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Why Regular Maintenance is Vital To Underground High Voltage Cables

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 27, 2019
ElecComm Underground high voltage cable installation in Boston, MA

Similar to overhead transmission lines, underground electrical cables and other auxiliary equipment will fail when regular maintenance is not accomplished. The following are common issues that can threaten underground transmission line operability:

  • High Pressure Fluid and Gas Filled Pipe (HPFF and HPGF) cable types or Self-Contained Fluid Filled (SCFF) electrical cable types are vulnerable to sustain fluid leakages.
  • Fault in buried power cables can happen due to bare neutrals, molded joints in splices, or accidental excavation.
  • Powerful winds and falling tree branches may not affect buried power cables but trees with deep root system ousting in a storm can root out underground wires.

Faults can be fixed, albeit expensively. Repairs are complicated and tedious. Prevention is a more profitable solution. Scheduled maintenance and upkeep must not be taken for granted in order to make sure the power distribution system is reliable and safe.

Contact ElecComm to discuss our wide variety of underground power cable maintenance and repair services.

Fiber Optic Splicing For Fast and Reliable Internet Access

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 20, 2019
ElecComm Fiber optic splicing in Boston, MA

The internet plays an integral role in all business operations, large or small. Perhaps your business’ data flow gets throttled by routine administrative demands such as video conferencing and video streaming. When this happens, all elements of your business suffer. If you have insufficient bandwidth, it’s not only your network that is slowed. Your business productivity and ultimately your profitability is throttled as well. If you have recurring and frustration slow data transfer, consider upgrading your telecommunication network through fiber optic splicing services by certified network engineers. Here are the resultant advantages of fiber optic enhancement to your network and business:

  • Exceptionally High Bandwidth - Presently, no other cable material can exceed the performance of fiber optics. Copper wires are no match to the volume of data it can process and transmit per unit time.
  • It Reaches Longer Distance - Signals are transmitted to a longer distance because of its low power loss capability.
  • Resistant to Electromagnetic Interference - It has very low rate of bit error and its transmission is virtually noise-free.
  • Absolute Data Security - Since in fiber optic transmission data are transmitted in a speed of light, it would be impossible to detect it by "listening in" to the electromagnetic energy escaping through the cable.

Business served by enhanced telecommunication fiber optic distribution process data and online transactions fast. The efficiencies gained via fiber optic splicing will significantly increase business productivity and promotes better customer service through enhanced telecommunication network. If you are interested in upgrading your telecommunication network, contact the seasoned professionals at ElecComm today!

Overhead Power Line Safety Tips in Construction Sites

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 13, 2019
ElecComm - Overhead Power Line Repairs and Maintenance, Boston, MA

Fatal injuries associated with overhead power lines are a far too common occurrence at construction sites. It is imperative that construction workers must take preventative steps to work safely near power lines. We think that it is important for the general public to understand the safety considerations that we incorporate into our daily business service operations:

  • Prior to start any work, locate first all overhead power lines.
  • Keep away from all overhead power lines at least 10 feet away and this includes materials and construction equipment.
  • Avoid touching anything that is in contact with the power line.
  • Be careful of fences in close proximity to power lines.
  • Make sure to carry high ladders horizontally so it won't reach or touch the power lines.
  • Lower down cranes, excavators and other equipment apparatus before driving.
  • Do not spray water near the power lines.
  • Stay away from fallen power lines at least 35 feet away. Consider any downed lines as live and dangerous. Also warn others about the incident and inform them to stay at least 35 feet away from incident ground.

Whenever there's a fallen power line, report the incident right away to a power line emergency response team to repair the damaged or downed power lines immediately. In Boston, MA, contact ElecComm, we will get into your site and take proper action without delay to restore power and ensure electrical safety in your workplace.

How To Perform Fiber Optic Fusion Splicing

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 06, 2019
ElecComm - Telecommunication Network Installation, Boston, MA

When expanding an existing network or installing a new one, fiber optic splicing is done to fuse optic cables. It must be properly performed to avoid any interference in the network. There are two methods of fiber optic splicing -- mechanical and fusion splicing.

Mechanical splicing is ideal for quick or temporary fixes, but not for permanent solutions. Although mechanical splicing is easy to perform because fibers are held together by connectors, the process inherently increase the chance of insertion loss or loss of signal power. Fusion splicing, on the other hand, is commonly used for permanent splicing since it can provide the lowest insertion loss, minimal reflectance and tougher joint between the fibers.

Fusion splicing requires professional certified technicians because it's a very delicate process. When cables are not properly connected during fusion splicing, you may experience issues on the signal. Here are the steps that your certified technician employs when splicing:

  1. Strip the polymer coating around the optical fiber using a mechanical stripping device.
  2. Clean the fiber using a 99.9% isopropyl alcohol (IPA) and lint-free wipes to keep the glass free of any contaminants.
  3. Cleave the fiber. The cleaver notches the fiber and pulls or bend it to create a neat split rather then cut the fiber, this makes the end-face flat and perpendicular to the axis of the fiber.
  4. Fuse the cleaved fibers together using a fusion splicer. Align the ends of the fiber within the splice. Then, melt the fibers with an electric arc to permanently solder the ends together.
  5. Protect the bare fiber by re-applying a coating using a splice protector.
  6. Test your fiber after the fusing process using an optical time domain reflectometer to detect any splice loss or fault in the spliced fiber.

Fiber cables are fragile and require proper handling. Only highly skilled technicians can do this properly. So when you require expansion or new installation of telecommunication networks, contact ElecComm. We have the ability to engineer, manage and perform the construction, splicing, testing maintenance and restoration of fiber, copper, and hybrid fiber-coax telecommunications networks.


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