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Save the Date for French Gerleman’s Product and Technology Expo

Are you looking to learn more about new automation technology? What about best safety practices? Or new electrical or lighting trends?  At our Product and Technology Expo, you can learn about those topics and more!  The Expo will be held on Tuesday, April 24, at the St. Charles Convention Center.  The event will kick off at 8 a.m. and run to 5 p.m.

More than 80 industry-leading manufacturers will be exhibiting and educating you on new products. We will host 30+ breakout sessions covering the latest topics driving your industry related to automation, electrical supply, datacom, power transmission and safety. If you attended our Product and Technology Expo in 2016, you know how beneficial it was, and this one will feature new topics and technology.

Why Should You Attend?

Here are three reasons why YOU should attend French Gerleman’s Product and Technology Expo:

Get informed

With so much new information being released, it can be difficult to keep current. What better way to learn than to hear about it, or see it, in person? We have 30+ education breakout sessions planned for the Expo, so you can pick the topics most relevant to you. There will also be product demonstration and 80+ exhibits for you to soak in.

Meet your manufacturers

Manufacturers play a crucial part in your business by providing the quality products you need. This is your chance to meet them face to face, and learn just how their products can help your business be more efficient and profitable.

Make connections

The Product and Technology Expo provides an opportunity to make connections with others in your industry. Don’t pass up this opportunity to network and learn from people, who just like you, strive for excellence.

Learn More

The Expo is FREE to all those who attend. If you’d like to learn more, visit our website at www.fg2018expo.com. We will release additional details, including specifics on the breakout sessions, on the website as they are finalized.  Expect registration to open mid-March.  We hope to see you there!


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Switchgear Lifecycle, Technologies & Safety Seminar Recap

Recently we hosted a Switchgear Lifecycle, Technologies & Safety Seminar covering the product life cycle, preventive maintenance, and planning for future capacity. If you couldn’t attend, here are a few highlights from the seminar.

Electrical systems are essential to almost every other system a building has, and maintenance is required to keep them running properly. All equipment eventually reaches the end of its useful life, but well-maintained equipment lasts 35 years on average, as opposed to 17 years for unmaintained equipment.

Electrical equipment was never designed to go without maintenance.  In fact, when it was installed, you should have received an owner’s manual and maintenance guide.  Loose connections or mechanical parts are responsible for more than 30% of electrical losses, and electrical system components are 3x more likely to fail without preventive maintenance. If in doubt of what proper preventive maintenance for electrical systems includes, refer to the NFPA 70B for details to prevent equipment failures and worker injuries.

Below are key recommended preventive maintenance services according to NFPA 70B:

  • Voltage and current measurements
  • Harmonic voltage and current measurements
  • Ultrasonic testing
  • Infrared thermography
  • Visual Inspection

Checking for voltage imbalances, drops and the intended voltage ratings for your equipment can elongate their useful lives. The use of infrared thermography does not interrupt uptime for any of your equipment, but picking up excess heat readings can indicate poor connections or excess load. Qualified, experienced electricians can often visually identify and fix issues on the spot which non-qualified maintenance personnel may not notice.

Visual inspections are incredibly useful in preventive maintenance, although they cannot be solely relied on as the only type of preventive maintenance.  Regular switchgear maintenance should include cleaning, inspecting for physical damage, checking insulation resistance, and reinsulating windings as appropriate. Circuit breakers 225 amps and above should be electrically trip tested to ensure they operate correctly.

An arc flash risk assessment should be included with your regular preventive maintenance. Arc flashes occur when an electrical arc passes through air, phase to ground, or phase to phase, and can cause serious injury and damage. The risk assessment will help you determine if there are any current hazards to address, and estimate further precautions to take against arc flashes by referring to the NFPA 70E.

Finally, an important part of preventive switchgear maintenance is preparation for an electrical system failure. Uninterruptable Power Supplies (UPS) ensure power continuity to maintain process control in the event of a utility power failure. There are many solutions to provide backup of information, power continuity, control panel protection, and surge protection to keep your electrical infrastructure running smoothly.

