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Everybody’s in a hurry to get things back to normal after a disaster and when it comes to electrical safety, it pays to step back first and evaluate things before you get started with the clean-up. Stay calm and don’t be in such a rush to fix your wiring devices from the Philippines because they could be damaged. If your house has been severely damaged by floodwaters, here are some pointers to help keep you safe.

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Don’t Hurry to Go Into the Flooded Area of Your House

Never enter a flood-damaged or water filled basement, living room, or kitchen not unless the utility company, fire department or an electrician has removed the home’s electrical meter from its socket. You can’t count on a storm-damaged circuit breaker or a disconnected switch to protect you. The only safe way is to remove the meter so better leave it to the professionals. Make sure the property is safe before you enter and try to avoid direct contact with any remaining water. Do not attempt any electrical repair or connect a temporary electricity supply; instead contact a technician or electrician for this matter.  All of the portable appliances affected will need to be tested out to make sure they’re safe for your usage. If you want to rewire, it is best advised to ask a registered electrician about the possibility of raising the height of the newly installed electrical equipment, including the fuse box and sockets, to above any future expected flood level.

Pay Attention to Grounding and Bonding

You definitely need to pay increased attention to grounding and bonding. Ask an electrician to conduct a thorough survey of your electrical system. Remember, there are two aspects of every home’s electrical system: the parts designed to carry electrical current during standard operation, and the home’s grounding and bonding system designed to carry current safely to ground if anything will go wrong. Only a licensed electrician has the power to evaluate your electrical system should any damage occur.  Metal components, like submerged electrical boxes, may rust and prevent an adequate connection to the home’s grounding system. All the metal components of a home’s electrical system should be carefully replaced if needed as soon as possible.

Be Alert and Mindful When You Begin Recovery Efforts

Once you’ve contacted the necessary professionals to check your place, keep in mind to be wary of your electrical wiring and equipment because these are certainly ruined. Only a few things in the house are rated to survive submersion; some can function but for a brief time only. Most of your property and equipment will definitely need replacements such as armored cables, circuit breakers, fuse boxes, and furnaces. Don’t feel down because some appliances can be salvaged and you can always talk to the manufacturers if they can be replaced or fixed—that’s why you have to remember to keep those warranty receipts for moments like this. The worst thing that you can do is to live a post-flood life with all of your electrical supplies damaged and still ignorantly use them. This can be very risky and dangerous as it can cause a fire or your accidental electrocution.

It’s necessary to keep in mind all of the aforementioned because your safety is at risk. Even if you are in such a hurry to salvage all flooded appliances or electronics, always remember that your number one priority is you and your family’s safety.

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Nowadays, keeping our food fresh and easy to organize has become a major investment, especially when our health is on the line. You refrigerator plays a major role in this and choosing the right one isn’t as easy as you think; brand alone shouldn’t be your sole basis. When it comes to buying the right unit, one must consider several things such as the different features you want before making the choice. Here are some questions your trusted electrical supplier from the Philippines suggests you ask yourself when looking for the right fridge suitable for you and your needs.

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Energy efficiency is the key to remember when choosing a new refrigerator. 8% may not sound much but that’s how much of your electricity bill goes to the maintenance of your refrigerator, hence the importance of energy efficiency. To find out how much electricity if the the refrigerator you are eyeing consumes, it should have an EnergyGuide label telling you  how much power it use and how much it costs. Also, remember to check the manual and labels of the fridge so you can compare the power numbers to other units before you get that model. Doing will most definitely help you find the most energy efficient refrigerator suitable for you and your family.

Storage

Capacity is a big factor when it comes to refrigerators; after all, you wouldn’t want a unit that’s stuffed to the brim simply because you bought a unit that’s way smaller than what you actually needed.  When looking for the right size of a refrigerator, be sure to check out the capacity in the manual or on the unit itself, which is listed in cubic feet.  This does not include the shelves, drawers and other accessories that take up the space inside the fridge. Also, check the shelves because sometimes there are refrigerators that don’t have any space for your eggs or milk boxes. Remember, it’s you who knows best how much food you normally buy so take your time and choose wisely.

