Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Issue #25 - Fuse equations for arc flash analysis, changes to safety standards and referral program.

These are some of the latest topics on various aspects of arc flash you may find interesting:

IEEE 1584 FUSE EQUATIONS

IEEE 1584-2002 provides formulae for calculating arc-flash energies for use with current-limiting Class L and Class RK1 fuses. What is the manufacturer of the fuses used to develop the formulas in IEEE 1584? Do the formulas apply for 440V 50Hz? Check the link below for answers to these and more fuse related questions:
http://www.arcflashforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=3610

MOTOR CONTRIBUTION

How to quantify the time that should be entered for the duration of motor contribution into an arcing fault?
http://www.arcflashforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=3577

NEW GRAPHICS PER THE 2015 NFPA 70E


In the past, the images that include the prohibited approach boundary were used for arc flash labeling. Since the NFPA has discontinued use of the prohibited approach boundary definition, it is recommended to bring arc flash hazard labels up to date with the terminology in the  standard. Check the link below for an example of image with only the limited and restricted approach boundaries along with the arc flash boundary shown and accompanying discussion:
http://www.arcflashforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=3601

2015 NFPA 70E CHANGES

The new 2015 Edition of NFPA 70E has been recently released. The following is an article listing the major changes for the 2015 edition. It was originally published in the May 2014 issue of Electrical Contractor Magazine and is provided here as a resource for your use:
http://arcflashforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=3443

2015 CSA Z462 CHANGES

CSA Z462-15 has just been published and is now available on the CSA On-line Store. The following is an overview of the major revisions to the 2015 edition:
http://www.arcadvisor.com/faq/what-is-new-in-CSA-Z462-year-2015-edition.html

ARCAD's arc flash calculation software program has been updated in order to conform to the new NFPA 70E and CSA Z462 standards. The most important changes and new program features are listed below:

  • Nominal system voltage for shock hazard assessment has been revised reflecting changes to NFPA 70E table 130.4(c)(a)
  • All references to the prohibited approach boundary have been deleted throughout the standard and the AFA V5.0 program. Once the restricted approach boundary was crossed, there were no other requirements in the NFPA 70E 2015 edition.
  • All label layouts and terminology have been rearranged to meet the new standard requirements.
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) recommendations displayed on labels created using the program can be reviewed, edited or reset to default values. The feature will let you making necessarily PPE adjustments required for various tasks in English and a variety of other languages. Also, the PPE requirements in new NFPA 70E standard have changed from previous editions of the standard. They may become different again and the feature will let you make changes as the safety standard evolves without the need to purchase new program.
  • The program is now memorizing selected label style (including label size, text color, style), optional extra line title, value etc.
Download free the new AFA V5.0.8:
http://www.arcadvisor.com/arcflash/arc-flash-software-v5.html

HOW TO MAKE MONEY THROUGH ARCAD'S REFER-A-FRIEND PROGRAM

Are you a satisfied ARCAD's customer and you know anyone looking for an arc flash, short circuit analysis software program and/or label printing services? Shout about ARCAD! You will earn money by referring them to us. Also, your referrals will get a rebate on their purchase. Indeed, it's a Win-Win situation all around. We are always on the look out for new customers. The majority of our customers have always come from referrals. Because of this, ARCAD has recently set up a referral program to remunerate you for your efforts and reward your referrals for following your recommendations:
http://www.arcadvisor.com/faq/referral-program.html

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Issue #24 - Custom arc flash label printing and CSA Z462-15 announcement

November is the time to be thankful, a time to remember and to embrace those who enrich our lives. On the eve of Thanksgiving Day, ARCAD INC. team would like to express to you our sincere appreciation for your confidence and loyalty. We are deeply thankful to you and wish you all the hope, wonder and joy that the Holiday can bring.

Happy Thankskiving

I would also like to take this opportunity to update you on arc flash, electrical safety news and ARCAD solutions addressing the matter.

