Consultant Services by General Type of Business
- Investigations as to earth grounding integrity for
all types of buildings, systems, electronics issues and facilities. From skyscrapers to
fast food restaurant point of sale systems. We find your problems and work with you to get
- Design / Redesign of your grounding systems to correct problems!
- Ground Testing with instruments where necessary such as site surveys.
grounding systems for special high performance isolation systems, IT, Studios,
Diagnostic Imaging, Industrial Automation and Control, Telephone Offices,
Satellite Systems, ESD control - and have the high performance testing equipment
to test for minute leakage currents and isolation under load.
(High Accuracy Very Low Current Probes, Wide Band Resistance, Electrometers... Inductive Amplifiers.)
- HealthCare facilities and their special life safety
requirements in patient safety and reliable equipment functioning in surgical suites,
heart transplant suites, intensive care suites of all varieties. Diagnostic imaging suites
with MRI - CT - PET - Lithotripters - Digital Radiography, X-Ray, Telephone and Data
Processing Information Systems, Emergency Life Support Systems and Emergency Back-Up Power
Systems and of course support to Bio-Medical engineering departments. Mobile CT and MRI
Vans and their special associated problems.
- And yes, we have discovered instances where patient deaths could probably have been
avoided by proper attention to patient safety in those areas. We published a paper in
1990, and sent to all hospitals we could find listed in the central mid-west, outlining
areas of risk to help other facilities avoid those mistakes.
HealthCare facilities and
their systems probably present the most difficult technical challenge to investigate and
recommend corrections. This is because of patient safety and signals in the Micro-volt to
Kilovolt region and their proximity to one another and the broad range of equipment and
diverse technological developments and their integration into one place together.
This arena once constituted almost 40% of our client base with one client being a small
Caribbean country. Worldwide we have assisted Seimens, Philips, G. E. Medical and many
HealthCare Institutions with resolving their problems.
Having been a regional systems engineer for G. E. Medical Systems for many years, we
ferreted out many problems in Medical Institutions and developed new approaches to
providing more reliable systems environments. It pays off on the Bottom Line too!
- IS, MIS, Telecommunications Systems, LAN'S, WAN'S, Satellite Links,
and other critical systems are all dependent on "quiet grounding" - free of
harmonics - protected from Lightning, etc. - absent of multiple grounding points to
provide reliable operation. We can perform TDR on LAN and WAN to find problems, recommend
ways of avoiding lightning damage and outages with protective systems, techniques, and
- Having helped in the debugging of new and advanced grounding techniques for the first
very large scale Univac systems at Bell Lab's, AT&T (43 systems for the yellow pages),
Western Union, New York State Tax & Finance, Army's War Games Center, AIR FRANCE
worldwide reservation system. Also, French National Railroad - (control's all the trains
in France), Sperry Marine, and many others - we began early to understanding the effects
that poor grounding and environment can have on systems reliability.
Analog ground, Earth ground, Safety ground, Conduit ground, Isolated ground, Relay Rack
ground, Multi-Building grounding, Ground Loops are all common terms that come into play
with sophisticated computer system grounding design and layout.
We have helped resolve problems for clients in Banking, Financial Institutions, Air
Line Reservations companies, Businesses, and Stock and Commodities Trading Institutions,
We have taught field engineers how to effect better systems reliability and service
mainframes and subsystems in the field at the Sperry Univac Education Center in Princeton,
N. J. Yes, we know what to look for when you have problems related to your environment and
can even rule it out in some case's.
- Remote Telecommunications facilities and their associated
systems and grounding such as PCS and Cellular site's. Having investigated and made
recommendations for lightning damaged sites for telecommunications companies you can see
that serious thought must be given to these isolated facilities grounds and power systems
in order to prevent outages to critical communications.
- We have an early broad background having studied RF tower grounding design - antenna
design - transmission line design, being a "Ham," maintaining radio
communications equipment facilities, control tower, transmitter and receiver sites for the
Air Force Communications Service (2066th, AFCS). Yes, we know and can help with
these problems making your site more reliable with our recommendations.
- Industrial Process Facilities with associated robotics,
distributed PLC's, and network's can be easily disrupted. In many cases these facilities
have their own dedicated sub-station and are very close to large transient's resulting
from lightning and power switching.
- Ground Grid's become a critical path for both safety and an "earth sink" for
the effects of lightning discharge. Exposed outside overhead cabling is vulnerable to
"inductive pickup" from lightning. Strong induced and direct lightning transient
voltages can easily upset, disrupt and damage improperly grounded systems and unprotected
We have provided solutions to problems in Steel Production, Aluminum
Extrusions, Fiberglass Production, Truck and Car Frame Manufacturing, Liquid Gases,
Newspaper Production, Grain Elevators (very explosive environment potential), Paper
Manufacture, Railroad Remote Automatic Weighing Systems, and others Etc.
- We also work with "heavy power" situations such as power sub-stations and
investigate problems in switchgear etc. We prefer not to measure High Voltage lines, but
have and carry safety equipment to go up to 20 KV and can if necessary. We normally
measure and do most of our investigations under 1000 VAC and less than 5,000 amp circuits
- classified as Low Voltage.
What will we do for you?
First we will ask a lot of questions about your problem. If your problem
is simple and we can help you on the phone in our "Initial Consultation" then we
are both winners. You - because your problem went away and - us - because we are not in
the position of billing you for travel and time for a simple solution.
- This is the phase that we can tell you what may be necessary to find and resolve your
problem. We prefer "win - win" situations and believe Customer Service is one of
our stronger assets so we will attempt to understand the seriousness and complexity of
your issues and advise you how to proceed.
Second - should you need our services we will schedule time for traveling to
your location to assist you. We will carry a large variety of specialized equipment
for evaluating your environment as well as our experiences and specialized skills. During
our visit to your facilities we will investigate and record the findings for our report.
We carry a portable power line-monitoring instrument and place it into use during our
visit. We will lease additional equipment, if necessary, to get more detailed data
on more difficult problems using "state of the art" equipment.
- We normally require a knowledgeable person to assist in access to electrical panels,
transformers, distribution rooms and that can assist in immediate repairs that can be made
to correct serious safety and other issues that may be found. (Ungrounded transformers are
a common issue.) This person will be made aware of our findings as we discover them. They
will assist in scheduling any downtime for testing, specialized equipment etc.
- We can make a formal presentation of our findings to management before we leave if you
wish with a report. We carry video and photographic equipment for remembering and reports
and will use them unless requested not to do so.
- We, of course, will be sensitive to your on going operations to avoid disruptions to
your business or production.
- We travel "heavy" with a battery powered oscilloscope, computing power for
high tech data analyzing and "lab grade" instruments. Also, special software and
a number of testing devices of our own design interfacing a computer to analyze grounds,
harmonic voltages and currents on lines and grounds for potential problems. Most problems
are found and resolved without the extra "horsepower" but we carry it - just in
case. (Most people are under the mistaken idea that "a new ground" will solve
all their problems - it just isn't true in our experience.)
- While we are there we are covered with general liability insurance and our agent will
provide you with a "certificate" if you request one.
After we return to our office a report will be generated unless one was prepared
and delivered before leaving and will reflect our findings and recommendations.
- Sometimes additional research and assistance in helping a client is required because of
a particular circumstance and we wish to offer the very best solution for the best price.
This will enable you to understand that we really mean that CUSTOMER SERVICE is what we
sell - along with a few skills
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