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Underground High Voltage Cables for Clear Skies and Safer Streets

- Thursday, September 17, 2020
ElecComm Underground high voltage cable installation in Boston, MA

ElecComm has delivered underground high and low voltage cable installation, upgrade, and maintenance services across the greater Boston area for years now. The installation of underground high voltage cable offers multiple benefits. Municipality managers dramatically improve the appearance of their local by eliminating poles and overhead wires. More importantly, though, it improves the reliability and safety of your city’s electrical system.

ElecComm's core business focus is on the installation, removal and maintenance of overhead and underground electric/communications distribution systems. We install and service all cable sizes including, not limited to: 1000Kcml, 700, 500, 300, 250, 1/0, and 2str. Here’s a list of some of the specific services that we deliver to public and private enterprises across Boston:

  • Copper or Aluminum Cable
  • URD Installations
  • Rod/Rope and brush ducts
  • Pump and Clean MH's
  • Fiber Optic and Cable Installation and Splicing
  • Inner Duct Installation
  • All Grounding

In harsh weather climates like Boston, underground power lines offer a cost-effective solution for improved power reliability and safety. We specialize in this area. Contact ElecComm anytime.

Hot Stick Inspection Services

- Tuesday, September 15, 2020
ETS - Inspection and Testing, Boston, MA

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.

Fiber Optic Cable: Achieve Dependability in the Quality of Service

- Monday, September 07, 2020
ElecComm Fiber optic splicing in Boston, MA

Fiber optic network support services, like what we provide across the greater Boston area, provides data integrity backed by years of technical excellence. Businesses across Boston are switching and upgrading to Fiber optic networks at a pace like never before and ElecComm is leading the way.

Fiber-optic networks are faster, more reliable, and more durable compared to their counterparts and provide continuous, high-speed connectivity needed in today’s business operations. Further, as a short overview of how it works, Fiber optic cables consist of bundles of narrow, long strands of glass that transmit light over long distances. The process is called a total internal reflection in which the light bounces along the walls of the cable core, which are lined with mirrors. Because the speed of light is fast, the speed of fiber optic networks is fast too.

We install, repair, and maintain fiber optic networks as a core competency of our business. Your data networks are something to be very selectively entrusted. We are Boston’s selectively entrusted fiber optic network professionals. Let us go to work for you. Contact ElecComm.

Professional Hydraulic Maintenance Services: The Essentials of Choosing the Right Hydraulic Fluid

- Sunday, August 30, 2020
ETS - Hydraulic Repair  - Boston, MA

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.

Boston’s Electrical Service Leader Offers Advice During any Electrical Emergency

- Friday, August 28, 2020
ElecComm - Bosotn, MA

Most of you realize that ElecComm provides Boston business with a wide-range of electrical support services. This includes any number of emergency power support solutions from simple on-site power outages to natural disaster storm response. Today, let’s focus on the on-site power emergencies and how you and we work together to resolve.

When a power emergency strikes a business or project site, it is common for panic to be the first instinctual reaction. In order to keep all safe and to rapidly return to normal business operations, having an electrical contingency response plan in place is fundamentally important. That’s where we come in.

In any project or construction sites, there is always the potential of electrocution and/or electrical fire danger. These issues are more common than you might think. With careful planning and preparation, the threat of these thing are dramatically reduced. It is of utmost importance to comply with proper safety measures and proper training that will greatly prevent electrical fires and accidents. Providing up-to-date training and supervision to all workers will significantly prevent dangers especially those working directly with electricity. Strict instructions and compliance with employees will help in knowing how they handle themselves around high voltage equipment.

We can help both prevent and respond to electrical emergencies. Take a quick look at how we provide electrical safety training to our own staff.

For more information electrical emergency response services, contact ElecComm.

24/7 Storm Response Team For Immediate Power Restoration

- Friday, August 21, 2020
ElecComm - Boston, MA

Electricity is an essential commodity that we pay less attention to until our lights go out. Since electricity plays a major role in our day to day activities, people depend on electric companies to ensure a continuous stream of power. While electric companies are constantly improving their ways to respond promptly to emergency situations, however natural disasters are beyond our control.

Overhead power lines are prone to significant damage. Strong winds can knock down trees and possibly snap power cables causing widespread outages. In these unfortunate events, electric companies should respond promptly to restore power at once. ElecComm storm response team are trusted partners of major power utility companies and commercial industries across the New England region. Moreover, our services now include daily and preventive maintenance of electrical poles and lines. These operations are integral preventative measures to somehow mitigate the impact of the disaster, especially to the commercial sector.

If you need immediate electrical assistance during the storm, contact ElecComm. Our team are 24/7 ready to respond to any emergency power restoration, electrical system installation, or electrical infrastructure maintenance needs.

Rubber Insulated Electrical Glove Testing

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 17, 2020
ETS Inspection and Services, Boston, MA

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.

Fiber Optic Communication Services

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, August 13, 2020
ElecComm - Fiber Optic Communication Services, Boston, MA

In any and all Boston-area commercial enterprise, privacy and protection of corporate data is both crucial and governmentally mandated. With your data networks under constant attack, attacks that directly threaten your intellectual property and your user privacy, the threat to your business continuity, your intellectual property, your employee’s data, and your reputation are all things that warrant a comprehensive data strategy. If you and your business have not fully converted to a full Fiber-optic communication network backbone, it is beyond time to do so. Fiber optic network transmission is simply the most secure and reliable network option available today.

