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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.

Commonly Missed Items During Digger Derricks and Aerial Device Self-Safety Inspections

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, January 09, 2020
ETS Inspection and Services, Boston, MA

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.

Underground Cable Laying Services

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 31, 2019
ElecComm Underground high voltage cable installation in Boston, MA

Hello from Boston’s number one choice for underground cable installation services. We offer this blog as an educational service with a goal of helping you and your business be a more safe and profitable enterprise. High-voltage cabling installation and maintenance if a very dangerous endeavor and we’re here today to share some lessons learned.

The value of knowledge and experience in this industry must never be taken for granted. When underground cables are damaged they pose a life and death situation. Precautionary measures must be strictly followed in order to avoid the potential fatal threats of shock, explosion, and fire. We are well versed in all precautionary measures having served in this industry for decades.

Underground electrical cables are hazardous to the unaware because they look like pipes. To the untrained eye, they are very hard to distinguish from ordinary cables. A knowledgeable and experienced underground cable professional is fundamentally important to assessing the underground high voltage situation and directing the initial response. We can and will do that for you.

There are many considerations to take when laying high-voltage underground cables. When laying cable, the depth of cable must comply to varying local codes. You must take proactive measure to prevent moisture accumulation. Prior to excavation, risk assessment must be strictly accomplished to prepare and eliminate risks before work commences. Careful planning is essential before the work starts.

Risk assessments will factor into how the work is to be carried out. For instance, when multiple cables are placed in the same slot, horizontal or vertical spacing is required to reduce the effect of mutual heating. The space between cables also ensures that the failure of the cable will not damage adjacent cables.

There is so much to consider and we want you to know that the professionals here at ElecComm are ready to assist. For more information regarding high-voltage underground cable installation and maintenance services, contact ElecComm.

Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah to You and Yours this Season

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 23, 2019
ElecComm, Boston, MA

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!

Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah to You and Yours this Season

Joseph Coupal - Friday, December 20, 2019
ETS Inspection and Testing Service, Boston, MA

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!

What To Do When You Encounter A Downed Power Line

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Everyone needs to understand and appreciate the danger of downed power lines. This safety issue is more common than people think. Power outages and downed lines are inevitable when winter storms occur. Downed power lines can be deadly to not only those who come into direct contact but also to those merely in close proximity as well. If you found a downed power cable, do the following:

  • Report it immediately to the local authorities or electric company. Stay at least 35 feet away from a downed live cable.
  • Do not clear snow, ice or storm debris. Wait until the power is disconnected or power lines are repaired.
  • In case a power cable lands on your car while you are inside, stay inside the vehicle until emergency responders arrive. At any cost, do not attempt to get outside the car for this is extremely dangerous. Likewise, do not attempt to help other people with the same aforementioned situation.
  • If you find a power line in contact with your vehicle before you enter, stay away from the vehicle, and call the authorities and/or the local utility company. Contact ElecComm in situations like this or if you need quick power line repairs.

Professional Hydraulic Cylinder Maintenance Services

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 10, 2019
ETS - Hydraulic Repair  - Boston, MA

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.

Preparing Your Operations Facility For A Power Outage

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 10, 2019
ElecComm - Boston, MA

Power outages are a common occurrence during winter and they will occur without notice. Power outages can be one of the most damaging events that a business owner can face. It pays to be prepared for contingencies such as power outages. Prepare your facility and your business by taking the following steps:

Ready an Emergency Kit

Make sure to have an emergency kit that contains a first aid kit, flashlight with extra batteries, blankets. Place it somewhere readily accessible. List important phone numbers especially your power line support team. Notify them of your power issue as soon as possible. Have a copy of your office floor plan which shows the emergency exits of the building and location of gas and water shutoff valves.

Create a Contingency Plan

Contingency plans will help ensure that your business will stay up and running even while responding and recovering from emergency situations.

Train Employees

Make sure everyone in your office knows how to appropriately respond to a power outage. This will ensure their safety as well as customers that are caught up inside the building when the power outage happens. Make practice drills with your staff a routine. This way you can see areas where you need to improve and adjust before the disaster strikes.

Get Power Surge Protectors

Power surge may happen when the electricity turns back on. This can cause damage, sometimes irreversible to important electronic equipment. Having a surge protector will prevent excessive outflow of energy to keep devices safe. If investing in surge protectors is not a viable option, you can just turn off all equipment during the outage to prevent energy surge when the electricity is back on the grid.

