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. 

Damaged dog-fence power source

Lightning is the biggest cause of damage and destruction of electrical and electronic equipment in industrial facilities, commercial buildings and homes, as stated in the 2008 report by the U.S. National Lightning Safety Institute.

Historically, security system installations have only mandated acceptance testing as the last requirement for a project to be deemed completed.

Energy costs and potential energy shortages are increasingly driving commercial building and industrial facility owners to find ways to use less energy for the same level of activity.

I suspect that the idea of employing anaerobic adhesives for fiber optics came from someone using Krazy Glue or the two-part adhesive made to fix a car’s rearview mirror after it fell off in the hot summer sun.

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Calculating Fiber Optic Power Budgets
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After a fiber optic cable plant is installed, it may be used with several different types of fiber optic networks. Computer networks, telephone signals, video links, and even audio can be sent on the installed fibers. Each network type has a performance requirement for the fiber optic cable link.

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Seizing Opportunities to Install Open Systems
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“In 1998, I saw a presentation about integrated systems at a [National Electrical Contractors Association] NECA seminar. This year we’re going to do close to $7 to $8 million on integrated systems, not including the additional sales generated for the electrical side of our company.

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Review Metal-clad Cable Requirements
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There are a number of changes in the 2002 National Electrical Code (NEC) regarding Metal-Clad (Type MC) Cable that should be reviewed before your next electrical project. In the 1999 NEC, Article 334 covered Type MC Cable; however, in the 2002 NEC, Type MC Cable has been relocated into Article 330.

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TIA Adds Structure to BAS Cabling
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TIA TR 41.8.1 is trying to do for building automation cabling what it did for building telecommunications cabling—add structure, standards, and guidelines.

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Software Providers Get into the Game
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All five major providers of electrical estimating software—Accubid, ConEst, McCormick Systems, Trade Power, and Vision Infosoft—are now involved in e-commerce.

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Copper-to-Fiber Conversion Is Simple, Inexpensive
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There are many instances where converting from copper to fiber is necessary or more cost-effective. Sometimes it’s done just to showcase new technology. But whatever the reason, making the conversion has become simple and inexpensive. Converting to fiber is sometimes the only technical solution.

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System Compatibility Tops Clients' Requirement Lists
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System compatibility is not only a growing trend, it also seems to be an unmistakable necessity. This term appears to be evolving from an industry “buzzword” to a way of life for contractors.

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