TESCO Continues to Innovate
TESCO’s Next Generation of Test Equipment revolutionizes meter testing with innovative meter accuracy testing and functionality. TESCO’s new meter test boards facilitate many of today’s meter shop functions including:
Testing of AMI/AMR meters
Meter program updates
Software and firmware verification
Meter setting verification
Meter functional testing
Time run testing
Meter evaluating testing and certification
Communications module troubleshooting
Checking of problem meters for open/shorted elements
We are known for our loyalty and commitment to every customer and for continuously improving our performance. We aim to be the primary outside metering resource for utilities by providing top-quality, innovative products and services today, tomorrow, and for years to come.
Grundy Mill History
TESCO is located in the historic Grundy Mill in Bristol, Pa. Built from 1880 to 1912, it served as a textile mill that manufactured some of the finest wool and worsted fabrics in the world. More than 850 employees worked at the mill in the 1920s, making it the largest employer in Bucks County at the time. The adjacent canal and nearby railroad provided easy access to transport products to and from the mill. The iconic clock tower, built in 1911, stands at 168 feet (51 m) tall and was a symbol of Bucks County for decades. Today, the complex is made up of four connected buildings totaling more than 300,000 square feet. The Grundy Mill was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.
When Tom Lawton, president of TESCO, learned that Fred Baumgarten, long time owner of historic Grundy Commons, planned to sell, Tom went into action. What if someone purchased the building and evicted the current tenants? This act would have forced TESCO into a long, disruptive move. The fact that TESCO already occupies a third of the building cemented Tom’s decision. He’d buy Grundy Commons.
What Makes TESCO Different?
TESCO (The Eastern Specialty Company) is a manufacturer and service provider to the meter industry owned by, run by, and staffed by engineers. Our engineers have spent the last 20+ years working with electric and gas utilities to address and solve their toughest metering problems; whether they were equipment problems, system problems or regulatory issues.
One of TESCO’s continued strengths is the company’s ability to successfully work with our utility clients in a variety of capacities. As customers’ needs have changed and evolved, TESCO has diversified and added to the services we offer this unique market segment.
In addition to the products we design and manufacture TESCO engineers have worked with our utility clients to:
- Develop new meter shop layouts to improve productivity.
- Document new and existing processes.
Develop Quality Systems.
- Design and implement automated material handling systems.
- Design and build meter-cleaning systems.
- Develop system specifications for meter records systems.
- Design and build meter-testing systems.
- Design and build safety equipment for field technicians.
- Solve field installation issues associated with AMR deployment programs.
- Develop In-Service Statistical Test Programs to reduce the number of meter test performed each year while providing an improved picture of the overall meter population measurement accuracy.