With the recent technology Fiber optics using the updated cryptography where a smallest possible discrete unit is being used to transmit multiple data streams at the same time in different colors of light. As such the data leakage becomes lower and reduces tremendously. Since using a network people and businesses efficiently communicate with groups of people through instant messaging, video conferencing, social media, chat rooms, etc., and it is the best way and easier to share files, data, and information. It is due to the Fiber-optic internet that works in the fastest and most reliable current internet invention available. With its amazing connection, speed, and reliability, it builds and works for a better and effective connection with clients and people around the world.

Fiber-optic communication elevates the business’ integrity and client trust which are the two most important core values in an organization. With the enormous benefit of Fiber optic, many internet providers have achieved their economic peak through the increasing demand of companies and individuals wanting to utilize this great technology. Overall Fiber-optic communication certainly contributes to the strengthening of the world’s internet economic efficiency.

To learn more about Fiber-optics telecommunication network, contact ElecComm.

Understanding Overcurrent in Above and Below Ground Electrical Cabling

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 07, 2020
ElecComm Underground high voltage cable installation in Boston, MA

We provide a full range of underground and aboveground electrical cabling services across the greater Boston area. Since electrical line safety is (and always will be) a foundational focus of our services, we thought we’d share with you some thoughts regarding “overcurrent” conditions that we discover that create very dangerous conditions that must be rooted out.

First, the basic concept of overcurrent relates to an electrical line transporting current beyond the current rating of the equipment. Complying with the precautionary measures in any < a href="http://www.eleccommc.com/hvoltage.htm">electrical system keeps people safe and thwarts off system failure. Maintaining the electrical system’s per manufacturer’s instructions keep the systems in good and safe working conditions. We are routinely hired by Boston-area electrical system managers to ensure their systems operate safely, within specs, and at peak efficiency.

Just to advise, we do so much more than high-voltage line installation and maintenance. We support the operations and maintenance within any building’s electric system to locate, service, and or replace loose and corroded wires or connections that bring down electrical services. We identify problems with ground, circuit breakers, and miscellaneous line faults that pose risk to both person and sensitive equipment.

We’re here to help Boston business, large and small, solve and/or expand their electrical system’s capability. For more information about getting started with underground/overhead high voltage cable maintenance and repairs, or internal building electrical services, contact ElecComm.

Reliable Hot Stick Repair and Certification

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, July 30, 2020
ETS - Inspection and Testing, Boston, MA

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.

Importance of Fiber Splicing in Telecommunication Network Project

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, July 30, 2020
ElecComm - Splicing Services, Boston, MA

Fiber optic cable splicing is an core competency of ElecComm’s telecommunication network service offerings here in Boston. There are two types of fiber splicing services that we’ve delivered across Boston for years now: mechanical and fusion splicing.

In Mechanical Splicing, two fibers are held at both end points within a sleeve using a mechanical mechanism. Mechanical splicing is usually applied during emergency repairs and fiber testing. On the other hand, in Fusion Splicing, two fibers are welded together by an electric arc. It is the most commonly used method of splicing as it delivers minimal insertion loss and virtually no back reflection. It is the most reliable splicing method.

Fiber splicing is widely used in telecommunications and other networking projects. Both techniques are applied when repairing broken or extending functional telecommunication networks. ElecComm technicians are trained to perform both approaches. Our telecommunication services include construction, splicing, testing maintenance and restoration of fiber, copper, and hybrid fiber-coax telecommunications networks.

Should your telecommunications support need require splicing, testing, maintenance, or general repair of your telecommunications networks, contact ElecComm. It’s what we do for Boston business owners of all types.

High Voltage and Communication Network Services Kick-off as Essential Projects Reopen

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, July 23, 2020

As essential construction projects gradually restart across the Northeast, demand for high voltage electric lines and telecommunication network services is ramping up strongly. ElecComm’s engineers and electricians have a proven track record for installing and maintaining thousands of miles of transmission lines throughout New England. We specialize in constructing, refurbishing, and maintaining power utility overhead lines in environments of any kind, for all types of commercial clients and industries. Our electric line construction techniques and line maintenance have kept vital electric power flowing uninterruptedly to businesses. We also provide line distribution design, voltage conversions, installation, and maintenance of primary and secondary systems.

We are proud to contribute greatly to Boston’s economic development and stand ready to assist you and your business to move forward. Worker health and safety has always been a top priority for us. We’re happy to talk anytime regarding any high voltage and or telecommunication support service that you might have. For more information on electric line construction and maintenance of power infrastructure, contact ElecComm.

Fiber Optic Fusion Splicing Services

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, July 16, 2020
ElecComm - Fiber Optic Splicing

Fiber optic networks are the backbone of modern telecommunication systems. There are times these networks require expansion, maintenance, and repair that involve segmenting existing fiber lines. Today we’re going to discuss your options for splicing your fiber optic network.

