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12:57 am
June 29, 2016
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Schneider Electric StruxureOn Service Monitors Data Centers 24/7/365

Screen Shot 2016-06-28 at 6.43.57 PMSchneider Electric, Andover, MA has introduced StruxureOn, a digital service that connects data center physical infrastructure assets to the Schneider Electric cloud, thus enabling the delivery of simplified and faster services.

According to the company, by leveraging real-time visibility into system performance, maintenance, and service requirements by way of a mobile app, StruxureOn’s data-driven analytics can advise of potential failures of critical equipment long before they occur and, in turn, improve the ability to service that equipment. Capabilities include:

As part of the new digital service, Schneider Electric’s Service Bureau experts are available 24/7/365 to remotely troubleshoot issues or, for situations that can’t be addressed remotely, dispatch field-service personnel to help quickly solve problems and minimize downtime. Additional capabilities, among others, include:

  • Mobile access to live data.The StruxureOn app provides an instant overview of sensor data and alarms.
  • Faster break-fix resolution time. Apersonalized regular report provides managers with an overview of batteries and UPS units within recommended lifespan and those nearing recommended age for replacing. They can also get an overview of alarms, incidents, connected assets, and an overall score of how your data center is running based on statistics and critical asset KPIs connected to benchmark other data centers.
  • Improved cyber security. A cyber-secure connection provides improved security for infrastructure devices, and machine data forms the basis of operational insights and analytics, aimed at reducing equipment maintenance costs.
  • Team chat collaboration. Managers can collaborate through chat with internal teams and Schneider Electric experts for quick resolution of a problem. Incidents are automatically created and tracked, providing easy access to real-time incident status, chat and history.

Currently available in North America, StruxureOn is expected to roll out globally on a phased basis toward the end of 2016 and into 2017. For more information, CLICK HERE.


Screen Shot 2016-06-28 at 7.13.24 PMEDITOR’S NOTE: Schneider Electric’s introduction of the new StruxureOn Digital Service for Data Centers follows closely on the heels of the company’s recent release of its Galaxy VX, a compact, highly efficient, feature-rich, three-phase uninterruptible power supply (UPS).

The latest addition to the manufacturer’s Galaxy V power-protection lineup, the easily deployed Galaxy VX seamlessly integrates into the electrical, physical and monitoring environments of large-to-hyperscale data centers, industrial operations, and other facilities. Its three efficiency-optimizing operating modes include:

  • Double Conversion Mode, which reduces switching losses using a four-level conversion technology. The reduced switching stress offers greater reliability and reduction in failure rate.
  • Eco Mode, a traditional economy mode that delivers up to 99% efficiency.
  • ECOnversion Mode, a hybrid between Eco Mode and Double Conversion Mode. ECOnversion delivers double conversion performance with up to 99% efficiency. 

The Galaxy VX UPS is available in North America through Schneider Electric and its partners. For more information on the Galaxy V portfolio of power-protection solutions, CLICK HERE.


10:37 pm
June 26, 2016
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Upgraded SKF Explorer Spherical Roller Bearings Offer Longer Service Life in High-Vibration Applications

Screen Shot 2016-06-26 at 5.30.48 PMUpgraded Explorer spherical roller bearings for vibratory applications from SKF, Lansdale, PA, have been newly engineered to provide increased performance and longer service life.

Typical applications include vibrating screens, compactors, road rollers, and similar end-uses that operate with high vibration and exposure to contamination, and/or poor-lubrication conditions. Because these bearings are designed to accommodate very heavy radial and axial loads, they’re also well suited for applications where misalignment or shaft deflections may occur.

