After a professional and friendly relationship of almost 30 years, Ken Budin and Max Philipp teamed up to form Budin Philipp in November 2015, which became Budin Philipp Partners Pty Ltd in January 2017. Together Ken and Max have around 80 years of experience in power transformer and on-load tap changer specification and life management.

Transferring knowledge and experience to the HV industry, Budin Philipp Partners specialise in knowledge sharing through training and consultation, with a focus on power transformers, on-load tap changers, and associated equipment. Budin Philipp Partners do not represent or promote any transformer or OLTC manufacturers, nor do we undertake transformer maintenance or repairs. What we do is equip you with world’s best practice knowledge and practical experience to enable your engineers, asset managers, technicians or service providers to be confident, competent and equipped to ensure that you maximise asset life and minimise life-time cost. We also partner with providers of after-market products that will enhance your asset life and reduce maintenance cost.

In addition to training at our regular courses, Budin Philipp Partners can provide:

  • Training customized in content and length to suit your requirements
  • Review or prepare your maintenance policies and procedures based on world’s best practices including as reference standards and technical guides published by IEEE, IEC, CIGRE and others
  • Undertake condition audits and provide reports including recommendations
  • Assist you to prepare specifications for purchase of new equipment or for planned or special maintenance and refurbishment
  • Supervise or audit work by your own personnel or service providers
  • Undertake project management on your behalf
  • Provide specialised training in vacuum treatment, fluid processing and all aspects of power transformer and OLTC maintenance and life-time management
  • Undertake capability audits of potential suppliers
  • Witness of factory processing and testing
  • Review of site test reports including acceptance testing, pre- and post-maintenance, oil test reports, DGA reports etc.
  • Recommendation of the best in diagnostic testing and condition monitoring including on-line and off-line

Ken Budin

An experienced engineer, manager and public speaker with almost 40 years’ broad experience in the high voltage industry, specialising in the life-time management of power transformers. Ken has an established track record of business development and strategic growth in the area of transformer installation, repairs, maintenance and diagnostic testing. He worked for a NSW electricity utility for 21 years (now part of Essential Energy) in field and engineering roles, including maintenance and management of HV assets, metering and substation design and construction. From 1998-2015 he worked with Wilson Transformer Company Pty Ltd in Glen Waverley as Services Manager, building a team of over 70 field staff across Australia and establishing workshops and offices in Brisbane, Dandenong, Darwin, Hobart, Perth and Sydney. As Sales Manager for the Power Business Unit Ken was responsible for new transformer and service sales nationally and internationally.

He was a founding director of TJ|H2b Analytical Services P/L laboratory in Glen Waverley, VIC from 2001 to 2015 and assisted to establish laboratories in Glen Waverley, VIC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Manila, Philippines.

Ken is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has been a member of CIGRE Australian Panel A2, Power Transformers, for over 12 years and is a member of IEEE and frequently writes technical papers for industry magazines. He started and organised 16 TechCon Asia-Pacific events, an annual conference held in Australia specialising in HV asset diagnostic and life-time management, and has spoken at conferences, seminars and events in Australia, SE Asia, Europe and the USA.

Max Philipp

Max has over 28 years’ experience in the field of Transformers, Substations and Management. In his previous engagement, Max worked for Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen GmbH of Germany. In his career he lead successfully 2 of their subsidiaries. The first one was Reinhausen Australia, and his last engagement was as Managing Director for Reinhausen Asia Pacific in Malaysia. His customer base included Power Utilities, High & Medium Voltage Substations, Transformer Manufacturers and Industrial customers in the Asia Pacific region. Max left Reinhausen in 2010 and established MP Consult Sdn Bhd in Malaysia where he currently works as a Consultant and Trainer. His technical expertise includes Voltage regulation, Commissioning of OLTC, Selection Criteria’s for Power Transformers, Technical Understanding & Evaluation of Products and Fault Prevention & Damage Investigation.

Max is a CIGRE member and is the head of the local A2 transformer working group of CIGRE Malaysian National Committee .