Power Management

It’s Time to Give IOT and Edge Infrastructure the Same Protection IT Resources Get

At the recent Smart Industry 2016 event in Chicago, a colleague told a story that encapsulates some of the challenges I’ve been thinking about with respect to the Internet of… Read more »

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The Risk Assessment: An Electrical Contractor’s Most Important Tool

Are you a risk taker?  Does it depend on the situation?  Does it depend on the consequences?  Can’t answer the question without knowing more information?  Congratulations, you’re well on your… 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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Designing and Building an Electrical Panel Part 2: Enclosure Location, Fixing and Cable Entry

The importance of determining the protection classifications discussed in the last post will now become clearer as it becomes a major factor in the next phase, avoiding degradation of the… Read more »

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Choosing the Right UPS Topology for IIOT and Critical Power Applications

My colleague, Daniel McGinn, provides a very good high level view of power management for IIoT devices in his recent blog, “How to Provide Power Protection in an Industrial Internet… Read more »

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What’s the ROI on LEDs?

Light emitting diode (LED) technology has proved to be very energy efficient, but coming up with a real number to represent overall savings requires more than just comparing an upgraded… 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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As IT meets OT, a Cultural Shift is Required to Ensure Business Continuity

An interesting trend is occurring in the operational technology (OT) space, particularly in industrial environments, one that IT professionals would do well to take notice of: IT related equipment and… Read more »

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12 Things You Need to Know NOW About the 2017 NEC Code Changes

Worker Safety and new technology is of rising importance in the new edition of NFPA 70. The 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC) introduces this into one of the more significant… Read more »

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Don’t Get Zapped – How (and Why) to Protect LED Lighting Systems

If you have thought about switching to LED lighting, you probably already know there are good reasons that applications for this technology continue to grow. LED purchase prices have come… Read more »

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Internet of Things: The Next Step in the Smart Grid Evolution?

There’s been a lot of news regarding how the Internet of Things will change everything.  From products like connected thermostats to connected cars and refrigerators, it seems that the Internet… Read more »

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“Watts per Square Meter”: the Wrong Way to Specify Density

The traditional method for specifying power density using a single figure such as watts per square meter (or foot) is an unfortunate practice that often leads to confusion as well… Read more »

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Why Your Generator Just Might Not Be Enough

In many critical power applications, it’s common for the electrical system design to incorporate both an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and some form of secondary power generation, most commonly a… 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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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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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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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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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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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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Advice for cutting building energy consumption

Take a walk down your nearest city street and pick a building. Any building. Chances are that the building you’re looking at has a problem with its energy consumption. If… 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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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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Redundancy puts backbone into the ring topology

What is redundancy anyway? We all want more for less. And nowhere is that truer than in industry’s constant quest for energy efficiency. But in the big energy-intensive process and… Read more »

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Arc Flash Standards Update: Making Sense of the Latest Requirements in the NEC, NFPA 70E, and OSHA – Webinar Thursday April 2nd

Within the last 12-18 months, there have been significant Arc Flash Mitigation requirements added to the National Electrical Code, a shift in how NFPA 70E addresses the hazard and risk… Read more »

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Ethernet network in Electrical Distribution

The traditional fieldbus is on the way out as IP-based networks sweeps all before it. Whether you compare absolute growth or market trends, IP-based networks are on the rise across… Read more »

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Application needs in sectors including oil & gas set industrial UPS apart

Perhaps you’ve seen photos of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units meant for industrial environments, or have seen one up close in person. One of the first things that makes these… Read more »

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How Lithium-ion Batteries Stand to Transform UPSs for Large Data Centers and Facilities

In my last post I explained how lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are poised to bring dramatic change to UPS systems for small- to medium-size data centers, changes that will offer benefits… 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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