2019 has seen
2019 has seen
Electricity is a dangerous concept and can be deadly if not handled properly. This may seem obvious but plenty of circuit boards these days are equipped with hundreds of amps, which can cause issues if not leveled properly by a current limiter. This is especially important due to the volatile nature of electricity and how often faults can arise.
In the Electronic Design article, the author spends time to explain exactly how these current limiters keep workers safe should any fault occur. You can see pros and cons to these bipolar junction transistors that are used in these limiters and what makes them work to prevent any pending disasters. Using handy charts and data tables the article makes it easy to have a better understanding of the properties so workers in the electric industry can properly work without endangering those around them.
When a project is cancelled, warehouses are liquidated, or there are manufacturing overruns an electrical surplus inventory is generated. Local surplus dealers were once the only sellers of electrical surplus inventory. Today however, surplus equipment can be purchased through e-commerce platforms. It is important you should proceed with caution when you come across surplus electrical component’s suppliers online; research and asking the right questions when buying online is crucial. Below you will see how you should proceed when buying electrical surplus online.
Asking the right questions when buying surplus electrical equipment online helps you make the right purchase. These questions should include:
Know the voltage rating of the surplus electrical product as well as the voltage rating of your power sources. This will determine if the equipment is suitable for your application. Incorrect voltage ratings risk short circuiting, arching, and electrical fires.
The continuous current rating will allow you to know if the device will be able to perform properly in varying environments. This is listed as Amperes. They represent the continuous current that can be carried when used in the temperatures it is calibrated for.
Short-circuit current rating, SCCR, is a current rating that defines the maximum short-circuit current the product can safely handle. Individual SCCR components for the electrical assembly are calculated to determine the SSCR for the entire electrical panel.
Pay attention to the current frequency at which equipment or breakers are designed to operate properly. The electrical current frequency determines the highest current a device can handle operating at without issue.
Don’t compromise the quality of surplus equipment by purchasing from a less than a reputable electrical component supplier. At J & P Electrical, we assure quality and competitive pricing. Contact us today to discuss your needs.
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When working with any type of electrical component, safety is a key element. There are regulations in place by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, NERC, that require components within transformer stations that are tested every six years. In this installment from Utility Products, “Relay Test Switches” you can get an overview
Bust ducts, known also as busways, are created from a sheet of metal with the busbar being made of copper or aluminum. Bus ducts conduct electrical currents, that is their main purpose when used in manufacturing. Many companies manufacture bus ducts, with the most popular supplier being Square D. Not only does Square D manufacture bus ducts, they supply a wide range of bus plugs, electrical switches, circuit breakers, and more. Proper installation and assembly of a bus duct will save you money and prevent costly downtime.
In order to ensure your electrical system functions properly your bus ducts must be installed correctly. Bus ducts are used to provide power throughout an electrical system so if there is an issue with the bus duct it can result in costly delays and downtime. In order to avoid this, proper installation is required.
The amount of electrical current that a device can withstand without being damaged is known as ampacity. A bus ducts ampacity rating is determined by using the temperature within the operating space and referencing a standard chart for temperature assumptions. Once the operating temperature has been determined users must consider the rise in temperature between a zero current and a full load current. As an example, a common bus duct with copper inside often has a current rating of 2,000 amps per square inch. The rating results in the voltage dropping as the temperature increases.
Like with any installation especially electrical, location is a key aspect that needs to be considered. For most facilities bus duct installation is downstream from transformers and upstream from the primary overcurrent device. Whatever devices is being used to protect the transformer cannot be used to protect the bus duct from electrical fault.
Extra protection to the bus ducts is another way to decrease any potential downtime from occurring. When downtime occurs, facilities end up paying for workers to stand around. Adding an extra layer of protection to your bus duct will give you extra peace of mind as you will know your bus duct will properly function.
