Power Management

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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How to Solve the Mysterious LED Electrical Network Problem

It has been quite a while since the invention of the first visible spectrum light emitting diode (LED) back in 1962. Although it took some time for the technology to… Read more »

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Virtual Reality – Step Into the Future of Plant Crew Training

Most likely you already know that Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are rapidly evolving and growing technologies.  They utilize the latest high powered computers and graphics cards to… Read more »

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EAM for the IIoT Age

With the growth of asset-related data available through the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and the complexity that comes with sifting through that data, organizations are faced with new operational… Read more »

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IoT: The Four Pillars of Opportunity

Recently I had the opportunity to present at 2016 IoT Solutions World Congress in Barcelona. During my keynote presentation “Leading in IoT with Innovation at Every Level” I discussed how the… Read more »

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To Err is Human, to Have the Safest Operators is Divine – OTS

“Human error” is a key contributor to incidents and accidents in plants. While different analyses report differing percentages where “abnormal situations” are attributable to “human error”, the numbers are remarkably consistent. For… Read more »

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Frequently Asked Questions about Selective Coordination

This is the last in a series of posts discussing the National Electrical Code® (NEC®) requirements for selective coordination. In this post I will address some frequently asked questions and… Read more »

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Now, a safer way to perform medium voltage (MV) switchgear grounding

National Safety Council statistics show that electrical accidents kill 75 to 100 persons and injure another 750 to 1,000 per year in the United States alone. Many of these accidents… Read more »

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Improving Hospital Support Systems and Facility Efficiency with IoT

Schneider Electric participated in the IoT World Congress in Barcelona, Spain recently. The 3-day program featured today’s most influential IoT thought leaders, and our very own Healthcare Solutions Vice President,… Read more »

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Understanding the IEC 61557-12 Standard That Makes Meter Comparisons Easier – Part 2

As I described in my previous post, the International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC) Standard 61557-12, “Electrical safety in low voltage distribution systems up to 1000V a.c. and 1500V d.c. – Equipment… Read more »

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Microgrids: Are They Mainstream Yet?

The U.S. microgrid market is expected to grow five-fold from about $8 billion in 2013 to $40 billion in 2020. To me, that indicates an immediate need, as well as… 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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How to Keep Your Internet Connection During a Power Outage – Two Important Tips for Living in a Connected World

                    Life is on and your household can’t participate without a reliable network connection.   Your home has dozens of electronic devices… 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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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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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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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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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Selectivity: Positive discrimination for maximum safety

“Selectivity”? “Discrimination”? Why do they mean the same thing? The terms denote “selective” or “discriminative” tripping. In the event of a fault, one device only – immediately upstream of the… Read more »

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Why road shows still matter in the age of digital marketing

Sure, digital marketing and social media are twin pillars gaining steady strength in creating brand awareness and engaging customers. But it’s important to take a moment to understand that until 2014,… 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 Poor Power Quality Costs Billions Annually and What Can Be Done About It

“Power quality” can seem to be a pretty abstract term – how does one judge the quality of such an unseen commodity as electricity? But, as commercial and industrial facility… Read more »

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Battery health: Why your UPS batteries deserve good health care too

How many devices do you have with you right now that rely on batteries? Right now on my desk, I have three. There are times at home when I’m sure… 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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5 potential mistakes to avoid when implementing an energy and sustainability management program

Effective energy and sustainability management in an organization offers a range of advantages including reduced operating costs, reduced environmental impact and a market advantage.

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What’s Lithium Got to Do with It?

Defining a lithium-ion battery and what makes them different from lead acid. In the simplest of terms, a battery is an electro-chemical device that stores energy and releases it as… Read more »

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