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Don’t Hamper Craft Capability

Don’t Hamper Craft Capability

Craft capability is important, but sole reliance on it has a big efficiency cost. Don’t hamper craft capability with any of the following: Outdated methods. What are your five most commonly performed tasks? When is the last time you reviewed the procedures for doing them? Do you even have procedures? What about training on task […]

When More Doesn’t Work, Try Different

When More Doesn’t Work, Try Different

A factory’s maintenance department had been addressing lighting complaints by adding a fixture here and a fixture there. But the plant engineer didn’t like the way this looked. It looked unplanned, because it was unplanned. And it wasn’t ending all of the complaints. In fact, it seemed that adding a light to fix a problem […]

You Can’t Always Take The Heat, Part 1

You Can’t Always Take The Heat, Part 1

People sometimes die from being overheated. The good news is the signs of overheating usually get progressively stronger as the condition worsens, and this means if you and your coworkers know what to look for you can prevent a tragedy. In many cases, the overheating condition itself doesn’t kill the victim. An overheated person feels […]

Circuit Overload Protection for Hermetic Motors, Part 2

Circuit Overload Protection for Hermetic Motors, Part 2

You must use one of four methods to protect the motor-compressor control apparatus, disconnecting means, and branch-circuit conductors against overload and failure to start [440.52(B)]. These are: An overload relay selected per 440.52(A)(1); that is, it must be responsive to motor current. It must trip at not more than 140% of the motor-compressor rated-load current. […]

Southwire’s New SIMpull™ Fish Tape

Southwire’s New SIMpull™ Fish Tape

Southwire introduces the new SIMpull™ Fish Tape, designed with electricians in mind. Spiral extruded polymer design reduces the amount of effort required to push or pull the fish tape through EMT or PVC conduit Swiveling flexible metal leader easily glides through bends Combines the strength of a steel fish tape with greater flexibility than fiberglass fish […]