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. 

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.

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.

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Deja Voltage
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Energy ETC, Union City, Calif., founded in 1993, does a lot with only six employees.

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Code Reacts To Technology
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Fire alarm systems stakeholders increasingly raise questions concerning the acceptability of using Ethernet and other networks for fire alarm and signaling systems applications.

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Stay Cable Able
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Economic improvement and rising demand for energy efficiency is boosting the market for structured cabling in building automation systems (BASs). Vendors and market analysts are preparing for large-scale growth.

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Have A NICET Day
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I am sure many of you are certified by the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) in fire alarm systems and encourage your employees to become NICET-certified as well. NICET has been certifying individuals in fire protection fields since 1978.

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Throwing A Lifeline
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A life-threatening event 
occurs at a large building where many people could be in danger. In this case, it is a smoky fire, but it could also be an earthquake or a mass shooting. The fire alarm system senses the fire, locates the problem, and immediately begins sending signals.

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Snake Tray’s Mega Snake built-in suspension system eliminates brackets and struts. 

Cool Tools: Cable Management
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A well-planned and executed structured cable management system in a building tells building managers where and how much cabling is in the structure and which cables connect; it also facilitates system maintenance and simplifies troubleshooting and repairs.


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Core Strength
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Creating a safe and secure hospital environment that also promotes healing means turning away from traditional options, such as guards with stun guns, and toward technology to meet the ever-multiplying security needs of healthcare facilities.


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