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Arc Flash June 3, 2021

Five key steps of an electrical safety program: Questions and Answers

More answers from the May 27 webcast as it relates to electrical safety programs and what they mean for manufacturers.

By H. Landis “Lanny” Floyd, PE, CSP, CESCP
Arc Flash September 22, 2020

Your questions answered: Arc flash mitigation

Reducing arc flash to electrical personnel is an evolutionary process. Learn more in this Q&A

By Zia Salami and Tracy Wagoner
Arc Flash June 1, 2020

Video: Exposing Risk in Your Electrical Safety Program

This webinar helps users identify gaps and opportunities for improvement in prevention of electric shock and arc flash injuries. 

By Plant Engineering
Arc Flash May 18, 2020

A look at electrical safety programs

The 2020 Plant Engineering electrical safety survey examines how your plants’ electrical safety programs measure up

By Jack Smith and Amanda Pelliccione
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
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
Arc Flash June 6, 2019

Expert advice given on NFPA 70E

Best practices for mitigating arc flash and combustible dust hazards.

By Scott Francis
Arc Flash June 3, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles May 27 to June 2

Articles about overcurrent protection technologies, the human factor in change management, Mitsubishi Electric acquiring Iconics, electrical safety culture, , and protecting the production line were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 27 to June 2. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Arc Flash May 9, 2019

Arc flash hazards: How to provide a safe work environment

Safety is the top priority in any work environment, and there is growing concern and increased discussion around the topic of arc flash hazards.

By RTM Associates
Arc Flash March 7, 2019

IEEE 1584 -2018 changes offer a robust upgrade

Comprehensive standard review impacts arc flash analysis.

By Ed McConnell, PE
Arc Flash July 13, 2018

Why Should I Trust New Approaches to Electrical Safety Management: Your questions answered

Webcast presenters Rachel Bugaris and Marty Kronz answered questions about topics such as voltage indicators for AVTs, electrical safety, and labeling.

By Rachel Bugaris and Marty Kronz, Panduit
Arc Flash May 7, 2018

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, April 30-May 6

Articles about testing steam traps, manufacturing cooperation, building process models, and more were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, April 30-May 6. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Sierra Grayson, CFE Media
Arc Flash April 9, 2018

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, April 2-8

Articles about arc flash analysis, motor service factor, monitoring irrigation systems, reducing manufacturing waste, and aerodynamic machines Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, April 2-8. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Sierra Grayson, CFE Media
Arc Flash April 4, 2018

Arc Flash Analysis—Know the Issues: Your questions answered

Webcast presenter Tommy Northcott, PE, CRL, CMRP answered additional questions about topics such as NFPA 70, changes made to the 2018 version, and arc flash best practices.

By Tommy Northcott, PE, CRL, CMRP, Jacobs
Arc Flash March 21, 2018

Controlling and containing arc flash with maintenance, technology

Brent Henry, director of marketing for power distribution and control assemblies at Eaton, talks with Plant Engineering about the continuing issues around arc flash and how plant managers can address these issues.

By Brett Henry, Eaton
Arc Flash March 21, 2018

Arc quenching switchgear offers 4-millisecond arc flash arrest

Eaton's release of its Arc Quenching Magnum DS switchgear is designed to advance safety and reduce downtime in oil and gas, utility, healthcare, water, wastewater, and other industrial applications.

By Eaton
Arc Flash March 20, 2018

Arc flash: avoid the shock

Go beyond the NFPA 70E tables to do an analysis.

By Tommy Northcott, Jacobs
Arc Flash December 19, 2017

The best of the best: The top 15 stories of 2017

Plant Engineering’s top stories for 2017 covered preventive vs predictive maintenance, IIoT, electric motor maintenance, and much more.

By Sierra Grayson, CFE Media
Arc Flash September 29, 2017

Meltric connector cable assemblies

To improve worker safety in industrial environments, Turck introduces its new pre-assembled Meltric connector offering with arc protection.

By Turck
Arc Flash May 22, 2017

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, May 15-21: Prescriptive maintenance, predictive or preventive maintenance, reliability program pillars, more

Articles about prescriptive maintenance, predictive vs. preventive maintenance, reliability program pillars, arc flash causes, and the 2016 Product of the Year winners were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, May 15-21. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Arc Flash March 21, 2017

Causes of arc flash and arc flash blast incidents

Arc flash incidents are common causes of injury in a facility and knowing how and why they occur is a good strategy to prevent them from occurring in the first place.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Arc Flash December 20, 2016

The top 10 stories of 2016: what you still can learn

Readers picked their favorite stories of the year, and there are many great tips on that list.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Arc Flash November 19, 2016

Remote switch actuator

The remote switch actuator is designed to allow technicians to remotely close or trip the ICCB from a safe distance while remaining stationed outside the arc-flash boundary.

By CBS ArcSafe
Arc Flash November 7, 2016

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles: October 31-November 6: 18 years of safety, arc flash reduces costs, energy consumption in U.S., more

Articles about 18 years of safety, arc flash reduces costs, energy consumption in U.S., VFDs cost-effective benefits, mobile manufacturing maintenance were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, October 31-November 6. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Brana Webb
Arc Flash October 24, 2016

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles: October 17-23: Arc flash relays, 18 years of safety, preventing shaft current, more

Articles about arc flash relays reducing costs, 18 years of safety, preventing shaft current, four tips for bearing maintenance, and the 2016 Safety Study were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, October 17-23. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Arc Flash June 14, 2016

Remote switch actuator (RSA) for the Square D PowerPact, P-Frame 250-1200 A

The CBS ArcSafe RSA-164J allows technicians to remotely close or trip the circuit breaker from a safe distance of up to 300 feet while remaining stationed outside the arc-flash boundary.

By CBS ArcSafe
Arc Flash June 10, 2016

Arc flash safety requires planning and design

Modernizing equipment can lead to a safer facility.

By John Blaylock and Doug Beck
Arc Flash May 5, 2016

Your questions answered: Arc Flash University: A Checkup on Your Electrical Safety Program

H. Landis “Lanny” Floyd, partner and principal consultant with Electrical Safety Group Inc., tackles unanswered questions from the April 21, 2016 webcast on electrical safety programs.

By H. Landis “Lanny” Floyd, Electrical Safety Group Inc.
Arc Flash April 21, 2016

Webcast: Arc Flash University: A Checkup on Your Electrical Safety Program

Whether you have a mature electrical safety program or just beginning to put a program in place, this webinar will provide tips for improvement and achieving results in preventing mishaps in electrical energy, control and communications systems critical to your business.

By Plant Engineering
Arc Flash April 15, 2016

Remote switch actuator for arc-flash protection

The remote switch actuator (RSA) allows technicians to remotely close or trip the circuit breaker from a safe distance of up to 300 feet while remaining stationed outside the arc-flash boundary.

By CBS ArcSafe
Arc Flash February 16, 2016

Single-application remote racking system

Single-application racking system (RRS-3) for General Electric (GE) Type AMH circuit breakers that is lightweight, portable, and allows technicians to remotely install and remove the circuit breaker from a safe distance of up to 300 feet while remaining stationed outside the arc-flash boundary.

