Power Management

Is total recovery from power loss really possible?

You don’t have to believe in global warming to see how weather can shut down everything. For businesses, power outages could mean the loss of customer data, energy, and money…. Read more »

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IEC 62606: A first step towards international standards for Arc Fault Protection

Better late than never, I say. There is at last a groundswell of interest in arc fault device detectors prompted by the example of the US. It requires arc fault… 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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How to stop control panels losing their cool in summer

High temperatures are all too often the prime cause of malfunction and failure in enclosure-housed equipment. And even when devices do not actually fail, their service life is curtailed. If,… Read more »

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Electric arc fault detection helps put out home fires

Fires destroy lives, livelihoods, and businesses. There are hundreds of thousands every year. It is estimated that France alone numbers between 250,000 and 300,000. They claim around 400 lives and… Read more »

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California US: the platform of shore power development

California in the United States is often viewed as the place where innovation starts. When it comes to port and environmental actions, once again, California has been a pioneer. Last… Read more »

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Who’s who and What’s what in conformity assessment?

Here’s a definition of conformity assessment. “Conformity Assessment is the demonstration that specified requirements relating to a product, process, system, person or body are fulfilled.” This definition is taken from… Read more »

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Where do power quality meters fit in your energy management strategy?

I have often wondered why companies that wanted help with their energy projects wanted to skip the most essential part of project.  I have seen it many times when a… Read more »

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Choosing an electrical energy storage system: brains meet muscle

If you consider that the recent worldwide 10-year average annual growth rate for solar energy production has been almost 46% , it seems like a good time to jump in… Read more »

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The Secure Power Difference: Risk Mitigation and Beyond

In our first post, we defined what industrial secure power is and some vertical industry applications, but this leaves the all important question of “why” secure power solutions are needed…. Read more »

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Non-Critical Buildings…Critical Information

Power management is essential in critical buildings such as data centers or hospitals where data and lives are kept safe…but what can a power management system bring to a non-power… 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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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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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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Selective Coordination and the NEC: Defining Terms and Understanding Updates

With the National Electrical Code® (NEC®) putting greater emphasis on both power continuity and selective coordination, today’s engineers need to know how to meet both these requirements in their electrical… 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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To Boil or Not to Boil? The Essential Role Critical Power Plays in Water Treatment to Ensure Community Safety

This is a cautionary tale about quality issues, escalating costs in a crisis, and the essential role of critical power for the water and wastewater industry. Our story begins when… 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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Power System Risk Assessments – A Valuable Tool for Facilities Following FEMA P-1019 Recommendations

In today’s environment where abnormal weather seems to be the new normal, we have seen numerous instances where natural disasters have wreaked havoc on critical facilities in a community. Recent… Read more »

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What IEC 61439-1 & 2 Mean for Your Low-Voltage Equipment Specifications

As of November 2014, the previous IEC 60439 standard series for low-voltage equipment has been replaced by the new IEC 61439 standard series. The new series features some organizational changes,… Read more »

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Battle of the UPSs

A quantitative showdown between DRUPs and Static UPSs Diesel rotary UPS (DRUPS) systems have found a niche in the data center industry as a backup power source for critical IT… Read more »

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How to Successfully Leverage IoT; It’s Not Technology

Our future: IT and OT technology convergence and IoT We hear it all the time from our EcoXpert partners … there is a lot of talk about the convergence of Information Technology (IT)… Read more »

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The Importance of a UPS in Medical Imaging and Diagnostics

Technology is rapidly transforming the face of healthcare. It is playing an ever-increasingly important role in the clinical diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of many conditions. This means that, technology is… Read more »

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Automated testing takes your backup generators ‘to the wall’

Hit the switch and test all your connected systems Professional trainers know that the best way to teach a new skill, particularly an important skill, is to make it as… Read more »

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Secure Power Solutions Must Be Adaptable to Specific Industry Needs

Ensuring reliable power for mission-critical applications in industry isn’t as simple as offering a range of standard power protection products, even if they are very good products. For many Secure… Read more »

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A Day in the Life of a Data Center: How Modernization Services Can Save the Day

Over time, your car starts to show signs of wear and tear, but you keep it humming with oil changes and tune-ups. A UPS system is no different. A UPS… Read more »

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Heaters: A Hot Topic

How many times have you ordered coffee and instantly got what you wanted? Not often, I’d bet. That’s not surprising, since there are 80,0000 ways to drink coffee at the… Read more »

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Monitoring Power Quality is Vital

As per the International Energy Association, 42% of world’s energy is used up by buildings. An increasing number of modern buildings are equipped with automated Building Management Systems (BMS). Such… Read more »

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Selective Coordination and the NEC: Defining Terms and Understanding Updates

With the National Electrical Code® (NEC®) putting greater emphasis on both power continuity and selective coordination, today’s engineers need to know how to meet both these requirements in their electrical… Read more »

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When Going Green, Consider Contactors

CO2 may be invisible but its impact isn’t. Countries around the world have signed up to cut emissions of it and other greenhouse gases by nearly a third within 10… Read more »

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