Arc Flash

Figure 2: Example of an Absence of Voltage Tester. Courtesy: Panduit
Safety May 14, 2020

Adopt prevention through design for electrical safety

Leaders and managers need to implement a proactive prevention through design (PtD) program and track near misses to mitigate electrical safety hazards and protect workers in their plant

By Marty Kronz
Courtesy: OSHA
Safety May 13, 2020

Five steps to improve your electrical safety program

OSHA recommends ways to make your electrical safety program better

By H. Landis “Lanny” Floyd, PE, CSP, CESCP
Courtesy: Plant Engineering/ATS
Maintenance March 23, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 16-22, 2020

Articles about coronavirus challenges for manufacturers, the 2020 Maintenance Survey, electrical component protection and 3D metal printing were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 16-22, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Emerson Automation Solutions, Appleton Group
Electrical Systems March 13, 2020

Protect electrical components from corrosion

Corrosion is a powerful destructive force; prevention is key

By Dave Mueller
Safety February 3, 2020

Understand the hierarchy of controls

Achieve viable hazard prevention through increased robustness

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

Mitigate control panel security, safety risks

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

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

How to specify cut-to-length cable

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

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

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

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

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

Safety tips on SCCR for industrial control panels, industrial machinery

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

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

Evolution of modern manufacturing: more data

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

By John Bernet