Archive for the ‘Electric’ Category

Honeywell Salisbury sent out a great reminder on how to wash insulating gloves and sleeves:

“As a reminder to our Honeywell Salisbury Insulating Glove and Sleeve customers and users, the best advice to ensure that these items are clean and maintain their insulating properties is to follow the ASTM guidelines ‘In-Service Care of Insulating Gloves and Sleeves’ and ‘Visual Inspection of Electrical Protective Rubber Products’ (ASTM F496 and F1236).

Washing your gloves and sleeves with mild soap as outlined in the ASTM F496 standard is the best way to ensure your gloves and sleeves are clean. Per the standard, “The gloves and sleeves shall be washed with a mild soap or mild detergent and water. After washing, the gloves and sleeves shall be thoroughly rinsed with water to remove all soap or detergent and dried. Mild household type chloride bleach may be used for disinfectant purposes. Soaps, detergents, and bleaches shall not be used at strengths that would attack or harm the rubber surface.”

Honeywell Salisbury’s line of SCRUBS cleaning towels and Super Salcor Cleaners are non-petroleum-based natural rubber and hand cleaners that are designed to be safe on your insulating rubber gloves and sleeves. Using petroleum-based cleaners can damage rubber gloves and sleeves and compromise their insulating properties.

Regarding hand sanitizers, it is recommended to use hand sanitizers that are produced with one or more of the following alcohols: Ethanol, n-propanol, or isopropyl alcohol. These three alcohols are not harmful to the gloves or sleeves at room temperature. Hand sanitizers should include alcohol levels above 60% and should not have fragrances or scrubbing beads. Wiping gloves at room temperature with one of the three alcohols is fine as well.


Clean and inspect the Honeywell Salisbury face shield after every use. Use of mild soap with warm water followed by a pat dry is recommended. Always refer to the user manual for further detailed instructions.

Garments and fabric components should be washed regularly using warm water and a mild detergent. The water temperature should be warm but no higher than 165°F. Tumble dry at normal temperature. Always refer to the user manual for further detailed instructions.

Chlorine bleaches such as those containing sodium hypochlorite, oxygen bleaches such as hydrogen peroxide as well as soaps (salts of fatty acids) should not be used to wash the PPE either separately or in detergents as they may affect the protective properties of the PPE. Fabric softener, detergent containing fabric softener, or dryer sheets should not be used during dryer cycles. Use of disinfectants can harm the arc flash rating and should only be used if recommended.”

To Our Valued Customers: Updated 3/23/2020

General Pacific (GenPac) remains open for business to serve our utility and contractor customers.  GenPac is considered an essential business, as a distributor of Electrical, and Water Utility products, based on the Home Land Security guidelines.  GenPac also provides IT Cloud services to over 100 utilities and AMI service provider customers.

We have arranged for the majority of our sales and support staff to work from home, while maintaining sufficient staff to provide services that cannot be handled remotely.

For those employees remaining in our facility we have established and implemented Social distancing policies, consistent with the Oregon Health Authority. We have also established social distancing protocols for receiving and shipping materials from our facility.

GenPac also continues to provide daily industry and vendor updates on our website GenPac’s QuickShip e-commerce site is available to customers who need quick access to our current inventory levels.  Due to our current workload we have disabled the sign-up link on our home page. To sign up for QuickShip please contact your sales rep for details.

Rick Hall, President

General Pacific, Inc.

Precautions for the Corona virus has caused Elmhurst Mutual Power & Light to shut down for the next 2 weeks. They will not be able to receive any shipments for that period so they ask that you please hold off on sending anything.

Consumers Power has announced that they will be closing their office and working remotely in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Here is their recent notice:

“Just a quick note to let you know that we will be closing our office starting Monday 3/23 and working remotely as much as possible. We are taking this step in concert with similar actions taken by various local agencies and businesses to support the broader national and state effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

We can answer and open our gate remotely to allow deliveries in. When a warehouse staff member is needed there may be a delay of up to a half hour. The best thing would be for any necessary deliveries to be scheduled with the warehouse staff when possible. I know that will be hard with orders already on the way. We will be allowing drivers in remotely to drop deliveries on the dock when possible.”

At this time, Consumers has not announced what day they plan to come back to work in office.

