• 2 Sep
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    The difference between flame retardant and arc flash resistant

    For many decades, flame-resistant clothing has helped to reduce the risk of severe burn injuries to workers. These types of garments are either made from treated cotton or, more often nowadays, self-extinguishing materials – both of which provide managers with a reliable option for keeping their teams safe.

  • 2 Sep
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    New research from Fluke reveals need to improve electrical safety

    Fluke has published the results of its second annual electrical safety survey, which revealed a disconnect between the importance of safety and the practice of safety in the workplace.

  • 1 Jun
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    Don’t let the summer sun compromise your PPE

    In industries working around high- and low-voltage electricity, the importance of PPE is widely recognised, and the latest safety requirements are understood by managers and operatives alike. However, the dangers posed by an arc flash are not so well known in comparison.

  • 4 May
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    Electrical shock is the industry’s greatest electrical threat

    Nothing captures people’s attention more than a good show. Add fire or explosions and people will give you all their attention. Therefore, it is not surprising why the industry focuses on electrical safety for arc flash. It is a showstopper – with its 19,400°C (or more) of heat, capable of destroying a business and the lives of anyone in its path in just a tenth of a second.

  • 5 Mar
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    Mitigating outages in critical applications

    We currently stand at the beginning of a new chapter for many industries. The impact of the pandemic is likely to be felt for years to come, with our lives and businesses changing forever. Through such change comes a shift in focus – while, in recent decades, we have strived for ever greater efficiency, the next few years will see a shift toward resilience and robustness as companies protect themselves against both seen and foreseen threats.

  • 5 Mar
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    Monitoring mission-critical electrical equipment at one of South Africa’s only inland petrol refineries

    Commissioned in 1971, the Natref petrol refinery – located in the industrial region of Sasolburg – is one of South Africa’s oldest inland refineries. Historically, engineers at the refinery have had difficulties with monitoring the operations of circuit breakers at the refinery’s substations, leading to increased maintenance costs and unplanned downtime.

  • 5 Mar
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    Surge suppression in MV capacitor banks

    As the world strives towards lower CO2 emissions and sustainable electricity generation, the number of renewable sources on the network has dramatically increased. This increased amount of renewable generation brings about unique challenges in terms of network stability and power quality.

  • 2 Feb
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    How to size surge protection for cost-effective, optimised performance

    Panel design is an art. A well-designed panel strikes a balance between form, function, and cost. This can be difficult considering that an attempt to do so is an attempt at achieving the best of those three worlds.

  • 30 Oct
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    Electronic circuit breakers – A system approach to circuit protection

    The type of circuit breaker that most people are familiar with are miniature circuit breakers (or MCBs). These are mostly used in domestic and commercial applications. Its main function is to protect the wiring and not much consideration is given to the loads on any particular circuit. Each circuit has a maximum current rating and having too many appliances on at any one time will cause them to trip.

  • 30 Oct
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    Surge protection in industrial applications

    Aneesh VN, Associate Product Line Manager for MTL Surge Products at Eaton, explains why surge protection is an essential consideration when designing electrical equipment for industrial applications.

  • 30 Sep
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    SICK and MasterMover – Safe starting points for Industry 4.0

    All too often, fixed legacy infrastructure and buildings create a barrier to rethinking conventional linear production processes as part of Industry 4.0.

  • 30 Sep
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    Five ways to protect your team against an Arc Flash

    With temperatures more than four times hotter than the surface of the sun, it goes without saying that workers must be fully protected against the dangers of an Arc Flash. Those working around high and low voltage electricity on a daily basis are at an increased risk.

  • 30 Sep
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    Cable glands: Small part, big difference

    Matt Ogden (Cable Gland Product Specialist at Hawke International, the manufacturer of glands for harsh and hazardous environments) discusses the critical role that cable glands play when it comes to protecting machinery and the business benefits that a thorough gland strategy can deliver.

  • 30 Sep
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    Taking responsibility for repairs to Ex-rated motors

    Operating equipment in potentially explosive atmospheres comes with a certain amount of responsibility, not least to use correctly designed components for the environment. When maintenance and repairs are required, it is important that operators understand what is expected of them to ensure continued safety and reliability.

  • 3 Mar
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    Protection relays: turning energy uncertainty into opportunity with grid digitalisation

    Three trends rule the energy sector – decarbonisation, decentralisation, and digitisation. To meet the UK’s environmental and sustainability goals, it has become imperative to decarbonise the grid, incorporating a large proportion of low carbon sources into the energy mix.