Dirty Power Quality

Dirty Power Quality

Is dirty power dirtying your profits?

In today’s manufacturing facilities, it is extremely common to find that there are large amounts of machinery that depends on high quality, clean electrical energy to keep it operating. Plant managers and technicians are often tasked with making sure this machinery is running at optimum levels to keep operating costs down. Wasted energy, downed machinery and dirty power can suck up your profits almost instantly. There is a very… Continue Reading »

Common Power Quality Issues

Power Quality Issues
Often times when dealing with a power logger or power analyzer you will see a waveform trend and maybe not be the most informed on what exactly it means. Below are the most common waveform patterns and a quick run down of what they mean as well as common causes and results of the waveform. JM Test is an authorized distributor of Fluke power analyzers and loggers. If you would like to rent or… Continue Reading »

Fluke ii900 Review and Testimonials

Fluke ii900 Review and Testimonials
If you are stuck trying to find leaks that seem to be unable to be found, we have just the solution for you! Fluke has recently introduced to the market a “sonic industrial thermal imager” known as the Fluke ii900. The ii900 uses dozens of very small microphones to pick up noise of air leaks and displays them in real time on the ii900’s 7” LCD screen. JM Test is now offering this product… Continue Reading »

Getting Your Best Results From a Thermographic Camera

Getting Your Best Results From a Thermographic Camera
Checking Electrical Applications with a Thermal Imager

Thermal imagers can be helpful to check various electrical system components without pausing your process. In fact, your electrical system needs to be running at it’s normal load to accurately check out your potential faults. The load on your electrical systems needs to be running no less than 40% of the maximum load capacity and if you can run your system at full load for the testing, that… Continue Reading »

Introduction to Thermal Cameras

Introduction to Thermal Cameras
The roots of thermography go all the way back to the year 1800 when a German astronomer by the name of Sir William Herschel performed various experiments with light. Herschel had an idea to hold a prism up and let the sunlight filter through. As you know, a prism will emit various colors of light depending on where it hits in the prism. Sir William Herschel had an idea to… Continue Reading »

Fluke ii900

Fluke ii900
The United States Department of Energy estimates that is costs upwards of $2,500 per year to run an 1/8” line of compressed air. It is also estimated that up to 40% of industrial energy is lost in leaking compressed air lines. Compressors run anything from machines tools, robotics, lasers, actuators, powder coaters. The list is endless! If there are air leaks in a compressed air line, you are injuring your profitability with a… Continue Reading »

Properly Maintaining your Gas Monitor

Gas Detector Maintenance
As with any tool, proper maintenance is crucial to the tool performing its job properly. A gas detector is a tool that is used to ensure that you make it home alive at the end of the day. With that being said, it is very important to properly maintain these tools. Obviously, gas detectors are a staple for protecting workers from inhaling toxins. Also, they are a resource for determining possible explosions. CO2 is… Continue Reading »

Quick Start Guide for the RKI Eagle 2 Gas Monitor

Quick Start Guide for the RKI Eagle 2 Gas Monitor

Video Transcript

Hello, Patrick here at JM Test again. Today we will be focusing on how to get your RKI Eagle 2 monitor up and running as efficiently as possible.

First, we will review how to simply turn the monitor on. Please remember when you turn the Eagle 2 on, it needs to be in a known fresh air environment.

  1. Powering on your Unit

How To Bump Test An RKI GX2009 4 Gas Monitor

How To Bump Test An RKI GX2009 4 Gas Monitor

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:

Hey guys, we hope you found our last video on the RKI GX-2009 to be helpful to you when trying to get your gauge up and running quickly. Now that you have your monitor operable, we should take a few minutes to learn how to properly do a bump test on the RKI GX-2009 4 gas personal monitor.

The first thing that you need to do is to make sure that you… Continue Reading »

How to Properly Store Gas Monitors

How to Properly Store Gas Monitors
If you don’t decide to rent your gas detectors, chances are that in between jobs you will need to store your gas monitors. You may need to store them for a couple of days or a couple of weeks; no matter the duration you will want to follow some basic tips for storing your devices. The environment that gas monitors are stored in can have a real impact on the performance of your monitor.

