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. 

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.

In solar installations, ranging from rooftop panels and larger community- and utility-scale arrays, photovoltaics (PVs) are becoming increasingly important to our energy supply.

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.

More on Systems

 
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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Save Time and Money on Structured Cabling Systems
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The practice of installing cabling systems for a specific application or each new application is outdated.

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A Surviving Dot-Com Mutates
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SmartElectrical.com—the only operational site of the SmartContractor.com “stable”—has changed dramatically since its founding. What’s impressive is SmartElectrical.com’s adaptation to the prevailing environment.

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'Numbers Game' Is Putting the Industry in a Vise
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(For referenced charts, graphs and tables, please refer to the January issue of Electrical Contractor).

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Wire and Cable Management Solutions Suit Any Field Condition
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Cable management for voice/data/video (VDV) is a very important element in an infrastructure and belongs just about everywhere there is cable to be laid.

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Category 6 Gigabit Ethernet Standard Approved
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The first Category 6 application has been approved and published as of June 2001. It is an alternate transmission scheme for 1Gigabit Ethernet taking advantage of the increased bandwidth offered by Category 6 cabling systems.

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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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