Ouch! If you’re an Electrician, where does your salary compare?

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If you’re an electrician who lives in the South, chances are you may not be pulling in the same pay as your colleagues living in other parts of the United States. Based on the latest research available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (Occupational Employment and Wages Study from May 2015), the “Tar Heel State” pays electricians less than any other state in the nation. Unlike Alaska (the highest-paying state for electricians with an average of $38.18 per hour), North Carolina and several other southern states fall at the low end of the pay spectrum. (Note: Puerto Rico was actually the lowest-paying location for electricians at an average $12.69 per hour and $26,390 annual average salary, but it’s technically a U.S. territory — not a state.) Let’s take a look at the rankings in descending order. Here are the full articles from EC&M. http://ecmweb.com/contractor/5-worst-paying-states-electricians-2015#slide-0-field_images-138151

Battery Powered Remote Racking is Here!


The newest and most highly anticipated accessory in the product line for the inoRAC2 Universal Remote Racking device is a rechargeable UPS Battery Power System. This optional accessory allows the unit to perform all functions, racking and operations, using battery power instead of 110v electrical outlets. Extension cords are no longer required! The Battery Power System will allow the inoRAC2 approximately 1 hour of usage before requiring a recharge. It was designed to aid customers who are in outages, have lost power for any reason, or have remote breakers or substations where the usage of cables is difficult.

The inoRAC2 is the most versatile, technologically advanced Remote Racking product on the market, with over 100 breaker connection tools available. No switchgear modifications are required. Unlike competing products, the unit monitors torque and breaker position during the entire racking process, providing optimal equipment protection while eliminating the risk for personnel.

Battery Power Systems are available for all inoRAC2 Remote Racking devices today – call for your free onsite demonstration of this life-saving product! 1-844-INOLECT

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New Product Release – ABB Advac Actuator

Many of you know that inoLECT manufactures a universal, technologically-advanced Remote Circuit Breaker Racking Device, the inoRAC2, which eliminates the risk of Arc Flash to personnel. The newest addition to the inoRAC Product Line is the ABB Advac Actuator, which allows compatibility with Advac circuit breakers.

The custom-designed tool is a lightweight, aluminum housing, surrounding a linear actuator equipped with a roller. It easily attaches to switchgear doors with industrial-strength magnets and requires no modifications. When operating, the actuator/roller engages the breaker’s interlock lever, allowing it to perform disengage/engage functions. The tool is installed quickly, very user-friendly and requires one connection cable.

This is only one of the many solutions that make the inoRAC2 the most universal remote racking product on the market. Unlike competitors, the inoRAC2 provides optimal breaker protection by monitoring torque and breaker position, and applying torque only when needed. It is also the only device available that stores breaker profiles for easy access next time it it needed.

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 2.36.23 PMSchedule a free demo by calling 1-844-inoLECT or watch the ADVAC video online here.

OSHA_IMGAs you probably know, the OSHA Revised §1910.269 and Subpart V compliance deadline for provisions on fall protection, minimum approach distances, and arc-flash protection is April 1, 2015. The employer must determine the maximum anticipated per-unit transient overvoltage, phase-to-ground, through an engineering analysis no later than this date, for voltages over 72.5 kilovolts. For more information about why OSHA revised its ruling and how you can prepare, visit this helpful list of FAQ. You can find a copy of the rule by clicking here.

New Product Release: Westinghouse DB-50 & DB-25 Racking Systems

inoLECT is proud to release a brand new Remote Racking system for Westinghouse DB-50 and DB-25 circuit breakers. This all-in-one racking system is easily installed and operated just like the full inoRAC2 Remote Racking unit. The device constantly monitors torque and breakers position throughout the entire racking process, allowing a more precise operation that will protect against equipment damage. Operators perform functions from over 75 feet away, using a Portable Touch Panel which features a high-definition color touchscreen. Step-by-step instructions allow ease of use for personnel.

The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that more than 400 fatalities and nearly 10,000 serious injuries occur each year due to Arc Flash related incidents, with industry experts estimating even higher numbers. These frightening statistics equate to an Arc Flash related incident occurring up to 10 times a day and at least one worker losing their life, every day in the U.S. Don’t let your employee be the next victim. Click here for more information and to request a quote on this life-saving product.

Reducing Electrical Hazards in the Workplace

The 2015 Edition of NFPA 70E will incorporate a number of significant changes when it becomes effective in the third quarter of this year. Whether for the first time, to revisit its provisions, or to update NFPA 70E-based policies and procedures, this is an opportune time to examine how NFPA 70E might be a solution for “how” to comply with OSHA requirements related to electrical hazards.