Install Fire Detectors

Power surge can also cause electrical fires once power is back on. In order to prevent flames and protect your facility from costly damage, install fire detectors and sprinkler system.

Have a Backup Generator In Place

Consider investing or renting a backup generator for alternate source of power. This will keep your facility up and running even if the utility power restoration will take a long time to get restored.

Lastly, if you need power line repairs and maintenance, contact ElecComm.

Prompt Boston Power Line Repair Service On Ready Standby For You

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, November 28, 2019

The winter weather poses the greatest threats to the power line infrastructures. Extreme cold can and will disable power line systems especially those that are obsolete or with failing insulation systems. Extended power outages are inevitable. Downed power line repair service is a core competency of ElecComm and we stand ready to roll immediately upon your call.

Overhead power lines are prone to damage when exposed to violent natural elements such as strong wind, snow, and ice. Severe winter storms break cables and wires with or without the help of downed trees and limbs. Fortunately, our power line response team is staffed, equipped, and ready to take immediate action to get your customers back on line.

As a severe weather contingency plan, it is recommended that insulation of overhead power lines be reinforced to prevent avoidable system breakdowns. We can deliver regular maintenance and repairs for your power lines and ensure that your electrical infrastructure is in top condition at all times and in the best possible position to deliver uninterrupted service.

When seeking power line repair and maintenance services, contact ElecComm.

Now is the Time for Us to Say "Thanks" to YOU!

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 25, 2019
ElecComm - Boston, MA

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.

Now is the Time for Us to Say "Thanks" to YOU!

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 25, 2019
ETS Inspection and Testing Service - Boston, MA

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.

Underground High Voltage Cable System: A Dependable Solution

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, November 14, 2019
ElecComm - fiber optic splicing in MA

Everything around us uses electricity. From personal use of power to the heating, cooling and lighting our homes to everything we do in our daily lives we depend on electricity. It operates the countless physical and information chain sources that lead to all the services maintaining public safety and ensure national security. Hardly we realized what if there are some faults and outages that will hinder the functioning of the power distribution?

Underground high voltage lines are ElecComm’s core business focus. We specialize in the installation, removal, and maintenance underground high and low voltage cables. Underground power applications are used where it is impossible and dangerous to use the overhead lines. We commonly install underground power lines in heavily populated areas, in factories, and even while supplying power from the overhead posts to the individual end-user. The space is the top consideration to install the underground networks. It can be impossible to channel through the rocks, or rivers and other waterbeds.

Many do not understand that underground power lines are the more economical solution in the long run. When installed in areas with high population, they do not require any right-of-way take-over. Overhead lines, however, often require right way permits in order to support facilities like towers, poles and etc. It is a big task to remove barriers for electrical clearances in the line path. It is the reason why delays and interruptions are encountered in the process.

Another great impact of underground high voltage lines is preserving the natural beauty and land value of the environment. Since the lines are underground, it does not affect or change the look of the community, scenic areas and historical sites normally preserved. It has an enormous impact in conserving the surroundings.

Moreover, underground high voltage lines installed underground has very minimal effect on climate conditions. The underground line system being reliable and dependable can handle even in times of extreme conditions such as flood, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. Underground lines may not be prone to damages caused by strong winds, falling trees, and other calamities. Whatever adversities may happen, underground transmission is a dependable solution.

Corrective and preventive maintenance of underground cables is vital. In order to ensure the reliability and safety of power distribution system, continuous maintenance must be carried out annually. Frequency of cable faults and damages can be avoided and minimized. It is a normal thing to encounter faults and outages but repairs can be challenging. Recently with modern fault locating technologies, the process of locating the underground cable faults is now efficiently handled.

For more information regarding underground high voltage cable installation and maintenance services, contact Eleccomm.

How To Extend The Service Life Of A Hot Stick Device

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 12, 2019
ETS - Inspection and Testing, Boston, MA

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.

Regular Cleaning

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.

Visual Inspection

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.

Testing

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.