The… Continue Reading »

How to quick start your RKI GX2009

How to Quick Start your RKI GX2009

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:

This is Patrick McCants from the JM Test Systems rental department and today we will be running through a quick start and hit a couple of troubleshooting tips for the RKI GX-2009.

TURNING THE GX-2009 ON
The first thing you will want to do is to power on your GX2009 by pressing and briefly holding the POWER MODE button. At this point you will see the LED lights light up and the screen… Continue Reading »

Calibration Gas

Calibration gas expiration
We don’t eat expired food, so why would we use expired calibration gas?

Calibration gas is a very vital part of making sure that your gas monitor is going to perform as it should. Whenever you perform a bump test or a calibration on your gas monitor, calibration gas is something that you must have on hand. Calibration gases have set amounts of gas in the bottle that is exposed to the sensors of… Continue Reading »

RKI GX-6000

RKI GX-6000
JM Test Systems now carries the perfect solution for your benzene testing! Benzene has been labeled a carcinogen by the Department of Health & Human Services, which is a chemical that causes cancer. Along with that benzene is extremely flammable and colorless. As you can see, benzene can be extremely dangerous to come into contact with.

The RKI GX-6000 is a game changer and it just changed the game again with the Benzene Specific… Continue Reading »

GX-3R Gas Monitor

GX-3R
We now rent the smallest and lightest 4 gas monitor that is on the market! The GX-3R, manufactured by RKI Instruments, has revolutionized the clip-on gas monitor industry with their newest offering.

The GX-3R is the world’s smallest 4 gas monitor weighing only 3.52 ounces and can comfortably be clipped within a worker’s breathing zone (2.2” W x 2.55” H x 1.02” D). It simultaneously monitors and displays LEL combustibles, O2, CO (Hydrogen compensated… Continue Reading »

Bump Testing

Bump Testing
Bump testing is no different than anything else as far as safety precautions are concerned. You put your seatbelt on before driving a vehicle. You don’t drive a motorcycle without wearing a helmet. You don’t leave without locking the door to your house. Gas detection is much the same way, if you take the proper safety precautions you will be in much better shape if something doesn’t go according to plan. You may not… Continue Reading »

Fiber Optics Safety

Fiber Optic Safety
Fiber optics safety is a crucial part of successfully completing a fiber optic installation or repair. Safety can often be overlooked when working with fiber as it is an extremely safe working material. Although this is true, safety should still be a top priority when doing an installation or performing maintenance on a fiber system. In today’s blog post we will review some of the most important safety concerns when performing your job.

Today we… Continue Reading »

Safety when Measuring in a Confined Space

Safety when Measuring in a Confined Space
More often than not, if you have ever used a gas monitor, you have used one in a confined space area. Confined spaces are described by OSHA as a work area that is not designed to have people in it but is big enough to get down into and do your work. A confined space typically has a very restricted accessibility point which is not meant for continuous occupancy. The most common confined space… Continue Reading »

Cracking Towers

Cracking Tower
Refineries use large “cracking towers” as a part of their operations. These towers can be approximately 100 feet tall and are filled with a catalyst that assists the conversion of oil into lighter fuels. Periodically, the catalyst must be removed, the tower cleaned out, and new catalyst added. In order to remove the old catalyst, workers must enter and remain inside the tower wearing full protective gear. As the old catalyst is being… Continue Reading »

What is OTDR?

An OTDR is an extremely valuable tool when you are trying to characterize optical fibers. OTDR (optical time domain reflectometers) units are used to locate any events in your fiber cable and the amount of attenuation of the fiber. An OTDR uses the effects of Rayleigh Scattering and Fresnel Reflections to measure characteristics in your fiber. The OTDR will send a light pulse down your fiber and by measuring the time it takes for… Continue Reading »

Fiber Connector Types

Fiber Connector Types
Often times when installing a fiber, you find yourself trying to select the most efficient fiber connector types for the application you are dealing with. JM Test Systems is here to ensure that you select the connector that will perform best for your needs. This blog post will break down the most common fiber connector types and explain their pros/cons, so that you can properly determine your selection of which connector you would like… Continue Reading »

Pressure Gauge Calibration

What is pressure gauge calibration?

