- Wednesday, December 30, 2020
It is an absolute mandate that your electrical hot sticks be fully tested and functional. The safety of your staff and equipment count on it. ETS Inspection and Testing Services is Boston’s leader in electrical equipment testing and certification processing.
In the electric power distribution industry, a hot stick is and insulated pole, usually made of fiberglass, used by the electric utility workers when engaged on live-line working on energized high-voltage electric power lines, to protect them from electric shock. Depending on the tool attached to the end of the hot stick, it is possible to test for voltage, tighten nuts and bolts, apply tie wires, open and close switches, replace fuses, lay insulating sleeves on wires, and perform various other tasks while not exposing the crew to a large risk of electric shock.
In the United States, American Society for Testing Materials Standard F 711 specifies the stringent requirements for hot sticks, and US OSHA standards require that they be inspected and electrically tested every two years.
We provide repair services as well. They types of electrical repair services that we provide include:
- Full hydraulic repairs
- Cylinder Repairs
- Cylinder Rebuilding
- Engine Service
- Engine Rebuilding
- Welding Repairs
- Welding Fabrication
- Electrical Diagnosis
- Electrical Repairs
- Paint Service
- Reconditioning Programs
For more tips on Hot stick and other electrical equipment testing and repair services, contact ETS Inspection and Testing Services.
- Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Warm Holiday greetings to you all. We write this note to you with joyous confidence that 2021 will bring happier, healthy, and more profitable days to us all! That wish is certainly a cause for optimistic celebration this Holiday season.
Our Holiday gift to you is the gift of small business in your community. To be able to buy locally is a true gift to your neighborhood as well as to your family and friends. We hope that everyone reading this takes a measured effort to buy local to the fullest extent possible, not only during this Holiday season but going forward as well.
Buying local is one of the best gifts you can give to your neighbors and your community. Visit a local restaurant, salon, store, or shop for better relationships and better customer service; but more so you can shake the owner’s hand and wish them the best in 2021 and beyond. That will be a gift for you both. Help make this a joyous holiday for everyone: Give the gift of your business to a local business.
We wish you and your entire family happiness, health, and warmth this Holiday season. Our warmest regards to you all.
- Wednesday, November 25, 2020
We have all been challenged this year. But, never have we felt closer to our family, staff, customers, and vendors. For this we can give Thanks. The Covid-19 pandemic challenged our business as it did each and every business across our great nation. But, we would like to share with you the positives that came out of this experience.
Our families, our staff, our customers, and our vendors all remind us of the blessing it is to own and operate. The support that you have all provided, and continue to provide, during one of the most troubling and challenging times in American history is nothing short of humbling. That we in our own way returned some of that support to you has us arriving this Thanksgiving season with a deeper appreciation for our relationship with you. We move forward with an extraordinary focus to ensure that the quality of our service meets your needs, expectations, and earns your continued and highly valued trust. We do this with confidence that, together, we all will make it through the unique challenges that lay ahead.
In many ways we have more to be thankful for this year than ever before. This Thanksgiving season, we continue to reflect, recognize, give thanks, and be warmed by you all. As always, we invite you to contact us anytime with ideas, questions, and/or concerns. Thank you, and sincere "Happy Thanksgiving" wishes to you all!
- Thursday, November 12, 2020
Every year, business owners suffer the devastating effect of workplace injuries and deaths. Many of these disasters are caused by electrical arc explosions that electrocute and burn those within close proximity of the arc. Sadly, these disasters are almost always preventable when your electrical safety equipment is placed and in proper working condition. A common theme of electrical workplace disaster is that proper electrical safety equipment was placed, but for a host of reasons, had become inoperable and ineffective. For whatever reason, regular recurring inspections of electrical safety equipment was either overlooked or deprioritized. We are in the business to ensure this NEVER happens to you and your business.
We’ll offer some simple and free advice here that just may save your or an employee’s life. Take the time to closely inspect your rubber gloves. This critical piece of safety equipment is one of the most overlooked equipment items from the safety perspective. Far too many take the rubber glove for granted that it remains viable and fully effective. The fact is that they get nicked, cut, or simply wear out. Check your maintenance records and determine when you accomplished the last comprehensive inspection of your rubber glove inventory.
Another item that deserves a high level of functional efficiency testing are your insulating rubber covers. This is the protective gear designed to protect workers from accidental brush contact. They distance workers from electrical loads that almost always charged with potentially fatal electrical energy. This equipment must be inspected and replaced by trained electrical professionals.
For information regarding any form of electrical safety testing and certification services, contact ETS Inspection and Testing Services.
- Friday, October 30, 2020
Aerial devices have been designed and built with adequate safety factors however in-service accidents, overloads, and fatigue can cause problems to develop. OSHA and ANSI require regular annual inspections. A thorough, regularly scheduled inspection and test program can identify developing problems before they cause injuries or downtime. Here at ETS Inspection and Testing Services, our mission is to eliminate downtime for our clients by using a fully equipped, on-site dielectric, critical repair and inspection testing lab for live line tools and equipment of all sizes to meet ANSI safety guidelines all over New England.
We understand that your focus is on operations and client delivery. Most New England high voltage service providers discover the fiscal and operational impracticality of self-helping dielectric testing and repair. Something as vitally important high voltage safety is best left to an unbiased third party. We are the professional team to do this for you.
The following inspections and tests shall be performed by the operator periodically:
- Conduct a walk around visual inspection looking for damaged components, cracks or corrosion, excessive wear and any loose, deformed or missing bolts, pins, fasteners, locking devices and covers.
- Check visual and audible safety devices for proper operation.
- Visually inspect fiberglass and insulating components for visible damage and contamination.
- Check for missing or illegible operational and instructional markings.
- Check for hydraulic and pneumatic systems for observable deterioration and excessive leakage.
- Check electrical systems related to the aerial device for malfunctions, signs of excessive deterioration, dirt and moisture accumulation.
- Perform functional test to include the following:
- Setup the aerial device for operation, including outriggers.
- Cycle the aerial device function’s through the complete range of motion from the lower controls, except where operation through the complete range of motion would create a hazard
- Check functionality of emergency controls
We urge those of you who may have let dielectric testing schedules slip to give us an immediate call. We’ll get you checked out, repaired, and returned to safe operating conditions and within OSHA guidelines in short order. Contact ETS Inspection and Testing.
- Thursday, October 15, 2020
Hello all. ETS Inspection and Testing Services here in Boston should be your first choice for test and evaluation of high voltage servicing equipment such as “hot sticks”. Aerial devices have been designed and built with adequate safety factors however in-service accidents, overloads, and fatigue can cause problems to develop. OSHA and ANSI require regular annual inspections. A thorough, regularly scheduled inspection and test program can identify developing problems before they cause injuries or downtime. We provide the highest quality and most affordable OSHA and ANSI aerial device and other high voltage maintenance equipment throughout the greater Boston area.
Improperly maintained electrical maintenance support equipment is well documented as the cause for industrial accidents such as electric burns, electrocution, arc flash, fire, and explosions. These are all disastrous circumstances whose risk can be mitigated when your gear is governed under a systematic preventative maintenance and inspection program like ours here at ETS Inspection and Testing Services.
ETS, Inc. provides annual testing, repairs and inspection services at your site or at our base station that services the greater Boston area. Our staff is experienced and certified to deliver guaranteed structural and dielectric testing.
To learn more about how ETS Inspection and Testing Services can keep you operating safely within OSH and ANSI guidelines, but more importantly, keep you staff and business well protected, contact ETS Inspection and Testing Services.
- Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Poorly maintained aerial lifts are a major risk to both operator safety and business owner liability. High voltage dielectric testing of aerial lifts is a critical application because the lift insulates workers from the ground while they are working on or near high voltage cables and apparatus. This testing must be performed correctly by trained personnel using proper equipment and accepted methods like those described in the ANSI 92.2 standard. We exist to keep your business and your operators safe by testing, servicing, and repairing your Boston-area aerial lift fleet.
