What are the Post-Production Waterproof Enclosures and Its Uses?

If winter has come to Cleveland, there is one indicator that it has officially come to this place. There will be a 20 degree blizzard that I have to drive through the morning. Of course, with my 2 years old Labrador, I do not get the option of just hibernating for the winter time.

My dog does not understand the blizzard cold – I mean it is too cold! He cannot get it because has a very beautiful fur coat! That is why I spent money on a pair of thermal pants and very pretty cargo sweatpants. I did not realize how handy they became until I got home from our very early morning walk, both myself and my dog was totally soaked. However, my cell phone which was in my pants all the time was totally dry. Waterproof pants are totally cool, right?

I have several customers who always ask me how to make our product lines of enclosure waterproof. While we have several electronics enclosure that are already designed to be waterproof, most of these enclosures are not. The waterproof enclosures have an amazing gasket that was in the track that can seal out the moisture.

Once the cover is now screwed on the base of the enclosure, the gasket will start to flatten out that will seal the electronics inside. This is because the track is now molded unto the enclosure, it can be designed to have the exact dimensions that will give the appropriate space needed. There are times that I am not lucky enough and there will still be customers that will call us back to say that they were able to waterproof the standard enclosures. In our next post, we will going to take a look at some of the customer options that they have shared with me.

What are the Real Purpose of Battery Clips?

Just recently, there was a mishap happened in my kitchen: the garbage disposal bin suddenly backed-up leading my sink to slowly drain itself into the dishwasher. Then afterwards, it leaked on almost everywhere. This hilarious but stressing situation happened during night time and I only discovered the disaster happened until the next morning when I am about to grab my cup of coffee.

This is not the only disaster that has happened, when I got home from work the water from the accident caused my wood flooring to buckle. When I try to flatten down my floor, the wood flooring cracked. This is because the people who fixed my kitchen just glued the wood tiles on the linoleum flooring. Causing the pieces that were soaked in the water came up so easily. However, the rest won’t budge. I guess I need to replace half of my flooring.

With this in mind, when we have something to be permanently placed on a certain area, we should secure it permanently. Like my floor, I do not expect anything like that would happen. Another example of almost the same kind of scenario are the keyfob remote controls.

Even if the the keyfob controls are very small  – and even if they are – the batter holders can still bring a lot of damage if they go around and sliding inside the case. In order to prevent this from happening while keeping the integrity of the PCB board (and eventually avoid long lasting damage) the battery holder should be put permanently on the board through soldering.

This will make sure that the battery holder will stay very secured even if the keyfob just hangs from the keychain and is being swung around using a finger, or even thrown or juggled through the air with a mobile phone to save a falling cup of coffee.

Do you know how to properly solder things? Below are some very useful tips on doing this. While it takes some valuable amount of time and practice to use these methods and tools properly, soldering in basic terms is putting things together using a molten metal instead of glue sticks.

How to prepare the soldering iron:

•    Plug in the soldering iron and place it properly on its stand.

•    Soak the sponge on the water and dampen it and place it in the stand.

•    After dampening the sponge, wait for just a few minutes for the iron to warm up.

•    Once the iron warmed up, wipe the tip of the iron with a damp sponge.

•   Melt some metal on the tip of the soldering iron.

To start soldering, do the following:

•    By holding the soldering iron like a pen, hold it near the base of the handle.

•    Touch the soldering iron to the end pieces of the things that you will put together.

•    Feed the soldering metal unto the solder of the joint.

•    Gently remove the solder and eventually the iron unto the solder of the joint.

•    Inspect the joining ends closely.

Different Alternative Ways to Improve Enclosure’s Internal Ribbing to Achieving Identical Strength and Increased Space Inside the Enclosure

Several enclosure manufacturing companies utilizes the internal ribbing in making their electronic enclosures to make it extra rigidity and to also make it more durable. Design engineer might take this approach as a logical strategy but the addition of internal ribbing might bring some complications on the electronic enclosure. Given its ability to give strength, it can hinder the flexibility of the design and it can take up internal space in the enclosure. Sure, this strategy also gives some cons and disadvantages.

