• How to Size a Disconnect Switch for Your Project

    August 21, 2019
    A disconnect switch may sound complicated, but it isn't. It's a simple on/off switch that cuts the power to your equipment or electrical enclosure. It's also called the main switch in many applications. Yet, though its use is straightforward, its installation can be tricky to beginners. Today, we're sharing a step-by-step guide to sizing a disconnect switch for your next project. Follow this tutorial and you'll power up your projects in no time.

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  • What is CSA Listed and When Do Electrical Products Need CSA vs UL Certification?

    August 14, 2019
    Despite common belief, you can judge a book by its cover. At least, you can judge the label of an electrical control product! If you're in the market for one, it's important to verify that any you purchase features a stamp of approval from an industry-recognized certifying body. Yet, which labels should you look out for? What do the two mean and which apply to your case? This article will teach you that and more!

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  • Understanding UL Standards for Industrial Electrical Controls

    August 6, 2019
    Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is a global safety certification company that sets rigorous standards for myriad industry components to meet. Within the manufacturing sector, UL requirements help business leaders ensure safety, security, quality, confidence, and sustainability at every touchpoint. With specific guidelines in place that dictate what tests to perform and metrics to meet, employees around the world are better able to identify discrepancies while ensuring performance levels remain high. Today, we're taking a closer look at the UL standards around industrial electrical control components. While end users should keep a full-length copy on hand to reference, we'll provide a high-level overview of the major sections to initiate new users. Ready to learn more? Let's go!

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  • What is UL Certification? The Difference Between UL Recognized and UL Listed

    July 31, 2019
    Have you ever felt that vague sense of reassurance when seeing a logo or seal of approval on a product? Have you ever stopped to think about what kind of information these seals represent? Not sure if your brand needs these certifications? If you're not sure if the product you're manufacturing needs this seal and why, you're not alone. When it comes to UL certification, it's worth it to stop and understand what those seals mean and how they can benefit you.

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  • Microcontrollers Versus PLC’s: A Detailed Comparison

    July 24, 2019
    As open-source electronic prototyping platforms such as Arduino, BeagleBone, and Raspberry Pi continue to widen the realm of possibilities for digital device and interactive object development, there's more interest than ever before in microcontrollers and their related components. Yet, this industry is so nuanced that it's easy to confuse microcontrollers with their larger-scale counterparts, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs). Similar in nature but stronger in capacity, PLCs offer myriad of benefits and uses in their own right. Read more as we delve into the difference between microcontrollers and PLCs.

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  • NFPA 70: An Overview of the National Electrical Code for Industrial Business Owners

    July 24, 2019
    If you work with electrical controls, it's important to be up-to-date on the guidelines and standards that help guide this industry and keep it safe. Yet, with all of the compliance boards and regulatory requirements to follow, it can be difficult to understand the nuances. This blog teaches you the importance of the National Electric Code.

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