Bowtie Engineering Launches BowVue™ Software Designed for Building Systems’ Safety

App lets users view and manage their complete Mechanical/ Electrical/Plumbing(MEP) systems on mobile devices or desktops

ATLANTA, Nov. 17, 2016Bowtie Engineering, an electrical safety engineering consulting firm, announced today the launch of a new software product, BowVue™, the first dashboard app that gives users clear visibility and control of the hazards associated with their electrical systems.

A risk management app, BowVue serves as a portal into an electrical system’s operations, giving companies complete views of their systems. The software can also track the maintenance reliability of systems, such as traditional CMMS (Computer Maintenance Management System) platforms, and link risk assessments to internal staff and external sub-contractors.

BowVue, both a desktop and a mobile app, lets users store maintenance records, track trending, manage services, and keep in compliance with the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) 70E and 70B standards.

“BowVue is the only app available today that offers convenient visibility to upper managers accountable for risk and safety,” said John Welch, CEO of Bowtie Engineering. “In just three mouse clicks, a manager is able to view, at one time, in one place, their complete electrical systems nationwide and be assured that the right process, the right person, and the right tools are in place.”

BowVue helps operations with pre-planning by associating necessary risk assessment details at the asset level while associating back using a systems engineering approach. Other benefits of the app are that it helps ensure companies that their electrical systems are worked on in compliance; reduces repair costs; lessens the risk of an OSHA audit; simultaneously fulfills both NFPA 70E and 70B; and, most importantly, ensures that personnel are adequately trained and have the necessary tools and processes.

The app also gives users a detailed view of their system inventories and necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for task assignments. The dashboard-based program connects with Bowtie’s Incident Energy Studies, Electrical Maintenance, and Energy services for seamless data imports.

Bowtie Engineering, a solutions-based systems engineering/integrated consulting firm, specializes in electrical safety. The company, staffed by engineers who are experts on NFPA standards and OSHA regulations, is headquartered in metro Atlanta and has offices in Houston and Detroit. For more information, contact sales@bowtie8.com.

Bowtie Engineering to Market Electrical Safety Product Line

Electrical safety company to sell Made in America electrical safety tools and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) direct to their customers

ATLANTA, Dec. 1, 2016Bowtie Engineering, an electrical safety engineering consulting firm, announced today that the Atlanta-based company is launching a new Made-in-America product line of electrical safety tools and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Bowtie works nationally with clients on electrical power studies, electrical maintenance, electrical safety programs and electrical risk mitigation. “When we conduct an electrical system study, the study’s data supports the PPE and tools clients need to meet industry safety requirements,” said John Welch, Bowtie Engineering CEO. “Now we can offer, at discounted prices, the safety gear needed which makes a business case to keep capital costs in check.”

More importantly, Bowtie has taken the middle man out of the sale. “Clients get products at heavy discounts, and we know they are buying the right gear for the right task,” he said. “Having the correct PPE and tools is obviously crucial, but it is even more important today because OSHA is increasing fines for companies that experience electrical accidents.”

Among the PPE products Bowtie offers are arc-rated flash suites, shock-rated rubber gloves, fan and light hoods, insulated tools, arc-rated hooded jackets, jackets and bibs, coveralls, and long fire-resistant coats. A full line of Bowtie offerings is available at bowtieppe.com.

All Bowtie safety equipment and tools meet National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70E, ASTM, requirement, and OSHA regulations. In addition, every product the company offers is made in the United States. Bowtie, which has its roots in industrial Detroit, is committed to only marketing products made in America.

This commitment is one of the reasons Bowtie partnered with OEL Worldwide, manufacturer of the Bowtie PPE and tools. “All OEL products are made in the United States, which makes the company a natural fit with Bowtie,” said Welch.

Bowtie Engineering, a solutions-based systems engineering/integrated consulting firm, specializes in electrical safety. The company, staffed by engineers who are experts on NFPA standards and OSHA regulations, is headquartered in metro Atlanta and has offices in Houston and Detroit. For information, contact Diane Bates at 136003@email4pr.com, 678.438.3674, or for sales information, contact sales@bowtie8.com.

