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Rubber Goods Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Storage Do’s and Don’ts

Did you know that improper storage of rubber gloves and protective equipment can increase the risk of electrical shock or equipment failure? Why is proper storage of rubber gloves and protective equipment vital? Most importantly, it’s the first line of defense against accidental electric shock. It also helps to lengthen the life of the electrical safety equipment, thereby saving money in the long run. Below are some effective ways to store your rubber…

Bucket Truck Testing: The Importance of Having Your Upper Controller Tested

If you’re a bucket truck owner, and you were asked whether you have your upper controller tested, would you know what they were talking about? What if they called it the “joystick”, or “ISO-Grip”? Most individuals are not aware that most bucket trucks are equipped with, what ANSI A92.2 calls “Upper Controls with High Electric Resistance Components”. This is the upper control located at the platform (bucket), that operators use to easily maneuver the…

Electrical Safety Supervisors, Do you know your workers?

Electrical Safety Supervisors, Do you know your workers?   Years ago, during my time at a company, I had the opportunity to work closely with a highly experienced high-voltage electrician. While he taught me many valuable lessons, I often found myself questioning some of his methods, as they seemed unsafe. Being new to the trade, I had a deep respect for high-voltage work, but certain practices in the workplace raised concerns. The manager, who had limited…

Vaetrix Customized Testing Solutions for Pressure Decay

The Power of Customization: How Vaetrix’s Innovative Testing Solutions Improved Pressure Decay and Annulus Testing for the Oil and Gas Industry The Oil & Gas Industry relies heavily on pipes for its operations. In environments where traditional steel pipes may not withstand environmental changes such as flooding and hurricanes, flexible piping is being used and is becoming an accepted by the industry. To ensure that…

Reducing Equipment Costs: Renting vs Purchasing, Which Is Best For You?

Given your budget needs, what is the best option for you: purchasing test equipment or renting it? The test equipment landscape is constantly evolving, which is a positive aspect as it keeps up with the advancements of technology. When considering whether to rent or purchase test equipment, there are several factors to consider, including cost, flexibility, and control. JM Test Systems has been a trusted provider of…

Keeping Your Distance: Determining Shock and Arc Flash Boundaries when Performing Thermography on Energized Electrical Equipment

Introduction The first instrument invented for testing electrical systems was the Megger megohmmeter patented in 1905 for evaluating insulation, arguably the most important component in an electrical system. The problem is that a megohmmeter is only effective in evaluating insulation condition in a deenergized state. Therefore, it often cannot detect conditions that can cause insulation to deteriorate or fail prematurely. Some 70 years later, thermal scanning of electrical systems was capable of testing…