Voted Best Engineering Firm in Central PA

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
•Ultrasonic testing
•Electrical Engineering
•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

Project Report: Masonic Village

Elizabethtown, PA

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.

Employee Spotlight

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.

Todd Landry · Engineer IV

IETC welcomed Todd Landry as a Engineer IV. Todd has three professional engineers licenses, one unlimited electrical contractor license, and is a certified electrical building inspection official in CT. He also has a BSEE and ME degree. He is currently pursuing two more professional engineers licenses. Todd comes from 29 years of service in the power generation and industrial power plants, and accompanied his wife from Connecticut, who is now working for the Michels Corp.

Spring Cleaning Is Spring Safety!

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

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

Reclosure

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).

Infrared Thermography

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 Image of hot spot

Infrared Scan

IR Scan

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.

Shane Pruna

Certified Level II Thermographer

Manager, Test Dept
IR Thermographer

IR Thermographer

 

 

 

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/

 

 

New Testing Service

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

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.

DVPQG 2017 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

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.

Street Light

Energy Efficient Lighting

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.

Energy Efficient Lighting

High School Stadium Lighting

Energy Efficient Lighting

Pharmaceutical Co Parking Garage – Energy Efficient  Lighting

Engineering Capacity Studies

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

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