Be Prepared. Perform Electrical Preventive Maintenance.

Be Prepared is the motto for businesses, too.“Be Prepared.” It’s more than a motto. It’s key to Risk Management, and now necessary for compliance with 2015 NFPA 70E.  More importantly, it’s what we need to do to prevent electrical system failures and accidents.

Prevention starts with a systems approach to electrical system maintenance…maintenance that is on-going (with continuous improvement) and not an Every Ten Year project.

Stage One in electrical prevention maintenance is an infrared analysis of the electrical system. During this non-destructive, low cost process, technicians use specialized infrared (IR) cameras to detect thermal hot spots and predict possible electrical equipment in failure mode.

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Electrical System Accident Prevention

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“I didn’t know it would break,” at least that was the eight-year-old’s explanation when she dropped and shattered her dad’s new smartphone.

Yes, accidents do happen, but could Dad have lessened the risks if he hadn’t left his phone within reach of his inquisitive daughter, or had a better case protecting it, or simply told his daughter that the phone was off limits until she was a little older?

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The Importance of Being Proactive

Proactive, not reactiveIt’s a fact: The world of Facility Management is under-budgeted, under-trained, and overworked. Demanding workloads and a long list of extenuating factors get in the way of a facility manager’s focusing on the full life-cycle cost of running a building. Instead of taking proactive actions, the manager too often reacts to challenges and changes. He is not able to concentrate on what is truly critical – Preventive Action.
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Teaching a BOC Course

Questions and Answers

(John Welch, an electrical engineer and the founder of Bowtie Engineering, is a Building Operaton Certification (BOC) instructor at Gwinnett Technical College, the only BOC training facility in Georgia. The following is an excerpt of an interview in the Winter/Spring 2016 issue of Building Operator Certification Newsletter.)

When and how did you hear about BOC?

I met Gail Edwards (Division Dean of Automotive & Trades at Gwinnett Technical College) at a Chamber of Commerce meeting in 2008. She was talking up the BOC program and thought that I might be a good fit with my background. I had never really taught in a classroom setting before, although I had done a lot of electrical safety training. So I started teaching a few classes here and there. Now I just enjoy the heck out of it – I’ve been to a bunch of different BOC locations throughout the country and have just met some great people. It’s regular folks getting practical training from industry professionals, not just some dry, book-oriented class.

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Q&A on Building Operator Certification

What exactly is Building Operator Certification?

BOC LogoBuilding Operator Certification® is a nationally recognized training and certification program designed to develop building efficiency experts. Classroom training focuses on energy efficient building operations and preventative maintenance procedures.

Why should I get a BOC?

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The Power of an Arc Blast

Four times the power of the sun. That’s how hot an arc blast can be. Imagine what that kind of heat and flames can do to anyone near an electrical arc flash.

The statistics for an arc explosion are eye-opening:
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  • 30,000 arc flash incidents per year
  • An estimated 400 people die each year an arc explosion.
  • Arc flashes injure 5 to 10 people each work day.
  • 80% of all electrical injuries are burns caused by clothes igniting from arc flashes.
  • An estimated 2,000+ go to burn centers yearly for electrical burn injuries.
  • An arc flash can kill at10 ft. away.
  • Electrical blasts produce temperatures as high as 35,000
  • An estimated 500 people die annually from low voltage (120 volts) shocks.

Besides the devastating human toll that an arc flash can bring, the cost and liability to businesses are huge. The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) addresses the dangers of arc explosions in their 70E guidelines.

Adhering to NFPA 70E guidelines, the standard for electrical safety, can save lives and prevent injuries from arc explosions.

*http://www.ishn.com/articles/96001-arc-flash-statistics

“If I had just put on my PPE.”

Donnie Johnson is an experienced electrician. He knew he should have put on his PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) before working on the electrical panel that day. But, he admits, he just didn’t want to take the extra minutes needed to gear up. Continue reading “If I had just put on my PPE.”