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.

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. …
Are you responsible for maintaining the electrical distribution system at your facility? Tired of hearing “we’ve always done it this way?”. But knowing where to look and what to focus on can be overwhelming.  Fortunately, there are governing bodies that provide a framework for prioritizing what is important from a testing standpoint as it pertains…
It’s easy to get overwhelmed researching what your preventative maintenance for electrical distribution and switchgear There is more information out there than ever. Some have several hundred pages with only a few pages of relevant items that are actionable. You can spend hours reading and skimming through these documents only to be frustrated. To give…
How Close Can I Get To My Gear? The first and most important thing to consider when being around electrical systems is to determine if a hazard is present. A hazard is defined by the NFPA 70E as “A source of possible injury or damage to health”. There are two major hazards associated with electrical…

Recommended Transmission Media Selection Criteria Industrial Ethernet offers a wide range of transmission media such as copper and fiber. It can be difficult to choose the best media for your application. The following are criteria to consider. Ensure cabling is specified to withstand high voltage, noise, harsh, and potentially hazardous environments factors: Shielded cables are…

Motors are expensive and essential. We’ve defined these standards of motor protection:   Motors can be damaged or destroyed under any of the following conditions: Low or high supply voltage Phase unbalance Continuous excessive loading Single-phasing Jam or stall conditions Ground/earth faults Mechanical failures such as seized motor bearing or binding mechanical linkages   Consider…

Proper electric motor balancing and precision machine work will extend the life of your motor, particularly the bearing life. So ask yourself this question, “How much could one extra year of run life on every motor repaired save you?” Answer: 14% if you are averaging 6 years, which could add up to thousands.   Electric motor…

Inspection is a critical portion of the motor repair job, and it defines the entire scope of work. You want answers to critical questions before you send a motor out for repair. You want to know: How thoroughly and accurately will the motor be inspected? What determines that the motor repair was successful and that…

The ODP vs TEFC debate has been extensively covered by others, but our repair shops find evidence of poor performing ODP applications on a monthly basis. Open drip proof motors are just that - open. It's like an open door from whatever is outside, to your bearings and windings on the inside. At one time…

Selecting NEMA motors- TEFC, severe duty, or IEEE 841 Making the right choice for low voltage motors can greatly affect total cost and reliability. There are so many types and manufacturers of motors that it can be difficult to make the right selection for any given application.  Our test teams and repair shops will occasionally…