Bus ducts that are installed outdoors should include protection from the elements. Choose a shelter that allows water to drain vs sitting in a pool overhead. Extra water allowed to collect can cause a short in the bus duct. Humidity can also be an issue when bus ducts are utilized outside. This can be prevented by using stainless steel as it inhibits corrosion. An epoxy primer of paint can be added to the housing to prevent the oxidation of the metal.
Bus ducts can also be installed on an outside wall. When this is the case proper flame-retardant wall fittings that are waterproof and vapor-resistant should also be used as a precaution. Extra supports for the ducts where they enter the wall should be in place to hold the extra weight.
The installation of bus ducts is important. Correct installation allows a system to function properly without downtime. Protection helps to prevent corrosion and protects from outside elements. And using proper metals and assembly kits from the manufacturer help to ensure you are using the right materials for your bus duct assembly.
J & P Electrical Company is a full-service electricalcompany that supplies contractors, end users, and supply houses with new surplus, quality reconditioned, and obsolete electrical equipment. We offer a wide range of electrical equipment such as bus plugs, bus ducts, panelswitches, and transformers. Services include asset management, product reconditioning, and electrical products. More information can be found at https://www.jpelectricalcompany.com
Technology continues to change the world that we all live in and that doesn’t stop when talking about the electrical world as well. The world’s first and only digital circuit breaker certified for commercial use has been introduced by the company Atom Power. This new breakthrough will not only make power easier to manage but also 3000 times faster compared the fastest mechanical breaker. Atom Power continues research to accomplish more successes in the field and is ready to take on more challenges with investments from three of the four largest circuit breaker manufacturers, Siemens, ABB, and Eaton to shape the future of electrical power. To understand how this new digital circuit breaker fully works, check out the article “How the World’s First Digital Circuit Breaker Could Completely Change Our Powered World”.
Electrical components are quite complicated in their nature. There are dozens of moving pieces, working together to create a working electrical device from computers to panel switches, transformers and bus ducts, electrical products are intricate in nature.
It is important with any electronic device that we are able to find and replace components that have failed. When a component fails on multiple levels, product reconditioning verse repair may be inevitable. Of course, this varies from product to product, but the one common element is that when faulty diagnostics need to be performed. In the latest installment from Radio World, “Making Sense of Component-Level Troubleshooting” individuals can learn what is involved in digging inside electrical components to diagnosis what is going on.
Here at J and P Electrical Company we specialize in the sale of new and refurbished electrical components used in manufacturing and industrial settings. We also offer services in asset recovery and management where we go in and remove electrical components in an attempt to clean industrial plants out of reusable items.
Heavy machinery used in manufacturing requires continual maintenance in order to keep it running at peak efficiency. Poorly maintained machinery will run poorly and breakdowns cost money not only for repairs but also in downtime. When machinery is not maintained, safety is compromised.
Most large scaled machinery will have multiple operators. Manufacturing facilities running three shifts will have operators on each shift as well as others to fill in when necessary. When using any tracking software for machine maintenance it is important that operator training for equipment is part of the checklist. Correct machine operation is critical in maintain machinery.
Operators should be trained in visual inspection as well. When a piece of equipment is first introduced into a manufacturing facility it should be thoroughly inspected by the operators who will be using the machine. This is also a good time to provide critical operator training and to put in place a training schedule. When machinery is updated all operators need to be included in additional training. Not only is there employee turnover to account for, but overtime operators will become relaxed which will lead to breakdowns in proper techniques. On going training helps to eliminate this.
Equipment manuals should be kept up to date and revised as needed. These manuals should be kept within the vicinity of the equipment so that operators have access to them when needed. A shorter manual can be used for ease of reference on common everyday operations.
Manufacturing components move all the time. Lubricants can reduce the friction that is caused from all of these moving parts. A regular maintenance schedule involving lubrication not only extends the machines lifespan and the longevity of the electrical components and parts working within the machine.
Lubrication is one of the most importance aspects in machine maintenance and should be checked on a regular basis. It is critical that signs of excess oil and grease build-up are tracked as well as cracks in oil seals and leaks.
