The Electrical Connection

Why use rubber portable power cords?

Posted on Thursday Nov 01, 2018 | cord, rubber, thermoplastic, thermoset,

Rubber Cable

The answer is simple. Rubber is more durable in harsh conditions than other materials for portable power applications. Environments that have positive advantages from use of rubber cord are:

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Do you ever wonder what the advantage of using a PESD is past meeting safety regulations?

Posted on Monday Oct 01, 2018

Benefits Beyond Compliancet Permanent Electrical Safety Devices (PESDs) diminish the probability of shock hazards and arc flash. They come in the form of voltage indicators, voltage portals and combination units of the two. These are vital parts of your Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) procedures, but what good are they to you outside of compliance?... {Read More}

Did You Know that the NFPA Offers Free Access to the NEC® Code Book?

Posted on Friday Aug 31, 2018

Safety First The National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) vision is to be the leading global advocate for the elimination of death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. Their mission is to help save lives and reduce loss with information, knowledge and passion. The National Electric Code (NEC®) is just one way that the NFPA fulfills their mission.... {Read More}

Electrical Slang A – Z

Posted on Thursday Jun 21, 2018 | electrical, jargon, slang, terms,

Electrical Slang Back in August of 2017, Electrical Construction & Maintenance (EC&M: began publishing articles called “The World of Electrical Slang”. It was based off the website I picked up on this after their 3rd installation in April and thought it would be fun to share some of these terms with all of you. I went through the website and picked some of my favorites. As you see, I might have a thing for food. ... {Read More}

Don’t Get Left Behind Understanding the New VFD Cable Design Requirements

Posted on Monday May 14, 2018 | 79, cable, drive, nfpa, vfd, wire,

Belden Cable

With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it is sometimes hard to keep up with all requirements and changes in our industry. One of the new updates this year is the VFD cable design requirement released by National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) 79. In response to this announcement, we want to help you understand what it means and why it is important to you and your business. ... {Read More}

6 Tips to Reduce Energy Loss Using Fluke Thermography

Posted on Friday Apr 20, 2018

6 Tips to Reduce Energy Loss Using Fluke Thermography

There can be many causes for energy loss in commercial buildings and industrial facilities. These losses can be detected by inspecting for such things as air leaks and systems running inefficiently using a thermal imager. With the right equipment, you can identify problem areas and equipment so they can be fixed. Fluke’s advanced thermal imager can identify hot and cold spots in your facility.

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To Repair or Not to Repair – That is the Question

Posted on Tuesday Mar 27, 2018 | automation, remanufacturing, repairs,

To Repair or Not to Repair With the ability to purchase products and services, with the click of a button, it sometimes becomes difficult to know exactly where to start. We often spend hours reviewing online offerings trying to decide where to buy from. From these online purchases, we expect the same level of customer service we receive from brick and mortar businesses. Unfortunately, many times virtual storefronts often fall short. While online shopping seems like the most cost-effective options, it’s not always the case. ... {Read More}

Why Use Stage & Store Project Management

Posted on Monday Feb 19, 2018

McNaughton-McKay Stage & Store Project Management First, let’s talk about what stage and store means. Simply put, stage and store is when you order materials for your construction project and McNaughton-McKay keeps those materials for you in our warehouse. One of the biggest benefits is that you decide what, when and where your materials get delivered to the job site. ... {Read More}

Learn the Safe Way to Test the Absence of Voltage with VeriSafe

Posted on Monday Dec 04, 2017 | de-energized, safety, voltage,

NAED’s Certified Electrical Professional Certification

Posted on Monday Oct 16, 2017 | certified-professionals, naed, training,

CEP Logo The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) aids electrical distributors with tools, information and assistance to improve the distribution of electrical supplies. One of their main services to distributors is educational opportunities. A program that they have created, in conjunction with The Sales Institute of Florida State University, is the Certified Electrical Professional Certification Programs (CEP).... {Read More}

Eliminating Invalid Claims and Charge Backs with Video Vision Serialization

Posted on Wednesday Jul 26, 2017 | invalid-claims, serialization, video-vision, warranty,

Eliminating Invalid Claims and Charge Backs with Video Vision Serialization Recently, one of our automotive seat manufacturing customers faced a shipping issue resulting in extensive customer service resources and expensive product replacement costs. Their customer alleged they were receiving seats without head rests. The manufacturer was confident they were shipping completed seats because they had a high-quality error proofing system in place. However, they didn’t have visual proof of the seats leaving the factory and were having issues proving the seats were fully assembled.... {Read More}

We all love saving money. Why not do it with motor plugs?

Posted on Monday Jun 05, 2017 | disconnect, motors, plugs,

Save Money with Motor Plugs Is Your Plant Using Motors? If it is, you should make sure you are using a switch-rated motor plugs and receptacles. Why you ask? Because when you use them you are effectively getting a disconnect switch for free. This makes them the most cost effective solution for connecting motors and other electrical equipment. Meltric’s Motor Plugs and Receptacles are UL approved for branch circuit disconnect switching and motor circuit disconnect switching. ... {Read More}


Posted on Wednesday Mar 15, 2017 | hmi, ip-address, operator-interface, panelview,

Adhesive 1One of our customers had a recurring issue with a PV+ HMI that would eventually lock up and stop communicating to the PLC after several days. Whenever this would happen, they would cycle power to the HMI and it would come back up and run for several more days until it locked up again. They contacted us for assistance and we reviewed their network architecture layout which included a PV+6 HMI, Stratix5700 managed switch, PowerFlex70 VFD, and several Point IO banks.

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Remote Access Support with RDVRK®

Posted on Thursday Jan 14, 2016 | downtime, hipswitch, rdvrk, remote-access, vpn,

Have you ever gotten a phone call at 3:00 AM that production has stopped? Maybe the broken machine is in another state. Maybe your expert is hours away. Maybe it’s 20 below zero or there’s a 1,000 year flood happening and the roads are impassable. At that very second all you can think of is how much money is being lost because of this unscheduled downtime, and how in the world are you supposed to fix it.... {Read More}