Infrastructure Management

Energy Efficiency Funds City’s Economic Development Effort

One of the first questions we ask new clients is what they want to achieve for their communities. The answers are diverse, and often energy efficiency is not at the… Read more »

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Control corrosion to extend the life of medium voltage switchgear

Extending a medium voltage switchgear’s lifespan by making it reliable and fail-safe saves money, reduces downtime, and improves performance, but what’s the best way to do it? The intended lifespan… Read more »

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Securing Power and Control: Solutions

As stated in my previous post, the threat of cyber-attacks on power and control systems is growing.  One factor is the wider proliferation of attack tools and techniques.  Aging power… Read more »

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The Tenant Portal; A Win for the Customer is a Win for Everybody

In my last blog, Kicking Kafka out of Data Center Operations, I spoke about some of the benefits which an online service, such as Schneider Electric’s Tenant Portal, can provide… Read more »

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How DCIM Fits in Every Data Center

In any walk of life, you don’t want to take a sledge hammer to crack a nut, or as my colleagues in some parts of Europe say, shoot sparrows with… Read more »

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Where is the Edge in Cloud Computing?

The headline above defines the question the cloud computing industry is in the process of working out right now, and the answer is not what you might think. When cloud… Read more »

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The Missing ‘Second Cities’

I live in Bangalore and the time taken by me to commute to office and reach back home has been painfully increasing in the last few years. Bangalore is now… Read more »

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Data Centers Owners Should Steal a Page from the NFL Playbook

Every April, the National Football League (NFL) conducts a player draft in which each of the 32 teams selects new prospects to join their squad. During the months leading to… Read more »

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Why Proactive UPS Maintenance is Crucial to Preventing Industrial Equipment Failure

Industrial environments can be harsh in terms of temperature, humidity, vibration, dust and all sorts of other elements. Given that, companies tend to take steps to protect the equipment and… Read more »

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What the Hell (Heck?) are Digital Services?

A few months ago I was asked to research digital remote monitoring services and write a white paper to help educate our customers on the concept. One of the first… Read more »

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UPS Deployment Strategies for Critical Power Distribution

One tends to think of UPS systems as black box devices connected to various IT assets and critical appliances or machines. While these standalone applications for uninterruptible power still exist,… Read more »

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NEC 2014 – What’s Changed in Section 240.87 Regarding Arc Energy Reduction

The need to protect workers from the hazards of arc flash has been understood for decades – the National Fire Protection Association’s Standard NFPA 70E first addressed the issue in… Read more »

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Emergency Preparedness Helps Restore Power Safely and Efficiently

In the U.S., the Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1 and will run through November 30. Predictions for 2016 are that activity will be above average. Whether the season… Read more »

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UV lighting for water treatment: taking reliability to the highest level

While there is plenty of material aimed at the water and waste water (WWW) industry explaining the workings of ultraviolet (UV) disinfection water treatment systems, there is relatively little information… Read more »

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What are the Trade-offs with Converged Infrastructure

At CiscoLive 2014 in Milan I spoke to Alan Gerrish, Consulting Systems Engineer at Cisco to find out what trade-offs customers might expect as they make a move to using converged… Read more »

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3 SCADA considerations to optimize your industrial operation

Today’s business climate is putting plants under intense financial pressure, and operations and maintenance budgets are among the first to be cut. Fewer personnel are expected to operate and maintain… Read more »

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“Arc Flash” vs. “Internal Arc Resistance” – A tale of two terms

I work for an electrical equipment manufacturer. So, when customers ask for the arc flash characteristics of our medium-voltage switchgear, I scratch my head. Because it doesn’t have any. Similarly,… Read more »

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2SIS Switchgear: compact, tough, and built to last

The demands that the two-way flow of energy in smart grid places on MV switchgear raises a critical question: can it cope with the rigours of operation in the toughest… Read more »

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Dr. Frankenstein and Data Centers

I suppose not very many would think of data centers as being alive per se.  Maybe some of those 2nd shift facility operators might as they walk their lonely, contained… Read more »

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Updating the Sagrada Familia: Why a World-Famous Church Needs a Micro Data Center solution

We often talk about the need for data centers to scale and be flexible in order to meet business needs and, even though Sagrada Familia is not what we would… Read more »

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Reducing Water Consumption = Reducing Energy

Most facility managers primarily think about energy efficiency as managing electrical use in appliances and devices, but many never realize that water consumption has a direct relationship with energy consumption…. Read more »

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Discussing the Creation of Grid-Connected Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure at CEM-4

During last week’s Clean Energy Ministerial that was held  in New Delhi (CEM-4), Anil Chaudhary, Schneider’s Managing Director and Country President, Greater India, participated in the round table on electric vehicles …. Read more »

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What is Smart Grid? Distributech wants to know.

The just concluded Consumer Electronics Show was a massive showcase of cool new ways to use electricity. It is unlikely the attendees and exhibitors thought of it that way, though… Read more »

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LV installation systems: access rules

In our previous post we saw that an LV Functional Panel doesn’t have just electrical Distribution functions (which are its raison d’être), but also some functions related to its Installation… Read more »

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Don’t Let an Aging UPS Bring You Down: Assess Your Replacement Options

An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is something like an airplane in that it must work all the time; if it fails some pretty awful things can happen. What’s more, if… Read more »

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The Minority Report, The Lawn Mower and The Future of Data Center Maintenance

What would you do if you had the gift of second sight? Get the lottery numbers; maybe pick out the winner of the US Open, the horse racing or some… Read more »

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Demand Response by Any Name

Would you buy a car named “Drinks Gas, Turns Wheels, Spews Fumes”? Well, maybe, if you’re an engineer; otherwise “Cobra” does a much better job firing the imagination and generating… Read more »

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LV installation systems: internal organisation (2/2)

As promised in our previous article, it is time now to make a focus on Wall-Mounted panels. Wall-Mounted (WM) Panels We have to take in consideration the following elements which… Read more »

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NEC 2014 – What’s Changed in Section 240.87 Regarding Arc Energy Reduction

The need to protect workers from the hazards of arc flash has been understood for decades – the National Fire Protection Association’s Standard NFPA 70E first addressed the issue in… Read more »

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“Arc Flash” vs. “Internal Arc Resistance” – A tale of two terms

I work for an electrical equipment manufacturer. So, when customers ask for the arc flash characteristics of our medium-voltage switchgear, I scratch my head. Because it doesn’t have any. Similarly,… Read more »

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