Articles Tagged: Innovation At Every Level

The Future of IoT: Our 5 Predictions

In my previous blog post, I discussed how IoT describes a world in which more and more devices are sensor-enabled, connected, and able to share information about their current state… Read more »

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How Industrialization Drives a More Predictable and Reliable Data Center Life Cycle

Arun Shenoy, the Vice President of Schneider Electric’s IT business in the UK talked to me recently about how he sees the data center industry developing over the next few… Read more »

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Power Distribution Redefined – Part 2

Power distribution is entering a new chapter in its history. A digital age which will impact our lives and business as much as electricity did at the end of the… Read more »

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Value Innovation – Different Thinking, Many Possibilities

To outsmart their competition, organizations develop strategies which are largely based on augmenting beneficial changes in cost and quality. While doing that they operate in confined boundaries of known territories…. Read more »

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How One of the World’s Largest Aquariums Aims to Cut Energy Use by 50%

The facilities team at Shedd Aquarium, one of the world’s largest aquariums, faces the same kinds of challenges you’d deal with in your building. They’ve got to manage tight environmental… Read more »

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Selective Coordination Design Guidelines with Molded-Case Circuit Breakers

This is the fifth in a continuing series of posts focused on a range of design and specification issues related to the National Electrical Code® (NEC®) requirements for selective coordination…. Read more »

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A New Era of Meaningful Opportunities: The Future of IoT

In my recent blog post I explored the concept how to innovate with efficiency and agility. Every business wants to be “innovative.” But it takes more than new ideas or… Read more »

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Under Floor Air Distribution Brings Faster Building Construction, Reduced Energy, More Flexibility

It sometimes drives me crazy when I hear people talk about how they’d like to be more energy efficient but it costs too much, so they stick with the old… Read more »

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The Value of Integrated Solutions When Building Controls are Vital for Animal Health

Most facility managers know what it’s like to have demanding tenants. But if your tenants are penguins, sharks, and seahorses? Then you’ve got really demanding tenants. At Shedd Aquarium in… Read more »

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Understanding the IEC 61557-12 Standard That Makes Meter Comparisons Easier-Part 1

Digital Power Metering and monitoring Devices (PMDs) are fast replacing analog equipment, providing more accurate measurements and enabling remote data access. But specifying these devices could become problematic without common… Read more »

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How F&B Companies Can Improve Uptime with Predictive Maintenance

Food and beverage companies today face shifting customer demand, tight margins and a competitive market. Further complicating matters, manufacturers must meet growing demand using existing assets as capital expenditures constraints… Read more »

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Connect Clients to Electrical Installations

An electrician runs a small business. He also depends on small businesses. It might be, for example, a small supermarket or restaurant. It could be a retailer, a storefront, or… Read more »

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Keeping up with the Evolution of Buildings Part 2 – Buildings of Today

In my previous post, I talked about the technologies that transformed buildings in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Here, we’ll look at the state of today’s facilities and… Read more »

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IIoT is alive and well in Ekaterinburg!

At the beginning of July I had the honour of speaking at the Smart Manufacturing conference at Innoprom 2017, an annual Russian trade fair focused on the priorities driving world industry… 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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5 Questions to Ask in a Serialization Journey

In a prior blog post I discussed how serialization in the world of prescription drugs provides end-to-end product integrity as it tracks and authenticates each change of ownership of the product… Read more »

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Keeping up with the Evolution of Buildings Part 1 – Buildings of the Past

Advances in technology and the explosion of connected devices and sensors are driving a new era of buildings and their management. With that, facility managers are now under pressure to… Read more »

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Selective Coordination Design Guidelines with Molded-Case Circuit Breakers

This is the fifth in a continuing series of posts focused on a range of design and specification issues related to the National Electrical Code® (NEC®) requirements for selective coordination…. Read more »

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Why Industries are rallying around the use of Services Oriented Drives

Over the last several years, Variable Speed Drives (VSDs) have proliferated across many industries and are now installed in large numbers. In many cases, however, the true potential of these… Read more »

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“We already have a Downtime System”…Or do you?

It’s been a while since I have written on Downtime Systems (see World Coal magazine, June 2013 edition for a comprehensive review of downtime across the supply chain), but the… Read more »

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BEMS: Market Intro and Overview

Buildings are getting smarter. In this series, I’ll look at that, focusing on three key themes of technology, software and innovation. First, though, in this post I’ll examine overall market… Read more »

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Moving Your Clean-in-Place Operations to Quality 4.0

“Digital Transformation and Industry 4.0 are more than buzzwords” recently wrote by a colleague Keith Chambers. In fact, Big Data, Predictive Analytics and Industry 4.0 are all necessary to support… Read more »

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A New Era of Meaningful Opportunities: The Future of IoT

In my recent blog post I explored the concept how to innovate with efficiency and agility. Every business wants to be “innovative.” But it takes more than new ideas or… 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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Drive Operational Excellence with Digital Transformation

Food and beverage manufacturers today face pressure from shrinking margins, shifting consumer demand and increasing regulatory burdens. In search of solutions to these issues, I’ve heard increasing interest around Smart… Read more »

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From Mining to Mineufacturing

Digital disruption in mining is gaining momentum fueled by the intensifying zeal of industry leaders to adopt attested manufacturing philosophies like Lean Manufacturing, Just-in-time production and Total Productive Maintenance.  Led… 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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Learn Five Ways Meters Mean Money for You

Want to save money? Check  ✓ Want to avoid risks? Check  ✓ One easy way to check items off your ever-growing facility management to-do list is with power and energy… Read more »

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For Large Data Centers, Indirect Economizer Cooling Makes Sound Business Sense

At this point in the evolution of data centers, use of economizer mode cooling technology is pretty much standard, at least for large data centers such as those owned by… Read more »

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The Two Things You Need To Do Before Starting on a Serialization Journey

The pharmaceutical industry has undergone a dramatic transformation in recent years; mergers, acquisitions and the emergence of complex manufacturing networks have all added complexity in manufacturing operations with multiple manufacturing… Read more »

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