Sync Check Supervision

Steve Turner, Arizona Public Service Company Columns, Relay Column, Summer 2022 Columns

The purpose of the sync check function (25) is to ensure that the voltage magnitude, phase angle, and frequency of the generator (VX) and the utility system (VS) are within a set of acceptable limits before the generator is synchronized with the system via closing the circuit breaker that connects them (Figure 1). An improper sync can result in electrical …

A Safety Reminder

Eric Beckman, National Field Services, NETA President Columns, President's Desk, Summer 2022 Columns

Summer is in full swing across the country, and I want to take some time to focus on safety. You’ll find many of our articles in this edition of NETA World revolve around some aspect of safety. Our cover story continues the discussion of the 2018 changes to the arc flash calculation process in IEEE 1584. (Editor’s note: Catch up …

NETA Welcomes CFM Services as NETA Accredited Company

NETA World Staff NETA News, Summer 2022 NETA News

CFM Services, Inc. is an electrotechnical and engineering service firm formed by Christian Comtois, Stéphane Forgues, and Frédéric Morin to offer quality services at competitive prices. The young and dynamic company specializes in electrical services and electrical power. CFM offers maintenance services, testing, installation, repair and engineering in the areas of production, processing and distribution of low-, medium- and high-voltage …

Mose Ramieh III: Stay Involved to Stay Relevant

NETA World Staff Insights & Inspiration, Summer 2022 Insights & Inspirations

Mose Ramieh III says his path to success in the electrical testing industry has been “quite a road,” and his long list hits “just the high points.” A former Navy man, Texas Longhorn, vlogger, CrossFit enthusiast, and slow-cigar-smoking champion, Mose has been in the electrical testing industry for 24 years. Over the years, he has held positions at four companies …

ANSI/NETA Standards Update

NETA World Staff Specifications & Standards, Summer 2022 Specifications & Standards

ANSI/NETA ETT–2022 REVISION COMPLETED ANSI/NETA ETT, Standard for Certification of Electrical Testing Technicians, has completed an American National Standard revision process. ANSI administrative approval was granted January 7, 2022. The new edition was released at PowerTest in March 2022 and supersedes the 2018 edition. ANSI/NETA ETT establishes minimum requirements for qualifications, certification, training, and experience for the electrical testing technician. …

Checklists and Effective Job Briefings Are Important to Improving Safety

Daryld Ray Crow, DRC Consulting, Inc. Features, Summer 2022 Features

“People who are trying to change the world need to use checklists.” BUSINESSMAN AND AUTHOR GUY KAWASAKI Checklists and effective job briefings are important to ensure hazards that may exist when performing a task are addressed before starting the job. In addition, job briefings are important to ensure people understand their job roles and have a chance to speak up …

Mentorship Is Critical in the Electrical Sector

Mike Doherty, eHazard Features, Summer 2022 Features

Mentoring has been a critical and foundational component in the electrical sector since its beginning. The basic tenants of electrical tradesperson apprenticeships and electrical engineers in training has always been coaching and mentoring by those with the interpersonal skills, relevant expertise, and knowledge to be able to pass it on. The electrical sector has always taken particularly great pride in …

Battery Safety

Andrew Sagl, Megger Features, Summer 2022 Features

It’s happened to nearly everyone. You go to use a simple electrical device…a flashlight, a voltmeter, a TV remote, or a child’s toy…and the battery is dead. It has become exhausted and must be replaced. Or worse, you open the device to find that the battery has corroded, possibly damaging or even destroying the contacts. In some critical respects, essentially …

Improved Method for Safe Timing Measurement of GIS Circuit Breakers

Radenko Ostojic, Adnan Secic, Budo Milovic, and Kerim Obarcanin, DV Power Features, Summer 2022 Features

In gas-insulated substations (GIS), the high-voltage elements, including conductors, circuit breaker interrupters, switches, current transformers (CTs), and voltage transformers, are encapsulated in SF6 gas inside grounded metal enclosures.[1] For that reason, direct access to circuit breaker (CB) main circuit terminals for testing purposes is not possible. The inaccessibility of main circuit terminals requires several actions to be taken before conducting …

Advancements in the Industry: The Key to Relay Protection Success: Cooperation

Ed Khan, Doble Engineering Company CAP Corner, Summer 2022 CAP Corner

The objective of protective relays and protective schemes is to protect electrical equipment such as transformers, lines, cables, bus bars, etc. during abnormal system conditions. Hence, protective relaying demands the utmost attention and diligence. However, when dealing with relay protection, protection engineers may inadvertently focus only on the relays. Engineers talk about selecting appropriate relays, applying correct settings, checking out …