Thursday, January 21, 2016

Issue #32 - Developments in arc flash modeling and labeling

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

DC ARC FLASH MODELING AND ITS IMPLEMENTATION IN DCAFA V3.0 SOFTWARE PROGRAM

Except for two technical papers referenced in the annex of NFPA 70E, DC arc flash equations and calculation methods are not yet part of any standard. As research on DC arc flash and DC source modeling continues, DC arc flash calculation methods will likely become part of a standard someday.
http://arcadvisor.com/faq/dc-arc-flash-boundary-modeling

SINGLE PHASE ARC FLASH ANALYSIS

There are very few software packages in the industry that can model single-phase arcs for the purpose of determining incident energy in substations. ARCAD has recently released new ArcMaster software program. The program performs comprehensive study by taking into account system voltage, available fault current and the fault power factor, equipment type, working distance and protective device time-current characteristics. The new software program is applicable for single- and three-phase systems with voltages from 50 to 30,000V AC, short circuit fault currents from 200A to 50kA, the fault X/R ratios from 0 to 50, conductor gaps from 1 mm. up to the maximum value where the arc can likely be sustained under the specified system voltage, available short circuit fault current and power factor expressed in terms of the fault X/R ratio.
http://arcadvisor.com/faq/single-phase-arc

ELIMINATION OF HRC "0"


Category 0 was removed from new NFPA 70E PPE tables because the new PPE table only specifies work within the arc flash boundary. HRC 0 would mean the worker was outside the arc flash boundary and did not need arc-rated PPE or clothing. According to note (14) on page 7, "Hazard/risk category 0 has been removed from Table 130.7(C)(16)… Hazard/risk category 0 was deleted because the new PPE table only specifies work within the arc flash boundary. If there is no arc flash hazard, then no arc flash PPE is required and it is therefore not necessary on a table devoted to PPE."
http://arcadvisor.com/faq/nfpa-70e-category-0-removed

CUSTOM LABEL GENERATION AND PRINTING SERVICES

ARCAD INC. offers many options of custom printed arc flash labels. Our vinyl labels are 100% waterproof, are suitable for use on equipment that will be subjected to wet or humid environments and come with up to five (5) years warrantly. We use UV resistant paints that withstand the heavy wear and tear ordinarily inflicted by the Sun. As you shop around for the best arc flash labels, make sure you request samples. When you compare our arc flash labels to the major competitors in the market, you will see and feel the difference. While some companies offer you paper-thin easily torn arc flash labels, we offer you 4mil thick vinyl labels with superior print and durability.
http://arcadvisor.com/faq/customized-label-printing

HOW TO PROPERLY APPLY AND REMOVE VINYL LABELS


When installing vinyl, it is important that you apply the product to an adequate surface, one to which it will readily adhere. The good news is vinyl will stick to many surfaces. In determining whether your intended surface is adequate, keep in mind that, as a general rule of thumb, vinyl will stick to almost any surface that is clean and either smooth or nonporous. To demonstrate the necessary surface qualities, we use glass versus brick as a quick example. Vinyl will stick very well to glass because of its smooth surface. On the other hand, due to its rough exterior, vinyl will not stick well to brick. The following lists contain a brief summary of acceptable surfaces along with some surfaces that are not.
http://arcadvisor.com/faq/apply-vinyl-label-decals

Monday, January 4, 2016

Product Release - ARCMASTER V1.0


PRESS RELEASE
January 4, 2016
For Immediate Release
ARCAD INC.

ArcMaster version 1  

The new software program for single- and three-phase arc flash hazard analysis & labeling is now available. 
TORONTO, ON - ARCAD INC. announces the release of ARCMASTER V1.0 software program for Windows operating systems.

Download ARCMASTER V1.0

ARCMASTER V1.0 performs comprehensive study by taking into account system voltage, available fault current and the fault power factor, equipment type, working distance and protective device time-current characteristics. The new software program is applicable for single- and three-phase systems with voltages from 50 to 30,000V AC, short circuit fault currents from 200A to 50kA, the fault X/R ratios from 0 to 50, conductor gaps from 1 mm. up to the maximum value where the arc can likely be sustained under the specified system voltage, available short circuit fault current and power factor expressed in terms of the fault X/R ratio. The program has also been code signed by use of a cryptographic hash confirming the software owner and warranting that the code has not been altered or corrupted since it was signed.

More information about ARCMASTER V1.0 software is available at http://arcadvisor.com/arcmaster-software




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 http://arcadvisor.com

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Arc Flash Mobile

 
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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Product Release - DC Arc Flash Analytic version 3.0


PRESS RELEASE
December 9, 2015
For Immediate Release
Contact: Michael Furtak, C.E.T.
ARCAD INC.

