According to a 2016 survey conducted by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), facility managers in New York City who benchmark the energy use of their buildings are also more likely to invest in energy-saving technologies.
Do you read the comics? Julie and her son are particular fans of “Brewster Rockit: Space Guy!” by Tim Rickard. It’s about the crew of the space station R.U. Sirius. A recent series featured engineer Cliff Clewless cheating on his digital assistants, each of which thought they were his only one.
While renewable power and efficiency are top-tier priorities for utilities in this age of energy innovation, insufficient infrastructure and power outages are an equally important concern. California utility PG&E has met this need with an innovative technology.
In January, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) announced that several of its Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) supported technologies won awards in R&D Magazine’s R&D 100 Awards, which the DOE called the “Oscars of Innovation.” A number of these technologies concern ele
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OCPD for a fire pump
Some regular National Electrical Code (NEC) users may not have noticed major changes in the 2014 and 2017 editions dealing with the emergency and standby power requirements in Article 700, Emergency Systems; Article 701, Legally Required Standby Systems; and Article 702, Optional Standby Systems.
This article provides a review of more significant changes to the rules for special equipment covered in Chapter 6, Special Equipment, of the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC).
600.2 Definitions and 600.34 PV Powered Signs
A hammer drill may be sufficient for drilling small-diameter holes in soft masonry, some metals and other materials too hard for conventional drills, but when tackling harder materials, such as concrete or cement blocks and brick, a rotary hammer is the most efficient.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued a final rule modifying a 40-year-old standard pertaining to exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds. It contains new requirements for general, construction and shipyard industries.
Human perception of colors in their environment is dependent on light. As electric light sources have varying spectral emissions, the electrical industry relies on metrics to report, evaluate and predict how colors will appear under different light sources.
Productivity improvement is more than reducing waste. Understanding how routines and environment affect our physical and mental states can help you and your employees get the work done more efficiently and accurately without spending a fortune or revamping your organization.
Monumental video growth continues in every sector, ranging from small business to mission critical. Surveillance cameras are part of the Internet of Things boom, morphing into smart data collectors like billions of other connected devices.
Legrand’s radiant RF lighting control system is composed of wall-mounted dimmers and switches, a scene controller and plug-in modules for each lighting source. The dimmers can be used with all... READ MORE
Orbit Irrigation’s B-Hyve 12-station smart Wi-Fi sprinkler timer provides smart watering based on site conditions, such as slope, soil type, sun/shade and live local weather feeds, to avoid over-watering and... READ MORE
Chamberlain’s WD1000WF MyQ smartphone-controlled garage door opener with built-in Wi-Fi comes with a battery backup, two three-button remote controls, a wireless keypad, an LCD wall control and safety sensors. It... READ MORE
Ecobee’s ecobee3 Wi-Fi thermostat has a 31/2-in., full-color LCD touchscreen with 320-by-480 pixel display. It works with room sensors for occupancy detection and to address hot or cold areas of... READ MORE
Powerline Control Systems’ KPCW-7 seven-button keypad controls single lights, triggers lighting scenes and sends messages to a central controller. It is preset with five scenes, plus brighten and dim. Alternatively,... READ MORE
FireLite Alarms’ red ANN-80 backlit, 80-character LCD fire annunciator provides system status indicators for AC power, alarm, trouble, supervisory and alarm-silenced conditions. It communicates with the FACP over a two-wire... READ MORE
Ideal’s 61-521 phase and motor rotation meter is designed for use on equipment up to 600V. It has three troubleshooting functions: indicating three-phase sequence, indicating motor rotation and checking for... READ MORE
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