As expert in Aerial lift operations and maintenance, we consider ourselves to be an excellent consultant source for you and your business as it pertains to good safe practices involving aerial lift maintenance and operations. We are so much more than a certification inspection firm. We’re here to team with you to help you conduct business more efficiently and safely. We stand behind our service and look forward to teaming with you. To get started with the best Boston-area aerial testing and repair services, contact ETS Inspection and Testing Services.
- Tuesday, September 15, 2020
In the electric power distribution industry, a hot stick is and insulated pole, usually made of fiberglass, used by the electric utility workers when engaged on live-line working on energized high-voltage electric power lines, to protect them from electric shock. Depending on the tool attached to the end of the hot stick, it is possible to test for voltage, tighten nuts and bolts, apply tie wires, open and close switches, replace fuses, lay insulating sleeves on wires, and perform various other tasks while not exposing the crew to a large risk of electric shock.
OSHA mandates that hot stick equipment be inspected and certified every two years. But we also can help you get the most out of these expensive business assets. We provide cleaning and waxing services, conduct repairs, dielectric testing, certification and labeling as well. We’ve delivered hot stick certification, repair, and maintenance to Boston-area business for years now.
We’ll make your business operations safer, more efficient, and cost effective by providing you regular and recurring hot stick support services. To get started, contact ETS Inspection and Testing.
- Sunday, August 30, 2020
Using the right type of hydraulic fluid is essential to ensure pumps will effectively function. Hydraulic oil is used for various applications in a hydraulic system and in every single component involved, such as the pumps. Energy transmission, heat dissipation, component lubrication, and corrosion prevention to name a few of the common uses of hydraulic oil. Hence, utilizing the right type of fluid is imperative, and determining which ones are excellent depends on other factors, such as the type of pump, peak operating temperature, the seal material of the pump.
Since the hydraulic pump is the main part of a hydraulic system, using the wrong hydraulic fluid will negatively affect its performance and reduced the life expectancy of your unit. It can lead to gunk formation, excessive heat production, erosion, and low efficiency. In case you notice the abovementioned signs, it indicates the need to switch to a better hydraulic oil that is more suitable for it.
When looking for the right hydraulic fluid consider these key properties: viscosity, thermal properties, lubrication, flammability, stability, and foaming. There are three basic types of hydraulic fluid:
- Water-Based - This type is less used because it is less effective at lubrication compared to other types but it is ideal in cases where a potential fire is a matter of great concern.
- Petroleum-Based - Most commonly used because it is cheaper than other alternatives considering its high-performance properties that can work well in flammable settings.
- Synthetic - Most expensive type but ideal in situations with extreme temperature variations and high pressures.
Pumps as well come in different types thus, require different fluids.
To learn more about professionally managed hydraulic system service and maintenance, contact ETS Inspection and Testing Services.
Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 17, 2020
A lineman will tell you that a fundamentally important piece of protective equipment is their specialized rubber insulation gloves. Those same linemen will tell you that this piece of equipment must be routinely tested and verified as fully functional and that nothing scares them more than personal protective equipment that is not thoroughly tested and maintained. Electrical servicing companies across Boston routinely turn to ETS Inspection and Testing Services’ electrical safety glove inspection services to keep their linemen not only safe but confident that their firm has their back.
All electrical protective equipment must be maintained in a safe and reliable condition according to OSHA. The gloves must be visually checked for any signs of wear and tear prior to use. It should also be checked for any signs of swelling for this indicates chemical contamination. No matter how slight the swelling is it is still a cause of concern. The protective device should be removed from service if any signs of defects are noted upon inspection.
Glove air test should also be performed to check for any leakage since the gloves are filled with air. If your electrical gloves are due for testing, contact ETS Inspection, and Testing. We will ensure your protective gloves are safe to use and will protect you and your staff from electrical shock while dealing with live lines and high-voltage cabling systems.
Joseph Coupal - Thursday, July 30, 2020
Just one of our electrical expertise skill sets is the ability to deliver dielectric testing services for hotline tools. We offer in-service inspection, testing, and maintenance of hand-held live-line insulating tools. We perform tests for measuring sticks, telescoping sticks, clamp sticks, tree trimmers, insulated cutters to name a few.
In the United States, American Society for Testing Materials Standard F 711 specifies the stringent requirements for hot sticks and US OSHA standards require that they be inspected and electrically tested every two years. ETS Inc. can test your hot sticks. Cleaning and Waxing. Minor repairs, dielectric testing, certification label, and a certified test report.
With regards to the hot stick repair process, we first thoroughly inspect it for any defects, cleaned and cleared of any loose material, and test its performance. In case the tool fails to meet OSHA requirements during the pre-test, we send a repair quote to the client. The repair involves sanding of the parts, re-painting, and clear coating. Once the refurbishing is complete, it will undergo another dielectric test again for recertification.
For more information about hot stick repair services, contact ETS Inspection and Testing Services.
Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 15, 2020
No matter how robust hydraulic equipment appears, they will malfunction sooner or later if you don’t actively manage and maintain the systems per manufacturer guidelines. We repair hydraulic systems across Boston that prematurely break down because a significant percentage of equipment owners deprioritize routine equipment checks and scheduled maintenance. In order to extend the life of your vital hydraulic systems, strongly consider regular hydraulic system maintenance from ETS Inspection and Testing Services.
Minor issues will get worst over time. It is imperative to address defects as early as possible or expect more expensive corrective actions to soon follow. Routine daily checks include fluid level and fluid contamination checks. Also, operating temperatures need to be monitored to ensure and protect fluid viscosity. It is highly recommended to proactively schedule component replacements so as to prevent the damaging effects of breakdown. You save time and money by doing this.
We can make all this easy for you. For information about just how easy and affordable our hydraulic maintenance and repairs services offerings are, contact ETS Inspection and Testing Services.
Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 22, 2020
Severe storms and their associated threats to power distribution services can occur at any time. Weather disturbances are a constant threat to overhead power lines. This blog is simply to remind that ETS Storm Service is a dependable stalwart in rapid response and power restoration services across New England.
Our certified electrical engineers and technicians are equipped with a fleet of repair vehicles that are ready, equipped, and always maintained to rapidly respond. We deliver on-site dielectric, critical repair and inspection testing labs for line equipment of all sizes and power loads.
ETS Inc’s highly trained inspectors deploy upper and lower boom trucks, buckets, and liners that are all electronically insulated meeting ANSI 92.2 Standards. In addition to rapid response emergency support services, ETS provides preventative maintenance services as well. We provide annual full-service inspection, repair and testing services which includes Dielectric Testing (up to 100kv), Hot-line tools & Gas Detection Monitors in various industries. Headquartered in Wilmington, Massachusetts, ETS Inc. serves the New England area including Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.
For more information about our services, contact ETS Inspection Testing and Repair.
Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 11, 2020
Dielectric testing services are an important measure to improve the quality and control of insulating conductors and electronic parts. There are a number of dielectric testing techniques and services to choose from. Performing the appropriate measurement will ensure accurate results
Coaxial Probe – When testing for the permittivity of a material, coaxial probe is the proper technique. This is done by pressing a metallic probe against the material or soaked in a liquid solution to gauge reflection coefficient that verifies the permittivity. This simple approach allows the user to gather data across a broad range of frequencies.
Transmission Line – This method involves putting a sample on a waveguide. Next, assess intricate scattering parameters using a VNA analyzer. It applies both reflection and transmission to collect measurements with greater sensitivity than the coaxial approach.
Free Space – Free space can test electricity over a diverse range of frequencies. This is performed by placing large, flat samples of materials under extreme heat and in a hostile setting for a dielectric testing. This method allows you to get reflection and transmission coefficients without any contact. Moreover, it enables you to evaluate both electrical and magnetic properties of the material.
