Always Remember: Your Work Is Essential

Eric Beckman, National Field Services Columns, Fall 2021 Columns, President's Desk

I want to start by thanking all NETA members and Board members for their support and trust to help lead the organization as I step into my term as President. It truly is an honor to be part of such a first-class organization that’s so well-respected all across the world and to be able to represent and lead it is …

COVID-19 and the Birth of PowerTest TV

Scott A. Blizard President's Desk, Columns, Summer 2021 Columns

In this issue of NETA World, we focus on medium-voltage circuit breaker test methods and the analysis of the resulting test data from those methods. Be sure to check out “Power Factoring Medium-Voltage Breakers” by Rick Youngblood of Electrical Maintenance & Testing and “The Why of Medium-Voltage Circuit Breaker Testing” by Paul Grein of Group CBS Testing for a good …

PowerTest 2021 — An All-New Virtual Experience

Scott A. Blizard President's Desk, Columns, Spring 2021 Columns

It is January 20, 2021, and the country is in the midst of a resurgence of the COVID-19 virus. The Conference Committee, in consultation with the NETA Board of Directors, has decided  to go totally virtual with PowerTest 2021,  the premier electrical maintenance and safety conference intended for all electrical professionals and especially beneficial for field service technicians, inspectors, utility …

Welcome to the Winter Edition

Scott A. Blizard President's Desk, Columns, Winter 2020 Columns

This edition of NETA World features articles on electrical power system protection. Protection schemes covering feeder, generation, transmission, and transformers may have many similarities, but they often contain specific functions or schemes unique to that type of equipment.  Be sure you check out this edition’s four feature articles: “Challenges in Transformer Protection Testing,” by Scott Cooper of OMICRON electronics “Testing …

Medium-Voltage Cables

Scott A. Blizard Columns, Fall 2020 Columns, President's Desk

Welcome to the fall edition of NETA World. In this issue, our authors cover the various methods for performing testing on medium-voltage cables. I recommend you start with the article by Tom Sandri of Shermco Industries, which lays out the current test methods for acceptance and maintenance testing of medium-voltage cables. Next, dive into the articles on specific testing methods …

Fight COVID-19 with PPE

Scott A. Blizard Columns, President's Desk, Summer 2020 Columns

It was great seeing everyone at PowerTest 2020 in Chicago! On behalf of the NETA Board of Directors, we thank our sponsors, Corporate Alliance Partners, and trade show vendors, and applaud the hard work and dedication of the NETA Staff who help make PowerTest successful. In this NETA World, we look at NFPA 70E‐2018 requirements for labeling electrical equipment for …

Welcome To POWERTEST 2020

Scott A. Blizard Columns, President's Desk, Spring 2020 Columns

As we leave winter and advance into spring, our industry is preparing for the spring outage season. This time of year, the return of daylight leads to longer work days and more deadlines to meet the expectations of our customers. Be sure to follow the safety policies of your company as well as those required by the facility where the …

Welcome to the 2019 Winter Edition of NETA World

Scott A. Blizard Columns, President's Desk, Winter 2019 Columns

As humans, we are drawn to one another and communicate with each other using a variety of methods. Good and effective communication is an essential tool to achieve productivity and maintain strong and lasting working relationships at all levels of an organization. What every interaction has in common is the need for clear and effective communication.  In this issue of NETA …

NETA World Keeps You One Step Ahead of Emerging Technology

Scott A. Blizard Columns, Fall 2019 Columns, President's Desk

Emerging technologies continually alter the way electrical testing is performed in the field. New technology can vary from more efficient ways to perform long-standing test routines to introducing a new test technology and just about everything in between. This issue’s authors share their knowledge of recent developments in the field of electrical testing. Fall is typically one of the busiest …