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On May 22, 2018, Electric Innovations and its sister company Thompson Automation and Specialty Services were brought together as a stronger and even more dynamic technology integration company called Thompson Innovation.

Our strategic plan has always been focused on strengthening the technical capabilities and portfolio of solutions we can offer to our customers. This is another step in fulfilling our Corporate Mission: “To be the prime solution provider as recognized by our employees, customers and the communities we serve.”

Under the direction of General Managers, Tasha Barker and Jason Glover, Thompson Innovation will continue to passionately lead our solutions teams in:

  • Managed IT & Software
  • Life Safety & Security
  • Automation & Robotics
  • Electrical Safety & Preventative Maintenance

The addition of solutions previously provided by Thompson Automation and Specialty Services strengthens our ability to meet current and new customer’s needs as one company. For more information contact Thompson Innovation at 712-224-3800 or visit us at www.thompsoninnovation.net

Tips for Employee and Workplace Safety

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Every minute of the day approximately 5 people get injured on the job.  By the end of each day approximately 12 people will have died because of working in an unsafe environment.  Focusing on workplace safety is critical in protecting your employees and your company. There are many things that can be done to help lower workplace environment risk, encourage your employees to work safely and that make sure that everyone goes home alive at the end of each day.

One of the most effective ways to stay safe is implementing OSHA guidelines. OSHA stands for Occupational Safety and Health Administration.  Years of data and experience have gone into the safety guidelines and requirements that OSHA oversees.  While this can create challenges for businesses, guidelines and requirements are designed to reduce the number of accidents that occur and prevent injury for others. Having a checklist to sort out your workplace safety hazards can be very beneficial to make sure all loose ends are tied up. Training employees on safety is key.  It impacts the environment they work in and the people they work with every day. Not having employees properly trained leaves your business at serious risk for accidents. Staying compliant may save a life!  That life may be yours.

Securing your facility is another form of protection. Life safety begins with having smoke, heat, and carbon dioxide detectors. Video surveillance and entry intercoms can also help protect you from any vandalism that could happen or keep unwanted visitors out. Access control can help to protect your critical assets while technology such as uninterrupted power supplies can ensure that your critical assets remain operational during unplanned outages. Keeping your employees and facilities safe and operational is mission critical for every business.

Thompson Innovation specializes in the overall life safety and security solutions your company can benefit from.  Contact us today for more information on ways we can help or visit our website!

Phone: 866.258.8462

Website:  https://thompsoninnovation.net/home.html

Four Steps to Build an Innovative Platform for your Business

TI_Logo-FINAL-01Thinking outside the box tends to be the best way to have that big breakthrough. Many ideas that you have could fail to take off, not because of bad ideas but simply because innovation depends on the success of the product just as much as the idea itself. This is why having an effective innovation platform will help you along the way. We have 4 steps that can assist you in your ventures.

Step 1. Understand why you should innovate. Markets in this economy are always changing so it is very important that you stay up-to-date with the latest trends. There are different types of innovation that you can apply to your business, these include: product innovation, process innovation, marketing innovation, and organizational innovation. These types of innovation can help you find your “why”.

 Step 2. Acknowledge ideas from any place. Whether its customer feedback, employees, partners, or the executive team, anyone can help give you that great idea. This means that you might have to monitor your customer service lines to hear feedback. Maybe you have a suggestion box in the office to hear from your employees. Host fun and friendly competitions with rewards around the office to boost and motivate your workers to be creative. All of these can generate the opportunity for an idea to be born.

Step 3. Hire or train new employees in different areas. If you see a gap in you company between growth and capability then it might be time to look outside for help or look to the veterans for their experience. Hiring outside help, even if it is a short-term contractor, can bring in a new perspective that your employees can learn and adopt. Look to your veterans who might not have previously voiced their opinion but can give you beneficial information on what they think would be better for the company. Sometimes people are too shy about speaking their mind, so you should ask. Who knows maybe the next big idea is sitting in your own building.

