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Cable Testing Programs
Bottleneck Motor Repairs, Part
NEC in the Facility
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A good cable testing program has many benefits. It can
help you reduce energy losses, prevent unplanned production shutdowns,
and avert catastrophic failures. We asked Ron Widup of Shermco
Industries, an electrical services company based in Irving, Texas, for
some insight on cable testing.
To read Widup's tips, visit EC&M's Web
101 uses for the new Fluke 416D and 411D Laser Distance
Best-in-class tools take you long distances,
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laser accuracy. You can use the Fluke distance meters in dozens of
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out all 101!
Occasionally, a drive motor speeds up and slows down
with no change of control input. But the production process depends on
exact speed, and this problem is causing excess scrap rates. What steps
should you take to troubleshoot this?
Visit EC&M's Web
site to see the answer.
Repairs, Part 7
Are repair techs actually using your procedures for the
repair of critical equipment (e.g., bottleneck motors)? If not, try
using those procedures yourself in a mockup repair situation to see
Don’t let your written procedures provide a torturous path for
returning the equipment to service. Look for these deficiencies:
To read more on this story, visit EC&M's Web
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NEC in the
Intrinsically safe installations lose that status if
don’t separate intrinsically safe conductors from nonintrinsically
safe conductors [504.30(A)]. This concept of conductor separation is
major thrust of Art. 504. About half of the Article consists of the
details of achieving this separation. Caution: Don’t separate
the equipment grounding (bonding) conductors from those of
nonintrinsically safe systems, because that would cause a difference of
Do you know who has access to maintenance department
equipment? It might seem fine to let Joe from ACME Electric use your
conduit bender. After all, your company has a long and beneficial
relationship with ACME.
But what if another contractor assumes your company has an open use
policy? Carl’s never seen a conduit bender before and thinks it’s
perfect for bending pieces of rebar. Joe’s been running EMT and the
bender is set up for this thin tubing. Carl bends a length of rebar and
walks off. Joe comes by a few minutes later to bend a stick of EMT and
is injured when the cracked shoe shatters.
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