Power Management

Post Hurricane Harvey: Key Steps to Ensure Fast Recovery of Oil and Gas Operations

The record-breaking Texas floods spawned by Hurricane Harvey drove news headlines with many stories of dramatic suffering and bravery. The disaster also presented many complications for companies struggling to service… Read more »

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Avoid power outages by keeping systems in failsafe mode

Berkeley Lab, a national laboratory sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Energy, stated in 2016 that “power interruptions cost [the US economy] $110 billion per year … commercial and industrial… Read more »

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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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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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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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Medium Voltage Design Basics: Switchgear Introduction

For panel builders, being flexible is crucial. That is certainly true when designing and working with medium voltage (MV) networks, or distribution systems with voltages above 1 kV and up… Read more »

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Panel builders: cut setup, test, and reporting time by up to 70%

Recent data on the U.S. electrical industry seems to indicate that the growth outlook has improved. Similarly, overall production is rebounding in the European market, thanks largely to growth in… 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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