Power at the Factory

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Judeling
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Power at the Factory

Postby Judeling » Mon Jun 20, 2011 2:45 pm

As many of you know the movement of wood into the new area has been slowed due to a lack of power. It was hoped that a source of the twist drop boxes could be found to facilitate the electrical connections needed.

Sorry, that most likely aint gonna happen. As the people at Viking said, "that is so out of code". The only remaining hope is that some scavenged part supplier has a stock. We are still checking them, but don't count on that. John and I have started shifting the assets we have and are moving some of the equipment in. However Electrical will now be on a catch as catch can basis so the move will be slowed even further.

A better update later this week.

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Re: Power at the Factory

Postby metis » Tue Jun 21, 2011 7:46 am

well, on the plus side of things, we now know sort of what it is. thanks for all the research judeling.

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Re: Power at the Factory

Postby boltz » Tue Jun 21, 2011 8:15 am

Can you be more specific? I've got a pile of industrial electric stuff.

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Re: Power at the Factory

Postby Judeling » Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:39 am

Boltz,

It is a power track fused disconnect box. Think industrial track lighting. The boxes have a tee at the top that twist into the track and two ground/support clips. They are fused or breakered and will have a cord or a knockout for a cord.

Hope that helps.

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Re: Power at the Factory

Postby nickbauman » Wed Jun 22, 2011 7:39 pm

I'm going over there right now, can someone direct me to how I can take pictures of it to post here and help facilitate sourcing the parts?

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Re: Power at the Factory

Postby otto_pjm » Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:32 pm

I've got a picture I need to dump out of my phone, but the sample piece was in rough shape. I get it posted soon. Also I think sparkhut as researching it the other day, he may have more info.

Pete

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Re: Power at the Factory

Postby pyrodogg » Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:12 am

I see the code concerns some people have. lol

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Re: Power at the Factory

Postby DanBackslide » Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:05 am

This is now manufactured by Siemens, as the BD Busway System. From the brochure I found:

Introduced in 1932 by Bulldog Electric, BD Busway
has a heritage that boasts of thousands of installations still in operation today— 65 years later!
[...]
It’s strength is it’s design, which has not changed from
when it was introduced to the market, and that’s
dependability! 65 years later, you can order additional
busway that will be 100% compatible with your original
installation.
73 de KC0DZY

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Re: Power at the Factory

Postby otto_pjm » Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:30 am

DanBackslide wrote:This is now manufactured by Siemens, as the BD Busway System. From the brochure I found:


Are you sure? I only find 3 and 4 phase stuff when I search for BD Busway taps, what we need is all 120V single phase track and connectors.

To be clear, there are huge 3 phase delta buses through out the space, but they have no neutral or ground, so they are only useful for 3 phase equipment. So they aren't helpful for 120V outlets, which is the primary need. For ordinary tools etc we want 120V or 220V single phase with neutrals. The pictured tap plugs into the 120V strips that have the fused taps with portable cord coming out of them. The strips / buses are white for the most part and tight up against the ceiling, where as the big 3 phase busses are black and hang down lower.

Pete

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Re: Power at the Factory

Postby DanBackslide » Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:16 pm

Yeah, it's confusing... I'm finding references in Google to Siemens "Trol-E-Duct", but when you follow the links to Siemens there's nothing there. Maybe they renamed that particular product, or discontinued it.
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