First, let’s talk about the easiest (but certainly not the preferred) mechanical splicing process. Mechanical splicing should be used for temporary fixes. The optical fibers are mechanically fixed in such a way where ends of the fibers come into contact with each other. This set-up is very prone to insertion loss and back reflection.

Fusion splicing, on the other hand, is the more reliable solution as it significantly improves signal loss and reflectance. Fusion splicing is accomplished via a specialized tool where the fiber ends are heated with electrodes, married, and fused. This method involves stripping, cleaving, alignment, and heat shrink protection of joined fibers. Fusion splicing requires sophisticated skills that only highly-trained technicians can perform. It is significantly more involved than mechanical splicing, but it offers a huge difference in network continuity and communication reliability.

Our engineers and technicians are ready to assist in any and all of your network installation and maintenance needs. For more information about our full line of information network services, contact ElecComm.

Why Routine Hydraulic System Maintenance Is Important?

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 15, 2020
ETS - Hydraulic Repair  - Boston, MA

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.

Protect Your Fairway Business with Durable and Sturdy Golf Netting System

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, July 09, 2020
ElecComm Golf driving range netting

The golf netting system is an essential component of a sporting field. It ensures golf balls stay within the course. More importantly, they ensure the safety of spectators from injury and properties from damages over a stray golf ball. It is considered negligence to the part of the fairway owner in case an accident associated with an errant ball takes place. For all course operators, it is a primary liability concern.

Fortifying your existing golf netting system is a perfect way to safeguard the people inside the facility and properties adjacent to your golf range. Golf nets must be installed and properly maintained to properly function. We offer the highest quality golf barrier netting on the market which in turn will protect your golfers, staff, and yourself from liability.

When you need to install new or improve your existing golf netting on any Boston-area golf course, ElecComm is your trusted partner. We install poles, netting, and provide repair serves for both as well. Contact ElecComm anytime.

Fast & Effective Storm-Related Electrical Restoration Response

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 30, 2020
ElecComm - Boston, MA

Lush foliage covers much of the Northeast. But as the hurricane season begins, these beautiful trees can hamper the distribution of electrical power that is vital to us all. Heavy rains and strong winds coming from the Atlantic take down trees without warning. Some of these trees and branches crush overhead power lines causing electrical faults and power outages. These disruptive power outages demand prompt and professional response to limit the impact on Boston-are commerce, residential living, and yes, the environment.

The ElecComm team of engineers and technicians are highly trained, experienced, and ready to respond to these situations. Our storm response teams are trusted partners of major power utility companies and commercial industries in the New England region. Furthermore, our services have expanded to include daily and preventive maintenance of electrical poles and lines. These tasks are essential in disaster preparedness of the community.

All these services are delivered with maximum protection and awareness to our environment.

For more about our very flexible overhead lines storm response team, contact Eleccomm. We are ready and able to immediately respond to any emergency power restoration, electrical system installation, or electrical infrastructure maintenance need.

Electric Utility Upgrade Services

Joseph Coupal - Friday, June 26, 2020
ElecComm, Boston, MA

The brutal Boston server weather has taken its toll on the area’s electrical power infrastructure. Sadly, some electric utility companies infrastructure has suffered severely and are in desperate need for upgrade and repair. We have ramped up our ability to help you do this.

ElecComm has doubled our efforts to deliver new electrical system installation, preventative maintenance services, and of course our celebrated emergency response services. We have expanded our support vehicle fleet and staff so we are more prepared than ever to respond to any and all electrical utility support need.

We provide electrical system hardening services to improve your infrastructure’s resiliency to damaging thunderstorms, nor eastern storms, and hurricanes. Structural hardening of the distribution system includes strengthening substations, and feeder circuits. Our infrastructure upgrade services includes converting wooden poles to steel, concrete or composite materials. Transmission towers can be upgraded to galvanized-steel lattice or concrete.

We can’t cover it all here in our blog. To learn more about the various electrical installation, repair, or upgrade services we’ve provided across the greater Boston area for years now, contact ElecComm.

ETS Storm Service

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 22, 2020
ETS Inspection Testing and Repair - Storm Response, Boston, MA

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.

Benefits of Investing in High-Quality Golf Netting System

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 18, 2020
ElecComm Netting, Lighting, and Poles - Boston, MA

Golf netting systems function as a protection to keep golf balls inside the field and prevent accidents and damage to neighboring properties. ElecComm is a dynamic company that leverages our skill sets and equipment fleet to expand beyond our electrical service specialty. In fact, we offer the highest quality golf netting solutions in and around the greater Boston area.

Benefits of Having a Durable Gold Netting System

  • Legal Obligation. As a golf course operator, you are obliged to set-up a sturdy and stable golf range netting to ensure the safety of the spectators as well the properties adjacent to the golf field. When legal safety standards have been breached due to errant balls, the operators are liable and can be charged with legal penalties.
  • Safety. Golf nets protect players and spectators from injury related to stray balls. As well, people passing by near your golf course.
  • Protection of Property. Whether your building or your neighbor's, the golf barrier netting makes sure that golf balls won't hit and damage properties by keeping them within the driving range.
  • Separates The Perimeter. Golf netting system acts as a divider that separates the golf play area from other fields or courts intended for other sports.