For more information on the information covered in the Switchgear Lifecycle, Technologies & Safety Seminar, contact your French Gerleman Account Manager.


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The Responsibilities of Authorized, Competent and Qualified Persons

Like those in any field with its own esoteric language, we in fall protection often take for granted that when we use a term, everyone else knows what we are talking about. For example, if I said, “For that Fall Arrest application, you’ll need an SRL-LE – and make sure the shock-absorber is attached to your dorsal D-ring,” you’d probably understand what I meant. Other terms can get squishier. What is the exact definition of a “prompt” rescue? What is a “regular interval” of inspection? What makes using a fall protection system “infeasible?” What constitutes “supervision” of work?

Clearing the Mud

We turn our attention to three terms found throughout OSHA and ANSI regulations that have caused more than a bit of confusion amongst newcomers: the Authorized, Competent and Qualified Persons. Each of these titles defines a specific role within the world of fall protection, and there has been more than one person (including myself) who has been confused as to where one person’s responsibility ends and another begins.

Let’s start with the term that affects the greatest number of workers – the Authorized Person. OSHA 1926.500 defines the Authorized Person as, “…a person approved or assigned by the employer to perform a specific type of duty or duties or to be at a specific location or locations at the jobsite.” Pretty vague, no? That definition covers just about every person at the jobsite. ANSI tightens the definition by adding that “…the person will be exposed to a fall hazard.” In a nutshell, within the fall protection world, the Authorized Person is anyone who is required by their employer to be exposed to a fall hazard. But don’t think that’s all there is to being an Authorized Person. It’s not like you show up to your first day on the job and your employer asks you to kneel and touches each of your shoulders with a 4’ level and says, “Arise an Authorized Person, and get thee to the roof!”

Before you step foot on the job as an Authorized person, your employer must ensure you are fully aware of, and know how to recognize potential dangers on the jobsite. Not only that, but you also must be trained in the proper use of fall protection equipment, from harness and lanyards, to anchors, guardrails, and ladders, including their proper maintenance and storage. After all, having the title of Authorized Person doesn’t mean much if you don’t have the knowledge to back it up.

Competency Is a Good Thing

Climbing the ladder of responsibility, we next find the Competent Person. The Competent Person’s responsibilities encompass those of the Authorized Person, but with the added duty (assigned to them by the employer) to take corrective measures to eliminate fall hazards, up to and including halting operations until the hazards have been mitigated. As a matter of fact, the latest OSHA 1910 General Industry update added this latter authorization to their definition of Competent Person. This strengthens the role, and brings it into alignment with the established 1926 Construction and ANSI standards – a good thing.

The Competent Person is a walking, talking storehouse of fall protection knowledge, who constantly monitors the jobsite for hazards, and who, in fact, must first survey the jobsite before an Authorized Person comes onsite to create both a fall and rescue plan. And once a job begins, they are the person Authorized Persons should consult when there is a question regarding the suitability or compatibility of fall protection equipment in a particular situation. The Competent Person understands and approaches fall protection from a slightly higher level than the Authorized Person, and their word carries more authority across the jobsite. And if there is an incident, guess who is right in the thick of the questioning? That’s right, the Competent Person.

In addition to situational expertise, the Competent Person is also responsible for regular inspections of fall protection equipment.  It is the duty of every Authorized Person to inspect their gear every day before work, but the Competent Person, with their high-level of knowledge, is considered to have more expertise and therefore is charged with being a sort of gatekeeper in regards to equipment. Think about it this way: An Authorized Person may only deal with a limited variety of Fall Protection equipment – maybe a harness and lanyard, but the Competent Person is responsible for knowing about the full spectrum of gear, and must possess the requisite knowledge to determine whether a particular piece of gear is safe for continued use. Hint: If you would like to do something to make you immediately more knowledgeable and valuable on the job, get yourself to one of our Competent Person classes. Every jobsite needs one, why not you?

