Industrial Forklift Classifications and Explosion Proof Lighting Systems (Article)

Explosive work sites require the use of special equipment in order to prevent accidental combustion of flammable compounds. As a result, specific types of forklifts must be deployed to promote safety in the workplace.

Posted on: 9 October 2017 | 10:25 am

An Overview of Airfield Lighting Systems for Commercial Airports and Runways (Article)

Commercial airfields are major consumers of industrial lighting systems. Such locations use luminaries to guide aircrafts around the site during takeoff, landing, repair, testing and when performing basic land-based maneuvers.

Posted on: 2 October 2017 | 11:28 am

Understanding the True Impact of Turnarounds in Industrial Sectors (Article)

Maintenance is a one of the most important aspects of industrial operations. However, due to the busy nature of such sites, it’s not possible to perform repairs and inspections while sustaining daily operations. To effectively complete such tasks, parts of the facility must be shut down temporarily to streamline upkeep.

Posted on: 25 September 2017 | 9:25 am

Avoiding Transformer Fires and Explosions – Best Practices and Safety Guidelines (Article)

In 2013, a coal-fired power plant in Georgia was rocked by a crippling explosion that injured three workers. During routine maintenance, a transformer caught on fire, resulting in damages to critical control rooms and other sections of the facility.

Posted on: 18 September 2017 | 9:33 am

Roadside Lighting Systems and DOT Recommendations for Work Zone Illumination (Article)

To prevent delays and traffic during peak periods, projects that are facilitated in work zones are typically conducted at night. As a result, rugged luminaries are needed to keep the area lit up, allowing operators to perform their jobs properly and providing drivers plenty of time to detect, react to and avoid the busy work site.

Posted on: 12 September 2017 | 11:51 am

Importance of Solid-state Lighting in Indoor Commercial Horticulture (Article)

The success of commercial horticulture, or the practice of growing crops and optimizing plant growth for profit, is highly dependent on the latest lighting technologies available in the market today, such as solid-state luminaries (LEDs).

Posted on: 5 September 2017 | 9:05 am

PoE Technology to Revolutionize the Next Iteration of LED Lighting Systems (Article)

In the past decade, LED adoption has increased rapidly, along with the rise of the Internet-of-Things (IoT). For individuals who aren’t familiar with IoT trends, the most important thing to understand is that the two (IoT and LEDs) are closely related to each other.

Posted on: 28 August 2017 | 8:43 am

Challenges and Solutions during Washdown in Industrial Processing Facilities (Article)

In order to maintain high sanitation standards, industrial processing facilities must conduct washdown sessions on a regular basis. This includes food processing plants, pharmaceutical facilities, meat storage buildings, dairy processing operations, commercial bakeries, institutional kitchens and industrial freezers.

Posted on: 21 August 2017 | 9:10 am

What You Need to Know About Using USCG Approved Lights in Local Lakes and Ponds (Article)

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) oversees and manages navigable and territorial waters in the country, based on 33 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) - Navigation and Navigable Waters. This includes internal waters in the United states that are both subject and not subject to tidal influence, as well as bodies of water used for commerce.

Posted on: 14 August 2017 | 9:11 am

SOS Signal Lighting Could Save Your Life, Here’s How to Do It (Article)

Learning how to execute a proper SOS notification can help turn just about any type of light, from a portable flashlight or shiny mirror to a smartphone or even blinking eyes (yes, it’s possible – more on this later), into a rescue device.

Posted on: 7 August 2017 | 8:43 am

Dry Air Cooling Fans vs Evaporative Cooling Systems (Article)

Processing plants, refineries, warehouses and other industrial facilities rely on large machines and numerous workers for to maintain consistent operations. These two elements (machines and workers) contribute to the buildup of heat in the building: heavy-duty equipment produces massive amounts of heat, while human bodies are naturally warm to maintain or regulate their core temperature.

Posted on: 31 July 2017 | 8:44 am

Color Selections and Applications for Road Side Beacons (Article)

When using beacons for emergency services or notifications on public roads, operators have several color choices. The selection of colors is not just for aesthetics; they determine the type of activity being conducted, as well as reference specific emergency situations.

Posted on: 24 July 2017 | 9:45 am

Sight Glass Designs and Applications in Industrial Sectors (Article)

Monitoring operations in real-time comes with several benefits for industrial processing facilities. By having the ability to check on critical parts of operations, such as pipes, storage tanks, nuclear reactors, and mixing containers, it would be possible to catch issues before they escalate or spread to other sections of the site.