Temperature

There are certain needs to be stored in the right temperature thus the need to know if the fridge you are considering can store your food in the right temp.  Some models allow you to set the temperature setting manually with a few  button clicks  while there are models that  gives you a temperature setting  with no indicator of the temperature. It’s up to you to decide which will be appropriate for your taste but if you opt for the latter then you may need a thermometer to be able to know exactly what temp you want.

Today, there are so many styles, options and technological advancements available for you to choose from that it has indeed become quite a daunting task to choose the perfect unit. If you keep in mind the aforementioned, picking the best refrigerator will no longer be a chore for you.

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Every year, the country is hit by an average of 20 typhoons. Unfortunately, these calamities can wreak havoc on virtually everything that plugs into the walls, putting you at higher risk for power surges and power outages. Fortunately, you can easily purchase surge protectors like the AVR in the Philippines to save your appliances. To help increase your knowledge on how to save your electronics, here are some tips on how to protect your electronics when the inevitable happens.

Get Insured

Since we’re talking about dangerous storms here, let’s be honest—nothing is absolutely guaranteed to keep you or your possessions safe from the act of nature, so to be sure, better get yourself insured. There are general insurance plans that can cover and protect your electronics in the event of an electrical surge or lighting. There are also electrical repair businesses you can go to once the unfortunate happen and in case your beloved electronics gets damaged,you can bring them to these kinds of shops. Some specific equipment have their own warranty, so it would be best to keep the receipts and booklets of your appliances to save on money.

Invest in UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply)

A UPS is a device that allows computers to run when a brownout occurs but only for short time. It also protects the computer from power surges. The rechargeable battery enables the UPS to take over powering your device so you can be sure that whatever you were working on will be safe because sudden shutoffs won’t be a factor of you losing your work. Some UPS’s also have functions that include guaranteed surge protection which serves as temporary warranty for anything plugged into the UPS system.

Invest in Surge Protectors

Surge protectors are designed to protect your electrical devices from voltage spikes. It also limits the voltage supplied to an electrical device by blocking it or grounding the unwanted voltage to a safe threshold. A surge protector is one of the most important things you should invest in especially if you have expensive electronics. Usual and unexpected surges can be easily blocked by surge protectors but lighting can still get past it if it strikes close enough or directly.

Unplug All Devices

The most effective defense is to unplug all of your devices and appliances if you know a storm is brewing.  If your computer, television or refrigerator or just about all the electrical appliances you have isn’t plugged in, then there is a lesser chance for it to be struck by electrical damage. Unplugging them is the best method we can use and as much as we hate it, it’s the only sure way for them to be protected from surges or lightning strikes.

Mother Nature is fierce and dangerous; she holds forces that can damage your electronics. Take caution and by using the tips aforementioned,you can be sure that your expensive electronics can be safe from harm and no lightning strike can easily harm them.

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If you’re an avid fan of sci-fi movies or have seen at least one or two really good sci-fi films, you may have already definitely noticed they often have super cool technology! Somehow, movie writers end up imagining and creating random gadgets and devices, each one more cool and efficient and powerful than the last.

While a lot of sci-fi technology cooked up in movies still remain fictional, there are some that scientists actually managed to bring to real life! For example, who would have thought many years ago that having motion-sensor items in your own home in the Philippines would actually be possible?

Well it is. Amazingly, many gadgets used to be found only in movies have become part of our daily lives. This happens more often than you’d expect too. For example, these few times when sci-fi movies predicted future technologies….

Mobile Phones

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Before mobile phones, we had… well, regular wired phones that stayed in our houses and weren’t in our hands 24/7. Did you know we actually owe our mobile phones to the Star Trek franchise? The inventor of the first cell phone, Martin Cooper, admitted his invention was inspired by the handheld communicators in the Star Trek universe. The classic handheld communicators were in the original television series and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.