The calibration of your pressure gauge or gauges guarantees the accurate readings you need to meet safety and compliance standards, while on the jobsite. Pressure gauge calibration determines that your pressure gauge is working properly, according to the manufacturer’s standards. Pressure gauges are some of the most commonly used instruments and can be found in almost every laboratory. The sheer abundance of pressure gauges in a lab can often lead… Continue Reading »

Torque Multiplier Calibration

Torque Multiplier Calibration
JM Test Systems provides a torque multiplier calibration service up to 5,000-foot pounds. We offer torque multiplier rental equipment, complete repair on broken units, and new sale options on all the top brands. We offer a pickup and delivery service for your equipment or you can drop them off at one of our six locations.

We provide Armstrong, Enerpac, Geartronics, Proto, Snap-on, Williams, and X-4 multiplier calibration along with all the other major brands. Calibration… Continue Reading »

Micrometer Calibration

Micrometer Calibration

Micrometers can be found in many different quality departments. Micrometers are used to measure thickness, diameters, and depth of slots with small distances. Reoccurring calibration of your micrometer guarantees the precise readings you need to meet safety and compliance standards, while on the jobsite. Errors that arise from using uncalibrated or damaged equipment may result in costly consequences that can affect you or your employees.

Micrometer Calibration

Why do micrometers need calibration?

Calibration of your micrometer… Continue Reading »

Dynamometer Calibration Services

Dynamometer Calibration Services

Properly maintained dynamometers are essential to the accuracy of measurements and safety of employees and equipment. Make yearly calibration of dynamometers at JM Test Systems part of your maintenance plan. With over 20 years of experience in force measurement using state-of-the-art equipment, JM Test Systems has proudly served oil and gas pipeline, electrical, utility contractors, transmission and distribution, aviation, marine and many other industries. Get a quick quote!

JM… Continue Reading »

PK Tester, RK , & HK Deadweight Tester Upgrades

PK Tester Calibration and Upgrade

Pneumatic input driven Deadweight Calibration Units. Repairs and Upgrades for RK , HK, and PK testers.

 

Dead Weight Tester Repair / Upgrade

Like new again

JM can repair broken units and upgrade your older units. PK Tester Upgrades: Why Pay New? You can have just as good as new, with an upgraded “original style” PK Tester. With an upgrade you get a new hard… Continue Reading »

Oscilloscope Calibration Services

Oscilloscope Calibration Services

JM Test Systems has the equipment and expertise to calibrate a wide variety of oscilloscopes. Our digital and analog oscilloscope calibration services include single channel, multi-channel, benchtop, and handhelds. JM can calibrate nearly any oscilloscope with a bandwidth up to 3.2 GHz. Get a quick quote!

Oscilloscope Calibration Services
Our experienced technicians have calibrated oscilloscopes from manufacturers including Tektronix, Keysight/Agilent/HP, B&K Precision, Rigol, Nicolet, Teledyne LeCroy and more. JM also… Continue Reading »

Hipot Tester Calibration and Repair

Hipot Tester Calibration and Repair

JM Test Systems provides hipot tester calibration on several makes and models. Manufacturers we calibrate and repair include Associated Research, AVO International, Baker Instruments, Baur, Biddle, Criterion, Haefely, High Voltage, HV Diagnostics, Kikusui, Megger, Multi-Amp, Phenix Tech, Quadtech, Rod-L Electronics, Sotcher Measurement, Vitrek, Von, and more.

