Problems with our websites

Figure holding a large red wrenchApologies

Just a quick note to all our readers to explain the outages we’ve been having.

First, I want to apologise for the downtime and sporadic outages you’ve probably experienced. We tried and failed to avoid those issues, but we think everything is sorted out now.

Moving house is never easy

Newspaper showing "EPIC FAIL" headlineWe outgrew the capabilities of our former service provider’s hosting package in the last few months. Our issues started slowly, with occasional unexplained outages, and got progressively worse. After finding that we were getting abysmal tech support from the people we had been working with for a decade, we decided to cut the old provider off, and move to another well reviewed Canadian provider.

In the last ten days we have had some issues crop up through the migration process, but now we think we have everything fixed. The new server is running faster and better than anything we’ve had before, and “fingers crossed”, nothing else will come up at least for a while.

Secure services, faster server

Both ComplianceInsight.ca and MachinerySafety101.com should now be served automatically from our https secure service, so let us know if you see any problems crop up.

Thanks for sticking with us through this! We have another new article in the ISO 13849-1 analysis series publishing soon, so stay tuned!

A Note about Our Travel Policy

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We believe travel gives us a broad perspective both personally and professionally. Our focus is global. Our ethical position is clear; we believe in the health and safety of ALL people. We believe in the power of scientific data, and in the power of connecting with others globally, so we might learn from one another.

Compliance inSight Consulting Inc. began 17 years ago; we spend our time working to help ensure the safety of people who work with machinery. We have clients whose businesses span the globe, but most are in North America. And as many of our readers know, Doug has always been active within the global regulatory community, representing both our industry and Canada. (Doug has occasionally found himself on more aircraft in a month than many air crews!)

New Travel Policy

The current US administration has made travel to the US problematic or even impossible for many. Our company and many of our colleagues are among those affected by these decisions, as the global community scrambles to deal with what has become a daily onslaught of shifting US policy decisions. As a result, we have decided to stop travelling to the US, effective immediately, and for the foreseeable future.

Our Solution

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Our clients from the US are our friends and neighbours, and we are still here to help.

We will continue to offer a variety of web-based solutions to our clients, providing training and consulting services via web meeting software, phone and email. We are currently investigating cloud-based education solutions so we can offer a comprehensive online training portal. We will continue to serve our US clients as we have in the past, we just won’t be stopping by for a visit for a while. We hope you understand.

Doug Nix
Managing Director,
Principal Consultant
Kimberly Nix
Managing Director

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New CSA Standard for Machinery Electrical Equipment

Electrical Equipment of Machinery

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Industrial electrical control panels

Most modern machinery is controlled electrically, or electronically. There are a number of standards that apply to the design of control systems for machinery, with IEC 60204-1 and it’s EN equivalent, along with IEC 61439-1 and IEC 61439-2 as the predominant standards internationally, and NFPA 79 as the predominant standard in the US and Canada. Until now.

CSA C22.2 No. 301, Industrial Electrical Machinery

In 2014, a project was started to develop a new Canadian Electrical Code Part 2 standard focused on the electrical equipment of machines. There were already two Part 2 standards in existence that covered Industrial Control panels, but not specifically controls associated with machinery: CSA C22.2 No. 14, Industrial Control Equipment, and CSA C22.2 No. 286, Industrial control panels and assemblies.

This new standard, entitled “Industrial Electrical Machinery”, is aimed at the same types of equipment covered by NFPA 79 and IEC 60204-1. Here’s the scope of the new standard:

1 Scope

1.1

This standard applies to interconnected mechanical systems of industrial electrical and electronic equipment operating in a coordinated manner.

1.2

This standard applies to equipment rated at not more than 1000 V intended to be installed and used in non-hazardous locations in accordance with the rules of the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I.

1.3

This standard applies to equipment that is:

  • permanently installed
  • mobile
  • relocatable, or
  • self powered.

1.4

The industrial equipment covered by this Standard is intended for use in an ambient temperature of 0 °C to 40 °C.

1.5

This standard does not specify additional and special requirements that can apply to electrical equipment that:

  • is intended for use in open air (i.e. outside buildings or other protective structures);
  • will use, process, or produce potentially explosive material (for example paint or sawdust);
  • is intended for use in potentially explosive and/or flammable atmospheres;
  • has special risks when producing or using certain materials;
  • is intended for use in mines

1.6

This standard does not apply to equipment portable by hand while working

1.7

This standard does not apply to self-propelled work platforms

1.8

This standard does not specify additional and special requirements that can apply to electrical welding equipment within the scope of CSA C22.2 No. 60 or CSA/CAN E60974-1

1.9

This standard may be used to supplement but does not replace requirements that already exist in a published CSA component standard

If you are interested in seeing the rest of this standard before it’s published, you’re in luck! It’s available on CSA’s Public Review site until 6-Aug-16. You can read and comment on the document using that system, and all of your comments will be reviewed and dealt with by the task group that created the document. If you are not already registered there, you will have to set up a free account, but that only takes a couple of minutes to do. That also gives you access to all of the other standards that are out for public review, so if your interests are broader than just electrical or machinery, you can have a look at any of the others as well.

Is No. 301 needed?

I question the need for this standard, as I believe that the existing standards already cover this type of machinery more than adequately and that all CSA needed to do was adopt IEC 60204-1 and IEC 61439, however, at this point, I am one lone voice.

If you agree with me, please make your voice heard through CSA’s Public Review system. On the other hand, if you like what the document is about, then please support it.

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