Tablets

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Not the old school tablets that Moses used to have, but modern tablets that are pretty much large phones or portable desktop monitors… eh, you know what we mean. You know exactly which tablet we are talking about because almost everyone we know has one! You’re even probably reading this article on a tablet right now. While tablets were only invented and became common a few years ago, the film 2001: A Space Odyssey contains a scene wherein a man is eating breakfast and watching the news on what looks like the table we have today. However, the movie was released in 1968! Now that’s foresight!

3D Printers

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The mobile phone isn’t the only device predicted by Star Trek. In the franchise, there is a machine called a Replicator that is capable of creating objects out of thin air. The 3D printer is similar in a way that it can create/recreate something, but the process is a little more complicated than something appearing out of thin air. While we can print 3D food these days, it’s not mass produced and is still being worked on by scientists. Plus flavorwise, it’s practically tasteless (or so we heard).

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People used to think it impossible to  have a real-time conversation with someone not within a few feet of you, let alone actually be able to see them! 2001: A Space Odyssey had this device, as did Blade Runner and several other sci-fi movies. Nowadays, not only can we video call someone using our phones, we can also use our webcams to chat with people from literally thousands of miles away.

It makes you think, doesn’t it, of how far our technology has come and how lucky we are that we were born in this era (or are we?). Regardless, we can also look forward to upcoming inventions and breakthroughs.

Are you also waiting for hoverboards to become as common as mobile phones? Or are there other advanced technologies you’re waiting to become reality? Let us know!

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It’s no secret that one of the biggest concerns homeowners have, or at least should have, is how to make everything in your household last as long as it could. Some people think in order to save, you must purchase cheap appliances. Others think it would be better to buy the more expensive appliances in order for them to last. But here’s a little secret: a higher price doesn’t always mean longer life expectancy.

Good guy electrical suppliers in the Philippines will tell you that in most cases, the longevity of appliances, gadgets, or any item depends on its usage!

Don’t believe us? Try out these tips to help maintain your home appliances!

Keep Them Inside and Away from Windows

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Place your home appliances anywhere but right beside or in front of the windows, especially if the windows are often wide open or there are no curtains. This will keep them safe from direct sunlight which can overheat any piece of machinery. Worst case scenario is that it gets rained on and damages the equipment!

Regularly Clean Your Appliances

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Your appliances may differ from each other in many ways, but all of them need to be cleaned regularly. For example, cleaning the base grill of your refrigerator often will help improve air flow to its components. Dust off the compressor coils at least once every six months in order for it to cool your refrigerator efficiently. In addition, wipe down the refrigerator door seals whenever they get sticky. According to Ryan Huntley of RepairClinic.com, a thin layer of petroleum jelly on the seals will make them last longer. Don’t forget to remove, clean, and return the drip tray every couple of months.

As for microwaves, don’t leave the food particles in there for too long. These particles can turn into carbon, which can cause electrical sparking that can damage your appliance. One way to clean the inside of the microwave is by heating up a glass of water (microwave-safe glass of course), and wait for the water to boil. The steam will help soften and loosen the food particles inside. Afterwards, use a cloth, dishwashing soap and water to clean remove the food residue.

The filters in air conditioners need to be cleaned every 225 to 360 hours of use—that is, around every 9 to 15 days of operation. Use a damp cloth and soap to clean off the filters.

Don’t Overuse Any Appliance

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Appliances are technically slaves to its owners, but they shouldn’t be treated as such. Keeping your house in tip-top shape is a joint effort, meaning you shouldn’t skimp on your share of the workload! For starters, never overload the washing machine in an effort to hasten the laundry washing process up. This is likely to wear out the unit’s motor and drive belts. There will always be a maximum capacity recommended by its manufacturers, depending on the appliance, which should be followed. The same goes for dryers.

If you follow these tips, there is a higher chance you’ll be able to use your home appliances for a little bit longer. If you have comments, suggestions, or stories to tell, don’t forget to share it in the comment box below!

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When you have an AVR in the Philippines, you definitely want to keep it and the rest of your home safe when you leave for a few days to go on vacation. Some people just ‘wing it’, leaving everything up to the last minute, but it will be very beneficial for you to make plans ahead. Create a checklist of all the things you need to do before leaving the house. Here are a few tips on what you need to accomplish before driving off to enjoy your vacation.

