Electrical Contractor Magazine is presenting a three-part series titled “2014 NEC Outlook” that reviews the significant changes in NEC 2014. Part I reviews some Code-wide revisions and a number of the significant changes in Chapter 1 of the National Electrical Code. As Michael Johnston notes in his article,”…the NEC technical committees acted on 3,745 Code change proposals and 1,625 public comments. There were new articles added to the NEC this cycle.” Understanding these changes is the difference between compliance and non-compliance, and may save a life.
To read the full article click here (part 1 of 3)…
To fully understand the new NEC 2014, AVO Training is now offering our National Electrical Code 2014 Course that provides the student with a thorough understanding of this standard and is a foundation for safe and compliant construction of electrical systems.
Click here to read NEC 2014 Course objectives, to download a course outline and to register for a course date.
Upcoming National Electrical Code 2014 Course Dates
January 6 – Valley Forge, PA
January 13 – Dallas, TX
January 27 – Portland, OR
February 3 – Dallas, TX
AVO Training is proud to introduce our new National Electrical Code 2014 Course beginning in November of 2013.
This updated course incorporates all of the changes to the NEC standards and will get your and your employees up to speed in a short amount of time.NEC 2014 is being released this fall and contains changes that will affect your electrical safety compliance and current training. Avoid violations, pass inspections and most importantly, keep people safe from electrical hazards by getting the proper training to understand the new NEC 2014 guidelines.
National Electrical Code 2014
Course Learning Objectives:
- Explain the layout of current National Electrical Code
- Locate and use the correct tables for a variety of applications
- Calculate feeder and branch circuit loads
- Select acceptable wiring methods
- Size motor circuits and required components
- Identify significant changes from the previous edition
National Electrical Code has saved untold lives with comprehensive requirements for electrical wiring and equipment. States will soon be adopting the 2014 NFPA 70: NEC as the new benchmark for electrical design, installation, and inspection. Get the proper NEC 2014 training from the experts at the AVO Training Institute. We can even bring our National Electrical Code 2014 Course on-site to your facility.
Preventive maintenance is tough to get started and tough to maintain, mostly due to normal daily pressures. It takes strong leadership and commitment to keep going.
Typically most time is spent on the technical detail of a PM program and technical accuracy is important, but the human aspects of ownership and value are far more important in sustaining the effort. If these are not in place, the program will inevitably struggle to get started and just fade away over time.
The 6 steps to Starting A Preventative Maintenance Program
- Have ongoing structured preventative maintenance training
- Commit maintenance personnel and equipment to preventative maintenance to break the reactive cycle. Getting away from constant, quick-responses and making your organization more self-sufficient and less dependent on maintenance is key. A part of this is scheduling individual mechanics to PM for a shift and they are not available for emergency work.
- Commit daily operating personnel time and equipment to maintenance. This will aid maintenance personnel workloads, and allows operators to help maintain their own equipment. Some will agonize over giving up production time to allow operators to do this for 15 minutes of a shift, but it will pay off in the end.
- Preventative Maintenance Programs should be developed by the technical elite, but reviewed and adjusted by all. Ownership by all must be fostered, and allowing everyone to take a part in crafting procedures will help acceptance of the practices.
- Have ongoing structured daily reviews of issues my operators and maintenance personnel. Reviewing production loss issues daily in a shift exchange leads to constant modifications and improvements to preventative maintenance.
- Planner/supervisor/lead should review completed preventative maintenance work orders with mechanics. Follow-up work should be generated from these reviews.
Ensuring your maintenance personnel are properly trained is a key portion of any preventative maintenance program. The AVO Training Institute offers maintenance training courses that allow you to get your technicians trained quickly and efficiently by the experts in the industry. Click here to see our Maintenance Training Courses, or contact us today to find out how we can bring electrical maintenance training to your facility with on-site training.
A power system failure led to a massive shopping spree in 2 Wal Mart stores in Louisiana. Families on food stamps had the caps on their spending cards lifted when a backup generator failed during a test. This allowed recipients to spend unlimited amounts of money and the failure ultimately affected 17 states. According to Xerox spokesman Kevin Lightfoot, “The loss of power triggered a preventative shutdown of the EBT system to protect its overall integrity.”
Power system failures can cause not only mechanical damage to equipment, but can also lead to unforeseen situations that increase the monetary damage exponentially. Maintaining your electrical system is imperative and is at the heart of what the AVO Training Institute offers through its courses and services. Our Electrical Maintenance Training Courses, Arc Flash Engineering Services, Electrical Fundamentals Courses and Custom Safety Solutions are all designed to help you and your technicians properly maintain your power system and stay safe while doing it.
Contact us today to find out how we can help.
We are proud to introduce our new SF6 Circuit Breaker Maintenance course for open enrollment and on site training. This course covers all elements of SF6 circuit breaker maintenance, from routine inspection to major overhaul. With the prevalence of SF6 circuit breakers in switchgear for high and medium voltage applications, understanding how to not only maintain the equipment but stay safe while doing it is imperative for avoiding potential injuries or death. This equipment’s effectiveness is why it is so widely used in the electrical industry, and why you or your techs should be properly trained to maintain it.
Course instruction includes the hazards involved in working with SF6 gas as well as the important difference between SF6 circuit breakers compared to conventional insulating mediums.
Click here to read the full course description, to download a course outline, or to find a location or date to enroll.