IBEW applauds Cooper InVision wireless downtime-reduction system

  • July 12, 2007
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ST. LOUIS, July 12, 2007 – The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) has recognized the Cooper InVision™ Downtime-Reduction System as being a product and program that can make a significant impact on its members in the field.The new system, introduced by Cooper Bussmann this spring, is a revolutionary wireless technology for industrial and commercial applications that can reduce downtime and increase productivity by more quickly identifying open-circuit events caused by short circuits and overloads. Also of importance to the IBEW is that the system minimizes the potential safety risks to IBEW members and also alerts maintenance workers of the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) to bring to the open-circuit location.Edwin D. Hill, International President of the Washington, D.C.-based organization that is widely recognized as the voice of safety in the electrical industry, calls the Cooper InVision System “one of the progressive systems IBEW looks forward to seeing implemented in the field as quickly as possible.” He adds, “There are several key advantages of this system that will help to minimize the potential safety risks to IBEW members. … The system also has the potential to significantly reduce the downtime resulting from circuit openings. I can tell you first hand how critical this is for productivity in these highly-competitive times.”The cost of unscheduled downtime is a problem that plagues almost every industry. In fact, a comprehensive study of manufacturing facilities found that an open-circuit event resulted in an average of 41 minutes of downtime – including 11 minutes on average to notify maintenance and 24 minutes on average for trouble-shooting. Downtime costs can range from $300,000 to millions of dollars per site per hour. In addition to an idle workforce, downtime causes disruption to an integrated supply chain and the loss of scrapped work-in-process, both of which can be very expensive. About Cooper BussmannCooper Bussmann, a division of Cooper Industries (NYSE: CBE), is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, and manufactures and markets circuit protection products globally for the electrical, electronic and transportation industries.About Cooper IndustriesCooper Industries, Ltd. is a global manufacturer with 2006 revenues of $5.2 billion, approximately 85 percent of which are from electrical products. Incorporated in Bermuda with administrative headquarters in Houston, Cooper employs approximately 31,000 people and operates eight divisions: Cooper B-Line, Cooper Bussmann, Cooper Crouse-Hinds, Cooper Lighting, Cooper Menvier, Cooper Power Systems, Cooper Wiring Devices and Cooper Tools group. Cooper Connection provides a common marketing and selling platform for Cooper’s sales to electrical distributors. Learn More

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