Power Management

How to Successfully Leverage IoT; It’s Not Technology

Our future: technology convergence and IoT There is a lot of talk about the convergence of Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT), and how the Internet of Things (IoT) will reshape… Read more »

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Designing and Building an Electrical Panel Part 4: Managing the Temperatures of a Switchboard

An electrical switchboard is composed of different electrical devices, some of which are more or less sensitive to the temperature outside and/or inside the enclosure. The outside is mainly due… Read more »

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Designing and Building an Electrical Panel Part 3: Internal and External Equipment Layout and Installation

As you look at a panel being assembled in your shop, put yourself into the position of the customer and ask some critical questions about the internal and external equipment…. Read more »


Business Continuity: Top Issue for Industrial Power Blog Readers

Various subject matter experts at Schneider Electric write a lot of blog posts in the course of a year, so as 2016 comes to an end it’s a good time… Read more »

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It’s Time to Give IOT and Edge Infrastructure the Same Protection IT Resources Get

At the recent Smart Industry 2016 event in Chicago, a colleague told a story that encapsulates some of the challenges I’ve been thinking about with respect to the Internet of… Read more »

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The Risk Assessment: An Electrical Contractor’s Most Important Tool

Are you a risk taker?  Does it depend on the situation?  Does it depend on the consequences?  Can’t answer the question without knowing more information?  Congratulations, you’re well on your… Read more »

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Ellen MacArthur’s Good Idea: The Circular Economy

The concept of a circular economy is one of the most important new ideas to be developed in recent years, and those of us in the electrical distribution and controls… Read more »

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Designing and Building an Electrical Panel Part 2: Enclosure Location, Fixing and Cable Entry

The importance of determining the protection classifications discussed in the last post will now become clearer as it becomes a major factor in the next phase, avoiding degradation of the… Read more »

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Choosing the Right UPS Topology for IIOT and Critical Power Applications

My colleague, Daniel McGinn, provides a very good high level view of power management for IIoT devices in his recent blog, “How to Provide Power Protection in an Industrial Internet… Read more »

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What’s the ROI on LEDs?

Light emitting diode (LED) technology has proved to be very energy efficient, but coming up with a real number to represent overall savings requires more than just comparing an upgraded… Read more »


8 ways hospitals can benefit from an “intelligent infrastructure”

The United Nations predicts that the number of people who are 60 or older today – 841,000,000 – will increase to 2 billion by 2050. The sheer number of patients… Read more »

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The Internet of Things Demands a Fresh Look at Power Protection

The Internet of Things (IoT) is all around us, constantly gathering all kinds of data and sending it off to various compute resources that will make sense of it to… Read more »


Power Quality Issues : Silent Efficiency Killer

Why you should care? Several studies estimate that power quality issues cost the U.S. economy about $15 billion each year. Because approximately 80 percent of all power-quality problems originate from… Read more »


Nine Ways Sustainability Drives Profit

By now, most company executives recognize that sustainability must be integrated into their core strategy. Unfortunately, not many executives understand why—or, worse, they proudly wear some kind of sustainability PR… Read more »

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Portside emissions: a real health hazard

Who is most affected by emissions from ships? People living in and around port and harbour areas are growing increasingly concerned over air pollution in their communities. They have good… Read more »


Power and Automation Redefined

The recent growth of internet-connected industrial and personal devices is dubbed the ‘Internet of Things’ (IOT) revolution. Yet, this trend is really an evolution that has been underway for quite… Read more »

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Standardization and Certification: Indissociable but different

As a member of the conformity assessment community, I get asked: what’s the difference between conformity assessment, standardization and certification? Actually, they’re different things. Broadly speaking, I’d say this. Certification is part… Read more »


Length, the critical parameter in installing surge arresters

When you install a surge protector, the golden rule to bear in mind for cable lengths and clearance distances is “the shorter, the better”


The self-sufficient wastewater treatment plant

Today we know that the self-sufficient biological treatment plant is on the horizon. There are many options available to those who need to optimize their treatment plants, but for now I will… Read more »


What’s the best way to maintain an electrical system?

An electrical network is the lifeblood that drives business operations. Network operators and plant managers face a two-fold problem: maintaining their networks to ensure uninterrupted power while dealing with budget… Read more »


Ports: How does Shore Power cut emissions and boost business?

By how much does shore power cut pollution? With high-voltage shore connection technology you power berthed ships from the local electricity grid and not from generators. And with their engines… Read more »


Arresting the surges in lightning strikes

There is widespread ignorance of lightning protection systems, which are often inadequate or non-existent. Surge protection devices like surge protectors lies at the heart of effective, comprehensive lightning protection systems. We consider why.


Increase Nuclear Equipment Reliability with Predictive Analytics

In an industry that faces much speculation, skepticism and criticism, near perfect performance and operation is critical. Nuclear power plant personnel are expected to run every unit at maximum capacity… Read more »


Choosing the right earthing system

Choosing the right earthing system for your power supply is crucial to protecting both people and property. And to make the right choice, you must understand how the different earthing… Read more »


Secure Power Beyond the Data Center

In today’s digital world, when we think about problems around power interruptions, the systems that are top of mind for many of us are information technology (IT) systems, meaning everything… Read more »


Make your energy ‘prosumer’ strategy work harder: store the energy you produce!

It’s no secret that recovering global and national economies are still putting businesses under a lot of strain. I’m sure most CEOs have two things top-of-mind every day: rebuilding profits… Read more »


Secure power for healthcare spans range of solutions

In the healthcare market, medical imaging equipment such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems are among the critical assets needing power protection. If a hospital or clinic leaves a MRI… Read more »


Can hospitals ever be fully prepared for massive power outages?

Damaging storms don’t discriminate. Even hospitals in the path of historic Hurricane Sandy across the eastern U.S. suffered widespread power loss. This unexpected occurrence highlights the importance of reliable power… Read more »


Automatic reclosing auxiliaries: the unsung heros of continuity

In power distribution some applications are more critical than others. Hospitals, for example, or big stock exchanges like New York and London. Where lives and livelihoods are at stake there… Read more »


Best Electrician – Goes Beyond Customer Expectations

All you electricians out there, what do you think makes a good electrician? Not an easy question to answer when you consider how many hundreds and thousands of you are… Read more »