Electrical Safety & PPE: How safe is your overhead power equipment?
Take the necessary steps to implement the proper protection to keep animals away. Electrical Safety & PPE is as important to us as it is to the facilities we work at. A critter went phase to ground on a pole mounted reclosure that caused damage to the overhead power equipment at a local facility. Animal protection, such as an “animal guard” could have prevented this from occurring. These kinds of outages can be prevented with the proper protection. Take the necessary steps to implement the proper protection to keep animals away and help protect valuable equipment and downtime.
Reclosure damage Close up view
Personal protective equipment, insulating gloves and sleeves.
Insulating gloves and sleeves are critical PPE for electrical work. Especially when working on or near exposed energized parts. (Ref. OSHA 1910.269).
Testing and Inspection:
Gloves and sleeves must be electrically tested before being issued for use. they must also be visually inspected, and gloves need to be air tested for any possible defects, including cuts, holes, tears, embedded objects or changes in texture. The best practice is to inspect PPE and air test the gloves and sleeves before each use. (Ref. OSHA 1910.137).
IETC – Infrared Thermography
Infrared Thermography is the first and best non-invasive technology in finding developing problems before they actually occur. To get the most out of an infrared survey, it is important to choose a qualified thermographer. IETC Infrared thermographers are skilled to conduct the test and interpret the result. They can detect heat transfer concepts, and know the equipment capability and limitation. Experience helps the thermographer know the environmental condition of the systems they are testing. Choose the right technology to deliver the best result. Our equipment and test sets are calibrated regularly. We understand what needs to be done prior to, during and after the IR survey. We provide detailed, typewritten reports of our findings with accompanying images (when applicable) along with any recommendations.
IR Photo Image
You might think that doing an infrared survey is like taking a photo, but there is way more to thermal imaging. A meaningful survey depends on the tech’s ability to interpret the image. IETC knows that proper training and certification is essential for any qualified technician.
Meet our IR Thermographers:
Shane Pruna of IETC recently achieved an ITC Level II Thermography Certification at the world class ITC Training Center. Shane broadened his skill in condition monitoring, and predictive maintenance application is strengthened as well as image analysis and interpretation proficiency with in-depth thermal imaging survey and measurement techniques. Level II is advanced infrared theory, equipment calibration, error sources, advanced equipment operation, assigning temperature limits and repair priorities and report generation. Chris Bereznak is also a certified IR Thermographer.
Certified Level II Thermographer
Manager, Test Dept
We can “spot” problems quicker and easier with a Flir IR Test Set. To read more about our testing services and infrared scanning, click here: https://ietc-team.com/index.php/testing/electrical-testing-services/
We added a new testing service to our menu:
“Doble Sweep Frequency Response Analysis for Power Transformers”
This new testing service and analysis is a powerful and sensitive method to evaluate the mechanical integrity of the core, windings and structures within power transformers by measuring their electrical response over a wide frequency range. SFRA is a proven method for evaluating transformers. Change could be due to lightning or overvoltage transients, short circuits or changes to transformer geometry (i.e. shipping).
This service can be provided along side of other valuable transformer testing:
- Oil Quality/Dissolved Gas Analysis
- Transformer Turns Ratio
- Insulation Resistance
- Doble Power Factor
- Electrical Load Measurement
- Harmonic Analysis
- Transformer Failure Forensics
- Oil Degasification
- Overload evaluation
- Leaking bushings
- Retro fill with FR3 Fluid or Transformer Oil
DVPQG – Delaware Valley Power Quality Group
IETC extends congratulations to its Vice President Bill Luddy, as he was recently elected 2017 President of the Delaware Valley Power Quality Group, Inc. DVPQG is a nonprofit group promoting the dissemination of Power Quality information for the Power Industry. The group invites renowned speakers to lead informational seminars. Bill has been a member of DVPQG for the past 20 years. He has held several positions with the group in past years, including Vice President and was also previous President.
