When running power cable through a facility using a ladder rack, the design considerations on how to affix the cables to the ladder arise. Options such as nylon cable ties, stainless strapping, cable cleats, tie wire and, believe it or not, even doing nothing at all, are all practices that have been witnessed in the field. In addition to cable management, engineering firms must also consider the implications of a short circuit fault as part of the design process. When a short circuit fault occurs, tremendous magnetic forces repel the power cables from each other resulting in violent forces that damage everything in their path.
Manufacturing companies can experience an average of 3.9 power outages per year, and when the power goes out…production STOPS! Even short power blips can be detrimental. Every minute you wait for network equipment to restart can cost your company thousands of dollars. So what can we do about it? Install a UPS or Uninterruptible Power Supply System! Well that’s a great start, but traditional UPS systems rely on batteries, and if your UPS battery fails, your risk of downtime goes up…the very thing we’re trying to avoid. Batteries require maintenance and operating expenses such as inspections, testing, replacement and in most cases hazardous waste disposal. As an alternative to a traditional battery UPS system, an ultracapacitor UPS system improves uptime and eliminates maintenance, which saves you money! Let’s compare the two with our infographic below.
We’ve all heard the predictions for the past several years that manufacturing will move back to the United States. Now it appears that the “crystal balls” of the industry seers were, in fact, accurate. According to a recent survey by Estrada Group titled “Where in the World”, the US is now considered the prime location for low cost manufacturing. Mexico was a close second, and China has fallen to a distant third.
More and more companies are investing domestically, rather than overseas, fostering enthusiasm for “Made in the USA” products. Several factors contribute to this, such as skyrocketing fuel costs and increasing foreign wage scales. Add to that the advancement in automation technologies, and companies are seeing US production with lower operating costs, and a more consistent, higher quality end product.