Rethink Possibilities of Underground Cable Maintenance Procedures

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, November 07, 2019
ElecComm Underground High Voltage Systems in Boston, MA

With the growing demand for electrical power, the electrical industry is facing new challenges. Increasing governmental regulation results in electrical service providers operating within increasingly restrictive operational conditions. There is direct and indirect pressure on power utilities to lower the impact on the environment. As a result, underground cable systems are becoming the power distribution system installation method of choice.

The use of underground cables protects the lines and reduces outages, interruptions while simultaneously minimizing maintenance costs. Generally, transmission losses are low with the use of underground cables compared to overhead lines. The new underground cable arrangement with its exclusive features enables an enormous increase in power transmission capacity.

Corrective maintenance is a practice that can’t be ignored. We excel in the installation, maintenance, and testing of underground high-voltage cables. For more information contact ElecComm.

Why Upgrade To Underground High Voltage Cable System?

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 31, 2019
ElecComm Underground High Voltage Systems in Boston, MA

State and local municipalities alike increasingly turn to underground high voltage cable system due to the strategic long-term value versus above-ground alternatives. Above ground power service interruptions are most often associated with downed trees and other severe weather causes, but it is simple exposure to the elements that ultimately weakens the infrastructure and serves as the cause for excessive maintenance cost.

We’ve provided the greater Boston and surrounding area with underground cabling system for years now. We empower you to deliver more stable and reliable power for the thousands of customers that you serve. Our services also empowers you to save hugely on operations and maintenance expense over time. To find out more about underground cabling system installation, contact EleCcomm.

 

Reinforcing Electrical Systems

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 24, 2019
ElecComm - power line storm response in MA

Older buildings with ageing (and often) dangerously inadequate electrical systems are exceptionally prone to failure during winter and especially during winter storms. When temperature dips, the exceptional demand on the aging electrical components often surpass the ability to safely operate. Winter storm conditions stress even modern electrical systems.

Extreme temperatures cause deceleration to the mobile parts of an electrical system which makes them more difficult to monitor and control. For example, old circuit breakers that are designed to provide critical safety service can be slow to respond. It is fundamentally important to replace old electrical infrastructure and improve electrical insulation design as a preparation for winter weather.

Contact ElecComm to protect your business plant, property, equipment, and staff. In any storm-related power emergency know that we are ready to respond on moments notice.

Preparing Your Electrical Utility Fleet For Winter

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 23, 2019
ETS Inspection and Services, Boston, MA

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.

Golf Course Managers Should Replace Old Golf Netting Systems

Joseph Coupal - Friday, October 18, 2019
ElecComm Netting, Lighting, and Poles - Boston, MA

Safety has to be factored into every decision in running a golf course or recreational area particularly as it pertains not only to the golfers, but to residents and homes surrounding your course. No one wants to run the risk of injury or property damage. With our Golf Netting System solutions, we’ll ensure you are doing right by your customers and your neighbors alike.

Safety is the primary concern of all business owners. Safe golfing environment will be achieved by replacing old golf nets and installing the highest quality American built steel poles and UV treated safety nets. With ElecComm's Golf Netting Systems, we will make sure injury or accident from flying golf balls or other projectiles are avoided. Our golf netting system will bring safety to your golf yard and driving range, as well as protecting people and property nearby.

Here’s a couple of netting products we’d love to demonstrate for you:

  1. Raschel Netting. Textured yarn zigzags along the length of the fabric. It requires that the number of separate strands of yarn equals the number of stitches in a row. Hence, this knitting method requires a machine.
  2. Knotless Netting. The size of the holes in the net will vary depending on the use of the net. In knotless knitting, weaving patterns opposed to knitting patterns. There are no knots used to create this kind of netting. It is typically flexible and movable. Each strand are coated before being intertwined to guarantee more strength and durability.

Since every facility have different netting requirements, we fully customized our installation to meet each needs. We consider site's local weather patterns, trajectories, landscaping, specific safety concerns and overall aesthetic of the course. Our goal is to deliver a perfect combination of form and function, and we have the expertise to do just that.

For more tips on golf netting solutions, contact Eleccom.

Efficient Upgrading Golf Netting System

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 10, 2019
ElecComm golf driving range netting in Boston, MA

High quality netting systems are a great investment for your golf course or range. Golf barrier netting is an essential piece of athletic equipment to ensure that golf balls stay where they belong; within the range or course. In addition to this, Golf Netting Systems keep both spectators and property safe from the damages associated with errant golf balls.

