Chris Grainger

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.

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…

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…

Industrial cyber security is a hot topic these days. With the changing technical landscape, we are seeing post Covid-19 along with extensive advances in technology, the need for data integrity in this space is certainly growing at a rapid pace. Whether it be protecting product recipes and batching information or maintaining exacting environmental controls, with…

As more and more devices are networked and logically connected, a greater need for a sound cyber security policy and system come into play. As the world is shifting to a greater need of remotely accessing data the ability to protect critical data is vital.  Whether it is external hackers working to bring your system…

One of the most prominent systems in modern industrial automation is the AC inverter duty motor and associated Variable Frequency Drive (VFD). From winding nonwoven fabrics onto cardboard cores for manufacturing N95 respirators to crushing granite boulders to pave the way for our first responders and truck drivers, the VFD plays a critical role in…

Throughout the many applications and instances of automated industrial systems, motor control is a hot topic. One particular component that has a prominent role in this space is the variable frequency drive (VFD). There are three basic ways to control motors – an electromechanical starter, a reduced voltage soft-starter, and the VFD. The electromechanical starter…

Soft starters are an excellent method of controlling your motor, given that the application fits the bill. With the three prominent methods of controlling a motor in industrial applications – across the line contactor, variable frequency drive (VFD) and soft starters, where would you normally see a soft starter being applied? In most applications, a…

One-Line visualization is an interactive diagram of the electrical distribution system in a facility. In that interactive environment, we aren’t looking at a static view of equipment, but we get real-time live information around the status of equipment, feedback on the conditions of the system and critical status of parameters that make an impact on…

Let’s get real for a minute. When it comes to Ethernet IP – Rockwell comes to mind.  When we hear Profinet – Siemens comes to mind. While they are not the only vendor that utilizes Profinet they are the heavyweight user. So, which one is better? Prepare for a Ford/Chevy type of debate if you bring this up. Typically, regions follow protocols. For instance, in Europe Profinet is heavily installed while in…

Power monitoring can be the crystal ball that a facility needs to understand and analyze the present, past and future regarding power consumption and it’s demand and anomalies. This technology allows consumers the ability make better decisions based off factual data versus being reactionary to given circumstances. Where To Start Your Power Monitoring Solution Beginning…

We want to promote the right practices in industries around how to safely rack in and out circuit breakers. There are too many instances where what gets attention is when things go wrong. While that’s important to learn what not to do, we want to celebrate the heroes of the industry that do things correctly day in and day out and keep America’s…

Interoperability is the ability of a machine or product to exchange or send information and the ability for a node receiving the data to process and utilize the information. The key to success is open platforms where nothing is proprietary and for those platforms to work with other products, present, past and future to operate…

Today, Industrial networks are tasked with moving huge amounts of data, include process critical items, at a staggering pace. So how do you know if you have a safe, well-designed network or if you are at risk? A great place to begin is with an industrial network assessment. Cataloging devices is important and most of…

Best Practices for Racking a Circuit Breaker In and Out Racking a circuit breaker in and out is one of the riskiest actions taken by an employee when it comes to safety and Arc Flash potential with Low Voltage and Medium Voltage gear. This is especially true when it comes to an aging electrical infrastructure.…

The Arc Quenching Switchgear is Game Changing Technology For those that have experienced an arc flash incident you know the impact it can have on your facility and more important to the personnel that potentially could be exposed to these events. Many times, when an arc flash incident happens equipment is lost, and down time…

Imagine if you could take your single line and bring it to life with data! It’s possible and in this video, Mike Rathbun walks you thru how to begin implementing this technology inside your facility.  As technology continues to evolve the ability to visualize data in a format such as a live single line and…

The Future in Circuit Breaker Technology is Here. The ability to access critical live data at the circuit breaker level exists and Eaton’s Power Defense line of breakers is the solution. In this video you’ll see how to maximize the data that is generated from this powerful line to impact your facility. Creating access to…

How to Start Monitoring Power This video tackles the journey that many people face when deciding to implement power monitoring at their facility. With so many different protocols, devices and networks it can be overwhelming to know where to begin. Whether you are just getting started with power monitoring or have a system in place…

There are several factors to consider when evaluating equipment requiring a new installation of power distribution equipment. Typically, these decisions will start at the utility to understand what they can support for large load connections.  It is important to make educated recommendations for the proper voltage design as it impacts the project as things progress. …