• Happy Labor Day!

    L&S Electric wishes you and your family to have a safe and fun Labor Day! Ever wonder what was behind the creation of the unofficial last day of summer? Here's an explanation from How Stuff Works: For a lot of people, Labor Day means two things: a day off and the end of summer. But why is it called Labor Day? Labor Day is a day set aside to pay tribute to working men and women. It has been celebrated as a national holiday in the United States and Canada since 1894. Labor unions themselves celebrated the first labor days in the United States, although there's some speculat
    01 Sep
  • August: The Month in Review

    A very quick month of August has come and gone. In case you missed them, here's a review of this month's conversations. Developing a Predictive Maintenance Program? Consider This Predictive maintenance mitigates energy and water waste to boost profits and how it leads to sustainable manufacturing Sand Wars: Fracking versus Foundry Foundries and fracking operations often compete for the same quality of sand resulting in higher demand and prices Arc Flash Personal Protective Equipment Being in proximity to an arc flash can result in serious injury and perhaps even death. Wearing the proper
    31 Aug
  • Motor Control Centers: One to Run Many

    Individual motors often operate independently of each other, but there are times when there may be many motors used within a single facility. This kind of setup is true of many large-scale industrial operations, and although each motor may be operated individually on its most basic level, it is often desirable to have them operated and controlled from a centralized location. Creating a centralized location is accomplished through the use of motor control centers, which allow many motors to operate from a centralized location and all of the starters contained within a single structure. [capt
    29 Aug
  • Preventive Maintenance: 10 Things to Ruin a Plan

    The best laid plans can go to waste because of the simplest things. Unfortunately, in many cases, the human element creates those simple mistakes. The planning behind a preventive maintenance program is thorough, many pieces of the puzzle, yet it takes only one thing to throw a monkey into the wrench. An article at RCM Blitz helps identify ten mistakes that cause a preventive maintenance program to go awry. Improvements in technology have not only automated a large percentage of today’s manufacturing equipment, but we can also use various tools, technologies and equipment to detect def
    27 Aug
  • Best Practices For Bearing Protection

    Regardless of how well a piece of equipment is designed, built, and properly used, a breakdown is inevitable. Electric motors are, unfortunately, excellent examples. There are a variety of reasons a motor fails, but bearings are usually the culprit. Adam Willwerth, from Electro Static Technology, presents a list of best practices for #BearingProtection. The Problem In processing plants, automated assembly lines, HVAC systems, and other equipment, motors driven by variable frequency drives (VFDs, also known as inverters) can save 30 percent or more in electricity costs. Unfortunately, V
    25 Aug
  • The Importance of High Voltage Equipment Testing and Repair

    There are always considerations for owning and operating a business, but this is especially true when the business makes use of high-voltage equipment. In order to ensure that the business is up and running at any given time and to reduce the possibility that injuries could occur, it is important to include routine high-voltage equipment testing and repair services. The following information provides you with some of the primary ways in which this testing may take place and with the reasons why you would want to do it regularly. Sustained Low-Frequency Tests - Although there is a wide va
    22 Aug
  • Boiler Room Safety is Nothing to Blow Off

    The use of steam to power equipment goes back to the Industrial Revolution. Although there are hundreds of years worth of experience, events still occur. As recently as 2008, nearly 12 people each year are killed from incidents directly related to a boiler room. There are several ways a boiler can cause injury, yet following safe procedures for maintenance and daily operation are seemingly safe enough. Our friends at American Trainco created this infographic to help illustrate some of those methods. Presented by Americantrainco.com For further consideration, the Wisconsin Commerce D
    20 Aug
  • Do Not Overlook Shaft Alignment

    In order for the operation of any rotating equipment to enjoy a long life and reliable operation, it is important for the shafts to be aligned properly. Proper shaft alignment is something that has long been known, but it is often an issue that is overlooked until it is too late, and damage has occurred. [caption id="attachment_57638" align="alignright" width="300"] Laser Shaft Alignment Testing completed by L&S Electric[/caption] The first thing that needs to be understood about shaft alignment is the fact that it typically requires more than simple machine adjustments which would a
    18 Aug
  • Maintenance Management Ideas to Prevent Disaster

    As John Steinbeck wrote, even the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. To the best of their ability, many very intelligent people makes emergency plans to use 'just in case.' However, excellent those plans are, mistakes happen, unexpected things occur, and equipment that shouldn't, breaks. Lisa Richards highlights the things that can go wrong and some ideas to overcome those situations before they become disastrous. It is every facility and maintenance manager’s nightmare: A breakdown in the maintenance plan (or its execution) causes a disaster of epic proportions. Whether
    15 Aug
  • Watts New? Our 1,000 Post!

    This blog started slowly on August 10, 2010 with our first post, "A Message to Our Valued Customers." Since then, working through growing pains, we've reached post 1,000 with this morning's post, "Maintenance Management Ideas to Prevent Disaster." The goal behind the creation of this blog was to give current our website visitors with a source of industry related news. Working towards that goal has provided us with a wonderful opportunity to learn about the many aspects of rotating equipment, such as electric motors, generators, centrifugal pumps, etc, and the various industries that depen
    15 Aug