Kaddas Enterprises is closed March 18th, 2020 in response to the 5.7 earthquake that occurred near their building. Their factory was not affected, but to ensure the safety of their employees, they have closed for the day and will return back March 19th, 2020. Kaddas will be contacting their customers tomorrow to reschedule deliveries that were set for today.

Effective Wednesday March 18th  Canada will be closing its borders to most non-citizen and non-permanent residence.  This increased measure will not affect commerce or trade, U.S. Citizens, diplomats or airline crews.  Due to integration between Canada and the U.S. it has been clarified by the Provincial Health Office, Canada Border Service Agency and U.S. Customs and Border Protection that cross border trucking is an essential service.

Scott Corwin, the NWPPA Executive Director, released the following statement about the upcoming E&O conference,

“We have been closely monitoring both the status of public health concerns and the increasing travel restrictions at our member utilities; as a result the 2020 Engineering & Operations Conference and Trade Show scheduled for April 7-9 in Reno, Nev., has been postponed with the intention to reschedule the event in whole or in part later in the year.”

Hood River Electric Coop has cancelled their annual meeting that was set for the evening of March 12th, 2020 in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their community. They plan to reschedule on a later date.

It has come to the attention of Itron and its Distributors that certain AMI solution providers in the marketplace have been falsely representing that Itron would stop supporting ERTs entirely by 2021.  This information is false.  Below is the official statement from Itron.  You can also download the statement from this link.


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In 2011, Tantalus and Itron partnered to deliver ERT® information reading functionality for the companies’ joint solution platform for municipal and cooperative utilities. The solution was designed for utilities to quickly and cost-effectively migrate from a one-way drive-by or walk-by system to near real-time meter reading via TUNet® – the Tantalus Utility Network – configured as a fixed network, two-way AMI solution. The solution is capable of multi-commodity communication, including electric, water, and gas.

Itron recently learned that some AMI solution providers have been falsely representing that Itron would stop supporting ERTS entirely by 2021. This information is false, and Itron formally has demanded that these entities immediately cease misrepresenting Itron’s business. Itron is actively evaluating its legal options.

Itron remains fully committed to the Tantalus partnership by providing Tantalus, unlike other AMI providers, with a license to access and fully read ERT endpoints. Information provided by AMI providers other than Tantalus that claim the ability to read Itron meters is both misleading and deceptive.

Although other providers may be technically capable of reading the one-way SCM+ message, the data that they can access is just a subset of the full data and value made available by Itron Datalogging ERTs. More specifically, the one-way SCM+ contains only the ERT ID, consumption read, and limited tampers. Itron Datalogging ERTs make available extended data to which providers other than Tantalus do not have access. Itron has not licensed the reader technology to AMI providers other than Tantalus, nor do they technically
have the capability to read the extended data. Reading the complete datalogging interval data in the Itron ERTs requires two-way communication to the ERT, which only Tantalus can provide. The extended data set of interval data can be used for customer presentment, demand calculations, time of use charge calculation, and other consumption analysis and distribution optimization analysis such as losses/leak detection. This is of great value to the utility and enhances the long-term value of the ERT.

In summary:

  • Unlike AMI providers that claim to read the one-way ERT in the same drive-by configuration deployed today, Tantalus is unique in their ability to fully leverage the Itron two-way SCM+ ERT messages and migrate your ERT population to a fixed-network utilizing Tantalus enabled endpoints.
  • Without Itron providing an express, written license of our reader technology, AMI solution providers are legally prohibited from accessing the extended ERT data, because they cannot perform two-way commands with Itron’s endpoints.
  • Also, the critical internal data, which is the primary value add, is not technically accessible by providers other than Tantalus.
  • Itron has no plans at this time to stop delivering and supporting ERTs.
  • In fact, Itron continues to invest in products and solutions that include ERTs or ERT technology, as it is an integral part of our many solutions.

Please contact Itron if there are further questions on this topic.

General Pacific was proud to host solar water heating technical training January 10-13, 2012, an event sponsored by Energy Trust of Oregon and delivered through Northwest Energy Education Institute. This course was designed for plumbing and HVAC contractors, and attendees learned to successfully specify, sell and install residential solar water heating systems.