Repair • Upgrade • Calibration • Certification • Rental

Hipots or High Potential testers are devices used to… Continue Reading »

Megger Calibration & Repair – Authorized Service Center

“Megger” has become a generic trademark for most insulation testers as well as other units out in the field. But the “Megger” trademark has been held by its company for decades, a company that continues to grow and produce reliable products. And now, JM Test is an Authorized Service Center for Megger, one of a… Continue Reading »

PIM Analyzer Calibration Services

PIM Tester Calibration Services

JM Test Systems provides PIM analyzer calibration services on several makes and models. Manufacturers include Anritsu, Kaelus, Rosenberger, CCI PIMPro, and Booton. Many of our PIM analyzer calibration services are available on site at your job location.

PIM (Passive Intermodulation) is the generation of interfering signals caused by nonlinearities in the mechanical components of a wireless system. Two signals mix together (amplitude modulation) to produce sum and… Continue Reading »

Electrical Personal Protection Equipment Requirements and OSHA Regulations

JM Test Systems is concerned about you and your employees’ safety. We have provided these helpful links to assist you with the various standards and regulations on PPE.

Why and When to Test Electrical Personal Protection Equipment PPE:
Industry standards and regulations:
OSHA 29 CFR 1910 and 1926
NFPA NEC 2008
Various ASTM Requirement

Field Inspection
OSHA 1910.137 states that: “Insulating equipment shall be inspected before each days use and immediately following any incident that can be suspected of having… Continue Reading »

Fiber Optic Testing

Fiber Optic Test Equipment
Fiber optics is the core of today’s datacom networks. Optical fiber is the predominant media type for mission-critical datacenter links, backbone within buildings, and longer distances for campus networks. As network speeds and bandwidth demands increase, distance and loss limitations have decreased, making fiber optic testing more important than ever.

Inspecting Fiber Optic Cable for Light Loss

For decades, optics have been inspected and cleaned to ensure the proper passage of light. While… Continue Reading »

The Cluttered Workshop and the Emerson Trex

Emerson Trex Improvement

A process plant can be a harsh environment; as a result, devices will occasionally need to be returned to the shop for evaluation, repair, or configuration. Unfortunately, connecting to a device in the shop to check configuration and functionality is a cumbersome process that eats up valuable man-hours.

To evaluate a device in the shop, the technician first needs to round up a power supply that is appropriate for the device. This means… Continue Reading »

What is the life expectancy of arc-rated protective clothing?

Life expectancy of arc-rated protective clothing

There are two types of clothing to which this discussion applies; one known as Flame Resistant (FR) and the other known as Arc Rated (AR). The difference is significant. All AR clothing (ARC) is FR rated, but not all FR clothing (FRC) is AR rated. The two types have different standards to which they must comply. ARC is not only flame resistant; it must also withstand the extremely high momentary temperatures generated by an… Continue Reading »

Troubleshooting pH Instruments with PIE Calibrators

Troubleshooting pH Instruments with PIE Calibrators

Troubleshooting pH Instruments using a PIE Calibrator

Instruments that measure pH are some of the most difficult devices to maintain in a process plant. While temperature, frequency & pressure sensors, under the right conditions, measure for years, the pH sensors require regular maintenance and replacement. Many technicians get frustrated when there is a problem with pH sensors and instruments not reading correctly. A PIE calibrator with pH simulation can speed up the troubleshooting… Continue Reading »

Fix It When You Find It: Hart 475 Field Communicator

Hart 475 Field Communicator

Monitoring and tracking the status of equipment in the field is an essential part of day-to-day plant operation. Field technicians are the eyes and ears of the plant, whether they are investigating a known issue or are simply monitoring assets during regular rounds. From asset management software to field tools, everything should work together seamlessly to ensure maintenance is efficient, data is accurate, and devices are healthy.

The Problems with Paper

Tracking diagnostics in the… Continue Reading »

Choosing the Right Ground Resistance Tester

Ground Resistance Tester

There are a wide variety of ground resistance testers available on them market today. These vary in design, features, and complexity, and include small handheld models as well as larger field instruments that are often packaged as part of a complete kit. These products also range in price, from few hundred up to several thousand dollars.

In this article, we discuss several critical questions to consider when selecting a ground resistance tester…. Continue Reading »