Since each golf course is unique, each demands a tailored golf netting system plan. Thus, it is smart to contact ElecComm to help you figure out the perfect design according to your location and natural elements that can affect the installation of your golf netting system.

Underground Cable Safety Maintenance Services

Joseph Coupal - Friday, June 12, 2020
ElecComm Underground High Voltage Systems in Boston, MA

During excavation it is of utmost importance to take all the preventative actions before commencing work as outlined in the Code of Practice. One of the main dangers when digging without prior preparation is the possibility of injury from underground power cables. During digging anything in contact with live electricity cables can lead to injuries that can be fatal. The risk of the explosive effect of arcing current and subsequent fire simply must be professionally addressed. With a slight point of a tool or when the cable is crushed severely enough to cause contact between the sheathing and one or more conductors will trigger fires or explosions.

When installing and/or maintaining any underground electrical system, it is of paramount importance to be equipped with the correct cabling map in order to know the location of power cables. We are subject matter experts in cable mapping. If the cable system is not mapped and documented at the start of our support project, it will be by project’s end. It is vital to maintain cable records and have them stored in a visible area inside your office for emergency purposes. These records provide instant definition of the essential cable voltages and the knowledgeable person on site who knows how to interpret the plans. This documentation will assist future operations and maintenance process that involve underground cable survey analysis services.

Realize that in many cases, high voltage powers cables are oil filled. When accidentally violated they are subject to flash ignition. The resulting flash electrical fire can spread to other nearby services such as gas pipes etc. Such accidents are caused by failure to take all relatively safety precautions to prevent accidental contact with underground services.

We exist to help you to install, manage, maintain, and monitor high voltage underground cabling systems affordably and effectively. For information on how to get started, contact us.

The Different Dielectric Measurement Methods

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 11, 2020
ETS Inspection and Testing Services - Dielectric Testing

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.

ElecComm's Storm Response Team Is Ready for Hurricane Season

Joseph Coupal - Sunday, May 31, 2020
ElecComm - Storm Response, Boston, MA

When June arrives, so does severe thunderstorm and hurricane season. While summer weather is bright and warm, it can turn nasty and without warning. Severe storms and hurricanes can form anytime within June to November. This always pose a threat to overhead power lines as storms bring forth heavy rain and strong winds that can uproot and knock down trees. Falling trees can be caught in pole lines eventually causing cables to snap resulting to widespread power failure.

In worst case scenarios, know that Eleccomm's emergency storm response is dedicated to assist major public utilities throughout the Northeast restoring power during major power outages resulting from storms. In addition, ElecComm (ECC) has expanded the overhead segment of its business to include, the everyday, installation, removal and maintenance of overhead lines. Moreover, we recommend upgrade of obsolete electrical infrastructures ahead of any predicted tropical cyclones for a sturdier electrical system framework. This will ensure continuous stream of electricity in your business facility amidst weather disturbances.

Know that our team is fully crossed trained and is ready for dispatch in preparation for any planned or unplanned event. Contact ElecComm for emergency power restoration, installation and maintenance of new infrastructures.

ElecComm: Beautifying Boston Via Underground Cable Installation Services

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, May 28, 2020
ElecComm Underground high voltage cable installation in Boston, MA

We’re proud of the fact that across the greater Boston area and beyond, we’re replacing old, unsightly, and increasingly vulnerable above ground high voltage cabling systems with state of the art Underground cables. The exquisite beauty of Boston really shines through in the areas that we’ve improved with this service.

Underground cabling empower municipalities and developmental communities to highlight their unique beauty without tangled poles and wires in the way. You’ve all seen the landscapes that are overpowered by unsightly utility wires and accessories. We’re helping Boston move on from those dated and costly technologies.

Whether you’re a municipality civil engineering planner or a commercial real estate developer, we’ve been assisting you for decades now with underground high voltage cable installation services here in Boston. Contact us here at ElecComm, the region’s most trusted underground cable installation and maintenance service provider.

On-site Full-Service Dielectric Testing Services

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, May 28, 2020
ETS Inspection and Services, Boston, MA

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.

Fleet Solutions For Aerial Lifts and Other Special Mobile Units

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.

Criticality of Heat and Cold-Shrink Splicing in Underground High/Low Voltage Installation

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, May 14, 2020
ElecComm - underground high-voltage installation in Boston, MA

When laying underground high voltage cable systems, one must understand the criticality of cold shrink and heat shrink tubing. These tubing are used for splicing, terminating and serves as an environmental seal on LV (Low-Voltage) and MV (Medium-Voltage) cables. These two types of tubes look similar on the outside but have different internal characteristics. They have different applications, installation techniques and physical properties.

Heat-Shrink Tubing is a pre-stretched shrinkable plastic tube that requires a heat source during installation. It contains a polyolefin material that is contracted to form an environmental seal protection to the joint or cable. It is ideal for industrial or commercial projects that require a chemical-resistant tubing and when serving low temperature environments.

Cold-Shrink Tubing is a factory-expanded rubber sleeve with an open end and assembled onto a supporting removable plastic core. Cold shrink tubing is installed by applying a gentle unwinding motion to release it from the core. It offers a quicker and safer installation process as compared to heat shrink tubing installation.

