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Welcome to the Brainfiller Technical Library. This is the place to find technical articles and information developed by Jim Phillips. Everything from Electrical Power Systems, Arc Flash, Electrical Safety, IEEE 1584, National Electrical Code, NFPA 70E and more!

Much of this material is from Jim’s more than 40 years of experience in the electrical industry along with his leadership positions in both United States and International Standards organizations.

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Arc Flash Studies – Confused?

Arc Flash Studies – Confused? It has been over 20 years since IEEE 1584, IEEE Guide for Performing Arc-Flash Hazard Calculations turns was first introduced to the world on September

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2024 NFPA 70E Updates by Jim Phillips and Brainfiler. Learn about the new changes to this very important electrical safety standard.
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2024 NFPA 70E: Major Changes

Jim Phillips, P.E. 2024 NFPA 70E Changes and Refresher Training Register for Jim Phillips’ 8 Hour 2024 NFPA 70E  Changes and Refresher Training! February 13 – 14, 2024 April 24 –

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The 2022 Edition of IEEE 1584.1 was just published
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2022 IEEE 1584.1 Just Published!

I’m happy to announce the latest Edition of IEEE 1584.1 “IEEE Guide for the Specification of Scope and Deliverable Requirements for an Arc-Flash Hazard Calculation Study in Accordance with IEEE

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2021 NFPA 70E Part 1 of 5

In this five-part video series, Jim Phillips, P.E. provides an overview of the major changes for the 2021 edition. First published in 1979, the 2021 edition places a greater emphasis

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2021 NFPA 70E Part 4 of 5

In Part 4, Jim Phillips discusses major changes to the 2021 Edition of NFPA 70E Article 130 Work Involving Electrical Hazards and the addition of NEW Article 360 Safety-Related Requirements

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2021 NFPA 70E – Major Changes

Jim Phillips, P.E. Every three years I have the privilege of writing the NFPA 70E Changes article for National Electrical Contractor Association’s magazine: Electrical Contractor.   The NFPA 70E 2021 edition

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DC Arc Flash Calculations

When the 2018 Edition of IEEE 1584 was published last year, one subject was conspicuously absent –  DC arc flash.  DC power systems are everywhere and include sources such as

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international expertise

International Expert​

Jim is the International Chairman of Geneva, Switzerland based International Electro-Technical Commission’s TC 78 for Live Working which includes protective equipment, tools and arc flash protection. He continues to travel the globe typically flying over 150,000 miles a year to work with various U.S. and international standards organizations and speak at many conferences and training events.

Jim and his wife of four decades live in Scottsdale, Arizona and have two children and one grandson.

Jim Phillips - 2020 PCIC Awards IEEE Electrical Safety Excellence