Power Management

How Oil & Gas Firms Can Meet the IT Demands that Digitization Present

In mid-2014, the price of a barrel of crude oil topped $100 (about €94). Two years later, in mid-2016, the price stood right around $40 (€37.5), having bottomed out just… Read more »

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Four critical steps to reduce unplanned industrial site electrical system downtime

Economic difficulties over the last 8 years have driven many industrial organizations to cut back on their power infrastructure maintenance spending. This includes maintenance on devices such as transformers, electrical… 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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Why Hospitals Are Linking Business Continuity to Improved Patient Satisfaction

According to the World Health Organization, the population of humans over the age of 60 years will nearly triple by the year 2050.  As a result, hospitals will be required… Read more »

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With ClimaSys DT, System Integrators Keep Their Cool

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts, as the saying goes. That is almost always true. On the other hand, the reliability of each individual piece of… Read more »

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A Smarter Cityscape through Innovation At Every Level

You may have been hearing a lot about Schneider Innovation At Every Level, made possible by EcoStruxure.™ What does it mean to innovate at every level of a building? Let’s… Read more »

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4 Steps to Rightsizing UPS for IIoT and Critical Power Protection

In my last blog, I wrote about choosing the right UPS topology for IIoT and critical power applications. Getting the topology correct is vital to ensuring that manufacturing, processing, production,… Read more »

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Getting Maximum Reliability out of Onboard Control Panels

OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) export machinery worldwide. They produce different kind of machines for different applications and each project involves new requirements and challenges. Let’s imagine a packing machine designed… Read more »

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Winning with a Straight Flush in Poker: Plant-Wide Scenario-Based Simulation Training

In the previous two blogs I discussed the fact that skilled plant operators ensure higher levels of plant safety, reliability and profitability.  I also mentioned that Operator Training Simulators (OTS) can… Read more »

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Making Semiconductor Production More Energy Efficient

In my last blog, I wrote about how protecting critical electrical supplies in semiconductor fabrication plants is vital to ensure continuous manufacturing operations . Quality chip manufacturing depends on a… 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The all-in-one circuit breaker: a sign and solution of our times

Today’s 2G and 3G digital mobile phones integrate cameras, music players, emails, internet connections, text messages … and oh yes, and you can use them to make phone calls. This… 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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