Safety Practices for the Solar Eclipse

Here at Kaman we know safety in the workplace is crucial, but safety is also important to implement in everyday life. On Monday, August 21, 2017 the United States will experience a total eclipse of the sun. A path of total eclipse will reach from Oregon diagonally down to South Carolina, and most of the US will experience the eclipse at 70%.

Although the sun may be mostly covered the eclipse can still cause eye damage if looked at directly. Even with short exposure to the event, on-lookers can suffer from retinal burns or premature formation of cataracts.

When viewing the solar eclipse it is advised to wear safety goggles/glasses. The glasses must be designated with ISO 12312-2 ratings to qualify as protective. Common sunglasses or tinted eyewear will not protect your eyes. Inexpensive safety viewers are available at hardware retailers.

Don’t miss the opportunity to view this once in a life time event and observe with caution.

Speed Changes for Industrial Applications

The large majority of plant operations are powered by electric motors. Even so, it is rare to achieve full output speed with the most common design type of electric motors, the NEMA B. How do operators select the motor change speeds that are right for equipment processes? Motor speed can be varied through the use of electronic drives or mechanically with belts and sheaves, chain and sprockets or gearing.

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