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. 

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An arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) is an advanced circuit breaker that, as a way to reduce electrical fire threats, breaks the circuit when it detects a dangerous electric arc in the circuit that it protects.

What we have been installing in buildings and data centers for years that could be a lethal element for a terrorist attack?

In the changing dynamic of energy resources, efficiency is playing a vital role. Even if political support for efficiency diminishes, its importance to the future of energy remains.

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Sticking Together

The majority of Fiber optic connectors are still installed in a process that uses an adhesive to attach the connector to the fiber and polishing to finish the end surface of the connector.


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Energy-Saving Performance Contracts

As energy costs continue to escalate, cash-strapped government agencies are looking for ways to update their old electrical systems. The problem, however, is that many are unable to pay for upgrades.


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On the Horizon

Rule number one in any voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) installation is to make sure the network is capable of handling the technology. That may sound obvious, but it is, surprisingly, sometimes overlooked.


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Just Hit the Button

Relax. Fire alarm panels are intuitive, multifunctional labor saving devices that allow custom programming and the ability to tailor the equipment to the facility. Electrical contractors can just hit the button with the advanced options fire alarm controls offer.


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Correlation Is Key

The problem always cited with optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR) measurements, especially on multimode premises cable plants, is they generally do not agree with insertion loss measurements made with a light source and power meter.


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Test Mechanics

Having the right tools makes any job easier. As any electrician entering the field learns, he or she must have the right tools to perform electrical work efficiently. This same rule applies to installing a fire alarm system.


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New Horizons in Cabling and Integrated Building Systems

It’s the information transport systems or cabling that makes data, voice and video come to life. Throw it in and go is not an option. Everything must be planned and tailored to the application and that goes for the type of wire and cable deployed.


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