Power Management

The alarming state of electrical safety in many existing residential buildings

This is the first post in a 3-part blog series looking at the high level of electrical risks present in many older residential buildings, including a proposed strategy for gradually… Read more »

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Why are there more power outages than ever and how can the impact be averted?

The U.S. electric grid loses power 285 percent more often now than in 1984 and endures more blackouts than any other developed nation, costing Americans as much as $150 billion… Read more »

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Electrical Switchboard Manufacturing: Preparation Before Assembly

Careful evaluation before actual construction begins can avoid surprise problems later in the process. Building a switchboard should be a thoroughly planned activity. There are four main points that should… Read more »

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Getting Comfortable with a BEMS

So far, I’ve covered the connectivity, sensors and digital hub of a BEMS, a building energy management system. Now, let’s talk about what that infrastructure should be used for. It’s… 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 »


New goals for process automation: continuity, safety, and security

For decades, industrial automation systems have progressively improved process efficiency and productivity. But that productivity is facing a growing number of risks, from outside and inside the plant. Fortunately, modern… Read more »

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How tomorrow’s plant automation systems will empower users and simplify tasks

Industrial automation systems have helped processing plants increase production value, reduce costs, improve safety, comply with environmental regulations, and more. However, as plants increase in size and complexity, there is… Read more »

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Electrical Switchboard Manufacturing: Storing Components for Easy and Accurate Retrieval

Having to hunt for components and tools wastes time and money. Organization reduces manufacturing costs. An electrical switchboard can include thousands of individual components. Some, such as power breakers or… Read more »

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Software Improves Building Systems Connectivity and Efficiency

In my previous post, I talked about how the IoT – the Internet of Things – means there will soon be many more connected sensors and devices. Within a few… Read more »

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How Circuit-level Intelligence Feeds IoT Success in Smart Buildings

This is the second in a series of posts discussing the recent report from industry analyst Verdantix titled ‘Schneider Electric Innovates To Lower Cost Of Smart Buildings’. The first post… Read more »

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Optimizing your Smart Utility – a Roadmap to Success

In my last post, I described how an Advanced Distribution Management Systems (ADMS) – a convergence of SCADA, DMS, OMS, EMS, and DSM functions – is an essential ingredient in… Read more »

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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 »


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 »


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 »


A Comfortable Home is a Connected Home

When I think about a modern home, I envision the role of connectivity and the amazing possibilities that it brings. Connectivity is changing everything. Research suggests that more than 50… Read more »


Why You Need a Power Failure Response Strategy

Our world has become highly reliant upon the availability of continuous power. As a result, almost every company needs to have a power failure response strategy in place. Very few… Read more »

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Demand Response is Bigger than You Think

If you’ve been in the Demand Response Business since, oh, 2000 or so, it seems old hat. Never mind that Telecom deregulation took decades to deliver on its promises or… 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 »


Transform Big Data to Actionable Insights with Enterprise Data Management

It’s no secret that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has led to an ever-expanding explosion of big data. Most assets today are equipped with data-transmitting sensors that communicate with… Read more »

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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 »


3 Easy Steps to add Flexibility to Process Pressure Measurement

Everything matters in marketing. The needs and wants of users from Energy, Buildings, and Industrial domains show similar trends. Though they differ in the business landscape, all users are looking to add flexibility to their… 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 »


Watts vs. VA: What’s the Difference Anyway?

Between the increasingly fragile power grid, the escalating power consumption of IT equipment and the constantly increasing importance of our network, it isn’t difficult to see the value a UPS… 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 »


What are the most important electrical parameters to monitor for a better Energy Efficiency?

Monitoring of electrical parameters is a key element in any Energy Efficiency approach. Implementation of monitoring equipment is the first step of this kind of approach, as it makes an… Read more »


The right way to choose an LV electrical distribution panel

This series of posts presents what the authors consider as the right way to choose an LV electrical distribution (ED) panel. We will refer only to LV ED panels for… Read more »


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 »


Powerless: Lessons learned at Super Bowl XLVII

New Orleans, February 3, 2013. One minute and 38 seconds into the second half of Super Bowl XLVII something extraordinary happened: Half the lights went out inside the Superdome. With… Read more »