The Origin of GracePort

Posted by Nick Schiltz on Jul 17, 2019 1:30:00 PM

In 1993, while working on a friction welder retrofit project at John Deere, Ed Allen was presented with a hazardous electrical safety issue. The machine I/O was located in the front while the electrical panel with a 250 horsepower drive and a 400 amp main feed was inconveniently located at the rear of the machine. Ed collaborated with his brother, Phil Allen, on the first solution. Over the next several years, Phil would go on to create the model that builds any combination, known as the GracePort today.

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Under Construction

Posted by Nick Schiltz on Jul 10, 2019 1:30:00 PM

Just in case you're surfing our website and encounter any issues, I'll apologize in advance for any inconvenience Burnie & Les may cause while working on our new website. We're currently developing a new website and we're excited to show you the new look, which is coming soon to an internet near you!

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The Stars and Stripes

Posted by Nick Schiltz on Jul 3, 2019 1:30:00 PM

Wishing you all a very happy Independence Day weekend! I hope the weather holds up where you live so you can enjoy the fireworks and BBQs with your loved ones. If you're reading this from the Quad Cities, however, you can most likely expect a very rainy weekend...

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Coming Soon

Posted by Nick Schiltz on Jun 26, 2019 1:30:00 PM

Nearly three years ago, I published a three-part series on the blog, Tesla v. Edison: War of Currents, and joked about how they should adapt it into a movie. By the time I published the second installment, the very same story adaptation was reportedly in development in Hollywood and now, The Current War is coming soon to a theater near you in October.

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OSHA Memes IV

Posted by Nick Schiltz on Jun 19, 2019 1:30:00 PM

Well, that's one way to use it. GracePort's Inside-Outlet was a brilliant response to a 2002 NFPA 79 mandate requiring control panel utility outlets to have GFCI protection. Do it all safely through closed doors with GracePorts! Disclaimer: Always be sure to perform LOTO from outside the panel...

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Dive In

Posted by Nick Schiltz on Jun 12, 2019 1:30:00 PM

Last week, our COO at Grace, Bryan Van Itallie published an article from his unique perspective on predictive maintenance. Discover how a nuclear submariner's experience led to this comparative analysis of our GraceSense Predictive Maintenance System. 

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How It's Made: Burnie & Les

Posted by Nick Schiltz on Jun 5, 2019 1:30:00 PM

This is what a storyboard for Burnie & Les looks like that I submit for new Burnie & Les comics. Just kidding... I'm nowhere near that talented! We currently outsource our comics to an illustrator at Suite Imagery, LLC; the company that makes our whiteboard videos. The young daughter of their Director of Animation & Video has taken a liking to them and attempted her own incredibly talented freehand illustrations.

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What Does Innovation Mean for Electrical Safety?

Posted by Nick Schiltz on May 29, 2019 1:30:00 PM

Throughout this Electrical Safety Month, we've talked a lot about what electrical safety means to us and what our products do to mitigate risk and improve productivity. In our final installment of this month's focus, let's take a look at where innovation is taking the industry in one particular game-changing case.

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What Does GraceSense Mean for Electrical Safety?

Posted by Nick Schiltz on May 22, 2019 1:30:00 PM

Routine thermography inspections on critical equipment, such as MCCs and Switchgears, have evolved alongside new advances in technology at our disposal. What was once a very hands on and often times dangerous task, can now be done remotely and safely with the Hot Spot Monitor (HSM).

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What do GracePorts Mean for Electrical Safety?

Posted by Nick Schiltz on May 15, 2019 1:30:00 PM

After many years of doing things the long, hard, and (most importantly) unsafe way, the Arc Flash Specialists, Burnie & Les, finally ordered a GracePort panel interface connector. Burnie was shocked at what it had to offer all this time. And like most facilities, they'd be carrying on without it for many years!

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