Month: December 2018

Preventing electric fires during the holidays

Posted By: Trent Bailey December 12, 2018

HOUGHTON — During the winter months, fire departments see an increase of house fires often times causing serious injury or worse. That’s generally attributed to residents trying to battle the cold temperatures with additional heating sources. ABC 10’s Keweenaw Bureau Reporter Lee Snitz has some tips on staying safe this winter.

The Christmas tree is found in most American homes this time of year with twinkling lights, sometimes candy canes, and an assortment of ornaments, but it has also been known to devastate a family’s holiday season in some cases.

“Too many lights on one circuit creates a problem with the circuit itself and then you have the house fire,” said Bill Sheetz, an electrician with WLS Electric. “The breaker systems on the electrical services are getting much better at stopping overloads.”

Energy efficient LED lights and other advancements in technology may be showing a decline in tree related house fires, but residents should be aware that there are plenty of other hazards in their home.

“Electric space heaters are temporary supplementary heat which is not permanent and most people use it as a permanent source of heat and they also overload the circuits and typically cause a lot of house fires.”

Space heaters are not necessarily a hazard themselves, but they do use a lot of electricity, and if they’re running for a extended period of time- they can create heat in the wiring of a home and that can cause an electrical fire if the wiring is outdated or inadequate. If your running a space heater in your home or business its a good idea to unplug everything else that is using that circuit. This will help to prevent an overload. And a big No No is replacing blown fuses or circuit breakers with one that is larger than specified.

“Typically when were talking about fuses, were talking about services that are over 40 or 50 years old,” said Sheetz. “They have a twist in fuse and a lot of people blow the fuse so they go to the local hardware store and the guy gives you a 30 amp fuse where you should have a 15 amp fuse. The reason behind the 15 amp fuse is to protect the wire behind the wall. So when you put the larger fuse in you create a lot of heat on the wire behind the wall that you don’t see until the fire department shows up at your house.”

Another precaution that is essential is checking the alert systems in your home.

“Most people if they have older homes, they have battery smoke detectors which are fine as long as you check them regularly. We go into homes all the time and they’re just not working. And the reason they’re not working is because the battery is dead. It looks good on the wall ceiling but it doesn’t work if the battery isn’t working for you.”

When buying batteries for those gifts that are labeled with the all too familiar phrase “Batteries Not Included”,  it’s a good idea to pick up a couple of extra 9 volts and replace what’s currently in your smoke detector. It could save lives if the unthinkable were to occur.

“The main thing is if your breaker or your circuit, anything pops in your home, trips or stops working. Don’t go to your local hardware store and ask for help. Please call a qualified electrician because that’s where we have a lot of problems. People will introduce things that may work, but aren’t correct.”

Original Source: https://abc10up.com/2018/12/12/preventing-electric-fires-during-the-holidays/

Original Date: Dec 12 2018

Original Author: Trent Bailey

Generator Tap Boxes: Instant Power During Power Outages


No matter what business you are in, be it manufacturing, banking, health care, or education a sudden change in the power situation can be a debacle.  A loss of power means a loss of time, resources, and more so it is imperative to prepare for just such an occasion. 

 To plan ahead to avoid an electrical interruption companies could choose to install a permanent generator. An installed permanent generator can be a large maintenance expense.  To avoid this extra expense the installation of a tap generator is a viable, cost effective option.  When a natural disaster like storms,blackout, and what not a tap generator allows businesses to get your electricity back up and running quickly. 

A tap box is a simplistic generator that is installed outside of the business.  It plays the role of connecting the business’s portable generator to the electrical system.  This allows you to get a temporary supply of electricity running to avoid downtime.  This connection can be made either manually or using an automatic transfer switch.  The power is generated so efficiently that it can be up and running without any delay using programable logic circuits and auto start generators.  Your power system will be emergency ready and the cost savings of no down time and not having to hire a professional electrical contractor to temporarily connect power will be pay off the first time the power goes out.  Being prepared ahead of time pays off.

When having a generator tap box installed you will want to assess your electrical needs.  The needs and requirements that your specific business have will vary from even your competition.  Here are some things to consider when choosing a generator tab box

  • How often do you lose power?
  • What are your electrical needs?
  • What systems are crucial to keep running?
  • What is your budget?

No matter what the answers are to these questions, J & P Electrical will have a solution that fits your exact needs. 

J & P Electrical Company is a full-service electrical company that supplies contractors, end users, and supply houses with new surplus, quality reconditioned, and obsolete electrical equipment. We purchase a wide range of electrical equipment such as bus plugs, bud ducts, panel switches, substations, and transformers. More information can be found at https://www.jpelectricalcompany.com



New Circuit Breaker from Schneider Electric Features Increased Safety Requirements

Schneider Electric’s new low voltage power circuit breaker takes is top in power system uptime and energy efficiency due to its onboard Ethernet communications and Class 1 (≤1% error) active power metering accuracy built into every circuit breaker. It has a wireless remote control of the circuit breaker through Bluetooth to keep maintenance staff outside of the arc flash zone during operation. The new circuit breaker features new IoT enhanced digital capabilities such as wireless communication, customizable and downloadable applications, integrated analytics, and advanced metering and sensing technologies that work with evolving industry challenges. It is tailor made for the application and modified at any time in the future without de-energizing with its digital modules. The device is built with the new Micrologic X control unit. The breaker can be upgraded by service and maintenance personnel or facility staff as new code requirements and regulations are implemented along with evolving customer needs. These upgrades can be implemented by simply downloading a Digital Module from Schneider Electric’s secure GoDigital online marketplace and installing it into the control units using the complimentary Ecoreach configuration software, adding new functionality within minutes.


