Power Management

Engineers and the Tour de France

I have noticed over the years that there seems to be a high rate of interest and participation in cycling among the engineering/technical community. Perhaps it is the technical aspects… Read more »

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Federal Energy Mandates – Simple as Child’s Play?

This is the first in a series about the Federal struggles meeting Congressional energy mandates. Do you remember playing the game “telephone” as a child?  It’s a game in which… Read more »

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Secure Power in Healthcare: Taking Care of the Pain Points

The top concern or “pain point “with Secure Power in the healthcare industry continues to be—and should be—energy availability, but there are other pain points that extend beyond availability and… Read more »

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Water Use Cycle: As critical as Water Cycle itself

Water is as abundant as it is scarce! Of all the water available on earth, more than 99% is unusable by humans. Therefore, how we manage the usable part of… Read more »

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Healthcare Education for Facility Managers & their teams at no charge – CEU Credits from ASHE

As we begin the new school year and universities, high schools and grammar schools across the US are full of students beginning their classes, I am reminded about what we… 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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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 »

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WEBCAST: Pinpoints Key Facts about the Secure Power Opportunity

In a new audio webcast presentation, Carsten Baumann, a consulting engineering specialist with Schneider Electric, raises two salient points about Secure Power for industry and infrastructure. As moderator for the… Read more »

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6 facts and fictions about lightning

Misconceptions abound when it comes to lightning. People have preconceived ideas about what lightning is, what it does, and how to protect against it. How much do you know? Find… Read more »

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IEC 60947-2 the “all-risk” insurance for circuit breakers – Part 3

This is the third part of my blog on selecting a circuit breaker. And there are still some more IEC 60947 2 requirements to consider. Reference voltages One I reckon… Read more »

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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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European regulation MID related to legal metrology

As mentioned in my previous post, legal metrology is usually covered by regulations and applies to measuring instruments used in: Commercial transactions (e.g. weight-price scales for retail stores, petrol pumps,… 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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Designing and Building an Electrical Panel Part 1: Protecting Equipment from its Environment

The most critical element that shapes a panel design project must be addressed at the very beginning of a project: where is the completed unit going to be installed? This… 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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Where to Start When Addressing Healthcare Facility Data Security Issues

Cyberattacks, whether generated from a single individual or a politically-motivated group, have emerged as a bigger threat to the healthcare industry security in recent years. Tight regulations and the growing… 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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How Today’s Electrical Standards can help Improve Safety in Existing Dwellings

This is the second of three posts focusing on addressing electrical safety non-compliance in many older residential dwellings. In the first post, we looked at the risks and documented incidents… Read more »

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Use the Right Software to Get Comfortable

As noted in the previous post in this series, a building energy management system, a BEMS, can increase productivity and comfort. That’s not surprising if you think about it because… Read more »

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How to Justify Hospital Power Infrastructure Investments to Corporate Executives

In healthcare facilities, business growth and enhanced patient care are often fueled by technology innovation. According to hospital C-suite executives polled for Premier’s Fall 2015 Economic Outlook survey, more than… Read more »

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Hot or Cold; Humid or Dry; Dust or Salt; Prefabricated Data Centers Can Handle Harsh Environments

In Part I of this blog series, I laid out the issues around the urgent need in the oil and gas industry to modernize IT infrastructures to maximize performance and… Read more »

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When Stuff Hits the Fan: Preparing for Emergencies in Data Centers

Data center operations and maintenance teams must be prepared to act swiftly and surely without warning. Unforeseen problems can lead to injury or downtime. Good preparation and process, however, can… 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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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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Industrial cyber security: standards progress, but vulnerability remains

When most people think of cyber security risks, they think of credit card data being stolen by breaches of corporate networks and data centers, but there is an entire other… Read more »

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How the ship recycling regulations may impact the marine equipment’s manufacturers?

During the past decade, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has made significant progress to reduce the environmental impact of active ships by implementing various regulatory constraints (on air emissions and… Read more »

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Designing Submetering under Title 24: A Question of Space Versus Cost

As discussed in the previous section, the recently updated Section 130.5(b) of the California Energy Commission’s Title 24 efficiency standard adds new requirements to designs for new electrical services rated… Read more »

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From Energy Enthusiast to Energy Expert

Have you ever approached a learning curve so steep it felt more like a mountain?  Whether you are a facility manager being asked to develop energy programs for the first… Read more »

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