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TPI™ PORTABLE CONVECTION, FAN FORCED, RADIANT HEATERS AND SAFETY TIPS

10/04/2017

It’s that time of year again to be prepared and have on hand that portable heater for use when the need arises.  Portable Heaters are a necessity on jobsites during the colder months ahead or if extra heat is needed in your home.  Proactive versus reactive is a great motto to follow! 

If you already own a heater and are looking for another alternative or trying to decide if you need to replace your old one, here are just a few tips to follow.  Before you plug in your previously used heater and assume everything is “fine” because “it ran okay last year”, take a few moments to pre-check the heater and inspect the cord to verify that the jacket is not frayed or worn through the insulation. To keep your crew, jobsite, family or home safe from fire hazards caused by faulty heaters or unsafe practices, here are a few safety tips to “live by”!  Never place near combustibles or areas where water may be a problem. Keep at least 3 Feet away from any other objects.  Plug directly into an outlet and never use an extension cord unless it is rated and sized for your particular portable heater. Turn off and unplug heaters when not in use. Other features to look for include having tip over auto shut-off ability, temperature control thermostat, automatic reset type limit control and/ or a thermal cut-off device. TPI has a line of indoor Portable Heaters for Commercial and Residential use to handle all of your heating needs. They have the built-in safety features necessary to help keep the jobsite or your home warm, safe and sound through the winter months ahead!

Check out the following Frost offerings in TPI™ Portable Heaters: 

  • To begin with, there is the TPI™ 483 TM plug-in 48 Inch single phase 120 Volt Baseboard Convection Heater.  It features a temperature control thermostat, a manual reset type limit control, a 6 Foot, three conductor cord with plug and a power-on indicator light.  It is 1500 Watts and draws 12.5 Amps.  
  • Another choice is the TPI™ 188 TASA 1500W/ 1300W 120 Volt 12.5/ 10.8 Amp Single Phase Fan Forced Milkhouse Style Heater. This unit has a 6 Foot, three conductor cord with plug, a temperature control thermostat, tip over switch, auto reset type limit control and a thermal cut-off device. It has 1300 and 1500 Watts heat settings, plus a fan only setting.   
  • Next on the list is the TPI™ 178 TMC 120 Volt Single Phase Ceramic Fan Forced Heater.  It has two heat settings at 1500 and 950 Watts, plus a fan only setting at 20W.  This unit draws 12.5/ 7.1 Amps.  Features include a temperature control thermostat, a 6 Foot three conductor cord with plug and a double safety system which includes an automatic reset type limit control and a thermal cut-off device.  
  • The TPI™198 TMC Radiant/Fan Forced 120 Volt Heater gives you the option of radiant and/or fan forced heat.  It draws 12.5/ 7.5/ 5 Amps.  It features a temperature control thermostat, a tip over switch, a manual reset type limit control and a 6 Foot three conductor cord with plug.  There is a max BTU rating of 5120.  If you are interested in having the option of radiant or fan forced heating, this is a great choice.  
  • Along the Commercial lines, TPI™ offers the FES15241A Portable Electric Salamander Heater 5 KW 240V 1-Phase with 10 Inch Wheels and a Safety Yellow Enclosure (The 25 Foot SO cord is sold separately).   This unit has a magnetic contactor, a high limit thermal cut-out switch and auto reset.  It runs at 63 Amps, is 51195 BTU’s and 800 CFM.  It is a Fan Only operation.    
  • Another offering is the TPI™ HF5848TC 4800/ 3600 Watt 1-Phase 208/240V Fan Forced Garage/ Workshop Heater. It is 20.0/ 17.3 Amps and 15086 BTU’s.  This unit includes a 6 Foot cord with a 30 Amp plug, a built in bi-metal 2 Pole thermostat, a wall/ ceiling mount bracket. Steel tubular heating element and power on/ overheat pilot lights.    
  • One last commercial unit is the TPI™ HF686TC “Bulldog” Fan Forced Portable Heater w/ Swivel Base.  It is 1-Phase and runs at 23.4/20.2 Amps.  This unit includes a 6 Foot cord with a 30 Amp molded plug, finned tubular heating element, internal manual reset thermal cut-out and a temperature control thermostat w/ 35F – 85F degree range.  It is 19107/ 14330 max BTU’s and has a 10 Foot air throw – 262 CFM.                                                                                                                                                                   

Take a walk on the “warm” side and check out all of these great portable heaters on our website.  It’s as simple as a quick click here for more information!

 

 


PIP BOUTON ®FOGLESS 3SIXTY™ TECHNOLOGY SAFETY EYEWEAR

05/25/2017

Just when you thought you knew everything about standard Fogless Safety Glasses, PIP offers a High Performance Bouton ® Fogless ® 3Sixty™ series that will keep you seeing things much “clearer” on future jobs!   Many of the fogless safety glasses have a light anti-fog coating applied on the lens, which can wear off or wipe off quickly if the wrong cleaning solution is used.  The Bouton® series eyewear has an advanced formula which adheres permanently to the lens.  This innovative process applies a densely bonded coating that will continue to bead away water and moisture, even after repeated rubbing or cleaning.

PIP offers the following high performance safety glasses/ goggles in four styles, which are all anti-scratch, fogless and meet the ANSI Z87.1-2015. Eye Protection Standard:

        •   Recon –; This has a rugged style in a lightweight design.  It features an adjustable rubber nosepiece and flexible bayonet temples with rubber pads to keep your eyewear secure and insures a non-slip fit.  Color choices include, a Clear Lens/ Clear frame or Gray Lens/ Gray Frame.   

        •   Captain – This design is lightweight and rimless for all day comfort.  The bayonet temples are unique because they feature tips that curve out which allows for easier placement on your face and reduces pressure points for a more comfortable fit.  Color options for this style are a Clear Lens/ Clear Frame or Gray Lens/ Gray Temple.

        •   Fuselage – The 360 Degree foam liner will help protect your eyes from dust, debris and other airborne particles.  This is a convertible style that enables you to quickly remove the bayonet & temples and replace them with an elastic strap (included) which then becomes a dust goggle.  Two for the price of one!  Color options for this particular style are a Clear Lens/ Black Frame or Gray Lens/ Black Frame.

When your job demands anti-fog safety glasses or goggles, one of these PIP Bouton® 3Sixty™ True Fogless® Protective Eyewear choices should cover all of your specific needs. It's a clear choice! Click here for more information!                           

 

 


Southwire™ BENDstation™ RIGID WORKSTATION

by Frost
02/24/2017

Southwire™ has created the BENDstation™ RIGID WORKSTATION has more accurate measurements, bends, and cuts. There is a built-in protractor for quick and accurate bends. There is a comfortable worktable height at 36”. There is the ability to store up to 700 feet of conduit, strut or 1000 lbs. of other materials.

Southwire™ BENDstation™ RIGID WORKSTATION has an extra shelf that is for storage of tools and materials. There are heavy-duty casters for easy transportation and mobility. There is less labor fatigue. You can work standing up without constantly bending over.

There is a dual-bending shoe that is designed for both ¾” and 1” rigid and IMC. The bending requires up to 40% less force to bend than other mechanical benders. A 60” ruler is incorporated on the working surface for quick and accurate marking. The side mounted chain vise is easily adjustable to multiple positions for quicker and safer cutting and threading.

The built-in protractor is for quick and accurate bends. This increases bending speed on the job. The RB1000 is safe and efficient. Measuring, bending and cutting is at a 36” table height. The high capacity stores up to 700 feet of conduit. The built-in ratchet system bending requires up to 40% less force to bend than other mechanical benders. It is highly mobile with heavy-duty casters for easy transportation and mobility.

 


PIP 250-AN-10124 Anser Protective

by Frost
02/09/2017

PIP 250-AN-10124 Anser™ helps to provide protection from projectiles and impact in general use applications. There are wraparound temples with rubberized tips that gently grip the wearer’s head. The lightweight, semi-rimless design provides the user with all day comfort.

PIP 250-AN-10124 Anser™ has a sleek, sporty style with a wraparound lens protection. The bayonet temples with flexible rubber tips offer a comfortable and secure fit. The soft rubber nose pads help to keep the glasses in place. This item is supplied with an adjustable neck cord with 9 base curve lens.

The lens type is dual and the material is polycarbonate with 99.99% UVA and UVB light absorption. The thickness is 2.0mm and the base curve is 9. The frame design is semi-rimless with the material being a polycarbonate/PVC. The safety standards are ANSI Z87.1+.

PIP 250-AN-10124 Anser™ has 12 pair per inner box and 144 pair per case. The case weight is 13 lbs. and 5.9 kg. The single pair weight is 0.9 oz. and 26 g. The country of origin is Taiwan.

The polycarbonate lenses block 99.99% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. This ultraviolet protection has already been incorporated with the lens material when the lenses are being produced. 

 


Siemens 3RW4055-6BB35

by Frost
12/27/2016

Siemens has created the 3RW4055, which is often characterized by the small amount of space that it requires. No power loss has to be taken at the power semiconductors after the motor has started up. This helps to create a more compact design, cutting down heat losses and makes external bypass circuits superfluous.

There are many additional features that are included with this soft starter. Adjustable current limiting, motor overload, intrinsic device protection along with optional thermistor motor protection are all features that are included. If the motor rating is higher, the functions are that much more important as you won’t have to purchase extra install protection equipment.

The internal intrinsic device protection is there to prevent any thermal overloading of the thyristors. The power section defects can cause thermal overloading. It is also an option for the thyristors to be protected by the semiconductor fuses from short-circuiting.

When it comes to status and fault monitoring, soft starters offer different diagnostics options. There are up to four LEDs and relay outputs that allow for differentiated monitoring. The diagnostics of the operating mechanism are indicated by the operating state. These include mains, phase failure, missing load, non-permissible tripping time/class setting, thermal overloading or device faults.

The full product description for the 3RW40556BB35 is SIRIUS SOFT STARTER, S6, 117 A, 100 HP/575 V, 50 DEG., 400-600 V AC, 115 V AC, SCREW TERMINALS. The product family is 3RW40 Soft Starters. The product lifecycle (PLM) is PM300: Active Product. The price group is UYP and the metal factor is LAO.

Integrated functions include adjustable current limiting, motor overload and intrinsic device protection, along with optional thermistor motor protection. The internal intrinsic device protection helps to prevent the thermal overloading of the thyristors and the power section defects this cause. 

 


Milwaukee Folding Jab Saw 48-22-0305

by Frost
12/22/2016

Milwaukee has created a Folding Jab Saw (48-22-0305). This product offers a tool free blade change to avoid downtime in the field. The blade folds into the handle, which makes for easy storage.

Milwaukee’s Folding Jab Saw comes complete with rubber over mold. This increases comfort and reduces hand slippage. The new Milwaukee 48-22-0305 saw uses standard Sawzall® recip saw blades. It includes a multi-purpose blade for added customer value. This is a Milwaukee Hand tool that can be used with any Sawzall recip saw blade.

There are a few unique features that the Milwaukee’s Folding Jab Saw possesses. There is a tool free blade change. It changes blades up to 10x faster. Milwaukee hand tools have unique innovative designs. The folding blade makes the Milwaukee 48-22-0305 easier and has safer storage.

The rubber over mold grip allows for increased comfort. This product has increased versatility. Most of the tools in Milwaukee’s line come with a limited lifetime warranty.

Milwaukee offers some other hand tools: Milwaukee 48-22-2008 8-piece screw driving set, Milwaukee 48-22-0223 PVC/ABS hand saw, Milwaukee 48-22-0012 compact hack saw, Milwaukee 48-22-1901 fastback flip open utility knife and Milwaukee 48-22-1910 sliding utility knife.

The assembled depth is 1.65 inches. The assembled height is 13.4 inches. The assembled width is 5.12 inches. The blade length is 6 inches. There is a folding handle. The hand tool type is a handsaw. The saw type is a fold.  The handle material is plastic. There are multiple teeth per inch. The product weight in lbs. is 0.64 lbs. The tools product type is a hand tool.

Frost carries Milwaukee’s Folding Jab Saw (48-22-0305). You can purchase it on our website here.

If you have any questions about Milwaukee’s Folding Jab Saw (48-22-0305), you can contact us at 1-800-776-5444. You can also fill out our contact form here.

 


Temporary Lighting

12/15/2016

 At Frost Supply, jobsite safety is a top priority. While some may think of temporary jobsite lighting as an unsafe thing of the past, its current rules and regulations foster a much safer environment for everyone involved. And we’re here to help shed some light on the issue. 

First, it’s important to know how temporary lighting differs from its permanent counterpart. While this may seem obvious, and inherent in its naming, the big difference is that temporary lighting has a predetermined expiration date.

