Outstanding Achievement Award: Ken Bassett, Potomac Testing

NETA World Staff NETA News, Summer 2022 NETA News

In NETA circles, Ken Bassett winning his third Outstanding Achievement Award is business as usual. The Washington Commanders fan with a sense of adventure was honored again for the third time at PowerTest 2022. A family-focused individual whose company includes many of his family members, his influence in NETA is far-reaching. “Ken is and has been one of the most …

Alliance Recognition Award Honoree Known for Expertise and Training

NETA World Staff NETA News, Summer 2022 NETA News

If the name Drew Welton sounds familiar, it’s most likely because his technical presentations, including those at PowerTest, are some of the most well-regarded and well-attended. That accolade combined with his renown for knowledge of substation maintenance testing made him the obvious choice for this year’s Alliance Recognition Award. The award honors an individual who has been a dedicated supporter …

PowerTest 2022 Generates Powerful Connections for the Future

NETA World Staff NETA News, Summer 2022 NETA News

Focused on generating powerful connections for the future, NETA’s PowerTest Conference returned on February 28–March 4, 2022, with more all-new content, attendee options, and networking opportunities than ever. The PowerTest Conference is the premier electrical maintenance and safety conference. It is the largest annual gathering of NETA Accredited Company representatives and industry professionals and is supported by companies committed to …

Acceptance Testing Collaboration Leads to Improved Project Delivery

Eric Nation, High Voltage Maintenance Corporation Industry Topics, Summer 2022 Industry Topics

Nearly 70 percent of early equipment failures can be traced to design, installation, or startup deficiencies. That’s why it is so important to protect a data center’s investment in new equipment or systems with acceptance testing. A thorough check of electrical power systems and components before energization can uncover and help correct problems that otherwise would lead to project schedule …

Power Factor: Understanding the Difference Between DPF and TPF

Ken Kious, PowerSight Industry Topics, Summer 2022 Industry Topics

People often refer to power factor without understanding that there are two types of power factor measurement, and it is important to understand the difference between them. If you have a power factor problem, it could mean you have: A power factor correction problem that requires adding (or taking away) capacitors A combination of a power factor correction problem and …

Medium-Voltage Circuit Breaker Condition Assessment

Siegfried Bernhauswer and Ari Tirroniemi, OMICRON electronics Industry Topics, Summer 2022 Industry Topics

Circuit breakers are indispensable in any electrical power system. They are the only piece of equipment that can switch not only under normal load, but also under fault conditions. They must be able to reliably disconnect a faulty section from the grid as quickly as possible. Circuit breakers must be able to meet this requirement even after they have been …

Safety Testing of EV Chargers

Jeffrey R. Jowett, Megger Tech Tips, Columns, Summer 2022 Columns

Electric vehicles are prominently heralded as the trend of the future, a vital part of many planned economies’ efforts to combat global warming, widespread pollution, and the squandering of resources. But there has also been negative publicity over safety issues like car fires. The key to enjoying the best of both worlds — excellent performance under complete safety — is …

Safety

Virginia Balitski, Magna IV Engineering Columns, Summer 2022 Columns, Tech Quiz

Safety is an important consideration for any workplace and for NETA Certified Technicians. ANSI/NETA MTS-2019 recognizes that an overwhelming majority of the tests and inspections carried out by NETA Certified Technicians are potentially hazardous. It is essential that workers are aware of the hazards involved with the tasks they perform.    QUESTIONS What United States regulatory agency exists regarding workplace …

Performing Personnel Audits

Paul Chamberlain, American Electrical Testing Co., LLC Columns, Safety Corner, Summer 2022 Columns

They are called many things — observations, audits, assessments — but they are all intended to accomplish the same task: Evaluate the people in the field performing the task at hand. Generally, you observe an employee doing a task, then audit or assess whether performance of the task meets expectation. These inspections can be performed by any level within a …

Improving Safety in the Field

Matt Eakins, Advanced Electrical Services, Ltd. Columns, In the Field, Summer 2022 Columns

Becoming a great company doesn’t happen overnight. Instead, it is about small, incremental steps as we progress down the road of becoming better and better at what we do and how we do it. This is the most critical as it relates to our safety processes and safety culture. It is important to note that the first step in making …