If you are the owner of a fairway or driving range, you are under a lawful commitment to safeguarding the viewers and homes surrounding the fairway or driving range. There are many brands of Golf Netting Systems, but not all are created equal.

This is why extreme caution must be taken when selecting the best Golf Barrier Netting System so that you get the best return on your investment. There is a need to upgrade the high-quality Golf Ball Barrier Netting System.

Below you will find the best additional benefits of having an efficient Golf Netting System at your course or range.

  • There are many legal reasons for installing a Golf Netting System at your range or course. Protecting golfers, their belongings, the vehicles nearby, and the spectators are the duty of the owner. Golf Nets can be installed in areas where an errant golf ball can create a potentially dangerous situation. It is imperative that said a system is properly installed to comply with all applicable laws and in order to prevent lawsuits.
  • Golf Netting is imperative to ensure spectator and player safety throughout the duration of a competition. With the addition of a Golf Netting system, you will be able to protect both players and spectators from being injured.
  • Golf Netting is the ideal solution to protect course or range property as well as a golfer and spectator property (for example cars in the parking lot). In addition to this, Golf Nets are an ideal solution for situations when a passer-by could become a target of a poorly hit ball.
  • Golf Nets also give you the ability to separate areas of the course from others. To put this into perspective, if a busy golf course also supports a driving range, a Golf Netting system is fundamental in establishing a barrier between the two.

Factors such as the safety needs of the area, surrounding properties, common weather conditions, efficiency, productivity, visual comfort and UV protection should all be taken into consideration. It is clear that the importance of Golf Netting Systems cannot be denied but not all nets are made equal making it necessary that you conduct research to determine the best netting system for your specific application.

For more tips on golf netting solution, contact ElecComm.

Dielectric Measurement Techniques

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 08, 2019
ETS Inspection and Services, Boston, MA

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.

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Advantages of Underground Cables

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 30, 2019
ElecComm Underground high voltage cable installation in Boston, MA

There are several advantages that are associated with the laying electric cables under the ground for transmitting electricity.

The following is a brief outline of these advantages.

Compared to overhead cables, underground cables are much safer. This is because underground electric cables are not exposed to the many dangers that ead power cables are exposed to.

It is cheaper to maintain underground cables over the course of time as compared to overhead ones. In practice, the cost of installing underground cables far exceeds what is associated with the installation of overhead ones. But once the underground cables have been installed, it is highly unlikely that will have to be repaired every now and then as it is the case with overhead electrical cable types.

Underground transmission of electricity is associated with reliability. This is because instances of constant disruption in the supply of power as a result of storms or faults that are associated with overhead transmission lines are not common when power transmission lines are laid underground.

For more information contact me ElecComm.

Third-Party Network Security Services

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, September 26, 2019
ElecComm - Boston, MA

Telecommunications and network security is incorporated within transmission methods, transport methods, transport formats, and software. The collective security strategy ensures confidentiality, integrity, and availability:

  1. Confidentiality is making sure that only those who are supposed to access the data can access it. Confidentiality is the opposite of disclosure.
  2. Integrity is making sure that the data has not been changed by accident or malice. Integrity is the opposite of alteration.
  3. Availability is making sure that the data is accessible when and where it is needed. Availability is the opposite of destruction.

The Telecommunications security domain of information security is also concerned with the prevention and detection of the misuse or abuse of systems, which poses a threat to the tenets of Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability (C.I.A.).

We need to predict, prevent and protect against risk with cyber security. Cyber threats remain one of the top risks the world faces in today’s hybrid IT telecommunications environment – and they are constantly evolving. As a result, cyber security is critical to any digital business. Our cyber security solutions enable your organization to be secure-by-design, minimizing cyber-risk throughout your workplace. We will clarify your data protection experience, helping you innovate and digitally transform, at your own pace.

Regardless of your good intentions, if you are not making a next-generation firewall part of your plan, your data center’s security posture is probably porous. It is time to strengthen your telecommunications data center security design.

If you have inquiries about security in telecommunications network, contact ElecComm.

Leveling Up Telecommunications Network Solutions

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, September 26, 2019
ElecComm Fiber optic splicing in Boston, MA

Setting up a communications platform for your business is an enormous challenge. This task must be accomplished by seasoned professionals. There are countless moving parts, numerous applications and protocols that must communicate with each other, and tremendous difficulty involved in all of the above. We handle your future problems and take the worry out of the telecom software process. Rely on our experienced programmers to stop the roadblocks before they happen and get your telecommunications up and running.

