June 30, 2021

TESCO’s Hot Socket Paper Is Published

TESCO’s paper on “Forensic Identification and Root Causes of Hot Socket Problems Found in Electrical Meters” has been published in the Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers.

Electric meters play a critical role in electric utility distribution systems, especially for residential customers. Because it occurs so infrequently, forensic engineers may not recognize a dangerous condition within these meters known as a “hot socket.” This condition exists where the meter blades make insufficient electrical contact with the socket jaws.  This paper reviews methods for forensically examining, diagnosing, and explaining the hot socket phenomenon while exploring smart meters’ incident trends.

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August 28, 2018

Protecting Your Most Valued Assets

By Paul Fratellone, TESCO Director of Software Products
Published in Smart Energy International, Issue 4, 2018

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Across the globe, agencies like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (US), European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU), Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (Canada), Health and Safety Executive (UK) and the Industrial Safety and Health Association (Japan) among others, exist to promote the health, safety and well-being of employees.

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March 20, 2018

Upgrading Your Legacy Systems – The Gain Outweighs the Pain

By Paul Fratellone, TESCO Director of Software Products
Published in Metering International, Issue 2, 2018

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Introduction
I have seen a number of companies that may not want to remain reliant on decades old legacy systems but are hesitant to make  the investment in newer software platforms because of cost uncertainty, risk, and the presumed  level of effort. Utilities are great at finding creative ways to extend the life of existing systems and have always been very successful at developing point solutions for various business needs. Some examples are billing, procurements, work order, asset and inventory management. Other systems may have been developed or added to supplement the functionality of legacy systems that may no longer be capable of performing the heavy lifting  required to feed the increasing needs of the enterprise for data and information. In addition, outdated programming (more…)

March 1, 2018

TESCO Announces the Acquisition of Knopp

As of March 1, 2018, Knopp Inc. will become part of the TESCO – The Eastern Specialty Company. Like TESCO, Knopp is well-established in the metering industry and primarily known for transformer test equipment, precision voltage and current transformers, and electrical instruments. The 90-year old company, based in Emeryville, CA, fits well into the TESCO brand, known and trusted in the industry for dependability and accuracy.
April 20, 2017

Meters Are Still the Cash Register

By Paul Fratellone, TESCO Director of Software Products
Published in Metering International, Issue 2, 2017

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Looking back
Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) introduced the first electrical distribution systems for lighting using direct current. He believed that electricity should be sold just like gas. His ‘electric meter’, patented in 1881, used the  electrochemical effect of current to measure consumption. Over the next couple of decades, with contributions from scientists and entrepreneurs around the globe, he made several key enhancements and innovations that  birthed the utility industry. The mechanical meters as we know them today are induction meters that were introduced into the marketplace in 1914. These meters are also known as Ferraris meters (based on the principles of  the Bláthy meter – Titusz Bláthy (1860-1939). Fast forward 60 years or so and the next big advancement in the industry came with the advancement in analogue and digital integrated circuits. Through the years utility (more…)

March 30, 2016

TESCO Software Contract Consolidated Edison Awards

Bristol, PA – TESCO is pleased to announce that we have partnered Consolidated Edison to replace their legacy Meter Asset Management System, which has served them well for over 30 years, with the TESCO Meter Manager Software Suite. The decision to replace their legacy system was driven by Consolidated Edison’s upcoming AMI project, in addition to the need for additional functionality and security to meet the needs of a large utility in an ever-changing industry.
November 16, 2015

TESCO Announces New CT Ratio/Burden Tester

Bristol, PA – TESCO is pleased to introduce the CT Ratio/Burden Tester (Catalog No. 1047). TESCO’s new CT Ratio/Burden Tester is a lightweight, portable and highly accurate in-service test set to assist in finding lost revenue by testing the accuracy of your meter circuits. The CT Ratio/Burden Tester can help determine if there are installations errors, loose connections, incorrect ratios, resistance buildup, open CT’s, or manufacturers defects. The CT Ratio/Burden Tester measures and displays the primary and secondary current of the CT under test, and the ratio of the currents. All test data is stored in the internal memory and easily uploaded to a PC or bluetooth device.
September 9, 2014

TESCO Announces New Square-Base Meter Seals

Bristol, PA –TESCO is pleased to announce that our Meter Seals are now available with a square-base, giving utilities even more options to choose from. The square base meter seals are available in acrylic (Catalog No. 221) or polypropylene (Catalog No. 222), and in any color imaginable.  We can also imprint a  utility name/logo, bar code, or serial number at no additional cost!

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September 3, 2014

TESCO Announces New Socket Safety Clip

Bristol, PA –TESCO is pleased to introduce the Socket Safety Clip (Catalog No. 301). TESCO’s Socket Safety Clip has been designed to give meter technicians a way to temporarily reassure that a hot socket will not affect a faulty meter socket jaw. The danger zone of a meter socket jaw is 5 lbs. of holding force. At 5 lbs. arcing can occur, resulting in a more serious problem, failure, or electrical fire. The Socket Safety Clip improves the holding force of a meter socket jaw to close to 20 lbs., and can withstand temperatures beyond 400 degrees. This temporary solution simply clips around the jaws of a meter socket until the socket can be replaced.

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June 10, 2014

TESCO Transformer-Rated Pre-Wired Meter Enclosures Now UL Listed

Bristol, PA –TESCO’s Transformer-Rated Pre-Wired Meter Enclosures have always been built to the highest standards, with the tradition of quality and durability. Now the best just got better! TESCO Pre-Wired Meter Enclosures are now UL Listed. Knowing that such a reputable organization has given TESCO their stamp of approval just reassures the quality that gets sent out to our customers.

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