There are generally three levels of knowledge that security and fire field personnel exhibit in the form of assumed titles:
From the time that someone enters the field knowing very little or nothing about this business, the aim of all concerned above them is to educate them in the intricacies of the post to which they were employed. For the Wire Puller, the Installer is striving to teach them which cable to pull for what device:
4-conductor, 22 – 18 AWG cable for motions
6-condctor, 18 AWG cable for card readers
6-conductor, 18 AWG cable for zoned smoke detectors
The Installers on each crew also strive to teach their more more promising Wire Pullers where and how to level and mount each device as well as how to install the main alarm control panel. And where programming is done on site, the task eventually turns to the art of programming all the intricate data into each location in programming.
It’s usually the Operations Manager that makes the decision as to which Wire Puller to move from one level to the other in the hopes of one day giving that man or woman their own van and installation crew. This is necessary because the same Ops Mgr is working to move his/her installation foremen upwards into the position of a seasoned, knowledgeable Service Technician.
On a personal note, after decades of managing Wire Pullers, Installers, and Technicians, I have to say that the best Techs that I’ve had, had some exposure to training in the electronics field. I, myself, became an Associate Electronics Engineer, trained for the manufacturing world early on. I was able to use that training to my advantage as an Installer and Service Technician right from the start as I worked in the field for 15 years before becoming a full-time trade journalist and later an Operations Manager.
One way to derive an education for your technical staff without paying an arm and a leg is to use an educational portal called Alison (http://bit.ly/32Gn8I1). The wonderful thing about this opportunity is that it’s free as each student can monitor the course. If they pass it, that’s when you can invest in a Certificate of Education for that specific student.
The value to you, as a manager, as an owner, is that you can use that ultimate goal (your willingness to purchase the Certificate) as an incentive for them to study on their own time, their own dime. Those who do not pass a course will not receive a Certificate, but the main benefit is that they walk away with some of what they studied, which can only help them on the job.
#DoS Attack Blamed for U.S. #Grid Disruptions | #TpromoCom #Power #CyberSecurity #Hackers | According to the National Energy Technology Laboratory’s OE-417 Electric Emergency and Disturbance Report for the first quarter of 2019, a cyber event caused “interruptions of electrical system operations.”
The report shows that the incident impacted an unidentified utility in the region overseen by the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), which is responsible for compliance monitoring and enforcement in the Western Interconnection, and affected California (Kern County and Los Angeles County), Utah (Salt Lake County) and Wyoming (Converse County).
However, the report shows that the incident did not result in any power outages. The cyber event occured on March 5 — it started at 9:12 AM and systems were restored by 6:57 PM on the same day.
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U.S. Department of Labor Proposes $1,326,367 Penalty after Ohio Company Willfully Exposes Employees to Dangerous Hazards| #TpromoCom #OSHA #Fine #Hazards | The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed penalties of $1,326,367 to Dowa THT America Inc. – a metal heat treatment company based in Bowling Green, Ohio – after the company exposed employees to atmospheric, thermal, electrical, and mechanical hazards as they performed maintenance inside heat-treating furnaces. In addition to the penalties, OSHA placed the company in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program.
OSHA cited the company for 25 willful, serious, and other-than-serious violations for hazards related to confined spaces, falls, machine guarding, respiratory protection, chemical exposures, and electrical equipment. The company also failed to provide adequate personal protective equipment, and train their employees on hazards in the facility.
“The violations identified exposed employees to serious, and potentially life-threatening injuries and illnesses,” said Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt. “Employers have a legal obligation to assess their workplaces for hazards, and establish appropriate safety and health programs to protect their workers.”
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit https://www.osha.gov.
Vermont Top State for Battery Recycling in 2018 | #TpromoCom #Battery #Recycle #Recycling | Call2Recycle, Inc., the country’s first and largest consumer battery recycling program, marked Feb. 18’s National Battery Day by releasing its list of the 2018 top 10 battery recycling states, based on program participation.
Vermont topped the list, followed by Delaware, Georgia, Minnesota, California, Illinois, Tennessee, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Washington. The company reported that the top 10 states were ranked based on per capita collection performance.
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New Altronix NetWay™ Spectrum Hardened PoE+ Switches Feature the Industry’s First Lithium Iron Phosphate Battery Backup | #TpromoCom #Power #Network #PoE | Altronix, the recognized leader in power and data transmission solutions for the professional security industry, continues to lead with products that deliver maximum performance, and lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) with the introduction of the industry’s first Lithium Iron Phosphate battery backup solution. Now available in Altronix’s new series of NetWay™ Spectrum PoE+ Switches, these optimized chargers accommodate LiFePO4 batteries with significantly longer shelf life and much more efficient charge cycles than conventional sealed lead acid (SLA) batteries.
