TPC Trainco Announces Live, Online Seminars

For more than a decade, TPC Trainco has been the leader in classroom based, instructor-led maintenance training. It has been our credo to follow the guidance of OSHA and NFPA and offer “qualified” training. Over this last decade, technology has changed how our customers run their businesses. It has changed how our students learn, and it has changed how we teach.

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TPC Training Systems Announces Expansion of Executive Leadership Team

TPC Training Systems is pleased to announce the expansion of its executive team, with Derek Dunaway joining the company as CEO. Derek’s leadership will accelerate the company’s growth trajectory as the leading provider of industrial training solutions.

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TPC Training Systems Announces Additional No-Cost Webinars on Facility Maintenance and Safety Through 2017

TPC Training Systems, the leading provider of industrial skills training solutions, has announced an additional 15 informational webinars as part of its ongoing series, scheduled throughout the remainder of 2017. The free sessions cover diverse industrial maintenance topics, from electrical code changes to new training innovations using virtual reality and simulation- based methods. The series begins on June 30th with an hour-long presentation on setting up a qualified electrical worker program. The webinars are conducted by field-experienced instructors from TPC Trainco, the company’s live training division, and include question-and-answer time with the instructors.

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How to Read an Electrical Schematic Drawing

Learning how to read an electrical schematic drawing is an important skill for maintenance workers and managers even if they aren’t licensed electricians. Understanding schematic drawings helps identify faulty components, troubleshoot systems, and improve safety.

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The Difference in Single-Phase and 3-Phase Power

The difference in single-phase and 3 phase power is difficult to grasp if you’re not an electrician. If you’re running a commercial building or industrial facility, 3-phase power offers more power for the equivalent amount of current than single-phase power. Here’s why.

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Conducting an HVAC Energy Audit

A commercial energy audit offers a chance to determine your HVAC system’s energy needs and identify possible areas of concern by examining energy use and performing a component-by-component examination of system health.

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The Value of Variable Frequency Drives

Electric motors operating on alternating current often run at unnecessary speeds, waste power, and heat up due to excessive harmonics. Variable frequency drives resolve these issues by controlling AC motor speed and torque by varying the frequency (hertz) and voltage delivered to the motor.

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The True Cost of Deferred HVAC Maintenance

Maintenance departments are often forced to operate under tight budgets, and facility managers are equally often under pressure from upper management to cut costs. This desire to save money has created the horribly-flawed concept of deferred HVAC maintenance. Here we’ll discuss what deferred maintenance means, it’s not-so-hidden costs, and the HVAC dangers that can result.

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TPC Trainco to Present Changes to the 2017 National Electric Code® at the Southern California Facilities Expo

Every three years the National Eclectic Code® revises its current codes and requirements. The revised 2017 code was recently released with significant changes to arc flash safety and ground-fault protection, in addition to revisions to many other issues.

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Avoid OSHA Violations at Your Facility (Part 6)

Install Arc Flash Warning Labels on electrical equipment. So I am not sure how many people understand this one, but this has been the requirement since 2004, and when we walk up to a piece of electrical equipment, it has to tell us what the voltage is, it also has to tell us what the arc flash boundary is.

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Avoid OSHA Violations at Your Facility (Part 5)

Lockout, Tagout. We're back in general industry now, so a little over 3,000 citations for Lockout, Tagout in 2014, which surprised me because Lockout, Tagout has been around since the 60’s, and we should now have a good handle on Lockout, Tagout.

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Avoid OSHA Violations at Your Facility (Part 4)

So it says follow the regulations in the current National Electric Code, so that's pretty good if you're in construction. If you're in 1926, you are installing equipment, but if you were in general industry, maybe our equipment's already been installed.

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Avoid OSHA Violations at Your Facility (Part 3)

So scaffolding in 2014, there were over 5,000, so we're back in the construction industry now. And we take a look at scaffolding and see what we might have to do. We want to make sure that we're properly maintained.

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Avoid OSHA Violations at Your Facility (Part 2)

So, as we walk through the workplace, there are certain items that OSHA wants to have posted so that the employees know their rights. So you're going to have an OSHA poster up there, it's going to detail the rights of the employee.

