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Meghan Kelley

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July 16, 2019

Incentives for Power Monitoring

As energy costs rise and being environmentally conscious is ever a concern, power monitoring is increasingly popular. Numerous states now offer incentives to encourage buildings and other consumers to start power monitoring.

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July 11, 2019

Manufacturers Increasingly Adopt ISO Standards

OEM and mechanical parts suppliers adopting ISO Standards is increasingly common throughout the US, driven by a spike in industry demand for components manufactured in ISO compliant factories. In addition to existing and increasing demand for ISO compliance in clean rooms, healthcare spaces, and laboratories, manufacturing facilities like automotive, electronics, loT, and industrial are now adapting to observe these standards. To be ISO compliant, all of these spaces need highly accurate, reliable, and NIST-traceable sensors for monitoring.

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July 02, 2019

Problems of a Hot-wire Anemometer

For decades, hot-wire anemometers have been widely used throughout hospitals to ensure proper pressurization in critical spaces such as operating rooms and isolation rooms.

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June 21, 2019

What is UL 2808?

UL 2808 is one of the most recent and updated safety standards released by UL. It is designed to provide for retrofit energy monitoring equipment such as commercial submeters and associated equipment, including open-type current transformers. It was released in 2012 under the category code XOBA.

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June 19, 2019

Setra's New Split-Core CTs are Here!

Introducing Setra’s new split-core current transformers! Our Split-Core CTs provide a high accuracy current measurement over a wide dynamic sensing range for power metering applications. 

As UL 2808 certified CTs are now required in many applications, Setra’s new split-core CTs are among the first to comply with this standard. For a complete metering solution to meet your demanding application, pair these CTs with Setra’s power meters.

These new current transformers have a 333 millivolt output directly proportional to the input current. Easy to install, these CTs can safely be set up on existing power lines without the need to disconnect and interrupt service. 15 foot lead wires come standard, eliminating excess material and time spent extending wire-length during installation for the majority of applications. The CTs are available from 20A to 400A, all of which are UL 2808 certified.

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June 11, 2019

What Does an IP67 Rating Mean?

What does the IP stand for?

IP stands for "Ingress Protection" and is the International Protection Marking per IEC standard 60529. The most common use of an IP rating is how protected a product - such as a transducer - is from a solid or liquid entering the product.

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May 31, 2019

Decoding Humidity Accuracy

Considering humidity accuracy measurements is necessary when selecting a relative humidity transmitter. Accuracy, by definition, is "the degree to which the result of a measurement, calculation, or specification conforms to the correct value or standard" (Oxford English Dictionary). When comparing accuracy measurements of different relative humidity sensors, understanding the factors included in said measurements is crucial. An accuracy measurement should consist of non-linearity, hysteresis, repeatability, and calibration uncertainty. These factors can be defined as:

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May 28, 2019

Preparing for The Joint Commission Visits

The Joint Commission (TJC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring hospitals and other medical facilities provide safe, high-quality care to patients. TJC accredits healthcare organizations throughout the United States. Accreditation occurs every 3 years, but inspection surveys occur unannounced every 18 to 39 months, taking between 2 and 3 days to complete. For most of the United States, Medicare and Medicaid funding depend on TJC accreditation.

Getting ready for TJC visits requires a significant amount of preparation. Here are 7 steps to consider when preparing for a TJC visit. This is not a comprehensive step by step guide, but rather ideas to get you started.

 

1. Have a preparation plan

Establishing a plan or timeline for preparation activities makes getting ready less stressful. Be sure you assign staff members responsibilities for each of the preparation activities.

2. Know the standards

Before the visit, educate staff on the standards and how your organization meets those standards. Familiarity with TJC standards helps staff focus and implement the standards easier.

3. Have evidence ready

Be ready to present existing evidence of compliance. A good practice to follow is to keep at least a year's record of evidence In preparation for the visit, pull out the previous TJC report as well as recent reports from other regulatory agencies.

4. Plan for compliance

Identify any areas lacking compliance with the standards. Create a plan to address any compliance issues. Review all policies, procedures, and protocols in advance to ensure compliance.

5. Perform a mock survey

Do a mock survey in anticipation of the visit. A mock survey will give you a better understanding of what score your organization might receive, like taking practice tests before an exam. Having an idea of what you might score can help you anticipate what to expect from the visit.

6. Perform mock tracers

Mock tracers imitate the rounds TJC will conduct to check if you meet the latest procedures and standards. Three types of tracers are performed: environmental, safety, and infection prevention.

7. Know infection prevention policies

Infection prevention is a crucial part of healthcare organization procedure. Be prepared to explain or demonstrate how you prevent nosocomial infections in your organization.

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May 24, 2019

Semiconductor Manufacturing

The semiconductor chip manufacturing industry includes several processes during a fabrication of the integrated circuits to be used in electronics. As such, many of these processes are complex and sensitive. Setra offers pressure management solutions capable of handling a wide range of responsibilities and solving the complicated tasks of stable semiconductor manufacturing. The semiconductor manufacturing industry relies on their suppliers or business partners to help provide precise delivery of pressure and vacuum management solutions.

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May 22, 2019

Can a Particle Counter Communicate on my Existing Network?

When selecting a particle counter, it is necessary to consider what building automation network it can communicate with. Examining the available options helps to ensure the particle counter will connect to your existing network.

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