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UL508A Certification: Why Does It Matter?

Posted by PanelShop.com on Aug 17, 2017 8:10:32 AM

 

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.

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Topics: Safety, Custom Control Panels, Industrial Automation, Motors & Drives

The Importance of Testing Your Motors

Posted by PanelShop.com on May 31, 2017 2:25:00 PM

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. 

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Topics: Safety, Cost Savings, Quality

Increasing Treatment Capacity in Water/Wastewater

Posted by PanelShop.com on May 23, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Unnecessary Waste

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.

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Topics: Safety, Industrial Automation, Quality

Differences Between UL & cUL Requirements for Electrical Enclosure Cooling Systems

Posted by PanelShop.com on Apr 21, 2017 8:30:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Safety, Enclosures

Machine Safety in Automation

Posted by Sophia Hestad on Mar 9, 2017 1:54:30 PM

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.

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Topics: Safety, Industrial Automation

Maintaining Your Industrial Equipment

Posted by John Ruth on Aug 30, 2016 11:46:14 AM

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.

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Topics: Safety

Electrical Testing: 15 Terms You Should Know

Posted by Ryan Breen on May 25, 2016 11:00:00 AM

 

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.

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Topics: Safety, Quality

Safety Switches for Machine Builders

Posted by Michelle Szemanski on May 4, 2016 10:24:43 AM

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?

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Topics: Safety

Preventative Maintenance: Data, OEE, and Communication

Posted by Michelle Szemanski on Feb 19, 2016 11:01:29 AM

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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?

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Topics: Safety, Cost Savings, Quality

Preventative Maintenance: Time, Talent, and Tools

Posted by Michelle Szemanski on Feb 10, 2016 1:36:22 PM

 

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.

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Topics: Safety, Cost Savings, Quality

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This blog will bring you the latest industry news in Industrial Automation, helpful Engineering tips, and exciting company updates. Whether you're behind a desk or out in the field, the PanelShop.com Blog will keep you up-to-date and informed from  new product releases to determining factors in automation equipment upgrades.

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