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Avoid OSHA Violations at Your Facility (Part 1)

As employers, the best way to maintain low costs is by keeping your employees safe, educated and up-to-date on all OSHA compliance issues. The webinar below aims to help employers who want to establish and maintain a safe and healthful workplace.

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Online Training to Supplement Instructor Led Classroom Training

Instructor led, classroom training is the best way to learn about industrial maintenance topics, but it's not the only way.

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What Do You Do When OSHA Comes Calling?

OSHA. Let's face it - sometimes those four little letters can elicit a groan from many plant and facility managers. But it doesn't have to.

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Live Online and Simulcast Training

Traditionally, TPC Trainco has focused solely on live, instructor-led classroom training. As the technology in facilities and the roles of employees change, so does the need for non-traditional training methods. One of the biggest obstacles to classroom training was allowing time for employees to be away from a work site. Close proximity to the work site was always preferable in the event of an emergency. TPC Trainco has eliminated this obstacle by creating live online training.

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What a Basic Electrical Course Should Cover

If your building needs an electrical maintenance team you may well decide to recruit members of your existing team and train them for the task at hand. In most cases, they’ll start with a basic electrical course.

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Instructor Led vs. Computer Based Training

Take a combination of live instructor based trainings & online trainings with TPC Online Pro. Explore online courses & track your employees' success!

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Facilities Protection During the Dangerous Winter Months

Blizzards, windstorms, freezing rain, and heavy snowfall all make facilities protection a challenging proposition as the winter months set in. With advance planning and regular, routine maintenance throughout the season, your building can weather the dark days between fall and spring.

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How to Improve Your Electrical Maintenance Strategy

When it comes to maintenance strategies, mechanical assets tend to receive more care than electrical control and distribution systems. Electrical systems can run for years without problems, making it tempting to focus on systems where wear and tear produce more frequent, and more noticeable, issues. Mechanical maintenance staff usually outnumber electrical system staff, whose electrical maintenance training is seen as less mission critical than staying up-to-date on advances in equipment technology.

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Getting EPA 608 Certified With TPC Trainco

If you work with air conditioning or refrigerants, they you need your EPA 608 certification. Any person who opens a system or container holding a controlled refrigerant is required by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency to hold either a Type I, II, III, or Universal EPA 608 certification. This certification card will allow you to lawfully purchase and dispose of refrigerants in the United States.

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Facilities Management and the Bottom Line

When the economy worsens and a company’s bottom line suffers, facilities managers often see their budgets decimated. As a result, Staff may be laid off, inventory reduced, and important facilities management training courses delayed or cancelled. Cutting the facilities management budget is a knee-jerk reaction that, far from improving an organization’s bottom line, actually costs money. Convincing your chief financial officer of this can be difficult however. Difficult, but not impossible.

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Changes to the 2017 National Electric Code® and How They Affect Your Facility

The 2017 National Electric Code® is now active, and contains changes which will significantly impact multiple industries, building codes, and personnel protection protocols. It’s vital to be well-informed at the start of any new code cycle, so when the new code contains hundreds of updates and five new articles, seeking out expert advice can save you time and money.

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What is Electrical Maintenance?

Advances in the design and quality of electrical components have made it possible for electrical systems to run for years without noticeable problems. While wonderful feats of engineering, well-designed electrical systems can lull building owners and operators into a false sense of security—right up until the moment the system fails. It’s for this reason, among others, that electrical maintenance is such an important part of commercial building operations.

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5 Common Commercial HVAC Misconceptions

On the surface an HVAC system seems simple enough: turn the thermometer up and the building temperature rises, turn it down, and temperatures drop. In practice, of course, HVAC systems are highly complicated systems, but building owners and operators sometimes forget this. As a result, a number of popular misconceptions have arisen about HVAC systems and their maintenance—myths that can lead to wasted energy, time, and money.

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6 Common AC Odors and Their Causes

When a building resident reports foul odors from air conditioning, facility managers have a wide range of potential culprits to consider. Often the odor itself provides a clue to the root cause of the problem, and may indicate anything from a mild mold problem to a dangerous buildup of toxic fumes.

