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DO SOMETHING: An Employee Story of Finding Meaningful Purpose at Work

Written by Guest Blogger, Jenna Roland.  Jennifer Curtis leads Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for Schneider Electric in North America. As a working mother, purpose, integrity and fairness drive her. Hear… Read more »

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Managing Data Privacy and Cyber Security with StruxureOn

In my recent blogs I’ve taken the opportunity to write about the features and benefits of StruxureOn – our new cloud-based service for data center monitoring. This new introduction proactively… Read more »

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How to get on the road to Smart Machines: The ABC’s of Machine Setting

Designing a smart machine means making a lot of choices – from the biggest parts down to the push-buttons and types of interfaces. A machine builder has to take many… Read more »

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Putting the “smart” in HVAC will make everyone’s lives better

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is impacting all industrial applications, and HVAC is no exception. It is a new, large, and complex topic for OEMs. The technology is arriving… Read more »

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The alarming state of electrical safety in many existing residential buildings

This is the first post in a 3-part blog series looking at the high level of electrical risks present in many older residential buildings, including a proposed strategy for gradually… Read more »

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Why are there more power outages than ever and how can the impact be averted?

The U.S. electric grid loses power 285 percent more often now than in 1984 and endures more blackouts than any other developed nation, costing Americans as much as $150 billion… Read more »

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Electrical Switchboard Manufacturing: Preparation Before Assembly

Careful evaluation before actual construction begins can avoid surprise problems later in the process. Building a switchboard should be a thoroughly planned activity. There are four main points that should… Read more »

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Wildlife and Electrical Equipment Don’t Mix: 6 Tips for Prevention

If you’ve worked in the electrical industry for any length of time, you have probably seen all kinds of creatures that have suffered a shocking demise. Mice, squirrels, snakes, birds… Read more »

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Getting Comfortable with a BEMS

So far, I’ve covered the connectivity, sensors and digital hub of a BEMS, a building energy management system. Now, let’s talk about what that infrastructure should be used for. It’s… Read more »

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What Does a Kitchen Redesign have in Common with Data Center Planning?

Nearly 7.6 million homeowners redesign or remodel their kitchens every year. The process can be painful and costly if the kitchen is not properly planned and designed. The same holds… Read more »

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IEC 60898-1 and IEC 60947-2: a tale of two standards

In response to the question “What’s the difference between standards IEC 60898-1 and IEC 60947-2?”, I’m tending to answer with another question: What do they have in common?  They are… Read more »

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The Voice of the Next Generation CIO

I recently had the pleasure of speaking at the CIO Summit Event, “Driving an Agenda for Business Success”, organised in the Middle East by IDC. For me, one of the… Read more »

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The Top Five Challenges Facing Today’s Hospitals

Healthcare organizations are continually battling conflicting priorities. Our customers tell us they need to focus on delivering high quality patient care, preventing infections, maintaining hospital security, and ensuring patient safety… Read more »

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How to choose the right surge protector?

  Choosing the right surge arrester and protective circuit breakers involves a considering a wide range of parameters related to types of surge protection devices, circuit breaker arrangements and risk… Read more »

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KVAR, kVAr, … or kvar?

Who never wondered which symbol to use for reactive power? You can find in brochures, technical papers or even on display of monitoring equipment all the possible combinations: KVAR, kVAr,… Read more »

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Value for money : what does it mean now ?

Value for money : what does it mean now ? My grandma told me once that in the good old days, it was easy to have quality. High price used… Read more »

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Electrical enclosures: Warm and dry keeps condensation away

How does condensation happen? Condensation is caused by warm moist air coming into contact with a surface that is colder than the air’s dew point. So what happens in an… Read more »

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Details matter – Saturn Zen switches and sockets

How annoying is that small pebble in your shoe? Now imagine having that pebble appear every time you wear those shoes.  That little pebble becomes a boulder when it becomes… Read more »

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Top challenges faced by the mining industry and its implications (Part 1)

Mining by definition is a multifaceted industry with a complex chain of operations, process intensive and strongly influenced by external factors (from weather to commodities prices).  Besides these inherent challenges,… Read more »

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Stay Online When the Power Goes Out – 3 Popular Myths About Your Internet Connection

Remember back in the 90’s when the most sophisticated electronic equipment in your home was a desktop computer? Today, your home has dozens of highly intelligent electronic devices, many of… Read more »

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4 Factors in Selecting a Home Office UPS

I work in a home office, in a town where power outages are not at all unusual. Just the other day a healthy thunderstorm rolled through in the early evening… Read more »

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Lightning surge protection: Two is better than one!

What everyone knows. To protect low-voltage installations against power surges caused by lightning surge protection devices (SPDs) should be installed as far upstream as possible. Why? To drive the awesome… Read more »

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IEC 60898-1 and IEC 60947-2: a tale of two standards

In response to the question “What’s the difference between standards IEC 60898-1 and IEC 60947-2?”, I’m tending to answer with another question: What do they have in common?  They are… Read more »

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4 Big Benefits of Lithium Ion Batteries for UPS Systems – and 2 Key Challenges

A confluence of events is setting the stage for what may well be dramatic change in a key component of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) technology that really hasn’t changed much… Read more »

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Do you know an Arc Fault Detection Device (AFDD) can prevent from an electrical fire?

Conventional circuit breakers do not afford reliable protection against arc faults. That is because they are not designed to detect sudden dangerous arcs. They ensure protection against short circuits and… Read more »

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5 Ideas to make your House Smarter

You probably already have a Smart-phone, and thinking about buying a Smart-TV while you read an article about Smart Cities… go further, and make your house a Smart-home! No worries,… Read more »

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Recommendations for Prolonging the Life of Your UPS Battery

The forecasted lifespan of the valve-regulated lead-acid (VRLA) battery in an APC by Schneider Electric UPS is 3 to 5 years under recommended conditions; however, this life expectancy will fluctuate greatly… Read more »

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Renewables, it’s your time to Shine!

Just over a century ago oil pooled on the surface a worthless byproduct of the earth. The cost of obtaining oil was the effort it took to dip a bucket,… Read more »

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Designing ITS Infrastructure for Migration to Smart City

It has been widely recognized that our cities will thrive with not only physical infrastructure development but also with intellectual and social infrastructure which requires the use of latest Information… Read more »

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Clearing up Confusion over 80% vs. 100%-rated Circuit Breakers

When building or upgrading a data center, at some point you need to make a decision about which circuit breakers to use. While on the face of it that may… Read more »

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