Intel Briefing – August 2012


U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA cites Sandwich Castings and Machine in Illinois for 20 violations including lack of machine guarding.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration July 13 cited aluminum castings producer Trio Foundry Inc., which operates as Sandwich Castings and Machine, with 20 health and safety violations, including one willful and one repeat violation at its Sandwich, Illinois facility. Proposed penalties total $113,300. The willful safety violation was for failing to protect the operator of a belt sander from “caught-in” hazards and rotating parts. The repeat safety violation involved a lack of guarding on an abrasive grinder wheel. Nine serious safety violations and two other-than-serious violations were also cited.


Smart grid’s big data opportunities still untapped.
North American utilities may be collecting unprecedented amounts of data from millions of new smart meters — 18,000 percent more data, to be exact. That is one finding from a new survey from Oracle released July 10, covering the “big data” challenges and opportunities in the smart grid. The survey of 151 North American utility executives revealed a disconnect between data collection and putting that data to use. For instance, while 78 percent of respondents said their utilities were collecting outage detection data from smart meters, only 59 percent were actually using it for business processes and decision-making as of April 2012, when the survey was conducted. Similar gaps were revealed in voltage data (73 percent collecting it and 57 percent using it), tamper detection data (63 percent collecting it and 47 percent using it), and diagnostic data (56 percent collecting it and only 33 percent using it).

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