Using the correct lubricant for the machine and the components within is important. Be sure to use the oil and grease that is recommended by manufacturers when lubing up electrical components. Checking lubricants helps in the diagnosis of problems in large machinery. Experts can analyze the particles in used oil. The makeup of the contaminants can indicate the part of the machine that is suffering from excess wear and breakdown.
Machinery in manufacturing facilities often operates at high temperatures, with vibration, shock, and friction that contribute to the overall breakdown and wear of heavy machinery and electrical components and parts within.
When you notice that moving parts in your heavy machinery is beginning to wear and tear it is important to perform necessary maintenance as soon as possible. The replacement of worn parts is essential to the health of your equipment.
Heavy machinery and the facility that contains it should be kept free of contaminants and as clean as possible. Seals and filters should be examined to ensure they are in good order. It is crucial that manufacturing equipment and the components within are kept tidy.
Record keeping of repairs and maintenance on equipment is beneficial for so many reasons. Over time patterns will emerge and you will be able to anticipate when components will fail. Detailed records of preventive maintenance such as checking fluids, electrical systems, and components within. Moving parts are especially important in maintenance.
Following these steps will extend the lifespan of manufacturing equipment and heavy machinery. With the exuberant costs associated with large scaled equipment and machines, increasing your ROI with regular maintenance and replacement of electrical components you can extend the usable time of these pieces.
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
Most business owners and homeowners alike don’t ever think about their circuit breaker. It isn’t until an event such as a loss of power occurs that we really even concern ourselves with the circuit breaker or its box. This, however, is a mistake that many make. In order to protect your home or business from electrical fires it is crucial to have the right circuit breaker installed.
This article from Ask Legit has great advice for choosing the best circuit breaker for your electrical usage.
As we promised in our last installment, we will continue the discussion on equipment failure. We will continue to dive into various electrical components and how they work, their longevity, usage, and testing.
Transformers are large scaled pieces of equipment that are used to either reduce or increase the voltage produced by a current. Liquid filled transformers are most often installed outdoors on a concrete slab, under a canopy to protect against the elements. The liquid serves two purposes, it cools the transformer coils and provides insulation between the coils and the grounded tank.
Older transformers use insulating mineral oils where as newer transformers use either a silicon based, fluorinated hydrocarbon, or combustion resistant vegetable oil based dielectric fluid or synthetic esters. These insulating fluids break down first due to the entrance of moisture, impurities, and intermittent periods of heating and cooling. Liquid transformers can deliver consistent service for more than 30 years with regular maintenance, fluid replacement, testing, and repairs.
LV distribution systems commonly use molded case circuit breakers. These systems contain two elements that deteriorate when used, a spring-loaded operating mechanism and copper contacts. These two components will wear out from abrasion while closing and arching when the breaker is opened. Larger breakers can be replaced.
As these systems age the mechanisms that operate will start to slow down which delays clearing times. The springs operating the mechanism are strong and hardly ever need to be fixed or repaired. Lubrication however will deteriorate and need to be replenished to avoid the slower clearing times. When a breaker operates above the normal trip rate it should be replaced. These systems often last upwards of 20 years. After 20 years replacement is most often recommended whether or not you are seeing slower clearing times during testing.
For most of us cables are quiet simple consisting of a stranded aluminum or copper conductor that is wrapped in insulation as well as a jacket that is resilient to the weather. The manufacturing of electrical power and control cables sounds fairly simple however this industry is one that is in fact highly specialized.
Assessing the integrity of electrical cabling and its remaining longevity is important however can be quite complicated. Cables can quickly lose electrical integrity while it is in use because of air pockets, gas pockets, and the voids found in the insulation. This occurs due to thermal expansion and contraction. If cables are in water their deterioration will occur at a faster rate. Testing and analysis on these voids will offer up an estimate on the life that remains for the cable. 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