By CBS ArcSafe
Arc Flash December 23, 2015

New IIoT technologies, strategies for a new year

ARC analyst Greg Gorbach offers 10 predictions for 2016.

By Bob Vavra
Arc Flash November 6, 2015

Clamp meters to log measurements

370 FC series clamp meters that log measurements to pinpoint intermittent faults precisely without the need for the technician to be present.

By Fluke
Arc Flash October 26, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, October 19-25: Robotic vehicles, NFPA 70E, hands-on manufacturing, more

Articles about robotic vehicles, NFPA 70E, a hands-on approach to manufacturing, predictive maintenance, and supporting arc flash incident energy analysis were Plant Engineering's five most-clicked articles from last week, October 19-25. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Erin Dunne
Arc Flash October 22, 2015

Webcast: Arc Flash University: The Latest on NFPA 70E: What’s new in arc flash protection

A look at the new provisions in 70E and how they will affect manufacturers.

By Plant Engineering
Arc Flash October 19, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, October 12-18: Leaders Under 40, NFPA 70E, arc flash safety, more

Articles about the Leaders Under 40, NFPA 70E, seven arc flash safety measures, supporting arc flash incident energy analysis, and total system approach to compressed air reliability were Plant Engineering's five most-clicked articles from last week, October 12-18. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Erin Dunne
Arc Flash July 8, 2015

Remote switch actuator for QA/CBC pringle switches

The RSA-135A actuator allows technicians to remotely close, and open/trip the Pringle switch from a safe distance while remaining stationed outside the arc-flash boundary.

By CBS ArcSafe
Arc Flash June 22, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, June 15-21: Lubrication culture, ROI for infrared, arc flash code compliance, more

Articles about the culture of lubrication, focusing on ROI for infrared, arc flash relays and code compliance, predictive maintenance data analysis, and unusual flush plans for mechanical seals were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, June 15-21. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Arc Flash June 18, 2015

Webcast: Arc Flash University: NFPA 70E PPE Challenges and Solutions

In the next session of Arc Flash University, Plant Engineering will explore the special questions that come up when manufacturers look to implement or revise their NFPA 70E program to meet the new 2015 version of the standard.

By Plant Engineering
Arc Flash February 10, 2015

AR/FR protective clothing

These base layer shirts and balaclava address recent NFPA standards to protect workers.

By Magid
Arc Flash October 30, 2014

Webcast: Arc Flash University: The Value of NFPA70E to you and your business

s your electrical safety program a necessary cost to your business, or is it an asset that brings value? For more than a decade, the discussion of occupational electrical safety in general industry in the U.S. has focused on compliance with NFPA70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace.

By Plant Engineering
Arc Flash July 22, 2014

Arc flash awareness, mitigation on the rise

Littelfuse study finds 2/3 of plants have completed an arc flash assessment

Arc Flash July 8, 2014

Reducing arc flash hazard on switchgear

Install a protective relay on the secondary side of the transformer and trip a primary side fault interrupting device

By Justin Schroeder, Schneider Electric
Arc Flash October 1, 2013

Fall protection again leads OSHA Top 10 violations

Citations for safety violations increase 56% in 2013

Arc Flash June 10, 2013

Meshing process safety management with total productive maintenance

A look at how organizations have adopted total productive maintenance (TPM) and the benefits it can bring to a company

By John Ross, Marshall Institute
Arc Flash June 3, 2013

Focus your CMMS on safety issues

Between PMs, work orders and reports, a CMMS gives you the basic tools to implement a safety program and to schedule and perform most safety-related tasks.

By Paul Lachance
Arc Flash December 11, 2012

Safety fines for auto parts maker

TFO Tech Co. Ltd is being fined $51,000 by OSHA for 13 safety violations at its Jefferson, OH, facility after a July inspection was carried out under the National Emphasis Program on Amputations.

By Greg Hale, ISS Source
Arc Flash November 10, 2012

NFPA 70E: A roadmap to compliance

Six steps can reduce arc flash hazard and protect workers and equipment

By Reza Tajali, Schneider Electric
Arc Flash November 10, 2012

Distributed IO can reduce arc flash hazards

Causing thousands of injuries every year, arc flash is a serious and even deadly hazard, which makes selecting the right safety solution critical.

By Randy Durick, TURCK
Arc Flash October 29, 2012

Arc-preventive MCCs promote personal safety, equipment life

A closed-door approach to electrical maintenance reduces operator exposure

By Mark Yerse, Eaton Corporation
Arc Flash October 29, 2012

FAQs on arc flash: Understand, assess the dangers

Littelfuse has compiled a series of questions related to arc flash and hazard prevention.

By Source: Littelfuse
Arc Flash October 9, 2012

Effective bonding, grounding: The backbone of electrical safety

Providing and maintaining an effective impedance path to ground is critical to maintain reliable, efficient, and safe operating facilities.

By Frank Waterer
Arc Flash May 13, 2012

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Managing the risk of arc flash

Understanding the data and the standards for a deadly plant danger.

By Jack Smith, BIT Writing and Editing Services
Arc Flash March 2, 2012

White paper: Schneider Electric: Arc flash analysis: IEEE method versus the NFPA 70E tables

This paper discusses basic differences between the IEEE 1584 method and the NFPA 70E task tables.

By Schneider Electric
Arc Flash November 4, 2011

Best Practices for installing steam system heat transfer components

Following simple rules and proven techniques can help avoid the most common problems caused by incorrect component selection or improper installation practices.

By Kelly Paffel, Swagelok Energy Advisors
Arc Flash November 1, 2011

2011 POY Finalists: Power Transmission

Finalists in Power Transmission in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Gust Gianos, Plant Engineering
Arc Flash October 14, 2011

Make the right choice on protective devices

Choosing the correction protective device for a low-voltage distribution system requires system performance analysis.

By David Loucks, PE, Eaton Corporation
Arc Flash October 13, 2011

Think everyone is using PPE? Think again.

It’s a simple choice – of COURSE we want to be safe at work. No one wakes up each morning and says, “Can’t wait to get to the plant today so I can injure myself!”

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager
Arc Flash October 11, 2011

Video: Fire flash testing

At the University of Alberta’s Protective Clothing and Equipment Research Facility, extensive flash fire testing of several different FR fabrics illustrated the extent, severity and location of bodily burns following a standard three-second fire exposure.

By Plant Engineering
Arc Flash September 22, 2011

New solutions address arc flash energy reduction

The NEC's new set of solutions keep electrical engineers safe during inspections.

By Chris G. Walker, Eaton Corp.
Arc Flash June 21, 2011

Alabama lumber mill penalized for outstanding violations

Phenix Lumber Company has ignored previous 77 citations, ultimately receiving nearly $2 million in fines from the U.S. Dept. of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

By Source: U.S. Dept. of Labor
Arc Flash June 15, 2011

In seeking arc flash solutions, don’t overlook validation

Arc flashes are responsible for about 80% of electrical accidents in the U.S. each year.