“Our new Hardened PoE Switches with optimized Lithium Iron Phosphate battery chargers are truly a game changer for the industry. It presents a new and unique value proposition for installers and end-users, ensuring continuous system operation, while greatly reducing service and maintenance costs,” said Alan Forman, President, Altronix Corporation. “Altronix will be expanding this LiFePO4 backup feature to other products in our portfolio in the near future.”
Altronix’s NetWay Spectrum PoE+ Switches with LiFePO4 battery charging provide many advantages. Superior performance and cost-efficiencies are realized through a 10-year battery shelf life, over 5,000 charge cycles and much reduced weight of the LiFePO4 batteries.Best of all, our new series of switches utilize a single LiFePO4 battery for PoE backup versus four SLA batteries, greatly reducing service and maintenance. NetWay Spectrum features 1Gb SFP (Fiber) ports and multiple PoE+ (30W) ports or a single Hi-PoE (60W) port. Embedded Altronix LINQ™ Power Management technology allows monitoring, control and reporting of power and diagnostics from anywhere. The series also includes a wide selection of models for use in a variety of indoor and outdoor applications.
For more information on Altronix’s extensive line of products, please visit www.altronix.com.
DITEK Launches Compact Wall-Mount Network Surge Protectors | #TpromoCom #Power #Network #Quality | DITEK , the quality standard in commercial surge protection, announces the launch of the DTK-WM4 family of wall-mount network surge protectors. These 4-channel devices feature state-of-the-art technologies to provide robust surge protection for any desired combination of Ethernet, PoE and PoE Extender circuits, while supporting data speeds up to 10GbE. The compact design offers rapid replacement surge protection modules with shielded RJ45 connections and is ideal for smaller installations that do not require large rack-mounted protection systems.
“Smaller installations need just as much network surge protection as large installations – in fact, they may be even more dependent on each circuit,” said Jason Klein, National Sales Manager, DITEK. “Now it is easier than ever to include best-in-breed protection as a part of every project.”
Two versions are available: DTK-WM4NETS is a 4-channel Ethernet and PoE surge protector, while DTK-WM4EXTS is a 4-channel PoE Extender surge protector. Both versions use the same award-winning design as the company’s popular rack-mount models, but in a compact package with simple, versatile mounting. The modular design allows for rapid replacement measured in seconds, and the protection modules are the same as the larger rack-mount devices, so one set of spares will support a full range of installations.
DITEK’s state-of-the-art network protection circuitry features a hybrid design with both Silicon Avalanche Diode (SAD) and Gas Discharge Tube (GDT) technologies for the best IP network protection available in the market; and the field-replaceable protection modules offer a robust 20kA per pair surge current capacity – the highest available for shielded network devices. All models are compatible with CAT5e, CAT6 and CAT6A cabling infrastructure.
SALTO Systems Partners with Altronix to Deliver Integrated Access and Power Solutions | #TpromoCom #Power #AccessControl #Business | Altronix announced it has added SALTO Systems to its expanding portfolio of Trove™ Access and Power Integration Solutions, which simplify access system design, configuration and installation, greatly reducing time and labor. The new Trove1SA1 from Altronix seamlessly accommodates SALTO access controllers providing a highly-efficient and scalable access solution. (Please scroll down)
“Our collaboration with SALTO Systems provides integrators with even more versatility,” said Alan Forman, President, Altronix Corporation. “Trove facilitates flexible access control configurations, which are ultimately more profitable for systems integrators and more cost-efficient for their customers.”
The Trove1SA1 accommodates up to 4 SALTO XS4 CU42E0, CU4200 and/or CU4EB8 controllers for direct control of up to 8 wired doors and/or 65,000 electronic locks. In addition to providing added design and configuration versatility, Trove1SA1 includes a removable backplane that allows systems integrators to test and configure SALTO access and Altronix power solutions prior to on-site installation. Trove1SA1 includes a tamper switch, mounting hardware and cam lock, along with ample room for wiring to accommodate backup batteries.
“We’re excited to announce SALTO Systems’ controllers are compatible with Altronix Trove access and power integration solutions,” said Bill Wood, President of SALTO Systems North America. “This partnership provides installers with a highly efficient access control configuration and installation solution.”
SALTO Systems is a global leader in the development and manufacture of world-class electronic locking and access control solutions. Its leading-edge hardware and software technologies are in use in more than 15,000 installations worldwide with an estimated 20 million daily users.
Altronix offers a free Trove System Design Tool to further simplify the selection of SALTO Systems access controllers at: https://www.altronix.com/system_design_tools/trove1/#salto.
For more information on Altronix’s extensive line of products, please visit www.altronix.com.