Importance of Lockout/Tagout

Lockout/Tagout is a process to control energy hazards for preventing accidental start-up or release of stored energy during set-up, maintenance and servicing of equipment. OSHA outlines this safety method in standard 29 CFR 1910.147 (“Control of Hazardous Energy”). Lockout/Tagout is a widely accepted practice for companies in the United States.   OSHA advises US companies, “Workers servicing or maintaining machines or equipment may be seriously injured or killed if hazardous energy is not properly controlled. Injuries resulting from the failure to control hazardous energy during maintenance activities can be serious or fatal! Injuries may include electrocution, burns, crushing, cutting, lacerating, amputating, or fracturing body parts, and others….Craft workers, electricians, machine operators, and laborers are among the 3 million workers who service equipment routinely and face the greatest risk of injury. Workers injured on the job from exposure to hazardous energy lose an average of 24 workdays for recuperation.” Here are 3 examples of accidents due to a lack of Lockout/Tagout practices:

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Made in the USA?

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.

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Safety Is Key When It Comes To Construction

April 23rd is this year’s Construction Safety Day.  The first step in making the construction industry safer is to understand the biggest threats. Balancing worker safety, productivity and equipment optimization starts with establishing a strong safety infrastructure. Panduit’s Safety Solutions not only offer safety products, but encompasses safety services and safety training as well.

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Manage the Changing Dynamics of Your Job Site

Jeff Mehrer, Panduit Solutions Director, Industrial Construction

Jeff Mehrer, Panduit Solutions Director, Industrial Construction

One of the greatest challenges for an electrical contractor is the coordination of product flow from the suppliers to the project site. This is a direct result of the industry’s difficulty in projecting future demand based on the variability and real-time dynamics of a job site.

Industry numbers* show that only 60% of labor hours are spent on productive, direct installation. Meanwhile, 40% of labor hours are consumed by “un-productive” material handling activities. This translates to 17% of revenue dollars slipping through the fingers of the average contractor.
*Agile Construction for the Electrical Contractor

 

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Living in a Material World: How to Select Solar Power Cable Management

Solar ImageMaterial selection is critical to designing and building a photovoltaic (PV) solar plant that will last 15-25 years. If you identify the proper design requirements and obtain the best materials for cable management, you can build a system that meets your expectations and reduces the total cost of ownership of your plant.

Issues you need to consider when building a PV solar plant are temperature, ultraviolet (UV), abrasion and chemical reactions as part of your design and product selection to enable the commissioning and operation of a solar plant to finish on time, require lower maintenance cost and increase your overall return on investment.

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Keep Your (GROUNDING) Standards High

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Chad Reynolds
Director Global Market Solutions

Connection reliability is critical to the long-term integrity of a grounding and bonding system. Traditional compression grounding systems offer installation efficiencies over exothermic welding systems and are compliant with IEEE Std. 837.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) developed this standard as a means of qualifying permanently installed grounding connectors. However, under certain circumstances such as installations that are subject to corrosive forces or repeated freeze-thaw cycles, the reliability of compression grounding systems is often questioned.

If a grounding system is to last, the issues that put it in danger of failing must be identified and addressed. Risks to ground connectors include:

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“Life is Not a Malfunction!” Don’t Let a Short Circuit Affect Your Cabling

Nathan Pascarella, Global Solutions Manager, Energy

Nathan Pascarella,
Global Solutions Manager, Energy

Although there are no similarities between the 1986 movie Short Circuit and a short circuit explosion, the quote from the movie holds true. Life is not a malfunction and neither should your cabling infrastructure. Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) communities are tasked with the responsibility to deliver robust, reliable physical infrastructure solutions that safely and securely route, manage, and protect (the 3-phase AC) medium voltage cables.

These cable installations are often deployed in harsh environments and reside close to personnel, making it critical that the health and safety of workers and equipment is protected. Common applications include:

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Welcome to Panduit’s Market Solutions Blog

I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself; I am Chad Reynolds, and I have almost 20 years’ experience in various global Marketing and Product Management positions serving the Industrial and Commercial markets.

This blog will be geared towards what is currently going on in the industry and how it impacts you and your business. Market Solutions topics will range across four specific areas: Construction (both industrial and commercial), MRO, OEM, and Energy (oil & gas, wind and solar). From time to time I will invite guest bloggers to provide their expertise on specific topics. I will also encourage you the reader to offer suggestions on themes you are interested in as well as provide your feedback and insight on specific blog posts.

Panduit Market Solutions include Construction, OEM, MRO, and Energy components.I welcome you back on Dec. 5, as I am inviting Jeff Mehrer Director of Global Construction to talk to us about the 2014 Construction Outlook and What That Means to You. Continue reading