Qualifying Qualified

Above the Competent Person is the Qualified Person. When I say “above,” I don’t necessarily mean that the Qualified Person is an Authorized or Competent Person’s superior, or even supervisor, but that their responsibilities take on an even higher degree of technical knowledge, expertise, and in many cases, education. The most comprehensive definition of a Qualified Person is provided by ANSI, and states that a Qualified Person is:

“A person with a recognized degree, certificate, or professional certificate AND with extensive knowledge, training and experience in the fall protection AND rescue field who is capable of designing, analyzing, evaluating and specifying fall protection and rescue systems to the extent required by this standard.”

This means that a Qualified Person knows not only which fall protection system might work in a particular situation, but also show (usually through on-site testing) that the solution meets the performance standards as dictated by ANSI or OSHA.  A common example is the certification of anchorages used in fall protection. OSHA mandates that anchors must be capable of supporting 5,000 lbs., but even if the anchor was installed per manufacturer’s instructions, how do we know it will? That’s where the Qualified Person comes into play.

As mentioned in the post on the updated OSHA 1910 regulations, building owners with rope descent systems must provide to the employer written certification that their anchorages have been tested and meet the strength requirements as set forth by OSHA. Only a person with specific engineering education and experience is capable of performing these tests and certifying the results in any meaningful way. In many instances, Qualified Persons will hold a technical or other engineering-based degree. Since inspecting and testing requires broad-based knowledge about structures, including their integrity and composition, it makes sense that a person who puts their name on the line has a background in physics, material strength and fatigue, and scientific testing methods.

With such specialized responsibilities, it’s quite unlikely that a Qualified Person will ever be on a jobsite full-time, day in and day out.  The nature of their work really puts them in place before work commences, or if after work begins, as conditions change and a new fall protection system needs to be engineered or tested. And keep in mind, this doesn’t necessarily mean that a Qualified Person has been on every jobsite. Many jobsites never have a Qualified Person visit to certify anchor installations. To understand why this may be, you need to know about certified vs. non-certified anchors. But that’s a story in itself, so let’s leave that for another day.

What Does This Have to Do with Us?

There is one other role that also needs to be mentioned alongside our triad of Authorized, Competent, and Qualified persons, and that is the manufacturer – in this case of course, Guardian Fall Protection. What role does the manufacturer play when it comes to the responsibilities of these three jobs? In two words, a lot. Essentially, no one installing, inspecting, testing, or using fall protection could do their job until we do. Our role as a manufacturer is to first think of the needs of the worker, then engineer a product to fit that need.  That sounds like a simple process, but brother, it’s not. Before we release a product to the market, it is tested (and retested…and retested) to make sure it meets all of the safety specifications from OSHA, ANSI, and ourselves. Testing is in large part a process of discovery in that we go into the lab with a certain expectation (usually they are met), but sometimes it’s the unexpected little things that throw us for a loop. Maybe it’s the number or gauge of screws that are used, or maybe it’s the thickness or composition of the substrate that we need to tweak one way or the other. No matter what comes our way though, we adjust our parts and procedures and continue our work.

Once we have a successful product, we generate documentation that spells out precisely how the product (an anchor, let’s say) should be installed for maximum strength and performance. Even the documentation goes through revision after revision to make sure it’s just right – trust me on this…  It is this information that then gets passed on to the subsequent Qualified, Competent, and Authorized persons so that they can install and use properly the very equipment on which lives will rely. But don’t think that once a product is released that that is the last time it ever sees the lab, or its installation instructions are reviewed. Guardian regularly batch tests every product that comes through our warehouse, and we believe wholeheartedly that constant review and revision is the best policy for making sure our products will perform to their maximum potential when they are needed the most.

 

This blog is reprinted with permission from Guardian Fall Protection.  Originally published April 3, 2017, on The Guardian Fall Team Blog. For more information about fall protection or other personal safety products or issues, please contact your French Gerleman account manager or e-mail info@frenchgerleman.com.


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Nidec-Shimpo Offers OEMs Faster Turnaround on High Precision Servo Gearboxes & Custom Product Assemblies

French Gerleman’s partnership with Nidec-Shimpo offers customers increased access to a wide-range of high-precision servo gearbox products, inventory and custom assembly options. Gearbox options include economy, standard duty and high-performance class, inline and right angle planetary, and right-angle worm products that offer many standard features superior to competitive products.

