Power Quality Measurements during Data Centre Commissioning

In recent years, there has been an explosion in data centre development in Ireland. Leading the way was Microsoft, which developed a vast data centre at Grange Castle near Clondalkin in 2009.Now nearly all of the big technology companies such as Amazon and Google have a data centre footprint here. There are plans for more Data Centres such as the giant €850 million data centre Apple is planning in Athenry, Co Galway. Electricity or power is now one of the key considerations in selecting an appropriate site and in the on-going management of a Data Centre. Electricity or power is … Continue reading

Which PAT Tester?

With all the new Safety at Work regulations and the recent insistance of insurance companies and standards authorities for PAT Testing procedures to be in place within companies, you have to ask: “Which PAT Tester is the right one?”

Lockout Tagout: Inspecting the Most Common OSHA Violations

According to the latest statistics published by OSHA, Lockout Tagout (LOTO) violations rank 5th among the top 10 cited violations during FY 2014. The General Industry Standard (1910.147), related to the Control Hazardous Energy, aka LOTO, recorded 2,704 violations, roughly midway between the numbers from the previous years – 3,254 in 2013 and 1,572 in 2012. This rule reportedly covers millions of workers who, as a part of their daily jobs, are exposed to diverse energy sources of varying magnitudes.   Paying attention to critical areas as identified by OSHA can help counter the most common Lockout Tagout violations, including … Continue reading

EA Technology Technical Roadshow – 23rd November 2017, Portlaoise

Powerpoint Engineering were delighted to host the EA Technology Technical Roadshow which took place on the 23rd November 2017 at the Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise. The event focused on Earthing & Lightning Protection and Partial Discharge and included presentations from EA Technology on the following topics: Asset Life Cycle – Stephen Holmes Industrial Earthing Surveys to I.S EN 50522:2010 – Emily Marquand & Jason Butler Lightning Protection to I.S EN 62305:2011 – Emily Marquand & Jason Butler Partial Discharge | HV Assets – Stephen Holmes With over 70 people attending, representing over 40 companies from our industry, the event was a … Continue reading

IEC 61482-2 Protective Clothing against Thermal Arc Hazards of an Electric Arc

When there is a danger of being exposed to an electric arc, personnel are advised to wear arc approved protective clothing. IEC 61482-2 is the overall standard that covers protective clothing against the thermal arc hazards of an electric arc. The IEC 61482-2 standard also covers various aspects of the garment design. This is a requirement for selling garments for arc flash protection within the EU. Garments complying with all of these requirements outlined under IEC 61482-2 should be marked with the IEC 61482-2 symbol as well as the level of protection it meets.