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Hot Stick Dielectric Testing Services

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

Electrical linemen is by nature one of the most dangerous occupations. They regularly put their lives at risk as they service live lines daily. Ensuring that all safety tools such as hot sticks work at optimal performance is crucial. To ensure this, regular and recurring dielectric testing service must be accomplished to protect both staff and electrical resources.

Are your hot sticks scratched or do they have a dull finish? Such conditions indicate that the stick is possibly unable to repel water and introduces a dangerous environment. That device could conduct current. You might be conducting dangerous business operations without even knowing it.

ETS Inspection and Testing Service offers full testing and hot stick repair service to ensure hot line tools are safe to use and perform optimally. These tools include Hot Line Stick equipment, Pruners, Fuse Pullers, etc. They are dielectrically tested for defects and malfunctions. The sticks are temporarily removed from the service to send it for repair and refinishing. After it is restored, it is once again tested dielectrically to evaluate its performance as it needs to pass the standards.

Certified technicians will diagnose the issue, find out the root cause, perform a comprehensive maintenance check and provide the quote. Mechanical defects, scratches, and cracks are then repaired. Refinishing process is done to return the tool to its original condition. It will undergo another dielectric test to ensure it passes the safety and performance standard. The tools are continued to be cleaned and maintained when it is returned to the field.

For more information about servicing, maintaining, and testing your hot sticks, contact ETS Inspection and Services.

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.

Dielectric Testing and Inspection of Aerial Lifts Must Be Done By Trained Personnel

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 28, 2018

Aerial lift trucks and devices are complex pieces of equipment that, when they become worn out, are expensive to repair. Although they are equipped with proper safety systems, they are still susceptible to overloading during service. Thus, annual dielectric testing and inspection is required to ensure this equipment works safely at maximum capacity prior to dispatching them to the job site.

High voltage dielectric testing of aerial lifts is a crucial task since the lift provides insulation to ground workers who are working on or close to high voltage cables and apparatus. Testing and inspection must be done by certified personnel who are trained to specifically perform dielectric testing service. Only dielectric testing experts are trained to use the special equipment necessary for inspection and testing. Also, there are particular methods that are acceptable to ANSI standards.

ETS, Inc. specialize in this line of work. We guarantee the correct method will be executed when testing aerial devices. Our team is fully-equipped with dielectric testing knowledge, tools, and equipment and we have the competent experience to handle the job. Contact ETS, Inc. to find out more about these services.


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