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Testing services

Safety

The number one concern for anyone who works around high voltage equipment is always safety. Your workers' lives rely on the integrity of your safety equipment. Our High Voltage Testing Services provide peace of mind.

Compliance

Protective equipment is required by Canadian law to be inspected and tested at regular intervals for compliance with manufacturer specifications and industry standards. Ensuring your safety equipment meets or exceeds the highest standards reduces the costs of lost-time incidents.

Testing

Our comprehensive High Voltage Test Facility is fully industry compliant and set up to clean, inspect and test just about any piece of safety equipment that you might need. Our test system for rubber gloves minimizes the potential for a life-threatening mistake. Cover-up equipment, live-line tools and other protective equipment are all Direct Current (DC) tested in accordance with the most stringent standards.

Certification

Our certification stamp or label shows that your equipment meets or exceeds the appropriate standards, ensuring that your workers are using properly tested and compliant equipment. On aerial devices, we inspect the liner, boom, basket, jib and the hydraulic fluid in the lines.

Repairs

Our repair facilities, including a machine shop and paint booth, can accommodate most tool and equipment repairs quickly and efficiently. Full compliance testing of repaired equipment is done before that equipment is put back into service.

Because we operate a DC test facility, you can expect to pay less and get faster results. DC testing is also less damaging to equipment, so less of your equipment is destroyed during testing, allowing for proper repair of the equipment instead of replacement.

Personnel

Along with our leading test facility, our highly skilled personnel have a depth of experience unmatched in the industry. They have hands-on knowledge of the power transmission business and understand the need for reliable, safe equipment better than anyone.

 Services

EPCOR offers the following high voltage services:

Insulated rubber glove testing

Insulated rubber glove testing

To ensure the safety of your workers, the insulating protection of gloves must be properly maintained. This means gloves should be properly stored, manually inspected before each use and electrically tested every 6 months according to American Standard Test Method International Standards ASTM F496 and ASTM F1236.  

​Manual inspection

According to ASTM F1236, insulated rubber gloves should be inspected prior to each use for:

  • Cuts/abrasions
  • Cracks/scratches
  • Punctures
  • Ozone cracking
  • Pitting

​Inspection & testing at our high voltage test lab

We offer comprehensive compliance testing for insulated rubber gloves. Here's how our high voltage test lab will test your gloves:

  1. Check-in, washing and preliminary inspection
  2. Electrical testing by trained Journeyman Electrician
  3. Drying
  4. Final inspection
  5. Record keeping and marking
  6. Shipping
Insulated rubber/plastic testing

​Insulated rubber/plastic testing

We offer testing for a wide variety of rubber/plastic blankets, as well as insulating line hose and covers. Electrical testing for compliance is governed by ASTM F478, ASTM F479.

  • Line hose and covers: Electrical testing is required as soon as you have an indication the insulating value is suspect.
  • Blankets: Should be tested before their first use and every 12 months after.
Fiberglass hand-held live-line insulating tool testing

​Fiberglass hand-held live-line insulating tool testing

Our High Voltage Test Lab offers both testing and maintenance services for common fiberglass hand-held live-line insulating tools. Examples of these tools include: hotsticks, pruning sets, shotgun stick.

Testing and maintenance for these tools is governed by ASTM F3121/F3121M.

​Inspection and field care

You are responsible for proper handling of fiberglass live-line insulating tools. This means they should be stored in a clean, dry environment and secured to prevent rubbing and scratching.

You are also responsible for continual visual inspection which includes looking for:

  • Cuts, scratches, dents, etc.
  • Damaged mechanical components
  • Deterioration of the glossy surface
  • Electrical tracking and burn marks

You can ensure the finish is maintained by:

  • cleaning the stick with a soft cloth prior to use
  • Wax or use a silicone cloth as required to maintain the glossy finish

​Inspection, servicing & testing at the high voltage test lab

The ASTM standard (ASTM F3121/F3121M) requires electrical testing and formal examination of your tools at least every 2 years.

Our inspection process involves:

  • Comprehensive physical inspection of the fiberglass stick and its mechanical components
  • Cleaning and rewaxing the fiberglass
  • Dry and wet electrical testing

We also offer additional services like:

  •  Refinishing damaged fiberglass sticks to restore the original finish
  • Repairing and replacing mechanical components
  • Assembly of custom fiberglass products
Protective ground/grounding jumper testing and assembly

​Protective ground/grounding jumper testing and assembly

We offer testing and inspection services for protective grounds and jumpers. The ASTM standard requires testing every year.

​Inspection and Field Care

You are responsible for maintaining and visually inspecting protective grounds/jumpers. Here are some things to look for during your inspection:

  • Cracked or broken ferules/clamps
  • Exposed broken strands
  • Damaged cable
  • Swelling on the cable jacket
We recommend protective grounds be kept clean and stored in a dry environment.

​Inspection at the high voltage test lab

We offer thorough mechanical, visual and electrical testing to meet compliance with ASTM F2249. Test frequency is not specified by this standard, but instead is left to your discretion. Our high voltage test lab will:

  • Test and clean all mechanical components
  • Complete an inspection of ferrule connections 
  • Clean and visually inspect the insulated cable jacket
  • Conduct electrical testing
Insulated boom truck testing

​Insulated boom truck testing

Compliance with Canadian Standards Association's (CSA) C225-10 requires all insulated booms be tested at least every 12 months.

​Field care

You are responsible for maintaining the glossy finish of the boom. Regular cleaning and waxing ensures that the boom maintains a water repellent finish.

Testing at the High Voltage Test Lab

We offer testing for trucks and individual truck components:

  • Testing of bucket, double bucket, diggers, etc. to meet CSA C225-10. This includes:
    • Visual inspection of the boom
    • Testing hydraulic oil
    • Testing bucket liner
    • HiPot electrical test
  • Testing of individual components like plastic bucket liners, hydraulic hoses, and hydraulic oil
Utility solutions load break tools

Utility Solutions load break tools

EPCOR is a Certified Repair Agent for Utility Solutions Break-Safe and Load Ranger tools.

We are certified to conduct:

  • Complete tear down and inspection
  • Standard parts replacement including fasteners and gaskets
  • Electrical and mechanical tests with an updated maintenance reminder

We also stock a wide selection of non-standard replacement parts.

S&C Loadbuster tools

S&C Loadbuster tools

EPCOR is a Certified Repair Agent for S&C Loadbuster tools.

We are certified to conduct:

  • Complete tear down and inspection
  • Standard parts replacement
  • Electrical and mechanical tests with an updated maintenance
We also stock a wide selection of replacement parts.

 Product sales

We also have the following products for sale throughout the year:

  •  Salisbury gloves
  • Glove protectors
  • Fiberglass hotsticks
  • Insulated blankets

​More information

For more information on our high voltage testing services and products please email us at tbd@epcor.com. In your email please include your name, your company's name, phone number, email, and the product(s) or service(s) you would like more information on. An EPCOR representative will respond to your information within the next two business days.