By Pablo Medina, Walt Karstens, and Keith Flowers, Siemens Industry Inc
Arc Flash May 9, 2011

A wealth of information

This year's summit showed attendees how to improve and grow globally

By Bob Vavra
Arc Flash April 19, 2011

Improving arc flash safety through design

Substation project shows pitfalls and possibilities in system

By David B. Durocher, Eaton Corp.
Arc Flash March 15, 2011

Maintenance, safety and systems get attention at 2011 Summit

With a focus on maintenance, systems management and safety, the 2011 Manufacturing/Automation Summit will deliver a wide range of content with some of manufacturing’s top experts

Arc Flash February 26, 2011

2011 Manufacturing/Automation Summit helps point the way forward

Discounted registration will allow plant managers or engineers to bring one of their colleagues at no cost for three days of information on the best in new strategies, best practices and the best new products.

Arc Flash October 26, 2010

Arc Flash University Webcast: A comprehensive approach to mitigation

DuPont's Lanny Floyd to focus on processes and systems to avoid arc flash dangers in Nov. 18 Webcast.

Arc Flash October 26, 2010

Identify the hazards, mitigate the risks

Safety is a practice that needs to constantly be examined and refined in order to avoid an unsafe event

By Mike Duta, Michael Kingsley and Mike Miller, Rockwell Automation
Arc Flash October 12, 2010

Video: Arc Flash Training Overview

In this video sponsored by Westex, the dangers of arc flash explosions are documented and explored.  Topics covered in the video include: Extensive arc flash testing Arc flash safety NFPA 70E compliance Comfort and Safety For more information about arc flash safety and testing, check out the following resources: Webcast: Arc Flash University Part 3: NFPA 70E 2009 August 19, 2010 02:00 PM EDTThis session presents an overview of the NFPA 70E 2009 Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace and the requirements of the standards, which are intended to better protect electrical workers from injury when they work on energized electrical equipment. Plant Engineering Maintenance and Management Channel Consulting-Specifying Engineer Electrical Channel Consulting-Specifying Engineer Power Channel Visit Westex for more information about flame retardant fabrics and arc flash safety/.

Arc Flash October 11, 2010

Training for the future

In today’s global manufacturing competitive environment, human capital is clearly becoming the delineator for companies to stay in business. With the thousands of baby boomers leaving the work force over the next 10 to 15 years, leaving a smaller number of Generation X’ers carrying the load, employee development and training need fill this gap.

By Lee McClish
Arc Flash July 28, 2010

Arc Flash University resumes with an overview of NFPA 70E requirements

The types of major electrical faults that can occur in electrical equipment are presented, with a focus on arcing faults as particularly damaging and dangerous to workers and equipment. Statistical occurrences of arc flash accidents that cause significant injuries and fatalities are discussed in both human and financial terms.

Arc Flash July 16, 2010

The time is now to implement 7 critical updates to NFPA 70E

Let’s face it; thanks to the challenging economy and downsizing most of us have more projects and fewer resources to make them happen. With this mind, I’ve summarized the most important updates you should consider incorporating into your electrical safety program. If you incorporate these changes, you’ll be well on your way to creating a more effective electrical safety program.

By Byron Jordan, Ferraz Shawmut
Arc Flash July 13, 2010

Life cycle safety engineering (copy 1)

Because global and competitive issues are driving more companies to evaluate the life cycle cost of equipment ownership, life cycle safety engineering becomes an important aspect of the cost of ownership.

By JB Titus, CFSE
Arc Flash June 30, 2010

Plant Engineering Webcasts

View the latest Plant Engineering Webcasts

Arc Flash April 8, 2010

Exploding the myths about arc flash

"You gotta be smarter than the nail you're hitting." This is true, especially when working around energized electrical equipment. Take training from reputable, qualified people and companies.

By James White, Shermco Industries
Arc Flash April 1, 2010

Exploding the misconceptions and myths about arc flash issues

As a member of the NFPA 70E Committee and an instructor, I hear it all. There seems to be some common misconceptions among people that are like urban legends; they just don’t go away. One of my favorites is that “You don’t have to worry about arc flash below 240 volts.” While it may be true that an arc is more difficult to sustain at lower voltages, there have been some ...

By Jim White, Shermco Industries Inc.
Arc Flash March 12, 2010

Ensuring long life for electrical equipment

Resistance grounding systems have many advantages over solidly grounded systems including arc-flash hazard reduction, limiting mechanical and thermal damage associated with faults, and controlling transient overvoltages.

By Ed Hamilton and Michael D. Seal, P.E., General Electric
Arc Flash March 1, 2010

MCC innovations reducing the risk of arc flash incidents

With a pressure wave similar to a hand grenade and the potential to produce heat nearly four times the temperature of the sun, arc flash hazards pose serious danger. That’s why manufacturers across all sectors of industry are implementing techniques and practices designed to reduce these hazards and help protect workers.

By John Kuroski, Rockwell Automation
Arc Flash February 4, 2010

Electrical standard compliance subject of first Arc Flash class

The 2009 editions of NFPA 70E in the United States and the CSA Z462 for Canada are the standards for electrical safety in the workplace. What do these important documents mean for your electric safety programs, and what are the common questions with regard to compliance?Those questions and others will be answered in the first installment of the 2010 Arc Flash University se4ries. The 2010 series of four Arc Flash University webcast sessions are sponsored by IRISS and UE Systems.

By Bob Vavra
Arc Flash November 12, 2009

Final Arc Flash University Webcast highlights protection schemes

Nov. 19 event will describe a new method for arc-to-arc energy transfer

By Bob Vavra
Arc Flash November 1, 2009

December Webcasts focus on energy, safety, assets

Plant Engineering’s Fourth-Quarter Webcast series will provide viewers with cutting-edge knowledge on three areas of vital interest to plant floor managers. The Dec. 2 arc flash webcast will discuss resistance grounding as a strategy in arc flash detection. Long used in mines, petrochem and other heavy industrial plants, resistance grounding is now winning converts in general industry.

Arc Flash July 1, 2009

Virtual Manufacturing Summit attracts a global audience

Connecting the world of manufacturing in a new way, the Plant Engineering Virtual Manufacturing Summit convened Tuesday, June 30 to expand on the concepts presented at the 2009 Manufacturing Summit in Charleston, SC. Sponsored by IBM, Schneider Electric and Infor, the Virtual Summit attracted more than 900 registrants from 69 countries – literally everywhere from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Arc Flash May 1, 2009

Another PPE for arc flash safety: Adopt proven protective exposure

Arc flash hazards have become an increasingly prominent concern as technology enhancements incorporate smaller, higher voltage equipment placed within confined areas. The dangerous result of an electrical system malfunction—essentially, a short circuit between electrified conductors—arc flash explosions can reach up to 35,000º F.

By Garrett Potvin, Hoffman Product Manager
Arc Flash March 4, 2009

Integrated circuit breaker

This line of low-voltage power circuit breaker features extended contact life, electronic trip and communication modules.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash March 2, 2009

Arc Flash – Facts and Figures, Right to the Bottom Line – Online Exam

This survey is powered by SurveyGizmo's online survey software . Please take my survey now.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash March 1, 2009

A look at 70E rules opens new Arc Flash U.

