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. 

Some cabling industry stakeholders predict the imminent death of copper cabling, while others disagree. However, most agree that fiber optical networks are taking a large bite out of the new network market.


This month, we honor perhaps the most notable person in the history of the power quality (PQ) industry, often called the father of PQ monitoring: Abraham I. Dranetz. Some of us knew him as Abe, and others knew him as Mr. Dranetz.

“Where will you be 10 years from now if you keep on going the way you are going?” Napoleon Hill, one of the great writers on success, famously asked this question. When you apply it to the fire alarm and signaling business, it should give you pause.


For electrical contractors installing video surveillance and networked Internet protocol (IP) cameras, now is a great time to think outside of the proverbial box and look beyond the typical security applications of viewing and recording images of people, places and things.

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Fire Pumps and Alarm Systems, Circuits, Services, and More
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CODE CITATIONS Article 100—Definitions Article 210—Branch Circuits Article 230—Services Article 695—Fire Pumps Article 725—Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3 Remote-Control, Signaling, and Power-Limited Circuits Article 760—Fire Alarm Systems Article 770—Optical Fiber Cables and Raceways Article 800—Comm

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Calculating Fiber Optic Power Budgets
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After a fiber optic cable plant is installed, it may be used with several different types of fiber optic networks. Computer networks, telephone signals, video links, and even audio can be sent on the installed fibers. Each network type has a performance requirement for the fiber optic cable link.

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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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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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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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