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. 

Like many technology markets, telecom has always been a hotbed of hype. Somebody is always talking up the latest and greatest technology that will revolutionize the market. Not too long ago, it was fiber-to-the-home (FTTH). Recently, wireless has been getting all the attention.


Another storm on the horizon and another image of electric utility trucks heading off to help with recovery efforts. That seemed to be an almost-nightly occurrence in late August through mid-September, as hurricanes Harvey and Irma made their way to the U.S. mainland.

In Austin, Texas, monk parakeets nest in power transformers on poles high above street level. The nests become so large they can cause fires and power outages.

Residential and commercial security products are becoming easier to integrate. Big box stores and electronics retailers sell security systems that enable users to check on their home or business from anywhere, with advanced features such as night vision, phone alerts and more.


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NEMA Releases 2006 Motors and Generators Standard

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published MG 1-2006, Motors and Generators.


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U.S. Breaks All-Time Weekly Demand Record for Electricity During Heat Wave

THE U.S. DEMAND for electricity reached an all-time record in late July, during a punishing national heat wave. U.S.


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NFPA Amends Codes, Includes Electronic Monitoring of Fire Extinguishers

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) voted to amend NFPA 10 and NFPA 72 to include electronic monitoring in lieu of mandatory physical 30-day inspections. The ruling went into effect at the beginning of September.


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Fire Safety Functions

Elevator connection requirements  


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Planning a Fire Alarm System

Ask any electrical contractor—fire alarm installations are on the upswing. Much of the need in the marketplace is driven by codes or the need to update an aging building infrastructure with new fire protection technologies. Your goal, of course, is the all important certificate of occupancy.


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Near- and Real-Time IP Systems

Which installation fits your needs? Internet protocol (IP) continues to drive business, bringing new terms to the industry. “Real-time IP” is one term that isn’t necessarily new, but continues to cause electrical contractors quite a bit of confusion.


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Padre Island Power Project to Provide Clean Energy to Texas

  Jerry Patterson, commissioner of the Texas General Land Office, recently announced development details of the state’s second offshore wind farm at the Padre Island National Seashore.


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