Cold shrink tubing is the preferred material for insulating wires, terminals, joints and connections in electrical work. You may also use it when repairing bundle of wires together and as a protection for small wires from minor abrasion. It requires to be stored in a controlled setting wherein temperature does not go beyond 43 degrees Celsius.

Both heat-shrink and cold-shrink splicing is an important step to protect spliced cables from environmental elements that may ingress within. It is an essential part of distribution circuits and DSS line re-conductoring for capacity works.

For more information about underground high or low voltage installation, contact ElecComm.

Customized Golf Netting Solution for Maximum Safety

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, May 07, 2020
ElecComm golf driving range netting in Boston, MA

When your golf course’s nets wear out (which they will), and your poles succumb to mother nature and scream to be replaced, you need to act for the safety and professional appearance of your course. If your building a new course, the netting service and product that you choose makes a huge impact on both the appearance and longevity of your investment. For decades now, northeast golf course managers have trusted ElecComm to install new, repair, and upgrade golf netting systems.

A sturdy and effective netting system is mandatory to ensure the safety of the people and personal property that exist and operate near your course’s protected boundaries. Worn systems can and will result in damaged property, injury, insurance claims, and increased insurance cost as a result. Don’t let that happen to you. Our full-service delivery includes ball trajectory studies, custom netting designs, and installation options customized to your budget and operational need.

Contact ElecComm for any and all golf course safety system questions and service requirements.

Rapid Response to Your Hydraulic System’s Overheating

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, April 30, 2020
ETS - Hydraulic Repair  - Boston, MA

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.

Boston’s Leader For High Voltage Underground Cable System Installs and Maintenance

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, April 30, 2020
ElecComm Underground high voltage cable installation in Boston, MA

Boston (and surrounding municipalities) are expanding and upgrading their high voltage underground cabling system at a record pace and we are proud to be part of that effort. In fact, we’ve been providing underground high voltage cable installation and maintenance across the northeast for decades now. When it comes time to laydown new or maintain/upgrade existing cable in your area, only trust the proven professionals like us here at ElecComm.

We deliver the latest in underground high voltage cable technology to include real-time monitoring capability along with strategies for simplifying the operations and maintenance aspect of your cabling system. We utilize the latest burial and jointing techniques that ensure your underground cable projects are completed on time, every time, and on budget. We employ trenchless burial techniques and directional drilling that limit adjacent property disruption to the maximum extent physically possible.

We’ll beautify your city, county, town, or developmental projects with the most low-profile power distribution systems available on the market today. For more tips on underground cables, contact ElecComm.

Circuit Breakers Protection: An Absolute Essential For Longevity and Reliability

Joseph Coupal - Sunday, April 26, 2020
ElecComm - Bosotn, MA

Commercial establishments require specialized electrical mechanism to prevent fires, system malfunctions, risking lives and properties. Everyone is exposed to electrical hazards, but shocks and burns from faulty wiring at any business establishments can result in horrific consequence. Circuit breaker protection plays a major role as it is used with grounding for the protection of electronic overloading and heat build-up. It is absolutely essential nowadays because the safety mechanism of this equipment fully guards a structure and its occupants against the electrical hazards like faulty wiring, improper grounding, short-circuit, voltage fluctuations, etc.

Circuit breakers require more maintenance to ensure that they are fitted with genuine parts. It is common that the function of circuit breakers is negatively affected when genuine replacement parts are not available that will result in frequent repairs, stoppage time and power failures. Likewise, the durability and longevity of a circuit breaker also depends on the magnitude of the breaking current. Likewise the ideal function of circuit breaker protection is it easily detects a fault condition and by interrupting the continuity it immediately discontinue the electrical flow. A circuit breaker will be reset either manually or automatically to resume normal operation.

Electrical system maintenance and repairs are very important though main considerations are services cost and the availability of genuine replacement parts for corrective maintenance. It gives a direct impact in the life of circuit breakers if replacement parts are available because the outage time will be significantly reduced. There are several safe and effective methods to extend the service life, durability and dependability of circuit breakers using replacements and reconditioning. Adding more some incorporating advanced technology will improve the life expectancy of the circuit breaker and keep it in good shape even beyond its service life.

For more tips on circuit breakers maintenance and repairs, contact ElecComm.

Circuit Overload Protective Measures

Joseph Coupal - Sunday, April 19, 2020
ElecComm - Bosotn, MA

It is essential that every distribution circuit within a wiring system is protected against overload. A circuit overload occurs when the amount of current flowing through the circuit exceeded the rating of the protective devices. The reason is that all electrical circuits are designed to handle a limited amount of electricity. There is overload when you draw more electricity than a circuit will safely handle. Circuits are made up of a breaker, fuse for old wiring systems, and devices like light fixtures, appliances etc. The electricity usage of each device when running will add up to the total load on the circuit. In case there is no breaker in the circuit, the circuit wiring will overheat which will melt the wire insulation leading to a fire.

First and foremost in preventing electrical circuit overload is to learn the maximum amperage that will be demanded from the circuit. Once you have mapped the basic circuit layout, calculate the safe load rating of each circuit to get the exact value of how many things you will operate on that circuit. Mapping the circuits also will tell if there is a need for new circuits to meet the normal needs. Another protection for electrical units is protecting the actual electrical wires supplying the circuits against an overload that will exceed their carrying capacity. Furthermore, protecting from an overload the individual appliances and electrical equipment connected to a supply circuit. Remember that different circuits have different load ratings such that some circuits will provide more electricity than others.

