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Arc flash events are among the most common source of injuries, but there are ways workers and employers can bypass them.
More answers from the May 27 webcast as it relates to electrical safety programs and what they mean for manufacturers.
Reducing arc flash to electrical personnel is an evolutionary process. Learn more in this Q&A
This webinar helps users identify gaps and opportunities for improvement in prevention of electric shock and arc flash injuries.
The 2020 Plant Engineering electrical safety survey examines how your plants’ electrical safety programs measure up
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.
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.
Be cognizant about hazards, preventive measures and the dire consequences of an arc flash event.
Best practices for mitigating arc flash and combustible dust hazards.
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.
Safety is the top priority in any work environment, and there is growing concern and increased discussion around the topic of arc flash hazards.
Comprehensive standard review impacts arc flash analysis.
Webcast presenters Rachel Bugaris and Marty Kronz answered questions about topics such as voltage indicators for AVTs, electrical safety, and labeling.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Go beyond the NFPA 70E tables to do an analysis.
Plant Engineering’s top stories for 2017 covered preventive vs predictive maintenance, IIoT, electric motor maintenance, and much more.
To improve worker safety in industrial environments, Turck introduces its new pre-assembled Meltric connector offering with arc protection.
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.
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.
Readers picked their favorite stories of the year, and there are many great tips on that list.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Modernizing equipment can lead to a safer facility.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ARC analyst Greg Gorbach offers 10 predictions for 2016.
370 FC series clamp meters that log measurements to pinpoint intermittent faults precisely without the need for the technician to be present.
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.
A look at the new provisions in 70E and how they will affect manufacturers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These base layer shirts and balaclava address recent NFPA standards to protect workers.
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.
Littelfuse study finds 2/3 of plants have completed an arc flash assessment
Install a protective relay on the secondary side of the transformer and trip a primary side fault interrupting device
Citations for safety violations increase 56% in 2013
A look at how organizations have adopted total productive maintenance (TPM) and the benefits it can bring to a company
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.
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.
Six steps can reduce arc flash hazard and protect workers and equipment
Causing thousands of injuries every year, arc flash is a serious and even deadly hazard, which makes selecting the right safety solution critical.
A closed-door approach to electrical maintenance reduces operator exposure
Littelfuse has compiled a series of questions related to arc flash and hazard prevention.
Providing and maintaining an effective impedance path to ground is critical to maintain reliable, efficient, and safe operating facilities.
Understanding the data and the standards for a deadly plant danger.
This paper discusses basic differences between the IEEE 1584 method and the NFPA 70E task tables.
Following simple rules and proven techniques can help avoid the most common problems caused by incorrect component selection or improper installation practices.
Finalists in Power Transmission in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition
Choosing the correction protective device for a low-voltage distribution system requires system performance analysis.
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!”
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.
The NEC's new set of solutions keep electrical engineers safe during inspections.
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.
Arc flashes are responsible for about 80% of electrical accidents in the U.S. each year.
This year's summit showed attendees how to improve and grow globally
Substation project shows pitfalls and possibilities in system
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
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.
DuPont's Lanny Floyd to focus on processes and systems to avoid arc flash dangers in Nov. 18 Webcast.
Safety is a practice that needs to constantly be examined and refined in order to avoid an unsafe event
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/.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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 ...
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.
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.
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.
Nov. 19 event will describe a new method for arc-to-arc energy transfer
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.
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.
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.
This line of low-voltage power circuit breaker features extended contact life, electronic trip and communication modules.
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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.
First Webcast in popular series will air LIVE on Feb. 26
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.
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.
Ground fault relay manages safety and avoids nuisance trips
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The FR line of Amplitude, flame-resistant work wear fabrics meets required specifications such as NFPA 70E (HRC 2) and NFPA 2112 compliance.
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.
These fuses are newly UL-listed, and are intended for applications needing Class L fuse dimensions with ampere ratings of less than 601 A.
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There’s a better way to approach electrical problems than using a digital multimeter.
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.
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.
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.
Enroll today for monthly webcasts on arc flash analysis, training, prevention, liability and insurance, and several other topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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...
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.
Collect overcurrent device information to determine the appropriate risks and PPE
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
• 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+++••.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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...
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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 ...
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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...
Meter simplifies power quality data The 7600 ION digital power meter reduces complex power quality data into simple pass/ fail indicators.
Device rotates loads 90 or 180 deg Upender-inverter provides a heavy-duty solution to turning large loads 90 or 180 deg.
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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.
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.
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.