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2017 Webinars & Tutorials

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A new year means new technology and new industry information to get out to our valued customers. inoLECT is excited to be hosting a series of educational webinars and tutorials on our latest products and services – all for FREE! These short, mini-sessions will take place twice a month, and last around an hour. It’s the perfect way to fill a lunch spot and learn something valuable. Here’s the calendar of events:

1/5/17         Remote Racking Demonstration
1/19/16       Rep Training
2/2/17        Remote Racking Demonstration
2/16/17      Power System Studies
3/2/17        Remote Racking Demonstration
3/16/17      Arc Flash Remediation
4/6/17      Remote Racking Demonstration
4/20/17     INR1 – INR2 Conversion
5/4/17       Racking Demonstration
5/18/17      Power System Studies
6/1/17        Remote Racking Demonstration
6/15/17      Relay/Meter Retrofits
7/6/17        Remote Racking Demonstration
7/20/17     Rep Training
8/3/17        Remote Racking Demonstration
8/17/17      Power System Studies
9/7/17        Remote Racking Demonstration
9/21/17      Arc Flash Remediation
10/5/17      Remote Racking Demonstration
10/19/17    INR1 – INR2 Conversion
11/2/17      Remote Racking Demonstration
11/16/17    Power System Studies
12/7/17     Remote Racking Demonstration
12/21/17   Relay/Meter Retrofits

Email info@inolect.com to RSVP or for details on any of these webinars!

We’re Hiring! New Position Available

inoLECT is currently seeking a Regional Business Developer to actively and aggressively promote the sale of our solutions in the Western U.S.

Candidates should have specific experience with circuit breakers, power generation facilities or Petro chemical manufacturers. The Regional Business Developer applies specialized training and experience in areas of industrial, electrical and technical sales and marketing. This position is responsible for a large geographic territory, with specific product focus. The Regional Business Developer is responsible for generating sales revenue and financial-goal achievement in an assigned territory (Western United States) and for assigned strategic accounts.

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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

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.

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.

Consider the Facts: Arc Flash Hazards

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Random samples, the null hypothesis and bell curves are but distant concepts learned taking statistics in a college class long ago.  Yet, statistics are used daily, and one cannot escape using or being a part of a statistic.  Without knowing how well you performed [statistically] it is difficult to forecast any future event.  For example, your favorite baseball team has the lead at the bottom of the 9th inning.  The coach signals the bullpen to send in the “closer.”  Why?   Based on statistics, the closer is proven to be effective in getting the remaining outs to win the game. 

So what do statistics and baseball have to do with inoLECT?

Many of our readers are customers of inoLECT and take advantage of the many products and services we provide, including the inoRAC Remote Racking device.  Numerous customers have seen an inoRAC demonstration and agree it is a well-engineered product beneficial in removing personnel from hazards and protecting equipment.  Yet, many have not purchased the inoRAC, or any other device, as they do not see any issue for their particular plant.  “We’ve been doing it like this for 20 years without any incident” or “we never perform work, unless we have a dead bus” are some of the statements commonly heard when considering safety equipment in a plant.  Perhaps statistics do not concern them?  Perhaps they think electrical safety is just nonsense born from safety directors with nothing better to do?  Perhaps they believe they are in no danger of being the next plot on a bell curve? 

Consider this: The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that electrocution is the fifth leading cause of work place fatalities in the US.  Electrical Safety Foundation International reports that every 30 minutes during the work day, a worker suffers an electrically induced injury that requires time off the job for recovery.  Over the last ten years, more than 45,000 workers have been injured from on-the-job electrical hazards.  OSHA reports that 80% of electrically related accidents and fatalities involving “Qualified Workers” are caused by arc flash / arc blast.  Between 2007 and 2011, more than 2,880 fines were assessed for not meeting OSHA regulation 1910.132(d) which averages out to 1.5 fines a day.  97% of electricians have been shocked or injured on the job. These are merely just statistics. They really don’t matter, do they?

