Monday, August 20, 2012

Issue 8 - AFA v5.0 new features have been added

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Issue #8 - updates to AFA v5.0 software for arc flash analysis 
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Arc Flash Newsletter is a quick update on arc flash issues and ARCAD solutions addressing these issues. Visit us at for complete product offerings including free online arc flash calculator, and PC-based software solutions for arc flash and short circuit analysis and labeling.
AFA V5.0 - new features just added
1. Print manager. Now you can preview, setup and print labels direct from AFA V5.0.
2. Circuit breaker library. Select a pre-programmed circuit breaker or populate the library with your own custom breaker settings.
3. Extended fuse library. Now includes 10+ Littelfuse Class, R, J, H, L fast acting and time-delay fuse series.
4. Label file name now defaults to equipment name. This feature speeds up the process of saving labels to disk by not having to re-type the file name for each warning label.
5. New label layouts with all text in black color. The reason for this being that some PPE face shields are amber in color to prevent a blinding light during an incident and this makes it difficult to read data or text that is in red.
6. Portuguese language. Now you can also save warning labels in Portuguese.
7. Input data range tips. Instantly see acceptable value ranges. Instantly see acceptable value ranges instead of waiting until the program validates the data and flags the problem.
8. "Not Listed" upstream protection device radio-button. You can enter arc duration manually. This feature is particularly helpful in making a quick inquiry into how arc duration impacts risk hazard and arc flash boundary.

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.

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AFA version 5.0 awarded with a Certificate of Compliance
ARCAD INC. is very pleased to announce that our AFA v5.0 software for arc flash analysis and labeling has been audited by a registered professional engineer in Ontario and confirmed to meet NEC, CEC code and IEEE P 1584, NFPA 70E, CSA Z462 standard requirements.

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How to perform arc flash analysis in DC power systems
Direct current (DC) arcing fault incident energy calculations are presented to assess the level of risk involved when working around high current DC apparatus. The proposed procedure allows evaluation of incident energy and arc flash boundaries, while taking into account as many circuit parameters as possible. These parameters include fixed or variable gap length, system voltage, available fault current, equipment configuration, circuit time constant and evaluated threshold energy for a second degree burn.

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