DC Arc Flash Analytic version 3  

The new software program for DC arc flash hazard analysis & labeling is now available. 
TORONTO, ON - ARCAD INC. announces the release of DC Arc Flash Analytic version 3.0 (DCAFA V3.0) software program for Windows operating systems.

Download DCAFA V3.0 for FREE


DCAFA V3.0 performs comprehensive study by taking into account system voltage, available fault current, equipment configuration, working distance and protective device time-current characteristics adjusted for the circuit time constant. DCAFA V3.0 is applicable for systems with voltages from 180 to 15,000V DC, short circuit fault currents from 400A to 50kA, circuit time constants from 0 to 50 milliseconds, conductor gaps from 0.1 to 6 inches. The program has also been code signed by use of a cryptographic hash confirming the software owner and warranting that the code has not been altered or corrupted since it was signed.

More information about the DCAFA V3.0 software is available at http://arcadvisor.com/dc-arc-flash-software
 
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 http://arcadvisor.com

More by ARCAD INC.


Arc Flash Mobile

 
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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Issue #31 - Developments in Fault Current, Arc Flash Calculations and Labeling

Here at ARCAD INC, we are deeply thankful for your confidence and loyalty and extend to you our best wishes for a happy and healthy Canadian Thanksgiving Day. Peace, Joy and Love to You. We would also like to update you on the important developments and a SPECIAL offer we have for you.

ARCAD's Short Circuit Analytic version 1.0 (SCA V1.0) program voltage range has been extended down to 115V and up to 220,000V. Also, new voltage rating combo box has been added to cable data entry screen and maximum transformer KVA rating was increased to 20,000KVA. More information about the SCA V1.0 software for short circuit fault current calculations is available at http://arcadvisor.com/short-circuit-software

ARCAD's Arc Flash Analytic version 5.0 (AFA V5.0) arc flash analysis and labeling software has been updated to fully conform with new NFPA 70E year 2015 requirements for equipment labeling. The labels created using the modernized AFA V5.0 program are now containing all the information required by the new standard, namely:

* Nominal system voltage
* Arc flash boundary
* Available incident energy and the corresponding working distance
* Site-specific level of personal protective equipment (PPE)

More information about the AFA V5.0 software is available at http://arcadvisor.com/arc-flash-software

Both the AFA V5.0 and the SCA V1.0 software have also been code signed by use of a cryptographic hash confirming the software owner and warranting that the code has not been altered or corrupted since it was signed.

Now comes the special offer. Purchase $350+ merchandise value before taxes on our new online store at http://store.arcadvisor.com and receive FREE brand new Type 1 Surge Protection Device (SPD) priced above $200 on the market. The "TYPE 1" are permanently connected SPDs installed between the secondary service transformer and the line side of the service equipment overcurrent device as well as the load side, including watt-hour meter socket enclosures. The device characteristics are:

* Manufacturer Name & Part Number: Mersen STXR220V3Y50NDP
* System Description: 3 Pole Wye + N-G Mode
* Voltage, V AC: 220/380
* Max Discharge Current: 50KA
* Nominal Discharge Current: 20KA
* Short Circuit Current Rating: 200 kA
* Voltage Protection Rating: 2000V L-L, 1200V L-N, 1000V N-G, 1800V L-G
* Maximum Continuous Operating Voltage: 320V L-N
* Mounting: Din Rail / Panel / Bracket
* Operating Temp Range (Min/Max): -40 to +60C
* Body Material & Enclosure Rating: Polycarbonate NEMA 4X
* Standards: Type 1, UL 1449 Third Edition File VZCA. E210793 IEC 61643 CE ANSI/IEEE C62.41
* Applications: AC Distribution, Power Supplies, Drive Protection Fire, Alarms Control Panels, Telecommunications, Residential, IT / Data centers
* Pre-wired with 3 ft. (1m) of #10 AWG conductor; Standard NEMA 4X polycarbonate enclosure; Tri-mount installation kit included (pipe nipple, bracket, DIN-rail)
* Other Included Features: Dry contacts, audible alarm and diagnostics powered line to line
* Market Price: $200+

Check http://arcadvisor.com/files/mersen-pdf/Surge-Protection-Trap-Type-1-XR-Series-SPD.pdf for the product spec sheet. Use "FALL 2015 SPECIAL" in the About Your Order comments box  during checkout.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Issue #30 - Fancy product design and custom label printing

We hope you had a great summer and fully used the chance to relax, spend time with your loved ones, and look forward to fall and winter ahead. Remember there is another summer next year, and you can work to make that one even bigger, better, and more fun than the last.

Here at ARCAD INC., we've been working hard during the summer time to offer you more products and services now in the Fall. We would like to express to you our sincere appreciation for your loyalty and take this opportunity to update you on new ARCAD INC. products and services.

