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. 

In the past year, fiber optics underwent some important developments, some technical and some market-related. For those of you working in fiber optic network design and installation, the changes present opportunities and challenges.


This article is the first in a series that provides a step-by-step approach for performing arc flash calculations.
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I often give my power quality (PQ) 101 course to new engineers or salespeople. This introduction starts with the basics: an overview of PQ phenomena based on IEEE 1159 Table 4.2 followed by Ohm’s and Kirchhoff’s laws and how they apply to power quality.

We strive to protect building occupants, including our employees. Many years ago, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) formed to codify regulations in the area of employee protection.


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Contractors Should Learn About Wireless LANs - They're No Longer Cost-Prohibitive

Just yesterday, or so it seems, wireless technology meant nothing more than cell phones. In fact, it may be that the whole love affair with all things wireless truly began with pagers. Remember when everybody and their brother had one? Don’t you wonder where they all went?


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Fiberoptic Cabling May Have Bottomed Out

By Rick Laezman Like many high tech products over the last few years, fiberoptic cable has experienced a roller coaster ride of extreme highs and lows. 2001 was a peak year for installations of single- and multi-mode fiberoptic.


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IT Professionals Concerned about WLAN Security

Ft. Lee, New Jersey, Nov. 11, 2002––ReefEdge, Inc., an industry leader in wireless network infrastructure solutions, today announced the results of a Wireless LAN (WLAN) survey of 935 IT professionals conducted via the company's website. Wireless LANs were widely deployed among the respondents.


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Popularity of Green Power Growing in the Northwest

By Rick Laezman When given the choice, a growing number of retail customers in the Northwest prefer renewable energy to fossil fuel generated power.


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NECA/IBEW Announce Web Site Dedicated to VDV

SAN JOSE, CA (Nov. 12, 2002)––The fastest growing segment of the electrical industry in Northern California, voice-data-video (VDV), now has its own web site, posted today as www.norcalvdv.org.


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Fiber Is Tougher Than You Think

Fiber optic cable has typically been categorized as fragile,like glass, which the actual fiber is, of course. But unlike drinking glasses that break when dropped or windows that lose every battle with a kid's baseball, glass optical fiber is incredibly strong and flexible.


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