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Dielectric Testing

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.

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..

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.

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.

Live-Line and Aerial Dielectric Testing and Certification

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, April 25, 2019

Prior to using live-line tools and aerial equipment, it is important that these devices receive professional dielectric testing and certification. This provides the assurance that the equipment can deliver sufficient protection to thoroughly protect electrical workers working in their hazardous environment. The equipment must meet the technical and safety standards as specified by OSHA and ANSI.

ETS Inspection and Testing Services exists to provide the proper tools and professional technicians that deliver dielectric testing services for your live-line devices, aerial lifts and bucket trucks. We guarantee quality and economical dielectric testing services across the greater Boston area. In order to prevent downtime within your business’ operation, it’s imperative that you be on top of your annual equipment maintenance and certification. Through the testing and inspection procedure, hidden issues can be detected earlier so necessary repairs can be done to prevent further damage of the equipment.

For more elaborative details on dielectric testing procedure, don't hesitate to contact ETS, Inc. We will provide you with all the necessary information you need prior to testing process.

Quality Dielectric Testing and Inspection of Aerial Lift Gears

Joseph Coupal - Friday, April 05, 2019

Annual Dielectric Testing and Inspection is an important safety measure to ensure aerial devices are working in perfect condition and operating safely. These devices are highly complex and threatens severe operator injury and avoidable repair expenses when electric and mechanical issues go undetected an unaddressed. The yearly gear inspection and evaluation will mitigate these threats.

ETS Inc. specializes in dielectric testing and inspection services for aerial lift trucks and digger derricks. Commercial aerial lift trucks and digger derricks are governed by OSHA and ANSI protocols. One primary inspection focus area is the insulation status of the apparatus. Dielectric testing validates the contraption's electrical strength and voltage. This is done through application of voltage across the insulation material of the gear while metering the resultant leakage current.

It not a matter of IF you need dielectric testing services but WHEN you will need them. Choose your testing service provider with the proven record and years of experience to protect your staff, your equipment, and your reputation. We are certified OSHA and ANSI service providers. We guarantee a quality inspection and will provide you a comprehensive evaluation of your equipment.

Contact ETS Inc. for more information about Dielectric Testing and Inspection.

Dielectric Testing Service Must Be Safe and Accurately Done

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 25, 2018

Are your aerial lift trucks and digger derricks due for their annual dielectric testing and inspection? ETS, Inc. is at your service. Always choose a fully licensed company to perform dielectric testing. The procedure can be hazardous and electrical faults are possible when the equipment tested has internal damage.

Dielectric testing services are important for early detection of latent defects, particularly in the internal systems of the equipment. This test must be done properly to get the accurate condition and status of the lift trucks and diggers and for proper management and repairs can be performed immediately to prevent further deterioration of this expensive heavy equipment. More importantly, when annual testing has been put off or taken for granted, those operating this machinery are at risk.

For dielectric testing and inspection it is imperative to hire experts that will carefully carry out these procedures. It is necessary that they have the skills, experience and tools so safety is secured during and after testing and repair. Contact ETS, Inc. for scrupulous and safe dielectric testing of your equipment.

Dielectric Testing and Inspections Secure The Condition of Your Equipment

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, September 20, 2018

Overtime, Aerial Lift Trucks and Digger Derricks become susceptible to defects that cause current overloads. Any equipment can get worn out when it is regularly in-service. This equipment involves complex systems which means repairs can be costly when they break down. To prevent this, dielectric testing and inspections are highly recommended to keep these units in top condition at all times.

Dielectric testing services are performed to detect damage in the insulation or other internal defects within the system before they become worse. The proper actions can be taken to repair issues at the earliest stage. This can prevent further deterioration of the equipment. Doing these inspections are vital to secure the safety of the technicians during operation. Damage in the equipment can cause electrical faults that can endanger those standing close to this equipment.

ETS, Inc. can perform reliable dielectric testing services to ensure that aerial lifts and digger derricks are conditioned prior to field deployment. Fully-equipped with tools and years of experience, we can guarantee the accurate testing and proper repair of the equipment. Contact us today for dielectric testing and inspection services.

Dielectric Testing of Digger Derricks Secures the Safety of Operators

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, August 09, 2018

Digger derricks are used for a kinds of tasks in the construction of utility lines. This includes lifting, digging holes, lifting linemen for overhead line maintenance and more. These derricks must be regularly maintained at all times so they can be readily utilized, especially during emergencies. For that matter, dielectric testing and inspection measures are integral to ensure these devices are reliable in critical situations.

Dielectric testing in Pittsfield, MA must be conducted by trained personnel. This is crucial because digger derricks have complex systems and the accuracy of the testing is vital to find any and all hidden issues. This gear is an expensive asset, which means costly repairs when minor hitches are allowed to escalate. High insulation testing is one of the primary areas that needs to be tested regularly in order to secure the safety of those who operate them.

If you are looking for experts in dielectric testing services with strict compliance to ANSI requirements, contact ETS, Inc.. We are fully-equipped to handle the job competitively.

Dielectric Testing of Digger Derricks and Aerial Lifts Prevents Major Equipment Defects

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, July 12, 2018

The responsibility for owning a digger derrick and aerial lift trucks goes beyond meeting requirements set by ANSI and OSHA. The main purpose of annual dielectric testing and inspection is to ensure the safety of those operating it. Through this annual testing and inspection, issues are often detected and addressed before technical defects damage the equipment, or much worse, injure the operator.

Only trained and certified personnel execute high voltage dielectric testing. The procedure usually takes 3-6 hours to complete depending on the type of device being tested. It is recommended to strategically plan out the inspection schedule in order to eliminate or reduce fleet downtime. It's always better to identify and fix issues early while they are minor in nature and to prevent escalation into major equipment malfunction.

The pros here at ETS, Inc. are qualified to perform dielectric testing service. Our crew is comprised of well-equipped certified mechanic with over 35 years of experience in dielectric testing process. If you need such service, don't hesitate to contact us.