William Luddy, PE & Vice President, IETC
Some of the tentative program topics to look forward to in 2017 are:
If you are interested in hearing more about the DVPQG organization, or would like to join the group and receive invitations to seminars, sign up here: DVPQG Membership
Energy Efficient Lighting Projects
Using energy efficient lighting, IETC is “lighting” up industry. Utilizing our high voltage linemen, bucket trucks, electricians and test technicians, we have been busy installing energy efficient lighting for customers in the Healthcare, pharmaceutical and educational facilities. In the fall and winter seasons, the lights are on longer. Is your facility ready with accurate and energy efficient lighting? We can help you get there! We will plan with you and implement the best lighting for your space, including stadiums, parking lots, parking garages, walkways, manufacturing, warehouse facilities, etc. Properly designed site lighting takes into consideration the following factors: safety, security, and energy consumption, while reducing excessive light impact and glare.
IETC recently performed design-procure-construct services for a local retirement community. Our team installed new lighting for the parking lot and walking paths.
We worked closely with the retirement community to choose the right lighting for each area.
Provided NEMA 4/4X stainless steel 30 Amp, 240 Volt Lightning contactor with Photoelectric control, pad lockable disconnect switch and keyed switch.
Other lighting projects included keeping the lights on during night-time games with a change-out of stadium lamps for a high school campus and new lighting for a pharmaceutical industrial facility parking garage in Maryland.
High School Stadium Lighting
Pharmaceutical Co Parking Garage – Energy Efficient Lighting
Engineering Capacity Studies
IETC, LLC offers Engineering capacity studies. Engineering capacity refers to the management and ability for facilities to meet customers’ requirements with available resources at hand. Capacity planning is done on the basis of projections for future product demand, labor and equipment requirements. Don’t let time and space keep your business from running at a greater capacity. IETC can help.
Engineering for Capacity Studies
IETC is an established leader in efficient engineering for electrical design projects. Our design services are innovative and cost saving. Our projects are cost effective to build, energy efficient and easy to maintain when complete.
IETC designed and installed this 69kV Substation for a customer to provide more capacity for production. Whatever the need, we perform engineering studies for facilities. Our work doesn’t stop here. We also staff a design-build electrical team with registered professional engineers and designers to perform the next phase of the project. After the design, we continue on the path to a successful upgrades by including procurement of equipment at best price, construct & build with our team of project managers & electricians. You can see a list of electrical studies we offer on page 2 of our December Newsletter. Click on the link to view: vol-21-issue-3-electrical-design-studies
Liquid Filled and Dry Type Transformers
IETC is inviting industrial and commercial facility managers to register for the upcoming DVPQG Presentation/Seminar titled “Liquid Filled and Dry Type Transformers” Presented by Kevin W. Eaton of ABB
Kevin Eaton of ABB will present an overview of liquid filled and dry type transformers, (distribution transformers), including design considerations that can impact the safety, reliability, efficiency, and power quality for facilities. We will compare the benefits of liquid and dry type transformers and discuss which technologies are the best for different applications. The program will include an overview of the transformer manufacturing process including short videos highlighting our manufacturing facilities. We will review the recent DOE 2016 efficiency requirements and discuss the benefits of utilizing total ownership cost in your purchasing decision as well as provide an overview of sustainable transformer offerings including high efficiency amorphous core material and environmentally safe fluids. Our experts will also discuss application considerations that impact transformer design, including harmonics, motor duty and specialty applications. Finally, we will review ANSI Standard transformer testing and transformer maintenance considerations.
Seminar to be held on Wednesday December 7, 2016 at the Shady Maple Smorgasbord in East Earl PA. Payment for the seminar includes lunch.
To register, please click on the link DVPQG print the brochure, fill in the details, send the completed brochure by email: firstname.lastname@example.org and mail your check. Or mail registration and payment directly to Delaware Valley Power Quality Group to the address on the brochure. Directions and additional details about the seminar and the speaker are on the brochure.
