Real-Time Arc Flash™ Solution Can Help Save Workers’ Lives
July 16, 2015 – Raleigh, N.C. – Power Analytics has been granted multiple new patents for technologies that can help reduce the incidence of arc flash hazards and improve safety for all electrical workers. Incorporating multiple patented technologies, Power Analytics Paladin Real-Time Arc Flash™ (RTAF) is the industry’s only software program that enables up-to-date assessments of changing threats as they emerge.
The dangers of arc flash are real and growing. More than 2,000 people a year are treated in burn centers with arc flash injuries. Arc flash occurs when working on energized equipment such as microgrids, a market that is projected to grow by 150 percent every year.
RTAF maintains an uninterrupted, 360-degree view of the facility and its potential arc flash hazards, continually checking all components, equipment and systems. “It’s like having a dedicated power engineer who runs an arc flash study every 15 minutes against your current system conditions, increasing safety while minimizing work interruptions. Integrating RTAF into a site’s safety management and training plan is an exceptionally powerful strategy,” said Kevin Meagher, president of Power Analytics.
An enhancement of the Paladin Live™ software suite, RTAF provides detailed, updated safety procedures, protective gear recommendations and advisories for site personnel in a given vicinity. It also makes intelligent recommendations about where potential arc flash hazards could emerge, and gauges their potential severity. These recommendations are based upon IEEE 1584 and the NFPA 70E standards, entitled “IEEE Guide for Performing Arc-Flash Hazard Calculations” and “Standard for Electrical Safety Requirements for Employee Workplaces,” respectively.
Prior to entering the area and beginning work, site personnel simply query the Paladin Real-Time Arc Flash Advisor. The system responds with an up-to-date recommendation on the appropriate safety procedures and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) necessary to work in the vicinity. Forewarned about the nature of the potential threat, workers will be able to proceed with a higher degree of knowledge about specific safety risks they may encounter. For example, when performing repairs to equipment in which a worker could accidentally be exposed to an electrical hazard, Paladin Real-Time Arc Flash Advisor provides specific guidance on gloves, clothing, goggles, helmet, etc., the worker should wear to increase his or her safety.
While the monitoring arc flash potential in real time is a necessary component of any electrical system that includes the traditional power grid, it serves a critical function in new and advanced electrical systems. These include but are not limited to: data centers, microgrids, distributed generation and renewables.
Power Analytics continues to expand its substantial portfolio of intellectual property while offering its customers this life saving, strategic competitive advantage.
Power Analytics will demonstrate RTAF alongside its new EnergyNet® platform at the NY REV summit on July 29 and 30 in New York City.
For more information, visit www.poweranalytics.com/RTAF
About Power Analytics
Embraced by the power industry for more than 30 years, Power Analytics’ software is at the forefront of the electrical system planning and operation space for energy intensive, mission-critical facilities and microgrids, and currently protects more than $120 billion in customer assets. Power Analytics is a wholly owned subsidiary of Causam Energy, a leading developer of patented technologies and commercial applications that provide increased grid intelligence and optimization. Combining their innovative technologies, intellectual property and experienced management teams, the company plans to lead the way in solving power energy problems for the highly networked, next-generation energy grid. For more information, visit www.poweranalytics.com.
The Power Analytics Paladin real time software platform provides unprecedented levels of power system visibility and manageability that enables complete energy management.
Strategic Solutions Executive