While temporary lighting can be used in a variety of applications, below you’ll find some of the most common applications and their corresponding regulations. By following these guidelines, we can ensure the safety of everyone who enters your jobsite.

o   Construction Period: temporary lighting can be used during construction, remodeling, maintenance, repair or demolition

o   Decorative Lighting: temporary lighting can be used for up to 90 days

o   Emergencies & Tests: temporary lighting can be used for the duration of the situation

o   Services: although it’s temporary, you need to treat the service as permanent

o   Feeders: for temporary feeder installations

o   Branch Circuits: you can use cable assemblies, hard-usage cords, extra-hard usage cords, and NM cables but not open branch circuits to support your lighting

o   Receptacles: must be of the grounding type

o   Note: On a jobsite, lighting and receptacles cannot be on the same circuit

o   Lamp Protection: you must use a luminaire or a lampholder with a guard

o   Splices: putting splices of cords or nonmetallic cables in boxes is not necessary

o   Protecting cables and flexible cords from accidental damage, including from projections, sharp corners, through doorways, and other tight areas, is a must

o   Support all cables, cable assemblies, and flexible cords from damage using staples, cable ties, straps or the like

Overall, it’s important to remember that, although the lighting is temporary, it should still adhere to permanent safety measures. Whether the lighting hangs for just a couple of days, for a few weeks, or for months, safety on the jobsite should always come first.

At Frost, we offer a variety of temporary lighting options from Coleman, Wobblelight, and Milwaukee. Call or visit one of our six locations, or check out our website, www.frostelectric.com, to see what option is best for your jobsite. 

 


Carlon E97BR2 & Carlon 15004-100

by Frost
11/07/2016

The Carlon E97BR2 is a Two Door Brass Cover for Duplex Receptacle.  This is a 2-door brass duplex service floor box cover. The Carlon E97BR2 is composed of solid brass rugged construction that helps enhance durability. This product is coated with a light lacquer finish that adds protection.

 Floor box mounting is offered with the Carlon E97BR2. This makes for a convenient installation. Superior resistance to wear and perfect for high traffic areas are just a few of the amazing features of the Carlon E97BR2. The product is ideal for both tile and carpet applications. It is also gasketed for a watertight seal. The floor box cover is UL/cULus listed. In addition, the floor box is also RoHS compliant.

Frost Electric offers the Carlon E97BR2.

The Carlon 15004-100 is a 3/8 Inch Gray Carflex Liquidtight (100’ Coil). The conduit type is a liquidtight flexible nonmetallic. The style is a Ty-B conduit. The jacket is PVC. The temperatures that this product can be used in are in the ranges of -40 C to 75 C. The color is gray. The trade size-in is 3/8 and the length is 100-ft. The manufacturer series is Carflex.

The Carlon UL is listed for use. This is indicated in Article 351 of the 1999 NEC. The Carlon 15004-100 is unique because it can be used for outdoor use and it is also sunlight resistance. Based on the temperatures that it can be worked with, Carlon 15004-100 can be used for both indoor and outdoor use. It can also withstand the frigid cold and the blazing heat. It is suitable for use at conduit temperatures of 80 degrees C dry, 60 degrees C wet and 60 degrees C oil resistant, as required by section 15-6 of ANSI/NFPA 79-1985 and UL 1660.

Frost Electric also offers the Carlon 15004-100.

 


Southwire QWIKrope®

by Frost
10/17/2016

Southwire QWIKrope® was created to be an innovative new high performance pulling rope that is UV resistant, lightweight and an ultra low stretch for all of your feeder and circuit wire solutions. Southwire QWIKrope® has a high-tech construction that is made from ultra high molecular weight polyethylene fibers. There is also superior strength for a 12 strand braided pulling rope. It is pound for pound stronger than steel. It is highly durable, does not absorb water and there is no rope rot. It is ready to use with dual factory installed pulling eyes.

This product has 12 Strand single braided 9/16” pulling rope with a breaking strength of 32,000 lbs. There are 2 sizes for all of your circuit wire pulls. The 2 sizes include 1/8” pulling rope with a breaking strength of 1,100 lbs., and a ¼” pulling rope with a breaking strength 7,500 lbs. You only need one size rope (9/16”) for feeder conductor pulls up to 10,000 lbs. The 1/8” QWIKrope® can easily be vacuumed into any conduit run up to 290 ft. The 9/16” QWIKrope® is recommended for use with all Maxis® cable pullers.

It is an ultra low stretch, UV resistant and lightweight pulling rope. There is a 24% reduction in the coefficient of friction as compared to traditional pulling ropes. This product has dual factory installed pulling eyes and does not absorb water. There is no rope rot either.

In test study comparisons, the traditional 7/8” double braided composite rope has a breaking strength of 32,000 lbs. and the 9/16” QWIKrope® has a breaking strength of 32,000 lbs. On a simulated 500’ run with (12) 90 degree bends when adding 100 lbs. of back tension: the traditional 7/8” double braided composite pulling rope averaged approx. 3,003 Ft lbs. of additional pulling tension.

Frost sells the Southwire QWIKrope®.  If you have any questions about the Southwire QWIKrope® you can contact us at 1-800-776-5444 or at 314-567-4004. 

 


All about the Ilsco DE-OX 4 Oz

by Frost
09/30/2016

Ilsco’s DE-OX Oxide Inhibitor is a type of solid paste. It is often green in color with the compound including petroleum distillates. This item is of a hydro treated heavy naphthenic. One of the best features about Ilsco’s DE-OX Oxide Inhibitor is that it is efficient in performance.  It prevents oxide from forming.

This product is used ideally for copper or aluminum conductors in multiple applications. It provides an air-tight seal around the conductor. The DE-OX Oxide Inhibitor is conductor versatile, so it can be used on whatever conductor that you may be using on the job. The DE-OX Oxide Inhibitor provides the convenience that lets you select the right size for the job. The Inhibitor has a flash point that is stated to be greater than 232.23 degrees C. The vapor density is greater than 1. This product is also insoluble in water. 1.08 is the specific gravity level.

Another beauty of this product is that it has a broad working temperature range. Whether it is freezing cold or blazing hot, this product can be used in a variety of weather situations. It can be used from -40 C to 90 C and on copper and aluminum conductors.

Each variety of the DE-OX series has a different use that can be applied to the job. The PLAIN – DE-OX series is suitable for aluminum or copper terminations. The ZINC – DE-OX-Z series contains some flecks of zinc that are mixed into the plain formula for aluminum and copper terminations. The COPPER – DE-OX-C series contains flecks of copper that are mixed into the plain formula for copper terminations.

If you have any questions or concerns about the ILSCO DE-OX 4 OZ, you can contact us at 314-567-4004 or 1-800-776-5444. Here is the link to purchase the ILSCO DE-OX if you are interested.   

 


CABLOFIL ZF150/900EZ WIRE MESH

by Frost
09/22/2016

Cablofil is the inventor of the wire mesh cable tray that is a revolutionary cable management system that provides exceptional strength combined with the flexibility to adapt very easily to field requirements. Installation is made easier because wire mesh requires fewer parts. The FAS system allows splice, bracket and accessory connections without hardware. The Cablofil ZF150/900EZ Wire Mesh has been manufactured in the heartland of the US. Cablofil is dedicated to providing superior quality products, service and expertise.

The Cablofil Wire Mesh Cable Tray CF 150 has a concept that is based upon performance, safety and economy. These are the top three qualities that make the Cablofil Wire Mesh Cable Tray system preferred by installers. Cablofil works well because it adapts to the most complex configurations. The structure gives maximum strength for minimum weight. The ease of creating fittings that are carried out on site, along with the wide range of unique and universal accessories gives complete freedom in routing combined with exceptionally fast installation.

Some features and benefits include the Special Safe T-Edge. This helps to protect installers from sharp ends while it prevents cables from fraying. The wire mesh is smooth and round, which helps to resist dirt and dust build-up. There are standard 10’ lengths that are straight and easy to handle. The large mesh size (2” wide by 4” long) that allows cable installers to route cables in and out at any certain point without having to cut the tray. The 1” to 6” high flange side of the tray prevents cables from falling off. The dimensions are nominal and other sizes are available upon request.

There are different finishes available: Electro Zinc, Hot Dipped Galvanized, Stainless Steel 316L, Black Painted, and other Painted. The material it is made out of is steel and the depth (U.S.) is 6”. 

       

 

 


Maxis XTS-02 #6-1/0 KCMIL Mini

by Frost
09/08/2016

Maxis XTS-02 #6-1/0 KCMIL Mini is the small tool that does it all. Stripping wire and cable is a task that can cause your crew to lose valuable time. Manufacturers have made stripping tools specific to each type of wire, sizes, etc. which causes your crew to spend more time gearing up for work, rather than accomplishing the actual task at hand.

Southwire has found a solution to this problem with the small tool that does it all, Maxis XTS-02, which cuts wire sizes #6 through 1/0. It is unique in that no adjustments to the blade are required for different wire sizes. The tool features a long life precision curved blade that offers faster and safer strips without nicking the conductor. The Mini Stripper is smaller than other similar models and has a compact aluminum body that easily fits in a tool bag or pouch.

The XTS-02 is faster and more convenient than other wire and cable strippers. This product eliminates the need for multiple tools, as well as alleviating the loss of time when looking around for other parts and pieces common to similar products in the marketplace. Users will no longer have to purchase individual dies, kits, parts or replace pieces over time, making this an economical and time-saving device.

Southwire has a long history of developing, manufacturing and distributing a wide range of tools and equipment made with the electrician in mind. The legacy is continuing with the XTS-02 Mini Stripper, which offers economical and time-savings to your crew. 

 


MILWAUKEE 2797-22 M18 18V FUEL™ and FUEL 1” SDS Plus Rotary Hammer

by Frost
08/23/2016

The M18 FUEL™ LITHIUM-ION 2-Tool Combo Kit includes the M18 FUEL™ ½” Hammer Drill/Driver (2604-20) and the M18 FUEL ¼” Hex Impact Driver (2653-20). The M18 FUEL™ features a POWERSTATE brushless Motor, which are REDLINK PLUS™ Electronic Intelligence and REDLITHIUM Battery Technology. The results are longer motor life, more run time and more power.

The POWERSTATE brushless motor works much harder and has a longer life that all of the leading competitors. It also reduces noise and cools more rapidly which delivers years of maintenance-free performance. The Milwaukee REDLITHIUM™ XC4.0 Battery is the most durable pack that you can get on the market. It provides up to 2X more run time than the standard Lithium-Ion batteries.

REDLINK PLUS™ Intelligence hardware and software is some of the world’s most advanced system of cordless power tool electronics. This will maximize performance and protect the user’s investment.

What is included in the combo kit: M18 FUEL™ ½” Hammer Drill/Driver (Bare Tool) (2604-20), M18 FUEL™ ¼” Hex Impact Driver (Bare Tool) (2653-20), M18 REDLITHIUM XC 4.0 Extended Capacity Battery Pack (48-11-1840), M18 & M12 Multi-Voltage Charger (48-59-1812), Belt Clip, Carrying Case and Side Handle.

Milwaukee has also created the M18 FUEL™ 1” SDS Plus Rotary Hammer that delivers faster corded speed, corded durability and all day work on one charge. The POWERSTATE Brushless Motor: Provides 1.7 ft-lbs of impact energy, 0-1, 400 RPM and 0-4, 900 BPM. REDLITHIUM™ XC 4.0 Battery Packs provide all day work on one charge, 20% more power and 2X more recharges than standard Lithium-Ion batteries. REDLINK PLUS™ Intelligence: Integrates full-circle communication between tool, battery and charger to protect from overloading, overheating, and over-discharging. The AVS Anti-Vibration System: Minimizes vibration for maximum comfort.

What is included in the kit: M18 FUEL™ 1” SDS Plus Rotary Hammer (2712-20), M18 REDLITHIUM™ XC 4.0 Extended Capacity Battery Pack (48-11-1840), M18 & M12 Multi-Voltage Charger (48-59-1812), depth rod, side handle and carrying case. 

 

 


How Bridgeport fittings can address code issues:

by Frost
08/09/2016

Did you know that a rigid coupling is only UL listed to join sections of rigid conduit - NOT for use in transitioning to another conduit system?

Very often contractors will use a rigid coupling to join two raceways, for example on HVAC equipment hook up they will screw a liquid tight connector into one side of a Rigid coupling and a EMT connector into the other side to allow for a flexible connection as required by the NEC.

All connectors supplied with a locknut are UL listed to be installed in a knockout ONLY. Any female threaded hub type fitting or Box are only listed for use with rigid type conduit.

Review the UL white book "KDER" and see the full details

How Bridgeport fittings can address code issues?

300.15 (f) Fittings can be used in place of a box.

Bridgeport has many transition fittings that change the way that you do things.