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Make Sure All Appliances are Turned Off

It is surprising how many people overlook turning off all appliances in the house by not checking their homes thoroughly. Yes, even your Wi-Fi needs to be turned off (sorry, neighbors). Please do not leave your desktop or laptop on and plugged in with the intent of letting it download large files. This is to avoid gadgets, appliances, or lights from overheating or blowing a fuse.  The only thing you should leave on is your refrigerator, to keep the food in it from going bad.

Unplug Everything

Again, except for the refrigerator, unplug the rest of your appliances. With you and everyone else in the family out of the house, there really is no need for anything to be plugged in anyway. This will prevent power surges and save energy. Many appliances use up power even when they are turned off.

Do NOT Leave Your Pet without Food or Water

As much as possible, we advocate not leaving any pet behind when you’re going on vacation. However, there are times when it is inevitable.

Even if your pet cat is free roaming, never assume that they will be able to find sufficient food and water on their own, especially if they’ve been fed regularly their whole life. Allowing your pet to scavenge for food can also put them at risk of getting lost, acquiring diseases, or worse, getting run over. For large pets staying inside such as a dog or cat, don’t lock them in a cage; the least you can do is to keep them in a safe room. The room must not trap heat and must be well ventilated. Make sure there are no wires, gadgets, or appliances they can chew on or knock over. Leave a bathroom area for the pet  and keep their food and water a good distance from the said place.

It would still be better to leave your pet with someone you trust who will take care of them during the duration of your vacation, or at least ask your neighbor to check up on them daily. Do note that you must NEVER leave your pet alone for more than a couple of days.

Make it Look like Someone’s Home

Regarding curtains, your first instinct might be to close them all the way to prevent people from seeing the inside. However, noticeable changes like this can alert a thief that this was done because the owners have left the house vacant. Keep the curtains as is. You might be tempted to leave the lights on in an effort to make it look like there is someone inside but this can rack up a large electric bill, is not very environmental-friendly, and is even more suspicious! You can purchase a light switch timer that will turn the switch on and off according to the time it is programmed to do so.

Have Your Mail Put on Hold

If you’re expecting any mail, ask someone to pick it up for you or inform your courier of your absence and to hold your mail for the meantime. Parcels might easily be stolen off your garage, and piled up mail is a clear signal that there is nobody home!

If you have a spare key, make sure you keep it somewhere so hidden that even the person who knows there is a spare key will have a hard time looking for it. Follow these steps in keeping your home safe and you’ll be able to have a fun vacation without any worries!

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electricity measurement wiring meijiElectricity can be measured and controlled. It circles around three basic factors: voltage, current, and resistance. Each of these measurements are quantified and has their respective units. So before you go looking for home appliances and wiring devices in the Philippines and elsewhere, you better know this stuff first. Read on below!

Voltage (V)

Voltage is the force that pushes the electrons in the wires from one point to another. In short, it is the difference in electric charge between two places.

For example, you have two clumps of metals, one loaded with electrons and the other not so much. Using a conductor, you can connect these two clumps to transfer some electrons to the second clump. But you won’t be able to do that fast enough without voltage! You see, electrons in its natural state freely move between atoms, but they do so randomly. By using voltage, you can nudge them all to move in a single direction.

Voltage is measured in volts or V, after Alessandro Volta, an Italian physicist who possibly invented the first chemical battery with his voltaic pile. You can find out the exact amount of voltage in wires using a device called voltmeter.

Current (I)

Current, on the other hand, is the rate of flow of the electric charge in the wire. While voltage is the force that pushes the electrons to move from one atom to the next, current is the factor that enables them to flow through the conductor.

To better understand how current works, line up 15 balls in a pool table in a straight line and hit the one in front with the cue ball. As you’ll see, doing that will cause the ball at the rear to move. Something similar happens in current flow. Electrons move from one atom to another, displacing electrons from the second atom which will then move to a third atom to displace the electrons there. And on it goes!

