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Emergency Preparedness Helps Restore Power Safely and Efficiently

In the U.S., the Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1 and will run through November 30. Predictions for 2016 are that activity will be above average. Whether the season… Read more »

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The Reliability Equation: Does your system pass?

Electrical Equipment: “A Means to an End” This may be some facility managers’ view of electrical equipment, which is usually out of sight and out of mind. An online definition… Read more »

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The 5-Step Process to Get Building Commissioning Done Right

We’ve already talked about the five biggest benefits of commissioning (Cx), and we’ve also explored why Cx is still an emerging strategy with the potential to be a competitive differentiator…. Read more »

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9 Reasons You Should GOOSE Your IED Network Protection Schemes

Traditionally, electrical network protection schemes rely on hardwired connections between Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs). The problem with that approach is it makes it difficult to correct, modify, or update the… Read more »

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If Building Commissioning Is So Great, Why Doesn’t Every Facility Manager Do It?

In the first post in this series, I discussed the five business arguments for building commissioning. These arguments present a compelling case for commissioning, (also known as Cx), but they… Read more »

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The Secret to Agile and Efficient Innovation

I am responsible for driving the research and development (R&D) agenda for a €27 billion global specialist in energy management and automation. My key challenge is to find the most… Read more »

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5 Arguments That Make the Business Case for Building Commissioning

We’ve all heard the statistic: Buildings gobble up 40 percent of the world’s energy — Yikes. But buildings themselves aren’t the villains; after all, they’re our schools, our offices, our… Read more »

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Four Tips to Prevent Unplanned Downtime

Electrical equipment manufacturers typically recommend comprehensive preventive maintenance and testing occur at least every three years for electrical distribution equipment. The frequency may need to be adjusted (most likely, more often)… Read more »

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FAQs: The Dangers of Aging Electrical Equipment

Aging electrical equipment and components are not only inefficient, they’re potentially dangerous. Overheating in electrical enclosures, usually caused by loose connections and friction (due to lack of or improper lubrication) can… Read more »

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Safety First: Leon County/Tallahassee Join Forces and Up Power Protection

Today we’ll feature guest blogger Carl Morgan, construction manager for Leon County, Florida. Carl details below his data center installation within the Tallahassee/Leon County Public Safety Complex. Not every business needs… Read more »

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Building Gender Equality ― a Sensible Choice for any Company

Schneider Electric employs more than 170,000 people and it’s my job as CEO to help ensure it’s a great place to work – for everyone. One of the ways to… Read more »

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UPS Modernization: Five Questions to Ask

When Schneider Electric merged APC and MGE UPS a few years back, it allowed us to offer unique UPS modernization services to manage the full life cycle of customers’ data… Read more »

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The Next Wave of IIoT-Related Business Improvements

It’s become quite clear that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is the future of Industry. By now we’ve well and truly covered the point that IIoT is, in fact,… 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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Save up to 20% on building maintenance and energy costs with the right strategy

Building owners invest significant resources in environmental and building control systems—for most, that means one-third of the operations budget, almost as much they spend on energy. The question is, where… Read more »

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INFOGRAPHIC: How efficient is your organization?

Moving towards optimal efficiency starts with awareness.  Do you know how efficient your organization is? Using the free Efficiency Quotient Report is a great way to kick start your benchmarking… Read more »

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To Integrate or Not Integrate…. That is the Question.

To turn a phrase from the Bard, whether ‘tis nobler in the hospital system to suffer the pain and complication of non-connectivity or to take up our programmers against the… Read more »

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Electrical Workplace Safety: A Never-Ending Process

Electrical accidents rank sixth among all causes of work-related death in the United States according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International. Companies can take several steps to better protect workers… Read more »

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Office 365 Outage Points to Opportunity for MSPs to Offer Cloud Protection and Backup

Microsoft’s Office 365 email service was down for several hours last week, the latest big-name cloud service provider to suffer problems. While the outage may be something of a black… 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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Upgrade or replace? Discover the most suitable option to modernise an ageing electrical switchgear

Ageing switchgear can hamper continuity of services in industrial facilities, and thus impact customers in terms of reliability, affect employee safety, and cause financial losses. In addition to potential risk… Read more »

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Solved: 6 Energy-Wasting Building Control Valve and Actuator Problems

In my previous post, I talked about how many facility managers do not perform a detailed review of their building control valves and actuators, despite the critical role these devices… 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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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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The Next Age: The 20,000 Ft. View from the Schneider Influencer Summit

In today’s world, it’s easy to focus on the immediate challenges we see before us. Troubles in the Middle East. Tensions rising in Eastern Europe. Viruses we thought we had… Read more »

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How to modernise ageing switchgear

Ageing switchgear can hamper continuity of services in industrial facilities, and thus impact customers in terms of reliability, affect employee safety, and cause financial losses. In addition to potential risk… Read more »

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A Practical Guide to Building Analytics for Facility Managers

As mentioned in my first blog post in this series, best-in-class data analytics complement your building management system (BMS) dashboards. They take a critical next step by interpreting the data… Read more »

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Asset Performance Monitoring Saves $1 Million in Potential Transformer Losses

The recent growth of non-traditional Internet-connected devices is often referred to as the “Internet of Things” (IoT) revolution. In the realm of power distribution, IoT plays an important role by… Read more »

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Joint Commission: 10 most cited Healthcare facility standards

At my last HAAHE (Houston Area Association of Healthcare Engineers) meeting I watched a dynamic presentation by Susan B. Laughlin, FASHE, CHFM, CHSP who spoke about the most frequently cited… Read more »

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Guidance on What to Do with an Older UPS

I think there are a lot of people who built data centers during the dot com boom who now have aging UPS systems. They’re probably wondering what to do…do I… Read more »

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