FANCY LABEL DESIGN PLUGIN

Select the header that you want on the top of your label, or use your own header. Enter your text into the text areas below. Use a short phrase to describe the hazard and ideally, how to avoid the hazard. For example, "Moving Belts". You may like to complete both primary and secondary warning messages. Generally, use the primary message to indicate the necessary action to take so that you avoid the hazard (for example, "Keep Hands Free"). If possible, then indicate the nature of the hazard (for example, "Machinery may start at any time."). Use the secondary message to indicate the potential consequences if you do not avoid the hazard (for example, "You could be caught and be seriously injured.") and a telephone number to call in an emergency (for example, "Call x2015 for permission to work on this machinery."). You can save your designs, load previously saved design, download your customized label sign in electronic image or .pdf format and print it at no charge!

http://store.arcadvisor.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=61_70

CUSTOMIZED LABEL DESIGN AND GENERATION

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. ARCAD is also producing luminescent signs glowing in the dark and magnetic signs that can be be removed or shared among equipment and vehicles. Contact us for more information.

http://arcadvisor.com/faq/customized-label-printing

5-YEAR LAMINATED VINYL WARRANTY

ARCAD INC. supplies are tested for durability under various conditions, including UV exposure, moisture, heating and cooling and chemical exposures. ARCAD INC. warranties labels made from its laminated vinyl supplies for a period of five (5) years. Non-laminated labels come with three (3) years warranty. It is important to note that in normal circumstances (moderate exposure to Sun shine, moderate temperature fluctuation etc.) ARCAD's labels will last for decades. Within the warranty period and after proper application, ARCAD INC. will replace labels which become unreadable or fail to maintain adhesion with the labeled surface. In such instance, ARCAD INC. will provide a one-time replacement labels to you.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Did you know that we are now on Google+ and Facebook? We are updating regularly so we invite you to take a look and stay up-to-date by liking or following our social media pages. If you choose to "Friend" or "Like" us, you will know when we release new product or service or post special deals and announcements.

Google +
https://plus.google.com/+Arcadvisor/posts

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/arcadinc

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Issue #29 - Worplace, fire safety, facility signs and posters.

We are pleased to introduce a new ARCAD INC. safety supplies store online at http://store.arcadvisor.com. ARCAD is now providing high-quality, dependable products you can trust to keep employees and work sites safe. We offer standard materials and sizes, and an easy to use online shopping experience. Search by keyword, part number or category to find exactly what you need to help keep your workers safe and your workplace compliant with safety regulations. Shop our store, or simply contact us at (647) 693-7715 or sales@arcadvisor.com. We are happy helping you meeting your needs.

All safety signs come in three size options (6 x 4, 9 x 6 and 12 x 8 inches) and are UV, water, and smear resistant. All are printed with UV-stable ink and are suitable for indoor or outdoor use at service temperatures from -40 to +180 F. Substrate choices are:

    - Flexible vinyl 4mil self-adhesive "peel & stick" label stock
    - Semi-flexible laminated vinyl self-adhesive label
    - Rigid aluminum 3mm thick composite panel

Can’t find what you need? It is easy to design and order custom stickers and labels. We will manufacture to your specifications at our manufacturing facility. 

ARCAD INC. is also offering many options of custom printed arc flash labels. Send us your data in Excel spreadsheet or plain text format. We will create a free sample label accommodating your special requirements and send it to you for your approval along with job quotation.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Issue #28 - ARCAD website redesigned and revamped

After much hard work, we are pleased to introduce a completely redesigned ARCAD website at www.arcadvisor.com. Please take a few moments to navigate through the updated website. We hope you enjoy the new design and you'll find time to look through the many pages of information waiting for you behind the new home page. Please feel free to let us know about any suggestions you might have or additional material you would like to see on the website.

We have also recently released new Short Circuit Analytic (SCA) mobile app. The app takes into consideration all of the key electrical parameters of power distribution system including power supply, cables, transformers, motors, generators and performs available short circuit 3-phase and phase to phase fault current calculations in three-phase radial electric power systems. Visit the SCA mobile product page online at http://www.arcadvisor.com/short-circuit-software for more information.

Did you know that most fabrics recommended for protection against electric arc fires will burn vigorously when exposed to a sufficiently large and sustained exposure fire? NFPA 70E allows flammable clothing with a fabric weight at least 4.5 oz/yd2 to be worn when working on tasks stated low risk. Stating a task as low risk and allowing the use of apparel fabrics may lead to severe injuries and fatalities from clothing ignitions in arc flash incidents. A method predicting the behavior of the fabrics during convective and radiant heating has been developed, and an article describing the method was recently published in the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) magazine. Please follow the link at http://www.arcadvisor.com/faq/ignition-melting-characteristics-fabrics-textiles for more information.