Features and Capabilities
According to SKF, products in this Explorer spherical-roller bearing family are made from high quality, super-clean, and tough steel; benefit from an upgraded heat treatment; and integrate a special cage design. These combined features, the company says, offer a number of advantages beyond an extended  service life (several times longer than other spherical roller bearings under typical heavy-duty conditions). They include:

  • Lower operating temperatures for cooler and longer running;
  • Improved resistance to wear and contamination;
  • Excellent performance in high-speed applications;
  • Reduced risks of fretting corrosion and induced axial preload;
  • Extended re-lubrication intervals that reduce maintenance costs and boost safety.

The bearings are available in a wide range of bore sizes with increased dimensional precision, two hardened steel cages with an outer ring centered guide ring, and C4 internal radial clearance standard. Optional PTFE-coated cylindrical bores can be supplied to reduce fretting corrosion on the shaft. Custom products can be developed to meet the most demanding requirements.

For more information on SKF’s complete lineup, including, bearings, lubrication technologies, mechatronics, and condition-monitoring solutions and services, among others, CLICK HERE.


9:43 pm
June 26, 2016
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CBS ArcSafe RSA-22 Reduces PPE Requirements for Operating Medium-Voltage, GE Load Break Switches (IC1074 Series)

Screen Shot 2016-06-26 at 3.55.38 PMAccording to Denton, TX-based CBS ArcSafe, its RSA-22 remote switch actuator (RSA) with a magnetic latching system allows sites to operate the General Electric medium-voltage load break switch (IC1074 series) without having to make any modifications to existing electrical equipment.

The lightweight, portable RSA-22 lets technicians remotely close or trip the load break switch from a safe distance of up to 300 ft., while remaining stationed outside the arc-flash boundary.

Typical applications include squirrel-cage, wound-rotor, and synchronous motors, as well as feeding transformers and other power-utilization circuits.

CBS ArcSafe designs, manufactures, and assembles all of its RSA units in the U.S. The company notes that all of these devices are portable and fast and easy to set up. All offer mechanical and/or electrical safety protection; adjust to fit unique electrical equipment configurations; reduce requirements for personal protection equipment (PPE); and help sites with NFPA 70E arc-flash safety compliance.

Optional features include radio remote capabilities with a range up to 300 ft., 24 V DC LED light, wireless video-camera system with LCD monitor, and rugged protective case assembly.

For more information on the RSA-22 and other CBS ArcSafe remote switching solutions, CLICK HERE.



11:52 pm
June 13, 2016
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SKF Battery-Driven Grease Gun Features Integrated Grease Meter

Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 5.38.51 PMLubrication delivery was in the spotlight at the annual SKF Technical Press Day (Monday, June 13) in Philadelphia. The company’s Battery-Driven Grease Gun (TLGB 20), one of several new and notable products rolled out at this year’s event, offers a portable solution for maximizing the efficiency and accuracy in the manual lubrication of bearings, machines, and off-road equipment throughout industry.

The device’s integrated grease meter adds value by dispensing the proper amount of lubricant for an application to prevent over- or under-greasing.

A rechargeable 20-volt lithium battery delivers extended service life to enable timely manual lubrication of equipment anywhere and anytime in a manufacturing plant or in the field.

User-friendly features include a durable, ergonomic design with a three-point stand for operator comfort and convenience. A built-in light serves to illuminate the work area and a display on the tool indicates battery charge level, amount of dispensed grease, pump/motor speed, and blocked lubrication points.

This versatile unit can dispense up to 15 grease cartridges per battery charge and delivers two flow rates adjustable for a specific application. Pressures up to 700 bar (10,000 psi) can be achieved.

Th TLGB20 grease gun comes in a sturdy carrying case with a 900mm (36-in.) high-pressure hose, battery, and 90-min. charger.

The manufacturer notes that the SKF Battery-Driven Grease Gun joins a growing portfolio of unique lubrication-technology solutions for promoting optimized machinery health, reliability, and productivity.

For more information on SKF’s expanding lubrication-related lineup, CLICK HERE.

To learn more about other reliability-focused solutions from SKF (Landsdale, PA and Gothenburg, Sweden), including the company’s extensive bearing, condition-monitoring, and mechatronics portfolios and associated service offerings,  CLICK HERE.