The second year of Arc Flash University, Plant Engineering’s successful series on the cause and prevention of arc flash injuries on the job, opened its second year on Feb. 26 with a look at the rule changes surrounding NFPA 70E regulations.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash February 24, 2009

Arc Flash U. is back for 2009

First Webcast in popular series will air LIVE on Feb. 26

By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash February 1, 2009

Arc Flash University is back for 2009

Following last year's extraordinary response to the introductory year of Arc Flash University, a new series of classes on how to prevent one of the plant floor's deadliest incidents is back. Sponsored by GE, a series of four new Arc Flash University Webcasts will begin Thursday, Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. CST.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash January 1, 2009

Motor control center – 2009-01-01

The Allen-Bradley Centerline 2500 motor control center, with ArcShield option, provides arc flash protection in a low-voltage MCC per IEC/TR 61641:2008 for arcing durations up to 300 milliseconds.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash December 2, 2008

New Littelfuse device aims at arc flash prevention

Ground fault relay manages safety and avoids nuisance trips

By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash November 12, 2008

The CSI of Arc Flash Exam

If you are experiencing problems with the survey please use this alternate link: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s/81678/the-csi-of-arc-flash-exam.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash November 1, 2008

Electrical Power – 2008-11-01 – 2008-11-01

Fuse-type panelboard The selective coordination panel is a UL67-listed panelboard that uses class CC UltraSafe fuse holders with blown fuse indicators. The panel meets the requirements of the 2008 NEC, providing a cost-effective fuse-based solution; selective coordination with 2:1 ratios; and a high SCCR rating. Features of the panel include a bonded ground bar and a neutral bar with set-screw terminations.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash October 15, 2008

Arc flash mitigation system

Paladin real-time arc flash advisor software is designed to enable users to make up-to-date assessments of changing arc flash hazards. By maintaining an uninterrupted, 360-degree view of the facility, the system continually checks all components, equipment and systems to provide alerts of potential arc flash hazards.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash September 18, 2008

October Arc Flash Test

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By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash September 15, 2008

Understanding ground fault protection

Equipment reliability is crucial for plants striving to be more competitive. Electrical ground faults can put equipment out of commission and, in serious cases, can lead to catastrophic fire.

By Ken Cybart, Littelfuse
Arc Flash September 15, 2008

Plant Engineering’s new global focus

Reaching out to new readers in new markets, and reaching out to current readers in new ways, Plant Engineering made four announcements in September that will help change the fundamental ways manufacturing professionals communicate with each other around the world.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash September 15, 2008

Industry initiative takes aim at arc flash risk

Each year, more than 32,000 U.S. workers in a wide range of industries sustain lost-time injuries due to electrical shock or burns, and more than 2,000 individuals die from electricity-related accidents on the job.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash August 28, 2008

Archived Webcasts December 2007 to September 2002

Contact Bob Vavra Class Zero Aired December 11, 2007, archive available for one year. CD's of the event are also available to purchase. How to Use General Purpose Motors with Drives Aired November 8, 2007, archive available for one Integrating EAM Aired October 25, 2007, archive available for one Motor Efficiency Aired Arc Flash Aired August 2, 2007, archive available for one Using Wireless as a Maintenance Advantage Aired September 27, 2007, archive available for one T he ROI of Maintenance Aired July 19, 2007, Power Quality: Understanding Harmonics Aired Selective Coordination Issues Aired Safety — Right to the Bottom Line Aired Advancements in Wireless Ethernet Aired Control Panel Compliance Webcast Aired What have you done about Arc Flash? Aired Improving Electrical Efficiency through Power Factor Correction Aired Preventing Power Quality Problems from Harming your Plant Aired November 15, 2005, only available on CD. Practical Perspectives on Motor Management Aired April 2005, only available on CD. Exploring the benefits of TEDS (Smart Sensor Technology) Aired July 2005, only available on CD. Arc Flash II Webcast Aired September 30, 2004, only available on CD. Arc Flash Webcast Aired April, 8 2004, only available on CD. Environmental Improvements for Profit Aired Contact Bob Vavra.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash August 28, 2008

Arc Flash University

Arc Flash University is now in session! Enroll today and receive CEUs (Continuing Education Units) Schedule by date and topic: Now On-Demand 3/6/08: Arc Flash Analysis 4/3/08: Arc Flash Training 5/8/08: Arc Flash Prevention 6/5/08: Selective Coordination 7/17/08: Arc Flash PPE Upcoming Sessions, Register Today! 9/4/08: Arc Flash Liability and Insurance 10/2/08: Arc Flash Research & Development 11/6/08: The CSI of Arc Flash.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash August 27, 2008

Mitigation system

The Paladin real-time arc flash advisor enables users to make up-to-date assessments of changing arc flash hazards by maintaining an uninterrupted, 360-degree view of the facility and the potential arc flash hazards.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash July 15, 2008

Power analytics increases resilience, reduces costs

As organizations become more reliant on electrical power – and the cost of downtime becomes more menacing to their bottom lines – they are scrambling to find ways to maximize resilience and minimize energy costs.

By Mark A. Ascolese, EDSA Corp.
Arc Flash June 20, 2008

PPE

The FR line of Amplitude, flame-resistant work wear fabrics meets required specifications such as NFPA 70E (HRC 2) and NFPA 2112 compliance.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash June 15, 2008

Qualify providers before an arc flash analysis

An arc flash analysis (sometimes referred to as a flash hazard analysis) is a thorough and careful mathematical model of a facility’s electrical power distribution and control system. The purpose of this electrical system study is to determine as accurately as possible how the electrical system will respond to faults that might occur at various points within the system.

By Joseph Weigel, Square D Services, Schneider Electric
Arc Flash June 3, 2008

UL-listed fuses

These fuses are newly UL-listed, and are intended for applications needing Class L fuse dimensions with ampere ratings of less than 601 A.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash June 2, 2008

Arc Flash U Selective coordination test

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By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash May 15, 2008

Teaching an old dog new (electrical) tricks

There’s a better way to approach electrical problems than using a digital multimeter.

By Michael Stuart, Fluke Thermal Imaging
Arc Flash March 15, 2008

Additional arc flash Webcast looks at mitigation

Plant managers who understand the safety concern, business risk and cost of an arc flash incident will want to sign up for the March 27 Webcast, sponsored by Eaton Corp. on the topic of strategies to mitigate arc flash incidents.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash March 15, 2008

Electrical safety: 9 steps

Ever wish there was a simple way to interpret the OSHA regulations and the NFPA 70E? It seems like the more these documents are discussed, the more complicated things become. Well, there is a way to see clearly through the regulatory clutter with nine simple steps.

By Jim White, training director for Shermco Industries
Arc Flash March 15, 2008

Don’t be late for class: Arc Flash University is now in session

The opening bell has rung for Arc Flash University, Plant Engineering's exclusive eight-month course that will delve into all the things plant floor managers need to know to understand and mitigate arc flash issues on their plant floor. Sponsored by GE and Hawk IR, Arc Flash University covered Arc Flash Analysis in its March 6 Webcast.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash February 21, 2008

Arc Flash University starts March 6

Enroll today for monthly webcasts on arc flash analysis, training, prevention, liability and insurance, and several other topics.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash February 15, 2008

Low-voltage switchgear continues its evolution

Low-voltage switchgear distributes power and protects equipment within a facility’s electrical system. Power is distributed through low voltage air circuit breakers and sensing faults in the system. Then it can open the necessary circuit breakers to clear the fault and maintain power to the rest of the facility.