With the success Nidec-Shimpo has seen over the last few years, expansion was necessary to support ongoing customer requirements.  In July of 2017, they moved to their main North American headquarters to a new 50,000 square foot facility in Glendale Heights, IL.  The new facility offers more than double the space of their previous building.

The new facility satisfies the need for expanded assembly, but also met a number of other needs.  For example, they added a larger testing facility, room for new employees and engineering support, improved on paint booth capabilities, and included a large addition to inventory space.  Currently, Nidec-Shimpo maintains inventory of nearly $4 million and with the proximity of their new headquarters, French Gerleman can offer next day delivery on several common Shimpo models.

The Midwest-based assembly operation benefits our OEM customer base by handling a wide variety of products, and assembling those they do not have available as complete units.  This satisfies small quantity orders, prototypes and helps in emergency/machine down situations.  The expansion has also opened the door to more custom product conversations.  Recently they have seen more requests from customers for custom shafts and adapters, private labeling/colors and food grade coatings.

With Nidec-Shimpo Japan now focused on product development of the robotic technologies they manufacture, this facility offers the extra space and capability for more local design in addition to the assembly resources here for those future products.  Globally Shimpo manufactures more than 70,000 robust, high quality and cost-effective planetary gearboxes per month.

For more information on Nidec- Shimpo products, to review a product sample kit or to discuss the option to tour their new facility, contact your French Gerleman Account Manager.


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Panduit and General Cable Offer End-to-End Structured Cabling Solutions, Guaranteed Network Performance & System Reliability

For more than 10 years, Panduit and General Cable have offered a comprehensive line of structed cabling solutions for a variety of institutional, commercial and industrial applications.

How businesses manage their network cable and connectivity can have a major impact on overall system performance and business productivity.  Especially if there is an unplanned downtime due to poor network reliability.

Panduit and General Cable’s combined category 6A, 6 and 5e high-performance copper and fiber systems provide a robust and optimized cabling infrastructure that exceeds electrical parameters for today and into the future.  This world-class partnership provides guaranteed network performance and system reliability for the most demanding network requirements.

The Panduit and General Cable (PanGen®) vision is to provide organizations – large and small – the ability to enable essential business applications.  These solutions are developed through advanced research and development, manufacturing excellence and rigorous performance testing.

 

Four Key PanGen Benefits:

  1. Importance of Structured Cabling – A properly designed and implemented cabling infrastructure is a fundamental strategic asset of every business and institution. Carefully planning a structured cabling solution facilitates the delivery of new services, lower network maintenance costs and increased productivity.

 

  1. High-Performance Solutions – Category 6A, 6 and 5e high performance copper and fiber systems with network connectivity and cables provide a robust and optimized cabling infrastructure that exceeds all electrical parameters.

 

  1. World-Class Installation & Technical Support – Quality installation of PanGen solutions is provided through an extensive network of specially trained and certified installers. Meeting stringent qualification requirements, installers receive continuous training on products, standards and installation practices.  PanGen solutions come with prompt, nationwide technical support for customers from the design stage to post-system installation support.

 

  1. Complete Solution Warranty – All PanGen installations are eligible for the PanGen 25-year warranty*, which offers the following advantages:
    • 100% warranty coverage to repair and replace defective components
    • Compliance with all applicable ANSI, TIA/EIA and ISO standards
    • Backed by an installed channel performance guarantee
    • One point of contact for all inquiries (usapartners@panduit.com)

 

Interested in exploring options to enhance your current network infrastructure? If the answer is yes, we can help.

French Gerleman is an authorized distributor of Panduit and General Cable’s full-line of data communication products and services.  For more information about PanGen® structured Cable Solutions visit pangensolutions.com or contact your French Gerleman Account Manager.  We can schedule a facility walk-through or assessment and help you to determine the appropriate next steps to achieve your data infrastructure goals and objectives.

Content developed in coordination with Panduit and General Cable.

*To be eligible for the PanGen® system warranty, the system must be installed by a Panduit    Certified installer, meet certain requirements, and be registered by Panduit. The PanGen system warranty is subject to various terms, conditions and limitations.