3:07 am
June 13, 2016
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Schneider Electric Urges Caution with Electrical Equipment after Severe Weather Events

Screen Shot 2016-06-12 at 9.14.13 PMEnergy-management giant Schneider Electric, manufacturer of Square D products, is reminding businesses to be especially careful with electrical equipment in the aftermath of severe weather. The recent devastating storms and floods in Texas and the impact they’ve had on operations are a case in point.

The most frequently occurring severe-weather events in the U.S. involve water in the form of hurricanes and storms with subsequent flooding. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 40% of businesses do not reopen after a disaster¹. Following a natural disaster, quickly and efficiently assessing the damage is key.

To ensure personnel safety and avoid costly damage to physical equipment and financial losses associated with prolonged shutdowns, Schneider Electric encourages sites to heed the following precautions: 

Wet Electrical Equipment
Electrical equipment that has been submerged or come into contact with water must be replaced, though there are exceptions to this rule for larger equipment, which may be able to be reconditioned by trained factory service personnel.

Equipment that may be reconditioned includes:

  • Switchboard enclosures and certain bus structures
  • Switchgear
  • Low-voltage power circuit breakers
  • Medium-voltage circuit breakers
  • Low-voltage bolted-pressure switches
  • Medium-voltage switches
  • Motor control center enclosures and bus structure
  • Panel-board and load-center enclosures
  • Liquid-filled power transformers
  • Cast-resin transformers
  • Busway: epoxy-coated bars

Attempting to dry out equipment (in many cases) leaves portions of the current-carrying parts with damp or wet surfaces. These surfaces may be in contact with insulators or other materials that prevent them from being properly dried out and cleaned of debris.

Residual debris or wet surfaces may result in a loss of dielectric spacing within the equipment, and could present a hazard upon re-energization.

Equipment that must be replaced in its entirety includes:

  • Miniature and molded case circuit breakers
  • Molded case switches
  • Multi-metering equipment
  • Safety switches (AC and DC)
  • Load centers or panelboard interiors;
  • Dry-type transformers
  • Busway: mylar wrapped bars
  • Solid state components
  • Programmable logic controllers
  • Fuses
  • Electromechanical relays, contactors, starters, push buttons, limit switches, and other input logic and output controls
  • Solid state motor starters
  • Adjustable speed drives
  • Motor control center components

Equipment with Field-Replaceable Interior Components
Generally, this type of replacement is limited to a load center or panel-board type of product where the entire assembly can be removed and replaced as a unit. In this case, there is a possibility that enclosures can be reused if they have not been subjected to physical damage and if they have been properly cleaned of all debris and foreign materials.

Cleaning Agents and Abrasives
Do not apply cleaning agents, particularly petroleum-based cleaners, to the current-carrying portions of electrical equipment to remove foreign debris, residues and other substances. Some cleaning and lubricating compounds can cause deterioration of the non-metallic insulating or structural portions of the equipment. Do not use abrasives such as sandpaper or steel wool to clean current-carrying parts of the equipment. These materials may remove plating or other conductive surfaces from the parts, which could result in a hazard when the equipment is re-energized.

Non-Submerged Equipment in Flooded Areas
This situation requires careful inspection by a qualified person to determine if moisture has entered the equipment enclosures. If any signs of moisture or damage exist, the equipment should be replaced or repaired.

Relevant Codes and Standards
Businesses should reference relevant industry codes and standards to ensure they are taking the safest possible route to recovery. NFPA 1600 is the overarching standard and primary document on disaster recovery, emergency management, and business continuity. For workplace safety and planning, OSHA references NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. NFPA 70B, Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance now includes a chapter on electrical disaster recovery in the 2013 edition. In addition, the National Electrical Manufacturer’s Association (NEMA) has published “Evaluating Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment” and “Evaluating Fire- and Heat-Damaged Electrical Equipment.”