By Jane Barber, GE Consumer & Industrial
Arc Flash February 15, 2008

Make sure your safety training pays dividends

If you’re managing a plant or factory, you’re surely aware of OSHA regulations and the broader framework of legal requirements surrounding industrial operation and worker safety. You may already see the value in some of these activities, where business interests and regulatory requirements coincide.

By Ben Wurtmann, New Standard Institute Inc.
Arc Flash February 15, 2008

Arc Flash University offers online curriculum to prevent accidents

Arc Flash University won’t have a basketball team or dorm rooms or ivy covered walls. It will, however, have a library and a commons area. It will even have a fraternity of sorts – one dedicated to those who care about keeping employees safe. Sponsored by GE and Hawk IR, Arc Flash University is a series of monthly Webcasts on the topic of arc flash.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash February 15, 2008

Electrical safety video available online

If electrical safety is high on your priority list, and for most plant managers and staff it should be, a video by Square D Services from Schneider Electric can help industrial facility managers and business owners facilitate a safer environment for their employees.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash January 15, 2008

Remote monitoring closes the gap between meters and breakers

Power management solutions – hardware metering devices, protective relays, communications components and software – enable end users to monitor, analyze, diagnose and control their power distribution systems from across the room or across the world. Remote monitoring helps plant managers make informed decisions about operational efficiency, system reliability, employee safety and en...

By Jack Smith, Managing Editor
Arc Flash January 11, 2008

Electrical safety awareness video available online

If electrical safety is high on your priority list, and for most plant managers and staff it should be, this video can help industrial facility managers and business owners facilitate a safer environment for their employees.

By Staff
Arc Flash December 15, 2007

Looking back is fine, but it’s time to look ahead

Over the past 12 months, we’ve brought you a look at how PLANT ENGINEERING was born, how it has grown and developed and changed and evolved in 60 years. We’ve looked at how much of what we face today in manufacturing are really just old problems with a new face. It is always instructive to see where you’ve been.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Arc Flash December 5, 2007

2008 First Quarter Plant Engineering Preview

January Cover story: 2007 Salary Survey Who makes what in plant management, and where do you make the most? Those are just two of the key questions answered in the 2007 Salary Survey. This year’s sample is the largest in years, and it looks at how salaries shape up globally as well. This is the most-read feature online every year, and this year we’ll feature exclusive online data.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash November 16, 2007

LO/TO storage stations

Storage stations ensure that lockout devices remain easily accessible and ready for use whenever needed. Proper lockout/tagout procedures and devices are essential in meeting OSHA guidelines, protecting employee safety and maintaining productivity.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash November 15, 2007

Motor control center – 2007-11-15

The FlashGard motor control center (MCC) features an insulated horizontal and labyrinth vertical bus, as well as shutters to isolate the bus when a unit is removed. The MCC offers a remote racking mechanism that provides bus isolation, stab indications and lockout features. MCC features include an Arc Flash Reduction Maintenance System (ARMS) that provides a method to reduce fault clearing time...

By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash October 15, 2007

Making sense of time-current curves

An electrical fault should be cleared as fast as possible while containing the outage to the smallest possible area. This requirement, known as 'selective coordination,’ is met when overcurrent protective devices installed closest to the fault open before protective devices installed upstream. One method of ensuring selective coordination is to examine each overcurrent device’s time...

By David G. Loucks, P.E., Eaton Corp.
Arc Flash October 1, 2007

Plant Engineering’s Webcasts

Upcoming Webcasts | Webcast Archive | Contact Breakthrough lean best practice: 6-step strategy to reduce energy consumptionand emissions of assets. Aired September 25, 2008 Energy consumption is the largest single expenditure in most companies' operating and maintenance budget; as a result, best-in-class manufacturers are employing a 6-step asset management strategy, called Global Asset Sustainability, to maximize return on assets and optimize asset performance at the lowest possible costs. Hear experts Sandra Glatt, Project Officer at the Department of Energy and John Murphy from Infor (ENERGY STAR Partner) as they explore sustainability trends, provide insight into best-in-class asset management practices, and discover the 6-step methodology that manufacturers are implementing to maintain and extend the life of their assets and lower costs through reduced energy consumption. By attending this Webcast, you will:•Discover DOE's Save Energy Now iniative and how this program helps American businesses, factories, and manufacturing facilities save energy and continue to thrive despite variable energy costs•Find a new way to achieve ENERGY STAR goals for your facilities by monitoring energy consumption of assets — such as production equipment, HVAC, boilers, refrigeration units and lighting — in real-time.•Understand the role asset management plays in helping manufacturers ensure operational efficiency•Identify a 6-step approach to integrate energy consumption and emissions management into your organization’s asset management practices to identify costly energy waste and fix it. Register for this Webcast today ! Arc Flash University is now in session! Enroll today and receive CEUs (Continuing Education Units) Schedule by date and topic: Now On-Demand 3/6/08: Arc Flash Analysis 4/3/08: Arc Flash Training 5/8/08: Arc Flash Prevention 6/5/08: Selective Coordination 7/17/08: Arc Flash PPE Upcoming Sessions, Register Today! 9/11/08: Arc Flash Liability and Insurance 10/9/08: Arc Flash Research & Development 11/6/08: The CSI of Arc Flash Upcoming Webcasts Arc Flash Liability and Insurance September 11, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. PDT/1:00 p.m.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash September 28, 2007

Fuses vs. breakers

Eventually, every plant electrical system will experience overcurrents. Moderate magnitudes of overcurrent can overheat system components and damage insulation, conductors and equipment – unless they are removed expediently. Large overcurrents can destroy insulation and melt conductors, while very high currents can produce magnetic force capable of bending and twisting bus bars...

By Jack Smith,Managing Editor
Arc Flash September 5, 2007

Plant Tour road trip continues

Continuing the journeys started in 2005, the Square D Services Plant Tour van from Schneider Electric will visit 17 locations across the U.S. in fall/winter 2007.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash August 27, 2007

NEMA Arc Flash analysis white paper available

Collect overcurrent device information to determine the appropriate risks and PPE

By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash August 15, 2007

Four summer Webcasts land in online archive

The PLANT ENGINEERING Summer of Webcasts series is now complete, but the ability to gain knowledge on these topics continues. The four latest Webcasts have been put in the archive at PlantEngineering.com and are available for review through September. The four new archived Webcasts are: These are just a few of the more than one dozen Webcasts aired in the last three years that bring practical k...

By Staff
Arc Flash August 15, 2007

Arc flash prevention components

The FlashGard low-voltage motor control center offers disconnect units from the vertical bus with the door closed and an optional, remote-operated racking device so users can advance and retract the stabs from distances up to 25 feet. An ARC Reduction Maintenance Switch reduces the time-available fault current.

By Staff
Arc Flash July 17, 2007

Summer of Webcasts continues with maintenance, arc flash

The weather has turned hot outside, and so has the information you can get from PLANT ENGINEERING on these critical topics for plant engineers. Join us on July 19 and Aug. 2, respectively, to hear from experts on these two issues.