  • The EMT Connector + GRC Coupling + Duplex MC Connector = Bridgeport Solution. (Trade size ¾” EMT and BPT CAT# 4157-DC).
  • The GRC Conduit + GRC Coupling + Liquid-tight Connector = Bridgeport Solution. (Trade size 3/8” and BPT CAT# 4369-LT), (Trade size ½” and BPT CAT# 4370-LT), (Trade size ¾” and BPT CAT# 4371-LT), (Trade size 1” and BPT CAT# 4372-LT), (Trade size 1-1/4” and BPT CAT# 4373-LT), (Trade size 1-1/2” and BPT CAT# 4374-LT) and (Trade size 2” and 4375-LT).
  • The GRC Conduit + GRC Coupling + EMT Connector = Bridgeport Solution. (Trade size ½” and BPT CAT# 290-RT), (Trade size ¾” and BPT CAT# 291-RT) and (Trade size 1” and BPT CAT# 292-RT).
  • EMT Connector + GRC Coupling + Flex Connector = Bridgeport Solution. (Trade size ½” and BPT CAT# 281-DC), (Trade size ¾” and BPT CAT# 282-DC), (Trade size 1” and BPT CAT# 283-DC), (Trade size 1-1/4” and BPT CAT# 284-DC), (Trade size 1-1/2” and BPT CAT# 285-DC), (Trade size 2” and BPT CAT# 286-DC), (Trade size 2-1/2” and BPT CAT# 287-XS), (Trade size 3” and BPT CAT# 288-XS), (Trade size 3-1/2” and BPT CAT# 289-XS) and (Trade size 4” and BPT CAT# 290-XS).
  • EMT Connector + GRC Coupling + Liquid-tight Connector = Bridgeport Solution. (Trade size ½” and BPT CAT# 4360-DC), (Trade size ¾” and BPT CAT# 4361-DC), (Trade size 1” and BPT CAT# 4362-DC), (Trade size 1-1/4” and BPT CAT# 4363-DC), (Trade size 1-1/2” and BPT CAT# 4364-DC) and (Trade size 2” and BPT CAT# 4365-DC).
  • EMT Connector + GRC Coupling + Single MC Connector = Bridgeport Solution. (Trade size ½” EMT and BPT CAT# 280SP) and (Trade size ½” EMT and BPT Cat# 280SPMB).

GRC Couplings are UL Listed to join GRC conduit only! NEC 300.15 [F]. 

 


Dewalt DW088LG

by Frost
08/04/2016

                                                          

 

Dewalt DW088LG 12v Green Cross Line Laser is part of the 12V lithium-ion rechargeable power tool battery platform. This line laser is designed for extra long run time and the convenience of rechargeable power tool batteries.

Dewalt DW088LG features an integrated magnetic bracket, rear mounted magnets that allow flush attachment to metal track and steel. Dewalt DW088LG has a full-time pulse mode that allows for usage with a detector, over-molded housing and IP65 water/debris resistance, a locking pendulum to help prevent damage to internal components.

This product includes a blow mold case, extended ceiling bracket, 12V battery, charger and a green cross line laser.

Dewalt DW088LG has four times brighter green laser technology for visibility in long-range interior applications and extends range. The self-leveling cross lines project bright crossing horizontal and vertical lines for various leveling and layout applications.

The integrated magnetic bracket has a ¼” and 5/8” thread rear mounted magnets that allow flush attachment to metal and steel track. There is overmolded housing and IP65 water/debris resistance. This product includes the blow mold case, extended ceiling bracket, 12V battery, charger, green cross line laser and a target card.

Batteries are included and there is a 12-volt battery type. This product includes brackets. The laser beam color is green. The power tool type is cordless. The battery needs are 12.0. The height in inches is 6.26 and the indoor visibility range is 100. The overall length in inches is 18.15 and the width is 12.91 inches. 

Frost sells Dewalt DW088LG. If you have any questions about Dewalt DW088LG, you can contact us at 1-800-776-5444 or 314-567-4004. 

 


Southwire SIMpull® CoilPAK™

by Frost
07/19/2016

 

 

Southwire has created the SIMpull® CoilPAK™ that completes the SIMpull® Circuit Management System as it takes heavy and cumbersome spools out of the process for good. Each of these innovative components can help to improve your productivity. When they are used together, they can help to provide a significant impact on the time, margins and labor associated with all of your circuit pulls.

Some of the benefits include the ability to pull faster. Adding on the SIMpull® NoLUBE® wire jacket eliminates the need for lubrication. There are many savings benefits with the SIMpull®. You can reduce install time, labor and material waste on the jobsite. The packaging has an innovative design that allows you to protect the wire. It allows you to stack and payoff directly from the package into conduit.

The configurations are 2 wire- phase/striped neutral paralleled in a single CoilPAK™. There are 3 wire- phase/neutral/ground paralleled in a single CoilPAK™. The striped neutrals are standard in the CoilPAK™ offering. The mobility allows you to grab it, haul it, lift it or pull it. The versatile design allows for options at every jobsite.

Southwire also offers the SIMpull® CoilPAK™ Mini Wire and it provides the same benefits, but they are in a smaller size. The 25 lb. payoff is even more versatile and convenient that it fits into service trucks and man lifts. It is the perfect solution for the smaller pulls that every jobsite requires. The CoilPAK™ Mini features NoLube® SIMpull® THHN® circuit wire that provides a solution contractors prefer. It is ergonomically designed for pulling wire out of the package and into the conduit.

Frost sells the Southwire CoilPAK™. If you have any questions about the Southwire CoilPAK™ or the Southwire CoilPAK™ Mini Wire, you can contact us at 1-800-776-5444 or 314-567-4004. 

 


Product Highlight: DBI Sala 1246161 Force 2 Shock

07/05/2016

 

 

DBI Sala 1246161 Force 2 Shock is a 6-foot (1.8m) web double-leg 100 percent tie off with snap hooks at each end. The Force2 lanyard is ideal when there is no overhead anchorage and your only option is to tie off at your feet. It can be used for up to a 12-feet (3.7 m) free fall, or as a standard lanyard up to a 6-foot (1.8m) free fall for workers that require a capacity of 311 to 420 pounds (141-190 kg).

They feature the worlds smallest and lightest shock absorber and our exclusive Hi-10 Vectra energy management materials that provide second to none abrasion, cut and chemical resistance and efficient shock absorption.

If a fall should occur, the lanyard and its unique energy absorbing system will activate stopping the fall and reducing the forces imposed on the user to safe levels. Safety professionals and workers alike prefer the patented self-locking snap hooks, which are widely recognized in the industry for their user-friendly operation. They are specifically designed to allow you to open and connect the hook without getting your thumb or fingers in the way, even with gloves on.

Capital Safety manufactures the DBI Sala 1246161 Force 2 Shock and they are the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of height safety and fall protection equipment with 20 operating sites worldwide. They are the home of the DBI-SALA and PROTECTA brands. Extensive training, knowledgeable technical assistance and professional customer service back all of Capital Safety’s fall protection and rescue systems.

DBI Sala 1246161 Force 2 Shock is extremely compact and lightweight. There is an exclusive Hi-10™ Vectran™ energy absorption system. There is abrasion resistant polyester webbing with user-friendly self-locking snap hooks. There are built-in reflective materials and an impact indicator. The protected labels are equipped with i-Safe™. 

 


3M Product Spotlight: Scotch® Super 33+™ Vinyl Electrical Tape

by Frost
06/29/2016

 

 

 

Scotch® Super 33+™ Vinyl Electrical Tape is America’s #1 professional grade vinyl electrical tape. It is vinyl, premium grade, 7 mil thick and an all-weather vinyl-insulating tape. It was produced and designed to perform continuously between a temperature range of 0-220° Fahrenheit and -18-105° Celsius. The tape is perfect for ambient and cold weather applications.

Scotch® Super 33+™ Vinyl Electrical Tape has an excellent resistance to abrasion, moisture, alkalies, acids, corrosion and varying weather conditions (including ultraviolet exposure). There is a perfect combination used of elastic backing and aggressive adhesive. This helps to provide moisture-tight electrical and mechanical protection with minimum bulk. Scotch® Super 33+™ Vinyl Electrical Tape is UL Listed and is a Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Certified “Insulating Tape. “   

The applications for this product are primary electrical insulation for all wire and cable splices rated up to 600 volts and up to 105°C (220°F). The primary electrical insulation is for 600-volt bus applications and protective jacketing for low and high voltage bus. The application can also be for protective jacketing for high voltage cable splices and repairs as well as harnessing or wires and cables.

Scotch® Super 33+™ Vinyl Electrical Tape is based on polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and/or its copolymers and it has a rubber-based, pressure-sensitive adhesive. It is UL Listed and marked per UL Standard 510 as “Flame Retardant, Cold and Sunlight Resistant.” This tape is even applicable at temperatures ranging from 0°F through 100°F without a loss of physical properties.

The tape can also be used in both indoor and outdoor settings. The tape is compatible with synthetic cable insulations, jackets and splicing compounds. The tape also remains stable and will not telescope more than 0.1 inches when it is maintained at temperatures below 120°F (50°C).

Check out Frost’s selection of Scotch® Super 33+™ Vinyl Electrical Tape.

 


10 Tips for Handling an OSHA Inspection

06/20/2016

1. Alert the Appropriate People

Make sure to immediately alert the company’s on-site safety director.

Know who your response team will be in advance.

2. Check Credentials

Determine the purpose of the inspection.

Ask about the officer’s background.

3. Confirm Clearance

Determine whether to require a search warrant before permitting the inspection.

4. Establish Parameters

Confirm the ground rules about the scope/other details of the inspection.

5. Oversee the Process

Stay with the OSHA officer at all times during the inspection.

Take notes and pictures.

6. Watch Your Words

Be care about what you say to the compliance officer.

Do not argue.

7. Rapid Response

If there is a violation and it can be corrected – do it immediately.

Try to determine exactly what the officer believes is required for abatement.

8. Gaining Insight

Focus on seeking information from the officer rather than providing information.

9. Plan of Attack

Plan your next actions in the investigation.

OSHA has strict time limits on investigations.

10. Keep it Confidential

Don’t agree or admit to anything. 

 


Ameren Missouri Incentives Program

06/14/2016

Ameren Missouri is introducing their Incentive Program that provides energy efficiency expertise, services and financial incentives to encourage the installation of new, higher efficient equipment retrofits, process improvements, and/or building system upgrades. Standard incentives are a quick and easy way to receive cash for your energy efficiency upgrades.

These cash incentives are available for qualified: 


Lighting

Lighting Controls

For eligibility, incentives must be purchased and installed after March 1, 2016 and the paperwork must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2019. Frost Supply is a trade ally partner and we can help you with filing your incentives. All custom projects must be submitted via a custom application to Ameren Missouri for review. Ameren Missouri will send an incentive offer to you for your review and signature. Frost Supply will help you throughout the entire process and take care of all the paperwork for you, while making sure that you receive your incentives. 

Standard incentives are available to non-residential Ameren Missouri customers. You have the possibility to earn up to $3,000,000 in incentives per cycle (ending Jan. 31, 2019) with a minimum of $150 per application. The incentives are capped at the total project cost. 

Projects with all Standard measures do not require pre-approval unless the incentive is anticipated to be more than $10,000. Eligibility for a Standard Incentive requires customers to install measures achieving a minimum total incentive of $150 per application. All Standard Incentive applications must be submitted within 180 days of equipment invoice date. 

You can check out our Standard Incentives List by clicking the picture below. You can apply for your cash incentive after your equipment has been purchased and installed. 

If you have questions about Ameren Missouri's Incentive Program, you can contact one of our account managers at 314-567-4004. 

 

 


How To Manage your Social Media Pages as a Contractor

by Frost
06/08/2016

Social media is the place to connect to your customers. When you begin social media, it can be intimidating! The best way to learn is education. You can also learn by experience. You can get an education in many different forms. Some top ways to learn are through blogs, eBooks, or others who have experience in the area. Your business reputation is constantly on the line, make sure that you have a full understanding of what to post on social media.

An important tip is to stick to what works and gets your customers involved. You want to make sure that your Facebook page will not look out of place and look like an amateur marketer.

1. Don’t private message users with a generic message.

Human beings don’t like spam! Make sure that you are customizing your messages to get more effect out of them. You want to connect to them as a human being.

2. Don’t post the same thing on every social media site.

It’s boring to see the same post throughout all of your social media networks. Catering each social media site to the users on that site will help each post gather more attention!

3. Make sure you have a profile AND background picture.

In today’s day in age, it’s just lazy not to have a profile and background photo! Users will think that you are out of business, lazy or unintelligent.

4. Beware of #hashtags.

You don’t want to overdo it. Use one or two to keep it simple, unless you are on Instagram.

5. Respond to your users.

 If users are taking the time out of their day to contact your page, make sure to give them a response! People enjoy getting a customized response and it looks like your company actually cares!

 

 


What Makes A Good Grounding System?

by Frost
05/25/2016

A grounding systems performance is determined by the quality of the following five components. They are all of equal importance.

1. The grounding electrode conductor

2. The grounding connections

3. The grounding electrode

4. Electrode to soil resistance

5. The soil

Understandng the 5 Components

1. The Grounding Electrode Conductor

 This is typically made from copper or copper-bonded steel. The grounding electrode conductor must be large enough to withstand the maximum available fault current over the maximum clearing time.

