The Trouble with Ground Fault Testing

Mose Ramieh Jr, CBS Field Services In the Field, Columns, Fall 2021 Columns

“What are you doing here?” asked the manufacturer’s testing representative. “We are doing start-up of the gear, and your work seems redundant.” Redundant? That depends on what each of us is responsible for checking. That depends on who is going to ensure that all the known potential failures get checked and as needed, corrected. As an industrial or commercial buyer, …

The Lights are Still On!

Don A. Genutis Columns, In the Field, Summer 2021 Columns

The technician’s job is usually to ensure the lights are on, but we often need to shut a facility down to perform much needed outage-based maintenance. This switching activity is often straightforward, but when the electrical system is complex and several issues exist, unexpected events can occur. Our team was recently fortunate to be awarded a major contract to provide …

Animal Damage in the Field

Don A. Genutis Columns, In the Field, Spring 2021 Columns

Emergencies always seem to occur on Fridays and weekends, and true to form, a panicked customer called about a power outage to a significant portion of a college campus on a Friday morning. It seemed likely to be a 4,160 volt cable or unit substation problem, so we pulled two technicians away from an acceptance testing project and got them on …

Drones & Spaghetti Dinner

Don A. Genutis Columns, Fall 2020 Columns, In the Field

May 2020 was a difficult month for our nation, and 2020 is certainly shaping up to be a difficult year. As essential service providers, many in our industry were called upon to maintain or continue building the nation’s infrastructure. We all understand and appreciate that hospitals, emergency services, government facilities, manufacturing, and even residences could not function without power, and …

The Pool Is Empty!

Don A. Genutis Columns, In the Field, Summer 2020 Columns

I was awakened by a phone call at 3:30AM on a recent Saturday morning and somehow cleared my voice well enough for the customer to understand we would mobilize a technician ASAP to troubleshoot flooding at one of his campus buildings. By 4:15AM, our technician was on site with campus electricians discussing a situation involving the physical education building at …

Communications Kicks Off New Column

Don A. Genutis Columns, In the Field, Winter 2019 Columns

It’s very exciting to kick off the first “In the Field” column. Consistent with this NETA World edition’s theme, an article on communications seemed fitting. As I write this, I realize I assumed the “communications” theme was related to interpersonal communications, but I didn’t communicate well enough to clarify that the theme is probably related to equipment communications such as …