CUSTOM LABEL PRINTING SERVICES

ARCAD INC. offers many options of custom printed arc flash labels. Send us your data and we will create a free sample label accommodating your special requirements and send it to you for your approval along with job quotations.

CSA Z462-15 ANNOUNCEMENT

CSA Z462-15 (3rd edition) has now been officially approved and is at the last step before production and publication. Publication of the English version will take place in January and the French edition will follow in late April or early May. Please check What is new in CSA Z462 year 2015 edition for an overview of the major changes from the 2012 edition.

HOW TO SAVE SINGLE-LINE DIAGRAM CREATED USING SCA V1.0 SOFTWARE IN PDF FORMAT

Portable Document Format (PDF) is the de facto standard for the secure and reliable distribution and exchange of electronic documents and forms around the world. You can now save single-line diagram created using SCA V1.0 short circuit calculation software program in PDF format with just a push of a button!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Issue #23 - Short Circuit Current Calculations and Labeling

A special greeting of Thanksgiving time to express to you our sincere appreciation for your confidence and loyalty. Here at ARCAD INC., we are deeply thankful and extend to you our best wishes for a happy and healthy Canadian Thanksgiving Day. Peace, Joy and Love to You!



SHORT CIRCUIT CURRENT CALCULATIONS AND LABELING

For the person whose tasks is the specification, coordination or maintenance of an electrical system, the available short circuit fault current is a major consideration in the selection of circuit protective devices. Knowing the available fault current and applying available fault current labels on new equipment is also now mandated by National Electrical Code. A study must be done to identify the maximum amount of the available short circuit fault current. ARCAD's Short-Circuit-Analytic software performs available fault currents calculations in three-phase electric power systems you are working with. The program takes into consideration electrical parameters of the power supply as well as the power distribution system including utility, cables, bus ducts, transformers, generators, motors etc.

Once the fault current has been calculated, labels made giving the available short circuit fault current, should be applied to the equipment. That information, and the date it was determined, must be put on a label that is field applied to the equipment. The purpose of this requirement is to allow the short circuit current rating (SCCR) of the equipment to be easily compared with the maximum available fault current.

Short circuit current label can now be created for free on-line at ARCAD's website located at www.arcadvisor.com. More information about short circuit current calculations and online short circuit label making tool is available on this page:

http://www.arcadvisor.com/faq/Fault-Current-Calculations-Labeling.html

DATA COLLECTION FOR SHORT CIRCUIT AND ARC FLASH STUDY

The arc flash study must be based on accurate, up-to-date information. A single-line diagram is the preferred method of documentation of a power system. It generally represents existing conditions and equipment nameplate data for the portion of the system within the scope of the arc flash study. This may require the person performing the study, or the facility's owner to:
  • Obtain any existing single-line drawings of the facility. ARCAD's short circuit calculations software program will create a simple diagram as data is entered.
  • Verify and update existing single-line diagram to existing conditions.
  • Verify and resolve any equipment labeling and naming issues.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Issue #22 - 2015 NFPA 70E

New year 2015 edition of NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, was released in September 2014 and supersedes all previous editions. The 2015 edition is the tenth time NFPA 70E has been published since it was introduced in 1979. Several terms used throughout NFPA 70E have been changed for the 2015 edition. ARCAD's arc flash calculation software program has been updated in order to conform to the new standard. The most important changes and new program features are listed below:

  1. Nominal system voltage for shock hazard assessment has been revised reflecting changes to NFPA 70E table 130.4(c)(a)
  2. All references to the prohibited approach boundary have been deleted throughout the standard and the AFA V5.0 program. Once the restricted approach boundary was crossed, there were no other requirements in the NFPA 70E 2015 edition.
  3. All label layouts and terminology have been rearranged to meet the new standard requirements.
  4. Personal protective equipment (PPE) recommendations displayed on labels created using the program can be reviewed, edited or reset to default values. The feature will let you making necessarily PPE adjustments required for various tasks in English and a variety of international languages. Also, the PPE requirements in new NFPA 70E standard have changed from previous editions of the standard. They may become different again and the feature will let you reflect the changes as the safety standard evolves.
  5. The program is now memorizing selected label style (including label size, text color, style), optional extra line title, value etc.

