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. 

We left off last month preparing a fiber optic cable for termination.

While spaghetti adorned with one of the dozens of different sauces that are served in the small, off-the-beaten path restaurants in the Italian countryside is “splendido,” wiring that looks like spaghetti is just the opposite.


How do you build a relationship with your customers centered on trust? It starts with meeting commitments and consistently completing projects on time, on budget and in a code-compliant fashion. Why is this relationship important?

“The serious losses in life and property 
resulting from fires causes me deep concern. I am sure that such unnecessary waste can be reduced.

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Don't Worry; Be App-y
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In May, the Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA) held its annual Codes Conference and annual meeting. The most talked about presentation was called “Is There An App For That?” Our presenters collected recommendations from numerous individuals about apps that they use in business.

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How To Keep It Secure
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In the security industry, there are best practices for assessing security needs, designing security system solutions, installing the systems, and integrating a security system with other building systems. But what are the best practices for security system maintenance and service?


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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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3,000A clamp-on CT
The Current State Of Current
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Debates within the organizations that develop the power quality standards will probably continue for years about why “power” isn’t really the subject of the standards. The majority of the standards present how to measure, monitor, characterize, categorize and set limits on voltage.

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Bringing BIM To Building Operations
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Contractors have been using rudimentary building-information modeling (BIM) tools since the 1970s to design installations before construction. Today’s BIM software tools aim beyond new builds to help users track operational efficiency.


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Know the Fundamentals
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“What is NFPA 72?” That sounds like a straightforward question, right? At least, we would like to think so. At a recent meeting, someone asked a technician this seemingly simple question. He replied correctly that NFPA 72 was the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.

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Generating Peace of Mind
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Who wants to be without lights, heat, air conditioning or a working refrigerator? Try asking someone who experienced days of power outage after the Oklahoma tornado or during Superstorm Sandy.


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