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Show Your Workers You Care About Their Safety This Winter

In the Midwest, it’s never too early to start thinking about winter safety. The upcoming drop in temperatures can cause safety issues for your workers and potential damage to your equipment. Making sure workers are properly equipped and educated in safety precautions to take during cold weather can help reduce accidents and keep your jobsite or facility running smoothly.

Watch out for Cold-Induced Health Issues

Extreme cold is known to cause various illnesses, but did you know workers can still suffer from many cold-related illnesses even at above freezing temperatures? Strong winds and damp environments can cause body temperatures to drop to dangerous levels. Learn more about some of the illnesses to guard your workers against this winter.

Put the Coffee Down

Coffee can make you feel warm, but unfortunately it doesn’t actually warm your body. Because the beverage is hot and the caffeine increases the heart rate, coffee just gives an illusion of warmth, which can cause more harm than good. Encourage your workers to stay hydrated with water or an electrolyte drink as the temperatures start to drop.

Suit Up For the Cold

Safety gear is required when working in hazardous environment, and proper winter gear should be required when working in hazardously cold environments. Staying warm and dry makes a huge difference in your workers’ health.

Here are a few of our featured cold weather products:

Heat PacksWinter Liners

Cold Weather Gloves

Sweatshirts

Limit Exposure to the Cold

Keep your eye on the weather so you can know when the weather starts to get dangerous. When it’s extremely cold, make sure workers can have frequent, short breaks in a warm environment. If possible, schedule work in the warmest part of the day to minimize their exposure outdoors.  You can download a weather app to your smartphone so you have up-to-date forecasts at your fingertips.

Watch Your Step

With winter comes slippery surfaces and an increased potential for trips and falls. Equip your workers with appropriate footwear to keep them upright. French Gerleman has a wide selection of shoes and boots which provide the grip they need, and can keep their feet warm and dry this winter.

Clear off the Snow First

Winter weather can bring a host of new hazards every day, from slippery surfaces to fallen branches. Supervisors should inspect the workplace before work begins to check for any hazards that need to be addressed. Clear snow and ice away before starting the job, and salt large areas of ice as needed. Taking the time to prepare the workplace at the beginning of the day will save you time later.

Don’t Forget Your Vehicles

Vehicles also can suffer damage due to cold, and should be checked to ensure they are working properly before use. Make sure every vehicle is equipped with a winter emergency and first aid kits in case of an accident.

Simple precautions can make all the difference when dealing with cold weather. Remember, our weather can be erratic, so don’t get caught by surprise.  Contact info@frenchgerleman.com or your French Gerleman Account Manager today to learn more!


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Harness New LED Technologies in Your Facility

On October 19, we hosted an LED Seminar in St. Louis with presentations from Philips, Acuity Brands and Dialight on emerging lighting technologies and how they can improve your workplace. They each focused on different aspects of how upgrading to LED lighting can improve your workplace from improved light output to new connected systems.

State of the Lighting Industry from Philips

LEDs have made a huge impact on the lighting industry as they are extremely efficient, last far longer than traditional lighting and are capable of being dimmed. LEDs can last up to 100,000 hours depending on the type, which equates to about 25 years in an office.

Upgrading to LED lighting has its costs, as any upgrade does, but there are different upgrade strategies you can take:

  • Simply replacing traditional light sources with LEDs, like changing the lamp in a fixture, will save energy and be more sustainable, but does not provide a new look or feel. It is the least expensive and easiest transition to LED lighting.
  • Installing a retrofit kit to replace traditional panel lighting is a cost effective way to help provide a new look and feel to your lighting, in addition to standard LED benefits, without penetrating the ceiling.
  • Completely renovating your lighting solutions can be higher cost, but will provide a new look and functionality
  • Add Enhanced Controls. Adding control systems to your lighting allows you to adjust for natural daylight, whether or not the building is occupied, and lets you dim your lights, which can add 50-65% more energy savings in addition to the savings that simply come from switching your light sources.

Old technology is declining as LED improves. Issues with LED, such as glare, are being fixed, and LEDs can now come with integrated sensors and be connected into controlled lighting.