Step 4. Choose your processes and tools wisely. There are a couple different ways to go about doing this. Some of the processes are, closed innovation which is doing things all in-house. Collaborative innovation is working with your closest partners. Open innovation is being open to customer feedback and ideas. Lastly, a co-innovator is partnering with another business to develop something that you couldn’t do on your own. The tools are the structure and the methods you use to implement these strategies. Any type of innovation can involve risk but having a plan in place can make the process a lot smoother.

Thompson Innovation is here to help make your business more innovative. Contact us to learn more about ways to kickstart innovation and improve your operations.

Phone: 712-224-3800

Website: www.Thompsoninnovation.net

Three Things You Can Do to Keep Your Facility Safe

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May is Electrical Safety Month. Lucky for you, Thompson specializes in Electrical Safety. During this time, we want to inform you on three things that you can do to stay safe.

First, in order to keep your facility safe, it is important to have routine Thermal Imaging inspections completed. You should have this done by certified Thermographers that know and have experience on what they are doing. Once the Thermographers have looked at your equipment, you should then take a look at the digital and thermal images so you can see where the weak areas of your systems are. It is important to get those looked at and fixed so you can avoid any problems that could occur. Optimizing your equipment will make them more productive and more efficient.

Second, staying up-to-date with NFPA 70E and OSHA standards is also an important part of Electrical Safety. Falling below the line of the requirements can make your facility at risk for an accident. Training your employees on the standards will be important for their own safety as well. Your company can’t be very productive if you don’t have any knowledgeable employees around. By staying compliant with the requirements and standards of OSHA, you will keep your facility safe which in the long run will keep your employee’s safe while on the job.

Third, is getting an Arc Flash Risk Assessment completed. This form of Electrical safety is an important one as there can be many dangers that could occur from the result of an Arc Flash. Some of these include shrapnel wounds, high degree burns, blindness, and even death. You will need to have your equipment labeled in compliance with the OSHA and NFPA standards, this will make you aware of the protections that you need when servicing the pieces of equipment that are at risk. Having a risk assessment completed will inform you on what to do.

Don’t miss out on these opportunities to make your facilities better. Go to Thompson for all of your Electrical Safety needs. We have certified Thermographers, Trainers, and experts in Arc Flash to help you with any Electrical Safety needs. Contact us today. Our information is:

Phone: 844.321.3869

Email: help@thompsonspecialty.com

Website: www.thompsonspecialty.com

Keep Your Electrical Gear Clean and Tight

Electrical failures often can be avoided, and good preventative maintenance programs can help predict the imminent failure of equipment.  According to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the failure rate of electrical equipment is three times higher when electrical preventive maintenance programs are not performed. This tells us that electrical failures can be avoided.

What should be included in an excellent electrical preventative maintenance program (EPM)? There are so many things that could be done such as: Equipment maintenance, cleaning, and thermal imaging.  However, where does one put the priority?  You have to consider the top causes of failure in electrical systems and these include: loose connections, improperly installed parts, defective/inadequate insulation, foreign objects causing short-circuiting, overloading inadequate capacity, and the accumulation of dust, dirt, and oil.  All things that can be prevented with routine and systemic electrical inspections.

Common in all these causes of electrical equipment failure is gear not being clean and well maintained.  Here are four things to keep in mind when developing an EPM program.

First, keep your gear clean. The buildup of dirt and metal debris in an electrical enclosure can cause arcing and arc flash explosions.  A second issue brought about by the accumulation of dirt and debris is an increase in heat and the temperature of the electrical equipment. Third, restricted airflow and an increase in the temperature of gear grossgearthompsondecreases the quality and usable life of the equipment.  Finally, a dirty environment also creates a hospitable home for rodents and vermin. We aren’t kidding, we really have found rodents in electrical gear. Dust is not your only enemy in dirty environments, so keep it clean.