Resonant Cavity – This technique gathers measurements with high accuracy and high-temperature support. It enables you to get accurate data with dielectric loss materials. The method applies the concept of a resonant frequency shift of a tuned cavity when a loss material acts as a resonator.
Parallel Plate - In this method, the tester needs to sandwich the dielectric item between two electrodes to create a capacitor. Then, using an LCR meter or impedance analyzer measurements are collected along with a dielectric test fixture. This is the preferred dielectric technique for testing low frequency materials.
Planar Transmission Line - This method uses a microstrip line to test materials in RF and microwave components. It is appropriate for industrial purposes due to its compact feature. In this testing approach, dielectric measurements are inferred from a shift in permittivity using appropriate expressions.
If you need dielectric testing service, contact ETS Inspection and Testing Services.
Joseph Coupal - Thursday, May 28, 2020
Personal protective equipment and live-line tools require regular upkeep as they help minimize high-voltage accidents and liability when working with live electrical poles and components. Since the safety of your team is a top priority, routine dielectric testing program should be scheduled and prioritized for safety, regulatory, and for equipment preventative maintenance.
If you own one or more aerial lift vehicles, ETS will provide full-service testing and repairs as necessary to pass certification & testing. We are accomplished at minimizing equipment downtown, ensure safety of all your equipment and maximize cost savings. Our services range from minor cleaning and preventative maintenance to a full refurbishment.
ETS, Inc. has a mobile fleet department that can meet clients on-site or any field location around New England. Have a hydraulic leak? No problem, just contact us and we will be onsite to repair.
Joseph Coupal - Thursday, May 14, 2020
It difficult enough to manage and maintain a single cherry picker or a bucket truck. They are complicated machinery. But it's an entirely different story when you own and maintain a fleet of specialized equipment. Time and time again we see business owners suffer catastrophic and costly equipment failure due to both lack of maintenance attention and improper self-help maintenance practices. This is why we are introducing to you today ETS Fleet Maintenance Solutions for Boston area business owners. For decades now we’ve helped keep Boston business owners and their equipment operating at peak efficiency.
ETS offers comprehensive inspection and maintenance of aerial lifts, cranes, diggers and bridge inspection equipment. We strictly follow inspection guidelines and regulations invoked by ANSI and OHSA. Our team of certified technicians perform complete factory-specified service which covers every important component of the unit including visual inspection for worn out parts, filter cleaning, lubrication and tightening of torque with fasteners. Our technicians will also execute calibration testing and necessary adjustments to ensure ease in operation.
As per ANSI and OSHA standard, some specific fleets such as bucket trucks, digger derricks, cranes, cherry pickers, etc. requires frequent and periodic inspections. Compliance for this guidelines are considered mandatory. So if you need aerial lift fleet service, contact ETS Inspection and Testing Services. We perform fleet inspection and repairs.
Joseph Coupal - Thursday, April 30, 2020
Overheating is a common issue encountered within hydraulic equipment. And we know from experience that the overheating situation will shut down the exact wrong piece of your equipment at exactly the wrong time. We specialize in putting you, your business and your equipment back to work ASAP via rapid response deployment of our team of certified hydraulic repair technicians.
Whenever you encounter overheating issues within your hydraulic system, keep in mind that there are two ways to solve the problem. The first thing to do is to shut down the machinery and take a moment to think through the issue and eliminate the immediate threat of permanent damage to your equipment. You then must be able to restart the equipment with either a lower heat producing load or improved dissipation of heat. Maybe you can self-help this.
First thing to do is to inspect the fluid level of the reservoir. When it is low than the recommended level, refill it to reach the right level since hydraulic system eliminate heat through the reservoir. Make sure there are no accumulation of dirt that is blocking the airflow. Then, investigate the core of the heat exchanger and make sure there's no obstruction since its ability to remove the heat is reliant on the flow rate, hydraulic temperature and the cooling air or water that is flowing within the exchanger. You may also need to replace the cooling circuit parts if it is not working well.
Check how heat exchange perform by using an infrared thermometer as long as you know the actual flow rate of the hydraulic fluid in the exchanger. Check also the temperature of the oil that is coming in and out the exchanger and substitute the values applying a formula provided by a certified hydraulic company. A decreasing pressure will result to heat production. If internal leakage is present in any of the system parts, it will boost the heat load on the system, causing it to heat up excessively. There are multiple rationale behind this occurrence which includes a leaky cylinder draining a high-pressure fluid over its piston seal to a relief valve that was not properly adjusted.
Consequently, you need to change any of the heat generating parts that is worn out, and there are instances when a professional technician is required to figure out the component that is inflicting the issue. Regardless of the cause behind an overheating hydraulic system, it is imperative to turn it off immediately to get to the bottom of cause and mend it. Persisting to run it at inappropriate temperature is unsafe and will surely damage your equipment. It's important to be proactive when you notice an overheating system. Find the cause right away in order to address the problem.
Or, simply trust the professionals like use here at ETS. We’ll simplify your life, make sure your equipment is repaired in the shortest time possible, and put you and your equipment back in business. When you need certified technicians for a hydraulic repair, contact ETS Inspection and Testing Services.
Joseph Coupal - Friday, April 10, 2020
Accidents are common with poorly maintained aerial lifts. Lift accidents are caused by faulty outrigger, wobbly guardrails, hydraulic leaks, defective brakes, and a host of other failures. Lift-related accident risk is mitigated dramatically via professional aerial lift routine maintenance service. Here are just a few documented accidents associated with poorly maintained lift equipment:
- Tip-over incidents usually happen when the operator erroneously position the lift. It also takes place when you hit into an immovable object or the machine malfunctions. Ensure that you position the equipment on level ground far from divots, avoid other objects and make sure the equipment is working properly.
- Fall accidents usually happen when a worker bend too much over the guardrail. Most of the time it is due to wrong distance estimation when reaching the next window or cable. To resolve this common incident, operator must be aware of the risk when operating an air lift at excessive heights. Always ascertain to move the aerial platform at the right position. Regular maintenance is required to ascertain your equipment can be properly maneuvered.
- Electrocutions take place when operators run across an overhead cable or power line. Before turning on your engine, check your surrounding for any obstructions above you. Lower the lift when running beneath wires and avoid moving to hazardous areas. Assume all cable wires live.
Moreover, read the manual for your equipment’s horizontal and vertical reach limits. Stay within this limit for safety.
When it’s time for you and your business to bring your lift operations to a documented safe state, seek aerial lift testing services from the Boston-area professionals who’ve been doing this for decades now. Contact ETS Inspection and Testing Services, and let’s get it done!
Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 31, 2020
The American National Standards Institute defines the mandatory aerial lift maintenance and repair standards that all lift equipment companies must adhere to. Companies must remain ANSI compliant not only for the purpose of ensuring safety operations but to prevent costly penalties and legal implications as well.
The A92.6 ANSI policy serves as a reference that influences manufacturing and design, rebuilding and reconditioning of all aerial equipment. The guidelines impact not only those who own the equipment, but certainly those who operate, inspect, maintain, and repair the lift equipment.
The annual and frequency inspection directives are listed in the guiding principles and the guidance and emphasis is clear that only certified technicians are to perform these activities. The personnel must be trained and certified in the care of the exact or models of similar function and capability. The inspection must take place at least every 90 days or after 150 hours.
Annual inspections must not exceed 13 months from the date it is previously checked. Plan the scheduled maintenance according to your operation hours and the type of service the aerial lift is employed. ETS can perform this routine upkeep for your machines. You can count on our expert technicians to service your equipment to the most stringent quality standards.
Contact ETS Inspection and Testing Services to help you comply with the regular maintenance of your fleet based on ANSI Standards.
