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Run Dielectric Fluid Test Annually

Ideal Time to Run Dielectric Fluid TestRun Dielectric Fluid Test Annually. It is ideal to run a Dielectric Fluid Test at least once a year. In certain circumstances such as if test results indicate a significant change such as a large increase in key gasses or moisture content then a Dielectric Fluid Test should be run every three to six months.

Test the insulating fluid in the power transformer before a failure occurs. As a transformer ages, the dielectric fluid can contain gas and contaminants that have dissolved in it over time causing a transformer failure. Dielectric fluids in a transformer can be analyzed to find out the condition of the dielectric fluid. The testing can identify measures needed for preventative maintenance action. Transformer oil analysis is a cost-effective preventive maintenance tool for your electrical power system.

Preventive maintenance including inspection, testing, and servicing of electrical equipment should be done on a regular basis. Contact Reuter Hanney, The Electrical Power Specialists, today at bids@reuterhanney.com for a review of your company’s electrical equipment needs and to learn more about safety, and safety maintenance procedures.

Prevent Transformer Failures with Dieletric Liquid Testing

Prevent Transformer FailuresPrevent transformer failures with dielectric liquid testing on transformers. As a transformer ages, the dielectric fluid can contain gas and contaminants that have dissolved in it over time causing a transformer failure. Three reasons to test transformers with dielectric testing:

1. Early indicator of a problem you may have

2. Relatively easy to do

3. Inexpensive test that provides a lot of diagnostic information.

Preventive maintenance including inspection, testing, and servicing of electrical equipment should be done on a regular basis. Contact Reuter Hanney, The Electrical Power Specialists, today at bids@reuterhanney.com for a review of your company’s electrical equipment needs and to learn more about safety, and safety maintenance procedures.

What is the purpose of Dielectric Fluids?

Dielectric FluidsDielectric Fluids:

  • provides electrical insulation
  • cools the equipment
  • protects the paper insulation

Dielectric fluids are found in transformers, voltage regulators, oil circuit breakers, load tap changers, oil switches and oil-filled cables. The fluids can be analyzed to find out the condition of the oil. The testing can identify measures needed for preventative maintenance action. 

Preventive maintenance including inspection, testing, and servicing of electrical equipment should be done on a regular basis. Contact Reuter Hanney, The Electrical Power Specialists, today at bids@reuterhanney.com for a review of your company’s electrical equipment needs and to learn more about safety, and safety maintenance procedures.

Electrical Safety Equipment – How Often & Why Should We Test?

electrical safety equipmentElectrical Safety Equipment provides protection for employees and the company. Even quality and innovative electrical safety equipment need to be evaluated and maintained.

A lot of our customers ask us “how often and why should we test” their electrical safety equipment. It’s inevitable that your electrical safety equipment will deteriorate over time, however, several factors can accelerate the deterioration of the equipment including environment, overload circuit conditions, heavy or severe duty cycles. Additional problems that may lead to deterioration that may potentially cause equipment failure include improper settings, improperly selection of equipment, load changes and circuit alterations. Reuter Hanney’s effective Preventative Maintenance Program can help you identify and remedy any of these conditions before it becomes a larger problem. We understand the protection you require and provide innovative solutions to maintain the electrical safety equipment and keep you safe.

In the following weeks, we will take a look at and discuss the frequency needed and different types of testing that should be done on equipment. Next week we will discuss looking at fluids and gases.

Preventive maintenance including inspection, testing, and servicing of electrical equipment should be done on a regular basis. Contact Reuter Hanney, The Electrical Power Specialists, today at bids@reuterhanney.com for a review of your company’s electrical equipment needs and to learn more about safety, and safety maintenance procedures.

Equipment Failure Prevention Testing

Equipment Failure and Unplanned Downtime Costs Time & Money

Eequipment failure preventionquipment failure is one of the biggest reasons for unplanned downtime. That’s why a “Preventative Testing Program” by Reuter Hanney is the most cost-effective investment you can make.

Your vital electrical systems are under constant stress, subjected to the damaging effects of thermal cycling, switching, mechanical stresses, and environmental extremes. And because the various components of your power distribution system, from individual relays and switches to circuit breakers and transformers, are interrelated, the failure of even one component can lead to catastrophic system failure. Power outages, damage to equipment and property and even injury to employees can occur. An inefficient electrical system can create unnecessary hardship on any company.

We can tailor an electrical testing program to meet your specific needs and budget. We also know how important it is for you to avoid downtime, and our first priority is to prevent unexpected outages from occurring. But if they do occur, we’ll act to restore power as quickly as possible. Reuter Hanney’s emergency team is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Preventive maintenance including inspection, testing, and servicing of electrical equipment should be done on a regular basis. Contact Reuter Hanney, The Electrical Power Specialists, today at bids@reuterhanney.com for a review of your company’s electrical equipment needs and to learn more about safety, and safety maintenance procedures.

Electrical Panel Precaution for a Catastrophic Failure

Electrical Panel Precaution: Contain Any Release of Energy in the Electrical Panel

If you have a catastrophic failure in your electrical system be sure the electrical panel is:

  • securely bolted with all the regulated number of bolts
  • fully closed
  • showing no bowing of the panels
  • showing no openings

All of the above are necessary in order to contain any release of energy due to a catastrophic failure.

