Banner-Day Bakery Solutions

Arc Flash

The National Electrical Code (NEC) is a national standard authored and published by the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA 70).  This standard is adopted as regulation in all 50 states and is the benchmark for safe electrical design, installation, and inspection to protect people and property from electrical hazards... Why is this important to any industrial or baking environment?  With the new labeling requirement, bakers will be required (by law/regulation) to have that information on equipment in any jurisdiction where the 2017 Edition of the NEC has been adopted.  

 The Banner-Day externally mounted Safe-DD® dual disconnect is a compact panel containing two fused disconnects (primary and lighting), a control transformer and appropriately sized fusing. The main disconnect is responsible for feeding the primary power to the main control panel. The secondary lighting disconnect, wired in parallel to the main disconnect, provides power to the lighting circuit.

 Arc flash incidents in the U.S. cause more than 30,000 injuries every year with about 3% of these resulting in death. Arc flash is a growing source of concern for manufacturers and other employers, and OSHA has begun citing companies for arc flash violations. Arc flash is the result of a rapid release of energy due to an arcing fault between a phase bus bar and another phase bus bar, a neutral or a ground.

 In the last several years, arc flash hazards and arc flash safety are topics that have come much further to the forefront due to changes in various codes, including the National Electrical Code (NEC) and the publishing of “Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace” (NFPA 70E).