By Staff
Arc Flash July 15, 2007

Identify the ‘right’ limit on selective coordination

In 2005, the National Electric Code was changed to require selective coordination of circuit protection for emergency circuits and legally-required standby systems. Its goal was to ensure that if one circuit overloaded or faulted, it would not cause a blackout or other circuits to lose power in places like hospitals and elevators, where losing power could be hazardous.

By Kenneth Cybart, Littelfuse
Arc Flash July 15, 2007

Maintenance, arc flash heats up ‘Summer of Webcasts’

PLANT ENGINEERING’s “Summer of Webcasts” series continues continues with two Webcasts over the next three weeks, featuring in-depth discussions on safety and maintenance. A crucial part of any successful plant floor strategy, maintenance is usually seen as a cost. Representatives from UNICCO and Cargill will discuss “Maintenance as an ROI Driver” in a Webcast on Th...

By Staff
Arc Flash June 15, 2007

The ‘Summer of Webcasts’ covers harmonics, maintenance, arc flash

Plant Engineering’s “Summer of Webcasts” series begins June 28 with the first of three Webcasts covering such crucial plant-floor issues as harmonics and power quality, maintenance and another in a series of reports on arc flash. Representatives from Square D and Eaton will discuss power quality in a Webcast titled, “Understanding Harmonics,” on Thursday, June 28 a...

By Staff
Arc Flash June 15, 2007

Selective coordination solutions, challenges covered in Webcast

The importance of selective coordination as a strategy, and the dangers of ignoring such a strategy, were emphasized during PLANT ENGINEERING's Webcast on the topic May 25. The Webcast, sponsored by Cooper Bussmann, is one in a series of Webcasts planned this summer to focus on key safety and maintenance issues on the plant floor.

By Jack Smith
Arc Flash May 15, 2007

PLANT ENGINEERING Webcast addresses selective coordination issues

How many times have you heard of a simple electrical fault taking out half of a plant? This scenario should not happen if protective devices are properly coordinated. The device closest to the fault should be the one to clear – not one way upstream that supplies power to many feeders and branches.

By Staff
Arc Flash May 15, 2007

Special Report: Understanding arc flash code issues

Arc flash continues to be a threat in the workplace. Codes exist to enable plants to protect workers – their most valuable asset. This online special report features expanded coverage from the May issue of Plant Engineering magazine.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash May 15, 2007

A new look and way to connect with online content

With this month’s issue, you’ll see a new look to this page, and a new way to access the articles online. The PLANT ENGINEERING Live Website provides a way to stay on top of the latest news affecting manufacturing. The new site features the latest in product announcement, research data and trade show news.

By Staff
Arc Flash April 16, 2007

Arc flash labeling important for NFPA 70E compliance

New white paper from Brady covers labeling requirements

By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash April 15, 2007

The brave new Web world requires some exploring

The exploits of the world’s explorers were awe-inspiring when I was in school. From Columbus and Cook to Armstrong and Aldrin, the courage and confidence to take that one small step – or one giant ocean voyage – was something I always admired. It took months to cross the Atlantic and years to circle the globe in the tall ships.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Arc Flash April 15, 2007

Infrared thermography hits the (hot) spot

Infrared thermography has always been a great maintenance tool. New features and capabilities allow manufacturers to do everything from pinpoint hot-spots on the production line to identify leaks in the facility’s roof. Manufacturers can more accurately predict where maintenance is needed, preventing costly downtime and the accompanying drag on the bottom line.

By Kevin Campbell, Senior Editor
Arc Flash March 6, 2007

Upcoming coverage in the March issue of Plant Engineering magazine

• Cover Story: Plugged into bright ideas Energy cost management remains a critical issue, but many manufacturers still don’t have a firm understanding of their costs or a strategy to manage them. As editor Bob Vavra reports, energy management tools are readily available.• Plant Engineering 2007 Manufacturing Summit Registration continues.• Guess who is getting a Website upgrade! Check out Online Connection in the March issue for the answer.• Kaman honors winners of hot-melt sealant contest • Spotlight on: Safety Updating OSHA directives• Maintenance Connection Today’s flashlights built for performance — and safety.• Automation Engineering Michael Perlman of Siemens Energy & Automation discusses how advancements in motion control can drive flexibility and performance.• Electrical Engineering Patricia Chandler of Eaton talks about how advancements in circuit breaker technology can help reduce the risk of arc flash.• Mechanical Engineering Paul Sawyer of United Air Specialists explains how to ensure indoor air quality even when source capture isn’t an option. PLUS+++••.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash March 1, 2007

Circuit breaker technology reduces arc flash risk

Circuit breakers have protected electrical circuits since their introduction in 1927. While their function hasn’t changed, today’s circuit breakers are equipped with new technologies to meet safety and reliability goals. Arc flash can be mitigated, ground fault protection is possible, interrupting and current limiting capabilities have increased and communication options are now ava...

By Patricia E. Chandler, Eaton Corp.
Arc Flash January 1, 2007

Breathe new life into aging electrical switchgear

Electrical distribution equipment is the heart of any industrial facility. Without a reliable electrical distribution system, operation of any facility would be impossible. From manufacturing processes to lighting, security and environmental controls, nothing operates without a reliable flow of electricity.

By Joseph Weigel, Square D Services
Arc Flash January 1, 2007

Non-fusible and fusible switches

Enclosed disconnect switches are designed to meet plant maintenance operators’ requirements for compact and durable individual disconnecting means. The switches are offered in fusible and non-fusible versions and provide safety, high-performance, operational convenience and easy installation. Up to 400 A, the switches disconnect both the line and load sides of the fuses using two double-b...

By Staff
Arc Flash December 5, 2006

Class RK1high-speed fuses

Class RK1high-speed fuse product line is designed to safeguard sensitive power electronics while meeting the National Electrical Code requirements for branch circuit protection and performing to the industry standards of a semiconductor fuse.The additional safeguards in the HSRK hybrid design result in leading cost effectiveness and a significant increase in safety. These HSRK fuses are intended to be used with a disconnect switch to allow end users the ease of selecting a single fuse. The dual function of the HSRK fuse reduces the expense of replacement parts while increasing cost savings. Recent concern about electrical safety in industrial environments calls for more current-limiting fuses to be installed in electrical systems, reducing arc flash potential and the incident energy levels produced under fault conditions.The use of HSRK fuses can reduce incident energy levels enough to change the category of protective clothing that workers are required to wear while working on equipment in an energized state. Ferraz Shawmut www.ferrazshawmut.com.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash December 1, 2006

Chasing perfection

The QO circuit breaker is one of those inventions that stood the test of time. It’s pretty much the same product that Ed Dessert created 50 years ago in Square D’s Cedar Rapids, IA, plant. Over the years, it’s been tweaked and cloned and expanded, but the basic function hasn’t changed.

By Bob Vavra, editor
Arc Flash December 1, 2006

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By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash November 1, 2006

New ‘Quick Clicks’ tab

Go to the new 'Quick Clicks’ tab at www.plantengineering.com to download white papers or link to specific Websites. It’s a fast way to gather the latest new ideas in manufacturing research and deliver it right to your desktop. In this month’s Quick Clicks: PLANT ENGINEERING’s recent Webcast, “Safety – Right to the Bottom Line” is now available at www.