It is important to check all electrical equipment and panels. Preventive maintenance including inspection, testing, and servicing of electrical equipment should be done on a regular basis. Contact Reuter Hanney, The Electrical Power Specialists, today at bids@reuterhanney.com for a review of your company’s electrical equipment needs and to learn more about safety, and safety maintenance procedures.

 

Electrical Equipment Labels Protect Workers

Electrical Equipment LabelsElectrical Equipment Labels Guidelines to Protect Workers

Electrical equipment labels protect workers who may be involved in servicing or maintenance. The installer must ensure the labels are applied and correctly oriented so they are clearly visible to qualified persons before examination, adjustment, servicing, or maintenance of the equipment.

According to NFPA 130.7, Electrical equipment such as switchboards, panelboards, industrial control panels, meter socket enclosures, and motor control panels, and motor control centers that are in other than dwelling units, and are likely to require examination, adjustment, servicing, or maintenance while energized, shall be field marked with a label containing all the following information:

1) At least one of the following:

  • Available incident energy and the corresponding working distance
  • Minimum arc rating of clothing
  • Required level of PPE
  • Highest Hazard/Risk Category (HRC) for the equipment

2) Nominal system voltage
3) Arc flash boundary

Proper electrical equipment labels is a hazard reminder that gives the worker specific information that will help to assess the workplace to determine if hazards are present and what action is needed.

Preventive maintenance including inspection, testing, and servicing of electrical equipment should be done on a regular basis. Contact Reuter Hanney, The Electrical Power Specialists, today at bids@reuterhanney.com for a review of your company’s electrical equipment needs and to learn more about safety, and safety maintenance procedures.

Limited Approach Boundary Rules

Limited Approach Boundary Rules - NFPA 70E Rules Review

Limited Approach Boundary Rules – NFPA 70E Rules Review

NFPA 70-E, Section 130.4 (D) (1) (2), Rules for Unqualified Person(s) Working at or Close to the Limited Approach Boundary are very specific:

(1)  Where one or more unqualified persons are working at or close to the limited approach boundary, the designated person in charge of the work space where the electrical hazard exists shall:

a.     Advise the unqualified person(s) of the electrical hazard and
b.    warn him or her to stay outside of the limited approach boundary

(2)  Entering the Limited Approach Boundary. Where there is a need for an unqualified person(s) to cross the limited approach boundary, a qualified person shall:

a.     Advise him or her of the possible hazards
b.    Escort the unqualified person(s) while inside the limited approach boundary.

Under no circumstance shall the escorted unqualified person(s) be permitted to cross the restricted approach boundary.

NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace provides requirements for safe work practices to protect personnel by reducing exposure to major electrical hazards. 

Preventive maintenance including inspection, testing, and servicing of electrical equipment should be done on a regular basis. Contact Reuter Hanney, The Electrical Power Specialists, today at bids@reuterhanney.com for a review of your company’s electrical equipment needs and to learn more about safety, and safety maintenance procedures.

NETA Certification: When “Qualified” Isn’t Certified

NETA CertificationNETA Certification: When “Qualified” Isn’t Certified

Today, virtually every electrical testing company has a website. Most of them make some reference to NETA (InterNational Electrical Testing Association), the professional organization that establishes industry standards for electrical testing companies. But what many of these companies can’t do, unlike Reuter Hanney, is display the symbol that comes with NETA certification.

NETA certification doesn’t come easily. It’s earned during a rigorous 18-month process of stringent inspections, detailed testing, precise calibration of all test equipment, and perhaps more importantly, technicians who have taken and passed NETA written certification tests. In addition, NETA certification calls for technicians to complete a minimum of 48 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) within a three year period to stay current with an industry that is always evolving and advancing.

Many companies, especially those that are primarily electrical contractors, use phrases like “NETA qualified” or “Meet NETA specifications” to suggest they meet NETA standards. But unless they have a NETA certification, you have no assurance of their qualifications to conduct electrical testing, or that any of their other claims are true.

When you’re tasked with choosing an electrical testing company, it pays to look for the NETA symbol. It’s one we wear with pride at Reuter Hanney. Contact Reuter Hanney, The Electrical Power Specialists, today at bids@reuterhanney.com for a review of your company’s electrical equipment needs and to learn more about safety, and safety maintenance procedures.

 

 

Generator Rental – Prepare for Disaster

Generator RentalGenerator Rental – Better Too Soon Than Too Late

A generator rental can help maintain power distribution when you need to respond to a natural disaster.  If you wait until you really need it, it can be far too late. The power grid we take for granted most days is still highly vulnerable to severe weather. Whether you’re responsible for a nursing home full of residents, a dormitory filled with students, or a high-efficiency production line, the time to think about auxiliary generator rental is long before the first rain drop or snow flake falls.

The solution to this problem is really a simple one. First, determine what level of generator you need for your application. If you’re not sure, Reuter Hanney can provide expert assistance in determining your requirements. Then, reserve early. There are only a finite number of emergency generators available at any given time. If you wait until a dangerous weather event is forecast, or is in its early stages, chances are you’ll find your rental opportunities have disappeared.

When it comes to generator rental, proactive is preferable to reactive every time. Make your disaster response plans now. You never know when you’re going to have to act on them.  Even with backup generators, power outages during a natural disaster can be difficult to prevent. Add a generator rental to ensure all your operations run according to plan. Call us or email us today at bids@reuterhanney.com to help you get better prepared.

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