Power Management

Arresting the surges in lightning strikes

There is widespread ignorance of lightning protection systems, which are often inadequate or non-existent. Surge protection devices like surge protectors lies at the heart of effective, comprehensive lightning protection systems. We consider why.

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Distributech: Learn, Experiment, Do

The curtain is closed on the largest and most successful Distributech conference in its history. At last count, there were 9,823 registered attendees with an additional 400 registered for the… Read more »

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Is European milk heading to China?

A French industrial newspaper (“Process Alimentaire” of September 2012), published an analysis of the 5 year trend for the European dry milk industry.  The report shows a potential for 20… Read more »

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Education short-circuits electrocution

In Latin America, where electrical standards and practices vary from country to country, ignorance of electrocution is widespread. And with 80% of electricians working in the informal sector, there is… Read more »

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Achieving Business Competitiveness Through Energy Management

What is Energy Management? The response to this question will depend on whether you ask an energy policy maker, a plant head of a large manufacturing facility, an Architecture/Engineering/Construction professional,… Read more »

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How can an integrated healthcare infrastructure improve patient safety?

The statistics are staggering: According the World Health Organization, 1 in 10 patients is harmed while receiving care in even the most advanced hospitals. The National Center for Missing and… Read more »

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Exploring Unplanned costs of LED Lighting Retrofits

There has been a lot of discussion around the office lately about the relationship between energy management and power management. While sometimes used interchangeably, the distinction made between these two… Read more »

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Faster recovery from major power outages is now a reality

No matter what kind of facility you’re responsible for, any amount of downtime is expensive. Employees sit idle. Servers and communications go dead. Data can be lost. Machinery stands still…. Read more »

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Medium Voltage Design Basics: Switchgear Introduction

For panel builders, being flexible is crucial. That is certainly true when designing and working with medium voltage (MV) networks, or distribution systems with voltages above 1 kV and up… Read more »

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Self-Consume or Export to the Grid?

What to do with photovoltaic renewable energy and why your decision matters. When you, as a facility manager or building owner, decide to reduce the energy consumption and environmental impact… Read more »

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The Goal of Arc Flash Protection: Safety Standards

When electric current travels through the air and goes where it isn’t supposed to, the result is an arc flash. It can be a violent event as the current jumps… Read more »

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Smart power management is making healthcare facilities more efficient

A 2016 survey of healthcare executives revealed that financial challenges, government mandates, and patient safety continue to be top concerns. Further, 56% felt they needed to reduce operating costs. This… Read more »

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How Can You Leverage Manufacturing Quality Improvement Techniques to Improve the Reliability of Your Healthcare Facility?

Power reliability in healthcare facilities is strongly related to the quality of healthcare delivery. In fact, a survey amongst facility managers by Schneider Electric identifies the subject as a chief… Read more »

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A Panel Builder’s Step-by-Step Introduction

If you build correctly, you’ll keep the wolf at your door from coming in. That’s true in fairy tales and in the real world. Building things properly in the case… Read more »

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Selective Coordination with Molded Case Circuit Breakers

This is the fourth post in a series on achieving selective coordination – previous posts have provided an introduction to the topic, looked at its implementation in healthcare environments and… Read more »

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LEDs are highly energy efficient, but watch out for that first millisecond

Today’s light emitting diode (LED) technology is a marvel of model physics. LEDs for many years were relegated to use mostly as indicator lights and alpha-numeric displays, but now LED… Read more »

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Getting Comfortable with a BEMS

So far, I’ve covered the connectivity, sensors and digital hub of a BEMS, a building energy management system. Now, let’s talk about what that infrastructure should be used for. It’s… Read more »

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Smart power management is making healthcare facilities more efficient

A 2016 survey of healthcare executives revealed that financial challenges, government mandates, and patient safety continue to be top concerns. Further, 56% felt they needed to reduce operating costs. This… Read more »

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