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Assessments

Our comprehensive assessments provide real facts and findings to justify your decisions and provide support for your needed expansions, improvements, or additional operational funding. Our experienced team provides clear concise reports including costs and implementation solutions.

The assessment structure is simple.

  1. Understand the function of the facility
  2. Assess and evaluate the existing conditions
  3. Identify the opportunity for improvement or gap
  4. State the importance of the improvement
  5. Specify the solution
  6. Detail the cost and expected time to complete
  7. Identify the risk involved.
Danger! Arc Flash!

Is your staff at risk of injury or death?
Is your business at risk of costly downtime or fines?

For many years, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) have issued safety standards on how to protect employees and equipment from arc flash hazards that can occur in the data center. The intense heat of an uncontrolled electrical arc can produce a strong explosion causing severe injury or even death to equipment operators or anyone near the blast. Yet in 2014, OSHA elevated its “suggested standards” to mandatory arc flash regulations including – for the first time ever – compliance deadline dates for 2015.

Is your facility in compliance?

If you do not know this answer, we can help. Personal injury from arc flash incidents in a non-compliant facility can be a significant business liability. Our engineers have extensive arc flash analysis and reporting experience and understand the new OSHA and NFPA mandates. We know how arc flashes can disrupt critical business operations. We offer a variety of services to help you efficiently and safely operate your facility. Our engineers can also offer suggestions for reducing arc flash energy by retrofitting equipment with newer technologies.

Cracking the code

OSHA 29 CFR 1910.132(d) and the National Electrical Code 110.16 require commercial employers to protect both inhouse and contracted workers from electric shock and arc flash hazards, referring to NFPA 70E-2015 the Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. To comply, facility owners and operators must provide:

  1. A comprehensive engineering study of arc flash hazards for all equipment over 50V.
  2. Labels on all serviceable electrical equipment with specific incident energy level, shock hazard, and more.
  3. A safety program for in-house employees.
  4. Updates at five year intervals for arc flash studies and labels for any equipment system modifications.

Approach to ensuring safety and compliance

Our experienced engineering team knows how to keep your employees safe while adhering to mandatory arc flash recommendations. Whether the facility is an existing building or one under construction we will perform the following power analytics services:

  • Verify the building’s electrical system from the incoming utility connection down to the branch-circuit panel, in conjunction with the Owner’s electrical maintenance or operations personnel.
  • Utilize the latest in SKM Power Tools software to create an analytical model of the electrical system.
  • Conduct phase and ground fault, device coordination, and arc flash studies – accounting for various system switching scenarios: utility, generator, and alternate connection paths.
  • Recommend modifications to improve system reliability and reduce arc flash potential. Options to address deficiencies are also discussed in detail with the Owner.
  • Issue a comprehensive report
  • Create “worst-case” arc flash hazard warning labels and adhere to all onsite equipment.
  • Perform Nehr-McGrath calculations on all feeders installed underground based on the actual measured soil resistivity and temperature. (Calculations based on the worse case operating conditions.)

Mitigate risks with an experienced engineering team

kW MCE provides facility owners and operators with the power analysis needed for the critical operations of a facility’s electrical infrastructure. Arc flash study results and power analytics are not only vital for preventing employee injury or death, but essential for optimizing an electrical system’s responses to fault conditions while maintaining the required system redundancies. For those unfamiliar with the complex, cross-connected systems commonly found in larger facility installations, it’s often difficult to know where to begin. kW MCE’s team of qualified engineers can help you mitigate risk, ensure compliance, and avoid costly facility downtime.

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Comprehensive Best Practices Facility Assessment: Critical Electrical and Cooling Systems, Onsite Power Generation System, Fire Alarm, Fuel Oil, and Controls. The assessment can be based on your company standard, Uptime Tier Definitions, or TIA 942. Includes the following assessments:

  • IT Cooling Assessment
  • IT Deployment Best Practices Assessment
  • Reliability and Single Point of Failure Assessment
  • PUE Assessment
  • Capacity Assessment
  • Facility End of Life Extension

kW MCE experts can also perform an Energy Star Assessment for certification. Executing an Expansion or Repurpose Assessment will determine the feasibility of expanding a system, upgrading systems, or repurposing critical infrastructure.