The Next Step, Lighting Controls from Acuity Brands

Switching out lamps help save energy, but the next step forward in energy reduction is controlled lighting. Connecting an entire building with an information system converged network creates an IoT building. IoT (The Internet of Things) delivers building services through one holistic IP system.

Lighting offers the ideal platform to enable the IoT in buildings:

  • Ubiquity — where there are people, there are lights
  • Continuous power for additional sensors and devices
  • Processing capability for edge computing
  • Energy savings from a lighting retrofit can help fund inclusion of IoT networking and sensors

A smart LED lighting system can provide the IoT framework to unify your lighting devices, building controls, management systems and networks.  New, smart lighting systems can provide enhanced, customer-focused services to maximize performance, reduce operational costs, create better visual environments and increase energy savings while enhancing user experiences.

Energy-efficient LED lighting is being transformed into a smart, connected platform for data-driven applications. As a result, companies can derive more value from their LED systems beyond energy-efficiency and high-quality lighting.  Smart applications can help enhance employee safety and security, improve parking management, leverage location analytics and propel operations to the next level.

Evaluation & Selection of LED Fixtures from Dialight

When choosing LED solutions for your workplace, you have to consider the safety standards your lighting must meet. Different standards apply to different environments, such as industrial verses a hazardous location.

The 2017 NEC NFPA70 Code Book is the standard for all such safety ratings. When it comes to lighting safety in general, heat must be considered – both how much heat the lighting emits and how much it can withstand from the environment.

Why upgrade to LED? Overwhelmingly the top reason is safety, followed by energy reduction, maintenance reduction and the reduction of overall operational costs. LED systems use less energy and last longer require less maintenance, making your workplace safer and more efficient.

Whether you are looking to make your workplace safer, or you are looking for an integrated control system, LEDs are your path ahead. If you have further questions, connect with your French Gerleman Account Manager for more information.


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Make Your Workplace Safer with A-SAFE Barriers

Industrial barriers are meant to protect, whether it is racks, pedestrians or equipment, but all too often these barriers just take the damage themselves and need to be replaced, or even damage the vehicle which impacted them. A-SAFE manufactures flexible, polymer-based safety guardrail systems which flex on impact and return to their original shape, offering huge cost savings. Before installation, customers have their sites surveyed so that every solution is tailored to each facility’s needs. After the site survey, a custom proposal is provided with CAD drawings before installation.

These flexible barriers are made from Memaplex™, a three-layered material made of eight blended polyolefin and rubber materials.  Developed and exclusively manufactured by A-SAFE, it is designed specifically to dissipate impact and return to its original shape. It also wipes clean, does not corrode or flake, and is resistant to chips, cracks, cold and chemicals.

 

These barriers are ideal for use in many applications including:  food and beverage, airports, manufacturing, warehouse and distribution, and parking lots.

Types of barriers include:

  • Column, Wall and Rack Protection
  • Pedestrian and Traffic Segregation
  • Height Restrictors and Bollards
  • Curb Barriers and Wheel Guides
  • Lift and Slide Gates

 

When traditional barriers are compromised, the force of the blow transfers directly to the base, ripping the barrier out of the floor, meaning you not only have to replace the barrier, you have to repair the floor. Since A-SAFE barriers are flexible, they absorb the shock, minimizing floor damage. This can provide dramatic long-term cost savings over traditional barriers.

Interested in lowering your costs while protecting your profits? Contact your French Gerleman Account Manager or e-mail info@frenchgerleman.com for more information on A-SAFE barriers today!


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2017 National Electrical Code®: Changes in Overcurrent & Surge Protection

Mersen recently released a guide to understanding its changes in overcurrent and surge protection in the 2017 National Electrical Code®. These changes are to increase worker safety and help prevent arc flashes.

Arc flashes are the result of a massive release of energy due to an arcing fault between two phase bus bars, neutral or a ground.  This energy discharge burns the bus bars, vaporizing the copper and thus causing an explosion, which destroys everything in its vicinity and creates deadly shrapnel as it dissipates. Short-circuit current ratings (SCCR) indicate what fault current a system can handle without unacceptable damage in the case of a fault. Proper documentation is essential to ensure the available short-circuit current does not exceed the SCCR and that suitable precautions are in place.

