In summer, most people are thinking about longer days and holidays. However, spare a thought for plant managers when the temperature gauge starts to rise. Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at obsolete industrial parts supplier EU Automation, explains how to keep electrical enclosures running efficiently.
High temperatures are the most common cause of sensitive electronic automation components tripping or even failing. When one component fails, it can cause an entire manufacturing line to shut down, leading to costly downtime for the plant manager. To prevent this, manufacturers need to ensure that they are prepared for the summer heat by inspecting their equipment and, in particular, their enclosures to identify the level of risk.
by Stephen Benton, Cool Concerns
Often we hear “I have always done it like this”. If we are honest with ourselves we have all said it at some time, the more fundamental question we should ask is “have we always been doing it right?”.
There is a right way and a quick way; sometimes they are the same thing, but more often we think the right way will delay us from getting to the next three jobs. Consider then that the failure to do something correctly, that might only involve 5 minutes more work, could result in weeks off work with an injury or a lifetime dead (that’s a more permanent delay, is it not?). That perceived need to save time is often why accidents happen, coupled with the certainty that all men have “that it will not happen to me”!
Engineers often don’t safely isolate electrical equipment before working. I worked for decades without correctly locking off electrical equipment before undertaking maintenance or repair work. The Health & Safety culture in the refrigeration industry has certainly improved beyond all recognition from those days, but largely from a paper trail perspective. Engineers still follow less than best practice on a daily basis.