Current is measured in amperes or A, in honor of French mathematician, physicist and well-known father of electrodynamics André-Marie Ampère. One ampere is equivalent to around 6,240 quadrillion electrons per second, and it can be measured using an ammeter.

Resistance (R)

Resistance, however, restricts the passage of electric current through the conductor. In short, it controls how many electrons can go through the wire. It’s an important factor in electricity, as too much electric current yield too output power, which may cause damage to various electric and electronic devices.

Resistance is created by adding a component known as resistors, a device made from an amalgamation of conductors and insulators. Due to its nature, it only allows a certain amount of current to pass through it, thereby controlling how much can flow to the output section of the system.

Resistance is measured in Ohms or Ω, after German mathematician and physicist Georg Simon Ohm, who is best known for his law on the relationship of current with voltage and resistance (Ohm’s Law).

Knowing these three factors is extremely important, especially since they affect the amount of electricity flowing in and around your home’s electric system as well as determine the power it could give your appliances and devices. So better learn it!

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Imagine a life without refrigerators, electric fans, televisions, computers, electric lights, and iron. Just picturing out such a life is difficult, isn’t it? Well, without electricity, all these things wouldn’t be able to make our lives more convenient. But what exactly is electricity, and how does it get to our homes?

We here at Meiji Electronic, the best electrical supplier in the Philippines, will give you a lowdown on how this force of nature powers our modern-day devices.

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Definition of Electricity

Electricity is a type of energy formed by the existence and movement of an electrical charge such as protons or electrons. Protons are positively charged, while protons are negatively charged. Like particles repel from one another while those with opposite charges attract one another.

Forms of Electricity

There are two forms of Electricity: Static and Current electricity.

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Static

Sometimes, when you comb your hair really fast, there is some sort of energy that makes your hair strands stand by themselves. Or sometimes you experience a shot of electricity when your skin makes contact with another person. Some call it magic, but it’s actually static electricity. This is caused by the imbalance of opposite charges, which results to the electrons bouncing around atoms to relieve energy. Another example is one of nature’s most beautiful phenomenon, lightning.

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Current

You may have seen the letters AC and DC when it comes to electronics. AC stands for alternating current, while DC stands for direct current. It is easy to know the difference between the two currents. Direct Current flows in only one direction, while Alternating current goes back and forth. Direct Current is applicable to toys and small gadgets while Alternating is applicable to large household appliances such as washing machines.

How does Electricity Travel to Your Home?

Before electricity can reach your home, it has to be produced first, and there are different ways to generate electricity for mass consumption. There are different possible ways to generate power: moving water (hydroelectric), nuclear fission (nuclear), wind, and the sun (solar). Here in the Philippines, however, the most common one, which is also the most common one around the world, is burning fossil fuel – coal or petroleum – to produce steam, which powers the large turbines. When these turbines move, electricity is produced.

Next, the electricity moves through the power plant to the transformers, where the voltage is raised to allow the electricity to travel through long distances. The electricity is sent through power lines that can last for miles to a substation transformer, where the voltage is lowered down. Finally, it is sent to a pole transformer to reduce once and for all the voltage down to 120 to 250 volts.

This electricity flows to a service box that measures how much electricity you use. Breakers and fusers are also located here to insulate the wires from any possible electrical overload. The electricity then flows through your home to power whatever electronic device you have, such as your computer or microwave.

We have been living with electricity for so long that it’s already taken for granted. But now that you know more about this all-too-important resource, you probably appreciate it even more.

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From the recent PHILCONSTRUCT 2014, a construction product exhibition, held at the SMX Convention Center, Meiji Electric had successfully presented its potential of leading the electrical controls and distribution market.

For four consecutive days, Meiji Electric’s booth was mobbed by a large crowd, particularly developers, architects, project managers, engineers and a lot of end users. Even celebrities and some government officials dropped by the place.

Through the glass mobiles and outstanding red, yellow and white color combination, perfectg glittering LED lights, home, commercial, industrial and Christmas product displays, together with Meiji sales personnel and two gorgeous models, Meiji Electric stood out on the first hall of the events arena.