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Six Ways to Prepare for Building Power Outages

Power outages are on the rise in the United States, due in part to increased demands on the electric grid and a rise in severe weather events. Taking the following steps helps keep your building, electrical systems, and tenants safe when the power goes out, and when it comes back on.

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Four Benefits of Backup Power for Commercial Facilities

Is your commercial building prepared for a full-scale power outage? If your answer is no, you’re not alone. The majority of commercial buildings are missing backup generators, and even those that do would produce insufficient power if called upon.

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Three Signs it’s Time to Replace Your Water Pump System

Water pump systems don’t last forever and eventually they need to be replaced with newer, more efficient models. Understandably, many building supervisors and facility managers try to eke as much out of their pump systems as possible, but there comes a time when the risk of catastrophic failure outweighs the benefits of nursing your old pump along. Pushing the system until it dies completely only leaves you with a building without water, angry building occupants, and the heightened cost of an emergency purchase and installation. If any of the following conditions apply to your water pump system, it’s probably time to replace it.

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Arc Flash Safety Checklist

An arc flash event is a dangerous situation occurring when electricity travels through the air to make contact with a conductor or the ground. Arc flashes release exceptionally high heat energy, pressure waves, blinding light, soundwaves, and toxic fumes. According to consulting and research firm CapSchell, Inc., approximately five to ten arc flash events occur in the United States every day.

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How to Improve Industrial Preventive Maintenance

Improving your company’s preventive maintenance (PM) program can feel overwhelming. PM processes often develop organically as new machinery and equipment comes into play, old equipment is phased out, and new reliability strategies become available. This eventually results in a cumbersome set of processes that can overlook important and costly aspects of maintenance.

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TPC Trainco Announces Live, Online Seminars

For more than a decade, TPC Trainco has been the leader in classroom based, instructor-led maintenance training. It has been our credo to follow the guidance of OSHA and NFPA and offer “qualified” training. Over this last decade, technology has changed how our customers run their businesses. It has changed how our students learn, and it has changed how we teach.

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How To Ensure Workplace Safety With Common Housekeeping

Workplace housekeeping is often taken for granted, which is an injustice. A clean work environment offers multiple advantages. It encourages productivity and high morale, it makes a good first impression on visitors, and it plays an important role in safety. Here’s how even common housekeeping can improve workplace safety.

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How to Prevent Problems with your Condenser

Located on the outside of the building, an air conditioner’s condenser is exposed to the elements and vulnerable to damage. Here’s how to identify and prevent problems with your condenser before they become serious.

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The Future of Energy Storage

When it comes to energy production, the modern world has a glut of potential sources. Storing the energy we produce, however, has long been an issue that plagues the utility industry and limits the effective implementation of many renewable energy solutions. The inability to store energy means we could produce a glut of power during off-peak hours, and still face an energy-crunch during peak times.

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Does My Switchgear Need Replacing?

Regularly scheduled servicing and maintenance of your switchgear can greatly increase its lifespan, but eventually, you’ll find yourself wondering if simply replacing the system isn’t a better investment. The trick is determining when buying new switchgear outweighs the cost and effort associated with maintenance.

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How to Extend Boiler Life

The average lifespan for a boiler ranges from twenty to twenty-five years, but it is possible to keep a boiler up and running efficiently for longer. As you might expect, the more effort you put into maintaining your boiler, the longer you can expect it to function. Here’s how to extend boiler life.

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6 Commercial Building Flat Roof Maintenance Tips

A flat roof is defined as any roof with a pitch of ten percent or less. If your commercial building has a flat roof, regular maintenance is essential to prevent damage and ensure the roof maintains its value, provides protection, and looks its best.

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5 Places To Look For Energy Loss In Commercial Buildings

One of the easiest ways for businesses to save money on utility bills is to plug energy leaks. To do this, the leaks must first be found

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TPC Trainco to Present on Changes to Arc Flash Safety Standards at the 2016 Southern California Facilities Expo

TPC Trainco is pleased to announce their participation in the 2016 Southern California Facilities / Managing Green Buildings Conference from May 18-19. At the Conference, TPC Trainco’s Dennis Walker, Vice President of Operations, will deliver a presentation on recent changes to the National Fire Protection Association’s Electrical safety standards as laid out in NFPA 70E®.

