Switchgear

Courtesy: Siemens Industry
Educational October 22, 2020

Developing a great sequence of operations: Additional answers

Applications, repairs and risk reduction, failure modes, retrofits, documentation and project scope are among additional information provided for developing a critical power sequence of operation. Take related training with a quiz for one continuing education unit (CEU).

By Zach Goldsworthy
Electrical September 9, 2020

Wet electrostatic precipitators are proven for emission control and gas cleaning

Two case studies illustrate the point

By Gary Siegel
Courtesy: EASA
Motors, Drives September 8, 2020

How to field test 3-phase squirrel cage motors

Maintenance of critical machines depends on the diagnostic electrical testing of installed 3-phase squirrel cage motors, interpretation of results and key points of physical inspection

By Thomas H. Bishop, P.E.
Courtesy: ECIA
Electrical August 24, 2020

Electronics market steady in first half of 2020

Revenues in the electronic components market for the first half of 2020 are better than expected in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are supply chain concerns.

By Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA)
Electrical August 12, 2020

Develop a cable gland strategy for hazardous environments

Tips on how to get maximum benefit from cable glands

By Matt Ogden
Courtesy: Panduit
Electrical June 1, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles May 25-31, 2020

Articles about prevention through design, COVID-19 safety standards, electrical safety programs, safer ventilator sharing and high-tech warehouses were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 25-31, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical December 18, 2019

Case study: Manufacturing facility electrical design

This example of a manufacturing plant, lab and office building power distribution project walks through the electrical engineering decisions

By Robert Sander and Mario Caraveo, NV5, Las Vegas
Figure 1: Vulnerabilities of the infrastructures are easily identified at the physical layers and extend to all aspects of the system. Courtesy: Panduit
Safety December 17, 2019

Mitigate control panel security, safety risks

A review of relevant standards, including UL 1436 and NFPA 70E.

By Michael Jammal and Martin Kronz
Each component in an industrial control panel must be properly applied for safe and reliable operation. The requirements for each component are unique and often misunderstood. Courtesy: Eaton’s Bussmann Division
Electrical Systems September 27, 2019

Safety tips on SCCR for industrial control panels, industrial machinery

How to determine short-circuit current rating (SCCR) and avoid misapplications. When the industrial control panel or industrial machinery does not have an adequate SCCR for the available short-circuit (fault) current, an electrical hazard exists.

By John Kovacik, Dan Neeser, Christy Rosati and Joe Pavia
Arc Flash August 13, 2019

Are you aware of arc flash hazards?

Be cognizant about hazards, preventive measures and the dire consequences of an arc flash event.

By Steve Park, Director, Engineering and Technical Support