Mueller Electric Blog

Plant Safety in Grounding & Bonding

Posted by Tim Ulshafer on Sep 21, 2018 1:29:55 PM

When you think of plant safety it is common to think about the things you can see or do. This can be rules and regulations on how to navigate throughout the plant as well as wearing the appropriate safety attire such as hard hats, safety glasses, ear plugs, in addition to fire suits or Kevlar gloves to name a few. So, if the plant has all these things, isn’t it safe? Well, maybe, or maybe not? What about the things you can’t see such as static electricity? Have you considered the need for grounding and bonding?

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Topics: Grounding Metal, Static Electricity Grounding, Grounding Wires, Grounding, Grounding Clamp, Static Electricity, Static Control, Static Electricity Industrial, engineering, custom cables

Keeping Your Grounding Equipment In Good Working Order

Posted by Mona Weiss on May 31, 2018 9:18:00 AM

 

It may seem like common sense, but it’s important to make sure your grounding and bonding straps are working properly. It is essential that your clips are making a good connection. 

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Topics: Paint Line Grounding, Grounding Metal, Static Electricity Grounding, Grounding Wires, Grounding, Grounding Plastic, Grounding Clamp

Static Electricity and Flammable Fluids

Posted by Mona Weiss on May 24, 2018 9:24:00 AM

Static Electricity and Fluids

Some fluids that are flammable and combustible (like fuel and other chemicals) can be a static electricity hazard depending on how conductive they are.

As fluids move through pipes or a hose they can build up a static charge because they cannot conduct electricity unless the pipe is grounded. A spark can result if enough of a charge has built up, and an explosion can occur. Solvents that are water soluble like alcohol generally do not build up static electricity because the water is conductive. However when the liquids are transferred into a non-conductive container like glass or plastic, a charge can build up because the plastic or glass does not adequately dissipate the charge in the solvent.  Other factors are the flash point of the liquid, vapor pressure, air humidity, elevation, and temperature. For example, vapor levels in the air around the container will be higher in a hot room or on a hot day rather than on a cold day.

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Topics: Static Electricity Grounding

Options to Consider For a Custom Cable Assembly

Posted by Mona Weiss on May 1, 2018 1:36:59 PM

If you are in need of a wire or cable assembly that is custom made for your specific requirements, there are a number of options to consider. On the surface it's pretty simple - You have a wire, and then something on the ends of the wire (or not). But there are tons of options to customize and get it just right for what you need. 

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Topics: Static Electricity Grounding, Grounding, custom cables

How to Select the Right Electrical Clip

Posted by Mona Weiss on Apr 11, 2018 8:23:21 AM

From electrical design to maintenance, engineers must determine what electrical clips (also called alligator or crocodile clips) are best suited for their project.

These clips can range from small to large, be made of a wide range of materials, come in various jaw types, handle wide ranges of electrical current and can be certified for safety by being UL-listed.

With such a wide range of options, there are many factors to come into play when selecting clips

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Topics: Test & Measurement, Static Electricity Grounding, Grounding, electronics, crocodile clip, engineering, alligator clip, Marine Clips

Signs It's Time To Update Your Grounding Process

Posted by Mona Weiss on Feb 12, 2018 11:27:15 AM

When trying to determine the cause of problems encountered with electrostatic painting, it can be confusing. The problem is often solved by updating the grounding process, however this simple solution is often overlooked. 

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Topics: Plastic Painting, Painting Plastics, Paint Line Grounding, Electrostatic Painting,, Grounding Metal, Static Electricity Grounding, Grounding Wires, Grounding, Grounding Plastic, Painting metal

An Introduction to Static Electricity in Industry

Posted by Mona Weiss on Nov 7, 2017 9:15:00 AM

Static electricity is all around us in everyday life and generally refers to an imbalance between positive and negative charges in objects. Most people have experienced it in some form or another whether it be with their laundry being particularly “clingy,” making a balloon stick to a wall after rubbing it on your clothes, or when walking around wearing socks on a carpet and getting a small shock when touching another object or person.

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Topics: Electrostatic Painting,, Grounding Metal, Static Electricity Grounding, Grounding Wires, Grounding, Grounding Plastic, Grounding Clamp, Static Electricity, Static Control, Static Electricity Industrial

How To Identify Grounding Connections For Electrostatic Painting

Posted by Tim Ulshafer on Oct 27, 2017 12:39:22 PM

Every electrostatic paint line requires grounding. As each substrate enters the paint booth the question is always, "Is it grounded?" At this point you have cleaned the carrier, connected grounding straps (if necessary), and may have even coated the substrate with conductive material so you've done your job and your paint line will produce great results. Or will it? How do you know whether or not your paint line is providing a solid ground? How do you know it is really, safe to paint? 

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Topics: Paint Line Grounding, Electrostatic Painting,, Grounding Metal, Static Electricity Grounding, Grounding Wires, Grounding, Powder coating, Grounding Plastic