Meiji’s Innovation at Display

Many guests were amazed by the new innovative products displayed in the booth such as the Meiji USB outlet, Meiji Flying Saucer Strip, the famous MGF250, Meiji Home Panels, Fiber Optic LED Christmas trees and the Christmas Villages. No wonder Meiji Electric got besieged in the said event.

Visitors can’t help themselves from coming back in the area as Meiji launched a raffle, where every two hours, a lucky business card-dropper wins a Meiji gift package which comprises of Meiji tumbler, Meiji red polo shirt and a Christmas tabletop decor.

But most importantly, the goal to top the electrical controls and distribution market in the construction materials product exhibit was accomplished. A lot of end users purchased right there and then due to Meiji’s 10% discount on all displayed items.

Also, other exhibitors went to the Meiji booth, to see Meiji Electric’s new innovative products that they might need for future projects or building requirements.

Another fruitful event has been marked on Meiji Electric’s milestones checklist.  See you for more upcoming trade shows.

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Most people don’t have a technical know-how about the electrical components our machines have, particularly to those which are not visible or run inside the machine like a magnetic motor starter. Have you ever asked the question “how does magnetic starter works?”

 

magnetic motor starter is an electromagnetically operated switch that protects your electric motor during start up. It can accommodate heavy-duty loads such as 3 phase large motors and other industrial machineries. Magnetic motor starters provide under-voltage and overload protection and an automatic cut off in the event of a power failure. Another purpose of magnetic motor starter is to protect a motor that has no thermal overload protection in the motor itself. MOTOR-STARTER-2-300x277 A magnetic motor starter is a combination of a contactor and an overload relay, which will open the control voltage to the starter coil if it detects an overload from your motors during usage. The thermal type uses a device installed on the overload relay called a “heater”. This is a bi-metal element that each leg of the motor goes through. A magnetic motor starter comes in different ratings based on the full load amperage of the motor. While your machine is running, the current flows through the heater.  If the current draw of the motor exceeds the rating of the heater, the heater element heats up and causes the relay to “trip” which interrupts the contactor coil circuit and de-energizes the contactor. Here are the two types of magnetic motor starters which Meiji carries:

  1. Full-Voltage (across-the-line) Magnetic Motor Starter

Magnetic motor starters are commonly available as full-voltage (across-the-line), reduced-voltage, and reversing. A full-voltage or across-the-line magnetic motor starter applies full voltage to the motor, which means it is designed to properly handle the levels of in rush current that will develop as the motor is started. Reduced-voltage starters are designed to limit the effects of inrush current during motor start up. These are available in electro-mechanical and electronic formats.

  1. Full-Voltage Reversing Starter

Reversing starters are designed to reverse shaft rotation of a three-phase motor. This is accomplished by interchanging any two-line conductors that supply the motor load. The reversing magnetic motor starter features a forward and a reverse starter as part of the assembly. Electrical and mechanical interlocks are provided to ensure only the forward or the reverse starter can be engaged at any given time, but not at the same time. Magnetic motor starters are usually used in woodworking machinery such as cabinet saws or shapers. Machines with smaller loads, such as a drill press or most handheld tools normally use only a switch instead. Magnetic starters are stock components for many machines, and aftermarket starters are also available for use as replacements or for retrofitting older machines.

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“National Fire protection Association (NFPA) a U.S. trade association, states that all machinery requires a magnetic starter to protect against unintentional restarting of a machine in cases of restoration of voltage.” – NFPA 79 standard 7.5.3, Wikipedia.

Meiji Electric carries high quality LS Magnetic Motor Starters. You have the option to enclose your motor starter or have it as is. Meiji Supplies magnetic motor starters from 1/8HP to 300HP. Full Voltage Non Reversing and Reversible Starters, Reduced Voltage Magnetic Starters in particular Wye Delta Motor Starters ranges from 7 1/2HP to 215HP for both 220 and 440 line voltage are also available with control voltages in accordance with customers’ needs.

Make a good start for your machines with Meiji Electric!

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