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. 

If you’re going to do a job right, you need the right tools. Today, the definition of tool goes beyond wire crimpers and multimeters. It now includes smartphones and the apps that make them crucial to a contractor’s success. The following are some of the apps that contractors could consider using.


Last month, we looked into positive, negative and zero-sequence components, also known as symmetrical components, with virtually no math involved.

It is a sign of tight budgets when facility directors at most K–12 and higher education institutions receive mandates to defer maintenance on their existing building inventory to allow for budget dollar application elsewhere.

“Dark fiber” is a term often heard in conversations about fiber optic communications. Perhaps this is because it has a name that sounds evil or nefarious. But dark fiber is just fiber that has been installed and is not currently in use; instead, it is reserved for spares or future use.


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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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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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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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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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