For this very reason, some of the electronic enclosure manufacturers chose to have their standard moles to not allow provisions for any types of internal ribbing. If industrial companies needing electronic enclosure has a need for high-strength requirements for their process applications that posses high-impact use, some of the manufacturers that does not want internal ribbing offers wide range of design features that can satisfy this need. This includes options for wall thickness that plastic materials, ABS NORYL, nylon and polycarbonate materials for enclosure provides. These companies can give the advantage of an internal ribbing without the additional bulk inside the internal enclosure space.

Aside from the bulky feature and possibility of less space, there is also one major disadvantage to internal ribbing. Some of the plastic enclosure are required to have custom holes and cutouts for cable glands. When an internal ribbing is installed inside the enclosure, it might prevent the cable glands to go inside the enclosure and it might obstruct the holes. Milling cutouts or holes on the internal ribbing is complicated to do and it is not cost efficient, to be honest. In addition to this, the internal ribs can greatly reduce the amount of space that is available inside the enclosures and it can limit the space provision of the components that can be placed inside the electronic enclosure.

With this in mind, enclosure manufacturing companies offers some best design alternatives. The design engineers can add exceptional strength to the enclosure by redesigning the overall shape of the structure of the enclosure. Given the careful calculation of the design, given with proper analysis and testing, some of the manufacturers of enclosure can give the same strength an internal ribbing can give inside the enclosure.

For some of the outdoor applications that require high strength and impact resistance for electronic enclosures, manufacturers can also offer industrial or production companies an increased wall thickness for electronic enclosures. The enclosure boxes that are specifically designed to have this type of strength and impact resistance can have walls up to 25% thicker. Majority of the NEMA rated enclosures are designed with increased wall thickness.

The Several On-Shore and On-Hand supplies of Different Transmission Equipment

To ensure the electrical grid is totally secured is not new in the entire process, however with the potential alarming threats existing today together with the risks in forms of physical assaults, possible calamities, and cyber attacks how sure are we that our community is ready to face threats in their quality of life, economic-well being as well as their overall safety?

Together with these potential threats just roaming around the corner, comes with more and increased potential questions. How are the companies prepared to face possible threats and how to effectively respond to them in terms of recovering from high impacted low-frequency HILF events? These events can bring large-scale, multi-site impacts on other companies. How well are companies’ plants in terms of assessing the recovery time whether the affected assets of several transformers requires longer lead time for transportation? How certain are they to measure and assess if the spare assets are readily available to technicians’ reach when there is a restoration needed? What will happen if the customers are not well prepared to face these adversaries?

Together as an industry, companies should be eager to seek new ways in improving their resilience and recovery time when facing these problems ahead of them. The companies should take the leadership in stewarding the development of a holistic plan that comes with cost-effective solutions in improving the resilience of the electric grid. Once the concerns regarding the resilience will remain unsatisfied by the actions in the industry, the concerned regulators and some government officials will opt to formulate their own solutions. This will eventually result in new laws, legislation, mandates, and standards.

However, it is not practical to just protect or harden the grid that covers hundreds of thousands of miles’ worth of transmission lines and tens of thousands of substations that comes with them. There is one option viable, that is already considered by companies as one new way in improving the resilience. This is to eventually increase the energy supply of the nation through large power transformers or what we call as LPTs.

Some of the utilities decided to maintain some of the operational spares in the order to form them to replace the large power equipment that will eventually fail because of the normal wear and tear because of frequent use. However, it still remains to be economically reasonable to restrict the stockpiling of expensive pieces of equipment in line with the preparation of the companies’ own worst-case scenario. Unless including in each utility is the storage of their backups in some of the secured and off-site locations. However, it is also likely that the backup transformers in this process will eventually be damaged because of the same HILF event that brought damage in their in-use equipment.

Last 2006, the nation’s power sector took a very important step in addressing the replacement of these transformers that were damaged because of some terrorist acts. In line with this, the Edison Electric Institute and some of the utility companies eventually formed a Spare Transformer Equipment Program (STEP). This program gives the participating utilities the permission to buy huge power transformers bought from other utilities in the industry but this happened only after a presidentially declared terrorist emergency happened.

The Numerous Human Factors that Affect IoT Safety

The Numerous Human Factors that Affect IoT Safety

The Internet of Things is not all about making the production more efficient on the factor floor; it is meant to help in the aid of creating a much safer working environment for the workers. 