In order to prevent electrical overloads, circuit breakers and fuses are designed to trip or blow, stopping the flow of current to the overloaded cable. Likewise, overload protection is protection against overheating. It operates at a slow pace. A thermal-magnetic circuit breaker is an example of protection in one device. And while circuit breakers are reliable and doing an excellent job preventing open fire due to overloads, the safest strategy is to manage your electricity consumption to prevent overloads in the first place.

For more electrical safety tips, contact ElecComm.

Advantages of Upgrading To Fiber Optic Cable

Joseph Coupal - Sunday, April 12, 2020

Upgrading obsolete communication networks to fiber optic cables offers a host of advantage. Fiber optic cables have a much greater bandwidth than traditional copper cables therefore they transmit significantly higher data as compared to other transmission means. Here are other reasons to consider a fiber upgrade to your data system:

Minimal Power Loss

Since optical fiber present minimal power loss, data transfer can reach longer distances. In contrast with copper, the only recommended copper distance in a network is 100m whereas optical fiber can go up to 2 km.

Unaffected To Electromagnetic Interference

Optical fiber cables are unaffected to electromagnetic interference. Moreover, it can work in electrically loud settings without issues because electrical noise doesn't seem to influence the fiber.

Greater Capacity

Fiber optic cable has approximately 4.5 times much capacity than copper because wire cables has cross sections that is 30 times short.

In comparison to copper, a fiber optic cable has nearly 4.5 times as much capacity as the wire cable has and a cross sectional area that is 30 times less.

Thinner and Lighter Weight

In terms of weight, optical fibers are thinner and lighter when compared to metal wires. It also take up minimal space with cables of the same data capacity. And Since they are lightweight, fiber optic cables are easier to set-up.

More Secure Data Transmission

Since fiber optics do not radiate electromagnetic energy, the emissions are not intercepted. This makes fiber the most secured means there is for transmitting confidential information as manually tapping it requires lot of skills to perform it undetected.

Flexible

Optical fiber are incredibly flexible with excellent tensile strength. It is also resistant to corrosive factors that easily affect metal wires.

Minimal Cost

Simply, the raw materials for fiber optics are glass which a lot more cheaper than copper.

For more information about fiber optics, call Eleccomm.

Common Accidents Associated With Aerial Lift

Joseph Coupal - Friday, April 10, 2020
ETS - Aerial Lift  - Boston, MA

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!

ANSI Standard for Aerial Lift Safety Check

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 31, 2020
ETS Inspection and Services, Boston, MA

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.

Cutting Edge Golf Netting System Service

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 31, 2020
ElecComm golf driving range netting in Boston, MA

With the rising number of residential and commercial properties, the growing number of private and municipal golf courses, the demand for golf-related safety systems such as quality golf course poles and netting solutions are naturally on the rise as well.

Allow us to introduce you to another field of excellence that your trusted partners here at ElecComm provides to the greater Boston area and beyond. Our steel pole and netting systems for driving ranges, golf clubs and fairways across New England are protecting golfers and course owners alike and have been for decades now. Our services include pole & netting design and installation, replacement and protection netting. We customize netting systems according to the location and weather conditions. Contact us for a golf course safety consultation. We’ll gladly discuss with you ball trajectory studies, custom netting designs, installation options, and much more.

For information regarding golf netting installation and maintenance services, contact ElecComm.

ElecComm for Overhead and Underground High Voltage Cabling System Projects

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, March 26, 2020
ElecComm - Careers in Wilmington, MA

If you are looking for certified professional engineers in Boston to deliver commercial electrical project management, design, and installation of underground high voltage cabling systems, ElecComm is the company Boston has trusted for decades.

Our team of certified engineers can perform and manage construction, splicing, testing, maintenance and restoration of fiber, copper, and hybrid fiber-coax Telco networks across New England. We have laid and spliced thousands of miles of cable up to 35,000 volts. We are one of the largest electrical and communications line construction companies in New England. We deliver immediate 24/7 emergency and routine service response.

ElecComm's core business focus is on the installation, removal, and maintenance of overhead and underground electric/communications distribution systems. Contact ElecComm for any overhead and underground cabling system concerns or to learn more about our other services.

ElecComm Operation Adjustments Due to COVID-19

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, March 19, 2020
ElecComm, Boston, MA

In light of the COVID-19 crisis, we at ElecComm continue to provide service to our customers. However, we made some adjustments to our operations in order to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus. This includes postponing elective maintenance work and repairs and temporarily closing our office to walk-in customers at least through April or until further notice.

We assure you that none of the operational changes being implemented will cause disruption of electric and telecommunication service to customers.

Moreover, we are postponing projects that would demand power outages, except when it is deemed important to safety or reliability. Our team of technicians will carry on with essential tasks that require minimal public interaction such as the trimming of trees to minimize potential outages, replacing essential equipment and system resilience tasks that can't be delayed.

Emergency outage restoration remains a top priority especially when the situation hampers public safety.

Furthermore, we are trying to reduce the number of personnel in the field so as to protect our employees and the public from contracting the virus.

