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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TIA Approves 10/100 Mbps Fiber Ethernet Solution
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“Better late than never” probably best describes the latest approved Local Area Network (LAN) standard—ANSI/TIA/EIA-785 100 Mbps Physical Layer Medium Dependent Sublayer and 10 Mbps and 100 Mbps Auto-Negotiation on 850nm Fiber Optics.

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A Year Makes a Difference
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“A EC Systems 2000”, which took place in June in Washington, D.C., was swamped with dot-coms aiming at the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) community. Among the exhibitors was supplyFORCE.com, a distributor enterprise that emanates from within the electrical industry.

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VDV Product Focus
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AC Drive

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Video Technology: At the Speed of Light
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Anything––and everything––is a possible subject of closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance.

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Up the Learning Curve, Together: Distributors and Contractors
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E-commerce isn’t dead, it’s gone underground. Here’s a look at how some larger electrical distributors are working with contractors—far from the glare of the spotlight.

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Fire Alarms: Not Just Another Low-Voltage Installation
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For some, installing fire alarms is a lucrative sideline. For many, it is a full-time pursuit.

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Designing Fiber Optic Connectors
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In last month’s Electrical Contractor, we wrote about how to improve your fiber optic termination techniques. Fiber optic connector manufacturers work hard to make terminations easier and less expensive, and with higher performance capabilities.

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