2. The Grounding Connections

Grounding connections are often used to tie the elements of the electrode system together. There are exothermically welded connections that provide a molecular bond that will never loosen or corrode. Mechanical connectors that include a crimp, bolted and wedge type rely on physical points to-point surface contact to maintain the integrity of the electrical connection.

3. The Grounding Electrode

The grounding electrode has provided the physical connection to the earth. It is the instrument that is used to dissipate current into it. The two main types of electrodes are natural and made.

4. Electrode to Soil Resistance

The amounts of rod surface and rod replacement are the controlling factors. Doubling the diameter reduces the resistance by only 10%. This is not cost effective.

5. The Soil

Soil resistivity is measured in ohm-centimeters or ohm-meters and it plays a significant role in determining the overall performance of the grounding system. It must be known before a proper grounding system can be engineered. Measuring soil resistivity allows the design engineer to locate an area with the most conductive soil. This helps to determine the depth of the conductive soil so that electrodes can be placed accordingly.

Most of the grounding system is concealed below grade. This makes the inspection of the grounding components difficult or impossible. 

 

 


Why You Should Attend More Trade Shows

by Frost
05/11/2016

Industry trade shows are gatherings of some of the best in the industry! They allow for companies to build their brand and to network with like-minded individuals.

Networking

When you go to trade shows, you can guarantee that companies will send their top employees. You have the opportunity to meet the right people and this leads into the right connections. These are also the perfect people to answer your questions!

Networking can lead to connecting to the right partner or you can see what products are on your want list. The representatives will help you get more information on the products.

Growing Revenue

Trade shows are the perfect place to meet likeminded people. Don’t shy away from introducing yourself and talking about ways that you can work together to build your brand.

Learning More About The Industry

If you want to learn more about what is current in the industry, a trade show is the perfect place to go. You can learn all about products or services. Feel free to take pictures and keep your eyes open for good marketing ideas. You can take this back to your company and brainstorm more ideas.

Staying Up With The Times

You need to stay up to date with current available technology. Since technology is constantly advancing, you need to get a good grasp on the new products and tools that are available nearly every day that can make business better and more efficient.

During trade shows, you will see the newest technology as it is presented to the market.

Embrace the Chance to Learn

Many industry trade shows include seminars. You can pick and choose which seminars you would like to attend. Any knowledge that you can get from the industry to become the expert that you would like to be. 

 


Liberty Safety Index Summarizes Top 10 Causes of Disabling Workplace Injuries

05/03/2016

Liberty Mutual recently released their 2016 Workplace Safety Index in January. The Workplace Safety Index summarizes the top 10 causes of disabling workplace injuries. The data is from Liberty Mutual, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Academy of Social Insurance.

1. First on the list is musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), which accounts for 32 percent of all injury and illness cases. This category includes injuries related to lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying and throwing objects. Overexertion injuries cost businesses over $15.08 billion in direct costs and accounted for almost one-fourth of the overall national injury burden. For some good news, while the incidence rate last year was 33.8 cases per 10,000 full-time workers, this is actually down from 35.8 cases per 10,000 full-time workers the previous year.

2. Second on the list is “same-level falls.” This has the direct costs of $10.17 billion and accounts for 16.4 percent of the total injury burden.

3. Third on the list is “falls to a lower level.” This has direct costs of $5.4 billion and counts for 8.7 percent of the burden.

4. Fourth on the list is “struck by object or equipment.” This has direct costs of $5.31 billion and counts for 8.6 percent of the burden.

5. Fifth on the list is “other exertions or bodily reactions.” This has direct costs of $4.15 billion and equals 6.7 percent of the burden.

These top five injury causes combined have accounted for 64.8 percent of the total cost burden, according to Liberty Mutual.

The remaining ten were: roadway incidents involving a motorized land vehicle ($2.96 billion), a slip or trip without a fall ($2.35 billion), caught in or compressed by equipment or objects ($1.97 billion), struck against objects or equipment ($1.85 billion), and repetitive motions involving micro-tasks ($1.82 billion). These five injuries causes combined account for 17.7 percent of the total direct cost of disabling injuries.

Liberty Mutual has reported that the direct costs of all disabling work-related injuries were $61.88 billion. The top 10 causes accounted for 82.5 percent and $51.06 billion of the total cost burden.

 

 


How to use Frost Supply on your Mobile Phone!

by Frost
04/18/2016

Frost Supply sells products through our website. We are excited to introduce our new online retail center to our customers!

There are many features to online ordering on frostelectric.com. One benefit is that you can browse our products by category.  Browsing products by category allows for you to search in-depth for the products that you need. Product categories include a variety of groups that allow you to narrow down your search to find the products you are really looking for. There is even a clearance section where you might be able to find a product you have been wanting on sale!

Another great benefit to shopping on frostelectric.com would be the ability to search for products by manufacturer. If you have a favorite brand that you buy specific products from, this search capability allows for you to easily find what you need by searching your preferred brand!

Quick pad ordering is another benefit along with live product pricing and availability. There are some benefits to signing up for a login on our site. First off, it is completely free to create a login. If you create a login, you can construct and manage custom product groups. If you create a login, you are also able to see your past orders and it helps Frost to keep track of your orders if you ever need help with anything.

If you would like to see more information about our products, you can download our full catalog here: https://www.frostelectric.com/catalog. We currently do not ship orders outside the U.S. We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Frost has recently created a mobile site! The mobile site makes it very easy to order on the job site, at your desk, or even on your couch at home! You can also make our mobile site act like an app on both Apple and Android phones along with tablets.

Check out our special offers now frostelectric.com!! 

 


What type of products can I use to open and create a firewall?

04/07/2016

There are many factors that go into selecting fire barrier products. This may seem like an obvious question, but there are many things that go into this question. You have to be careful because the National Electric Code (NEC) 300.21 has a rule that openings into or through fire-related assemblies have to be fire stopped using approved methods that will maintain the fire-resistance rating.

Fire stopping solutions are created to make sure that protected walls, floors and roofs are fire resistant; to ensure that your valued property is never compromised by services or voids. It is important to note that fire stopping has three different elements. These can be described as the fire-rated walls, partitions, floors or ceilings being penetrated; the cables, cable trays or conduits that make up the object creating the penetration; and the materials and methods used to seal the penetrations to prevent the spread of smoke and fire.

Frost carries fire stopping products that you can check out here: https://www.frostelectric.com/search?text=fire+stopping. Fire stopping products can ensure that cables, pipes, trunking, ductwork or the voids that they pass through won’t provide a weak link that would case the fire to end up spreading.

In order for the entire system to be acceptable, it needs to be a UL (Underwriter Laboratories) compliant. Many manufacturers produce fire-stop materials. These manufacturers also publish the UL information that can be related to the product and installation requirements. Please note that this information is from the National Electric Code: 300.21 and that this information is provided only for general purposes only. It should not be construed as legal advice and is not a substitute for review of product information or instructions. 

 


Introducing Frost Supply’s Jobsite Storage and Reels

03/29/2016

Frost Supply does more than just electrical and tool support. Frost Supply offers other services such as jobsite storage and reels that you may need on the jobsite.

The Mobile Storeroom is an example of a job site storage solution that helps to keep everyday consumables, safety products & hardware safe and in stock. The Mobile Storeroom allows for items to be easily presorted, bar coded and compartmentalized. You can call, email or fax when quantities are low to designate a refill schedule. There are various models that are available to suit your needs.

The Greenlee 5060Mesh unit is a high-visibility mesh screenon with 3 sides. There are 48 smaller, individual compartments that enable storage of smaller tools and accessories. There is a platform for shovels, picks, brooms and other long-handle tools. There is a sturdy handle for mobility. It is supplied with 2 swivel casters and 2 rigid 4 IN (102 MM) casters for easy mobility.

Southwire’s SIMpull reel offers a faster, cleaner and safer way to enhance productivity and lowers total installation costs. The SIMpull reel makes it safely possible for a single person to maneuver a 6,000-pound reel through tight spaces on the jobsite. This allows for the user to be able to set up and pay off the reel right beside the electrical equipment/conduit.

Southwire’s MPJ02 MAXIS® Pro-Jax™ Reel Stands allow for one person to easily transport through most jobsite environments. Pro-Jax™ stands can lift up to 6,000 lbs. Pro-Jax™ is easily adjustable for uneven surfaces on the jobsite. The axle rests on steel rollers for easy wire pay off and the axle safety guard ensures that the reel will not fall off of jack stands.

Frost Supply offers the jobsite solutions for whatever the job might require. If you have any questions about the products that Frost Supply offers, you can contact us at 1-800-776-5444 or 314-567-4004. You can also contact us through our web form: https://www.frostelectric.com/contactus.

 


Selecting the Right Harness

03/10/2016

When choosing a harness, it can be a tough decision to make sure that you get one that fits all of your needs. It’s important to weigh all factors and make sure that you select the right option.

How should I select a harness for fall protection?

Consideration should be given to the material that the harness is composed of, d-ring locations, buckle styles along with working load limits. Some of the most basic harness materials include nylon (which offers top-notch strength, comfort and protection), polyester (chemical resistance material) and Nomex®/Kevlar® (these are flame retardant and commonly used in arc flash and welding applications). Center back d-rings can be found on every single harness purchased. They are the only connective point allowed for fall arrest scenarios.

Side d-rings, chest d-rings and shoulder d-rings are essential parts of a harness. The side d-rings are used for positioning as they help the workers keep their hands free when they are working in certain functions. The chest d-rings are there for positioning work such as ladders or tower climbing applications. Shoulder d-rings are used for lowering workers into small spaces or even rescue situations. You can get harness buckles in a variety of styles including mating, tongue, friction and quick connect styles.

What other components should I consider when selecting a harness?

The ABC’s of fall protection are the three primary components. “A” is the anchor or anchorage point. This is what you are attaching to that can withstand the impact of a fall. “B” stands for the body harness. “C” is the connection device and this is the critical link that runs from your body harness to the anchor point. “C” provides the deceleration in the case of a fall.

Working load limits are also important to pay attention to. ANSI/ISEA have a testing protocol that has a 310-pound limit. OSHA permits anything between 310 pounds to 400-420 pounds. If something over 420-pounds needs to be lifted, the connector must also be weighted for this amount as well. 

 


Highlight: Ramset Tools and OSHA Standards

02/26/2016

OSHA Standards are important to take a look at when on a construction site. OSHA can fine you through embedment if you leave strip loads on a jobsite.

Frost has a licensed professional that can help you or your jobsite employees to become an authorized trainer for powder actuated tools. The test can be taken and allows end users to become licensed. OSHA requires all powder operators to have a license. OSHA will come to jobsites and check to licenses.

Ramset makes USA made products with pride. Ramset fasteners are a commercial grade of fasteners that are USA made. Menards and Home Depot have fasteners that are made in China.

Ballistic pins are made for concrete applications, overhead support of acoustical and drywall ceilings and electrical fixtures. Ramset maintains only the highest standards in materials, production techniques and quality control measures that are used to manufacture the fasteners, assuring consistent, optimum quality in every fastener.

Ramset offers black track pins that are designed to use in concrete and structural steel applications. Plated pins are used in concrete and structural steel applications. The washered pins increase bearing surface against the material to be fastened. Ramguard pins are coated to improve corrosion resistance in treated lumber and other applications. Powerpoint pins are used for fastening into harder steel and concrete.

Powerpoint Step Shank Pins are used for fastening into harder steel and concrete. Powerpoint Top Hat Pin is used for general purpose fastening to concrete. True Embedment Pins are available. Ceiling Clip Assemblies are designed for suspending ceilings and other overhead applications. Premium Pins with Ceiling Clips are designed for difficult overhead applications.

Frost sells a variety of Ramset powder pins: https://www.frostelectric.com/search?text=ramset+pins. If you have any questions about Ramset powder pins, you can contact us at 1-800-776-5444 or 314-567-4004. 

 


How to get through the coldest days this winter

02/15/2016

Electrical contractors don’t have the option to take a day off. With all the snow and the frigid temperatures, it can present a dangerous challenge. It’s important to be prepared for extremely cold weather conditions. Getting educated can prevent injuries and make sure that you are working safely in these intense weather conditions.

One of the best things you can do during cold weather conditions is to suit up. You should wear 3 layers of clothing to provide better insulation. Wearing wool can keep the inner part of your body warm. Wear an outer layer that offers wind and rain protection that can provide ventilation to keep you dry. A knit mask can be worn to cover your face, mouth and ears.

Taking breaks is important when working in cold weather. Eating lunch in a warm location can help. If the weather is extremely cold, NIOSH recommends limiting the time spent outdoors. It is better to stay safe instead of risking your health.

When getting prepared to work in an extremely cold physical location, it is important to look after your co-workers. A first aid kit should be kept close by with chemical hot packs and a thermometer that can measure body temperature. Carry extra cold weather gear. This can include spare jackets, blankets, socks, gloves and a change or two of clothes.

