KC Supply Co Introduces mPower Gas Monitors

In a previous blog, we talked about gas monitors and the importance of choosing the right one for your company. After all, having the right monitor can keep your employees safe and also prevent leaks and explosions.

While we already have a large array of gas monitors, today we have expanded our portfolio to include the esteemed mPower gas monitors. mPower Electronics is renowned as one of the most professional suppliers of alarm systems and gas detectors in the world.

Here are our new products:

  1. POLI Multi-Gas Detectors. This product comes in variations of 4- or 5-gas monitoring systems. It is certified by UL, ATEX, and CE, and could be used in various applications such as industrial hygiene, toxic twins detection, chemical, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, and telecommunications.
  2. UNI 321 Maintenance-Free Single Gas Detectors. Those who are looking for disposable gas monitors may have found the perfect one in this product, as it can detect carbon monoxide, oxygen, and hydrogen sulfide. It comes in various options for operating life, spanning from 12 months to 36 months. Furthermore, this disposable gas detector is comfortable and drop-resistant. It is a convenient product for emergency response situations, as well as environmental, industrial hygiene, fire service, and oil and gas applications.
  3. UNI MP100 Single Gas Detectors. Aside from the typical sensors, it can also detect less common compounds such as methyl mercaptan, ozone, phosphine, and hydrogen chloride, among many others. These gas monitors come with a large LCD so that the readings would be highly visible, and it is also designed for quick alarm notification. This is also perfect for emergency responses, as well as various applications in the field.

Aside from mPower Gas Monitors, we also offer other brands that may be more suited for your needs. Head over to our website today to learn more.

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Arc Flash Safety: Understanding an Arc Flash and How to Protect Against It

Arc flash safety is paramount when it comes to electrical work. It can cause external and internal burns, intoxication, sight and hearing damage, and blindness, among other life-threatening injuries. In some cases, it can even cause death. Here is everything you need to know about it. 

What is an arc flash?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines an arc flash as “a phenomenon where a flashover of electric current leaves its intended path and travels through the air from one conductor to another, or to ground.” If working on energized circuits is required, then OSHA mandates employers to develop and enforce safety practices to prevent injuries resulting from direct or indirect electrical contacts. 

An arc flash could be triggered by many things, including accidental touching, condensation, corrosion, dropping uninsulated tools, dust, faulty installation, and equipment failure, among others. Studies also show that low voltage is riskier than high voltage, as hazard severity is higher in low voltage scenarios in comparison with high voltage. 

How to protect against arc flash

There is no surefire way to prevent an arc flash, but employers can equip their employees with ample protection and knowledge to minimize the risk. For instance, providing awareness and training on how to use equipment or how to act when working live on damaged equipment could make the difference between an injury-free work zone and one at risk of electric flashes. 

Another way to keep employees safe is to give them arc flash safety gear. PPEs, insulated tools, insulating gloves, and other protective gear can help keep your employees safe. 

KC Supply Co, a leading provider when it comes to industrial and manufacturing safety equipment, provides a whole array of safety gear for employees. Contact us today to find out how you can keep your employees safe amid the growing safety concerns in the industry. 


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Smart Tips for Spare Parts Management

Spare parts management is integral to an organized, orderly, and efficient inventory system. Keeping a comprehensive catalog of the plant’s spare parts and tools enables personnel to locate the parts immediately and keep management aware of what needs to be added to the list for regular equipment maintenance or replacements.

Have an Operating Strategy

The most efficient way to good spare parts management is to have an operating strategy. This should be the first act in every inventory preparation. The system will ensure that a company or organization can appropriately dispense resources where they are needed to maintain the plant’s infrastructure. Having a roadmap or a plan for maintaining the equipment and its parts helps you determine which parts should have priority.

Standardize Your Work Orders

A work order process determines how parts are issued and ensures that all parts remain accounted for. It helps personnel decide which parts were used, when, and where. From here, the inventory can track which parts are running out and need replenishment. Spare parts management calls for monitoring hundreds, possibly thousands of parts. Standardizing the work order system ensures everything stays accurate.

Make Sure All Lead Times are Comfortable

One of the chief troubles of replacing spare parts is the lead time, especially for highly-specialized industrial machinery that requires custom parts. When replenishing parts supplies, make sure that the protocol calls for a comfortable lead time that guarantees you’ll always have the part on hand while the new components are on their way to you. This ensures that even during incidents of sudden machine failure, there will always be a part to use to fix it.

Use Reliable Suppliers

For organizations that heavily rely on specific machinery components, it’s crucial to get trustworthy, reliable spare parts suppliers that deliver on time. You don’t want to be caught relying on only one supplier who may not get the parts delivered on time. Have multiple options if you can, and leverage sales and maintenance records to determine if you can trust the supplier.

Having the right parts can mean the difference between plant operations going smoothly or many hours of productivity (and therefore thousands, even millions, of dollars) lost. Spare parts management keeps things working like a well-oiled machine.

KC Supply Co knows the importance of maintaining your industrial equipment. Visit KCSupply.com to find resources on maintenance, plant safety, and more.


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The Essential Plant Shutdown Checklist

A plant shutdown is more than simply flipping a switch to “off.” It also means shutting down a significant operation safely and with as little risk as possible to machinery and personnel. Before performing a plant shutdown, take note of this checklist that keeps everyone safe.