Original Press Release:

Schneider Electric Introduces its Square D Brand Masterpact MTZ Future Ready Low Voltage Power Circuit Breaker

– Revolutionize power distribution through digital customization optimizing the EcoStruxure Power Platform Industry-first Bluetooth and NFC capabilities with companion smart phone app allows operation by maintenance staff outside of the arc flash zone

– Best-in-class in system Uptime and efficiency

BOSTON, Nov. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The world is facing critical change. As a result, the electrical industry is meeting challenges of more stringent regulations, tighter sustainability goals, increased safety requirements, and the need for more reliability and flexibility. Schneider Electric is leading this evolution with the launch today of its next generation Square D brand Masterpact™ MTZ low voltage power circuit breaker.

The Masterpact MTZ circuit breaker takes the lead in power system uptime and energy efficiency with its onboard Ethernet communications and Class 1 (≤1% error) active power metering accuracy built into every circuit breaker. It also allows wireless remote control of the circuit breaker via Bluetooth LE keeping maintenance staff outside of the arc flash zone during operation. These innovative advancements in technology are an industry first.

As part of Schneider Electric’s comprehensive EcoStruxure™ Power Platform, the Masterpact MTZ is an industry leading, world class circuit breaker with all new IoT enhanced digital capabilities. It includes wireless communication, customizable/downloadable applications, integrated analytics, and advanced metering and sensing technologies that address evolving industry challenges. With the introduction of digital modules, the breaker is tailor made for the application and modified at any time in the future without de-energizing.

From installation, operation, maintenance, and digital upgrades, Masterpact MTZ brings a whole new level of power circuit protection and control to large and critical power distribution applications. Masterpact MTZ circuit breakers will transform how facility and building operations managers achieve efficiency, safety, reliability, and equipment protection goals. Masterpact MTZ is available for new installations and can be retrofit into the space of an existing power circuit breaker.

The Masterpact family of low voltage power circuit breakers have been the industry benchmark in electrical distribution for three decades – first with the Masterpact M, followed by the Masterpact NT/NW, each known globally for legendary performance and reliability.

“The new Masterpact MTZ is a game changer,” says Duke Dunsford, USA Marketing Launch Manager for Masterpact MTZ. “The Masterpact MTZ connectivity and digital capabilities seamlessly integrate into our EcoStruxure Power architecture, delivering significant benefits for end users, specifiers, panel builders and contractors who can better serve their customers’ needs with this new capability.” He continued, “With the standard Bluetooth wireless capability on every breaker, the phone in your pocket now becomes a powerful tool in the operation of this new platform.”

The new generation Masterpact MTZ is built with the new Micrologic X control unit that puts it ahead of its class. One of the advancements in the Masterpact MTZ line is its future driven upgrade capabilities. As new code requirements and regulations are implemented along with evolving customer needs, the breaker can be upgraded by service and maintenance personnel or facility staff. Upgrades can be implemented by simply downloading a Digital Module from Schneider Electric’s secure GoDigital online marketplace and installing it into the control units using the complimentary Ecoreach configuration software, adding new functionality within minutes.

“Masterpact MTZ is loaded with practical, usable features that take low voltage power circuit protection and control to a new level,” says Mr. Dunsford. “In case of a power outage, users can simply utilize their smartphone’s wireless connection to diagnose the issue and minimize downtime. Another unique feature includes capturing waveform data during tripping events and can be accessed even without power. The smartphone app also can provide a root cause explanation and step-by-step breaker reclosing instructions to re-energize your system. This can save critical time for customers looking for details during an outage.”

Additional benefits of the Masterpact MTZ circuit breaker include:

  • Downloadable digital modules can be installed without downtime for maximized flexibility and operational efficiency
  • Along with Bluetooth, Near Field Communication (NFC) is included allowing your smart phone to monitor the circuit breaker’s condition even in a power outage
  • Event notifications and overload prevention are optimized with real-time monitoring and alarm capabilities both for Ethernet monitored systems and on mobile devices
  • Seamless integration of Masterpact MTZ into Square D branded power equipment such as switchgear, switchboards, and motor control centers using the newly designed embedded Ethernet connection

For more information on Masterpact MTZ or Schneider Electric, please visit http://www.schneider-electric.us/mtz.

About Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries. With global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider is the undisputable leader in Power Management – Medium Voltage, Low Voltage and Secure Power, and in Automation Systems. We provide integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software. In our global Ecosystem, we collaborate with the largest Partner, Integrator and Developer Community on our Open Platform to deliver real-time control and operational efficiency. We believe that great people and partners make Schneider a great company and that our commitment to Innovation, Diversity and Sustainability ensures that Life Is On everywhere, for everyone and at every moment.

www.schneider-electric.us

Original Source: https://news.thomasnet.com/fullstory/new-circuit-breaker-from-schneider-electric-features-increased-safety-requirements-40017709

Original Date: Nov 16 2018