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5 Tips for Preventing Commercial Electric Overloads

Electric overcurrents occur when more amperage runs across an electric circuit or outlet than the system can handle. Wires and circuit breakers heat up due to the increased electricity, increasing the risk of fire or a short circuit. Such problems are common in commercial buildings, but can be resolved with a few simple steps.

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5 Reasons to Upgrade your Building’s HVAC System

According to the Department of Energy, the number of commercial buildings and industrial facilities in the United States is nearly 6 million. For any commercial building, whether a hotel, factory, data center, or warehouse, the HVAC system is key to profitability and energy efficiency, as well as to retaining leaseholders and keeping them satisfied.

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8 Emergency Generator Tips to Protect Your Facility from Power Outages

Severe weather and aging infrastructure are just some causes of power outages. Gain insight to protecting your facility with these emergency generator tips.

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Arc Flash Myths and Misconceptions

Electrical arc flash is a dangerous hazard for anyone working on or near energized conductors and equipment. The following common myths and misconceptions about arc flash must be refuted in order to maintain worker safety.

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The Greenest Buildings In The US

As persistent as the green movement has been, many have considered the process of building more energy-efficient buildings as a pipe dream: ideal, but not necessarily feasible given the amount of resources required on top of traditional construction and maintenance expenses.

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Electricity 101: How it Works

To operate safely around electrical wiring and installations, it’s important to understand how electricity works and how it flows through circuits, bringing power to commercial and industrial equipment.

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Choosing the Proper PPE for Electric Arc Exposure

The materials and technology for manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) that can protect workers from exposure to the hazards of electric arcs is rapidly improving through the research efforts of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and other groups.

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Arc Flash Safety Tips

An arc flash is likely to be catastrophic to any electrical worker unlucky enough to experience one. The powerful electrical surge, leading to an explosion, molten metal shrapnel, blinding light, ear-splitting sound, and a flash of fire three times hotter than the sun can cause devastating injuries or loss of life to employees, as well as financial consequences to the business, including loss of production, repairs or replacement of equipment, OSHA fines, and worker’s compensation.

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Common Myths and Facts About Electrical Safety

Electricity is a powerful tool, but it can also be a dangerous one. It’s important to separate fact from fiction when dealing with electricity and electrical installations of all kinds. Here are a few common myths and facts about electrical safety in the workplace.

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Energy Saving Tips for Businesses

One of the best ways for businesses to increase profits is to save money by saving energy. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, most organizations can save two percent to 10 percent—or more—through better energy management.

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Common Myths About HVAC

Every commercial and industrial building manager and owner knows the importance of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system to the success of the business. Understanding the facts behind these common HVAC myths will help managers protect valuable equipment, save money and energy, and maintain employee comfort in commercial and industrial buildings.

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American Trainco Announces Rebranding

American Trainco, the industry leader in open seminar maintenance training, is now TPC Trainco; the rebranding reflects the company’s status as part of the TPC Training Systems brand family of industrial training solutions. TPC Training Systems acquired American Trainco in July 2014.

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Boiler Room Safety

Boiler safety is often overlooked, but it is essential to the well being of both our buildings and our lives.

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The Lack of Skilled Workers in Today's Industrial Workforce

A retiring baby boomer population and the rise of the high tech workforce has created a gap in the number of skilled workers available for facilities and plants across the country.

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Arc Flash Safety Remains A Top Safety Priority

As electrical power grids grow larger and more complex, arc flash hazards remain a real and ever present threat.

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Does your facility meet OSHA and NFPA standards for Qualified Electrical Workers?

Did you know that OSHA and NFPA require documented in-person or classroom training for electrical workers? We find that many of our customers are unaware of these requirements; understanding them can make your facility safer and reduce employer liability.

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Spectacular Feats of Modern Engineering

In the second half of the 1900s, technology experienced explosive growth and has allowed us to completely change our concept of what is possible in engineering and architecture.

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The Electric Slide - Where America's Energy Goes

Do you wonder how energy is consumed in today’s world? From harvesting food, heating commercial residences, to making jeans, and reading this webpage on your screen, electricity is used in every aspect of our lives.

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