Keeping hot liquids near you is very important when braving the cold. Hot liquids need to be kept close by. This includes soup, tea, cocoa and coffee. There are high-quality, well-insulated thermoses that you can drink hot for the entire day. Keep the caffeinated beverages on a limit as they can cause your body to lose heat more rapidly.

Before you get to the jobsite, understand the working conditions and what your body can handle. Be sure to stay aware of cold stress conditions like frostbite, trench foot, hypothermia and chilblains. Remember that your safety is most important!

 


How to Connect with Frost Supply on Facebook

by Frost
02/11/2016

Frost Supply is a distribution company that is focused on electrical supply, industrial, automation, tools, safety and voice/data industries.

Frost has a knowledgeable staff that has provided decades of serving customers from its headquarters in Maryland Heights, MO and its five full-service branch locations in the city of St. Louis, O’Fallon and Columbia, MO along with Collinsville and Lebanon, IL.

When you follow Frost Supply on Facebook, you will get all the information that you need to know about events, trainings, seminars, counter days, tool sales and promos & industry info for contractors.

Following Frost Supply on Facebook is easy! We will list the steps to get you started!

1. Log in or Sign Up for Facebook.

 

2. Search for Frost Supply in the Search Bar at the Top of the Page.

 

*If you can’t find our main Frost Supply Page, you can click the image above or this link.

3. Click the “Like” Button.

 

(The following steps are optional).

4. Determine What You Want to See.

 

5. Put your mouse over the Liked (Down Arrow) Button and choose the “Posts in News Feed” Option.

 

(You can choose if you want to See Posts 1st or in Default Mode).

6. Put your mouse over the Liked (Down Arrow) Button and choose the “Notifications” Option.

 

7. Choose if you would like to be notified of Posts (All or by type) and Events.

 

Congrats! You have now connected with Frost Supply on Facebook and are eligible to see our latest, most exciting updates!

 


How do I choose the right cut-resistant gloves for the job?

02/09/2016

Cut-resistant gloves can be used on a variety of hazardous activities. They are designed to protect your hands during these activities. If your hands come in direct contact with sharp edges like glass, metal, ceramics and other materials; cut-resistant gloves can provide protection to make sure your hands are safe from damages. Lighter weight styles of cut-resistant gloves are more flexible, while the heavier styles provide more protection against cuts and abrasions.

It can be easy to get overwhelmed when trying to select the right cut-resistant gloves. With many different varieties in the market and tons of different options to choose from, this can make the decision even more complicated. There are multiple different rating scales and many special testing methods.

There are also a variety of acceptable or certified standards. The U.S. uses the ANSI (American National Standards Institute)/ ISEA 105 standard along with the ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) cut test methods that determine the glove level of resistance. The rating that these methods give are based on the grams of weight needed to cut through the material. The weight translates to a level of 0 to 5.  If more weight is needed to cut through material, the level of cut resistance will be higher.

Employers are the ones who are ultimately responsible. They need to perform a hazard assessment of the workplace that would help to identify and control physical and health hazards. An assessment should be done of any work activities. These activities should include anything that involves sharp points, pinch points, sheet metal handling, glass handling, razor wire work, utility knives/box cutters, puncture hazards, abrasion hazards, sharps and stripping wire. These types of activities will possibly require cut resistant gloves.

 


The Importance of PPE in Every Electrical Safety Program

02/02/2016

PPE is defined as personal protective equipment and an example could be arc rated FR clothing. PPE plays a critically important part in every electrical safety program. It is meant to protect when all other preventative measures have failed. FR clothing is not to be used as a primary protection method, and it is important to be aware of the fact that one size of PPE does not fit everyone.

If a safety program is successful, it will most likely address each situation independently and treat individuals in the safety program uniquely depending on their job function as well as exposure to hazard. Being safe should be a priority for both the employees and companies.

When it is determined that PPE is needed, companies should address what type of PPE is best and will offer the most protection. For electricians, it can be a tough choice on deciding what gloves and PPE to go with. Some helpful hints include making sure that gloves are the proper size and that voltage ratings can prevent accidents. The worker still needs to have the proper dexterity that is needed to perform the electrical tasks at hand.

Buying XL PPE may seem like an easy solution that will make a program manageable and more cost-effective. However, this train of thinking can fail easily. Workers come in many different shapes and sizes. When sleeves are too long, workers may pull them up and this can expose wrists or hands to injury. Sleeves need to be worn buttoned and need to be very tight fitting on the arms, so that they are protected from injuries.  If workers are wearing garments that are underrated or too bulky, this can also put them in a position for injury.

Note that the one-size-fits-all approach does not work for workers that need PPE. It’s very important that workers get the proper fitting garments that are the right size for each worker. 

 


How to Save Energy with Ameren’s Amazing Illinois Incentives Programs

by Frost
01/29/2016

Ameren offers some programs that help to save energy. Ameren is encouraging everyone to reduce energy usage and cost. There are incentives offered for everything that includes light bulbs to insulation to new construction.

One of the ways that you are able to save is through CFLs and LEDs. Ameren Illinois is currently offering discounts to its residential electric customers on both their LED and CFL light bulbs through participating retailers. The first step is to plan how many you will need in your home and then you can purchase them from participating retailers.

Ameren will pay you a $50 reward if your recycle your refrigerator and freezer. By recycling an old refrigerator and freezer you could save up to $100 per year or more. Free pick up and haul away is also available if you choose to get rid of your old fridge or freezer.

Heating and cooling discounts are available if you install a more efficient blower motor, a central air conditioner and a more resourceful blower motor. To qualify for the home energy savings, all you have to do is be an Ameren Illinois customer.

Ameren’s home efficiency program can help you to make a smart investment in achieving an energy-efficient home. To participate in the program, you can call Ameren’s call center at 1-866-838-6918 and schedule a home energy audit. After discussing the recommendations from the audit, you can decide which home improvements to make. Your Program Ally will then help you to start saving!

Ameren also offers the opportunity to make your new home an ENERGY STAR® certified home. This will help to improve the energy efficiency of your home while it is still in the building phase. This can help to save money, make your home more comfortable, create a higher home resale value and to add cost savings on your monthly utility bills.

If you are a landlord, there may also be other benefits you can receive. You are able to get free energy efficiency products, lighting products and special incentives for air sealing along with insulating your units. There may also be cash incentives and savings on building upgrades. 

 


The Definition of Secure Search and What it Means to Users

01/12/2016

Secure Search can be defined as when a user conducts a search over SSL (Secure Socket Layer), which makes all of your search queries and traffic encrypted using SSL. When using SSL, the benefit to the user is that a third party cannot easily recover their data. Third parties include: employers, Internet Server Providers (ISP) and advertisers. Many online banking sites and e-commerce websites implement SSL to make sure that the information they input is secure.

Many users have been concerned over their privacy on the Internet and the benefit of Secure Search is that it allows the user to protect all of their data when searching keywords on the Internet. The user can actually add Secure Search by adding it themselves in a Secure Search Provider to any search providers that they choose to use. The Google Secure Search Provider is easy to add and protects privacy.

Google has now switched over all of their searches to encrypted searches that use HTTPS. This basically means that Google has cut off keyword data entirely. With encrypted Google searches, users cannot be tracked by their keyword searches. Site owners are therefore not able to segment users by the keywords that they type in their web analytics software.

SSL encryption was added for signed-in users and for searches that take place Chrome omnibox. Extra protection has also been added for users who are not signed in. User privacy has become a big concern for many, which added to the need for secure search.

Even when you are not logged in and using private browsing, you are being redirected to the HTTPS version. This encrypts your search and leads to a total removal of all keyword data from Google search visitors. 

 


Electrical Safety after the Storm

01/04/2016

A flood damaging many businesses, homes, government properties and roads fueled the end of 2015 in St. Louis. Many have been affected and suffered damage. After severe flooding, it is important to take safety precautions, especially when it comes to electricity. It is important to note that electrical wiring and equipment that has been exposed to water because of flooding, can present a significant safety hazard if it is not replaced.

The following should be looked at after flooding after being submerged by water: panelboard interiors, circuit breakers, fuse blocks, disconnect switches, controllers and lighting switches/receptacle outlets. Replacement of electrical equipment, especially switchboards and panelboards with uninsulated busses may be essential due to the corrosion and contamination caused by floodwaters.

All electrical equipment that has been submerged must be replaced. This will include lighting fixtures, furnaces, boilers, electrical baseboard heaters, space heaters, water heaters, pumps, pump controls and other appliances and equipment or associated electrical components. Service conductors, feeder cables and branch circuit cables must be replaced if they have been either partially or completely submerged.

It is important to use caution when dealing with electrical hazards. Do not touch a circuit breaker or replace a fuse with wet hands. Make sure to use a dry plastic- or rubber-insulated tool to reset breakers. Use only one hand. Never flip a switch or plug in an appliance until an electrician tells you it is safe. Never allow the power cord connections to become wet and do not remove or bypass the ground pin on a three-prong plug.

Prevent electrocutions by using portable ground-fault circuit-interrupter (GFCI) protective devices. Discard any electrical devices such as circuit breakers, fuses, GFCIs, receptacles, plugs and switches. When using a wet-dry vacuum cleaner be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid electric shock. Portable generators should never be used indoors or outdoors near open doors, windows or vents. Never turn on damaged electrical appliances, damaged electrical parts can create an electric shock hazard or overheat to cause a fire. One of the safest approaches is to replace any nonmetallic-sheathed cable that was immersed in water for any period of time during the flooding.

Electrical safety is one of the most important things to consider after flooding. While some items could be reconditioned, others will need to be replaced to protect you, your family, home and business. It is recommended that you allow an electrician or electrical inspector to guide the process.

 


Highlight: Gripple Tools

12/23/2015

 

Gripple makes some of the best wire joiners and cable tensioners. Their products go through a rigorous quality check at every stage of manufacture. This helps to ensure that the customer will get the highest quality of items. Gripple makes sure that they maintain their exceptional standards on a day-to-day basis because they measure themselves every day to make sure they meet the standards.

Employees are provided with the tools to accomplish the job and to empower the company. The customer is worked with closely while building a long-term relationship and Gripple always provides customers with products that are high in quality. All suppliers of Gripple are required to spend time at Gripple. This helps them to understand the company and what they do. Systems are kept to a minimum and help to monitor progress and identify areas for improvement.

The Gripple Rop-1.5MM-500 is available on Frost Electric’s website: Gripple. The end fixing is ideal for looping around purlins, beams, roof trusses and other building features that are accessible. It is also safe to use on a working load of a 200lbs loop. Some advantages of this product include that it has a 6 times faster installation. This is when compared with threaded rod or chain. It is also supplied in a ready-to-use kit with cable and Gripple Fastener.

Gripple XP1-10BB is available at Frost Electric.  This model has a unique keyless design feature. This allows the cable to be fed through the Gripple connector. It locks it in place and prevents it from sliding back in the opposite direction.

Gripple is supplied through Frost Electric. If you would like to purchase some Gripple products, you can check out all of our products here.

 


Understanding Lighting Contactors

12/04/2015

Lighting contactors can be useful in both commercial and industrial applications. They help to control large lighting loads and motors. Lighting contactors can be depended on for reliability.

When installing a contactor application it is important to understand the basics of contactors. If a contactor is installed incorrectly, this can be the main reason for failure. The biggest reason for contactor failure is misapplication. It is critical to understand that contactors have specific designs that are used for specific purposes.

A contactor has two basic parts: the contacts and the coil. The contacts are moved into position because the coil energizes the contactor. The current is transmitted from the source to the load because of the contacts. Note that heat can destroy both, so it is important to look at both if there is a problem with your contactor.

Overheating can occur if contacts transmit too much current. If they are opened too frequently, do not close quickly enough, or are not closed firmly; overheating can occur. If overheating happens, it can deteriorate the contact surface and the shape of the surface. If severe melting or deforming has occurred, replace the contacts immediately.

It’s also possible for coils to overheat if the operating voltages are too low or high, if there’s dirt or misalignment damages, and probable electrical short damages. When it gets hot, the coil insulation will short out and blow a fuse. This can cause it to possibly open and stop operating.

You can check a coil by sticking an ohmmeter across the coil leads. If there is infinite resistance, there is a good chance that the coil is open. If you have to replace the coil or the contacts, you will most likely have to replace the entire contactor. It is important to install contactors correctly to ensure long life. 

You can check out our lighting contactors here: https://www.frostelectric.com/catalog/products/Controls-Switches-Relays/Contactors/dept-60J

 


Milwaukee Floodlights Special

11/30/2015

 

Milwaukee has a new line of floodlights that are perfect for any type of industrial job. LED lights are used, which adds to the max life and they are eco-friendly.