Posted on: 17 July 2017 | 10:06 am

How Do Day/Night Photocell Sensors Work? (Article)

While engineers and manufacturers work on solutions to close this gap in performance and demand, early adopters of solar lighting have several options available to help make their units more reliable. One of these methods include the use of a day/night photocell sensor.

Posted on: 10 July 2017 | 8:38 am

Addressing Flicker Issues with LEDs and Photography (Article)

The widespread adoption of LEDs can be seen in professional film-making and photography. Both industries benefit from the modern luminaries’ sturdy, compact and energy efficient features. With focus on photography, the demanding requirements of shooting under artificial lighting systems have caused some issues to surface.

Posted on: 3 July 2017 | 1:28 pm

LED Lighting and Compatibility Issues with Legacy Dimming Systems (Article)

LED technology is being adopted by numerous businesses around the world. Its energy saving benefits, long lifespan and modern features have won over individuals who are looking for reliable lighting solutions. But in order for the transition to gain full acceptance by consumers and commercial sectors, LEDs have to be able to support legacy dimming systems and controls.

Posted on: 26 June 2017 | 9:35 am

How Do Relays Function in Industrial Power Distribution Systems? (Article)

Relays, or simple switches that are set off or activated via an electrical current, can decrease risks associated with overheating and trips – ensuring the system remains operational with minimal disruption.

Posted on: 19 June 2017 | 10:08 am

Comparing LED Outdoor Flood Lighting Solutions (Article)

Today’s markets are saturated with numerous LED flood lights, which can be confusing to sift through if you aren’t sure what you’re looking for. This article dives into different types of LED flood lighting solutions for outdoor spaces and environments.

Posted on: 12 June 2017 | 9:50 am

Types of UV Light for Different Applications (Article)

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation was discovered in 1801 when the German physicist Johann Wilhelm Ritter observed that invisible rays just beyond the violet end of the visible spectrum darkened silver chloride-soaked paper more quickly than violet light itself.

Posted on: 7 June 2017 | 9:26 pm

NFPA 820 Compliance in Wastewater Treatment Plants (Article)

Wastewater treatment plants are essential structures in cities and small communities. Such facilities are closely monitored by several professional institutions, such as OSHA and the NFPA. When it comes to the latter group, guidelines set forth in NFPA 820 are regulations that dictate fire hazards in such facilities.

Posted on: 29 May 2017 | 9:43 am

The State of Thermal Dissipation Plastics for LEDs (Article)

Too much heat can cause lights to malfunction or fail prematurely. For LEDs, high levels of heat are mitigated through thermal-managing components. During operation, the fixture’s heat sink dissipates heat, moving it away from the unit. This movement is done in a continuous manner to ensure functionality.

Posted on: 25 May 2017 | 9:36 am

Understanding Laser Classifications and Output Levels (Article)

Mainstream, low-powered lasers that emit continuous wave beams are harmless to humans. However, there are some lasers that can cause serious damage to one’s skin and eyes. To educate and protect people from using such lasers incorrectly – in a way that could cause injury – regulatory institutions have created a classification system that establishes the level of damage that the units can inflict on humans and animals.

Posted on: 22 May 2017 | 9:48 am

Will Staring at Guidance and Crane Lasers Cause Permanent Blindness? (Article)

Most people assume that mainstream, low intensity lasers are capable of severely disrupting vision and causing permanent blindness. Reports from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of pilots being affected by culprits shining laser pointers in cockpits (along with imaginary thoughts of planes crashing due to pilots going blind from lasers) have amplified such assumptions.

Posted on: 18 May 2017 | 11:02 am

High Intensity Infrared Illuminators in ANPRs, Transportation Security and Biometric Facial Recognition (Article)

Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) has evolved greatly in the past decade. This technology is being used by numerous businesses and government organizations. Law enforcement groups rely on such systems to capture individuals speeding at intersections, via traffic light cameras. Electronic tollway systems also use ANPRs to improve the success rate of real-time detection during collections.

Posted on: 15 May 2017 | 9:22 am

Modified Sine Wave Inverters vs Pure Sine Wave Inverters (Article)

Most everyday appliances and commercial tools run on AC power. This is fine if you’re connecting the device to a wall outlet that provides AC power. But what if you want to use power from a DC source, like a solar-powered generator or a car battery?

Posted on: 11 May 2017 | 9:39 am