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. 

Another year has passed, and we have nothing revolutionary to report about fiber optic technology—no instant-on connectors, dirt-cheap lasers or simple solutions to installation problems.

When a potential client calls on you to provide a fire alarm system, do you assume the design responsibility? If so, what resources do you use?


Never before in the electronic security industry has change been so profound. As hardware and boxes moved onto the network, they have morphed into intelligent, connected products.

Contractors that are still putting estimates together using pencil and paper are not only wasting time and money, but they also are losing business. Contractors who think they can’t afford estimating software are just plain wrong.

More on Systems

 
So Much To See, So Little Time
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Sometimes, a power quality investigation can lead you to see things that you aren’t really looking for and might be a distraction from what the customer wants you to do.

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Going Up (in Smoke)
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Electrical professionals understand that the purpose of a smoke detection and alarm system is generally to provide life safety for building occupants. They also understand that the goal of the fire alarm system is to provide occupants with as much escape time as possible.

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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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