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Underground Cable Maintenance Procedures

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, July 11, 2019
ElecComm Underground High Voltage Systems in Boston, MA

Earlier we blogged about the necessity to systematically maintain underground high-voltage cables. Today we’d like to expand upon that topic and get into the details of what needs to be accomplished within your preventative maintenance program. We’ll also address our approach to corrective maintenance action should cable fault ever strike your underground cable system.

Underground high-voltage preventative cable maintenance includes:

  • Ground connections, cable joints and splices are inspected to verify their integrity and condition.
  • Switchgears, transformers, and other above-ground fixtures are checked for cleanliness and physical condition.
  • Dust and debris are removed from termination joint outer surfaces.
  • Performing several tests such as contact resistance tests on terminations, insulation resistance tests between ground connections and conductors. This is done to unveil any developing damage within the system.
  • Testing for defective electrical contacts and joints with infrared thermal scanning. Joints that appears to have an elevated temperature requires to be cleaned and re-torqued prior to re-testing.

Corrective maintenance is accomplished as a response to faults (e.g. damage resulting from digging, internal damaged wires, overloading, poor handling and installation, etc.). It includes:

  • Inspecting electric cable routes for potential defects following an excavation.
  • Insulation resistance testing to uncover faults between conductors and ground connections.
  • Tracking faulty sections through the use of a sheath tester and a cable fault locator.
  • Damaged electrical cable repairs, re-testing and re-commissioning.

Condition-Based Maintenance involves the inspection of underground power transmission cables and above-ground grid fixtures that have sustained partial defects. Condition-based maintenance services determine the kind of repairs that must be addressed immediately or in the near future. It’s essentially a health check-up for your high-voltage infrastructure.

For more information about underground cable maintenance process, contact ElecComm.

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.

High Quality Golf Netting For Durable Protection

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 28, 2019
ElecComm Golf driving range netting

Golf netting system is considered one of the major liability protections for golf course owners. It makes fiscal sense to invest in high quality golf poles and netting. Your legal liability as a course owner operator regarding personal injury and property damage associated with errant golf balls makes high quality golf netting one of your most sound investments.

Settling for cheap low-quality safety golf netting system will cost you more money in the end. Cheap netting often last only a couple of seasons so you will end up spending more in just a matter of few years. The reliability of your golf netting system not only depends on the quality of the materials used but the installation process as well. The installation must be properly done to ensure both longevity and safety. It takes seasoned professionals to properly conduct the installation.

To ensure your golf netting system is secure and dependable, contact ElecComm.

Reinforce Electrical Infrastructures For The Hurricane Season

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, May 23, 2019
ElecComm - Storm Response, Boston, MA

As we are now into hurricane threat season, we can't help but to be alarmed and forewarned as we look back at the disasters that transpired in recent years. Multiple power lines were downed and vast areas were affected with extended power outages.

We serve the industrial and commercial sectors to prepare for the worst case scenarios. Failure in the grid is inevitable when furious storms hits the electrical infrastructure. We need to accept the fact that there are elements that are beyond our control. But we can do something to somehow lessen its impact to your businesses. We urge customers to reinforce obsolete infrastructures or totally replace it when seen necessary for it to withstand extreme weather conditions.

Rest assured ElecComm team will continue to provide assistance to major public utilities throughout the Northeast. We can help you get ready for the worst case scenario and you can rely on our emergency response team in quick power restoration efforts. Contact ElecComm for everyday installation, removal, maintenance of overhead lines and even during emergency cases.

Proper Crimping Technique is Crucial in Fiber Termination Process

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, May 16, 2019
ElecComm - Power Line Storm Response, MA

In fiber optic cable assemblies, proper crimping technique must be done with precision or else you may encounter difficulties in the next phase of the work. To attain a reliable fiber optic cable connection, proper crimping method is crucial throughout fiber termination process. At the end of the termination procedure, the cable must be pulled without detaching from the connector. The maximum pull force for each fiber optic cable connection depends on industry requirements or customer's stipulation.

When cables are properly crimped the cable assembly is strong enough to endure feasible amount of pulling that occurs during installation process. It needs to tolerate a defined degree of mechanical force even after installation. Proper crimping protects the delicate glass fiber by ensuring the force is transferred to the connection and not in the former.

Regardless how advance the tool is, it is in the crimping technique that defines the reliability and long-term performance of the optical connection. It is a skill and only a certified personnel with years of training can accurately perform the technique. In order to ensure the quality of your fiber optic assembly, hire only reputable and proven service professionals.

ElecComm engineers are expert in this field. Our workforce is highly skilled and cross trained in order to perform every aspect of telecommunication network jobs. Contact ElecComm for construction, splicing, testing maintenance and restoration of fiber, copper, and hybrid fiber-coax telecommunications networks.

Quality Golf Range Nets Prevent Errant Golf Ball Accidents

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 07, 2019
ElecComm golf driving range netting in Boston, MA

With the golf season is in full swing, there's a growing concern of the safety of those situated in close proximity to the fairways. Errant golf balls cause personal injury and damage to property. Golf club operators are legally liable when this unfortunate scenarios crop up. In order to prevent accidents in and out the golf course, operators rely upon durable golf range netting.

When driving range poles and netting becomes your need, ElecComm is at your service. We provide you the highest quality golf nets that will serve as protective barrier to secure your golf course and prevent accidents to neighboring facilities as well. We have served golf course owners for years now and have the advanced knowledge along with right equipment to guide you through the process of installing and repairing your golf netting system.

Our golf nets are made of premium quality material and we guarantee our installation services. Contact ElecComm for rough estimates of your golf net requirement.

ElecComm Help Prepare Your Business For Hurricane Season

Joseph Coupal - Sunday, April 28, 2019
ElecComm - Power Line Storm Response, MA

Last year's nor'easter disaster in Massachusetts was devastating. It rummaged innumerable properties and affected numerous businesses. Significant power outages lasted for over two weeks as countless power lines were downed.

More than 360,000 customers in MA were without electricity. ElecComm dispatched 24 people to help with the restoration procedure as quickly as possible.

As hurricane season kicks in once again, we can't help but look back upon what occurred last year. We’re prepared for repeat unfortunate events and compel us to constantly improve our contingency management plans. We highly recommend our customers do the same to improve and insure their business continuation in the event of repeat disasters. We encourage them to upgrade obsolete infrastructures so it won't easily break down in extreme weather condition.

Rest assured ElecComm is here to assist our customers at all times in any electrical issue they may encounter. You can rely on our quick response team to repair damaged lines and restore power immediately. Contact ElecComm for power infrastructure maintenance, repairs and emergency situations.


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