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Posted by on Jan 13, 2016 .

Fuses or circuit breakers?  How do I decide?  Which is best for my application?  These are questions that power designers and decision makers wrestle with everyday.  We looked into this issue, and the results may surprise you!

Fuses and circuit breakers are classified as Overcurrent Protective Devices (OCPDs).  Article 240 of the National Electrical Code (NEC) defines them as:

Fuse – An overcurrent protective device with a circuit-opening fusible part that is heated and severed by the passage of overcurrent through it.

           

Circuit breaker – a device designed to open and close a circuit by non-automatic means and to open the circuit automatically on a predetermined overcurrent without damage to itself when properly applied within its rating.

Fuses and circuit breakers each are available in numerous sizes, ratings, and with a variety of features and characteristics that enable a wide range of solutions/designs.

Here’s the surprise (maybe!).  Both circuit breakers and fuses meet the basic NEC requirements for overcurrent protection of electric power distribution systems and equipment, and provide dependable protection in most solutions.

OK, but once again, which is better for a particular application?  The answer isn’t simple or easy – several factors are usually taken into account, such as ground fault protection, device interrupting ratings, component protection, selective coordination, and reliability chief among them.  There are...

Posted by on Dec 01, 2015 .

During the month of November, Trimm employees participated in a canned food drive.

Employees were able to collect over 2300 pounds of food to benefit the Area Congregations in Ministry (ACIM) Food Bank, located in Oxford, NC.

ACIM is a non-profit organization that provides food, utility, and medical assistance for those in need in Granville County.

On Wednesday, Nov. 25th, employees participated in a Volunteer Day by going to the Food Bank and helping unload, sort and stack the food.  They were also able to get a tour of the facility and some background information about the programs offered at ACIM.  The staff was very grateful for the outpouring of support and generosity provided by Trimm employees and the employees got to see the results of their giving first-hand.  

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 .

Happy Thanksgiving from all the employees here at Trimm.  We will be spending time with our families on Thursday and Friday and back to work on Monday. 

Posted by on Nov 11, 2015 .

First, we’d like to say thank you to the men and women who have served our country. Your sacrifice is immeasurable.

In honor of Veterans Day, we thought we’d share some photographs we happen to have from WWII (thanks to the government using Trimm Dependable Headsets that we manufactured during that time). The photos are of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard men serving in the war.

 

This photo snapshots a moment of what it was like on a U.S. Battleship in the Navy. With a second class seaman at the wheel, a first class seaman and a chief petty officer monitor the gauges. The photo was distributed on February 1, 1943.

 

This is an official U.S. Navy photograph of “crew members of the USS Augusta List listening to Browns battle report.”

 

This official Coast Guard photo is entitled, “Coast Guard Radiomen in Invasion of Southern France” and provides the description:

“Serving aboard a U.S. Coast Guard fighting ship, ship-to-shore radio setups keep commanders posted in final rehearsals for the invasion of Southern France. These Coast Guardsmen were in there today when Allied forces established a new beachhead on French Mediterranean shores. They are, left to right: Gordon Allison, radioman second class, of Renova, Pa.; William J. Byron, radioman second class, of 2853 Gunther Street, THE BRONX, N.Y.; and Wayne R. Alvey, radioman third class, of Bloomington, Ill.”

 

This is another official Coast Guard photo entitled,...

Posted by on Oct 02, 2015 .

Today is Manufacturing Day!

We're so glad there's a day set apart to recognize the value of manufacturers in the United States! And we especially appreciate all the hard work of our manufacturing team here at Trimm! It's because of them that we're able to provide the solutions that our customers need. 

The folks over at NIST have put together an awesome infographic about manufacturing in the U.S. Take a look! 

 

Posted by on Sep 25, 2015 .

There’s a reason we all love Grandma’s cake more than what comes out of a box. It’s because it’s homemade.

Maybe it’s the extra dash of sugar she adds that does it. Maybe it’s that her hand-whipped buttercream icing is the perfect topping. Maybe it’s that she used to let you lick the spoon. Or maybe it’s all of the above.

Whatever it is that she does, nothing beats a slice of her prepared-by-hand, took-her-time and made-with-care cake.

 We realize that at Trimm, we’re not making cakes and our ingredients look a lot different than Grandma’s. But the concepts of hand-crafted and taking our time to make great products for our customers are both very important to us. So much so that we manufacture each panel in-house, in the United States. We believe there are a lot of benefits that come with building our products this way, for our customers, our company and our community. 

 

1. We can personally guarantee quality.

If our manufacturing facility was thousands of miles from our office space, there would be greater opportunity for missed conversations and disconnected teams which could lead to a decrease in quality. As it stands, our manufacturing warehouse is directly connected to our offices so our Quality Manager, Director of Operations and upper level management often have opportunities to discuss and immediately address any issues that arise.

Our quality program and process improvement initiatives are comprised of a variety of...

Out of everything you do each day, we think choosing a DC power panel should be one of the least stressful. But unless you have specific information telling you the exact part number, sometimes it can be hard to know where to begin.

That’s why we put together a short list of 5 questions. This should help you get started in narrowing down which panel is right for you. Then all you have to decide is shipping…UPS or FedEx? :)

So you have a project that requires 70 amps, or maybe 80 or 100. And maybe you’d like to simplify. Maybe cut down on the cable costs, or the installation process, or even the space requirements. Well what if you could, and what if you could do it while also saving money?

We think you can. Below are 3 ways we believe using a mini-BDFB will help with your next high current project.

 

1. A mini-BDFB can eliminate the need for excessive cable. If the mini-BDFB that you're using will fit in a rack beside the equipment it is powering, that will cut down on the amount of cable needed. 

2. If the mini-BDFB did not reside next to the equipment, that may also make the space design (or in some cases, re-design) much simpler. Sometimes it's easier to find an extra 3U or 5U rack space than it is to coordinate inserting an entirely new rack somewhere close to the equipment or again, running cable along the perimeter of the room. 

3. A mini-BDFB could save up to 50% on the overall project, considering that a mini-BDFB is a fraction of the cost of a regular BDFB, and that using one requires fewer resources. Reduced installation time may also come as a result of a simpler space arrangement and less cabling to manage. 

 

Although there are lots of solutions to choose from when looking at simplifying your high current project, one that we’re slightly partial to is our Versatile Panel. It comes in two sizes, 3RU and 5RU and can power equipment up to 850 amps per...