Arc Flash

Figure 1: Vulnerabilities of the infrastructures are easily identified at the physical layers and extend to all aspects of the system. Courtesy: Panduit
Safety December 17, 2019

Mitigate control panel security, safety risks

A review of relevant standards, including UL 1436 and NFPA 70E.

By Michael Jammal and Martin Kronz
Even a basic cable type, such as flexible portable cords, come with numerous jacket type rating, conductor count, and conductor gauge options. AutomationDirect is offering $0.00 cut charges, same-day shipping, and free shipping on orders over a small minimum to encourage cut-to-length cable adoption. Courtesy: AutomationDirect
Electrical December 3, 2019

How to specify cut-to-length cable

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), end users, and system integrators seeking to improve manufacturing and fabrication flexibility can purchase cut-to-length cables to save time and money.

By Jim Krebs
By automating absence of voltage verification and completing the entire verification process in 10 seconds, Panduit’s VeriSafe absence-of-voltage-tester (AVT) enables plants to work faster, safer, and more efficiently. Courtesy: Panduit
Safety November 30, 2019

Employing PtD as the first line of defense against control panel electrical hazards

Prevention through design (PtD) can help manufacturers keep workers safe from electrical hazards, which remains one of the most common dangers they face daily. Do you use the five-point hierarchy of risk?

By Martin Kronz
Each component in an industrial control panel must be properly applied for safe and reliable operation. The requirements for each component are unique and often misunderstood. Courtesy: Eaton’s Bussmann Division
Electrical Systems September 27, 2019

Safety tips on SCCR for industrial control panels, industrial machinery

How to determine short-circuit current rating (SCCR) and avoid misapplications. When the industrial control panel or industrial machinery does not have an adequate SCCR for the available short-circuit (fault) current, an electrical hazard exists.

By John Kovacik, Dan Neeser, Christy Rosati and Joe Pavia
While traditional maintenance teams completed manual routes, organizations that capitalize on modern technologies can stream asset data to the cloud. By eliminating manual measurements, personnel can attend to needed repairs and the ever-expanding backlog of work orders. Courtesy: Fluke Corp.
Analytics September 4, 2019

Evolution of modern manufacturing: more data

Automation future: The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0 are widely known concepts, have not been widely adopted. On the way, physical device data connectivity can increase information flow to add efficiency, eliminate errors and increase uptime

By John Bernet
In addition to being properly trained for electrical hazards, an essential element for those working on or around electrical gear is proper safety equipment, including personal protective equipment. Courtesy: Vertiv
Arc Flash September 2, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles August 26 to September 1

Articles about safer plant machinery, skilled workforce, lubrication and bearings, long battery life, and baby steps with the IIoT were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 26 to September 1. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
In addition to being properly trained for electrical hazards, an essential element for those working on or around electrical gear is proper safety equipment, including personal protective equipment. Courtesy: Vertiv
Arc Flash August 26, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles August 19-25

Articles about safer plant machinery, skilled workforce, lubrication and bearings, long battery life, and baby steps with the IIoT were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 19-25. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Arc Flash August 13, 2019

Are you aware of arc flash hazards?

Be cognizant about hazards, preventive measures and the dire consequences of an arc flash event.

By Steve Park, Director, Engineering and Technical Support
Typical cause of being failure by percentage. Courtesy: ABB
Maintenance July 29, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles July 22-28

Articles about alarm management tips, lubrication advice, NFPA 70E advice, maintenance process redesign, and smart manufacturing were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 22-28. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Kevin Lippert, senior manager of standards for Eaton's Electrical Sector, has been appointed president of the United States National Committee (USNC) to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Courtesy: Eaton Corporation
Electrical, Power July 22, 2019

Electrical group names president for national committee

Kevin Lippert has been appointed president of the United States National Committee (USNC) to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and will work on testing, certification and accreditation for the electrotechnical industry.

By Eaton Corporation