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. 

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It is becoming increasingly complicated to manage both the physical and digital access security needs of corporate, institutional and government facilities.

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.

More on Systems

 
Designing for 802.11ac

The New Wireless Standard In Town
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As wireless deployments continue to keep electrical contractors (ECs) busy, installers are seeing increased diversity in the type and scope of these projects. One reason is the greater reliance on wireless networks. Another is the introduction of the latest wireless standard, 802.11ac.

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Linked Together
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The drive for networked building controls aimed at lowering energy costs and boosting efficiency is changing the market for providers. Business is growing as companies become installers and service providers in this industry.

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Safety In Numbers
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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.

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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.
Watts Landing: J.M. Electrical Co.
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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?

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Saturn's Orbit
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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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Rare or Well Done?
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In 2012, the National Fire Protection Association adopted NFPA 3, Recommended Practice on Commissioning and Integrated Testing of Fire and Life Safety Systems. Since then, it has been split into two separate documents.

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Optical Awareness
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Optical local area networks (OLANs) have been the subject of these columns for several months, and before that I discussed networks. This month’s column ties together some loose ends to help you understand the OLAN concept better.

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