Check or Have a Shutdown Plan

As with any major operation, you need to have a plan. Your business or company should have a previously dictated protocol on what should be done in the event of a plant shutdown and who is responsible for checks and steps.

Arrange Barricades

Setting up barricades in high-danger or high-sensitivity areas should be prioritized. This ensures that employees, workers, and staff do not enter these areas before and during the plant shutdown. Barricading off these areas minimizes the risk of personnel getting into accidents.

Equipment Check

Before proceeding with the plant shutdown:

  1. Have a team check all electrical equipment to ensure that belts are not too worn or have tears.
  2. Look into any machinery to check for proper lubrication and that the bearings are in working order.
  3. Most importantly, check that the power connections are not loose and that any cooling fans are working. If needed, you also need to ensure that critical equipment and utilities are isolated during the shutdown.

Fire Security Check

The most important concern during a plant shutdown is ensuring that the building’s fire and safety protocols remain intact. The fire and security systems will be relied upon with the plant shutdown. Ensure that teams are patrolling the shutdown plant, any combustibles or flammables such as trash, gas, and other materials are isolated and ensure that all security systems and fire alarms are working. Check that the sprinkler and fire extinguishing systems are operational and conduct regular watch rounds.

Apart from other details depending on the plant’s purpose, all these should be a part of any good company’s plant shutdown checklist. The shutdown can proceed safely by ensuring equipment is operational, security and safety redundancies are functional, and all personnel knows their responsibilities and restrictions.

KC Supply emphasizes the importance of safety in all plant procedures, including shutdowns. Find more informative checklists and reminders at KCSupply.com.

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KC Supply Co on the importance of PPEs in the workplace

Following the pandemic, just about everyone may be familiar with PPEs and their regular use. PPEs are vital to maintaining a clean and safe workplace and are helpful for numerous practical reasons. They also come in various forms and features, with specific PPEs more effective than others depending on application and use.

Why wear PPEs?

They’re not just a “safety” outfit: PPEs are often mandated by law and OSHA standards for specific workplaces. The purpose of a PPE is to minimize any hazards and risks to a person as much as possible. They help to avoid exposure to harmful compounds or biological substances.

The PPEs protect your most sensitive areas or regions that could cause critical damage if harmed. These are your head, eyes, extreme ties (feet and hands), and skin. It also can protect your lungs from breathing in any toxicity.

Why PPEs matter in the workplace

You may not know, but your workplace may already use PPEs. Not all PPEs look the same. For example, a hard hat and safety glasses are already forms of PPE. These are often found in construction sites to protect against head injuries and prevent debris from getting into your eyes. Here are some of the common PPEs:

  • In medical facilities, full-body PPEs and gowns are crucial to avoid exposure to microbes and viruses.
  • High visibility clothing or body suits are also a form of PPE. A fluorescent and reflective PPE can highlight where a worker is when working in dark areas such as underground shafts and channels or at night. It helps prevent accidents where they may not have been seen and struck by a piece of machinery.
  • Another form of PPE is fall-protection equipment. These body harnesses help keep workers attached to lifelines and ensure they do not fall when working at great heights.

OSHA regulations state that injuries and illnesses may result from coming into contact with chemical, medical, radiological, physical, electrical, mechanical, and other workplace hazards. While PPEs may not completely prevent harm against these hazards, they go a long way in ensuring that all workers are protected.

KC Supply Co is committed to workplace safety in workspaces of all kinds, from construction zones to infrastructure maintenance. Visit KC Supply Co to find a full range of protective equipment.


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KC Supply On The Three Types of Access Doors and Why they Matter

Access doors are a common and crucial feature in many industrial areas and factories. These access doors serve as means of entry into tanks, pipes, ducts, chambers, and more. Any specific equipment or confined space should have its access door, typically any small hinged door.

However, access doors have different classifications and features depending on their usage. Business owners need to consider what the entry should contain behind it, how convenient it should be for personnel to get through, and what pressure-safety measures are necessary.

KC Supply specializes in three classes of access doors.

Non-Pressure Rated

Non-pressure rated access doors look similar to maintenance holes or caps. They allow access to bins and can be used for clean-outs, inspections, sampling, and more. They come in various styles and forms. For example, a cross-arm style access door flips down to close and is self-locking. A clamp-ring style access door has a clamp ring that attaches the cover to the weld ring, providing a strong seal. It’s best used for covers that aren’t opened often.

Pressure Rated

Pressure-rated access doors are specially designed to provide access to high-pressure ducts, often for inspection purposes. When not in use, they should be durable enough to contain that pressure, which is why they’re usually designed with six levers or seals that keep the cap in place. They come in carbon steel, aluminum, zinc, and other materials and have different diameters. Ensure that you select a lid that seals the gap perfectly for absolute safety.

Pressure Relieving

A pressure-relieving access door should handle both positive and negative forces. Often, these are used for duct and chamber access, where safety and ventilation are the foremost concerns. They are also frequently used for food storage or food applications, so it’s crucial to select a door that has food-grade materials if to be used for this purpose.

KC Supply emphasizes that by selecting the correct type of access door for your containment, you can ensure the safety of the personnel around it and prevent any mechanical or equipment issues that could come from faulty doors.

Learn the different types of access doors and find the right one for your needs at KC Supply.

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