Over the years, we have been creating telecom solutions for infrastructure management and system integration, helping telecom-focused ISVs, mobile and fixed-line operators, VoIP providers, and broadcasting companies increase the number of clients and reduce network maintenance costs.

Our value added services offered brings about customized solutions to your telecommunications network services. As we adopt the latest upgrades in the technological field, we are also able to employ various methodologies to advance connectivity and communications both locally and across national boundaries from the core of your network.

We provide tailored solutions and telecommunications services to resolve your technical difficulties, leaving you free to focus on enhancing service value to your end customer and generating more revenue. Greet the lifestyle of an evolving digital communications era with state-of-the-art communications services for tech-savvy business consumers.

In today’s rapidly advancing technological age, valuable data and various networks are key features of governmental and business management. The recent rise of hacking attacks such as DDoS, Phishing, or Ransomware are creative exploits to steal proprietary information and a disruption of critical services.

With our solutions, layers of defense are strategically positioned at the edge and within the network to prevent unauthorized access. We ensure a prominent level of quality service and maintain cyber security for our clients so that network information is fully hack-proof. Our telecommunications services also include perimeter defense.

If you have inquiries about telecommunications network solutions, contact ElecComm.

10 Aerial Lift Safety Tips

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 25, 2019
ETS Inspection and Services, Boston, MA

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.

Greater Ideas On Custom Golf Netting Installation

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, September 12, 2019
ElecComm golf driving range netting in Boston, MA

When it comes time to net your driving range and golf course, know that quality barrier nets will save you huge sums of money over the long ter. Our golf netting is made of the finest quality materials and is professionally installed by our experienced team, so that your commercial golf net is built to last. Custom golf netting is vital as it can keep long drives on the course where they belong and away from yards, windows, cars, and neighborhood homes. Our superior quality nets will provide valuable protection for adjacent neighbors.

Our professional team are trained and experienced in commercial net installations. We have completed a wide variety of installations with projects ranging from 25 feet to 125 feet tall, and can install taller nets if needed. We handle the entire installation job from start to finish. Our process includes:

  • Working with you on the design and general consulting of your custom netting project
  • Running all necessary cabling, hardware and rigging
  • Sewing a poly rope border into the sections of netting
  • Stretching all cables and hanging netting

We know that every customer has different needs and different applications. That is why we bring all of our experience and expertise to every golf course and driving range netting installation job. The team members are your netting design and installation experts. Golf netting, driving range netting and landfill/debris netting are not sidelines for us; they are our only focus.

The growth of the game of the golf only continues to move forward. The consistent need for golf netting that covers a wide range of needs for individuals, golf courses, and even driving ranges gives us the ability to promise you that regardless of what you may need in the way of custom golf netting, we can help. When it comes to golf netting that will suit your needs, there are things to keep in mind. It is important to purchase netting that is going to meet your needs for the present and another to take a long-term view of what you are going to need from your golf netting. We can help to ensure you choose something that is going to be absolutely perfect.

Our netting products are made from the finest materials to be found anywhere. There are demands for netting that vary from one range to another, from one course to another. From fabricating steel poles for driving range netting, to taking into account the homes/businesses near-to your golf course, home, or range, there are a number of smaller considerations within any larger project. You want to make sure you are working with a company that will take each of these considerations seriously. The end result will be netting that you will be able to rely upon for years and years to come.

We are going to make sure everything is being taken care of. From the design and general consulting of the project at its beginning, to make sure all of the relevant cabling, hardware, and rigging are taken care of, we are going to be there to handle absolutely everything. This includes sewing poly rope borders into the proper sections of the netting, and making sure all of the cables have been stretched properly as we work to hang the netting.

With our company, every installation is custom fit for the job at hand. We work with you to ensure that you get the perfect custom net installation for your needs. We see every project through from start to finish. We want you, our customers, as well as your customers and neighbors, to be happy with every installation we do. That is why we work to ensure your complete satisfaction.

If you have inquiries about custom golf netting installation, contact ElecComm.

How Hydraulic Cylinder Repair/Rebuild Is Done?

