The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is well known for assessing penalties to noncompliant workplaces — but occasionally, the Administration supports its mission in more benevolent ways.
When you factor in repairs, lost revenue, and the value of stolen product itself, metal theft costs U.S. businesses and municipalities around $1 billion per year, estimates the Department of Energy. Surging prices for copper and other conductive metals tends to drive spikes in construction theft, too. In short, a loaded wire cart makes an attractive target for thieves.
Electric vehicles—and their charging stations—are being used in a variety of applications in industrial, commercial, and consumer environments. Regardless of the use case, EV chargers are typically mounted in just one of two ways: either on an EV charger pedestal, to create free-standing charging stations, or else attached to a wall, whether that’s in a residential garage or the exterior of an industrial facility. So which mounting option is best? The answer depends on who’s using it and why.
Sheet metal racking systems can be divided into two broad categories: Bulk and production-level storage. Your bulk storage system holds a large stock of sheet metal, but typically doesn’t allow quick, convenient access (and that access usually requires the use of forklifts or other heavy material handling systems).
We may remember 2022 as the year electric delivery vans went mainstream. By the middle of the previous year, no fewer than eight automotive manufacturers were producing battery-powered cargo vehicles for the last-mile delivery market. Logistics providers and delivery fleet managers began to place their orders, but in addition to purchasing the vehicles, these early adopters have a tough question to answer: How will they handle EV fleet charging at their facilities?
In 2019, less than 3 percent of the cars in the world ran on electricity — but don’t let that low number mislead you. Sales of electric cars broke 2 million units that year, and grew by more than 40 percent annually over several previous years. In 2020, celebrated EV producer Tesla became the world’s most valued car company, with a market value of more than $200 billion. At least one analysis says that value will rise to over $1 trillion by 2025.
Material flow is a key challenge for industrial facilities, from distribution centers to manufacturing plants. How do you get materials, equipment, and finished products where they need to be, when they need to be there?
Electric lift trucks are powered by lead-acid batteries, which must be routinely charged and watered. Battery spills and boil-overs can present hazards to workers, floors, and equipment — but if your facility has appropriate neutralizers and clean-up supplies, you can mitigate the risks.
You can’t manage what you don’t see. If you don’t track outbound waste, your operation may be wasting time, money, and your environmental record. The solution is a comprehensive waste tracking system, a data-collection utility that measures waste to provide cost-saving insights — and better reuse, recycling, and composting rates.
Electricians are the frontline troops of the electrical industry. They’re the ones who install power and communications systems, both for electrical power and telecommunications, from major feeder lines down to individual data set-ups. But without electrical wholesalers, electricians couldn’t do their jobs.