved the barrier. Its weight was decreased but the protection distance was longer, thus increasing security and efficiency of liveline working. Because of this, he won the Second Prize of Innovation of Beijing.
After that, Peng's innovative ideas started emerging like a flood. He said that he felt enlightened, since before that, he thought that many devices couldn't be changed, and it was the first success that gave him great confidence.
His most impressive work he can recall was in 2009 at Miyun District, an ecological area with a dense forest. The shortcoming of live- line working poles at that time was that workers had to use aerial lifts with an insulating arm and insulating gloves. It didn't work since it couldn't go to sites like orchards and fields, and workers had to erect poles manually. “I repeatedly asked myself about the device's absence, which was the only cause for why the project couldn't be done. I later discussed with my colleagues about solving the problem based on this aspect.”
Peng felt sorry since the live line working pole erection hadn't been done at that time, which urged him to make a change. Half a year later, their innovation won great success, and the potential pole make it possible for liveline working on both orchards and fields, which gained him the Second Prize of a competition held by Beijing Electric Power Corporation. “From that time, I have been fully motivated to innovate, and I have applied for four patents in 2016, all for solving practical problems.”
Because of his innovation consciousness, an innovation studio was established in his name in 2010 by the Miyun Power Supply Company, which consists of seven innovation teams including experts, circuits, power transformation, marketing service, and administration of power supply. Each team has a leader, and holds regular meetings each week.
They have carried out research topics, innovative in techniques, management and collaborative innovation, gaining 21 patents, three mass innovation achievement prizes in Beijing Electric Power Corporation, and over ten technical papers on core journals. They have created an innovative atmosphere for staff. “The studio should be a guide as well as an innovation platform for the whole company,” Peng pointed out.
A single flower does not make a spring. Peng, an expert of the State Grid Corporation, senior technician of distribution lines, and member of the live line working expert group in Beijing Electric Power Corporation, is also a teacher and trains power line workers.
He teaches essential operation skills, guiding workers for the company, as well as sharing his own experience and philosophy of safety. He also evaluates staff of Beijing Electric Power Industry Occupational Skill Testing Authority, assessing high-skilled talent in the industry.
Peng Xinli (centre) works with his colleagues.
Working on a telegraph pole