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 09, 2019
ETS - Hydraulic Repair  - Boston, MA

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.

ElecComm Job Opportunities

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 28, 2019
ElecComm - Careers in Wilmington, MA

ElecComm continually looks to add new experienced or entry level talent to our expanding workforce. Our team is distributed throughout New England and we encourage applicants from surrounding states. ECC is a UWUA local 369 company.

ECC takes pride in our team and offers a well-rounded benefits package that includes comprehensive medical and dental coverage, a 401(k) plan with company match, profit sharing plan, life and disability insurance as well as paid time off.

We pride ourselves in safety, health, training and state of the art equipment for our employees and participate in the UWUA Apprenticeship Program. Our team is continually cross trained and upholds the highest safety standards in the workplace. ECC is an equal opportunity employer.

Please submit your resume to info@eleccommc.com



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Meeting The Demand of Telecommunications Network Design Installation

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 28, 2019
ElecComm - Careers in Wilmington, MA

The telecommunications industry is continually changing and Competitive Service Providers (CSPs) face a challenging market. Keeping pace with regulatory requirements, increasing capacity, and improving the reliability of a network infrastructure while maintaining high levels of customer service can be an overwhelming task. The telecommunication network stands at the threshold of another era of innovation that has been fueled by the exponential growth of fixed and mobile communications. End-users increasingly demand greater connectivity and hassle-free services on-the-go. And more technologies are being developed to close the gap between the real and virtual worlds.

The telecommunication network services that we deliver here in Boston, MA together with our best-of-breed technology equipment providers, will fulfill every need of your IT and telecommunication department. Our services span design, supply, application development, testing, commissioning, support, and managed services.

To be competitive, your network delivers the highest quality of service possible. And when you can intelligently and cost-effectively upgrade and expand your network, you will be poised to benefit from growing broadband opportunities. We can fix your troublesome telecommunication environment. Professional fiber optic splicing is just one of many ways to eliminate the bottlenecks that are throttling your ability to effectively communicate. Our telecommunication network installation services is guaranteed to reduce the frustration a poor data infrastructure presents to you and your employees. vOne of the most challenging decisions a telecommunications manager can make is choosing the proper design for an optical-fiber cabling plant. Optical-fiber cable, which has extremely high bandwidth, is a powerful telecommunications medium that supports voice, data, video, and telemetry/sensor applications. The effectiveness of the media is greatly diminished if proper connectivity is not designed into the system. Such connectivity allows for flexibility, manageability, and versatility.

Designers are aware that proper planning of a structured cabling system can save time and money. A cable that is installed for point-to-point links also should meet specifications for later upgrades as it becomes part of a much larger network. It will anticipate future applications and providing additional fibers for unforeseen applications. Also, interfacing with local service providers can also avoid duplication of cable, connecting hardware, and installation labor.

The emergence of a true service-oriented platforms has created growth opportunities for the telecommunications network. It allows service providers to introduce exciting and innovative services. All installations are fully compliant with the relevant networking standards. And workmanship is guaranteed.

For more information about telecommunication network design installations, contact ElecComm.

Electrical Hot Stick Testing Services

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, August 22, 2019
ETS - Inspection and Testing, Boston, MA

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.

Golf Poles and Netting Solutions

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 21, 2019
ElecComm Golf driving range netting

If you construct or maintain a golf course (or courses) throughout New England, poles and netting present strategic challenges. Every course has different dimension and requirements. Poles and netting of course are a must for the driving range, but safety mandates the need for protective netting elsewhere on the course. Consider ElecComm Inc. who has been delivering for Boston area ranges for years.

Our golf netting solutions made here in Boston, MA meet the needs of your golf requirements. Here are just some of the considerations and strategies that we will consult you on:

  1. Custom Size Options. Golf course has different sizes and shapes. There are offer options for pole size that caters to the exact specifications of the job. Whatever your needs, our team can make it happen with the same amount of care and precision that goes into every project we take on. Our installation is quick so you can have your netting barrier secured your driving range in no time.
  2. Calculated Wind Resistance. When installing netting poles to area surrounding a golf course, you require the assurance that they will stand firm among the worst conditions mother nature decides to throw your way. Golf poles are designed specifically to perform under extreme conditions such as intense wind so you can feel confident that your work on the course will remain intact.
  3. Maximized Life-Expectancy. The best materials are used for all installation projects to ensure the durability required for optimal functioning. All netting poles done by our team are designed to maximize the lifespan of netting barriers, and let customers feel more confident in the longevity of the projects they complete.
  4. Enhanced Appearance. All of the poles and netting installation done by our teams are designed to have an appearance that helps them blend into the scenery of a golf course. We can install netting poles that not only perform their function but looks great while doing so.