AFA V5.0.8 - FEATURES AND CAPABILITIES
  • Detailed arc flash analysis using the IEEE 1584 equations and the Lee method.
  • Ensure compliance with NEC, OSHA, NFPA 70E 2015, IEEE P1584 and CSA Z462 standards and regulations.
  • Instantly determine arcing current, incident energy, arc flash, limited, restricted and prohibited shock approach boundaries, hazard level, typical clothing system.
  • Add fuse and circuit breaker data including time-current characteristics for the devices that are not already featured in the built-in protection device library.
  • Perform arc flash boundary calculations based on 1.2 cal/cm^2 (5 Joules/cm^2) onset energy to second degree burn for bare skin exposure per IEEE 1584 Guide and other incident energy levels as well, such as the rating of proposed personal protective equipment, or evaluated onset to second degree burn energy.
  • Create warning labels in English and a variety of international languages.
  • Preview, save, print arc flash labels in high resolution graphic format.
  • Save input configuration, protection device information.
  • Perform analysis using metric, imperial units.
  • Save reports including equipment data, calculation results, warning label.
More information about Arc Flash Analytic arc flash analysis and labeling software is available on this page:
http://www.arcadvisor.com/arcflash/arc-flash-software-v5.html


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

ARCAD counter-terrorism efforts

ARCAD INC. pledges its total solidarity and support to the government of Ukraine and Ukrainian nation in the current war against Russia-led and Russia-sponsored terrorism in Eastern Ukraine.

ARCAD INC. has also issued financial aid to Volunteers’ Hundred, the volunteers organization helping Ukrainian army soldiers wounded in the Anti-Terrorism Operation (ATO) zone and providing support to refugees from Eastern Ukraine and Crimea. A major part of the organization's efforts go towards providing  medical supplies for the Army Hospital in Kyiv as well as hospitals in the ATO zone. Volunteers’ Hundred also helps with sending wounded warriors to receive necessary treatment abroad. They publish extensive photo reports and information on needs on the organization FB page Volunteers’ Hundred is collaborating with the Canada Ukraine Foundation in Canada and Ukrainian Foundation of America.

ARCAD INC. has recently donated funds to Army SOS, the group of activists supporting Ukrainian army forces in front of the Russian aggression by providing direct supply of required military goods for the Ukrainian soldiers.

ARCAD INC. has committed donating all the company proceeds for the month of July 2014 towards the fight against terrorism in Ukraine. You can contribute to the cause by making donation to trusted funds and groups or by purchasing ARCAD's short circuit, arc flash analysis and labeling software programs and mobile apps. We encourage you sharing the message with your friends and colleagues to get the word out about the plight of Ukrainian people and ARCAD's fundraising efforts.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Issue #21 - Updates to ARCAD software for arc flash analysis and labeling.

ARC-FLASH-ANALYTIC VERSION 5.0 (AFA V5.0) SOFTWARE - NEW FEATURES JUST ADDED

  1. Improved software ergonomics including tool tips, restructured navigation menu, streamlined data entry and data validation process etc.
  2. Built-in circuit protection library was populated with 800+ more fuses and circuit breakers.
  3. Part of Available 3-Phase Short Circuit Current Through Protection Device entry field has been added.
  4. Insulating glove class is now determined.
  5. Designate upper limit of arc duration in the range from 2 to 10 seconds for incident energy and arc flash boundary calculations. The limit was set to two (2) seconds in previous software editions.
  6. Arc flash label templates are now available in more international languages.
  7. Updated user manual and help menu.
 AFA V5.0 Main Screen.