Joseph Coupal - Friday, March 13, 2020
Those in the electrical power work year-round to ensure the uninterrupted supply of power that civilized society not only expects but demands to stay functional. Our storm response teams are normally challenged to the highest extent during the winter storm season, but as we move into spring and summer, new challenges from mother nature’s severe thunderstorms are just around the corner.
Severe thunderstorms devastate electric line poles and infrastructure and will interrupt the electrical supply chain. Our storm response service teams are trained, equipped, and ready to respond to any electrical emergencies that transpire. Those within the electrical service industry across the greater Boston area know us as the region’s number one choice for the inspection and testing of essential electrical equipment , but know that our ETS technicians are ready to deploy storm response teams on a moment’s notice. We manage an entire of emergency responders complete with a specially configured fleet of vehicles on 24/7 standby.
Contact ETS Inspection and Testing Service when you require storm service support.
Darren Kincaid - Thursday, February 27, 2020
Dielectric Testing and Inspection is something smart business owners build into their annual operations plans. This safety and operational readiness program not only assure that your aerial devices are safe to operate but they also ensure operational readiness is maximized. We don’t need to explain to you the complex technical nature of your aerial device equipment. We also don’t need to tell you the consequence of poor maintenance practices and the high cost of equipment repair. Prevention is the key to profitable business operations.
ETS Inc. is Boston’s trusted dielectric testing and inspection service provider for aerial lift trucks and digger derricks. Our technicians are highly trained certified professionals who view your and your staff’s personal safety as a professional calling of the highest order. It’s not just about OSHA and ANSI protocols. It’s about taking care of you and your business.
Whether you need a single aerial device tested and certified or need help developing an operational test and evaluation program to govern an entire fleet, we’re there for you. Contact Boston’s most trusted support provider. Contact ETS.
Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Electrical linemen is by nature one of the most dangerous occupations. They regularly put their lives at risk as they service live lines daily. Ensuring that all safety tools such as hot sticks work at optimal performance is crucial. To ensure this, regular and recurring dielectric testing service must be accomplished to protect both staff and electrical resources.
Are your hot sticks scratched or do they have a dull finish? Such conditions indicate that the stick is possibly unable to repel water and introduces a dangerous environment. That device could conduct current. You might be conducting dangerous business operations without even knowing it.
ETS Inspection and Testing Service offers full testing and hot stick repair service to ensure hot line tools are safe to use and perform optimally. These tools include Hot Line Stick equipment, Pruners, Fuse Pullers, etc. They are dielectrically tested for defects and malfunctions. The sticks are temporarily removed from the service to send it for repair and refinishing. After it is restored, it is once again tested dielectrically to evaluate its performance as it needs to pass the standards.
Certified technicians will diagnose the issue, find out the root cause, perform a comprehensive maintenance check and provide the quote. Mechanical defects, scratches, and cracks are then repaired. Refinishing process is done to return the tool to its original condition. It will undergo another dielectric test to ensure it passes the safety and performance standard. The tools are continued to be cleaned and maintained when it is returned to the field.
For more information about servicing, maintaining, and testing your hot sticks, contact ETS Inspection and Services.
Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 27, 2020
If your business involves hydraulic equipment, cylinder repair and maintenance is likely a significant element of your operating budget. When that hydraulic equipment fails due to neglect, you can bet an unacceptably high hit will besiege your business due to operational downtime. Don’t let that happen.
A large percent of mechanical equipment failures is due to design failures. This means we can expect that there are hydraulic cylinders that are not exactly engineered for the purpose they're operating in. Although this doesn’t necessarily mean that hydraulic equipment failure is immanent, it certainly will shorten the expected life cycle.
So, here are things to look for and to conclude from your hydraulic cylinder inspections:
1. Rods That Are Bent or Deformed
This is usually caused by:
- inadequate rod diameter or material strength
- incorrect cylinder mounting arrangement
- When cylinders are deformed or bent, deforming load is put on the rod-seal. This leads to leakage and premature seal failure.
2. Rod Finish
The cylinder rod's surface finish has an important impact on the rod seal's life. When it is to smooth, its seal life will be reduced because of scant lubrication. When it is too rough, it will increase contaminant infiltration and an intolerable leakage level beyond the rod seal may rise.
In order to extend cylinder service life, keep the cylinder rod's surface greased, early and often. For some applications, shroud or bellow installation can protect the rod surface and its seals from damage impact and contaminants, can provide comparable life extension advantages.
3. Inflated Cylinder Tubes
Insufficient wall thickness and material strength for the cylinder's operating pressure can result ballooning of the cylinder tube. When the tub balloons, the accurate tolerance between the piston seal and tube wall disappears, enabling high-pressure fluid to bypass the seal. This high velocity fluid can wear the seal and confined heating as a result of pressure drop across the piston decreases seal life. Premature failure of the piston seal can result.
4. Inappropriate Bearing Area
When bearing bands in the gland on the piston are inadequate to support the side thrust moved to the cylinder, the rod and piston seals are burdened with excessive load. This will result in deformed seals and premature failure.
For more tips on hydraulic repair and maintenance, contact ETS Inspection and Testing Services.
Joseph Coupal - Thursday, January 09, 2020
Annual inspection of Digger Derricks and Aerial Devices are essential acts not only to adhere to OSHA or ANSI requirements but to ensure the equipment is safe to use. A thorough inspection must be applied to all system components of the device. Although user manuals specify the components to be checked, a certified technician with adequate training, knowledge, and competitive experience is essential to ensure a comprehensive inspection.
If you're an owner and you choose to perform you own annual inspections, just know that you are likely to miss or overlook critical items that professional inspectors are trained to focus upon. Here is some list of most frequently overlooked items:
Overlooking Safety/Operational Labels
Operational and Safety labels provide significant details to users. The decals attached to the equipment might be damaged or removed from power washing over time. You are likely to miss a component if the decals are no longer in place. Hand signal charts must not be omitted from digger derricks. They provide an important function in the communication between operator and ground personnel, especially in a loud setting. Potential injury or damage in equipment is imminent if there's a failure to convey directions clearly.
Poorly Maintained Hydraulic Oil Levels and Hydraulic Filters Are Not Replaced
Hydraulic oil levels must be maintained based on the manufacturer's recommendation in order for the equipment to run seamlessly. If it reaches a low level but left unattended, it could lead to untimely costly repairs. It could initially cost you $2,000 repair for burning up one pump. Aside from that, you should also consider the deficit due to the equipment being removed from service.
Meanwhile, you should not check the fill levels when the outriggers are extended for it can concur to overfilling. When the system is overfilled, the space is no longer enough for expansion. This can add up to oil leakage. Moreover, a dirty oil filter can expedite the deterioration of the key components including pumps, hydraulic valves, cylinders, and hoses. This is because the filter is no longer efficient in trapping debris and contaminants prevalent in the fluid.
Defective Winch Rope
The winch rope should also be unwound and checked by hand at the yearly inspection. If you notice cuts or feel a bulge, this indicates an internal rope damage which is an outcome of shock loading or kinking. This means the rope must be replaced. Rope manufacturers provide more scrutiny and replacement conditions.
Torqued Rotation Bearing Bolts
This is an important item in the inspection list that should not be missed. Two personnel must do the checking so one may rotate the bearing while the other one inspects the bolt torque. Proper bolt torque and greasing must be done. Otherwise, it could result in failure of bearing bolt because the rest of the fasteners are overloaded. Repairs related to bearing failure could cost you up to $10,000.
Bearing Deflection/Backlash Has Too Much Allowance
Inspecting the allowance in the rotation bearing takes a while to master and requires clear insight on how to measure it. Too much allowance could indicate rotation bearing is worn and requires replacement. Furthermore, it may also hint that the boom has been shock loaded.
Leveling Chain Is Too Loose
Aerial devices' leveling chain must have precise amounts of preload. Potential wear and tear can increase when there's too much or too little tension. Inspecting the leveling tension needs removing off the boom lid. When the chain is not kept within tolerance, it may impact the self-leveling of the bucket when the booms motion through their range of motion.
