Summit Electric Supply Promotes Dave Armstrong to Vice President of Strategic Sales

Dave Armstrong has been promoted to Vice President of Strategic Sales for Summit Electric Supply. Armstrong joined Summit in 2017 as the Director of Strategic Accounts, where he quickly began growing Summit’s business in the industrial sector. In his new role, Armstrong will also assume responsibility for Summit’s International Sales, Export and EP&C divisions. He will be based out the company’s Houston service center and report to Summit’s president, Kevin Powell.

With more than 25 years of experience in the electrical industry, Armstrong has a proven track record in successfully restructuring operations and sales, engaging cross-functional teams to capitalize on sales and market growth opportunities. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma.

“Dave has been instrumental in growing Summit’s industrial customer base throughout our footprint and beyond,” said Powell. “I am very confident that Dave will build on these successes and continue to help Summit achieve new goals around the globe.”

When the Ideal Solution is the Wrong Solution

A plant engineer concluded that LED lighting was ideal for his plant. In particular:

  • Long life. Scheduling relamping around production runs would be a thing of the past. So would the access and security issues tied to each relamping project.
  • Energy savings. After running some calculations, he found a savings of $1800/year in just one of the plant’s six manufacturing rooms.
  • Ability to adjust light temperature. Changing the lighting temperature of some areas at different times of the day would improve productivity. The existing lights were selected for their temperature as a fixed value, not a tunable one as LED would permit.
  • Expanded dimming. A warehouse has dimmable HID lighting, but the range is narrow. A new LED system would permit full-range dimming. The conference rooms in the administrative building are lit by fluorescent troffers. To get “dimming” it’s necessary to turn some lights off. The supplemental incandescent spotlights aren’t exactly energy-savers, either.
  • He saw possibilities with the many control options. Especially when combined with a variety of LED configurations.

A lighting consultant, recommended by his electrical distributor, visited the plant. A portable power analyzer showed the plant clearly had many non-linear loads. LED drivers would add to this. And while the grounding and bonding complied with the NEC, it was not sufficient to prevent undesired current from toasting the LED drivers. Major work would have to be done, or a different type of lighting chosen.

Source: Mark Lamendola | Mindconnection & Codebook City

Protecting Your Hands, Part 1

Using tools, operating test equipment, carrying materials, climbing ladders, and other essential functions require using your hands. Above-average dexterity and coordination are required to perform typical electrician tasks with the expected speed and accuracy.

Your hands, and especially your fingers, are dense with nerve endings compared to most other body parts. This means an injury is very painful. A permanent injury can be permanently painful. Our hands, usually uncovered except when working, are readily visible. Most people gesture with their hands when speaking. So a disfiguring hand injury could be a social impediment.

If you could see inside your hand, you’d find a complex assembly of tiny bones, ligaments, and other structures. Hands are easily damaged. And there are many kinds of ways your hands can be damaged; electric arc, crushing injuries, burns, punctures, etc. The good news is that preventing damage to your hands is also easy. Here are some tips for protecting your hands from electric arcs:

  • Your first line of defense is to de-energize, unless there is a good reason not to. See NFPA 70E Article 130 for not only the “good reason” part (and when it is permitted) but how to reduce risk under energized working conditions.
  • Inspect your test leads and PPE as part of your job preparation. Replace as needed.
  • Wear hand PPE (gloves) rated for the voltage you will encounter.
  • Use insulated tools.

Never reach toward a ground rod a bare hand; if the rod is carrying fault current, you will probably get an arc to your hand.

Source: Mark Lamendola | Mindconnection & Codebook City

Build in Buffers

People with job scheduling duties are under pressure to maintain high productivity. Unfortunately, this leads to scheduling jobs/tasks too close together.

Suppose Bill has a series of 90 minute jobs slated for the day. Due to an unforeseeable issue, the first job runs 15 minutes over. Bill starts the second job 15 minutes late. Because Bill is trying to make up for the late start, he makes a mistake and spends 15 minutes correcting it. So the third job starts 30 minutes late. This lateness rolls forward, so every job starts half an hour late the rest of the day.

The cause is an underlying assumption that nothing ever goes wrong. But things do go wrong, so the solution is to plan for that.

Let’s revisit this scenario. Again, the first job runs over. Bill starts the second job 15 minutes late, but makes no mistakes because he doesn’t feel rushed. There’s a 20 minute block of unscheduled time before job three; Bill could actually start that job early.

Yes, people may be idle if the buffers aren’t needed (and you have no “filler” work). But would you rather have them “busy” making mistakes and starting jobs late?

Source: Mark Lamendola | Mindconnection & Codebook City