By Staff
Arc Flash November 1, 2006

Electrical system design software

EasyPower 8.0 electrical power system design and analysis software features one-touch automated design and one-touch automated protective device coordination. The software also allows users to single-click snap devices onto the one-line; size equipment per NEC; view or modify on-line data; perform complex arc flash calculations; verify duty ratings and compliance; and generate detailed reports.

By Staff
Arc Flash October 26, 2006

“Cliff Notes” for arc flash

Joseph Weigel, Product Manager, Square D Services Marketing for Schneider Electric North America It's now available by clicking here .

By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash October 1, 2006

Safety: Right to the bottom line

When it comes to safety, some companies take a traditional approach: do no more than finding out what the Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines are and try to meet them. Spending on safety often means little more than some new machine guards or a few extra stripes on the floor leading to emergency exits.

By Kevin Campbell, Senior Editor
Arc Flash October 1, 2006

Preventing injury and death with lockout/tagout procedures

Among the risks facing people working with powered equipment is exposure to the uncontrolled release of hazardous energy during the installation, maintenance, service or repair of the equipment, which includes any machinery, processes and systems. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, among the types of hazardous energy are electricity, mechanical motion, press...

By Dan Vega, Thomas & Betts
Arc Flash August 1, 2006

Consumable manufacturing leads and follows innovation

In the conformity of process manufacturing there is room for change. Many process manufacturers are finding the need to embrace new technologies and ideas. This is happening even as technologies created for the process industry – especially in the areas of food, pharmaceutical and petrochemical manufacturing – are finding a place on to other manufacturing floors.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Arc Flash August 1, 2006

Fluke offers updated electrical safety video

Fluke Corporation has updated its Electrical Measurement Safety interactive video aimed at reducing hazards for people measuring electrical circuits, and helping reduce risk and liability for employers. Electrical safety compliance training violations were #7 (electrical wiring) and #10 (Electrical, General Requirements) on the 2005 Top 10 List of most frequently cited standards published by OSHA.

By Staff
Arc Flash August 1, 2006

NEMA has new arc flash white paper

“Arc-Flash Analysis – Utility System Parameters Critical for Accurate PPE” is the title of a recently-released white paper from the Low Voltage Distribution Equipment section of NEMA. The report highlights the need for utility system parameters in the selection of personal protective equipment.

By Staff
Arc Flash May 3, 2006

News from PLANT ENGINEERING: Week of May 29th

FEATURES Share your favorite tips with other engineers PLANT ENGINEERING’S annual Tips and Tricks section offers some uniqueideas to solve common problems. Again this year, we look to ourreaders to provide their fellow plant engineers some insight oncreative solutions to solve some thorny plant floor problems.Every tip or trick selected for the August issue of PLANT ENGINEERINGwill receive a $25 American Express gift cheque. To submit your tip,send it to Editor Bob Vavra at BVavra@cfemedia.com or fax it to630/288-8781.

Arc Flash May 1, 2006

Webcasts provide on-demand knowledge

Taking time out for training is one of the most important ways plant managers can improve productivity or focus attention on crucial plant-floor issues such as safety. The one hour spent in learning can often pay huge dividends. PLANT ENGINEERING Webcast series continues May 25 at 1 p.m. CST, disclosing strategies that reduce arc flash risks, and minimize potential for arc flash and arc blast ...

By Staff
Arc Flash February 1, 2006

Arc flash hazard calculations require accurate documentation

Accurate documentation of the plant electrical power system is needed for safe, reliable and efficient operation. Maintenance, troubleshooting, repair, design modifications and analysis require accurate documentation. To maintain accurate documentation of the electrical system, the most common documentation methods are: The advantage of a CAD-based model is that mechanical, electrical and proc...

By Lon Lindell, General Manager, SKM Systems Analysis, Inc.
Arc Flash December 2, 2005

OSHA, PMA to form safety alliance

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Precision Metalforming Association have formed an alliance to promote worker safety and health by reducing and preventing amputations and ergonomic-related hazards.“This alliance is an important step in reaching out to PMA members and workers in the metalforming industry to provide them the training and education that will help keep them safe on the job,” said acting OSHA administrator Jonathan L. Snare. “We look forward to a successful working relationship with PMA and improving worker safety and health throughout the industry.”“Safety is of utmost importance to the metalforming industry,” added PMA President Bill Gaskin.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash December 1, 2005

Square D upgrades site with education, training

Square D Services for Schneider Electric has revised its Web site to provide more diverse content, along with a revamped structure that allows for more intuitive navigation for users. In addition to a more detailed list of service product and training offerings, updated content includes a comprehensive listing of arc-flash resources, along with information on both current and previously discontinued Square D products. The Web site can still be found at https://www.squared-services.com . Education is an important aspect of the revised site.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash December 1, 2005

Quick Clicks

Square D upgrades site with education, training Square D Services for Schneider Electric has revised its Web site to provide more diverse content, along with a revamped structure that allows for more intuitive navigation for users. In addition to a more detailed list of service product and training offerings, updated content includes a comprehensive listing of arc-flash resources, along with in...

By Staff
Arc Flash November 1, 2005

Data interface ports

Intersafe is a line of data interface ports that allow programmers to gain access to data without opening the enclosure door. This provides a solution to the NFPA 70E directive on arc flash protection. The door opens to 180 degrees for easy data access and features a 120 Vac duplex receptacle, an Ethernet port and a 5 A circuit breaker.

By Staff
Arc Flash November 1, 2005

NFPA-70E compliance takes more than a label

Since the release of IEEE-1584 in September 2002 and NFPA-70E, 2004 Edition, I have talked with hundreds of facility engineers concerned about NFPA-70E arc-flash hazard compliance. NFPA, the IEEE Safety Committee and other groups have done a great job of spreading the word regarding arc-flash hazards and the need to address this specific safety issue.

By Chet Davis, P.E., President, ESA, Inc.
Arc Flash November 1, 2005

Racking device reduces arc flash exposure

Low Voltage Switchgear Remote Racking Device allows users to rack circuit breakers in and out from up to 30 feet away, drastically reducing the potential for an arc flash injury. The electric motor is operated using 115 Vac via plug-in power cord. The gearbox is easily attached to the front of the circuit breaker with a sliding latch connection.

By Staff
Arc Flash September 1, 2005

You’re not as safe as you think you are

With today's advances in engineering and safety, why is it one maintenance person is either killed or injured each day in an electrically-related incident? In my opinion, it is possible because the large majority of effort that has gone into engineering and inspecting for safe electrical systems may end when the electricity reaches the line side terminals of that new piece of equipment install...

By Dan Gilman, OEM Sales Manager, Littelfuse, Inc., Des Plaines, IL
Arc Flash June 1, 2005

Overcurrent protective devices preserve system integrity

The selection of overcurrent protective devices can have a tremendous impact on the performance of an electrical system. Too often overcurrent protective devices are selected based only on voltage and current ratings. There are many other characteristics of overcurrent protective devices that must be taken into consideration to ensure proper protection of the electrical system.