Keep your gear tight. Loose connections are a major cause of electrical failures. More than 75% of the problems uncovered during routine thermal imaging inspections are loose connections. Thermography (infrared scanning) is a common way to identify areas that need repair but must be done while the gear is energized.  While the gear is off and being cleaned why not take an extra minute to check and tighten those loose connections?

If you have more questions or are looking for ideas and more information on best practice electrical preventative maintenance programs give the experts at Thompson Automation and Specialty Services a call today. They are ready and willing to help out in any way that they can.

Phone: 844.321.3869

Website: www.thompsonspecialty.com

Email: help@thompsonspecialty.com

The Industrial Internet of Things’ (IIoT) Should Matter to Your Manufacturing Operation

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Manufacturing operations of all shapes, sizes, and types are using the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to achieve substantial competitive advantages, and improve profits.

The Industrial Internet, also sometimes referred to as Industry 4.0, connects and links concepts such as big data, analytical tools and decision making, and connected networks with traditional industrial equipment.  It is about collecting and applying data to make better decisions, run facilities more efficiently, and in the end to improve profits. The IIoT is in the process of revolutionizing manufacturing.

Some ways that the IIoT has impacted traditional industrial manufacturers, food processors and those in agricultural processing is by improving the collection of system data that allows better record keeping, inspection tracking, and analysis. These help with the productivity of certain areas such as predictive maintenance, safety, and supply chain.  The IIoT advantages can be especially beneficial in those areas.

The IIoT can help your manufacturing operation in many different ways. Three of the main areas it can be beneficial the most in are 1) Preventative maintenance, by being able to better predict when your equipment will need servicing. 2) Safety, by providing reports and real-time updates to track events that can prevent accidents. Finally, 3) it helps with your supply chain by giving you visibility on your products before, during, and after shipments by the use of sensors, scales, or even encoders and tachometers.

The promises of the IIoT and the changes that Industry 4.0 are bringing are no longer “coming attractions”.  They are for companies that embrace the potential of the IIoT. There are substantial competitive advantages, increases in profit, and new opportunities abound.  This is a concept that deserves your attention.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact your IIoT experts at Thompson Automation. We have 30+ years of experience and are always willing to help in any way we can to improve your business. Contact us today at:

Phone: 844.321.3869

Email: help@thompsonspecialty.com

Website: www.thompsonspecialty.com

Are you wearing the proper PPE?

Are you wearing the proper personal protective equipment? Do you know about the many dangers that could occur if you are not prepared? We at Thompson know all about safety and are more than happy to share, teach, and train you on this information. If you read along, we will explain what you should be wearing to avoid any issues with electrical equipment.

There are plenty of hazardous events that can occur if you have the wrong or even no PPE on at all. Serious injury and even death can be the result of not being properly trained. Some of the injuries include: electric shock, severe burns, blindness, shrapnel wounds, lung blast injuries, ruptured eardrums, and pressure wave injuries. If you are wearing the proper PPE, then you will be able to avoid all of those problems.

You may not know which PPE to wear at the right time. The only way to know is to have your Arc Flash Risk Assessment completed. This is an essential assessment because it will tell you which pieces of equipment require level 1 PPE or level 4 PPE. Ask yourself, do you want to be caught in a situation where you need all the protection possible and you are only wearing level 1 equipment? The answer is probably no. Think about that the next time you are around electrical equipment, it could mean life or death for you.

We at Thompson provide Arc Flash Risk Assessments and are more than willing to come out and train you on what equipment needs certain levels of PPE. This knowledge will greatly increase the safety of your employees and that is something that we strive to achieve. Come to us for your PPE training and Arc Flash Risk Assessment needs.

For more questions or comments feel free to contact us. Our information is:
Website: www.thompsonspecialty.com
Phone: 844-321-3869
Email: help@thompsonspecialty.com

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