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. 

The categories or labels used to describe the plethora of power quality phenomena that can occur on electrical systems have not changed much in the past decade or two. Measurement methods and acceptable limits for most systems have changed.

Electrical systems have posed hazards since they were introduced more than 100 years ago.

Last month, we discussed “dark fiber” and how most outside plant installations include more fibers than are needed at the time of installation. Later, those fibers will be used for expanding service capacity or leased out to provide income.

Our Houses—or, at least, the houses of the tech-savviest among us—are getting closer to running autonomously. Now, it’s not just that you can open your garage door or turn on your living room lights from a smartphone app.

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TIA to Redefine Telecommunications Administration
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In 1993, TIA approved and published TIA/EIA-606 Administration Standard for the Telecommunications Infrastructure of Commercial Buildings. This standard has received limited market acceptance, possibly for two reasons. First, TIA/EIA-606 provides few concrete requirements.

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The Web Can Help Us Do Important Things, Three Large Contractors Say
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From Louisville, St. Louis, and Leavenworth, Kan., the three contractors profiled—last month, this month, and the next—are working to become even more lean and efficient.

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Improving Fiber Optic Connection and Splicing Techniques
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There’s no doubt that termination of fiber optic cables is the most difficult part of the fiber optic installation process. Pulling cables is easy, as they are more rugged than Category 5 copper cables, and installing patch panels and other hardware is straightforward.

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Emerging Fiber Optics Applications Benefit Your Customers
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To most of us, when we think of fiber optics, we think first of the telephone companies who use fiber for their long-distance lines and connections between local offices.

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Ethernet's Uses Continue to Diversify
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A recent survey of network executives published in Network World revealed the “typical” business network architecture today.

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EC Captures Structured Wiring Market
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Finally! Structured wiring has come home to America. Anticipating this increasingly attractive market, electrical contractor Tom Lowry made the move full swing into residential structured wiring systems.

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