Bucket and Liner Wear and Tear
The structural integrity of the bucket is damaged when there are cracks and distortions noted. A damaged liner can add up to the diminishing dielectric strength. Most of the time, inspectors fail to take off the liner when checking the bucket. Tools can drop and damage the liner, even the bucket. So make sure to check inside and outside the bucket and include underneath it.
Although carrying out the task on your own may appear as an affordable option, it is highly recommended to seek certified technicians who are experts in this field. If you are looking for a certified company who can conduct dielectric testing and inspection, contact ETS Inspection and Testing Services.
Joseph Coupal - Friday, December 20, 2019
Christmas and Chanukah share a similar spiritual message: that it is possible to bring light and hope into the world. These two holidays occur together this year, which makes this an even more special holiday season.
This is a season to reflect upon how fortunate we are to have you as our customers: our friends and neighbors. During these holidays, we wish you, your family, and your friends a safe, joy-filled, and relaxing season.
Warm wishes for a Happy Hanukkah, a Merry Christmas, and a most Happy New Year! With peace, joy, and love this holiday season and beyond!
Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 10, 2019
For years we’ve served the greater Boston area with professional hydraulic preventative maintenance and repair services. Today’s blog post is our way of giving back by sharing our professional knowledge with you to help ensure your business continues uninterrupted and unthreatened by hydraulic cylinder failure. With that said, if they ever do we can immediately respond to provide you with cylinder repair service.
Here are things you must do to protect your hydraulic systems:
1. Keep Hydraulic Seals Intact and Leak-Proof
In order for the cylinder to function optimally, a steady supply of pressurized liquid inside the cylinder is essential. Seals must remain intact to keep the link between the cylinder and the moving rod leak-proof. If the seals are damaged, fluid will leak and will result to diminished force.
Taking extra care to the hydraulic seals will avoid seal leakage issues. Regular visual inspection must be done to check for any signs of wear. When placing hydraulic seals do it with caution in order to ascertain they don't get damaged before installation. Handle seal replacements with care. Incorrect setup will undermine the seal integrity and will lead to leakage over time.
2. Keep Fluid From Being Contaminated
In addition to maintaining a sufficient supply of hydraulic fluid, clean fluid is essential to keep the system's top performance. Old or contaminated fluid will cause damage to the mechanical systems of your heavy equipment.
One common type of hydraulic fluid contamination is moisture. To prevent moisture contamination, use airtight barrels when storing fluid reserves to protect it from solar exposure and temperature variations. This avoids breathing, a phenomenon wherein the water permeates the barrels when they expand and contract. Make sure to only open fluid container in a clean area, flush out the hydraulic system properly prior to adding a new fluid. Doing these measures will prevent fluid contamination, and the potential issues associated with a contaminated hydraulic fluid.
3. Maintain Your Rods – Keep Them Straight
A bent rod can result to eventually result to cylinder failure. The rod can be bent when load weight is moving greater than the force produced by the pressurized fluid within the cylinder.
Bent rods will cause scrapes against the cylinder's inner walls, making it more prone to corrosion. Rod seals may also be susceptible to damage due to bent rods.
In order to accurately test the straightness of the hydraulic rods, a dial gauge is used. A rod that goes beyond the admissible straightness standard should be fixed using a press or replacement might be necessary to maintain the hydraulic cylinder's integrity.
The condition of your hydraulic cylinders set in your heavy equipment can greatly affect their performance. Thus, it is important to prevent cylinder failure at all costs. Being proactive is the key in preventing cylinder issues by taking note of the aforementioned tips.
When you need hydraulic repairs and services in Boston, MA, contact ETS Inspection and Testing Services.
Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 25, 2019
Thanksgiving Day is the perfect time to remind one another of the many reasons there are to be grateful. We gather on this day to be thankful for what we have, for the family we love, the friends we cherish, the success we have had, and for the blessings that will come.
Thanksgiving is more than the festivities, it gives us time to ponder the lessons that we have learned and how we can spread happiness around, to look back at all the great memories and good people who came into our lives. We appreciate you, our customers and clients, so much.
At this time of year our thoughts turn gratefully to you with warm appreciation. Our best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving.
Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 12, 2019
The life expectancy of electrical hot stick varies. At any point, it may fail depending on the use. But some hot sticks can stay in perfect condition for years if they are well-maintained and are not abused. There are several situations that can cut short the life of a hot stick like when they are accidentally dropped from a significant height, but there are also a number of ways to extend its life and service.
Cleaning the hot stick serves one or two purposes that both ensures safety of the linemen using it. Cleaning is a way to eliminate contamination from the surface which could cause an electrical tracking. Doing this also protects its finish while maintaining its hydrophobic qualities. Silicone impregnated wiping cloths or disposable Silicone Wipes must be used in daily basis for cleaning. It can keep the finish of the hotstick intact. While, Moisture Eater II wipes are used for heavier contamination as it removes both dirt and moisture from the surface.
It's a protocol to perform a visual inspection to the device prior to use. This practice should include checking its proper functioning while searching for any damages, missing parts or loose components, worn out finish, cracks, scratches and fissures or any electrical tracking evidence. If you suspect a damage to the device, remove it from service immediately.
Handling and Care
Stands or tarps are used to keep the hot sticks from touching the ground of mud and dirt. Handle it with care and avoid dropping it for impacts could lead to defects. A special protective tubes, bags or racks are designed to secure hotsticks during storage and transport.
Electrical testing of hot sticks must be done at least once every two years and every time there's an uncertainty to the insulation properties of the hotstick. Frequent periodic testing may be necessary depending on its work condition, level of care and frequency of use. It must be done as well after repairs have been made. A worn out finish can erroneously pass the test when you apply sufficient amount of silicone to its surface. It's important to check it thoroughly. In case it fails the the testing, it must not be used for service until proper repairs are made. Certified technicians must assess the issue, do the necessary repairs, and the hotstick must be subjected again for testing before it can be used again.
Repairing and Refinishing
A minor damage or slightly worn surface can still be repaired to extend its service life. The defective components can be replaced, sustained scrapes and scratches on the surface can fixed. Only a qualified personnel should perform the repairs. Since its the linemen's safety that is at stake here, careful attention should be rendered to these protocols. Doing this can also help extend the service life of the hot stick device.
Contact ETS Inspection and Testing Services for hot stick testing and repairs.
Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Winter can be brutal in New England. Make sure your electrical utility fleet is prepared for both the expected and the worst-case scenario during this winter season. A winter preparedness plan is vital and it includes regular servicing of your fleet equipment. ETS Inspection and Testing Services here in Boston will ensure that your fleet services is as prepared to serve uninterrupted this winter season.
We travel across New England to test and certify equipment. We also employ the use of our large warehouse should you be better served by on-site maintenance services. We service the widest range of electrical utility equipment to include aerial devices, digger derricks, cranes and support equipment. Most of our clients enjoy the use of scheduled recurring fleet maintenance and servicing. This provides the business owner with the very best operational readiness level possible.
Regular fleet maintenance ensures the safety of both your crew, your equipment, and everything that they service. When it’s time to schedule your next fleet maintenance and repair service, contact ETS Inspection and Testing Services.
Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 08, 2019
Measuring dielectric properties is an important aspect of improving the design of electrical equipment. Dielectric testing validates the quality of insulating conductors and other electronic components. The importance of testing electricity within materials is undeniable, but having the right tools and expertise is the only way to get meaningful results.
To get a better understanding of dielectric measurement techniques, we've detailed six methods that are commonly used:
Coaxial Probe – This serves as the most commonly used method for measuring permittivity in materials. A metallic probe is pressed against the material or immersed in a liquid to measure reflection coefficient, which determines the permittivity. It is a simple method that enables the user to collect measurements over a wide range of frequencies.