The materials we used last the longest and stand up to mother nature, giving you the best value for your investment. We take pride in all of the work that we do providing you only the highest quality netting poles installation in the market today. If you have inquiries or specific concerns about golf netting system, contact Elec Comm. We are glad to answer your queries.

Underground Power Lines Installation Services

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 16, 2019
ElecComm Underground high voltage cable installation in Boston, MA

Businesses across Boston is upgrading their power infrastructure by installing underground high voltage cable systems. Most business owners have long accepted the long-term advantages of underground power lines and the overall value that they deliver. Clearly underground lines offer the best protection of the asset against man and mother nature. Wind, rain and snow increasingly take down dated overhead power line distribution systems. Power disruption can and should be a thing of the past.

ElecComm’s underground high voltage cable solutions across Boston, MA guarantee that companies are less likely to experience power outages and the associated cost to business operations. Both the residential developers and commercial sectors alike benefit from underground power implementation. Engineering a solution that works for you is as easy as giving us a call. We’ve been supplying Boston with underground power solutions for decades now and we are prepared to move you and your business smartly forward.

To find out more about the benefits and advantages of underground high voltage systems, contact ElecComm.

Customized Telecommunication Network Solutions

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 09, 2019
ElecComm - Telecommunication Network Solution, Boston, MA

Much of today’s business activities run through the internet. Almost every business has a critical dependency on fast and reliable internet services. It is vitally important to today’s business owner to trust the design, engineering, and maintenance of their commercial telecommunication network to seasoned professional engineers.

EleComm’s telecommunication network services here in Boston, MA guarantees state of the art internal and external communication system support. Our network solutions incorporate analysis in depth of your business’ unique operating requirements. Our systems ensure that your telecommunication network is always a business enabler when so many of your competitors and neighboring business suffer regular and recurring data challenges and outright failure.

We can fix your troublesome telecommunication environment. Professional fiber optic splicing is just one of many ways we eliminate the bottlenecks that are throttling your ability to effectively communicate. Our telecommunication network installation service is guaranteed to reduce the frustration a poor data infrastructure presents to you and your employees.

For more information about telecommunication network design installations, contact ElecComm.

Hydraulic Cylinder Repair Tips

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, August 08, 2019
ETS - Hydraulic Repair  - Boston, MA

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
  • screwdriver
  • punch
  • pliers
  • 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:

  1. When dismantling the hydraulic cylinder make sure to check all components not only the faulty parts.
  2. Do not forget to put back the hydraulic wear bands for this guide ring will help lessen metal-to-metal contact.
  3. A bent or curve in the rod is an indication of an early defect of rod seals.
  4. Always use the right fit tools when repairing to avoid metal surface scrapes that can turn to corrosion issues in the long run.
  5. Be careful when handling larger hydraulic cylinder for they are utilizing high tension springs to operate.
  6. 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.

Strategies When Designing A Golf Netting System

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 31, 2019
ElecComm Netting, Lighting, and Poles - Boston, MA

Golf netting systems are a key element of opening a golf course. Before golf vourse can open, golf nets must be installed and inspected to ensure errant balls will stay inside the range and won't pose threat to people and property in close proximity.

But before installing a golf pole and netting system, here are some helpful information for designing an effective netting solution:

  • Size and dimension of the golf area
  • Environmental facts which includes weather, wind speed and soil condition. Also, state and local code compliance.
  • What would client prefer on the netting structure: Fixed, retractable or breakaway technology
  • Pole and netting type and height

Since all golf courses have unique specifications, our golf netting solutions made here in Boston, MA meet the distinct needs of course designers. If you have inquiries or specific concerns about golf netting system, contact ElecComm. We are glad to answer your queries.

Crane Safety Inspection Services – Keep Your Company Out of the News

Joseph Coupal - Friday, July 26, 2019
ETS - Crane Inspection - Boston, MA

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.

