Chris Grainger
Engineering & Services Manager – Carolina’s

Chris Grainger is Engineering & Services Manager at EECO. He is driven by understanding client needs and developing solutions to assist them in achieving their goals. Chris provides oversight for the Solution Architecture and Product Manager teams in the Carolina’s at EECO, Chris thinks outside the box to change the experience and expectations clients should have about their motor service providers.

Chris was an engineering co-op student at EECO and joined the team full time after graduating from Old Dominion University in 2003.

The use of IO Link devices is growing and understanding the differences in how they operate, and interface with standard communication protocols is important.  Ethernet and DeviceNet have dominated the plant floor for years and for those looking to utilize better data as smart manufacturing evolves IO Link could be a great solution. Let’s recap…

The use of IO Link devices is growing and understanding the differences in how they operate, and interface with standard communication protocols is important.  Ethernet and DeviceNet have dominated the plant floor for years and for those looking to utilize better data as smart manufacturing evolves IO Link could be a great solution. Let’s recap…

IO-Link has a ton of flexibility and knowing the strengths will help select the best solution.  As a quick recap let’s review how the communication functions: IO-Link introduces bi-directional communications from sensors and actuators in the field back to the controller. This allows users to get additional diagnostics and feedback from the sensors that isn’t…

How many times have you seen new technology that would make a huge impact only to find out the price point is outside of your budget?  You do not have to have that fear when utilizing IO Link technology.  In fact, it can often be extremely economical to implement! Additionally, it can reduce wiring and…

IO-Link has evolved greatly and the ability to have a meaningful impact on applications is continuing to grow.  Originally it was developed to support sensors and actuators. This was the genesis of the technology and was able to establish a baseline for industrial users. As it has continued to be developed, the level of devices…

Siemens Motor Management system configuration doesn’t have to be intimidating.  When you know where to look and how the selection tools connect, that’s the key! We show you how to select the correct base, measurement, HMI and even expansion modules. There are a few nuances to configuring a functioning system that are highlighted to save that…

What gets measured gets managed!  That is especially true when it comes to the Siemens Motor Management system.  The measurement modules are pivotal to ensuring the motor you want to protect is providing accurate information to the base unit. We will break down the different variations of measurement modules including current and voltage specifications. Selection of…

When we evaluate new technology cost vs impact are going to be a huge determining factor. The Siemens Motor Management system has multiple areas that should be considered when evaluating price. We break down a range of costs for base units and measurement modules as they vary greatly depending on the requirements of your application. Additional…

Understanding the components of the Siemens Simocode Motor Management system is crucial.  The modular design breaks down into three primary components: Base Unit Measurement Module Operator Panel This design opens a myriad of possibilities to ensure your most critical motor assets have the protection they deserve. If you have questions, we are here to serve. …

Protect, monitor, and control your motor via the Siemens Simocode Motor Management system. Your motor assets are crucial to the operation! The modular design creates a ton of flexibility to meet your application specific needs. You can have confidence in the Siemens Simocode system to protect, monitor and control your most critical motor assets. If you…

So you have your new Siemens Simocode Motor Management System and are excited to get it running!  Have no fear as we will show you step by step on how to configure the system with success in TIA Portal. With the expansive list of options, the commissioning has lots of flexibility.  Grab your motor nameplate…

Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) are not intended to be used as a form of circuit protection (smoke in = good; smoke out = bad).  In of themselves they offer small amounts of protection for the internal components. One protective feature is the ability to detect and interrupt ground faults. So, what is a ground fault? A ground fault is…

Variable frequency drives (VFD) may experience a fault that is known as “Overload”.  This is triggered to protect the motor from overheating and burning up the internal windings. Generally, a VFD will display “oL”, ‘lt2’ or “overload” depending on the manufacturer to indicate this condition.​ Overload levels are determined by the motor nameplate and the duty requirements…

An Overtemperature fault is a common in Variable Frequency Drives and can be found in numerous applications. The fault occurs when the heatsink on the drive exceeds a measured allowable set temperature. The drive creates a fault condition to prevent internal component damage due to the excessive heat.  It is commonly seen as a fault code…

For those in manufacturing you may have heard a new term floating around called IO-Link.  Here is a breakdown of what it is and how it can provide value to you in the future. At its core IO-Link is a worldwide open standard communication protocol which can be used to gain advanced features and diagnostics…

Anyone who manages, installs, and supports variable frequency drives (VFD’s) knows it is a good day when the equipment is running, and shafts are turning.  What happens when that happy VFD faults out and you see that it shut down due to an overvoltage condition? At that moment having a good understanding of what causes that…

Anyone who manages, installs, and supports variable frequency drives (VFD’s) knows it is a good day when the equipment is running, and shafts are turning.  What happens when that happy VFD faults out and you see that it shut down due to an overvoltage condition? At that moment having a good understanding of what causes that…

5 Steps To Begin Variable Frequency Drive Troubleshooting OH NO! Your Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) is not working! What do you do?! Here are 5 steps to begin troubleshooting.   #1 Inspect for physical damage Look to see if there are signs that the magic smoke hasn’t been released.  Inspect the device and its surrounding…

Buzzwords in industry are everywhere you look:  Smart manufacturing, industry 4.0, smart factory, AI, ML, VR and the list goes on and on. Let’s review a term we hear regularly and can be confusing.  We’re talking about IIoT.  IIoT stands for “Industrial Internet of Things.”  It’s related to IoT that we hear about regularly in…

There are services available to manufacturing that have direct impact to productivity and reliability.  We’ll review a few areas of low hanging fruit that you can begin evaluating when looking at your business.  Let’s start with Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI).  At its core VMI is a service provided to store frequently used parts in a…

EECO Asks Why’s first series was focused on women in engineering.  Why this group you ask?  Admittingly this was a selfish series as I had a goal of finding inspiration to share with my daughters (8 and 10 years old).  As I’m watching them grow, I have the normal concerns that all parents do and…

Manufacturing facilities are a collection of assets that converts raw material into finished goods. The machines require humans to operate and optimize them to achieve maximum reliability and quality of the final products. Companies are investing more time and effort into digitizing their assets so that they understand what they are, how they work and…

What comes to mind when you hear the words “Product Security”? This can be a confusing topic, and to help lay a foundation of understanding, here are some of the basics.  Product security primarily focuses on smart devices and has 2 lenses that it typically identifies with:  Secure devolvement lifecycle of a product or system…

There is a lot of information circulating about WiFi in general but when you begin to zone in on Industrial WiFi the knowledge bank isn’t as plentiful. The term industrial WiFi encompasses communication types and protocols across many different industry sectors such as pulp and paper, automotive, bottling, process and discrete manufacturing. Having a solid…

When it comes to industrial networks understanding all the terms, technologies, and acronyms that are used can be overwhelming for those new to this industry. Not to be confused with IT networks, OT networks are what we are interested in, which refer to operational technology networks. This is the infrastructure that our industrial communication systems…