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When NOT to use economizer mode for data center cooling

As explained in the last blog, ASHRAE guidelines define a baseline data center cooling system to establish the minimum performance requirement – typically a chilled water system with the chiller… Read more »

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How to Shorten Your Data Center Design from 18 Months to 4

Modular Data Centers are dramatically shortening the data center design cycle from 18 months to as little as four months by using off-the-shelf, standardized subsystems. The goal of MDC providers… Read more »

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Overhead Air Conditioning Solution Saves Floor Space and Solves Data Center Structural Challenges

All data center designs bring their own set of challenges. Sometimes the scale of the challenge is not reflected in the size of the facility; a small datacenter design and… Read more »

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I (Really Do!) Work in a Green Building

Shan Bates’ post on how a tenant could benefit from buildings systems integration struck a chord with me. It’s probably because it is what my Facilities team has been working… Read more »

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The Spring Thaw | Upcoming Data Center Industry Meetings and Events

I just read an article about how airlines are increasingly learning how to balance passenger loads throughout the year, with spring, summer, and fall being busy seasons compared to the… Read more »

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Can CAD drawings and Excel spreadsheets make perfect substitutes for DCIM?

By the end of March, it will be two years since the publication of David Cappuccio’s seminal Gartner white paper “DCIM: Going beyond IT” (amended March 28th 2010). Urging data… Read more »

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I Work in a Green Building

As a member of Schneider Electric’s Green Buildings team (and an active member in my local USGBC chapter), I try to exemplify sustainable practices in my professional and personal life…. Read more »

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Data Center Key Performance Indicators – A Look At PUE and Other Numbers to Evaluate Performance

Metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) for data centers used to be inward looking. In the not so distant past, KPIs tended to be “about the box,” measuring factors like… Read more »

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How to save over 70% in annual data center cooling energy costs

In certain climates, cooling systems can save over 70% in annual energy costs by operating in economizer mode, corresponding to a reduction of over 15% in annualized power usage effectiveness… Read more »

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Joint Support is Crucial to an Effective Partnership, and Brings Real Value to Customers

In December of last year, Schneider Electric and its partner IBM signed on the first customer for a solution that connects the Schneider Electric Andover Continuum building management system to… Read more »

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Choosing LED lighting for enclosures: 6 important features

In the quest for improved energy efficiency and lower energy costs, most parts of the globe have begun adopting LED technology. And the trend shows no sign of abating. A… Read more »

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Bounding Together With the Hope of a Better Future. Schneider “Women Build”

I am honored to be part of Schneider Electric’s first “Women Build” with Habitat for Humanity in Chicagoland, along with other volunteers. I am particularly happy because this cause is… Read more »

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Cybersecurity Risk Management and Your Preparedness

Cybersecurity Risk Management – Blog Series Part 3 The single biggest threat to cybersecurity – misunderstanding the risks Common cybersecurity misunderstanding number one – Many businesses think the cybersecurity problem… Read more »

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A BEMS Benefit: HVAC and Electrical Cooperation

In my last post, I talked about how software and BEMS can make a building more comfortable and its occupants more productive. Here I’m going to discuss how a building… Read more »

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10 Reasons Why Integrated Planning and Optimization Solutions are Key to Mining Operational Success

By: Rachel K. Carson, MarCom Intern for Process Industries Today’s mining commodities world is ever changing. As production costs are steadily increasing and operations are expected to be lightning fast and… Read more »

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eBOLs: Fact, Fiction and Future

Remember the not-so-good-old-days when most of our time was consumed by long paper trails and error-filled BOLs? They got damaged. They were late. They got lost. They were difficult to… Read more »

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Schneider Electric: America’s 20 Most Promising Companies To Watch

I am pleased to announce that Schneider Electric has been featured by Insights Success as one of America’s Most Promising Companies to Watch in 2017. At Schneider Electric, we are… Read more »

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Serialization Plays a Key Role in Track and Trace

With the pharmaceutical supply chain becoming longer and more complex than ever, opportunities for counterfeiting, gray marketing or product mix-ups of prescription drugs is at an all-time high. With a… Read more »

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Process safety management: eliminating plant safety uncertainty

If you’re working in the industrial world, you know that process safety is always a high priority, with occupational safety helping protect personnel, and functional safety helping avoid large-scale disasters…. Read more »

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Remote maintenance: Early diagnosis of problems without breaking your travel budget

Wouldn’t it be nice to fix an equipment problem without having to dispatch field personnel to faraway remote locations? Thanks to recent advances in technology, the concept of remote maintenance… Read more »

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The Need for Updating

Aging Facilities Part 1: Demanding Tenants Driving Building Modernization This is the first blog in a series of four that discuss the challenges of aging buildings, including the demands of… Read more »

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How we Recycled a Production Facility into a Refurbishment and Remanufacturing Hub

Our previous post explained how focused recycling loops enable us to apply a circular-economy approach to our switchgear manufacturing operations. In this post, we discuss how three more of the… Read more »

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Delivering Reliability in Financial Services and Bank Buildings

In the first few months of 2017, I have spent a considerable amount of time meeting with the banking community around the world.  In my travels, I have noticed a… Read more »

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Digitizing the Mobile Workforce

Gone are the days of flip phones and Palm Pilots. We’re on to bigger and better things. Automation, control, optimization. Today, we walk around with mini-computers in our back pocket…. Read more »

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Can Design Offices Challenge the Limits on the Thermal Specifications of a Project?

Can we really challenge the limits on the specifications of a project? Edwin Hubble predicted for the first time that the Universe has limits and observed that it is expanding… Read more »

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The Challenges of Older Buildings

Aging Facilities Part 2: The Costly Consequences of Aging Buildings This is the second blog in a series of four that discuss the challenges of aging buildings, including the demands… Read more »

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EcoStruxure for Healthcare Contributes to Excellence at Watson Clinic

We’ve talked before about the enduring partnership between our EcoXpert™ partner Future Controls, Inc., and Watson Clinic LLP, and how their 15-year relationship has aided Watson Clinic in continuing to… Read more »

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Moorfields Eye Hospital: Improving Facility Visibility with EcoStruxure™ for Healthcare

Moorfields Eye Hospital was founded in 1805, and today is the oldest ophthalmic hospital in Europe. This world-class hospital supports a staff of 2,300 people, and thousands of patients each… Read more »

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Creating Leaders for Better Tomorrows

Written by guest blogger Iram Shah, SVP Customer Transformation Today, I am honored to receive the Chancellor Excellence Award and speak at the East-West University scholarship dinner to address a topic that… Read more »

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Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink…

The data center industry is sitting on a massive resource which could enable huge financial savings I’ve taken the title for this blog from a famous old English poem, “The… Read more »

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