For more information, CLICK HERE.

Additional Resources

  • Getting Back to Business at the Opry Mills Mall (Schneider Electric Repair Project to the Severely Flood-Damaged Opry Mills Mall, Maintenance Technology, July 2011)
  • NEMA Standard AB 4-2003, Guidelines for Inspection and Preventive Maintenance of Molded Case Circuit Breakers Used in Commercial and Industrial Applications
  • NEMA Standard BU 1.1-2000, General Instructions for Proper Handling, Installation, Operation, and Maintenance of Busway Rated 600 Volts or Less
  • NEMA Standard PB 1.1-2002, General Instructions for Proper Installation, Operation, and Maintenance of Panelboards Rated 600 Volts or Less
  • NEMA Standard PB 2.1-2002, General Instructions for Proper Handling, Installation, Operation, and Maintenance of Deadfront Distribution Switchboards Rated 600 Volts or Less
  • NEMA Standard ICS 1.1-2003, Industrial Control and Systems: Safety Guidelines for the Application, Installation, and Maintenance of Solid State Controls


¹ FEMA, Protecting Your Businesses, 2013



2:02 pm
June 7, 2016
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IGUANA Security Brings High-Strength, Government-Grade IP Encryption to All Plants and Facitlities

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According to TRL Technology (Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, UK) the ‘Green’ products from its IGUANA Security brand allow commercial and industrial operations to securely send and receive sensitive information while harnessing the flexibility of local IP networks and protecting data from increasing threats of cyber attack.

Based on the same architecture and security aspects of the company’s award-winning CATAPAN range of Government Grade IP Encryption solutions, IGUANAGreen products can be used as stand-alone devices where remote or branch working is required, or as part of a larger secure communications network that facilitates data transfer to multiple devices and locations.

Screen Shot 2016-06-07 at 8.38.16 AMIGUANAGreen for Enterprise (1GBPS and 10GBPS Commercial Hardware IP Encryption) is a high-speed 2U form-factor encryptor that offers the highest levels of security. It’s well suited for bulk encryption and aggregation of voice data and industrial control system traffic. Features and capabilities of this high-availability design

  • Flexible key management solutions
  • High speed, low latency
  • Easy configuration

Screen Shot 2016-06-07 at 8.39.45 AMIGUANAGreen Mini (100MBPs Commercial High-Assurance Hardware IP Encryption) is a small, lightweight variant of TRL’s high-grade assured encryption solution. Like IGUANAGreen for Enterprise (above), it offers the highest levels of encryption and is well suited for protecting voice data and industrial control system traffic. Features and capabilities of this high-availability design include:

  • Small footprint, low power consumption
  • High speed, low latency
  • Easy configuration
  • Tamper detection
  • 64 duplex security associations

Why Hardware Encryption?
TRL notes that software-based systems often lack dedicated true random number generators, resulting in weaker cryptographic keys. To ensure the highest possible quality of cryptographic keys, IGUANAGreen network encryptors and the IGUANAGreen Key Management Solution use dual redundant hardware-based true random number generators, ensuring a constant stream of true random data is available for key generation.  The company says the high-performance version its IGUANAGreen offering—IGUANAGreen for Enterprise—runs at close to the theoretical maximum bandwidth under all traffic conditions.

To view a short video on IGUANAGreen, CLICK HERE.

For more information about IGUANA Security, CLICK HERE.



2:38 am
June 7, 2016
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KSB-USA Operations Challenge Team Takes Gold at International Wastewater Technology Championship

Maintenance Technology's Contributing Editor Michelle Segrest (center) with all-star Operations Challenge Team KSB-USA that bested 36 other teams at the third Open Germany Wastewater Technology Championship in Munich, Germany.

