Hurricane Season: Keep Your Facility In-Service

Hurricane

According to the 2020 outlook released by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, the Atlantic hurricane season is predicted to be more active than usual. The 2020 NOAA outlook calls for:

  • 13 to 19 named storms
  • Six to 10 hurricanes
  • Three to six major hurricanes – one that is Category 3 or higher!

Prepare your business

When hurricanes, high winds and heavy rain form, business such as banks, gas stations and grocery stores may shut down for prolonged periods of time. When businesses close their doors due to natural disasters, owners can lose big, in both sales and reputation..

More recently, business owners are evaluating the overall cost impact of when their business loses power during an emergency, disaster, or inclement weather. They question is if they could continue to operate and be without power for 1hr, 12hr, 24hr, or even 3 days.

With this in mind, many of today’s business owners are opting to invest in their own backup power systems, doing all they can to keep their doors open when disaster strikes and grid power fails.

ESL’s knowledgeable Emergency Power Solutions team has been helping business owners determine what equipment is best for their facility and budget for over two decades. ESL offers multiple resources for determining what Emergency Power Connection equipment is right for your business. You can contact us, research our products online and read articles about how other customers have determined what’s right for them.

ESL Acquires Our First State-of-the-Art Robotic Welder

ESL embraces a life-long goal of investing in our customers, employees and the growth of our organization. As a newly held 100% employee owned company, ESL’s most recent investment has been the purchase of a brand-new state-of-the-art robotic welder.

With a commitment to continuous improvement, ESL is dedicated to increasing value to our customers. As projects and work demands increase, capacity becomes an issue. Because of this, ESL decided to investigate the benefits of welding automation. When it comes to welding there are many variables to consider such as amperage settings, filler metal, shielding gas, heat application, and training. The goal of our preliminary research was to determine if robotic welding could increase capacity, cycle time, and quality.

Initial exploration indicated a robotic welder is consistent, wouldn’t take days off (no calling in sick or taking vacations) and would work diligently even at the busiest of times. It could weld twenty four seven, three sixty five!

After pulling 3 years of data on ESL fabricated enclosures and comparing the information to welding automation, it became apparent that the return on investment for a robotic welder would be a clear winner. ESL determined the investment would be cost effective, improve customer relationships, reduce risks and improve on-time delivery. The conclusion; bringing in ESL’s first robot would be monumental for the growth of our organization.

For projects that don’t fit the robotic welder criteria, ESL is still committed to manual welding quality. ESL’s valued manual welders work side by side with the new robotic champion to come up with better ideas when tacking and prepping parts for the robot. Recognizing that certain products could be redesigned for the robot to weld, ESL’s fabrication shop and engineering team are now brainstorming and redesigning key items so that robotic welding is achievable with even more enclosures.

Learn more about our fabrication shop capabilities and take a virtual tour of our company.

Be Prepared for Emergency Situations

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When Hurricane Michael made landfall on October 10th across the Florida coast and along the Gulf of Mexico it registered as a Category 4 and was the largest to ever hit the Florida Panhandle. By the time the storm subsided it had passed through Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Virginia and the Carolinas’. As of October 12th, over “1.4 million utility customers from Florida to Virginia were without power” according to cbsnews.com. This was likely due to the combination of high winds and heavy flooding taking out power lines and electrical stations. Estimates tracked wind speeds from 45 to 155 mph. Fortune.com predicts damage from the storm could cost up to $4.5 billion in Florida alone.

The frequency and ferocity of high category hurricanes has become increasingly troublesome in recent years and show no signs of slowing down. There are many reasons to be prepared for the worst case scenarios but the unpredictability of these weather patterns is reason enough to take their threat seriously.

Depending on what region of the country you live in, disaster preparedness needs can vary from one area to the next. For example, some areas are more prone to flooding than they are to earthquakes, so it is important to be knowledgeable about the potential disasters that may affect where you live. Tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, fires and other disasters are often unpredictable. No matter where you live, there are a few steps that should be taken to help you be prepared for emergency situations at home and at work.

At Home:
Prepare a supply kit that has the essential items for the first 72 hours after an emergency. This includes water, non-perishable food, batteries, blankets, and first aid supplies. It’s also a good idea to write down the phone numbers and addresses of family and store it inside of your emergency kit. Finally, be sure to store the kit in a location where everyone can find it.

