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. 

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.

Silence! Production came to a screeching halt. Except for a few faint alarms in the distance, an eerie quiet fell over a large part of the facility. It was quite an ominous sight to see the emergency lights attempting to penetrate the darkness from the power outage.


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Points to Ponder
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When we think of system integration in the electrical and fire alarm systems market, we understand it involves bringing together component subsystems into one larger system and ensuring they function as one. And normally, the integrated system includes a fire alarm.


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Meeting The Code's Intent
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The last few code cycles have introduced an increasing number of performance-based allowances into NFPA 72, the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.

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Commissioning and Integration Gets Standardized
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Standards under development this year are creating a model for integration of building systems that will help builders, installers and integrators sort out their roles.

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Something To Talk About
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Beci Electric, Oakland, Calif., was established in 1985 by Beci Anderson (president and CEO); her father, Robert Waggener (estimator); and her brother, Rex Waggener (vice president and project supervisor). The company currently employs some 18 people in the field and six in the office.

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Don't Get Left Behind
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Over the last several years, Internet protocol (IP) video surveillance system technology has consistently become more prevalent.

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Cool Tools: Ladders
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Installing and maintaining a building’s structured wiring system often means accessing locations that are out of reach from floor level, and many workers choose to use various types of scaffolding, including compact work platforms on wheels that provide a base for overhead work.


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Remote Home Management Coming to a City Near You
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As digital technology occupies an ever-widening space in our daily lives, the prospect of total digital control over the household does not seem too far-fetched.

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