Category: News

Introducing the World’s First Gas- Free Circuit Breaker

GE Renewable Energy has secured 2.2 million in funding from the European Commission to develop a sulfur hexafluoride free, gas insulated substation circuit breaker. This new circuit breaker will have the same high performance and small size as a traditional SF6 insulated circuit breaker but will reduce the gas mass by 99% CO2 amount. The technology used for this new equipment will rely on GE’s Green Gas for Grid or G3 technology. This new breaker will be a fresh addition and alternative to lower greenhouse gas emissions. The completion is scheduled to be done in 2022 and will be added to all high-voltage electrical networks in Europe. To read more on this new technology, read this article.

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Tips For Industrial Plant Safety

Industrial plants are full of potential electrical hazards, so it’s important to understand and follow the proper safety policy provided by the company for everyone’s protection. It is common for workers to encounter a variety of safety hazards, including machinery and electrical wiring/cables, on a routine basis. 

Here are some helpful safety tips you can follow:

  1. Identify electrical hazards and review proper safety precautions for specific equipment being handled.
  2. Use a lockout/tagout plan when machinery will be turned off and left alone for the safety of fellow workers.
  3. Do not over exceed the maximum current rating stated for electrical outlets which can cause overheating or fire.
  4. Utilize proper safety signs and warn others of potential hazards that are nearby.
  5. Perform regular maintenance on equipment and machinery.

In this article, you can read about these important tips to guarantee your safety in an industrial working environment. Accidents can always happen, but if the correct safety measures are observed and followed, it can make the difference between life and death.

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Big Things Are Happening Here at J & P Electrical Company!

We have recently opened our second location in Warren, MI. This new ITE location will also specialize in transformers and panel boards. Just a few steps away from our original warehouse, this 7,200 SF building has its own staff and offices, with our newest employee, Dennis Stenzel, managing it.  Dennis will be in charge of all aspects of this location and will report to Travis Hill, our General Manager.  Also, at this location is Marvin Cammon, our ITE Bus Plug Specialist, and Shop Techs Bobby Smith and Jon Ozzello round out the crew. We now have three total locations to serve you, including our Bus Duct Warehouse in Port Huron, MI. 

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Choosing A Fuse

Having the correct fuse for your electrical needs is imperative for the safety of yourself and your equipment. A blown fuse can be frustrating and sometimes make you wonder if a fuse should even be part of a circuit, but they are essential in protecting users from shock and catching fire. Any device that is powered by a low-impedance source will need a fuse, whether it’s an item that plugs into the wall or one that’s run by a battery or an alternator in a car. In the article found here, it goes into further detail about which type of fuse to look for depending on your electrical needs. Other factors to consider is the speed and size of the fuse that you plan to install. Often, a simple comparison to the existing fuse can be used to determine a good replacement option.

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Why Power Factor Correction Is Important

In the article, it explains several reasons why it is important for electrical loads in industrial settings to be measured and have power factor correction. Power factor is used to measure active, working power and it is ideal to have a 1.0 rating, which means all the power is going towards performing work. The farther the power factor is from 1.0 the less efficient the system will be and produces more strain on the equipment from the higher currents. Three benefits to correcting the power factor include: lowering utility bills, reducing power and loading on the distribution network, and lessening carbon emissions. There are several ways for industrial and commercial operations to correct their power factors; such as, adding capacitor banks that counteract the cause of low power factor, removing wasted energy and its harmful effects.

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Avoiding Electrical Hazards In Your Work Environment

During any type of job, there are always electrical hazards that are sometimes ignored or not thought to be dangerous until disaster strikes. Many unexpected accidents can be prevented with the proper care and knowledge of electrical safety. On item specifically, that is popular in many offices on chilly days, is the use of space heaters. These warming devices although keep personnel more comfortably warm while working but they also demand a fair amount of energy, so it is best to always have them plugged directly into a wall and never use extension cords, power strips, or surge protectors.  By plugging in too many items into one power source, a risk of blowing/burning up circuit breaker or even starting a fire. In the article, they further discuss using proper tools for any job inside or outside in order to use proper electrical equipment for safety needs.

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Preventing Breakdowns and Fire Hazards with Thermal Inspections

Having to deal with unexpected downtime with failures due to a damaged electrical panel can create big headaches with a big price tag for repairs for companies to have to handle. If connections or components overheat, there are many risks including a fire hazard with electrical shorts. One of the biggest problems during an inspection is not all problems with an electrical panel can be seen visibly which is why a solution for this could be a routine inspection with the use of thermal cameras that can read accurate temperature readings from a safe distance. In the article, the inspection with proper tools is suggested for this preventative measure done by FLIR company. Having proper maintenance and repairs done is always key to running a successful business no matter the size or nature. If ever in need of replacement parts for your electrical needs, JP Electrical Company specializes in your electrical needs and are happy to answer any questions.

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Our J&P Family Has Expanded to Three Locations!

As we wrap up the third quarter here at J&P (can’t believe it’s already the Holiday season!), we welcome winter with open arms AND the addition of a few more new employees.  Charles, Noah, and Michael are going to be helping in the shop at the Warren location and Jacob is our newest addition to the bus duct warehouse helping as job-site support, forklift, and duct reconditioning. 

Duct Shop in Port Huron, MI
Charles, Noah, and Michael
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ASHRAE releases expanded, revised version of Standard 90.1

Standard 90.1 has been a dominating benchmark for energy codes in the commercial building space since 1975, but recently a large update to this benchmark has been released that brings about important changes for all relevant industries to be aware of. ASHRAE released a revised and much-expanded version in and for 2019 and includes changes regarding lighting, mechanical, budget method, and performance rating methods, to name a few. On the mechanical side, for one example, the revised version allows designers the option to use 90.4 instead of 90.1 for rooms with IT equipment load larger than 10kW.

It is highly encouraged for all professionals in relevant industries to be familiar with this expanded and revised version of a Standard that has such a wide footprint over many different industries.

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