Consider the facts:

  • Arc Flash is the sudden release of electrical energy through the air following a phase-to-phase or phase-to-ground fault.  The resulting force produced is known as the Arc Blast.
  • The core of the arc flash can reach temperatures of 35,000℉ (19427℃) in less than 1/1000th of a second, which is four times the temperature of the sun’s surface.
  • The intense heat turns copper instantly into a plasma state making it expand 67,000 times its solid-state size.
  • The quick expansion of copper causes a pressure wave measured at thousands of pounds, which propels shrapnel, nuts, bolts and debris at speeds up to 700 miles per hour.
  • The light flash produced is intense enough to damage human sight.
  • The sound wave can exceed 165 dB causing permanent hearing damage.

 The paradigm of yesterday is truth today and the dangers of arc flash are violent and real.  It is imperative that each facility review and regard steps to prevent electrical hazards as a serious matter when presented with statistical data. There are many factors when considering adding safety equipment, such as the inoRAC Remote Racking device. However, the absence of a decision is a decision that is costly.  Statistics and facts are two issues that cannot be eluded. 

It’s the bottom of the 9th inning.  Are you ready to send in the closer?  Statistically, the inoRAC will help get the win.

VPPPA Safety & Health Conference

ImageWe’re excited to be participating in this year’s VPPPA Safety and Health Conference in Nashville, TN. The 29th Annual show will take place on August 26th – 29th, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in the heart of Nashville. Come by and check out booth #1007 in the exhibit hall. We’ll have product demonstrations, prizes and give-aways.

The four-day conference offers attendees countless opportunities to network, learn and advance as leaders in occupational safety and health. Features include: two full days of workshops addressing current safety, health and environmental issues; inspiring keynote and general session speakers; the VPPPA Expo 2013 with vendors showcasing their cutting-edge products and services; and evening receptions and other social activities that provide the perfect setting for attendees to network and exchange best practices.

VPPPA conference participants represent a wide range of individuals involved in safety and health. Safety and health managers, employee safety team members, industrial hygienists, union representatives, consultants, environmental health specialists, human resource managers and government agency representatives from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Department of Energy (DOE) all come together for networking and education. Click here for for registration info.

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Preventative Maintenance Saves Lives

SONY DSCWe all know that every plant requires preventative maintenance to stay healthy and productive, but how often do you test and clean your overcurrent protective devices? Outdated and neglected overcurrent devices can adversely affect results of an arc flash study.  Electrical equipment that is “out of sight, out of mind” is often unattended for long periods, which could result in catastrophic failures. Preventative maintenance is important to maintain a healthy and productive plant and is critical in the protection of personnel and equipment.

Consider this; the IEEE paper Protective Devices Maintenance as it Applies to the Arc Flash Hazard states “several studies have shown that low-voltage power circuit breakers which are not maintained within a 5 year period, have an average of 50% failure rate.”  The same document goes on to state “industry standards for, as well as manufacturers of, low-voltage power circuits recommend a general inspection and lubrication after a specified number of operations or at least once per year, whichever comes first.”

Section 130.5 of the 2012 edition of  NFPA 70E Handbook for Electrical Safety in the Workplace states “the arc flash hazard analysis must also take in to consideration the design of the overcurrent protective device and its opening time, including its condition of maintenance.”

inoLECT’s Field Service Engineers and Technicians are trained and ready to ensure your protective devices operate correctly.  Call us today to schedule your over-current protective device maintenance.

National Safety Month

NSC-2013NSM-PosterEach June, the United States National Safety Council encourages organizations to get involved and participate in National Safety Month. NSM is an annual observance to educate and influence behaviors around leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths. This year, the NSC is celebrating 100 years of dedication to safety. Successful organizations engage everyone in safety and create a culture where people feel a personal responsibility not only for their own safety, but for that of their coworkers, family and friends. Click here for free NSM materials from the National Safety Council.