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. 

Energy costs and potential energy shortages are increasingly driving commercial building and industrial facility owners to find ways to use less energy for the same level of activity.

I suspect that the idea of employing anaerobic adhesives for fiber optics came from someone using Krazy Glue or the two-part adhesive made to fix a car’s rearview mirror after it fell off in the hot summer sun.

In solar installations, ranging from rooftop panels and larger community- and utility-scale arrays, photovoltaics (PVs) are becoming increasingly important to our energy supply.

Damaged dog-fence power source

Lightning is the biggest cause of damage and destruction of electrical and electronic equipment in industrial facilities, commercial buildings and homes, as stated in the 2008 report by the U.S. National Lightning Safety Institute.

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Myth No. 3: Fiber Optic Installers Are 'Splicers'
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In the telephone business, the guys who terminate fiber optics are called splicers. They follow the cable pullers who install those gigantic spools of fiber.

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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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Fuel Cells NOW, Part II of II
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In Part I of this two-part article (EC October 2000) on development of fuel cells, we described the basic technology and answered some frequently asked questions. We noted that contractors have a window of opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a possible fuel cell-sparked energy revolution.

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