Safe Work Verified Through Data Logging Technology

By Marty Admire, Bevins Company

On Distribution, Transmission or Substation equipment, testing for presence or absence of nominal voltage is mandated specifically by OSHA rule 1910.269(n)(5) which states “Testing. The employer shall ensure that, unless a previously installed ground is present, employees test lines and equipment and verify the absence of nominal voltage before employees install any ground on those lines or that equipment.”
The Bevins Company in Tulsa, Oklahoma has developed two new voltage indicators incorporating the latest technology which connects the voltage indicator to a remote smart device through Bluetooth® communication. This allows real-time remote monitoring of the voltage reading in both analog and digital format as well as data logging (recording) the results. When linked to a smart device, the choice of downloading or emailing a “screen shot” of the actual worksite voltage indication with timestamp and GPS location is available.

  • Touch the 3dot / MENU button in the top right corner of the MRVI Remote app to show the pop out menu.
  • The 3dot menu provides access to seven features
  • Press MRVI Manual to download the MRVI operation manual from MW Bevins website and display it on the phone or tablet (iPhone or iPad). WiFi needs to be enabled and connected.
  • Press Capture Screen to save it to internal memory in the MRVI Folder. The 3dot menu is hidden before the picture is taken.
  • Press Logging Period to change how often the voltages are logged. The current period is shown.
  • Press Logging ON/OFF to start or stop logging. The current state is shown.
  • Press log GPS Location to Log the current GPS location.
  • Press log Text Marker to Log a text Message.
  • Press Email Log File. Then select the recipient(s) and attach files. Navigate to the internal memory and the MRVI folder to attach Captured Screens (mrvisc…png files) and Log file (mrviLog…csv files). WiFi needs to be enabled and connected.
  • Logging will be paused while the email is being prepared and sent.
  • At the bottom of the MRVI Remote app screen is an eleven line area of text which presents the most recent ten lines of the log file.

The screen capture file “mrviSC_37AA40_20191202205057.png” name starts with “mrviSC” then has six hexadecimal numbers that are the last 6 hex digits of the MRVI’s Bluetooth® radios MAC address which is what is displayed on the MRVI remote screen when it is connected to the MRVI. The last portion of the file name is the date and time the screen capture was done. (YYYYMMDDhhmmss) The file format is a .png file.

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Marty Admire, has over 40 years of active involvement with the Electric Utilities. Starting in 1979, he was a Lineman, Meterman and Substation SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) technician before accepting a position with A. B. Chance® / Hubbell® in 1997. While serving as the Manager of Training for Hubbell Power Systems, he had direct interaction with Line Crews, Safety personnel and Engineering staff of Distribution and Transmission Utilities throughout North America and Internationally. As of 2012, he became the Project Manager for Research and Development at the M. W. Bevins Company, tasked with developing innovative safety equipment utilizing the latest technology. Marty earned an Associate of Science Degree in Aviation Electronic Technology from the University of Central Missouri (UCM) and holds various FCC licenses for Commercial and Amateur Radio communications.