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 several recent columns, I discussed the process of fiber optic terminations. I examined each step in detail and shared some of the things I have learned from experience and teaching students. As they say, one learns from one’s mistakes.


Data centers are energy hogs. They can consume up to 100 times more energy than a standard office building, according to the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).

Dranetz Model 606 was introduced in 1975.

The importance of monitoring the quality of the electrical supply has increased with the ongoing push to boost uptime, productivity and profits. When carrying out business 24/7, having a process or operational interruption can negatively affect of the bottom line.

Invented in the 1980s at Eastman Kodak, organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) are composed of a layer of organic material situated between an anode and a cathode and deposited on a substrate.

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Extranet Use Enhances Employee Education, Project Management, and Procurement
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Electrical contractors are giving higher priority to bringing company and project management into the Internet age. While the final solution may take time, multiple choices are taking shape, each offering significant benefits.

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Which Fiber, at What Speed, and for What Distance?
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Copper technology has evolved to the point where a 100-meter maximum distance is among the golden rules of premises cabling. This rule is rooted in 10BASE-T Ethernet and the first edition of Telecommunications Industry Association/Electronic Industry Association (TIA/EIA)-568 in 1991.

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Ensuring Backwards Compatibility of Cable Connecting Devices
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Electronic technology is among the fastest changing industries in the world. As technology changes, more sophisticated equipment is developed. With new technology and equipment come changes in the method of connecting the equipment in both new and existing buildings.

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'The Cabling System Shall Be In Accordance With TIA/EIA-568-B.1'
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This column’s title is probably the most commonly used phrase in Requests for Quote or Bid. Therefore, it is appropriate to understand what, “The cabling system shall be in accordance with TIA/EIA-568-B.1” means and does not mean relative to the bidding process.

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How Much of a Computer Do You Need to Succeed?
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Look through this issue’s advertisements. I’ll bet you can’t find more than a few that do not include an Internet address to contact for more information. This “www” address is a Uniform Resource Locator (URL), which is used to view a particular site on the World Wide Web.

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Effective Marketing Proposals - Part II
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A proposal’s primary objective is to persuade your customer to take specific action, including contracting your products and services. Often you will write a proposal in response to a request for proposal (RFP) or request for quotation (RFQ) that the prospect and/or consultant sends.

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Voice/Data/Video Design/Build:Contractor Opportunities, Customer Advantages
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The number of electrical contractors that provide design/build services for traditional electrical work has been steadily growing for decades.

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