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. 

Dranetz Model 606 was introduced in 1975.

The importance of monitoring the quality of the electrical supply has increased with the ongoing push to boost uptime, productivity and profits. When carrying out business 24/7, having a process or operational interruption can negatively affect of the bottom line.

Invented in the 1980s at Eastman Kodak, organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) are composed of a layer of organic material situated between an anode and a cathode and deposited on a substrate.

Silence! Production came to a screeching halt. Except for a few faint alarms in the distance, an eerie quiet fell over a large part of the facility. It was quite an ominous sight to see the emergency lights attempting to penetrate the darkness from the power outage.


What PIAM does


It is becoming increasingly complicated to manage both the physical and digital access security needs of corporate, institutional and government facilities.

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(Air-Blown) Fiber Added
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Sometimes, customer requests turn out to be very good things.

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Klein VDV preparation tools
Cool Tools: VDV Copper Prep Tools
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Copper cables remain a key element in most structured wiring systems, even as the amount of fiber optic cable in structured wiring networks continues to increase.


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How The ECS Fits In
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The first emergency warning systems were developed to respond to war and massive fires. As time, building standards, technology and life safety systems advanced, fiery disasters became the exception rather than the rule.

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Code Awareness Creates Work
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It makes sense that most contractors focus on the codes that relate to the system types they install. Specifically, professional systems contractors most use NFPA 70, National Electrical Code and NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.


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The Nature Of Network Needs
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This is the first in a series of columns on networks and cabling—media, really—as we explore the nature of networks, their cabling needs and how they have evolved to provide for today’s “always connected” society.

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Figure 1: Monthly plot of active power of one phase
Examining The Fine Print
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When reviewing data from your power monitoring system, the 30,000-foot approach is a typical starting point. 


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Caveat Emptor
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Recently, I was training a group of instructors and heard a complaint that I had heard before from another Fiber Optic Association (FOA) training organization.

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