Systems

 

 

Integrated electrical and low-voltage systems of all types—inside and outside a building—encompass the range of work that electrical contractors do. The articles in this section highlight different types of work, from security, fire and life safety, to traditional electrical power and distribution, to lighting, cabling and more. 

With the new presidential administration coming into the White House, will this be the year of advancing infrastructure? Will there be a diversified trillion dollar infrastructure project to jumpstart the economy as well as fill your schedules and your wallets?

The new year is upon us. For electrical contractors that continue to add low-voltage security to their operations, there is a light shining brightly on what can really boost the overall future stability and profitability of a company, and that’s the category of video surveillance.


Regardless of the changes in our federal government this year, there is one thing we know for sure: we have a new NFPA 72 2016, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code from the National Fire Protection Association. Does that mean we should have started using the new code on Jan. 1?

The proliferation of alternative forms of lighting—for example, LED lamps—has been accelerated by the significantly limited sale of incandescent light lamps. In case you forgot, incandescents failed to meet the efficiency rules of the Energy Independence and Securities Act of 2007.

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A True Turnkey Integrator

Ferndale Electric Co., Ferndale, Mich., which employs an average of 130 electricians, performs electrical work for automotive plants, power plants, bottling plants and other industrial facilities. It also renovates electrical systems for lift bridges and completes major projects for airports.



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Open to Interpretation: The Accuracy of Optical Loss Measurement Data


Last month, I discussed making loss measurements with a light source and power meter—what we call optical insertion loss—and the causes of errors in those measurements.


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So Many Choices: Deciding Which PQ Instrument Is Right


One challenge with going to one of America’s iconic eating establishments—the diner—is that the menu has so many choices that decisions can change a dozen times before the server takes the order.


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Power Solutions

At the MIT Energy Conference in March 2016, U.S.


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Fiber Optic Testing

Continuing the thread of measurement uncertainty in fiber optics, this month I discuss measuring the loss of an installed fiber optic cable plant. Optical loss, tested with a light source, power meter and two reference cables, is the most common measurement in fiber optics.



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Waveform with harmonics: 8 percent of fundamental for the 2nd harmonic, 18 percent for 3rd, 10 percent for 5th, 5 percent for 7th, 2 percent for 9th
Up And Coming

There was a recurring topic at the summer meetings of the IEEE Power Quality Subcommittee’s various working groups and task forces, and it came to a head at a panel session on the latest version of IEEE 519 2014, IEEE Recommended Practice and Requirements for Harmonic Control in Electric Power Syste


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