Transmission Line – Another method commonly used in dielectric measurement involves placing a sample on a coaxial line, or waveguide, and then measuring complex scattering parameters with a VNA analyzer. The transmission line method uses both reflection and transmission to gather measurements with higher sensitivity than the coaxial method.
Free Space – Free space is a method of testing electricity across a wide band of frequencies. Large, flat samples of materials are placed under extreme heat and in hostile environments for a dielectric measurement. The advantage of this testing method is having the ability to grab reflection and transmission coefficients without any contact. Additionally, both electrical and magnetic properties of the material can be evaluated.
Resonant Cavity – This method collects measurements with high accuracy and high-temperature support. You can also get accurate results with dielectric loss materials. This method is based on the shift in resonant frequency of a tuned cavity when a loss material serves as a resonator.
Parallel Plate - To run this test, the tester must sandwich the dielectric material between two electrodes to form a capacitor. Then, measurements are taken from an LCR meter or impedance analyzer with a dielectric test fixture. This method is typically used to measure low frequency materials.
Planar Transmission Line – This method of testing material in RF and microwave components utilizes a microstrip line. Fabrication is simple and its compact nature makes it suitable for most industrial applications. With this form of testing, dielectric measurements are deduced from a change in permittivity utilizing suitable expressions.
As with any type of testing or measurement, it’s always important to address variables such as frequency, accuracy, temperature, material or anything that’s important to your application. To learn more about dielectric measurement and testing, contact ETS Inspection and Testing Services.
Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 25, 2019
This blog post lays out a number of reasons why any business owner who employs aerial lifts to seek regular and recurring high-voltage dielectric testing. Testing is critical to guaranteeing the safety of your staff, equipment, and the systems you are employed to service. Below we offer you ten aerial lift safety tips:
Tip #1: All Aerial Lift Operators Must Be Trained
Majority of aerial lift accidents are due to human error. Proper training is the best way to prevent mishaps while operating the equipment. Operators must comply with OSHA's requirements and training.
Tip #2: Equipment Inspections Must Be Done Prior Each Shift
Pre-start inspection must be performed before operating an aerial lift. This routine checkup enables operators to detect any potential hazards or defects that may pose threat to safety. The inspection process covers both vehicle and lift components.
Tip #3: Follow Manufacturer’s Instructions When Operating The Lift
The manufacturer's instructions include particular details about the equipment. The weight and height capacities are noted, as well as the limitations that should not be exceeded to prevent untoward incidents while operating the unit.
Tip #4: Never Disregard Safety Devices
Aerial lift safety devices provide protection to operators from pressing the lift beyond its limits and results an accident such as mechanical malfunction or a tip over.
Tip #5: Never Move the Lift with the Platform in High Position
Workers are at risk of falling when they try to move the lift while staying on the platform.
Tip #6: Never Position Aerial Lift Between Overhead Objects and the Bucket
Overhead objects, signs or structures which may get in touch with workers inside the bucket can possibly crush them when the lift is situated too near the object.
Tip #7: Maintain a 10-Feet Distance Between Power Lines and Assume They are Live
Keep at least 10 feet distance between the power lines and the lift. Always assume that these power lines are live even if they are lying in the ground. Rubber gloves, hard hats, and rubber soled shoes are required to be worn within the job vicinity.
Tip #8: Protective Gear Must Be Used At All Times
Aerial lift operators working in raised platforms must wear full body harnesses connected to boom or basket straps. These protective tools prevent workers from being thrown out from the basket and hit the ground. Guardrails are not meant to be used for sitting, standing, climbing or even to support stability. Always check job site safety protocols before beginning work.
Tip #9: Place Aerial Lifts on Stable, Even Ground
Aerial lifts should be situated to stable or even grounds. When it's necessary to place it in an inclined position, make sure to set the brakes and use wedges on the wheels to prevent it from rolling. Outriggers should also be utilized when provided.
Tip #10: Do Not Exceed Aerial Lift’s Load Capacity
Although aerial lifts are extraordinarily capable equipment, they also have limitations. Always refer to manufacturer's instruction manual regarding its weight and height limitations before using it for loading. Be reminded that the weight limitations of the lift also include the tools and other accessories in the bucket besides the workers. Take time to calculate it to ensure worker's safety and prevent tip over accidents.
Lastly, make sure to submit aerial lifts for regular high-voltage dielectric testing to identify any defects and perform necessary repairs in order to prevent it from further decay and deterioration. Contact ETS Inspection and Testing Services for aerial lift testing and repairs.
Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 09, 2019
A cylinder definitely calls for professional repair when you notice any leaking or power loss. When repairing hydraulic cylinders, your servicing professionals will perform the following steps:
Step 1. Disassembly - Remove the cylinder from the equipment. Take off the cap. Loosen the input valves to reduce the pressure and pull out the piston out of the cylinder to check for any damage or defects.
Step 2. Inspection - Visually inspect the piston to determine the problem. If there's a bent in the piston shaft or a scratch in the Cylinder Bore, you need to send it to a professional hydraulic repair service to fix it. A specialized machine and skills are required to create a new shaft or honing of the cylinder bore. This must be done to eliminate the scratches and restore the seal. If the shaft and honing have no issues then it is likely a damaged seal that is causing the leak.
Step 3. Repacking The Seal - Acquire a seal kit for your specific cylinder. The seal kit has all the needed seals and O-rings required to replace the damaged ones. Carefully, remove the old seals and exactly replace it with new ones in place. Be extra careful when handling the seals. Make sure you don't damage it in anyway. Otherwise, you have to repeat the process again.
Step 4. Re-assembly - Oil the seals using an oil or a hydraulic fluid and carefully, slide the piston back inside the cylinder. If it is hard to push the cylinder back due to pressure, check the input valves and loosen it to let the air out. The piston should easily be moved back and forth. If you think it is too tight, check the seals if they are in place. When the piston is already in, put back the cap. Test the cylinder first prior to re-attaching it to the equipment. Connect the hydraulic hoses and check for leaks.
If you think the task is way out of your league, contact ETS Inspection and Testing Services. We guarantee quality repair of your hydraulic cylinder to extend its life for longer.
Joseph Coupal - Thursday, August 22, 2019
Hot sticks are insulated shaft with fittings on the ends which enable workers to adjust and manipulate live conductors and equipment from a safe distance. They come in varieties of length to serve different use and handle diverse voltage level of the charged equipment.
Today's Hot sticks are made of fiberglass. Previous designs were made from wood treated to be chemical, temperature and moisture resistant.
Here are some of the common types of hot sticks:
- Telescopic Hot Stick - are made of several hollow, tubular sections which perch inside of each other. It's top part can be extended and locked using a spring-loaded button that clicks open into a hole. It can be extended as many of the parts needed to carry out the work.
- Shotgun Stick - has a sliding lever mechanism that enables user to open and close the clamp hook at the end part of the stick. It lets the user fasten the stick to a disconnect ring then close it. The shotgun mechanism functions to unlock the hook when the switch is turned on.
- Universal Straight Stick - it allows different types of tools and equipment to be connected to the hot stick.
- Measuring Stick - provides easy and accurate method for infield measuring.
Since hot sticks are use when working with live line poles, it's important that these devices are subjected to regular hot stick insulation testing and maintenance. It must be done at least every 2 years. Seeking for a reliable testing company for electric materials, vehicle and other insulated equipment for electrical works, contact ETS Inspection and Testing Services.
Joseph Coupal - Thursday, August 08, 2019
Hydraulic cylinders are essential components of the commercial hydraulic systems of cranes, forges, construction vehicles, and agricultural machines. They are the actuating mechanical element that enables unidirectional force. Fully integrated hydraulic cylinders are used in exchange for levers and gears. The basic parts of a hydraulic system include cylinders, valves, pumps, filter and many more. Among all these component parts, the hydraulic cylinder is the component that mandates close inspection and more frequent maintenance.
