Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

 

June 4, 2018

Panduit Marty KronzBy Owen Hurst

Panduit is all about connectivity and has been a driving force behind this for over 60 years. Working within the manufacturing, education, healthcare, transportation, and energy sectors, to name a few, Panduit is working to ensure each of the sectors has comprehensive, stable infrastructure solutions. These solutions have a strong focus on developing connected safety options that protect equipment and workers. Electrical Industry Canada recently had an opportunity to speak with Marty Kronz, Manager of Business Development at Panduit Corp.

Can you provide a little general information on Panduit?

Since 1955, Panduit’s culture of curiosity and passion for problem solving have enabled more meaningful connections between companies’ business goals and their marketplace success. Panduit creates leading edge physical, electrical, and network infrastructure solutions for enterprise-wide environments, from the data centre to the telecom room, from the desktop to the plant floor. Headquartered in Tinley Park, IL, USA and operating in 112 global locations, Panduit’s proven reputation for quality and technology leadership, coupled with a robust partner ecosystem, help support, sustain, and empower business growth in a connected world.

Panduit has a significant focus on safety and security. Can you outline your safety related programs?

Panduit has a strong and long-standing presence in the industrial safety market with a robust lockout/tagout and hazardous communication offering. This includes a Panduit developed lockout/tagout training video that is available to the broad market and used by thousands of companies to train their employees. Panduit has also recently expanded this industrial safety offering to include prevention through design (PtD) solutions for control and power distribution applications.

Managers play a key role in facility safety; how does Panduit help managers overcome safety challenges?

It’s important to have a manager who understands how keeping up with the times is paramount to staying safe in the workplace. Much can be done to create an electrically safe workplace, but it is the responsibility of any manager to provide that type of environment to its employees.

Panduit works closely with managers to make sure that they are aware of changes in standards. As safety standards evolve, so too must the company and its workforce. For instance, in Canada, the CSA Z462 Workplace Electrical Safety Standard provides guidance and best practices for establishing an electrically safe workplace and is generally harmonized with the USA standard NFPA 70E. Panduit is actively engaged within these committees by developing and sharing new technology and best practices to further mitigate risks in the workplace.
Additionally, Panduit works with managers to assess how changes in the plant will impact their overall electrical safety. For instance, when new machines are added, the electrical capacity needs grow, and thus an increased need for overall, plant-wide electrical safety grows. Sometimes, there can be an overcrowding in electrical rooms and production areas with added equipment. Other times, challenges are created when multiple suppliers of equipment create anomalies. While codes and standards evolve, and as equipment is added, there can be these compatibility issues. Standardizing processes and procedures can help minimize or prevent human error. Panduit provides solutions for the electrical infrastructure that can help bridge multiple vendors or areas of equipment as additions take place.

With new technology continuing to change how facilities and personnel operate how does Panduit stay ahead of emerging technology and the safety related issues they generate?
New equipment brings new types of hazards and risks. Being able to identify these hazards and having tools, safety procedures and instructions available to mitigate risk is essential to ensuring safety. Perhaps even more game-changing than automation is the availability of connectivity and networking on the plant floor. This allows safety procedures to become more connected and integrated into workflow with the ability to track and log tasks, as well as access to video for training and recording purposes.

Automation is the name of the day and Panduit has recognized this with the introduction of AVT; Can you explain a little more about this technology and how it is changing safe practices?
Absence of voltage testers (AVTs) are a relatively new innovation. Unlike traditional voltage testers, the AVT is permanent and is installed in the equipment it is testing. Thoroughly different in its application, and more comprehensive than a permanently mounted voltage indicator, an AVT is used to determine if and when a circuit part is de-energized before opening doors and removing covers from electrical equipment. AVTs automate the functions of handheld voltage testers for this specific task and display information about the status of voltage inside equipment without exposure to electrical hazards. This is game changing for managing safety, as AVTs ensures workers can perform their jobs at the highest, safest level possible, avoiding injury and reducing the risk of arc flash.

Do you have any application/case or just stories from your clients that identify an instance when your products prevented a potentially dangerous situation?