You can use your existing AFA V5.0 registration credentials to activate the program. Own an older version of Arc Flash Analytic and would like to update to the newest AFA V5.0? Call us to qualify for $100.00 discount off the advertised AFA V5.0 price of $290.00. Have any suggestion on how to improve AFA V5.0? Let us know.

AFA V5.0.7 - FEATURES AND CAPABILITIES
  • Detailed arc flash analysis using the IEEE 1584 equations and the Lee method.
  • Ensure compliance with NEC, OSHA, NFPA 70E, IEEE P1584 and CSA Z462 standards and regulations.
  • Instantly determine arcing current, incident energy, arc flash, limited, restricted and prohibited shock approach boundaries, hazard risk category, typical clothing system.
  • Add fuse and circuit breaker data including time-current characteristics for the devices that are not already featured in the built-in protection device library. 
  • Perform arc flash boundary calculations based on 1.2 cal/cm^2 (5 Joules/cm^2) onset energy to second degree burn for bare skin exposure per IEEE 1584 Guide and other incident energy levels as well, such as the rating of proposed personal protective equipment, or evaluated onset to second degree burn energy.
  • Create warning labels in English and a variety of international languages.
  • Preview, save, print arc flash labels in high resolution graphic format.
  • Save input configuration, protection device information.
  • Perform analysis using metric, imperial units.
  • Save reports including equipment data, calculation results, warning label.
More information about Arc Flash Analytic arc flash analysis and labeling software is available on this page
ARCAD INC. located in Toronto, Canada helps facilities create safer working environments for individuals who service electrical systems by providing on-line and stand-alone software resources for short circuit, arc flash hazard analysis and labeling. Visit us at www.arcadvisor.com
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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Issue 20 - NFPA 70E software presentation

NFPA 70E SOFTWARE PRESENTATION

Join us for the 2014 ICB/TABB Conference
The 13th Annual ICB/TABBConference will be held May 19-23, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. This year’s conference will offer numerous classes, workshops and seminars on a variety of current industry topics specifically geared toward working professionals. Licensed electrical contractor, master electrician Serge Khodakovsyy is presenting on the ARCAD's software and mobile apps for arc flash short circuit analysis and labeling.
  • When
    • Tuesday, May 20th, 8:00am
  • Where
    • Hyatt Hotel, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Contact
    • Email khodakovskyy (at) aol (dot) com
Electrical Business University (EBU)
Canada's leading electrical industry publication, Electrical Business is teaming up with Canada's top subject matter experts to deliver focused electrical training days across the country. EBU will redefine professional electrical training in Canada.
  • When
    • June 10th in Windsor, Ontario
    • June 11th in Burlington, Ontario
  • Agenda
    • Spend a day with Terry Becker, P.Eng., NFPA, CESCP, IEEE Senior Member and learn how to apply the CSA Z462 "Workplace electrical safety" standard in the ­field.  Terry will review and discuss electrical hazard analysis and electrical-specifi­c PPE, tools & equipment.  Later, the workshop will review what you need to know to ensure that what you have invested in time and money so far is actually working. Sustainable and measurable performance is a key takeaway.
ARCAD INC. WEBINARS
ARCAD offers free online seminars providing you and your company with education and information on ARCAD software and services for arc flash analysis and labeling. For a limited time, ARCAD webinars are offered for free.
Would you like to arrange a webinar at a different day or time to accommodate your group? Contact us today to make the arrangement or for more information on ARCAD INC Webinars.
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Have you done arc flash hazard analysis and stored the results in tabulated text or XLS spreadsheet format? We can use your report file to pull out the data and generate customized arc flash warning labels in a variety of electronic formats and sizes. Send us your list and let us know label requirements (material, size, language, etc). We will create free a sample label meeting your special requirements and send it to you by email attachment for your approval along with job quotation. 
ARCAD INC. located in Toronto, Canada helps facilities create safer working environments for individuals who service electrical systems by providing on-line and stand-alone software resources for short circuit, arc flash hazard analysis and labeling. Visit us at www.arcadvisor.com
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