Once you’ve assembled your kit, you should discuss the plan of action for after an emergency. If needed, know how to shut off gas, electricity and water.  How will you communicate with those closest to you? Texting is easier than calling in the moments following a disaster, and are a great way to let others know that you’re safe.  You also need to discuss places to meet. Remember, different disasters may require you to go to different places; it’s a good idea to have a few meeting spots planned out ahead of time.

At Work:
As a business owner, being prepared means having an effective emergency backup system.  An important step in implementing this system is selecting a manual transfer switch that can quickly and safely be connected to a generator should utility power be out for a prolonged period of time. In ESL’s blog, 6-Ways to Select a Manual Transfer Switch we cover the factors that should be considered when determining which type of transfer switch is most suitable for your business.

In addition to a reliable back up system, your company should have a plan. Determine how you’ll get your business back up and running. Make a Check list! Assign responsibilities and determine if additional training is necessary to perform the tasks assigned. Include a backup person responsible for a task if your primary is off site. For comprehensive steps for contingency planning check out our blog, Do You Have A Contingency Plan? The Cost of NOT Being Prepared.

Some disasters are unavoidable but taking these steps can help soften the blow when one does strike. By being proactive, you can minimize loss in both your personal and professional life. For more information, check out our article on Automatic vs. Manual transfer switches, which illustrates potential threats to a business in the event of a power outage.
If you have questions about Emergency Power preparedness needs for your business, we can help! Click here to request more info.

Product Highlight: ESL’s MIL-C-24368 Shore Power Plugs and Receptacles

Increases in maritime shipping and environmental pollution concerns have created a demand for ship-to-shore power solutions that comply with environmental restrictions in ports and harbors. Cold-ironing, a process of ships shutting down on-board generation and then plugging into shore-side power while in berth, can greatly reduce air pollution in neighboring areas.

According to some estimates, cold ironing removes more than three tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and 350 pounds of particulate matter from the air in large metropolitan areas. The US Military has used this method for many decades to reduce on-board manpower requirements while in port.

With a continuous commitment to safety, innovation, value, and customer service, ESL continues to forge the way in ship-to-shore power connection solutions.  ESL’s most recent addition to our Shore Power product line includes our QPL listed MIL-C-24368 shore power plugs and receptacles which have NAVSEA qualification approval.

ESL builds the most durable MIL-C-24368/1 plugs on the market; we are the only manufacturer using 316SS passivated castings and all 316SS hardware. This reduces corrosion and increases longevity in harsh marine environments under extreme and demanding use.

ESL Shore Power plugs can be supplied factory-potted with 400MCM or 500MCM customer-specified cable types in lengths. The plug or individual plug components can also be furnished for on-site assembly or repair.ESL's MIL-C-24368/1 plug

Like our plug, ESL’s MIL-C-24368/2 receptacle is manufactured with the highest quality materials. Only ESL fabricates the heavy cast housing and cover from passivated 316SS.

ESL shore power receptacles are typically supplied factory-potted with 400MCM or 500MCM customer-specified cable type in various lengths. MIL-C-24368/2 receptacles can be supplied with 1 or 2 microswitches to enable a safe and convenient means to electrically interlock upstream breakers and connect/disconnect power.

ESL's MIL-C-24368/2 receptacle

ESL provides world-wide support to customers who need mating and disconnect capabilities for NATO shore-power capable vessels. Our commitment to high inventory levels and a responsive production team ensures quick delivery in order to support critical needs of our customers. Download our Shore Power Brochure for a complete listing of our products or feel free to contact us for assistance.

 

ESL Supports Our Marines by Getting Dirty at the 25th Annual Mud Run

ESL teamed up with SCS Engineers to support our Marines at Camp Pendleton by getting dirty at the 25th Annual World Famous Mud Run. On Saturday, at Zero eight hundred hours, the dedicated ESL troops arrived at Camp Pendleton amped-up and ready to run. The team arrived prepared to tackle the obstacles ahead which included a multitude of mud pits, lunges, steeplechase, sandbag press, cargo net, low crawl, slippery hill, fire hose, river crossings, tunnels, wall climb and push-ups at the finish line! The team accepted their finish medals with enthusiasm and then ran off to look for the showers! Watch our action packed video to see how the ESL team tackles challenges – even on a Saturday!