TPC Trainco Announces One-Day, 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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Instructor Led Training and Computer Based Training - Conflict or Complimentary?

There is ongoing debate regarding which method of training is superior - live, instructor led training or computer based, online training. But what if I told you that these two training methods were not in conflict, but rather complimentary.

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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 One-Day, 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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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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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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