Contributing Editor Michelle Segrest (center) with members of the all-star, gold-medal-winning Operations Challenge Team KSB-USA that bested 36 other teams at the third Open Germany Wastewater Technology Championship in Munich, Germany, during IFAT 2016.




Operations Challenge Team KSB-USA has brought home the gold from Munich, Germany, as the overall winner of the third Open German Championship in Wastewater Technology. This all-star, U.S.-based team competed against 36 teams from six countries as part of IFAT 2016, the world’s leading trade fair for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management that ran from May 30-June 3.

Organized by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and sponsored by pump and valve manufacturer KSB, Inc. (Richmond, VA), the U.S. team included Coach Dave Vogel (CH2M, Lanesborough, MA) and members Dale Burrow (TRA CReWSers, Dallas, winner of 5 Division 1 Operations Challenge Championships); Donnie Cagle (Terminal Velocity, Wake Forest, NC, winner of 10 Division 1 Operations Challenge Championships); and Steve Motley (Terminal Velocity, Virginia Beach, VA, winner of 5 Division 1 Operations Challenge Championships).

“We are so proud of Team KSB-USA and congratulate all of the participants of this fantastic international competition,” said WEF Executive Director Eileen O’Neill. “It was our great honor to have been invited to be a part of IFAT and the Open German Championship, which along with WEF’s own Operations Challenge competition, showcases the incredible dedication, professionalism, and outstanding skills of our operations personnel.”

The 37 teams were judged in five core competencies of wastewater operations during the intense two-day competition. Team KSB-USA accumulated the most combined points from each individual discipline to take first place, followed by two German teams: second-place winner Nuremberg – Die Drei Wreckla, and third-place winner Stadt Stuttgart Pumpis.

Screen Shot 2016-06-06 at 9.34.51 PMMore About Operations Challenge
The popular, long-running Operations Challenge program is designed to put a spotlight on the often unsung heroes of the wastewater treatment arena. According to the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the best wastewater collection and treatment personnel in the world display their skills at these competitions.

Each team is sponsored by a WEF Member Association or recognized Operator Association. Winners are determined by a weighted point system for five events (collection systems, laboratory, process control, maintenance and safety), each designed to test the diverse skills required for the operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment facilities, their collection systems and laboratories.

Operations Challenge 2016 will take place this fall in New Orleans. as part of WEFTEC 2016, WEF’s 89th annual technical exhibition and conference running from Sept. 24-28, at the Morial Convention Center. For more information, CLICK HERE.


2:37 pm
June 1, 2016
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CBS ArcSafe Offers RSA-164J for Square D PowerPact, P-Frame 250-1200 A Manually Operated, Molded-Case Circuit Breaker

Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 9.18.16 AMDenton, TX-based CBS ArcSafe, a Group CBS Company, has introduced the RSA-164J, a remote switch actuator (RSA) for the Square D PowerPact, P-Frame 250-1200 A, manually operated, molded-case circuit breaker.

The new, lightweight, portable RSA-164J allows technicians to close or trip the circuit breaker from distances of up to 300 feet while remaining safely stationed outside the arc-flash boundary.No modifications to existing electrical equipment are required for installation and operation of the device thanks to CBS ArcSafe’s magnetic latching system.

Features and Capabilities
The RSA-164J is compatible with manually operated PG, PJ, PK, and PL breakers. Typical applications of these circuit breakers include metering, monitoring, and protection for motors, transformers, and other large non-linear loads.

Optional features include radio remote with range up to 300 ft., a 24 V DC LED light, wireless video camera system with LCD monitor, and rugged protective case assembly.

According to the manufacturer, all CBS ArcSafe RSA units are portable, fast and easy to set up, offer mechanical and/or electrical safety protection, are adjustable to fit unique electrical equipment configurations, reduce the requirements for personal protection equipment (PPE), and help users with NFPA 70E arc-flash safety compliance.

All CBS ArcSafe products are manufactured in Denton, TX, USA. For more information, CLICK HERE.