MOTION CONTROL: A new white paper from Rockwell Automationhighlights the inherent dangers of arc flash, discusses the standards guiding arc-flash safety, and details the role that arc-resistant motor control centers (MCCs) play in helping to contain arc energy and reduce hazards.“Advances in Low Voltage MCC Technology Help Reduce Arc-Flash Hazards and Minimize Risks” discusses how changing industry standards are putting more focus on arc-flash risks, and highlights the key features and components of an effective arc-resistant MCC design. The paper stresses the importance of understanding the performance criteria that must be met before an MCC can be classified as an arc-resistant design.
According to the paper, an arc-resistant MCC is designed and built to provide a complete structural solution in accordance with defined industry standards. Arc-resistant equipment is designed to minimize arc-flash exposure by extinguishing the arc, controlling the spread of the arc or channeling the arc pressure and energy away from personnel.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
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