Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is a century old consulting and certification company that is known throughout the world for its stringent levels of certification for electrical devices and components. Industries such as manufacturing, mining, energy, etc. need to follow a certification system for the equipment they procure to make sure their property and personnel are out of harm’s way. Out of the several UL standards that exist, company's that provide electrical components should be UL508A certified.
Are you properly testing your motors?
The importance of motor insulation testing should not be pushed aside or neglected. Making sure the insulation around the motor is still working efficiently is just as important as checking motors and testing their performance. This insulation is susceptible to dirt, moisture, temperature, vapors, oil, and aging. However, if the insulation is not kept in good condition, it can cause motor failures, which is much more costly and damaging, then simply testing and taking care of the insulation itself.
Every year, the world discharges 2 million tons of sewage, industrial and agricultural waste, polluting waterways and directly killing 1.8 million children from waterborne diseases. This statement alone should be enough to encourage an effective framework for increasing a country’s capacity to treat wastewater for a healthier environment.
Any electrical system, no matter how small, will generate heat since it will contain a resistive element in one form or another. As the size of your load increases, so does the quantity of heat produced. Your system might be able to bear the increasing temperature initially but at some point, it will give in and the result can be fatal.
Machine Safety in Automation
As automation becomes more integrated into industries, safety features and requirements continue to change. Automation takes workers further away from working on the floor, but it also makes it easier for people to work alongside machines.
Ignoring the condition of your industrial and electrical equipment is certain to bring about costly machine breakdowns and it can leave your staff at risk for injury. In order to counter these outcomes, you need to regularly monitor the condition of your equipment and properly maintain it to provide the smallest chance of failure possible.
There are many terms to know behind electrical testing and maintenance that demonstrate an electrician's expertise. Below are 15 of the most commonly used terms in basic electrical testing procedures. Whether you're looking for electrical testing solutions or brushing up on your own recall, these 15 terms are need-to-know.
Do you want to gamble on your fingers and toes (or worse!) every time you access a potentially dangerous machine?
Most people don’t.
Before an accident happens, there are safety measures that can drastically reduce the risk of injury. Safety switches make industrial safety a no-brainer for many machine builders, reducing human error with built-in protection. So what safety switches are right for your application?
Preventative Maintenance: Part 2 of 2
Last week we considered the three core ingredients of any preventative maintenance program: time, talent, and tools. Yet even programs that achieve these building blocks may still decay and lapse into inefficiency. Many defunct preventative maintenance programs today are the ghosts of good practices from years before. Why?
Preventative Maintenance: Part 1 of 2
It doesn’t take much thought to imagine the benefits of a first class preventative maintenance system. Who doesn’t want minimal downtime, lower costs for repairs and spare parts, higher quality outputs, increased safety, and longer equipment lifespan? But in reality, maintenance falls into neglect with a “fix it when it breaks” mentality. That attitude seeps into any kind of application, from industrial control panels to OEM equipment, because it starts in the company’s culture.
While starting up a preventative maintenance program or whipping an existing routine into shape may feel like climbing a mountain, once pushed into motion, the program pays for itself. In Preventative Maintenance: Part 1, we'll cover some tips and common sense guidelines to get started on your preventative maintenance renaissance.