Entries by Liz Smith

Throw away your relays

If you appreciate the wisdom of combining the fax, scan, and copy functions into a single device, the benefits of combining the function of relays and meters in your breakers should be crystal clear. Read more about the benefits of smarter breakers and why you should throw away your relays.

Selecting control panel components

Jonathan Doncet Product Marketing Manager ABB Electrification Products Division The latest panel technology often offers big benefits. But depending on the application, the older technology may be better. Here are some factors to consider when selecting control panel components and the applications where traditional NEMA components can be a better choice than newer IEC technology.

Think twice about bolt-on solutions

Rich Gibson Certified Machinery Safety Expert (TÜV NORD) ABB Jokab Safety Products When faced with a new or changed machine-safety risk, bolt-on solutions may seem like the easiest, cheapest approach. In most cases, it makes sense to consider a safety PLC, which can provide a far superior, lower-cost solution.

Superior safety, from switches to sensors

Rich GibsonCertified Machinery Safety Expert (TÜV NORD)ABB Jokab Safety Products Superior safety, from switches to sensors. The first-generation safety interlocks, like the mechanical door switch, were the best available solution 50 years ago ‒ but were far short of perfect. Read how the technology evolved – not always smoothly – to today’s safer, more reliable […]

Making smart component choices

Allen Austin Market Development Manager-Americas – Renewable Energy & Power Generation ABB Electrification Products Division Are you making smart component choices? When selecting components for energy storage power control systems, traditional designs are the right choice in some cases. For automatic transfer switches and current monitoring systems, it’s a smart idea to consider today’s smarter […]

Benefits of more-compact panels

Rich Gibson Product Marketing Manager ABB Jokab Safety Products Actions to solve one problem often have other, unexpected consequences. Panel builders opt for digital components primarily to create more-compact panels. But they also discover other unexpected additional benefits of interest to both panel builders and buyers. Here are 3 unexpected benefits of more-compact panels.

Less is more when it comes to machine safety

Rich Gibson Product Marketing ABB Jokab Safety Products Most machine builders have been going the wrong way on safety, adding more protective devices in their effort to reduce risks. Turns out that the right approach is to actually use fewer devices. Read how less is more when it comes to machine safety and keeping things […]