IETC was voted the winner for Best Engineering Firm in the recent Central Penn Business Journal’s 2018 Reader Rankings.
IETC is honored to be recognized by their clients and the community as Central PA’s Best Engineering Firm and thanks everyone who participated in the voting.
IETC services industrial and commercial customers in PA, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey areas. Some of our electrical services are listed below:
•Infrared thermography testing
•Maintenance & electrical testing of substations, high voltage equipment, circuit breakers, cables, transformers
•Service & Installation of power equipment including switchboards, used and new transformers, new and reconditioned circuit breakers
•Engineer/Construct & Design-Build
IETC self-performed the project Design-Build (performed the engineering, equipment procurement and construction all in house). The project consisted of (72) cottages or (36-duplexes) depending on how you looked at it, for retirement living. We were responsible for the power distribution around the cottage development which consisted of 12,470V underground feeders. This was made possible through medium voltage switches and single phase transformers.
We furnished and installed all equipment including the concrete vaults that the power equipment mounted to. We also provided 240/120V single phase underground feeders from the transformers to each cottage and installed power metering at each transformer. In addition, we installed the telecommunications and fire alarm to each of the cottages, furnished and installed all LED street lighting, as well as, coordinated with the Owner (Masonic Village) and the General Contractor (Warfel Construction) to deliver a sound system and meet the delivery date schedule.
This was a high-end, fast paced project with many hurdles and included a high-level of coordination with the General Contractor and owner. For more info on Masonic Village visit masonicvillages.org.
Chris Menges · Project Manager/ Estimator
Chris Menges is an Estimator / Project Manager at IETC. In his past, he has managed and estimated projects from large scale construction to small home Generator projects. Chris also will manage the project as it progresses thru its many Construction phases. Chris started 23 years ago as an electrician in the field then was promoted into the office as an estimator after a few more years was promoted to a Project Manager / Estimator. Chris has a passion for the outdoors whether it be hunting, hiking, horseback riding, or just plain old relaxing. As long as the sky is above him.
Kirk Jones · Electrical Testing Manager
Kirk Jones is currently Electrical Testing Manager with IETC. Kirk graduated in 1985 with a degree in English & Marketing from Susquehanna University. He is an award winning professional with over 30 years of sales and management experience. Kirk has extensive knowledge in electrical distribution systems, specifically preventive maintenance and testing applications. Kirk also has worked closely with HVAC systems and energy management solution applications. Kirk has experience in developing and managing several electrical firms, where he trained, managed and sold both high voltage and medium voltage electrical preventive maintenance testing services and other electrical applications to commercial, industrial, healthcare and educational clients.
He is a Level I certified thermographer and also owned his own business offering energy management solutions to his clients. Kirk prides himself in taking a consultive role helping customers meet their complex challenges to match the right services for the right applications.
Kirk is married, lives in New Cumberland, has five children (4 of them are girls!), two grandsons and two dogs. He has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, loves to camp, cook and spend time outdoors.
As we roll into another season, take advantage of our electrical testing and preventative maintenance services to perform Spring Cleaning on your facility electrical power distribution equipment. We had a rough, cold winter and your equipment would benefit from a thorough cleaning and inspection to prevent unplanned outages. Below is a starter-checklist to make sure you’re running right.
Benefits Of Using IETC | We provide testing and preventative maintenance service.
1. Our test equipment is calibrated and certified by a third party annually.
2. Certified, experienced and safety conscious technicians
3. Reports are reviewed by a Registered Professional Engineer within the company
4. If problems are found, IETC has the resources, equipment and experience to make the necessary repairs quickly and efficiently
5. Experience with medium voltage up to 138KV
Why perform electrical testing and preventative maintenance on your equipment?
1. Extend the life of the equipment and reduce downtime for unplanned outages
2. Increase operational safety, reliability and productivity
3. Prevent potential faults and failures
4. Insurance requirements
Transformer In Trouble?!
· Transformer Testing
· Doble Power Factor
· Transformer Turns Ratio
· Winding Resistance
· Oil Quality
· Dissolved Gas Analysis
· Oil Leaks and Repairs
· Loose Connections
· Grounding Issues
· Insurance Requirements
Switchgear & Switchboards
Keep the main power distribution center of your business in tip top shape!
· Inspection and Cleaning
· Test control devices (i.e. meters, single phase protection, etc)
· Test circuit breakers and fused switches
· Insulation Resistance Testing
· Ground Resistance Testing
Underground Medium Voltage Cables
Are your underground medium voltage cables about to fail?
· Visual Inspection
· Verify cable shielding
· Perform Very Low Frequency (VLF) with Tan Delta testing
· This is a nondestructive test and test the cables at very low frequency (0.1Hz) compared to DC Hi-Pot testing, which is considered a destructive test.
· IETC currently has (2) VLF test sets to meet your cable testing needs.
Infrared Thermography Scanning
Address loose connections and hot spots now before they become a problem!
· IETC has (4) certified Infrared Thermographer Technicians
· (1) Level I · (2) Level II · (1) Level III
· Self-calibrated, high-end IR Cameras
· Properly plan to make repairs for issues found during a PM in lieu of experiencing an unplanned outage.
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.
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