Contact ElecComm for service updates and concerns.

ETS Storm Service

Joseph Coupal - Friday, March 13, 2020
ETS - Storm Response, Boston, MA

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.

Electrical Distribution Board Installation and Service

Darren Kincaid - Thursday, March 12, 2020
ElecComm - Telecommunication Network Installation, Boston, MA

Electrical distribution is something that intimidates many people and actually this is probably a good thing. The more we respect electrical power, how it is distributed, and how it is protected the safer we all are. Electrical distribution boards can be a mystery, and today we hope to educate you all on this very subject.

The electrical distribution board houses all the circuit breakers, earth leakage units, doorbells and timers. The distribution board ensures that electrical supply is evenly distributed in the building. Its main purpose is to keep the building and its people safe. While installing an electrical distribution board, it is the “home plate” for the safety mechanisms that keep you, your family, and your business safe. The entire supply of electrical power comes from the network to the building which is all connected via an electrical distribution board.

Distribution boards are versatile by design. You may have multiple electrical distribution boards for various parts of your building. They will be controlled by a switch disconnector. It is necessary that it has sufficient space for other wires, fixtures and cable, considering it is very easy to install as long as it is not close to any water splashes.

Further, an electrical distribution board varies depending on the structural and technical aspects on each area and its electrical requirements. It is normally purchased as empty enclosures, a ready-to-use wired standard unit or something specially manufactured and designed on the user’s requirement. It is important to invest in the necessary components which an electrical distribution board is licensed to have a fuse link, a bus bar, a residual current detector and bypass equipment. This is for protection against shock or fire and the residual current detector is required.

To learn more about electrical distribution, contact ElecComm.

Understanding the Causes of Power Cable Failure

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, February 29, 2020
ElecComm - Boston, MA

In business, big and small, power cabling is an important element of plant infrastructure. Power Cables, like any mechanical device, require protection and maintenance. It is very important to be cognizant and knowledgeable of the most common causes of power line failure. Today we hope you by learning here that you make you and your business safer and more profitable.

Almost all utilities and large industrial facilities have thorough systems of power cables. Many of these cable systems are ageing and failures are becoming common. Check your records and find out when the last time your power infrastructure was assessed for functional viability. Professional power and communications line installation and maintenance firms such as ElecComm are trained and equipped to sniff out threats to your personnel and equipment that most never see until it is too late.

Aged lines are a danger. The ageing process usually results in weakening, cracking and eventual failure of the insulating and sheathing materials. Exposing these conductors introduces the likelihood of short circuit that can result in electrocution or electrical fire. In order to ensure fault-free operation of power cable it is important to undergo a thorough study of the type of faults and their location. The cable will be traced, corrected, or replaced.

As it pertains to power line installation and maintenance across the greater Boston area, trust the power line maintenance, repair, and upgrade professionals at ElecComm. Contact us ElecComm anytime.

Aerial Device Safety Assurance Via Dielectric Testing and Inspection Service

Darren Kincaid - Thursday, February 27, 2020
ETS Inspection and Services, Boston, MA

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.

Commercial Power Cabling Services - Things To Consider

Joseph Coupal - Sunday, February 23, 2020
ElecComm Underground High Voltage Systems in Boston, MA

Whether you are managing the upgrade of your growing business power infrastructure, laying down new cable for a public utility, or addressing sudden or recurring electrical problems, we want you to know that ElecComm’s core business focus is on the installation, removal, and maintenance of overhead and underground electric and communication distribution systems.

We want you and your business to operate in a safe and as profitable manner as possible. You should always qualify your electrical service provider for experience and trust. When you see overheat cables exposed and are threatened to come into contact with personnel or equipment, that is an issue for immediate correction.

We thought we share some common characteristics of power cables:

  1. Should you need new cables, copper is your leading choice. Copper is safe and does not get heated and easy to joint and transmit power efficiently with no loss compared to Aluminum conductor. Copper has an excellent conductivity, flexibility and tensile strength among other characteristics.
  2. The cable current capacity is affected by a range of different factors and does not always remain stable.
  3. A cable armor is made up of steel tape or steel wire and is very useful as it gives mechanical protection and also works as a fault current carrying path.

Always consider the overall safety of the electric cabling that you manage or have installed. Faulty installation will lead to service failure and/or accidents. Hence, before carrying out any electrical installation project, contact ElecComm, your trusted source for all things related to electrical and communication cabling.

Underground High-Voltage Electrical Services

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 17, 2020

ElecComm specializes in the installation and maintenance of underground electrical cables in and around the greater Boston area. The demand for underground power solutions continues to rise as they are proven to be the best value for both public and private business entities. The key benefit of course is the protected nature of the high -voltage assets.

Maintaining and troubleshooting requirements are drastically reduced as compared to overhead cabling implementations, but when the time comes for repair and maintenance were there for you as well. We are highly trained and equipped with the advanced techniques and tools to maintain, fix, and expand your high-voltage power systems.

We’ve been taking care of Boston’s high voltage power requirements for decades now. Go with those you know you can trust to deliver reliable and valued high-voltage electrical services. Contact ElecComm.

Hot Stick Dielectric Testing Services

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 12, 2020
ETS - Inspection and Testing, Boston, MA

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.

