‘Switch­ing gears’ through tech­nol­ogy

Sushant Sarin, Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent Com­mer­cial Lines, TATA AIG Gen­eral In­sur­ance, enu­mer­ates com­po­nents of a switchgear for con­tem­po­rary re­quire­ment of elec­tronic in­fra­struc­ture.

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The GST net­work which is the back­bone of this tax regime, re­lies on a ro­bust tech­nol­ogy in­fra­struc­ture. The core strength of such in­fra­struc­tures are Switch Cab­i­nets and Switchgears, which are frag­ile and crit­i­cal equip­ment that re­quire spe­cial pack­ag­ing, han­dling and trans­porta­tion meth­ods.

Il­lu­mi­nat­ing on Switchgear

Switch Cab­i­nets / Switchgear con­tains sen­si­tive elec­tri­cal, elec­tronic and me­chan­i­cal com­po­nents to per­form con­trol, drive, power sup­ply and safety func­tions. Switch cab­i­nets con­sists of the cab­i­net hous­ing, door and in­te­rior com­po­nents (e.g. mount­ing plates), which gen­er­ally take the form of drawer units or are mounted on a panel. High-qual­ity switch cab­i­nets should be sub­jected to con­tin­u­ous mea­sure­ment/data record­ing of the stresses. Colour in­di­ca­tors, hu­mid­ity val­ues, tipping an­gles or im­pact stresses are an­other mon­i­tor­ing op­tions.

Pack­ag­ing it right

To pro­vide pro­tec­tion against im­pact and vi­bra­tory stresses, plas­tic ma­te­ri­als (cush­ion­ing ma­te­rial), e.g. mould­ings, bub­ble wrap or airbags should be used. Rel­a­tively large in­ter­nal com­po­nents should ei­ther be packed on the floor or sep­a­rately braced and fixed. Scratch-sen­si­tive sur­faces should be pro­tected by plas­tic films, foam sheets or tis­sue paper, which must be chem­i­cally neu­tral and soft. The outer pack­ag­ing used for switch cab­i­nets pre­dom­i­nantly con­sists of wooden pack­ag­ing con­tain­ers.

Han­dling

Han­dlers must com­ply with sling­ing points, fork­lift pock­ets, to­tal weight and cen­tre of grav­ity of the switch cab­i­nets. Han­dling equip­ment (e.g. fork­lift trucks) must be used pru­dently and by trained per­son­nel.

Trans­porta­tion

Ship­per must com­ply with man­u­fac­turer’s load­ing in­struc­tions in or­der to avoid dam­age due to me­chan­i­cal stresses. It is pos­si­ble to en­sure by means of lash­ing plans that the cargo se­cur­ing means are used in such a way that nei­ther pack­ag­ing nor switch cab­i­net are dam­aged. De­pend­ing upon the num­ber, di­men­sions, cen­tres of grav­ity and weights of the items of cargo, the prin­ci­ples of cargo se­cur­ing could or should be com­bined.

Con­tainer stuff­ing

Each cab­i­net/boxes/ cases should be in­di­vid­u­ally lashed us­ing ny­lon belts and wooden brac­ings should be pro­vided to avoid any move­ment of cab­i­net/boxes/cases in­side the con­tainer.

Sushant Sarin Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent Com­mer­cial Lines, TATA AIG Gen­eral In­sur­ance

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