Electrical Contractor Magazine

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. 

Optical local area networks (OLAN) will cause you to rethink practically everything you have learned about LANs and LAN cabling. Of course, any major change in technology like this causes FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt), just like voice-over Internet protocol (VoIP) and Wi-Fi have already. 


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.

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.

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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Ready At A Moment's Notice
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Recent columns have focused on tools and test equipment and how to use them, but what about taking care of them properly? This point was brought home to me recently when I spent two days training instructors to help them get started with their Fiber Optic Association (FOA) certification classes.

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Investing A Little, Getting A Lot
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Not much time goes by without hearing, “My equipment used to work fine, but now it keeps locking up every so often. Our productivity is suffering big time.” My usual first questions are, “What has changed, and what are you doing differently?” The answer is usually “nothing” for both.

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Renewing Old Buildings
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Market research and consulting firm Navigant Research has found consumer motivations and government influence drive the demand for innovative new products to save energy through energy-efficiency upgrades in older buildings.


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Taking Advantage Of Market Shifts
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It is interesting to monitor how the biennial “Profile of the Electrical Contractor” research study has changed over the years. It shows how the EC evolves with the times, including adding communications work to their offerings. Those who responded to market shifts made the move to profit. 


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Overcoming Fear of Fiber
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Termination of installed optical fiber cables has always been perceived as a difficult, expensive, time-consuming process that discouraged some contractors from developing in-house capability for fiber installation.

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Grabbing the Controls
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When it comes to building controls, don’t be on the outside looking in when you can join the party.

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Group Mediator
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With today’s increasingly complex security systems, many organizations are still using technology from multiple manufacturers that often cannot communicate. Physical security information management (PSIM) software can offer a solution.

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