Summary

The 2018 Edition of NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, was released in late 2017 with little fanfare. However, there are several significant changes in this edition that have potentially wide-ranging implications for maintenance personnel collecting condition based data on their electrical and electromechanical assets. This presentation goes over these changes in detail to ensure CBM personnel understand their responsibilities to ensure compliance with 70E rules.

About the Presenter

Rudy Wodrich is an Electrical Engineer whose career has revolved around designing electrical distribution systems for industrial, commercial and power generation applications for both high efficiency and reliability. Rudy spent over 20 years at Schneider Electric and ABB. Rudy now leads new product development at IRISS Inc. in Bradenton, Florida working on Electrical Maintenance Safety Devices (EMSD) and Critical Asset Surveillance Technologies (CAST) to provide early warning of potential electrical equipment failure and to automate maintenance record keeping with the Internet of technologies. Rudy also holds an MBA from the University of Toronto.

This presentation discusses how industry is struggling to find skilled tradesmen and how they are turning to condition based maintenance technologies to backfill this skills gap by building safe, simple and cost-effective equipment condition data collection methods. These methods require minimum training and can be conducted by lower skill level workers thus freeing up the high skilled workforce resources to repair issues found from these inspections.

IRISS focuses on research and development to create safer and more reliable maintenance inspection products using new technologies. This presentation explains how the infrared windows from IRISS have evolved over time.

Overview

Historically, infrared viewing windows utilized fluoride based infrared lens materials. There are four disadvantages to fluoride based lens materials: 1) They are fragile, Non-Impact Resistant; 2) Not IP2X Electrical Failsafe; 3) Limited Lifetime Warranty and 4) Hygroscopic – will absorb moisture over time that will cause problems with temperature measurements.

IRISS ultimately designed and patented a new type of Infrared Window made from clear polymers that eliminated the mechanical disadvantages associated with fluoride windows. This design results in a window that is impact and load resistant, IP2X electrical failsafe, is made from insoluble materials and offers am unconditional lifetime warranty. Infrared, ultraviolet and visual inspections can now be completed using these polymer windows.

Currently, IRISS labels their products as Maintenance Inspection Windows” because they enable more than just an infrared inspection. In addition to infrared inspections, airborne ultrasound, motor current analysis, partial discharge, corona inspections using UV cameras, power quality monitoring and visual inspections can all be accomplished.

Today, IRISS is capable of manufacturing polymer maintenance inspection windows in any size, any shape and even can match to a client’s specific color requirements. We also offer tagging systems that will store inspection data for that particular electrical asset.

About the Speaker:

Martin Robinson, CEO, IRISS

For over 30 years, Martin Robinson has been a pioneer in the field of condition based maintenance (CBM) technology. He spent 18 years in the British Army and is a recognized authority in the field of Infrared (IR) Thermography. Martin is a Level III Certified Infrared Thermographer and is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP) through the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP). He is also a member of IEEE, NFPA and is a standing member on the technical committee CSA Z463.

Martin Robinson, CEO of IRISS, describes his journey in reliability using electrical maintenance safety devices as part of inspections on electrical equipment. Historically, electrical inspections carried a high level of danger for the inspector because inspections were performed on the energized equipment and required the panel or door cover to be opened. Technological advances have resulted in new safety devices that allow infrared and ultrasound inspections to be performed on the energized asset without opening the panel – a much safer working environment for the inspector. Because performing inspections has become easier and safer to perform, companies are moving towards a condition based inspection program to find faults on the electrical asset before it fails. Electrical Maintenance Safety Devices also support “Substitution” in the Hierarchy of Controls recently published in the NFPA 70E 2018 regulations. Companies save time, money and lives by finding the error before the failure!

 

CBM CONNECT is the new home of condition monitoring knowledge.  The site is designed to provide educational articles, videos and podcasts. Condition monitoring and reliability improvement are very important but also technically challenging topics.  IRISS supports CBM CONNECT by providing condition-based monitoring knowledge related to managing your electrical and electromechanical assets enabling viewers to create or maintain a safe and successful electrical maintenance program.  Visit www.cbmconnect.com today.

Condition-based monitoring and reliability improvements are key to our mission.  IRISS is dedicated to pioneering solutions for people to safely perform energized inspections on electrical assets.  Our innovations save lives, minimize risks and protects our client’s investments.  Visit www.IRISS.com.

About IRISS, Inc.

As solution providers, the team at IRISS brings a multitude of experience from world-class maintenance programs together to meet the individual needs of commercial, industrial, marine, power generation and government maintenance programs.  We focus on what we do best by continuously improving infrared (IR) window technology, building reliable products, exceeding customer expectations, remaining a science-based R&D company, providing stellar Training Programs and protecting our polymer IR windows through Our Unconditional Lifetime Warranty.

Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) inspection occurs under full-load conditions, making for a dangerous and often expensive methodology. This presentation explains how to use Electrical Maintenance Safety Devices (EMSD) and Critical Asset Surveillance Technologies (CAST) to create a safer, more efficient program.

Critical Asset Surveillance Technologies (CAST) programs utilize equipment that monitors electrical distribution equipment under full load conditions. Open panel maintenance is extremely dangerous and very expensive. However, the use of Electrical Maintenance Safety Devices (EMSD) overcomes the dangers associated with this type of inspection.

EMSD’s maintain an energized compartment’s closed and guarded condition during CAST inspections and ensure personnel are not exposed to energized components. They provide a means of collecting real-time on-demand condition status data, mitigating worker injuries, and implementing comprehensive and safe surveillance and inspection procedures.

This presentation discusses setting up CAST programs for electrical distribution systems and the steps needed to create a means of balancing the requirements of safety, operations and finance while maintaining assets at optimal efficiency and reliability.

Key Take-Aways

About the Speaker:

Martin Robinson, CEO, IRISS

For over 30 years, Martin Robinson has been a pioneer in the field of condition based maintenance (CBM) technology. He spent 18 years in the British Army and is a recognized authority in the field of Infrared (IR) Thermography. Martin is a Level III Certified Infrared Thermographer and is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP) through the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP). He is also a member of IEEE, NFPA and is a standing member on the technical committee CSA Z463.