Custom Design Golf Netting System

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, July 25, 2019
ElecComm golf driving range netting in Boston, MA

Golf netting is a specialty service of ElecComm. We design and create sturdy golf barrier structures that will serve as a safety high barricade around your golf range property. This will prevent errant balls from escaping the vicinity and cause damages to neighboring properties.

We custom design every solution because every golf course has different dimension and requirements. Whether its a vast golf range or just a mini public course, you can count on us. Our team has been around in this industry for decades and we have implemented countless golf netting set ups, replacements and repairs across New England. We use premium quality materials that will withstand strikes and weather for years. So expect a very high standard installation of golf poles and netting at your facility that will last.

Golf operators are liable to damages related to errant golf balls. It is their lookout to ensure that their golf field and drive range is a safe place for regular games and tournaments and this includes the safety of nearby communities as well. If you need golf range netting services you can trust, contact ElecComm.

Advantages of Using Underground High Voltage Cable

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, July 18, 2019
ElecComm Underground High Voltage Systems in Boston, MA

ElecComm's core business focus is on the installation, removal and maintenance of electric/communications distribution systems. For almost twenty years now, we’ve served municipalities across New England with underground and overhead electrical distribution system installation, maintenance, and removal services. Today we thought we’d share with you why municipalities invest so heavily in underground power distribution systems. Here are other advantages of using underground cables:

  • Appropriate in areas where overhead lines are complicated and not feasible to install
  • Low upkeep required
  • Minimal voltage drops
  • Lower fault incidence
  • Less prone to short circuits because they are less exposed to environmental elements
  • Theft and illegal connection issues are reduced
  • Does not endanger wildlife or low flying aircraft

Looking at these advantages, underground cable power lines offer more safe and secure power solutions for urban environments. To learn more about underground high voltage cable system, contact ElecComm.

Electrical Utility Fleet Maintenance and Repair Services

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 15, 2019
ETS Inspection and Services, Boston, MA

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.

Underground Cable Maintenance Procedures

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

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

Underground high-voltage preventative cable maintenance includes:

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

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

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

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

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

Dielectric Testing Ensures Aerial Devices Are Safe to Use

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 27, 2019
ETS Inspection and Services, Boston, MA

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.

Why Regular Maintenance is Vital To Underground High Voltage Cables

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

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

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

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

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

Fiber Optic Splicing For Fast and Reliable Internet Access

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

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

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

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

Crane Inspection and Testing Checklist

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 13, 2019
ETS - Crane Inspection - Boston, MA

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

  1. Cranes are checked for any maladjustments which may hamper its optimal performance.
  2. Check for any impairment or leakage in lines, tanks, valves, drain pumps, and other air or hydraulic systems.
  3. 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.
  4. Check the hoist chains along with its end connections for any distortion.
  5. Thoroughly check for any excessive wear of components.
  6. Check whether the wire rope reeving system is working in accordance to manufacturer’s recommendations.
  7. Check brakes and emergency switches whether they are operational.

Periodic Inspection Checklist

Additional inspection steps that are typically performed on an annual basis:

  1. Check for any deformation, cracks or corrosion of components.
  2. 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.
  3. Look if there is an excessive wear on brake and clutch system parts, linings, pawls, and ratchets.
  4. Check load, wind, and other indicator inaccuracy.
  5. Check for any fault or unsafe power plants including exhaust leakages and emergency shutdown feature.
  6. Inspect for worn out chain drive sprockets and excessive chain stretch.
  7. Inspect electrical apparatus for any pitting or any other impairment of controller contactors, limit switches and push-button stations.
  8. Check worn-out tires.

For more information about crane inspection and testing services in Boston, MA, contact ETS Inc..

Overhead Power Line Safety Tips in Construction Sites

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

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

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

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

How To Perform Fiber Optic Fusion Splicing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Importance of Hot Stick Testing and Repair

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 28, 2019
ETS - Inspection and Testing, Boston, MA

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.

High Quality Golf Netting For Durable Protection

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

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

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

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

Reinforce Electrical Infrastructures For The Hurricane Season

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

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

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

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

Proper Crimping Technique is Crucial in Fiber Termination Process

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

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

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

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

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

ETS Hydraulic Repair Services

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 08, 2019
ElecComm - Power Line Storm Response, MA

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.