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. 

I am always amused when I hear, “No one uses heat-cured epoxy connectors anymore.” In fact, about 95 percent of all connectors, including every factory-made patchcord, uses heat-cured epoxy for its ease of use, low cost and high reliability.

NFPA 70B, Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance, has championed the importance of an electrical preventative maintenance (EPM) program for years.

Residential home fire alarm protection methods can be broken down into two distinct applications: stand-alone detection devices, known as smoke alarms or carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, and combination fire alarm and detection systems that employ smoke detectors and CO detectors connected to a resident

When we install fire protection
in a building, we are focused on active protection systems such as fire alarms, fire sprinklers, clean agents or smoke control.

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Simplifying the Installers' Life
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The fiber optic installers’ life can get complicated. While fiber is not difficult to work with, it does require a lot of attention to details.

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Termination Processes Decide Costs
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Last month’s fiber optics column focused on estimating. This month’s column targets a small but important part of installation costs: fiber optic cable termination.

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Get a Hold (Up) on Bank Security
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Financial institutions, bank branches, and a variety of other lending organizations generally have one thing in common—money. And, that money sometimes has to be protected from unscrupulous persons who might want to grab what’s not legally theirs.

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TIA to Address Cabling Needs of Internet Data Centers
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At its June 2001 meeting, the TelecOMMunications Industry Association (TIA) Engineering Committee TIA TR-42 approved formation of a new working group, TR-42.1.1, for network distribution nodes.

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It's Alive!
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Magazines devoted to business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce have been rife with optimism about the “next stage” of a trend that’s coming soon to a computer screen near you.

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When Estimating Fiber Optic Systems, Experience Is the Best Teacher
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Practically everything I know about estimating fiber optic jobs I learned from Doug Elliott. Doug is a well-known instructor who learned fiber optics from me at the first Fiber U in 1993 and is a full-time installer in the Toronto area.

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Could You Become an 'E-Commodity?'
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Most of the talk about e-commerce has covered how you can, might, or will use e-business for your company’s benefit.

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