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DCIM’s Improvement to Workflow Processes is Key to Eliminating Data Center Challenges

Until recently, there’s been a numbing inevitability about survey results from research into the data center sector. Finding number one; all downtime is the result of human error. Finding number… Read more »

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Why This New Gartner Data Center Modernization Report Caught Me by Surprise

As a data center solutions guy, I attend many industry conferences and forums. So, I’m always curious about new ideas and how customers are using technology to solve new business… Read more »

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“We already have a Downtime System”…Or do you?

It’s been a while since I have written on Downtime Systems (see World Coal magazine, June 2013 edition for a comprehensive review of downtime across the supply chain), but the… Read more »

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Industrial Technology Architectures are Changing and Unleashing the Benefits of IIoT

Industrial organizations are looking to deploy power, automation and control solutions faster and more efficiently than ever before. The need to stay competitive by lowering costs while increasing production has… Read more »

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How thinking in terms of a circular economy gives new life to an old option

In previous posts we discussed the need for both manufacturers and customers to change the way we make and use products to a circular approach – based on repairing, reusing,… Read more »

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Preparing buildings for power distribution’s new paradigm

Hannover Messe 2017 was a huge success. There, we launched our digital architecture for energy management in buildings: EcoStruxure™ Power. EcoStruxure is designed to help contractors, consulting engineers, panel builders,… Read more »

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IIoT-enabled Technology Ignites the Profit Engine of Industry

Industrial companies have been installing computer-based automation and control systems for decades. Unfortunately, most of the systems installed in industry have been significantly underutilized and are, therefore not generating the… Read more »

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How IIoT enhances benefits of new asset management tools

Many operators of industrial sites are challenged with making their plants more competitive.  Issues such as energy waste, unanticipated downtime and inefficient processes all emerge as top of mind. Although… Read more »

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Career Perspectives: Play to Win

Written by Guest Blogger Tanuja Randery, President UK & Ireland, Schneider Electric. The dawn of a new year brings with it the promise of fresh beginnings. It’s a good time… Read more »

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Data Center Modernization: A Plan for How Much to Outsource

In order to remain competitive, businesses have to modernize their data centers either to reflect changing marketplace conditions or to accommodate shifting company business goals. That means aging data centers… 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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