We offer Mersen safety solutions to help you comply with the updated code and increase your workplace safety. Mersen’s guide covers nine key changes to the 2017 National Electrical Code®:

  1. Arc energy reduction

    Any fuses rated 1200 A or higher must have their location documented and available. The fuses must also have a method to reduce clearing time if their clearing time is not already 0.07 seconds or less.

  1. Field marking of available fault current

    Industrial control panels, industrial machinery and motor controllers of multimotor and combination-load equipment must have the date the current short-circuit calculation was performed and available short-circuit current rating (SCCR) documented.  If the available short-circuit current exceeds its short-circuit current rating, they shall not be installed. Elevators must also have the maximum short-circuit current clearly marked.

  1. Branch circuit and ground fault protection for single motor power conversion equipment

    Semiconductor fuses and instantaneous trip circuit breakers must now be installed as a single unit if instantaneous trip circuit breakers are permitted.

  1. Short-circuit current rating for elevator control panels

    Elevator control panels must be marked with their SCCR. If the available short circuit current exceeds its short-circuit rating, elevator control panels shall not be installed.

  1. Surge protection for emergency elevator, dumbwaiter, escalator, moving walk, platform lift, or stairway chairlift

    Surge protection shall be provided if the elevator has been designated as supplying an emergency system load.

  1. Surge protection for critical operations data systems

    A cascading protection scheme should be used throughout the entire operations data system.

  1. Surge protection for industrial machinery

    Industrial machinery with safety interlocks are required to have surge protection.

  1. Surge protection for fire pump controllers

    Surge protection was required previously for emergency systems at distribution level, but are now also required in or on the fire pump controller.

  1. Short-circuit current rating documentation and field marking

    Transfer switches can often have several different SCCR, so the rating based on the protective device and settings shall be externally marked.

Want to learn more about the changes in the 2017 National Electrical Code® or how best to implement them in your workplace? Contact your French Gerleman Account Manager or e-mail info@frenchgerleman.com to learn about Mersen safety solutions.


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Achieve Green Initiatives & Critical Waste Reduction Goals with Closed Loop Recycling

Closed Loop Recycling (CLR) recycles oil absorbents, wipers and PPE such as gloves, sleeves, aprons, and jackets. CLR specializes in turning these waste streams into three reusable products through their environmentally friendly laundering process.

CLR offers customized solutions, monthly reporting, and scheduled pickup and delivery for provided materials including 55-gallon drums in which to collect the used materials placed conveniently around the facility near the end users.  CLR creates a custom plant layout and service strategy for each individual client to ensure the highest quality service.

The Process

CLR delivers materials and 55-gallon DOT approved collection drums at the facility for use. Once products are fully utilized, they are gathered and placed into the collection drums. Stations can be as simple as a couple drums labeled clean and dirty, to custom racks and distribution solutions built into existing tool cribs. The program is tailored to each facility’s needs. CLR’s customer service rep will utilize the plant layout to restock all clean products to predetermined levels as well as consolidate all collection drums for processing.

The fluids from the absorbents, wipers, and rags are extracted and transported by an EPA-approved oil recycler to a refinery, where it can be recycled as asphalt or industrial grade fuel. The products are then thoroughly laundered and inspected and then packaged and redistributed for future use.  Drums are emptied, steam cleaned and conditioned for reuse according to DOT specifications. Recycling oil absorbents, wipers, and PPE not only helps the environment, it eliminates the need to continually purchase disposable products, and eliminates liability for disposal of these materials.

CLR bundles its products into one simple price, which includes:

  • Reusable products – wipers, absorbents, rags, etc.
  • Full facility service
  • Station by station tracking
  • Laundering
  • Recycling of fluids
  • Drum cleaning
  • Documentation
  • Transportation

If you are interested in recycling your PPE and absorbents, CLR offers a free trial so you can see what results will be. Contact your French Gerleman Account Manager or e-mail us at info@frenchgerlemanc.om to learn how to get started!