The New TRUEVIEW™ M12™ LED Spot Light 2353-20 is the complete portable, high performance spotlight that helps professionals to illuminate, identify and diagnose both on and off the jobsite.  One of the best features of this product is that it has an amazing beam distance of 700 yards. This helps to spot objects and areas that are a long distance away. It can also be used for close distances. This product has the ability to run for up to 4 hours in high mode and up to 8 hours in low mode.

The TRUEVIEW™ M18™ LED HP Flood Light 2360-20 allows professionals to have a portable area lighting solution. This product is one of the industry’s brightest LED floodlights on the market. It has the possibility to run for up to 2, 4, or even 9 hours with an M18™ REDLITHIUM™ XC 5.0 Battery Pack. The head of the TRUEVIEW™ M18™ has a rotating head that rotates 240 degrees to help the professional direct light where needed.

TRUEVIEW ™ M18™ 2130-20 is one of the toughest, brightest and tallest light stands that allows professionals to have an area lighting solution that benefits industrial use. One of the best features of TRUEVIEW™ M18™ is that it is so easy to set up; it only takes a few seconds. It has a max extension of 7’ high and it collapses down to 40”, so it is very easy to transport. It fills up large areas with light and a great feature includes that the LEDs never need to be replaced.

Email or call 314-567-4004 if you have any questions about any of floodlights in the Milwaukee product line. 

 


Highlight: Milwaukee Tools

11/24/2015

 

Milwaukee has developed some new innovative tools that are designed to be cost effective and efficient. These new products offer great benefits for the jobsite that help to save time and capital. Each product brings essential advantages to the job.

The M12™ HAMMERVAC™ Universal Dust Extractor Kit 2306-22 offers the best HEPA-standard debris filtration at the cheapest cost of ownership.  The handle system is compatible with all major brands of hammers and hammer drills, which saves the cost to the user of having to buy a new drill.  The certified HEPA filter allows for powerful suction at a low cost. The versatile side handle allows it to be tightened in multiple positions in tight spaces.

The M12™ Compact Vacuum 0850-20 provides power to enable the user to be able to clean anywhere.  The high performance motor has a maximum suction that works on a wide range of construction materials. It has an excellent run-time as it can go 29 minutes on just one charge. It is perfect for large area vacuuming.

Shockwave™ 18PC Impact Driver Bit Set 48-32-4403 includes some of the best fitting driver bits on the market that stand in durability. It absorbs peak torque and prevents any kind of breaking. Each tip type provides up to 30x longer life and absorbs 3x more torque than other bits from competitors. These driver bits are built to deliver extreme durability for any type of demanding applications.

Shockwave™ 40PC Impact Drill & Drive Set 48-32-4006 is engineered to be the most durable, best fitting driver bits on the market. Each tip has up to 30x longer life and absorbs 3x more torque vs. other impact bits on the market. The Precise Fit Custom Machined Tip™ prevents any kind of stripping and reduces any wobbling. This product is also has a maximized resistance to wear and shock. 

Email or call 314-567-4004 if you have any questions about any of tools in the Milwaukee product line. 

 

 


The Benefits of LED Retrofit Kits

11/24/2015

Lighting maintenance can be very costly and leave a huge gap in your budget. Many types of lighting are used 365 days of the year, causing an enormous surge in pricing. LED Retrofit Kits have many benefits to offer customers.

LED Retrofit Kits are a true replacement for general lighting applications and they are safer for the environment. LED Retrofit Kit lighting contributes to a massive amount of energy savings and sustainability. By dramatically lowering costs, LED Retrofit Kits can out-live previous solutions and lighting fixtures. This helps to lower the energy needed to power lighting fixtures. Many LED Retrofit Kits use up to 80% less energy than lights that use standard incandescent and halogen.

LED Retrofit Kits are perfect for any location. They are very suitable in damp areas. They are mercury free. Another major benefit is that they contain no ultraviolet, which makes them safe for delicate projects. The LED Retrofit Kit can be shut-off when an area is not being used.

With LED Retrofit Kits, there is no warm-up time and no delay when starting the lights up. LED Retrofit Kits work even better in colder temperature, but work in the hotter temperatures as well.

Some additional features include allowing users to control energy using automated systems, implementation of lighting controls, and the use of demand-side energy management systems. With fewer fixtures required over time, a longer lifecycle will cause fewer problems for the environment, further improving a green initiative in the building setting.

Offering a wide range of industrial LED applications, LED Retrofit Kits can be used in the commercial building environment, retail, automotive garage, street lighting and in many more areas. They can be used not only for distance, but close range indoor use. Changing LED fixtures happens less often than changing regular lighting fixtures, making it a cost-efficient substitute. 

 


New Product: RACO STAB-iT

by Frost
11/11/2015

         

Looking to save time and money on your current jobs? RACO© has just introduced STAB-iT™, which is a revolutionary and industry changing line of boxes that have built-in cable connectors for flexible armored cable. The new RACO© STAB-iT™ Cable Box is the QUICKEST method to terminate MC into a box. If you want to increase productivity on the job and save money, STAB-iT™ by RACO© is the perfect solution. It has been proven that 25% of labor time is saved per cable vs. competitors and their traditional methods.

Some highlights of STAB-iT™ is the ability to lock the cable in place quickly, fast installation, the capability to accommodate two cables, and easy to uninstall. Additional features include rolled steel edges, which help to eliminate the need for plastic bushings, perfect for PRE-FAB applications, and gangable.

The installation process is so simple, which proves that RACO© STAB-iT™ is 25% faster than any of the other traditional MC/Wiring methods. The entire installation process can be completed in 3 steps: prepare the cable, remove the priout, and then insert the cable.

STAB-iT™ is designed for both prefab and jobsite use, making it perfect for both locations. There are reduced transactional costs because it is no longer necessary to order MC cable fittings that are separate from junction boxes. Since there is no longer a need to order additional MC cable fittings, there are fewer sku’s to manage on the job site.

The benefits already mentioned are the key selling and saving points of using STAB-iT™. In addition to these amazing benefits, STAB-iT™ is actually better for the environment. There is an elimination of fittings, which means that there will be less corrugated to manage, dispose of and haul away.

If you have any questions about RACO© STAB-iT™, please contact us today; or feel free to shop around on our website!

 

 


Hubbell Wall Packs: Safety and Savings

07/09/2015

The Hubbell Perimaliter® III - PVL3/PGM3 and Perimaliter® II PGL series perimeter lighting wall mounts are the most desired refractor solution in the industry. These LED units provide energy savings from 60-70% over the average wall pack system producing at 60 lumens per watt. The PVL3/PGM3 series produce over 4100 Lumens with aesthetic distribution which allows them to be mounted at heights of 10-15 feet. Combine that with a sharp prism design that allows for spacing of up to six times the mounting height and you will have the best lit perimeter on the block. The PGL series provides you with the option for a higher wattage system for higher mounting heights of 20-30 feet, while still offering many of the same amazing features as the smaller PVL3/PGM3 wall packs.

 

All three wall packs in the series come with or have the option for a prismatic glass refractor with a cast aluminum door frame (replacement part # 800-3399-0104). The Borosilicate glass reflector is heat resistant and has a non-yellowing prism design for wide spacing and clear bright lighting. By creating a brighter more evenly lit perimeter, the Perimaliter® Wall packs provide a feeling of safety and security around your building.  It also helps to eliminate dark walls or hiding places in between lamps.

 

Hubbell Lighting also features their LNC2 line for security and safety purposes.  It offers no up light meaning those neighbors around you will appreciate your choice. Another added feature is a lens diffuser that allows you to control the LED brightness on entrances and pedestrian walkways.  They are offered at 3000K, 4000K, and 5000K to meet your needs.  If you are looking to control these fixtures there is a Button photo control for dusk to dawn energy savings.  However, if you need motion control that option is available as well. 

 

If you have any questions regarding any of the Hubbell Perimaliter® and LNC2 Wall packs and their specifications or replacement parts please contact us today. Or Shop now! 

 


Why Do you Want It?-Southwire Testimonials

by Frost
05/04/2015

We stressed the ease of use for Southwire’s CoilPAK™ payoffs.  The most recent version from Southwire is the CoilPAK™ mini which features 25 pounds of wire and is perfect for service trucks.  The 50 pound CoilPAK™ is beneficial for easily being transported throughout the job site making your circuit wire installation more productive and more profitable.    Please see the complete list of benefits and features from this circuit management system below.  We have had two of our very own customers who have used the CoilPAK™ products on their projects and were willing to share their stories with you. 

 

Features:

  • SIMpull®NoLUBE® wire jacket
  • Package fully encases & helps protect wire
  • Packing comes in recycled plastic
  • Built in handle & payoff 
  • Stackable - up to 5 PAKS high

Benefits:

  • No more broken spools
  • Designed to help reduce potential lifting/handling/pulling injuries
  • Space saving, multi-wire CoilPAK™ payoffs available
  • Increased productivity

 

Testimonials:

 I wanted to let you know how pleased we are with our recent purchase of the CoilPAKs. We purchased over 40,000 ft in different colors for a project we had in Carlyle, Illinois. Our interest was sparked when our account manager, Jeff Schaible told us about the new solutions Southwire was coming out with to create labor time savings. We saw the product first hand at your boxing event in November. My brother and I spoke with our electricians and decided to test the CoilPAKs on an upcoming job with a large wire order. We were so surprised how much easier and faster the pulls went that we decided to utilize the CoilPAKs on our next job as well. We have also looked into stocking these for our service trucks.

Thanks again.   –Mike Pollman, Pollman Electric  Carlyle, IL

 

It was the first time we had used this application on a job as typically the racks that come with 2500 foot spools of 10 gauge wire are heavy and hard to maneuver. We decided to use the CoilPAKs instead because of the much smaller footprint - 1250 ft CoilPAKs versus a regular reel. It was a night and day difference between the two with the ease of use. It feeds itself with the Simpull jacket and eliminates the need for lube and the mess that entails. This creates the added benefit of pulling past existing wire. Overall, almost 9000 feet of wire was used on the entire job resulting in 30% of labor time savings. We also purchased the wire cart for larger pulls and we will be using this solution on all of our large jobs moving forward. –Jay Steinkoetter, Request Electric Fenton, MO

 

If you have any questions regarding these products, please contact our account managers who can happily help guide you to the correct solution. 

 For the testimonials flyer, click here.

 

 


Are you protected from storms?

04/29/2015

Floods and power outages are just starting to kick off with the spring season.  While this article was conceptualized prior to the storms that rolled through the Midwest, it seems now is the best time for a reminder to protect your equipment.    Transient Voltage Surge Suppressor (TVSS) or as they are now referred to a Surge Protection Devices are devices that every data center or facility should have.   You already know this right?  You also know that you need to eliminate any damage that could occur to your equipment should a surge run through your electrical circuits.  Surge Protection Devices are designed to stop current surges from inside a facility, or outside instances such as lightning.  Besides lightning, what other types of surges can occur?  Other equipment may discharge stored energy in electric motors, arc welders, and furnace ignitors.  Damage occurs when the surge voltage exceeds the weakest exposed component's ability to withstand that voltage.  Most of the time the surge will flow into the equipment via electrical conductors, but phone lines, data lines and ground lines all may be a source as well. Surge Protection Devices are recommended to connect to potential voltage threats and limit this voltage to the threshold below the "withstand" voltage.  The device diverts all the energy present in the surge to a level safe for the vulnerable circuitry.   Rule of thumb is to make sure you have surge protection at various points throughout the facility or location.  More importantly, these include the service entrance, distribution panels, branch panels and the circuit itself.  It is better to have all these steps in place for prevention of an occurrences rather than a production loss at your facility. 

 Eaton offers the CVX series of surge protection devices.  They are designed for medium and low exposure level applications.  A few examples of where to install them include:

 • Residential/small business

 • Light industrial

• Light commercial

• Service entrance and branch panel protection

• OEM applications Installation recommendations.

 

ERICO Caddy’s Critec maximum surge rating allows for protection of service entrance, main distribution panels, and highly exposed applications.   

 

Shop our surge protection devices here.

 


Why Do you Want It?

03/18/2015

 

We have stressed the ease of use for Southwire’s CoilPAK™ payoffs.  The most recent version from Southwire is the CoilPAK™ mini which features 25 pounds of wire and is perfect for service trucks.  The 50 pound CoilPAK™ is beneficial for easily being transported throughout the job site making your circuit wire installation more productive and more profitable.    Please see the complete list of benefits and features from this circuit management system below.  We have had two of our very own customers who have used the CoilPAK™ products on their projects and were willing to share their stories with you. 