Seal damage is the common cause of hydraulic cylinder failure. It results from corrosion, fitting errors, and improper metalwork clearance. The piston rod or bearings can be damaged through fluid contamination, misalignment of cylinder and load. Also, extreme temperature and chemical action can contribute to the defects. Prior to performing repair, make sure to clean the surface properly and remove the hoses and plugs connected to it. Right after taking off the components, empty all fluid within the cylinder. From here we can start the repairs for the hydraulic system. You need to prepare the following tools:
- seal kit
- rubber mallet
- emery cloth
- Torque wrench
Since leaking is the usual problem encountered in hydraulic systems, repair process involve dismantling the cylinder, proper diagnosis of the failure, faulty part repairs / replacement and cylinder rebuild. When doing this, it’s important to consider the following repair tips:
When dismantling the hydraulic cylinder make sure to check all components not only the faulty parts.
- Do not forget to put back the hydraulic wear bands for this guide ring will help lessen metal-to-metal contact.
- A bent or curve in the rod is an indication of an early defect of rod seals.
- Always use the right fit tools when repairing to avoid metal surface scrapes that can turn to corrosion issues in the long run.
- Be careful when handling larger hydraulic cylinder for they are utilizing high tension springs to operate.
- When replacing seals, measuring the current size of the seal is not advisable for it will expand or shrink depending to environmental condition.
Make sure to always inspect the seal, rod and bearing when performing maintenance procedure. If you notice a rough surface in the rod, this indicates the hydraulic system is imperiled. This will increase the friction so it's important to polish it to minimize rubbing and prevent corrosion. Performing regular hydraulic system maintenance and repairs will minimize defects and failures in your equipment. For more information about hydraulic system repairs, contact ETS Inspection and Testing Services.
Joseph Coupal - Friday, July 26, 2019
High profile crane disasters have made national news in 2019. These are devastating stories with devastating effect on lives and corporate liability. Companies that own and deploy cranes need independent third-party crane inspection services to protect your operators, your business, and all those who work anywhere within proximity to cranes. Yes, routine crane inspection services is about so much more than regulatory compliance.
Crane companies usually stock a variety of make and models which heightens the risks for accidents. Most companies simply don’t have the expertise to be able to thoroughly test and evaluate every single model owned by the business. OSHA requires frequent recurring inspections of the equipment regardless of the type. To ensure they are operating at top condition. our crane inspection services provide for early detection of defects or excessive wear that can compromise the safety of the operator and those working near it.
We guarantee that our crane inspection and maintenance services deliver both value and peace of mind to the business owner. To learn more about routine crane safety inspection, contact ETS Inspection and Services.
Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 15, 2019
One of the our core competencies here at ETS Inspection and Testing Services is providing maintenance and repairs of electrical utility equipment. This includes servicing aerial devices, digger derricks, cranes and support equipment. We empower you to employ fleet services that are always in perfect working order. Our fleet services guarantee that your company meets and exceed all OSHA and ANSI requirement.
Although electrical utility fleet are procured with certified safety components, this equipment is constantly subject to damage during routine operation. They sustain damage due to in-service accidents, overloads, and fatigue. Regular fleet maintenance will eliminate operational and safety deficiencies. As it pertains to the cost of maintaining electrical utility fleet equipment, it’s a pay now or pay later reality and pay now is almost always less expensive than paying later. This translates to taking care of your equipment, your people, and your business by having a strategic maintenance plan in place.
You can also extend the life of your fleet with regular routine maintenance. For more information about fleet maintenance and repairs, contact ETS Inspection and Testing Services.
Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 27, 2019
Aerial lifts must undergo recurring safety evaluations to protect both human and mechanical resources. These safety testing measures are potentially dangerous acts in their own right as it puts operators and those working near the equipment in close proximity to extremely high voltage. Dielectric testing is accomplished by supplying precise measurable voltage to the aerial devices.
Electrical current leakages is a common occurrence within all aerial devices. This can be attributed to several factors. While small quantities of electric leakages is considered safe and tolerable, certain conditions hasten the degradation of the insulating material and transcend the device into a dangerous condition. The act of degrading insulation introduces the risk of operators being subject to direct contact with high voltage current. Faulty insulation obviously can lead to serious personal injury and death. Dielectric testing and inspection validates the insulation mechanism of an aerial device whether it can handle voltage variations under normal operating conditions or not.
It is recommend that at least once year, dielectric testing must be performed. Overtime, aerial devices may receive repairs or component replacement. So frequent testing might be necessary to meet safety standards. Contact ETS Inspection and Services to check if your aerial devices are due for dielectric testing.
Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 13, 2019
Crane Inspections come in two forms -- frequent and periodic. Prior to conducting crane inspections, it is important to have a background on what type of inspection is about to be performed and what specific items are going to be checked. Both have different objectives:
Frequent Inspection Checklist
- Cranes are checked for any maladjustments which may hamper its optimal performance.
- Check for any impairment or leakage in lines, tanks, valves, drain pumps, and other air or hydraulic systems.
- Inspect for any deformation or cracks in the hook. Also, note for any unusual sound. These are included in both daily and monthly inspection. A certification record must be maintained with the inspector's signature and date during monthly inspection.
- Check the hoist chains along with its end connections for any distortion.
- Thoroughly check for any excessive wear of components.
- Check whether the wire rope reeving system is working in accordance to manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Check brakes and emergency switches whether they are operational.
Periodic Inspection Checklist
Additional inspection steps that are typically performed on an annual basis:
- Check for any deformation, cracks or corrosion of components.
- Search for loose bolts or rivets; cracked or worn sheaves and drums; worn, cracked or distorted pins, shafts, gears, bearings, rollers, locking and clamping devices.
- Look if there is an excessive wear on brake and clutch system parts, linings, pawls, and ratchets.
- Check load, wind, and other indicator inaccuracy.
- Check for any fault or unsafe power plants including exhaust leakages and emergency shutdown feature.
- Inspect for worn out chain drive sprockets and excessive chain stretch.
- Inspect electrical apparatus for any pitting or any other impairment of controller contactors, limit switches and push-button stations.
- Check worn-out tires.
For more information about crane inspection and testing services in Boston, MA, contact ETS Inc..
Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 28, 2019
The Hot Stick is a very important tool for linemen when working with live line poles. It is an insulated shaft usually made of fiberglass. This is the proper tool when manipulating high-voltage cable lines so electric workers won't get electrocuted while maneuvering the components of a live electric pole.
In order to ensure the safety of those using hot sticks, the device should be subjected to insulation testing prior to use. In the United States, inspection of hot sticks must be done every 2 years. The insulated stick lets the linemen fulfill all sorts of necessary work such as voltage testing, fuse replacement, open or close switches and many more without directly exposing them to the live elements. The purpose of the tool will be defeated when regular testing and maintenance is neglected. The American Society for Testing Materials Standard specifies the stringent requirements for utilizing insulated poles and these include regular hot stick inspection and maintenance.
If you are looking for a reliable testing company for electric materials, vehicle and other insulated equipment for electrical works, ETS Inc., is the right place to go to. We handle testing, minor repairs, dielectric testing, certification label, and a certified test report. Contact ETS, Inc. for more information about Hot Stick Testing and Repairs.
Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 08, 2019
Aside from dielectric inspections and testing, ETS provides repair services for basically any hydraulic component. This includes hoses, pumps and valves. Our hydraulic repair services encompasses small to large-scale industries.
Prior to any repairs, we dismantle and clean parts. Then the units are submitted for inspection and diagnosis. We ensure that all fittings are checked for precision and tolerance. We list the components that are damaged and in need of replacement. We provide price quotation to our customers after our evaluation is completed.
