I just returned from chairing the Report on Proposals (ROP) meeting for the NFPA 70B Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance Committee, where we reviewed, debated, commented and voted on more than 150 proposed revisions to the 2002 edition for the next edition.
As the Great Blackout of 2003 rolled through the Northeast and Midwest, a lot of people were left in the dark. But the blackout turned on the lights for a group of National Electrical Contractor Association (NECA) member contractors in Michigan. They saw the blackout as opportunity knocking.
The electrical contractor's job on a typical construction project goes beyond the scope of traditional electrical installations. It's a two-part responsibility that includes the construction or renovation of electrical systems for the structure.
Simple questions to tackle audits or troubleshooting jobs Last month's article focused on having the right tool for the job. When conducting a power-quality audit or carrying out a troubleshooting job, the right tool is just one part of the process.
If your firm does telecomm work, this is worth reading. Although it has been talked about for several decades, modulated radio frequency communications over power lines never really took off because there were difficult technical challenges and no cost-effective solutions. No more.
It can save hours of work and a lot of money While doing some construction work recently, I needed a tool that was in my truck, but didn’t feel like going to get it. So I tried to “make do” with what I had in my toolbox.
Article 210 Branch Circuits Article 250 Grounding Article 310 Conductors for General Wiring Article 320 Armored Cable: Type AC Article 404 Switches Derating Cables Q: Is it necessary to derate types NM-B, AC or MC cables where these cables are bundled to enter a branch-circuit panelboard?
Dedicated 20-ampere branch circuits are required Most dwelling units are required to have a laundry area within the living area or have a laundry area provided on the premises for a multifamily building.
Casinos and hotels must keep the power flowing Any industry that depends on electricity to generate revenue knows that the quality of the electrical supply isn’t always what is needed to keep the revenue stream flowing.
Article 110 Requirements for Electrical Installations Article 250 Grounding Article 310 Conductors for General Wiring Article 312 Cabinets, Cutout Boxes and Meter Socket Enclosures Article 430 Motors, Motor Circuits and Controllers Article 518 Places of Assembly Thermostat as motor disconnect Q:May
Power supply design determines an appliance’s energy profile On the plane coming home from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Power Engineering Society meeting, I was proofreading a paper that proposed to convert our way of looking at power-quality phenomena from sags, swells, tra
Public transportaion is more vulnerable than you might think Power quality and the problems that arise when the quality of the supply doesn’t match the requirements of the equipment are most often thought of in terms of the resulting loss of productivity in commercial applications such as data cent
Inrush and the laws of physics Trying to explain power quality phenomena and even electrical concepts in general often results in attempts to translate them into a different domain, such as the mechanical world.