 

Features:

SIMpull®NoLUBE® wire jacket

Package fully encases & helps protect wire

Packing comes in recycled plastic

Built in handle & payoff 

Stackable - up to 5 PAKS high

Benefits:

No more broken spools

Designed to help reduce potential lifting/handling/pulling injuries

Space saving, multi-wire CoilPAK™ payoffs available

Increased productivity

 

Testimonials:

 

I wanted to let you know how pleased we are with our recent purchase of the CoilPAKs. We purchased over 40,000 ft in different colors for a project we had in Carlyle, Illinois. Our interest was sparked when our account manager, Jeff Schaible told us about the new solutions Southwire was coming out with to create labor time savings. We saw the product first hand at your boxing event in November. My brother and I spoke with our electricians and decided to test the CoilPAKs on an upcoming job with a large wire order. We were so surprised how much easier and faster the pulls went that we decided to utilize the CoilPAKs on our next job as well. We have also looked into stocking these for our service trucks.

Thanks again.   –Mike Pollman, Pollman Electric  Carlyle, IL

 

It was the first time we had used this application on a job as typically the racks that come with 2500 foot spools of 10 gauge wire are heavy and hard to maneuver. We decided to use the CoilPAKs instead because of the much smaller footprint - 1250 ft CoilPAKs versus a regular reel. It was a night and day difference between the two with the ease of use. It feeds itself with the Simpull jacket and eliminates the need for lube and the mess that entails. This creates the added benefit of pulling past existing wire. Overall, almost 9000 feet of wire was used on the entire job resulting in 30% of labor time savings. We also purchased the wire cart for larger pulls and we will be using this solution on all of our large jobs moving forward.

–Jay Steinkoetter, Request Electric  Fenton, MO

 

If you have any questions regarding these products, please contact our account managers who can happily help guide you to the correct solution. 

 

For the testimonials flyer, click here.

 


Enphase Tackles Potential Grid Shutdown

02/19/2015

Have you heard the big news that recently came out of Hawaii regarding solar?  Enphase, the micro inverter manufacturer (which was used in our solar panel installations here at Frost Supply) has just announced a solution that generates more stability of the grid in regards to solar panels in Hawaii.  Enphase who has a distribution agreement with one of our manufacturer’s Siemens was commissioned to tackle Hawaii’s potential grid shutdown.  “Hawaii has solar penetration around 12% and about 60% of those inverters were with Enphase.”  Hawaii was proactive in pursuing a better solution as Hawaii had established a “they had set the frequency and voltage windows very tight on solar inverters to “protect” their grid.”  This meant they would be prone to having their solar generations snap off line after a certain limit was generated and then come back.  Hawaii sought to avoid adding service costs for each of their 51,000 homes that have solar and about 800,000 micro inverters in total.  Discussions with Enphase reached the conclusion to try and tweak the inverter settings. The kicker is that the changes could be done from Enphase’s headquarters in Napa Valley with just a few changes on the computer ended up generating a cost savings of millions that theoretically would have been passed on to the customers.      

 Full article from Nigel Morris here.    

On a side note, Enphase and Siemens announced a few months ago that they have improved arc fault technology in their inverters.  This solution addresses the 2014 NEC which requires protection of all PV circuits.   

 


Dual Function Circuit Breakers Offer Protection and Savings

by Frost
02/04/2015

Many may not be aware, but the 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC®) now requires both Arc Fault and Ground Fault protection on many 15 and 20 amp kitchen and laundry circuits.  Prior to this product, the only way to comply with the code was to pair an AFCI circuit breaker with a GFCI receptacle. This added costs and was a hassle for installers.  It contributed to continued maintenance work as well. Siemens has a dual circuit arc fault and ground fault breaker.    

 

The GFCI protects against ground faults and are a preventative guard against electrical shocks.  The GFCI circuit breakers are set to detect when current is seeping from somewhere outside of the intended direction.  This detection is seeking to prevent your body from being the path to ground this “leak” in electrical current.  If such an instance were to occur, bodily harm would take place through burns, shocks, or even electrocution. 

 

The AFCI’s job is to protect against arcing or a spark that could happen if wires have been deteriorated or damaged.  As well as any breaches in the wire or bad connections.  The result of such situations could mean damage or fires.  Electrical fires are a major cause of concerns for business and residential groups.   It causes billions of dollars in property damage in a given year, not to mention the loss of life that is typically associated with such fires.  This device can help mitigate the risk.      

 

Also, there are other changes taking place with circuit protection starting in June of this year.  It is requiring a self-test and lockout feature as directed by UL943.  Typically, it has always been suggested to test devices every 30 days after installation.  This product has this feature with a continuous test for malfunction.  It will trip and lock the device when protection has been found to be faulty.  The LED trip indicator is exclusive to Siemens.  The breaker can either be bolted on or plugged in. 

 

We currently have stock of the Q115DF and Q120DF Siemens breakers.  If you have any questions regarding more information on these products, please contact us today!  

 


Is LED in your future?

by Frost
11/21/2014

Have you thought about joining the LED evolution, but just did not know where to start?  There are so many options available that is hard to stay on top of the trends.  However, one thing everyone already knows is that it saves money, and labor from maintenance of outdated lamps or fixtures.  One also knows that  LEDs are constantly changing.  Meanwhile, this change makes the product itself increasingly more effective the technological advances.   Often times, the LED movement is referred to as the LED revolution.   Evolution therefore is a carefully chosen word for how our energy solutions specialists approach the advancing technology of LEDs to ensure the right product is matched to the right job.      

One product that continues to evolve is the T8 lamps.  Cree has introduced a new LED T8 Series that allows current fluorescent T8’s to be upgraded to LED.  These lamps are not your everyday LED retrofits.  The universal compatibility of this product with current fluorescent ballasts means installers do not have to bypass the current ballast upon install.  However, the life of the current ballast does come into play when choosing this product.  When taking that into consideration if it is noted that the ballast is not at the end of life, this T8 becomes a simple solution to upgrading to LED in various applications.  These include health care settings, office and commercial buildings.

This product comes in both 3500 and 4000K color temperatures.  It offers 2100 lumens per LED lamp and a 90 CRI at 50,000 lifetime hours.  This particular design takes into account an oval shaped design for more up light and offers a simple lock and twist for easy installation.  This product is dimmable, but is dependent on the ballast.  More importantly, depending on your area our lighting solution specialist can determine what incentives can be taken on top of the manufactuer's warranty of five years.  Cree presents a quick and easy solution for joining the LED evolution and utilizing LED savings.  As with any retrofit, it  can not be stressed enough that it is always a good idea to consult a lighting specialist regarding possible incentives as well as compatibly with the installation and controls.   

If you have any questing regarding the Cree T8 series and its specifications, or all retrofit solutions please contact our energy solutions specialist Nick Arb.       

 


Too hot or too cold to handle?

10/20/2014

 

Do you have an area in your house that sometimes gets too hot or too cold?  It is never the right temperature.  The HodPod™ solves this problem so you never have to face a chilly basement in the winter or a hot garage in the summer.  The adeptly named HodPod™ supplies heating or cooling for these hard to reach rooms. By energizing either the 1000 or 1440W element heating is achieved.  Cooling is attained by utilizing the fan operation only to boost the cool air flow.  It can be installed into your existing rigid or flex duct in two model sizes.  It is a simple solution for controlling temperatures in those hard to reach places in homes, garages or even office buildings.  There are a few instances if the duct work is uncomplicated that this could be considered an average do it yourself project, but for the most part a professional HVAC contractor should be consulted.  

There are two models a six inch and eight inches.  The six inch is 1000 watts and the eight inch is 1440 watts each at 120 volt operation.  There are custom options available for larger areas up to 3000 watts on 208,240 or 277 volts.  A fifteen amp dedicated circuit is needed for the six inch model’s operation and a 20 amp for the eight inch model.  

The product is controlled by a low voltage thermostat or there is an option to use wireless thermostat.  A silent boot can be used with rigid duct work to ensure the noise level remains low.  Otherwise, it is virtually noise free.  Another benefit is that zero clearance is needed with the installation of this product.  

The most important feature of the product is that it prevents your central HVAC unit from wasting energy trying to heat or cool those areas that cannot be reached.  In turn, savings will be seen on your bills with the energy reduction. It could save you 20-50% from simply not using a space heater in the winter.  The HodPod™ also comes with a one year warranty with a two year warranty on the thermostat.     

 

Do you have any questions on how the HodPod™ works or the installation process? Please contact us 314-567-4004 or 1-800-776-5444.  

 


New Product: Southwire CoilPAK mini payoff

10/07/2014

Southwire has introduced a new mini CoilPAK that works in conjunction with the entire SIMpull circuit system.  As with its counterpart, this mini wire payoff is as Southwire states “revolutionizing the way you install wire.”  Not only is it increasing safety for workers reducing strain, but it is a time saver generating productivity with more efficient pulls.  This increases profitability to the bottom line.  This 25 pound CoilPAK eliminates the need for spools and offers a built in handle for carrying.  With the more rugged stackable body, you no longer have to deal with over rotation which causes bird nesting.  Also, no lube or soap is required which reduces scrap. 

The most important feature is that it fits easily into work vans or service trucks before and after your pull.  The clear packaging allows you to see how much wire has been pulled.  It comes in 120 volt 12 gauge stranded, and solid wire packages.  Watch the video for an additional explanation of the benefits and easy payoff by utilizing the 25 pound mini wire payoff. 

 

The SIMpull CoilPAK is a 50 pound wire payoff that is also a part of the SIMpull circuit system. It was designed for easy transportation both when carrying and lifting.  When more support is needed, the Southwire SIMpull Cart holds up to eight CoilPAKs at a time.  It is makes the storage more convenient and they stack easily as well.  Keep in mind that only pulling the weight of the wire eases strain and increases productivity.

 

Any questions regarding the new CoilPAK mini wire payoff?  Please contact us or your account manager.  314-567-4004

 


Don't get caught. Stay Safe.

09/19/2014

There are many types of struck by hazards.  As is the case in most safety accidents, all are preventable when the right safety precautions are utilized.     Some examples of caught in between incidents include being buried in a trench collapse, buried by a scaffolding collapse, or crushed by heavy equipment or falling debris.  No one wants to get pinned under heavy machinery or pinned in between equipment and a solid object. How do you go about preventing this from happening at your job site?

  • Always have an exit plan for trenches and daily inspections. 
  • Always inspect scaffolding for any issues with the structure.
  • Provide guards for moving equipment and seatbelts to prevent any rollover accidents.

 

Each and every one of these fatal hazards that have been discussed for the past few weeks on the blogs has maintained the same theme.  Accidents are preventable and there is a responsiblity for proper training, equipment and accountability of the individuals on the job site.  In doing research for the articles, we came across another blog Q&A by Crucial Skills that teaches job site safety, but more importantly their message resonated.  They had everyone on the job site commit to 200% accountability.  Here is the implementation from their trainings: “workers agreed that they were 100 percent accountable to abide by the safety protocols. They also committed to be 100 percent accountable to speak up when they saw someone else violating safe practices. Each signed a “200 percent accountability” poster and gave others permission to confront them if there was any question about their own compliance”[1].  Here at Frost, we have no vested interest in pushing these particular safety trainings.  However, the advice is worth sharing and implementing at your job site to keep your workers safe.  Keeping everyone safe is the number one priority and the entire reason why we examined the top four fatal job site injuries.  Remember to constantly be training your employees with proper safety precautions to keep it at the forefront.  Maintain safety equipment and tools.  Wear proper PPE.  Follow lock out tag out procedures.  Stay Safe on the Job Site!                 

[1] Crucial Skills Blog 

 

 


Preventing electrical injuries and death: Proper electrical hazard protection.

09/12/2014

In this third part of our hazard series, we are going to discuss electrical hazards.  In the last few months, numerous industry new stories have covered many instances of death and serious injury from electrocution.  They have occurred in un-proper lighting installations in a pool and live wires.  It happens every day.   In many electrocution cases, contact is made with live wires or overhead power lines.  Some occur where lockout tagout procedures are not followed, but can occur also if cords on power tools are defective. 

One must continue to take precautions to ensure that cranes, scaffolds, ladders, even raised truck beds do not contact power lines especially being aware of un-insulated power lines.  During the recent Ice bucket challenge for ALS, several firefighters were injured when their aerial ladder began moving back after spraying water on the students and came close enough to the power line causing the energy to arc over the occupied bucket.  The potential for injury can occur at any time and preparation is the key to prevention.   Wearing proper PPE gear and maintaining equipment can prevent injuries as well. 

Proper Lock Out Tag Out

Follow the system and the simple rules.  To de-energize circuits and prevent operating circuits, place the lock and tag on each disconnect.  If you placed the lock, then you should be the only one to remove it.  Make sure that any stored energy has been released and run a test to verify the system is de-energized.  Make sure any alerts or signs are set up to keep other out of the area or aware of the hazards. 

Power Tools

When utilizing a power tool, use double insulated tools each job will require the “right tool” for usage. It needs to be powered by a low voltage isolated transformer.  Remember, low voltage does not lessen the hazard or risks.   

One error or one simple mistake can cost someone their life.  Even the most experienced workers are at risk if procedures are not followed properly.  Refresh your memory and constantly be aware of your surroundings when on a jobsite, it just might save a life.     

Do you have any stories of how PPE or routine protection procedures prevented injuries?  Please share!