By Joe Schomaker, Cooper Bussmann, St. Louis, MO
Arc Flash April 1, 2005

Ask the right questions when selecting an insulation tester

With models available ranging from hand-held to barely portable, and from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars in cost, the task of selecting an insulation tester may appear daunting. By organizing and evaluating the priorities, the process can be simplified. Voltage range Voltage selection is almost always the first determination to be made when selecting an insulation tester.

By Jeffrey Jowett, Senior Applications Engineer, Megger, Valley Forge, PA
Arc Flash January 10, 2005

Complying with new electrical safety regulations

A major National Electric Code change that affects industrial control panels becomes enforceable in January 2005. On the surface, it appears that the change affects only OEMs and panel builders. However, because completed industrial control panels make their way to your plant, you need to know how this change affects you.

By Jack Smith, Senior Editor, PLANT ENGINEERING magazine
Arc Flash September 10, 2004

Why one-line electrical diagrams are essential

At a recent arc flash seminar, the speaker asked the attendees "How many of you work at a plant that has an up-to-date one-line diagram?" He prefaced this question with an explanation of what up-to-date means — not only an accurate drawing, but also the documentation that supports the one-line diagram.

By Jack Smith, Senior Editor, Plant Engineering magazine
Arc Flash August 9, 2004

Reader Feedback – 2004-08-09

Dangerous solution The "Bus Buddy" solution printed on Page 80 of the June 2004 issue of PLANT ENGINEERING is extremely dangerous. Modifications of the containment enclosure of an electric bus duct should not be made casually...and must never involve a violation of the insulation/air gap spaces between the conductors and the enclosure.

By Staff
Arc Flash July 20, 2004

Arc Flash II Webcast

Protecting people and equipment from arc flash

By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash June 10, 2004

Electrical – 2004-06-10

Motor controller Motorpact medium voltage controller features compartmentalization, reduced footprint, elimination of shutter assemblies, and soft-start capability. Controller can be used on pumps, fans, chillers, chippers, crushers, and many other applications. Unit also offers optional digital temperature monitoring system, cable grounding switch, arc resistance, and medium-voltage fuse protection.

By Staff
Arc Flash May 10, 2004

NFPA 70E-2004: What you need to know

In the industrial workplace today, how does a company provide electrical safety for workers that is practical, comprehensive, and complies with OSHA regulations? NFPA 70E-2000, Standard for Electrical Safety Requirements for Employee Workplaces is the ANSI consensus standard that addresses the electrical safety requirements for the safeguarding of workers.

By Ken Mastrullo, CPE, Senior Electrical Specialist, NFPA, Quincy, MA
Arc Flash March 31, 2004

Free book on Arc Flash

Learn from the experts

By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash March 10, 2004

Electrical – 2004-03-10

Washdown motors Washdown stainless steel lineup includes ac, dc, pump, inverter duty, vector duty, and ac servo motors, as well as speed reducers. Available in a choice of finishes, washdown, paint-free washdown, and stainless, washdown motors are suited for applications requiring high-pressure cleaning with caustic solutions. Noncontact rotating labyrinth seals help prevent moisture intrusion and corrosion. Baldor Electric Co.

By Staff
Arc Flash March 10, 2004

The importance of arc flash hazard analysis

Many employers are one fatality away from compliance with current standards. The question is "Which employee do you want to sacrifice?" Treatment costs for burn victims can approach $500,000/mo. A workplace fatality can cost an estimated $8.5 million. Cost should never be a consideration when it comes to workplace safety — especially for the hazards that electrical workers face.

By John Lane, PE, Principal Electrical Engineer, AVO Training Institute, Dallas TX
Arc Flash March 10, 2004

Free book facilitates arc flash compliance

Practical Solution Guide to Arc Flash Hazards is a new 133-p book filled with practical advice on how to get to compliance with arc flash mandates while maintaining productivity. The book is written by five experienced engineers: Chet Davis, P.E.; Conrad St. Pierre; Cave Castor, P.E.; Robert Luo, Ph.

By Staff
Arc Flash February 9, 2004

Arc Flash webcast

Webcast available on CD

By Plant Engineering Staff
Arc Flash November 1, 2003

Electrical Power – 2003-11-01

Rotary disconnects operate without tools Models 194RF, 194RS, and 194RC rotary disconnects meet NFPA 79 requirements, which require rotary disconnect switches to be operable without the use of accessory tools or devices, with interlocking provision to prevent disconnect closure while door is open. Models include front operated, side-mount handle, and cable-operated handle versions. Rockwell Automation; Allen-Bradley Div. : ab.com , TO VOTE, WRITE 32 ON BALLOT For more information, write 32 on card Power supply immune to sags SDN10-24-100P DIN-rail-mounted power supply revision features smaller size and power factor correction, which prevents upstream distortion and reduces installation and wiring costs.

By Staff
Arc Flash September 10, 2003

Minimizing the risk of arc flash incidents

As employees work on or near energized equipment, movement near or contact with conductors or circuits, such as dropping a part or tool, may cause a phase-to-ground or a phase-to-phase fault. Also, an equipment failure that could produce a spark or arc could trigger an arcing fault. The resulting arc establishes plasma, which has a much higher degree of electrical conductivity than air.

By Joseph Weigel, Square D Services, Nashville, TN, and Jonathan Clough, Square D Services, Spokane, WA
Arc Flash November 15, 2002

Electrical Power – 2002-11-15

Click above to view 2002 Product of the Year finalists in this category.

By Staff
Arc Flash May 1, 2001

Reader Forum – 2001-05-01

Electrical safety month The National Electrical Safety Foundation has proclaimed May as "Electrical Safety Month." The following is an excerpt from their web site. View the entire list of safety considerations at nesf.org/work/reminders.html. The following list of safety reminders is a brief compilation of generally accepted practices and should be adapted or modified to address the unique asp...

By Staff
Arc Flash November 1, 2000

Electrical Power – 2000-11-01

Meter simplifies power quality data The 7600 ION digital power meter reduces complex power quality data into simple pass/ fail indicators.

By Staff
Arc Flash November 1, 2000

Material Handling – 2000-11-01

Device rotates loads 90 or 180 deg Upender-inverter provides a heavy-duty solution to turning large loads 90 or 180 deg.

By Staff
Arc Flash May 1, 2000

Exploring the show

The main event may be over, but its impact remains.

By Staff
Arc Flash August 1, 1999

FREE PRODUCT INFORMATION

For information on any of the products listed below, circle the corresponding number on the reader service card, or visit www.plantengineering.

By Staff
Arc Flash March 1, 1999

Lockout/tagout

Lock'it lockout/tagout software assists in the development of specific safety procedures, identifies energy sources, and isolates devices and padlocks. The package virtually eliminates procedure writing processes, and exceeds OSHA standards.

By Staff
Arc Flash November 1, 1998

Lockout/tagout valves

A comprehensive selection of caution yellow lockout valves that conform to OSHA's Lockout-Tagout Standard is presented in an 8-p brochure. This photo-rich publication includes a description of the standard, product information, and specifications.

By Staff
Arc Flash March 1, 1998

Lockout/tagout software

OSHA requires that all companies with machines and equipment that need servicing and maintenance must have an energy control program in place. A 4-p brochure describes software that can reduce cost in time and resources.

By Staff