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. 

Another year has passed, and we have nothing revolutionary to report about fiber optic technology—no instant-on connectors, dirt-cheap lasers or simple solutions to installation problems.

When a potential client calls on you to provide a fire alarm system, do you assume the design responsibility? If so, what resources do you use?


Never before in the electronic security industry has change been so profound. As hardware and boxes moved onto the network, they have morphed into intelligent, connected products.

Contractors that are still putting estimates together using pencil and paper are not only wasting time and money, but they also are losing business. Contractors who think they can’t afford estimating software are just plain wrong.

More on Systems

 
Who Watches the Watchmen?
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Backing up your backups—aka redundancy—is critical Having backup for the backup to the backup is the only way to go in power and systems. For the healthcare market, which provides critical and comprehensive care 24/7, it’s a necessity.

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Testing Fiber Optic Loss
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Two measurements of optical power required Compared to Category 5e or Category 6, fiber optics wire is easy to test. A “flashlight test” can make sure the fiber has continuity and is correctly identified.

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Making the Grade
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A system assessment is essentially a comprehensive overview of the structure, layout and functionality of any given system. In the world of electrical contractors, we are more often than not referring to networking systems, even though the same methodology applies to electrical systems.

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NM Cables Installed in Temporary Installations
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Article 305 for temporary wiring in the 1999 National Electrical Code has been relocated to Article 527 covering temporary installations in the 2002 NEC.

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Help Is On the Way
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Look for a new fiber test bulletin (not a standard) from the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA ) in 2003. We all know fiber is looked at as more difficult to work with, so maybe that is why a new guidance bulletin is coming out that better describes fiber testing in the field.

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Opportunities and Challeges Continue to Grow in the Fire/Life Safety Systems Market
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The estimated installed market value of fire alarm systems in commercial facilities is valued at nearly $3.3 billion. It is estimated that systems installers account for more than half of this market value (55 percent). This information is based in part on the “U.S.

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Wire Cutting and Paralleling
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A little innovation goes a long way More than 25 years ago, Rexel’s Upper Marlboro (Md.) Regional Distribution Center came up with a value-add to improve service to contractor customers. Among the first to take advantage of Rexel’s wire cutting and paralleling service was Dynalectric Co.

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