Power Management

The dramatis personae of conformity assessment in electrics

Conformity assessment in the electrical industry has a cast of four main actors: Standards Body, who sets Standards. Customer. Manufacturer, who seeks to sell to Customer. Certification Body, better known… Read more »

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Jazz and the art of power quality

I admit it: I love jazz. The improv and syncopation … I really enjoy it. If you ever have some spare time to listen, just notice how the waveform carves… Read more »

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Photovoltaic equipment safety: Always err on the side of caution!

Ensuring the safety of your solar energy equipment can be complex. You have to address issues like PV panels comprising several energy sources, direct current, and the fact that equipment… Read more »

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Reliability Leads Secure Power Priorities in Water & Waste Water Sector

In many parts of the world, consumers take the availability of water and waste water (WWW) treatment largely for granted, but yet nothing is quite so vital to the functioning… 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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INFOGRAPHIC: How efficient is your organization?

Moving towards optimal efficiency starts with awareness.  Do you know how efficient your organization is? Using the free Efficiency Quotient Report is a great way to kick start your benchmarking… Read more »

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Improve patient safety through power availability and reliability

Full disclaimer: I’m no doctor. My training in the healthcare industry only goes as far as an industrial first aid course. But let’s say you’re getting heart surgery. It’s pretty… Read more »

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Capillary information: where ordinary systems fear to tread

“Capillary data acquisition.” Quite a mouthful, I admit. But the concept of “capillarity” is nothing new in botany or biology. And applied to information management, it’s apt. Why? Because “capillarity”… 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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Having your electric vehicle residential charger installed

Electric and electric/hybrid vehicles need over two kilowatts of power. Domestic charging equipment must meet that requirement if it is to be effective, plus it must do so in a… 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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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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Monitoring Electrical Distribution Network on the Demand Side – Beyond Just On and Off

To a single end user, measuring the availability of power is an easy exercise: Flip the nearest wall switch and observe whether the lights come on or you remain in… Read more »

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UPS for Manufacturing Applications : Is it the right decision?

Manufacturing over the years is undergoing massive changes. More and more markets are opening up, labour costs are going up very fast in developing countries and at the other hand… Read more »

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Filed Away and Forgotten? Keep Power and Utilities Continuous Improvement Strategies Top of Mind

If your manager came to you today and asked you ‘how could we improve profitability ’, what would you say? Would you respond in directives, such as “optimize designs”, “lower… Read more »

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Electrical Calculation Tools- Make Life Easier for Electrical Specifiers

Electrical specifiers make sure the electrical installations are safe by design. If it’s for a low voltage switchboard, their system responsibilities can be found in IEC 61439-1&2. If the wiring… Read more »

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New Technologies are Making Predictive Maintenance for Circuit Breakers a Reality

This is the second in a two-part series on predictive maintenance for circuit breakers. In my first post, I talked about a condition-based approach using real operational and environmental inputs…. Read more »

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Selective Coordination and Emergency Power Supply Systems

Welcome to the third in a series of posts focused on National Electrical Code® (NEC®) requirements for selective coordination. In my previous post, I covered some of the specifics important… Read more »

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CFOs, the change agents for energy management

Rising energy costs are a critical concern for executives across all sectors and implementing energy efficiency initiatives is now one of the core corporate strategies across industries today. For CFOs… 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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When developing a Smart Grid roadmap, take the golden road

In a previous post, I mentioned that utilities need a “roadmap to success” for meeting the challenges of a Smart Grid transformation. Making this change is daunting, but strategic planning… Read more »

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Improve Asset Reliability with Predictive Analytics at Power Utilities

It’s no secret that regulators and consumers are pressuring utilities to operate at the highest level of efficiency, reliability and safety. With the demand for electricity slowing, capital expenditures rising… Read more »

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3 Key Steps to Maximizing Uptime for Mission Critical Systems

Recently my colleague Christian Bertrand covered the role and importance of planning in ensuring resilience and uptime in his blog post “Why You Need a Power Failure Strategy.” In this… Read more »

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Implementing Selective Coordination for Health Care Facilities

My previous post, “Selective Coordination and the NEC: Defining Terms and Understanding Updates,” gave a general overview of selective coordination requirement changes in the 2014 edition of the National Electrical… 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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An Unlikely Partnership Leads to Greece’s Very First LEED Platinum Building Certification

What do world renown ‘starchitect’ Renzo Piano, and internationally-accomplished engineering consultant Arup, have in common with a small, family-owned-and-operated systems integration company? Thanks in part to the EcoXpert Partner Program, all… Read more »

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Electrical Distribution Safety and Reliability: Get it Right from the Start

Electrical distribution systems are found supplying power in all sorts of factories, data centers, hospitals, and large commercial complexes. The reliability of these systems is critical to keeping businesses and… Read more »

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Energy Efficiency Starts From Me

We are all concerned with Energy, or rather the increasing lack of it. Demand for energy is already outstripping supply and growth of demand is faster than the growth of… Read more »

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Why invest in a home charger for your electric vehicle?

When you have EVlink fitted at home you get a charging station that is specifically designed for home charging. Charging is smooth and effortless, and you control your energy consumption…. Read more »

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How Secure Power simplifies emergency lighting upkeep

To ensure safety in the event of power outages, it’s usually mandatory to have emergency lighting systems in large commercial, industrial, or government buildings, and other public structures such as… Read more »

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