Power Management

Outlining the Key Benefits of an Energy and Power Management System

Whether they consider themselves “green” or not, pretty much all companies today want to conserve energy – it saves money, so it makes sense. And I don’t think I’m going… Read more »

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Electrical Switchboard Manufacturing: Organizing a Manufacturing Area

Where and how you work can affect the final product. Panel building is a very competitive business, companies that want to enter this area and hope to succeed in the… Read more »

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5 Harmonic Mitigation Methods That Help Keep Costs Down and Production Running

If you’re running an industrial process of any kind, you can’t afford any downtime. Every minute a production line is down is costing you money, and that’s eating into your… Read more »

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How Oil & Gas Firms Can Meet the IT Demands that Digitization Present

In mid-2014, the price of a barrel of crude oil topped $100 (about €94). Two years later, in mid-2016, the price stood right around $40 (€37.5), having bottomed out just… Read more »

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Four critical steps to reduce unplanned industrial site electrical system downtime

Economic difficulties over the last 8 years have driven many industrial organizations to cut back on their power infrastructure maintenance spending. This includes maintenance on devices such as transformers, electrical… Read more »

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Process safety management: eliminating plant safety uncertainty

If you’re working in the industrial world, you know that process safety is always a high priority, with occupational safety helping protect personnel, and functional safety helping avoid large-scale disasters…. Read more »

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Why Hospitals Are Linking Business Continuity to Improved Patient Satisfaction

According to the World Health Organization, the population of humans over the age of 60 years will nearly triple by the year 2050.  As a result, hospitals will be required… Read more »

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With ClimaSys DT, System Integrators Keep Their Cool

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts, as the saying goes. That is almost always true. On the other hand, the reliability of each individual piece of… Read more »

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A Smarter Cityscape Through Innovation At Every Level

You may have been hearing a lot about Schneider Innovation At Every Level, made possible by EcoStruxure.™ What does it mean to innovate at every level of a building? Let’s… Read more »

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4 Steps to Rightsizing UPS for IIoT and Critical Power Protection

In my last blog, I wrote about choosing the right UPS topology for IIoT and critical power applications. Getting the topology correct is vital to ensuring that manufacturing, processing, production,… 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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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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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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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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Are Scrubbers a relevant solution for shipping industry?

By 2012 per the Marpol6 global regulation, ships are restricted to Sulphur emission of 1% in ECA areas and 3.5% in Global areas. By 2015, Sulphur emission must be reduced to… 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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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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Decoding Detuned Reactors : What and Why

In this blog, I will acquaint you with Detuned Reactors and analyse their usage and benefits. Detuned reactors, that are three-phase inductors dedicated to attenuate the amplification of harmonics in… 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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The self-sufficient wastewater treatment plant

Today we know that the self-sufficient biological treatment plant is on the horizon. There are many options available to those who need to optimize their treatment plants, but for now I will… 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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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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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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What does Operational Excellence mean to you?

Over the last few years, I have heard the term “operational excellence” become more frequently used. I always thought I knew exactly what it meant: “making your operations run at… 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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