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. 

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.

Do you have a customer that requires additional access control at specific locations within their facility but no budget for a total rip and replace? Maybe they are concerned with hacking or data compromise.

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.

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Allowing Modular Furniture to be Modular!
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With the growing adoption and use of modular furniture by the commercial building industry, any discussion concerning structured cabling without consideration of the TIA/EIA-568-B.1 recommendations concerning “Open Office Cabling” is insufficient.

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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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Energy Crisis Presents Energy-efficient Retrofit and New Installation Opportunities
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The ongoing energy crisis in California has opened wide the doors of opportunity for electrical contractors—not only in that state, but all around the country—to sell energy-efficient retrofits and new installations.

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Movin' On Up
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Your company has just installed a multi-million dollar voice/data/video (VDV) system for either a new or established customer. If the job had been traditional electrical construction, then that would be the end of the project, and the end of your presence at the customer’s facility.

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Woods Inc. Delivers One-stop Shopping in Constitution State
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Peter Lok had a choice when his law office joined the national trend of acquiring network services. His growing law firm of Day, Berry and Howard, LLT, had used Woods Electrical Co.

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Maintaining Fiber Optic Systems
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We all know about maintenance. We know things wear out or get dirty and need replacing or cleaning. This is especially true about cars. We regularly change the oil and filter, rotate the tires, and get the engine tuned up to keep our vehicles running well.

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Gigabit Ethernet Expands into a WAN Technology
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Recently, there has been a surge of interest and activity in using Ethernet as a wide area network (WAN) technology. This is surprising because Ethernet was developed as a local area network (LAN) technology, serving to deliver data between computers within the same building.

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