Only skilled professionals recondition, replace, and install hydraulic parts. At ETS, we have highly-trained technicians who deliver quality hydraulic unit repairs for you. So if it is hydraulic issues that you need, you come to the right place. Contact ETS Inspection and Testing Services for hydraulic repair inquiries.
Joseph Coupal - Thursday, April 25, 2019
Prior to using live-line tools and aerial equipment, it is important that these devices receive professional dielectric testing and certification. This provides the assurance that the equipment can deliver sufficient protection to thoroughly protect electrical workers working in their hazardous environment. The equipment must meet the technical and safety standards as specified by OSHA and ANSI.
ETS Inspection and Testing Services exists to provide the proper tools and professional technicians that deliver dielectric testing services for your live-line devices, aerial lifts and bucket trucks. We guarantee quality and economical dielectric testing services across the greater Boston area. In order to prevent downtime within your business’ operation, it’s imperative that you be on top of your annual equipment maintenance and certification. Through the testing and inspection procedure, hidden issues can be detected earlier so necessary repairs can be done to prevent further damage of the equipment.
For more elaborative details on dielectric testing procedure, don't hesitate to contact ETS, Inc. We will provide you with all the necessary information you need prior to testing process.
Joseph Coupal - Friday, April 05, 2019
Annual Dielectric Testing and Inspection is an important safety measure to ensure aerial devices are working in perfect condition and operating safely. These devices are highly complex and threatens severe operator injury and avoidable repair expenses when electric and mechanical issues go undetected an unaddressed. The yearly gear inspection and evaluation will mitigate these threats.
ETS Inc. specializes in dielectric testing and inspection services for aerial lift trucks and digger derricks. Commercial aerial lift trucks and digger derricks are governed by OSHA and ANSI protocols. One primary inspection focus area is the insulation status of the apparatus. Dielectric testing validates the contraption's electrical strength and voltage. This is done through application of voltage across the insulation material of the gear while metering the resultant leakage current.
It not a matter of IF you need dielectric testing services but WHEN you will need them. Choose your testing service provider with the proven record and years of experience to protect your staff, your equipment, and your reputation. We are certified OSHA and ANSI service providers. We guarantee a quality inspection and will provide you a comprehensive evaluation of your equipment.
Contact ETS Inc. for more information about Dielectric Testing and Inspection.
Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 25, 2018
Are your aerial lift trucks and digger derricks due for their annual dielectric testing and inspection? ETS, Inc. is at your service. Always choose a fully licensed company to perform dielectric testing. The procedure can be hazardous and electrical faults are possible when the equipment tested has internal damage.
Dielectric testing services are important for early detection of latent defects, particularly in the internal systems of the equipment. This test must be done properly to get the accurate condition and status of the lift trucks and diggers and for proper management and repairs can be performed immediately to prevent further deterioration of this expensive heavy equipment. More importantly, when annual testing has been put off or taken for granted, those operating this machinery are at risk.
For dielectric testing and inspection it is imperative to hire experts that will carefully carry out these procedures. It is necessary that they have the skills, experience and tools so safety is secured during and after testing and repair. Contact ETS, Inc. for scrupulous and safe dielectric testing of your equipment.
Joseph Coupal - Thursday, September 20, 2018
Overtime, Aerial Lift Trucks and Digger Derricks become susceptible to defects that cause current overloads. Any equipment can get worn out when it is regularly in-service. This equipment involves complex systems which means repairs can be costly when they break down. To prevent this, dielectric testing and inspections are highly recommended to keep these units in top condition at all times.
Dielectric testing services are performed to detect damage in the insulation or other internal defects within the system before they become worse. The proper actions can be taken to repair issues at the earliest stage. This can prevent further deterioration of the equipment. Doing these inspections are vital to secure the safety of the technicians during operation. Damage in the equipment can cause electrical faults that can endanger those standing close to this equipment.
ETS, Inc. can perform reliable dielectric testing services to ensure that aerial lifts and digger derricks are conditioned prior to field deployment. Fully-equipped with tools and years of experience, we can guarantee the accurate testing and proper repair of the equipment. Contact us today for dielectric testing and inspection services.
Joseph Coupal - Thursday, August 09, 2018
Digger derricks are used for a kinds of tasks in the construction of utility lines. This includes lifting, digging holes, lifting linemen for overhead line maintenance and more. These derricks must be regularly maintained at all times so they can be readily utilized, especially during emergencies. For that matter, dielectric testing and inspection measures are integral to ensure these devices are reliable in critical situations.
Dielectric testing in Pittsfield, MA must be conducted by trained personnel. This is crucial because digger derricks have complex systems and the accuracy of the testing is vital to find any and all hidden issues. This gear is an expensive asset, which means costly repairs when minor hitches are allowed to escalate. High insulation testing is one of the primary areas that needs to be tested regularly in order to secure the safety of those who operate them.
If you are looking for experts in dielectric testing services with strict compliance to ANSI requirements, contact ETS, Inc.. We are fully-equipped to handle the job competitively.
Joseph Coupal - Thursday, July 12, 2018
The responsibility for owning a digger derrick and aerial lift trucks goes beyond meeting requirements set by ANSI and OSHA. The main purpose of annual dielectric testing and inspection is to ensure the safety of those operating it. Through this annual testing and inspection, issues are often detected and addressed before technical defects damage the equipment, or much worse, injure the operator.
Only trained and certified personnel execute high voltage dielectric testing. The procedure usually takes 3-6 hours to complete depending on the type of device being tested. It is recommended to strategically plan out the inspection schedule in order to eliminate or reduce fleet downtime. It's always better to identify and fix issues early while they are minor in nature and to prevent escalation into major equipment malfunction.
The pros here at ETS, Inc. are qualified to perform dielectric testing service. Our crew is comprised of well-equipped certified mechanic with over 35 years of experience in dielectric testing process. If you need such service, don't hesitate to contact us.
Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 28, 2018
Aerial lift trucks and devices are complex pieces of equipment that, when they become worn out, are expensive to repair. Although they are equipped with proper safety systems, they are still susceptible to overloading during service. Thus, annual dielectric testing and inspection is required to ensure this equipment works safely at maximum capacity prior to dispatching them to the job site.
High voltage dielectric testing of aerial lifts is a crucial task since the lift provides insulation to ground workers who are working on or close to high voltage cables and apparatus. Testing and inspection must be done by certified personnel who are trained to specifically perform dielectric testing service. Only dielectric testing experts are trained to use the special equipment necessary for inspection and testing. Also, there are particular methods that are acceptable to ANSI standards.
ETS, Inc. specialize in this line of work. We guarantee the correct method will be executed when testing aerial devices. Our team is fully-equipped with dielectric testing knowledge, tools, and equipment and we have the competent experience to handle the job. Contact ETS, Inc. to find out more about these services.
Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 14, 2018
Incidents and overloads can happen in any aerial device. Although they are engineered with sufficient safety settings, in-service issues can develop from continuous use. These are extremely complex devices and repairs can be challenging and costly. Early detection of system issues which could be developing can mitigate more complicated, time-consuming and costly issues.
Annual Dielectric Testing and Inspections for Aerial Lift Trucks and Digger Derricks are required by OSHA and ANSI to ensure they are operating in optimal condition. These vital inspections are performed in order to detect any issues in insulation. This way repairs can be made as soon as possible to mitigate further complications before they cause injuries or downtime. Dielectric testing confirms the electrical strength or electrical voltage of various apparatus. Many tests are conducted by applying a voltage across the "insulator" portion of the apparatus while measuring the resultant leakage current.
ETS, Inc. offers dielectric testing services of aerial devices ensures they function as intended prior to dispatch. Our team is fully-equipped with over 35 years of experience in this line of expertise and exceeds all OSHA and ANSI requirements. We also cater wheeled cranes up to 150 tons, steam cleaning, telescopic, articulated and combination inspections.
To find out more about our Dielectric Testing and Inspection services, contact ETS, Inc..