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Think about how the loss of power could devastate your business – assembly lines down, employees standing around unable to work, patients not able to receive life giving care, food spoiling because the refrigeration system can’t run, etc.  What are your costs for such scenarios?  If any of these things concern you, a reliable generator is a must have!  Power outages and major storms can have a huge effect on your business, and your customers, if you don’t take precautions.  A generator can be wired directly into your electrical system and can begin to automatically generate power as soon as a power outage is detected.  ASG Electric will work with you to target the areas of your business that you require to keep running, and design a solution to protect the future of your business.

An automatic transfer switch is used for switching power between the utility and the generator.  The automatic transfer switch will monitor incoming voltage from the utility, and if there is an interruption, the transfer switch senses the problem and signals the generator to start.  As the generator begins to run, the automatic transfer switch safety shuts off the utility feed and at the same time opens the generator power feed.

Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)

Is it critical that your computer equipment continues to function during a power failure? Do you have other key equipment that must continue to function?  A UPS will provide nearly instant protection from power interruptions and surges to your computers, data centers, telecommunications and other critical equipment so that you can keep your business working until utility power is restored, the generator kicks in, or equipment can be properly shutdown.

ASG will work with you to determine your current and future power requirements in order to find the right UPS solution for your business and then will work with your staff to reduce or eliminate down time during the installation of new UPS equipment.  ASG will give you a clean, quality installation to protect power to your key functions in the future.

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Earth Ground Testing

Earth has an electrical property, conductivity (or low resistance), that is used in the electrical systems of your facility.  Earth’s resistance is the resistance of soil to the passage of electric current, and the Earth is a relatively poor conductor; however, if the area of a path for current is large enough, resistance can be quite low and the Earth can be a good conductor.

If there is an instance of overvoltage or lightning strike, you need to ensure that the current will find a safe path to Earth.  If the current does not find this path, or the ground cannot carry the fault current long enough, the result is potential damage to the equipment inside your building.

There are a few factors that can change the Earth electrode requirements from year to year;

  • A plant or other electrical facility can expand in size.  Such changes create different needs in the Earth electrode, and what was formerly a suitably low Earth resistance can change.
  • As facilities add more sensitive computer-controlled equipment, the problems of electrical noise are magnified.  Noise that would not affect older equipment can cause daily problems with new equipment.
  • As more nonmetallic pipes and conduits are installed underground, such installations become less and less dependable as effective, low resistance ground connections.
  • In many locations the water table gradually falls.  In a year or so, Earth electrode systems that were effective may end up in dry Earth of high resistance.

These factors emphasize the importance of a continuous routine of earth-resistance testing, per NFPA 70B recommendations.  It is not enough to check the Earth resistance only at the time of installation.

Specialty Testing pdf – Click the link for a printable pdf describing many of the specialty testing services that ASG Electric has to offer.

Growing Pains? – – Your Electrical needs here

Is your business growing? Are you looking to add new equipment, expand or remodel your current facility, or build at another location? ASG has helped our customers to work through these decisions, and to develop the best plan for moving forward together. ASG is a full service electrical contractor which also has electrical testing and engineering service capabilities. We can help you identify existing problems and help formulate solutions to meet your future needs. Our staff is knowledgeable and committed to a professional development track that far exceeds the requirements to maintain an electrical license. This additional knowledge is important when working to meet the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes and the newly approved 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC). Partnering with ASG will help you keep your people safe, and your business working.

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Indoor Lighting efficiency

ASG Electric has the tools to provide design, and documentation, of a lighting layout so that the areas in your building are appropriately lit for a more comfortable, secure and energy efficient environment.  Options based on your budget and preferred lighting level can be supplied.

If you want to be able to dim lights, either individually or by room, there are light controls that will fit your need. Occupancy sensors can be integrated to save energy, or daylight harvesting systems can use natural light to offset the amount of lighting needed throughout the day. The amount of options are abundant.

Benefits of new lighting:

  • Energy savings of 50% or more
  • Less maintenance cost
  • Satisfy corporate ‘Green’ initiatives
  • Focus on Energy rebates
  • Tax incentives/EPACT 2005

ASG Electric can manage needed submittals, rebates, and monitor delivery dates so your project is completed on time, on budget, and looks great.

NFPA 70E 2018

NFPA has just released the 2018 edition of the NFPA 70E “Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace”. At ASG Electric, we strive to be a key resource in assisting our clients to develop a strong “70E/OSHA Compliant” electrical safety program.

Looking back, 70E – 2009 was the first edition that called for the electrical safety program to assess and “label” each component with the available incident energy result or a category of PPE to be worn for energized work. The central focus was to define the hazard/injury potential at each “serviceable point” within the electrical system.

70E – 2012 had many points of emphasis on improved documentation. These included:

  • condition of maintenance – tests and inspections shall be documented (205.4)
  • there shall be a documented meeting between a host employer and contractor to review the policies and practices of the electrical safety program (110.1)
  • the content of the training program shall be included in training documentation (110.2)

70E – 2015 focused extensively on “condition of maintenance”. The very scope of 70E was revised (see Scope 90.2) to include an emphasis of “safety related maintenance” as a core element of the electrical safety plan. This was a welcomed enhancement to the 70E standard to fully recognize that the source/triggers of an arc flash incident is within the electrical components and not the label posted on the cover. Gathering only device nameplate data (to create labels) was no longer sufficient and an electrical testing and inspection program should also be part of your “70E compliant” electrical safety program.

For 70E-2018, one of key points of emphasis is found in 105.3. “The employer shall have the responsibility to establish, document and implement the safety related work practices and procedures required by this standard. This new article brings with it the challenge of understanding the arc flash risk potential in the electrical system and assessing the existing work practices current in place regarding energized electrical work. The 2018 standard also specifically defines that hazard elimination shall be the first priority in the implementation of safety-related work practices. In summary, 70E-2018, creates a call to action to not only document the “as found” electrical system, conduct employee training and provide PPE, but to evolve to “what should we be doing to better protect our employees?”

Many updates in the 70E-2018 have a significant focus on the employee/worker. 70E-2018 calls for a risk assessment procedure, and the long-standing hierarchy of risk control methods has been elevated as an article within the 70E standard. A job safety planning process has been defined more deeply and a job briefing is also required for energized work. In continuing the focus on the worker, 70E-2018 calls for a safety program that includes elements that will trigger “incident investigations” when close calls or near mi

sses take place.

 

While the three key components of making known the hazards, provide training, and providing PPE are still solidly in place, 70E-2018 brings a focus on the “people aspects” as organizations establish, document, and implement their electrical safety program.

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Chuck Fox

Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional

as certified by NFPA