The Safe Way to Layer Power Cables

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 10, 2020
ElecComm - fiber optic splicing in MA

In any cable laying installation, protecting the wire becomes the utmost consideration. There must be thorough planning on bedding the cable in order to avoid subjecting the cable to damage and the potentially deadly consequences surrounding damaged power cables.

One of our business core competencies is underground cable installation and maintenance services and we've done it for decades now. We employ highly trained and experienced technicians who are armed with highly specialized equipment to locate existing or paint optimal routes for new cable lay down.

Again, we specialize in high-voltage cable installation and maintenance. For more information on underground cable services, contact ElecComm.

The Comprehensive Training That Makes ElecComm the Most Capable Electrical Service Provider Across Greater Boston

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 28, 2020

In assessing the safety of your office, site, or plant’s safety of electrical operations, we thought we’d give you the background that each and every member of our team here at ElecComm carries in to serve you.

Every ElecComm electrical worker carries all regulatory certifications. But in addition, our underground employees receive a comprehensive additional OJT training regimen that includes: Heat Shrink Construction

  • Cold Shrink Construction
  • Pre-Molded Construction: Both 200amp & 600amp
  • Cable Theory
  • Tools & new Technology
  • Transformer Theory
  • Live Secondary connections and Cutover’s

Our overhead electrical technicians also receive training well above regulatory mandated training. That training includes hurt man rescue, climbing gaffs and bucket rescue, and a host of others.

We invite you to view ElecComm’s safety, health, and Training webpage so you have an idea who is trained, ready, and available to address all of your commercial electric needs. For more information about our comprehensive electrical services, contact ElecComm.

Ways to Mitigate Hydraulic Cylinder Failure Risk

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 27, 2020
ETS - Hydraulic Repair  - Boston, MA

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.

Importance of Risk Assessment in High Voltage Cables

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 21, 2020
ElecComm Underground high voltage cable installation in Boston, MA

Electrical equipment, especially high voltage cables must comply with electrical technical and safety specifications. There is a standard operating procedure that we employ here at ElecComm to identify and repair electrical hazards. Of course, we are here to consult you on best practices to control risk within any/all of your electrical service endeavors.

ElecComm's core business focus is the installation, removal and maintenance of overhead and underground electric/communications distribution systems. If you even suspect that any power distribution element of your business has not been properly inspected and maintained, your next call should be to us.

We’re here for you and your as it pertains to all thing’s electricity. Contact ElecComm today.

Fiber Optic Install and Maintenance

Joseph Coupal - Friday, January 17, 2020
ElecComm Fiber optic splicing in Boston, MA

Businesses today are rapidly changing out obsolete copper transmission wire with fiber optic cabling. The advantages of fiber optic cable over copper are stark. Today, we’ll share with you some of the many advantages of fiber optic transmission over electrical transmission systems:

  • Exceptional High Bandwidth - Currently, no other alternative transmission medium exceeds the performance of fiber in terms of bandwidth. Fiber optic cables can transmit significantly higher volume of data per unit time. Far greater than copper cables.
  • Signal Travels Longer Distance - Signals can reach longer distances over copper cables since optical cables have low signal loss.
  • Defiance to Electromagnetic Interference - Fiber cables have an extremely low rate of bit error (10 EXP-13). Fiber is quite resistant to electromagnetic interference.
  • Low Security Risk - What commonly drives business operators to upgrade to fiber-optic communication is their concern for data security. Since the signals are transmitted through light, it is comparatively difficult to intercept.
  • Small Diameter - With fiber optic cables' smaller diameter, they can have more space in fiber optic transmission.
  • Light Weight - Since they are composed of glass or plastic, they are thinner, lighter, and convenient to install.
  • Capacity to Cater Increasing Bandwidth - It has the ability to accommodate additional equipment to an existing cable system because it can provide immense capacity than the primary cable setup.

We install and maintain fiber optic networks across the greater Boston area. To learn more about our services, contact ElecComm.

Safety Precautions When Operating Near High Voltage Cables

Joseph Coupal - Friday, January 10, 2020
ElecComm - Telecommunication Network Installation, Boston, MA

High voltage power cables are inherently dangerous in nature and not something anyone should take lightly when operating on or around them. The warning signs on your property with large wires and cables stock should be strictly enforced. So now let’s discuss what you, the business owner, must take into account when you or your staff must directly engage high voltage cables or equipment in their near vicinity.

Any high voltage power cable must adhere to established safety standards. For overhead power lines, it is recommended to research and enforce defined separation distances that non-trained personnel can approach. It is advisable not to allow any type of labor activity close to overhead power lines. Never allow unqualified staff or customers to enter an electrical power substation or other marked areas.

It is crucial to ensure that the high voltage power cable are manufactured with the highest quality line possible. Purchase and install the correct high voltage power cable that is durable enough to withstand the power demand and environmental challenges presented.

As previously stated, but worthy of emphasizing again, it is critically important that all employees should be trained and certified on the equipment that they are to work on. Conduct an initial Workplace Risk Assessment prior to starting work and periodically update and re-execute that plan.

High voltage work and safety consultation is what we do. For more information on the subject of high voltage cables, contact ElecComm.