The DVPQG established in 1993, is a volunteer not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing a state of the art educational forum to Power Quality issues and the most technically up to date products and practices.
Energy-Efficiency & Conservation-PA Act 129
Energy Efficiency Rebates-from-Med-Ed
According to the First-Energy web site, energy efficiency programs are recovered through customer rates in accordance with PA Act 129 of 2008. Pennsylvania’s Act 129 requires Pennsylvania’s largest electric distribution companies to develop energy efficiency and conservation plans and adopt methods of reducing electric consumption and peak demand. Act 129 provides Pennsylvania businesses, governments and non-profits opportunities to take energy efficiency and conservation to the next level through incentive programs.
IETC works as an Ally for the Utility to assist customers.
Energy efficiency incentives include the following:
- Lighting – LED lighting and occupancy controls
- Custom Equipment – customer-specific improvement projects and technologies
- Combined Heat & Power (CoGen)
- Industrial Process Upgrades – more energy efficient
- Install Energy Management Systems
- Chiller Upgrades
- Custom Building – system improvements that reduce energy consumption and demand by improving building energy performance
- Facility Audit Incentive Business Program – pre-approval for Program Administrator
In order to qualify for any of the above incentives through their program, equipment must be new and installed AFTER June 1, 2016. Current programs are scheduled to end on May 31, 2021. We help you plan for future system improvements for your facility, before the program expires. Contact us
Is preventative maintenance important to your facility? You bet it is!
Don’t let un-maintained equipment burn your money. IETC has qualified engineers, test technicians and electricians to design and assist in a preventative maintenance program for your facility. Contact us
Property damage resulting from electrical breakdowns and failures can be severe. Electrical equipment failure is the leading causes of industrial fires. Implementing a regular plan for preventative maintenance helps equipment last longer and run more productively. When equipment stops running, so does your business.
There are loss prevention steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of loss. Because the risk is real and sometimes unforeseeable, a preventative maintenance program can reduce risk of an unscheduled outage by as much as 66%, according to statistics from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (HSB June 2014). Only use qualified and competent maintenance personnel to properly, safely and effectively maintain electrical power equipment.
Tips for keeping electrical systems safe:
- Keep electrical rooms free of excessive dust and dirt
- Do not use electrical equipment rooms for storage
- Focus your program on preventative measures to ensure you are not allowing for an electrical fire, by keeping electrical apparatus clean, cool, dry and making sure connections are tight.
- Test electrical equipment including transformer, circuit breakers, relays, etc.
- Clean AND test – Both are key to a good preventative maintenance program.
- Our Team of electricians and test technicians are: Skilled; Qualified; Trained; Outfitted with the right test equipment.
- Click here to see other testing services we offer: IETC Testing Services
Electrical Emergency Service
We offer electrical emergency service to industrial and commercial customers 24 hours, 7 days a week. We are prepared to assist in the event of an electrical emergency or power problem at your facility. In the event of a weather related outage or another electrical emergency, we have bucket trucks and skilled operators ready and available. We are here when you need us. We stock spare parts and have emergency supplier contacts for new equipment when necessary. Electricians and skilled test technicians on standby 24 hours 7 days a week. Call us 717-252-4730 if you experience an electrical problem and need a professional engineer or qualified electrician or test technician.
Substation transformers, motor control centers, switchgear, fuses, circuit breakers, substations, relays, capacitors, telephone lines, switch repair, pole transformers, overhead maintenance, lighting, power quality monitoring – we service and clean electrical power equipment to keep your facility running smoothly. Infrared Thermography and Ultrasonic testing by certified test technicians. Regular preventative maintenance to assure equipment is in good condition. High voltage and low voltage cable testing.
We also provide Emergency Back up Power. We have generators on standby for customers. Contact us
IETC – Providing full service electrical solutions from the Quality Power Team.