Have you ever seen an episode for F.R.I.E.N.D.S. where
Monica (one of the main characters) freaked out because someone did not use a
coaster for their cup? It can make anyone laugh so hard. Personally I own end
tables in my living room and I accidentally scraped on them, but I also sanded
and painted them on my own. That’s why I totally get it when someone does not
want to damage their tables with any water rings or anything.
On top of that, I have also put several coats for heavy duty
use clear coat on them to protect my end tables from damage. I also did try to
use coasters for my cup of tea but my dog has the habit of eating and chewing
on them. Although my boyfriend also has coasters all over his place. They are
simply just rubber discs manufactured with corrugated bottom that prevents
bottles and glasses from sliding from the table.
This also holds true when it comes to plastic enclosures. In
creating a desktop project that does not utilize flanges to protect and secure
the plastic enclosure, design engineers look for alternative ways to keep the
plastic enclosure sliding all around the surface. The rubber bumpers also serve
as added layer of protection from unavoidable scratches on the desktop surface.
One of the ways in making these happen is using silicone
rubber boot. There are companies which makes this available to their customers
especially when they manufacture plastic electronics enclosure. Another option
is offering rubber feet. By successfully separating the rubber feet (most of
the time self-adhesive) it will help in stabilizing the enclosure without
permanently installing or mounting it anywhere. There are several suppliers
that offers rubber bumpers or feet on their enclosures – regardless whether it
is made of plastic or metal material.
For the rubber feet, there are multiple size options
available for customers: round, square, flat or rubber feet with the additional
added height. The other options available to consumers is that they can choose
the color and size of the rubber feet. When it comes to choosing a bumper,
choose one with a diameter that is slightly smaller compared to the recessed
indention you are planning to put it in.
With this in mind, in case a customer has a 0.50″ diameter
indentation, they can opt for a 0.50″ diameter bumper. But this will have to be
comparable with a bumper that is exactly perfect with the indentation when
When the customer tries to move the bumper once it has been
applied on the enclosure can cause the bumper to be weakened in its adhesive
bond. It is rightfully recommended to go with a bumper size that is a little
bit smaller than 0.500″ to hasten the assembly process. This also leaves a
little wiggle room so to speak.
The main purpose of a Grid Assurance is it serves as a
solution that helps in dividing the cost across several utilities. The shared
inventory approach in achieving cost-efficiency can give people savings in
terms of protection, warehousing, purchasing, and it also includes the
maintenance cost that comes with possible parts replacements of the equipment.
It makes the cost more affordable compared before to enable companies to
acquire immediate access for much larger scale equipment that is on hand and on
Once a major disastrous event happens, a company’s tendency
is to mainly focus on stabilizing the operations quicker to avoid loss of
profit. This should be done as fast as possible. With this in mind, the Grid
Assurance effectively works if each of the subscriber do logistics plans for
their equipment before a disaster occurs. The planning should make sure that
the equipment that are being used and delivered should be delivered before the
predicted event. In determining when the critical replacement will happen for
the equipment should come up gives the companies an extra confidence in making
sure that the grid assurance is present to deliver the customers energy supply
even after a disaster happens.
In addition to this, another pressing challenge comes with
the regulatory approval. It is widely recognized that grid utility companies
are now being a bit hesitant in coming up with decisions about major investments
because these decisions should be backed up by a regulatory assurance that the
costs that are incurred should be recouped in form of rates.
With this in mind, Gird Assurance is not taking initiative
and being proactive because it has recently received two affirmative orders
coming from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that gives the
regulatory clarification on the issues that can be related to prudency,
compliance, ratemaking and other affiliated pricing transmissions. This is
related to the owing entities that participates in the Grid Assurance project.
While the Grid Assurance is not currently FERC regulated,
the different charges that comes with this such as: cost-based subscription
fees akin to the FERC regulated transmission formula rates. The different costs
that comes with subscription fees together with the FERC orders should be able
to facilitate the members’ different abilities in recovering the expenses that
comes with Grid Assurance subscription.
While not FERC regulated, Grid Assurance charges cost-based
subscription fees, like FERC-regulated transmission formula rates. These
cost-based subscription fees along with the FERC orders will facilitate
members’ ability to recover their Grid Assurance subscription expenses.
With this in mind, Grid Assurance was originally formed to
give answers because of the needs that arises in the electrical industry: this
need comes in the restoration of the electrical grid that should quickly follow
other HILF events. This will happen by increasing the critical transmission
equipment that comes with on-shore and on-hand inventory. Different companies
contribute to the utilities’ ability to restore the energy delivery back
properly, giving help to protect the nations’ consumers and the communities
from the possible devastating effects potential calamities might bring. This
will help in maintaining the way of life of the people and the economical
balance in the country.