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. 

When one of the coaches was asked before the “big game” what would be the key to his team’s success, he said, “executing the fundamentals.” While blocking, tackling, passing and catching may work for football, Ohm’s and Kirchhoff’s Laws are fundamental to understanding any power quality issue.

In this power-hungry world, people find it unacceptable to lose their connection to electricity. A backup generator can supply peace of mind, bringing home- or business-owners the emergency power they need.

An estimated 3 percent of every sales dollar in the United States is spent on solving power quality (PQ) problems, according to Christopher Forthaus, senior product manager, test division, Ideal Industries Inc., Sycamore, Ill.


Employers are responsible for providing a safe workplace. Reducing or eliminating the number and severity of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)—which affect muscles, nerves and tendons—and their associated costs is an important component in achieving that goal.


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Keep It In Order: Maintenance and service contracts

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As security systems become more sophisticated and complex, proper maintenance has become increasingly critical. Gone are the days when electrical contractors could just install a system and then walk away.

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Stripping Fibers
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We left off last month preparing a fiber optic cable for termination.

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Wiring Spaghetti
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While spaghetti adorned with one of the dozens of different sauces that are served in the small, off-the-beaten path restaurants in the Italian countryside is “splendido,” wiring that looks like spaghetti is just the opposite.


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Factory-Made In The Field
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Last month, I addressed how to determine if an adhesive/polish connector was good by inspecting the polished end of the connector with a microscope.

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Your Changing Profile
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Every other year, the release of the Profile of the Electrical Contractor enables us to examine the changes that have taken place in the electrical contracting industry.

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Save For A Rainy Day
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According to the Energy Storage Association, an energy-storage system improves the way electricity is generated, delivered and consumed. It certainly helps during power outages.

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The Business Of Security
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In April 2014, access control technology and security service provider Matrix Systems Inc., Miamisburg, Ohio, launched a technology division named Frontier.

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