Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The GraceSense Hot Spot Monitor Keeps You In Business

Did you know that downtime in a manufacturing facility can cost an average of $9,000/minute? And the cost is even higher for automotive plants costing an average of $22,000/minute.

Defective equipment is serious business and manufacturers already use proactive methods, such as routine inspections and infrared equipment to measure potential hot sources with the goal of preventing equipment failure. The semi and annual inspections are not ideal because it requires trained inspectors to physically open the electrical enclosure which puts them in potential danger, data may be inaccurate, and there is a chance that the equipment integrity may be affected.

Another method facilities use are Infrared (IR) Cameras, which are a great tool to identify any temperature anomalies, but they are not always easy to read and they require qualified and certified thermographers to perform the work. Along with that, inspections with this tool are usually performed during non-peak hours, which means that the data might not be accurate.

With accuracy and safety in mind, Grace Engineering developed the GraceSense Hot Spot Monitor (HSM) to decrease the amount of downtime and remotely monitor the temperature of essential equipment, such as:

  • Busbars
  • MCCs
  • Drive panels
  • Switchgear
  • Bus ducts
  • Etc.

Along with the continuous monitoring of equipment temperature, the HSM also offers simple installation and operations personnel do not need any form of special training or certificate to set, monitor, record, and retrieve the temperature data of critical connections in the electrical equipment in the facility.

The HSM is the newest and best technology that not only keep the equipment running, but also keeps personnel safe. For more information about the HSM, give us a call at 800-228-2790 and we would love to demonstrate how it can be ideal for your facility.

Friday, January 11, 2019

ERD30 Electric Cylinder Case Study

We pride ourselves in specializing and representing Tolomatic products due to their quality and excellence. Recently, we read about a customer who was looking to remain compliant with the regulations from the industry, but also needed to maintain the same quality in their product along with long service life for the new components.

Tolomatic was approached by a cheese company to replace their hydraulic cylinder due to contamination concerns from the possibility of leaking hydraulic fluids. The solution was an all stainless steel ERD30 electric cylinder with an IP69K rating combined with a motor. The actuator featured a roller screw to provide the customer with the long service life they required.

This success story is just one of my many and we would love to talk to you about how Tolomatic products can help your production. Give us a call at (800) 228-2790.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Turck Expands Its RFID Offering With A New UHF Handheld Device

Turck has expanded its RFID offering with an economical UHF handheld device. The PD20 handheld provides a lightweight, easy-to-use smartphone RFID reader system. The handheld device houses a UHF antenna and connects to the user's smartphone via the audio port. Additionally, Turck is providing a basic, multipurpose Turck RFID app for their iOS and Android mobile devices. As with all of Turck's handheld RFID solutions, it can be used in conjunction with Turck's BL ident® RFID system.

  • Mobile reading and writing of RFID data carriers
  • Handheld with UHF antenna
  • Connection to the host device via 3.5 mm jack plug
  • Includes Turck RFID app for reading and writing of data carriers - custom app available on request
  • Permanent lithium-ion 1800 mAh battery
  • Protection class IP20

For more information, please call C&E at 800-228-2790. Thank you.