 

Check out of our lockout/tagout and PPE equipment on our site.  

 


Safety equipment is your friend. Embrace it.

09/02/2014

In part two of our series regarding the top four hazards on the jobsite, we address the stuck by hazards.  Some forms of these include accidents involving vehicles, falling objects, and collapsing walls.  These types of hazards can be prevented, but it goes right back to planning and prevention.  Most companies draw up “control measures” to align company safety practices and personnel training for better understanding of the potential for danger and injury.  Specifying controlled work areas and qualifying the person in charge to okay loads and lifts are control measures.  Limiting access to only trained personnel also prevents those unequipped and untrained employees from being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  It also relieves nervousness since everyone on the team has their own role to execute.       

Other key factors to consider when driving a vehicle onsite include:

  • Ensuring the maintenance of the vehicle being operated
  • Wear a seatbelt
  • Only load cranes and vehicles to capacity
  • When reversing for safety reasons use a spotter

 

Getting in the habit of following control measures no matter how simple or mundane is the best practice for prevention of stuck by hazards.  It is in that lapse of judgment where one puts themselves and others at risk thinking “it won’t happen to me.”   

A few best practices for to avoid falling objects include:

  • Using holding devices to support loads to failing devices as the cause of injury
  • Discontinuing use of broken tools as they could injury the handler or peers
  • Never assume. 
  • Wait for the crane or vehicle operator to acknowledge your presence when entering or exiting the work area.

 

Always wear protective gear.  Your hard hat is your friend.

What control measures are the most effective on the jobsite?  Has there been a time that stands out when those measures have prevented injuries?

 


PREVENTING FALLS ON YOUR JOB SITE

by Frost
08/15/2014

 

Today begins our series on the top four construction jobsite hazards.  They include fall, struck-by, electrical, and caught in between hazards. 

The key for prevention of all four of these hazards will continue to be constant training and equipment maintenance.  Fall hazards are most commonly found on new builds, structures, scaffolds, ladders and stairs.  According to Builder online, “36% of construction injury and deaths come from 'slips, trips, and falls”.  Most of these injuries are preventable with the right attention to one’s environment.  Fall protection is a requirement when conditions are six feet above the lower level.  Warning lines also need to be utilized for unsafe edges or drop-offs.  When working on a scaffold, check that the installations and guardrails are secure.  The same can be said when stairs are being built.  Safe access to both can prevent future injuries.  Think of it this way, if you are adding blocks or a board to add extra height to a scaffold then that is not where you want to be standing.   Follow your training on a job site, utilizing shortcuts are warning signs that there is significant potential for injury.       

Ladders provide a similar hazard if not palced on even ground or at a proper angle to avoid falls.  Safety checks and proper storage should be part of the everyday routine.  Another tip when climbing up to a landing the ladder must extend three feet over the landing to ensure a proper climb.  Perspective becomes important as these basic tips when not followed are most often the causes of serious injuries on the job site.  Any one who has ever used  a ladder has heard the warnings to not stand on the top rung and use the correct size ladder.  However, with everyday usage the odds increase for injuries by fall hazards as it becomes second nature.  Make sure safety precautions are a part of that second nature as well.  Even while using fall arrest systems on construction sites,  maintenance checks and preventive practices must be ingrained in each and every workers routine.  Always properly maintain equipment and follow standard procedures to avoid a serious situation. 

There are many other ways to prevent falls on a jobsite.  Some are as simple as clearing debris and spills.  No one wants to see someone hurt because they did not get something cleaned or marked for caution right away.  Others are ensuring proper coverage of man holes for foot traffic or maintaining clear walkways,and a lit path.  It is like an old adage, the one time that precautions are not followed could be the one time serious injuries occur.  As mentioned about 36% of all construction injuries and deaths occur from slips, trips, and falls.  Stay safe while working, and take the time to remember your maintenance and safety checks!

What are you doing to prevent fall hazards on the jobsite?  What safety practices does your company require you to follow?   Please share you safety tips with us.  

 

 

 

 


Product Highlight: Milwaukee Tools

07/16/2014

 

M18™ REDLITHIUM™ XC Extended Capacity Battery offers greater performance times and durability.  It provides the ability to power all of the cordless tools making the jobsite easy to navigate without the limitations of a corded drill.  It was also designed to improve your job performance with less downtime and an extended life to charge your M18 power tools on any job.  This battery powers over 40 of the M18 series power tools and comes with a 3 year warranty. 
 
Currently through the end of July while supplies last, there is a promotion running to get this battery for FREE with purchase of a qualifying M18 XC Tool Kit.    Contact us for more details. 
 
Here are a few highlighted tool kits that qualify for this promotion:
 
The Milwaukee 2797-22 cordless two tool combo kit includes the M18 FUEL™ 1/2' Hammer Drill/Driver (2604-20) and M18 FUEL™ 1/4' Hex Impact Driver (2653-20).  Both tools in this kit utilize a brushless motor for solid run time.  The M18 FUEL™ 1/2' Hammer Drill/Driver (2604-20) has a peak torque of 725 in-pounds and the M18 FUEL™ 1/2' Hammer Drill/Driver (2604-20) comes in at 1600 in- pounds respectively.  Both have five year warranties.  
 
The M18™ Cordless Lithium-Ion 7/8” SDS-Plus Rotary Hammer Kit (2605-22) features three drilling modes: rotary hammer, hammer only, and rotation only to meet various needs.  It also maximizes comfort levels by utilizing integrated AVS (Anti-Vibration Systems). This versatile tool comes with a three year warranty.
 
The final qualifying kit to be highlighted is the 2695-24 M18™ Cordless 4-Tool Combo kit featuring the M18™ 1/2' Hammer Drill / Driver (2607-20), M18™ HACKZALL™ One- Handed Recip Saw(2625-20), M18™ 1/4' Hex Impact Driver (2656-20), and M18™ Work Light (2735-20). 
 
The M18™ 1/2' Hammer Drill / Driver (2607-20) features quick and easy blade changes with SAWZALL® Blades & HACKZALL® blades.  It is also known for its size to cut into tight spaces.     
The M18™ 1/4' Hex Impact Driver (2656-20) has the advantage with 1500 in-pounds of fastening torque as well as an LED light to help illuminate your work surface. 
 
Those are just three of the many kits that qualify for the free battery.  Please contact a Frost representative for more information regarding the products and promotion.  Email or call 314-567-4004. 
 
Promotion is valid at our seven counters through July 31,2014 (while supplies last) with purchase of qualifying kits only.  

 

 

 

 


Q&A with John Sollors of Erico

06/30/2014

 

 

Questions answered by the lightning protection expert. 

Who needs to focus on lightning protection?

Sollors: Everyone to some degree.  This doesn’t mean that everyone needs a Lightning Protection System on the roof of their home or business.  Even if you don’t need a Lightning Protection System, you should protect your home or business from incoming transient power surges at your main service entrance, cable, data, and any low voltage circuits.  In the last ten years, the electronic circuits inside our everyday appliances have become more and more sensitive to transient surges.   The damages are far more costly than the price on robust surge protection products.  Appendix “L “ in the back of NFPA 780 – 2014 has a Risk Assessment that can provide assistance to the building owner, engineer, etc. in determining the risk of damage or injury due to lightning.

Why is it important for businesses to be proactive about lightning protection?  And to that same note surge protection as well?

Sollors: Surge Protection and Lightning Protection go hand-in-hand.  A Lightning Protection system is meant to protect the facility from physical damage. Even more likely is a lightning strike hits somewhere nearby, but outside the protection zone of the Lightning Protection System.  This strike can produce transient surges on power, cable, data, and low voltage lines and circuits. Only Surge Protective Devices can protect your sensitive electronics inside the facility.

What is the process contractors can utilize to get their lightning protection certification?

Sollors: ERICO doesn’t certify electrical contractors in Lightning Protection.  UL and the Lightning Protection Institute have courses for the Electrical Contractor to obtain certifications in LP.  ERICO recommends joining either/both organizations and taking the applicable classes/tests. 

How can ERICO assist an Electrical Contractor and their customer with a Lightning Protection System?

Sollors: ERICO is capable of providing the Electrical Contractor a Bid Package, Engineered Drawings, and Bill of Material for an LP Solution. 

ERICO needs the following information to provide this service:

-          Current Roof Top plan of the existing building with elevations.

-          Specifications from the customer regarding the system design.

-          There is no charge for this service.

What instances have you come across where businesses would have benefitted from protecting themselves before a lightning or surge incident occurred? 

Sollors: Lightning and Surge Protection are the two most commonly used technologies to avoid expenses by businesses.  It is like insurance, we pay for it for that one time we might need it, but we complain about it before the accident.  Ask any business owner or home owner whose facility was struck by lightning or hit by a transient surge.  They will tell you they wished they would have spent the small amount of money up front to adequately protect their facility and sensitive resources inside.  The damage they now have to claim with the insurance, the down time, and potential personnel harm are considerably more than the amount it would have cost to protect their facility.

Any examples or stories where lightning protection was not installed and what happened to the business as a result? 

Sollors: JW Speaker’s Corporate Headquarters located in Milwaukee, WI is a State-of-the Art Facility with unique building automation systems.  Some of the interior systems include automated lighting and environmental controls.  Outside the building there are stylish LED light poles along the walkways.  Lightning storms in the area caused damages to these three systems multiple times during a single season.  The costs with replacing controller boards and LED assemblies were significant enough to make finding a solution a priority.  Since the installation of surge protective devices for power distribution and sensor signals several years ago, all of the damages from lightning storms ceased.

Thank you John for taking the time to answer our questions and offer your expertise. 

If you would like more information on Lightning Protection, please contact us.  We are here to help support your lightning protection needs.    

 

 


Lightning? How Protected Are You?

by Frost
06/23/2014

 

Most of us all love watching a good lightning show even though it is dangerous we just cannot help ourselves.  The bolts as they streak across the sky are often fascinating.  The pictures we see only help to showcase the power of nature.  However, this awe inspiring event can have several downsides if that strike happens to hit your building.  In a time when we are well aware of natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, there has been a big push for disaster or safety preparation. 

Lightning is not a disaster that one would expect, but they could lead to a major disruption of your businesses everyday functions if not properly protected.  An article by UL (Underwriters Laboratories) cites there is nearly one billion dollars of damages reported due to lighting strikes.  That is just the claims.  It does not take into consideration any money that is lost during the “downtime” as your building gets repaired and is running efficiently again.  Any stoppage in business could be detrimental to your business- just think about that for a moment.   A top of mind example of the powerful force of nature that can disrupt business is Hurricane Sandy.  As we well know, some Hurricane Sandy victims have never gotten their businesses up and running again, and sadly some of those who did got hit with another safety disaster from damaged wiring from the storm causing a fire.  These incidents provide lessons on the importance of protection and planning for your business.  It also emphasizes another valuable lesson on safety and maintenance checks.  One never knows what can happen at any given time, but it is best to stay out ahead of it and stay prepared.  Missouri and Illinois rank in the top 10 of lightning strikes throughout the US.  Missouri comes in first in the Mid-West with Illinois following second1.   Does your disaster planning include lightning protection?  If not, what does it include? 

Stay tuned for more information from the lightning protection expert, John Sollors of ERICO in a feature Q&A.  

 

Reference

1-Lightning Safety Awareness Guidebook

 


Protect Your Online Information

by Frost
05/29/2014

It seems now more than ever the importance of protecting our information has become a top priority.  Especially as we have seen large retailers and corporations who have had information security breaches.  It has become not only a matter of being aware of protect you identity, but a necessity to know how you share your information online.  With that being said, how many times have you actually spent time looking at the company from whom you are purchasing items?  There are so many choices and options out there.  Let’s face it we are all busy, need to meet deadlines, or get the job done.   With the launch of our new Frost Supply e-commerce website, we wanted to remind all online shoppers including those that use our site already of a few helpful online shopping reminders.   

First, be the consummate researcher.  For those of you who don’t enjoy research, do not worry it only takes a few more clicks.  The extra time could save you a headache in the future if you understand the company that you are buying from beyond the sell price.  In every case, you are not only purchasing a product, but their customer service.  It is worth the extra step especially if a deal sounds too good to be true. 

There are several ways to go about verifying your source of sale.  Look for policies on how the companies handle your information and make sure those policies are readily available to you.  Check for any warranties or guarantees that the company offers.  Is the company upfront about various costs?  These could include shipping and tax information.  All of this information should be presented at the time of checkout. 

Finally, ensure that you have a secure checkout.  A reputable company is going to encrypt your credit card information.  Two quick ways to look for security is to look for the lock on the URL bar or make sure the URL starts with https.  These are two signals that need to be there before you type any of your payment information.  Be safe shopping.   

We are pleased to launch our new site to ease your purchase process.  If you have any questions, regarding how to navigate our new site, please contact us!  Stay tuned for more articles featuring industry experts, product knowledge, and tips.