Tagged: Arc Flash

Exciting Announcement


On May 22, 2018, Electric Innovations and its sister company Thompson Automation and Specialty Services were brought together as a stronger and even more dynamic technology integration company called Thompson Innovation.

Our strategic plan has always been focused on strengthening the technical capabilities and portfolio of solutions we can offer to our customers. This is another step in fulfilling our Corporate Mission: “To be the prime solution provider as recognized by our employees, customers and the communities we serve.”

Under the direction of General Managers, Tasha Barker and Jason Glover, Thompson Innovation will continue to passionately lead our solutions teams in:

  • Managed IT & Software
  • Life Safety & Security
  • Automation & Robotics
  • Electrical Safety & Preventative Maintenance

The addition of solutions previously provided by Thompson Automation and Specialty Services strengthens our ability to meet current and new customer’s needs as one company. For more information contact Thompson Innovation at 712-224-3800 or visit us at www.thompsoninnovation.net


GEAPS 2017-Crop

Recently, Thompson Automation & Specialty Services participated as an exhibitor, in the National GEAPS (Grain Elevator and Processing Society) Expo in Kansas City, MO.  More than 3000 people from all aspects of the grain industry attended the 3 day event.

Mike Pendergast (Thompson Automation and Specialty Services) and Rob Costello (Thompson Electric) handled the booth duties promoting arc flash awareness, infrared thermal imaging and electrical safety for grain elevators. Thompson Automation and Specialty Services is using these national expos to create awareness of the dangers of electrical hazards in grain handling facilities.  As a result, owners and operators of grain facilities, are now realizing the dangers of electricity and the need for arc flash risk assessments, electrical surveys and training for their employees.

The interest generated by our presence at the GEAPS Expo, and the follow up from our contacts made at the Expo, emphasizes the growing interest in electrical safety and the need for Thompson Automation and Specialty Services to stay active in the grain industry.

Avera – Race Against Breast Cancer


Every year, the Avera Race brings together family, friends, cancer survivors and others to race for a common goal, enhance cancer care for people right here in Sioux Falls and surrounding communities. Every penny stays local to help your families, friends and neighbors get the treatment and support they need.

The Avera Cancer Institute continues to enhance the lives of cancer patients and their families through YOUR generous support and participation in the Avera Race. The 2016 Avera Race Against Breast Cancer marks its 28th year as Avera McKennan and the Avera Cancer Institute continue their ongoing commitment to providing all women in our community with the most advanced technology and compassionate care available in their fight against breast cancer.

Not only do the employees, spouses and kids from Thompson Electric – Sioux Falls show their support by being a part of the 5,200 runners/walkers, that helped raise $380,000 to benefit the Avera Cancer Institute, Thompson Electric also donated all the material and labor to provide the temporary power for the event.  No small feat considering we had to remove and reinstall a light pole at the events starting area.

At the end of the day, the Thompson team not only supported a great cause, they also had a lot of fun.


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The wait is over…


The wait is finally over.  What am I talking about?  The new Thompson Electric and TEC Corp web-sites are finally done.  After many months of working on the new web-sites, we went live with them last week.

I hope you’ll enjoy some of the new features on the web-site, such as, the Thompson Electric video, recruiting video and a couple of testimonial videos along with the totally new design for the web-sites.

I want to thank Erin Stabile for the many, many hours she worked with The Gage Team, our web-site designer, providing them with the verbiage, pictures and logos.  A lot of work goes into the creation of a new web-site and Erin did an outstanding job.

So click on the links below and see them for yourself.



104 and counting…


A milestone was achieved last week with the 104th (in a row, I might add) blog for Thompson Electric.  It has been two years since we started blogging on a weekly basis.  It seems like it just started yesterday.

During this time, we have tried to tell you some interesting stories about Thompson Electric, our employees and how we participate and give back to the community, as well as, some educational facts about electricity.  As we continue to share our stories with you and keep you informed on the activities of Thompson Electric, I would encourage you to have others sign up for our blog at our web site, www.thompsonelectriccompany.com

I want to personally thank each one of you for reading my blogs and I look forward to expanding our social media network with the release of our new web site, coming very soon.  Thanks again and keep reading.

Kent Grange

A Flash, a fireball and a boom…


What is it?  Where does it come from?  What causes it to happen?  Is it dangerous?  What’s it called?

ARC FLASH – Some of you may have heard the term “Arc Flash”, but what is it?  Arc Flash is the result of a rapid release of energy due to an arcing fault between a phase bus bar and another phase bus bar, neutral or a ground. During an arc fault the air is the conductor.

OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) put into effect a regulation in 2014 that requires companies that have the electrical capacity to produce an arc flash, to provide their employees and contractors with information that explains the amount of incident energy (the arc) and the proper PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) to wear and the required boundaries (to keep employees safe from entering).

Facts about Arc Flash:

  • Electrical arcs produce some of the highest temperatures known to occur on earth, up to 35,000°F. This is 4 times the temperature of the surface of the sun which is about 9000°F.
  • Fatal burns can occur when the victim is several feet from the arc. Serious burns are common at a distance of 10 feet.  Staged tests have shown temperatures greater than 437°F on the neck and hands of a person standing close to an arc blast.
  • Arcs spray droplets of molten metal at a high speed. Molten metal from an arc can be propelled for distances up to 10 feet. Blast shrapnel can penetrate the body.
  • Blast pressure waves have thrown workers across rooms and knocked them off ladders. Pressure on the chest can be higher than 2000 lbs./sq. ft.

Thompson Specialty Services provides Arc Flash Risk Assessments for our existing clients and also for new clients.  To have a better understanding of what an arc flash is, please click on the link below and see the Thompson Specialty Services video on arc flash.


Blue Zone Designation

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This past week, TEC-Corp received notification of our Blue Zone Designation.  Blue Zone partners with corporate leadership and internal wellness teams to engineer healthy choices into the environment. This isn’t just a matter of swapping bagels for bananas. It’s about making workplaces healthier and happier, more productive and more purpose-driven in measurable, meaningful ways.

The ribbon cutting ceremony was held last Friday in the lobby area of Thompson Electric.  Click on the link and see pictures and an article provided by KCAU TV.


Congratulations and Thank you to TEC Wellness, Skip, Renee and Erin for all of the hard work that it took to make Blue Zone become a reality for TEC-Corp.