There are numerous recognized hazards that workers in a construction and maintenance environment are potentially exposed to on any given day and in the performance of any given task (see photo above). Many of these hazards result from the lack of attention to safety by design and leave a worker feeling that he or she has little choice other than to use PPE to perform the task — that is, if PPE is even provided and used at all. Read the full article from EC&M

Maintenance is Key in Arc Flash Prevention

breakerThe Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)’s White paper on Protective Devices and Maintenance states that “Industry Standards for an manufacturer’s of LV power circuit breakers recommend a general inspection and lubrication after a specified number of operations or a least once per year” and “most requirements for LV circuit breaks apply to MV breakers as well. Manufacturers recommend that these breakers be removed from service and inspected at least once per year”. Similar to other aging infrastructure systems in the US, very little maintenance and testing is done to electrical systems, with many LV systems never seeing period maintenance at all. This is very alarming when you consider that electrical personnel have been injured by arc flash incidents where arc flash prediction was Category 0 because upstream breakers failed to trip. A poorly maintained electrical system is a serious hazard present to all who work on or around it, and should not be neglected. “Several studies have shown that LV power circuit breakers which are NOT maintained within a 5 year period, have an average of 50% failure rate”, also stated by IEEE.

Need some help backing up your concerns to decision makers within your facility? Consider the following:

•  The 2012 edition of NFPA 70E states “The arc flash hazard analysis shall take into consideration the design of the overcurrent protective device, including its condition of maintenance”. Refers to Section 21.10 of NFPA 70B-2006 for maintenance of protective devices; this section specifies overcurrent time-current testing of the protective devices.

•  NFPA 70E Article 205.3, General Maintenance Requirements, states, “Electrical equipment shall be maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions or industry consensus standards to reduce the risk of failure and the subsequent exposure of employees to electrical hazards.”

Several recent studies have determined that failure rates of LV circuit breakers are increasing, after only a few years of use. One recent survey states that 23% of circuit breakers tested had an issue affecting the protective device operations and over 10% did not function at all. We should assume that all older gear that have not been maintained in accordance with NETA MTS or NFPA 70B, will trip per their overcurrent time-current curves. Such a critical assumption would likely not be included as a description on the equipment arc flash warning label. An arc flash calculation based on actuation of a protective device that has never been maintained will not present accurate and correct data in the models or on the labels. The calculated incident energy depends on how long it takes an upstream protective device to sense, respond to, and eventually clear the arcing fault. If the breaker hasn’t been maintained and tested as required, there is no assurance that it will respond in accordance with its published time-current curve.

Before beginning an Arc Flash Study for your facility, determine whether or not your equipment maintenance has been performed at the acceptable level. If not, there is no promise that the circuit breakers will actually respond to their time-current curves or if they are capable of opening properly at all. It’s important to confirm that Arc Flash calculations are performed using correct data, on properly maintained equipment, so that the arc flash ratings are correct. The safety of personnel depends on it.

Click here for more information on inoLECT’s preventative maintenance services, including breaker refurbishing and reconditioning.



inoRAC2 Portable Remote Racking System

The inoRAC2 Portable Remote Racking System adds mobility to your safety racking procedures. It features the same easy setup, step-by-step instructions, and great features and benefits as the original inoRAC, but allows portability like no other competing product. The control panel and touchscreen have been removed from the base unit, and placed in cases for easy relocation. Watch the video to see just how simple this life-saving product is to use.

What’s My Next Move? Arc Flash Remediation

Remediation_blogArc Flash Remediation is the process of developing a plan to correct deficiencies within your electrical system. We’ll be hosting seminars in the upcoming months, in different areas of our customer base, to touch on the importance of Remediation planning. We’ll discuss solutions for optimum system performance, for whatever plant size, budget and time constraints you may have. Learn more about the steps you can take to move towards a safe and reliable system. Click here to inquire if there’s a seminar happening near you.

Hazard Reduction by Vacuum Roll-in Replacement Breakers

breakerinoLECT is an authorized reseller of Siemens MV Vacuum Roll-in Replacement Breakers. Replacing breakers increases the reliability, safety and performance of your site, while reducing operating and maintenance costs. Siemens offers the best Vacuum Circuit Breaker in the industry, and when paired with a Remote Racking unit, can eliminate the risk of Arc Flash hazards. Regardless of the type of current breakers you have onsite, we will assist you in finding the replacement which best meets your needs. Contact us today for details or a price quote. Click here for more information.