In the manufacturing industry, the applications on how the internet of things can help in improving processes has been well covered. But for the safety of using IoT, the benefits that the personnel will get is less discussed. Once the application that shows how Iot solutions can help in preventing risks and accidents by promoting the support of safety, it can predict pattern in the workers efficiency on the factory floor. With this in mind, this can reduce risk of injury. 

One of the benefits of this safety solutions – with the emphasis on the safety solutions – have been greatly emphasized in the recent years as IoT continues to drive the industrial automation carrying through the digital age. The major benefit is the increased profits for the companies, basing on the more efficient technology and productivity. With this in mind, the IoT that contributes to the safety of the workers can also reduce costs because there will be no fatal injuries that personnels can incur. 

Some companies that doesn’t have proper safety measures can eventually result to compensation to employees, fines, pays for sick leave, and the recovery time of the employees among other additional costs that can incur. In the global market, from 2015 and 2016 the were occurrence of ongoing improvement that is calculated more than 50% of changes to safety directives and standards. The changes in the initial stages of its development is costy to implement. But it will have long lasting changes and developments because it can bring safety to lives and save companies costs in the long run. 

The companies can put safety measures in the production plants for machineries that are being used to prevent unauthorized access and prevent unsafe practices. However, they can be totally ignored by the personnel using it because of the company culture that are being developed towards the production plants about safety regulations. In line with this, poor practice will eventually result to reckless decisions. 

Some employment contracts are being paid dependent on the process output rather than by the hour. Eventually this will result to a sense of urgency because employees should meet their quota. Safety measures that are established can increase the time that needs to be spent on doing a certain task and it some ways it can distract the workers’ work because they work around the safety procedures to save working time. 

In conclusion, the internet of things (IoT) can have a positive, increasing impact on influencing the companies to conduct safety products and solutions. They can do this by having an improved connectivity of safety intelligent devices.  These devices can give companies insight about the customer data that can give improvements on how they do and process things, in addition to the core safety features that are being implemented in the companies. 

Best Way to Avoid Automation Madness: Adding Productivity

In this article we will discuss how systems integrator gives good value by serving as the manufacturing plant’s MAC or main automation contractor that reduces project risk and overall maximizing production’s productivity? 

In improving manufacturing process, one of the best ways to make it happen is by using automation. This is the most important element that builds a reliable system and making its value more maximized. The technology is continuing to make innovations on how companies make businesses, how things are built and how we can continually satisfy customer demands. 

Daily, new solutions can improve processes, reduce waste, gain quality control, and ultimately increase the bottom line. The world of technology can be intimidating, and many manufacturers find it too costly to maintain internal expertise. 

By depending on the automation experts that gives an efficient way to integrate technology, the system integrator can give huge and best value by serving as the manufacturer’s primary automation contractor. 

Usually the first focus of this kind of project is the controls. Integrating controls to the project initiation makes the project valuable. Consequently, one can tap into the creativity of the main automation control that contributes to the overall design. MAC is expert in managing very large and complicated projects and MAC gives knowledge on the various systems available. In return, a company will not only minimize the risk but will also have control systems that utilizes the plant’s productivity. 

There are three factors that can help companies achieve this result: 

Integrating a lead integrator early in the process; 

Integrating a well-structured methodology and its best practices; 

And depending on best technical resources available 

With this, they can create good production alignment and make sure that the companies achieve its integration goals 

It is of vital importance to create a team that approaches this system efficiently from the start of the integration process. This is to make sure that all the members of the team – including the operations and controls – have a final say to the final system that will be implemented. 

In order to have a good foundation for the success of main automation control, an engineer should follow these basic simple tips: 

An engineer should have a well prescribed methodology that addresses and initiates the project by first identifying the scop, project kick-off and the final detail and functions of the design. Next to this is the building of the system and testing it. This process involves planning, system development, procurement and assembly, panel quality control, factory acceptance testing, and final step which is shipment. In the last process of the system building, it should have integration, installation and training for the key personnel using the overall system. 

The company should involve all the employees at the start of this process so that their perspectives and requirements are already designed and integrated into the system design. These steps should also include the automation and networking standards, the communication protocols and different factors unique to the plant where it will be integrated.