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Arc faults: the hidden fire risk revealed

No matter what kind of buildings you manage or provide services for, the risk of fire for your facilities or your customers is a potential threat you can’t ignore. The… Read more »

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Reason #3 to Become an EcoXpert: Grow Your Business – And More!

Welcome! You’ve made it to my 3rd blog of this series on the advantages and benefits of becoming an EcoXpert partner. This one is all about business growth. Not ours…. Read more »

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Want a Safe, Reliable Electrical Distribution System? Start Early.

This is the second in a 2-part blog series discussing the safety and reliability of medium voltage (MV) and low voltage (LV) electrical distribution systems. In my first post, I… Read more »

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Smart Power Management is Making Healthcare Facilities More Efficient

A 2016 survey of healthcare executives revealed that financial challenges, government mandates, and patient safety continue to be top concerns. Further, 56% felt they needed to reduce operating costs. This… Read more »

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3 Ways to Maximize Return on Assets with Risk-Based Maintenance

Organizations in asset-intensive industries are constantly challenged to deliver maximum return on assets (ROA) while working with minimal budgets, data integrity challenges and lack of insight into the factors driving… Read more »

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Exploring Unplanned Costs of LED Lighting Retrofits

There has been a lot of discussion around the office lately about the relationship between energy management and power management. While sometimes used interchangeably, the distinction made between these two… Read more »

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4 New Technologies Combine to Boost Industrial Production

In light of our exciting collaboration with Microsoft, this post takes a look at four innovative technologies that will ultimately combine to boost industrial production: the IoT, the cloud, artificial… Read more »

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Power to the people: The human factor in the plant of the future

So you’ve updated your plant with all the latest bells and whistles. Your assets are all smart and connected; you’ve installed the latest technologies; you’re armed with big data and… Read more »

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How data center pod frames can shorten IT room deployment time by over 20%

Every day your data center isn’t operational is another day you’re not generating revenue or getting that critical business application online. If you’re a colocation data center, not having the… Read more »

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The Goal of Arc Flash Protection: Safety Standards

When electric current travels through the air and goes where it isn’t supposed to, the result is an arc flash. It can be a violent event as the current jumps… 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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How big are Power line losses?

Electricity has to be transmitted from large power plants to the consumers via extensive networks. The transmission over long distances creates power losses. The major part of the energy losses comes… 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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Understanding Firewalls and Their Role in Network Security

Anyone who uses a computer these days has almost certainly come across the term “firewall” and knows it has something to do with providing security. But to fully protect corporate… 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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IEC 60947-2 the “all-risk” insurance for circuit breakers – Part 1

IEC 60947-2 has been around a while. Originally called IEC 947-2, it got its current name way back in 1997. So, you may wonder, why talk about it now? Let’s… Read more »

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Active Energy Management: The Right Prescription for Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plants

Improving the bottom line of a pharmaceutical manufacturing company is trickier than in most other industries. Pharmaceutical manufacturers are faced with several different cost pressures: improved margins, patent expirations, generic… 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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Great Hoaxes: Bigfoot, UFO’s, and DC vs. AC efficiency studies

It’s remarkable that we continue to see what I consider pseudo-scientific ‘studies’ claiming that DC distribution is significantly more efficient than AC distribution in data centers.  These ‘studies’ make the… 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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Big Data + Energy = Big Energy Data: Key Trends and Implications

Over 78% of global energy leaders believe analysis of big energy data is important in improving energy management, however the challenge clients face is what to do  with the big… Read more »

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Your Hospital’s Survival Depends on the Ability to Signal and Adjust

For the human body to develop properly and stay healthy, many processes must work together at many different levels – from organs to cells to genes. Cells are constantly receiving… 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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Quick Tips for Electrical Safety: Protection against Electrical Fires

  Life or death—following and updating strong safety standards can determine if the outcome is positive or negative. However, electrical contractors are busy with many priorities from daily business duties… Read more »

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Is European milk heading to China?

A French industrial newspaper (“Process Alimentaire” of September 2012), published an analysis of the 5 year trend for the European dry milk industry.  The report shows a potential for 20… Read more »

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CIP is a food safety “must”, but can it be optimized to increase your bottom line result?

Clean-in-place (CIP) is a method to clean closed systems (interior pipes, filters, fittings, etc) without taking them apart.  Quite frequently, CIP operations are considered a burden that have to be… Read more »

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Best Electrician – Learning more, earning more

As a good electrician’s reputation grows, so does his (her) business. So, too, do his (her) self-confidence and experience. Increasingly, he (or she) is able to work on his (her)… Read more »

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Great Hoaxes: Bigfoot, UFO’s, and DC vs. AC efficiency studies

It’s remarkable that we continue to see what I consider pseudo-scientific ‘studies’ claiming that DC distribution is significantly more efficient than AC distribution in data centers.  These ‘studies’ make the… Read more »

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Why do you need to comply with ISO50001?

The International Standards Organization is probably most famous for ISO9001, which defines Industrial Quality Management standards, and ISO14001, which is central to Environmental Management Systems. Sure, you can build a… Read more »

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Maintaining industrial productivity can be costly without a good roadmap

A few years back, I worked for a small automation company as an applications engineer. It was late on a summer Friday afternoon as I headed out to our annual… Read more »

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