We’re finding that many of our customers who are interested in AVTs are from utilities or are safety, electrical engineering or plant managers within a manufacturing environment. The importance of a robust preventative maintenance and safety program in these industries can’t be understated, especially when it comes to reducing the risk for arc flash and shock hazards. Accuracy and repeatability are critical to any maintenance operation, but that also applies to the preventative maintenance and safety program itself. Facility and safety managers understand that repeatability makes work easier to implement and avoids human error. Even the most conservative estimates say that there are up to five arc flash explosions occurring in electric equipment every day in the United States. Considering these high electrical incident rates, many of our customers are specifying and implementing AVTs into their safety program to significantly lower the risk of an occurrence creating a safer electrical workplace.

Does Panduit work with clients to determine needs and potential future safety products?

Innovating is core to Panduit’s DNA, and we make a conscious effort to take the feedback we hear to help address our customers most pressing concerns. We are problem solvers, developing solutions that result in mitigating electrical hazards in control and power distribution applications. Panduit is always working with our clients to determine needs and anticipate what safety products they may need in the future. This will become especially important as manufacturing environments become “smart.” Not only will electrical safety need to reflect these changes in the plant environment but ensuring regular maintenance of electrical equipment and wiring will be critical.

Owen Hurst is Managing Editor of EIN’s sister publication, Panel Builder & Systems Integrator: http://panelbuildersystemsintegrator.ca

 


 Salex Expands to Southwestern Ontario                                                                   

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Salex continues to support the Southwestern Ontario market with representation of key market leaders in lighting and controls, including its partnership with Axis Lighting, Beghelli Canada and OSRAM.

Axis Lighting is an innovative, forward-thinking manufacturer delivering high-performance LED luminaires for general, ambient and task lighting in office, commercial and institutional spaces. One of their leading-edge developments includes Stencil. Stencil brings together lighting segments and connectors called Hubs, the building blocks for creating forms and patterns of all sizes. 

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EIN AEA virtual 400Mark your calendars for Nov. 24-25 and get ready for a virtual trade show and amazing technical presentations. AEA, the exhibitors and presenters are so excited to present this event to the entire province of Alberta.

Attendees will have easy access to virtual booths with an opportunity to have their questions answered by qualified people, and win some prizes throughout the days at both the trade show Virtual Floor and by attending the seminars.

 

Go HERE to register and for the full event details

 

 


 



Lighting ControlsBy Jeremy Day

Building a control system for a modern lighting installation can seem like an impossibly complex task. To simplify it, a systematic approach to understanding the needs of the design, facility, and user can be employed. In this white paper, we aim to define the questions one must answer to construct an appropriate control system.

First, and perhaps counterintuitively, one must start with the control narrative. A lighting programming and control narrative is a document that is essential to coordinate the design/construction process with a fully realized final architectural product. 

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Terry BeckerBy Terry Becker

Changes in the CSA Z462 Workplace electrical safety standard are slowing down. Good news! The 2021 edition will see significant reorganization of content in Clause 4.1, changes to existing annexes, some new annexes and a significant change to the arc flash PPE category method of determining “additional protective measures” for a work task’s arc flash risk assessment are included in the 2021 edition.

CSA Z462 2021 edition will not be 100% technically harmonized with the 2021 edition of NFPA 70E...


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Shat-R-Shield Ironclad VR ProShat-R-Shield's Correctional Cell Fixture is designed to withstand extreme abuse by using materials that are virtually indestructible. Built with 1/2" thick 304 Stainless Steel and a cast .400" thick diffused lens, this light fixture is built to withstand hard/repetitive impacts and its tight design offers no point of entry.

The Ironclad® Vandal-Resistant (VR Pro) fixture uses an LED high efficiency light engine with a cool light that simulates daylight. The incorporated count light LED module can be turned on and off. Tested to Canadian and US standards by Underwriters' Laboratories, this fixture carries a cULus rating.

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While her career has just begun, Gillian is already active in the broader industry as an advocate for women, working as an ambassador for KickAss Careers, Women of Powerline Technicians, and Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE).

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Rutul Bhavsar 1 400By Blake Marchand

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Sustainability at Mohawk College. Rutul’s interests lie in the more progressive areas of the industry, automation, control, and energy efficient technologies. It is no doubt a positive sign for the industry to have talented individuals such as Rutul who are passionate about contributing to a more sustainable future. 

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