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 term integrated electronic security system (ESS) is intended to cover many different types of systems that interact with each other to form a single security solution.

The meters installed at Logan Airport monitor the use of steam, hot and chilled water, and pumped condensate in order to identify trends, make adjustments based on feedback and save data.

The devil, as they say, is in the details. When it comes to reducing energy use and cutting costs at a national and international airport, which details do you target?

Since fiber optics is growing in market share for all kinds of applications, 
I am hearing more stories about problems with installations. At The Fiber Optic Association, I handle most of the technical inquiries, so I tend to see the trends develop.

Founded in 1963, San Diego-based Saturn Electric started out exclusively as a full-service electrical contractor. Ron Dudek purchased the company in 1977, and 20 years later, Ron’s son, Tim, joined the firm. In 2005, Tim became president.

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The meteorological events in the northeastern United States in October 2012 provided some interesting discussions on electric power.

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Where Are The Jobs?
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Every year, when I do a fiber optics update, I report on new technology and applications. This year, I am taking a different approach and looking at where the jobs are in fiber optics.

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You're Outta Here: Removing Abandoned Cable
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The National Electrical Code requires that cabling must be removed if it isn’t properly tagged for future use. Outside of that mandate, there are other reasons—financial, legal and plain common sense—to get rid of cables that are no longer needed.

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MVP Candidate
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Today’s electrical contractor plays an important role on the security team and provides critical talents and skills required to install and service security systems.


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Economic or Not?
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There are many reasons for motor failures, such as overloading, bearing failures, rotor failures, worn shafts, and short circuits or ground faults within the motor windings, and contaminants that may enter the motor, causing short circuits or overloading.

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Can You Hear It Now?
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We all know the guy in the Verizon Wireless ads moving around with his cell phone, asking: “Can you hear me now?”

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Are You Ready for the Next Opportunity?
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Opportunities for new business in the commercial/industrial/institutional market continue to grow for electrical contractors. Two in particular—commissioning and integrated testing of fire protection systems and mass notification systems (MNS)—have a lot of potential for growth and new business.

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