Emerging Technologies

James R. White, Shermco Industries Columns, Fall 2019 Columns, Tech Quiz

Wikipedia defines emerging technologies: “Emerging technologies are technologies that are perceived as capable of changing the status quo. These technologies are generally new but include older technologies that are still controversial and relatively undeveloped in potential.” In this issue, we look at some emerging technologies that are in use now or might be in the future. This Tech Quiz is …

Another Test for Lightning Protection

Jeffrey R. Jowett, Megger Columns, Fall 2019 Columns, Tech Tips

It doesn’t take an electrician or engineer to know that lightning is a major cause of electrical interference and damage. Protecting the electrical system against such a danger is paramount. A lightning stroke can be hotter than the surface of the sun, with voltage estimated as high as 120 million volts, including 400 kA and 500 megajoules of energy. Utility …

Electrical Service Work and Worker Fatigue: Take Care of Yourself!

Ron Widup Columns, Fall 2019 Columns, Safety Corner

Chances are you are in an electrical career you love: Testing, maintaining, installing, commissioning, designing, rebuilding, engineering, improving…and generally making electrical power systems safer and better. But are you doing so with a focus on managing the possible onset of acute or chronic fatigue? We live in a busy world — do more with less; be efficient in your tasks; …

NFPA 70E — 2021 Edition: Second Draft Meeting Highlights and Summary

Ron Widup and James (Jim) R. White Columns, Fall 2019 Columns, NFPA 70E and NETA

The second draft technical committee meeting for the 2021 Edition of NFPA 70E was held July 15–19, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The public comments submitted for committee action following the first draft meeting were discussed and voted on. NETA was represented at the meeting and participated in the actions. To remind everyone of the NFPA process for changes to a …

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 …