Articles Tagged: Innovation At Every Level

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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Frequently Asked Questions about Selective Coordination

This is the last in a series of posts discussing the National Electrical Code® (NEC®) requirements for selective coordination. In this post I will address some frequently asked questions and… Read more »

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Now, a safer way to perform medium voltage (MV) switchgear grounding

National Safety Council statistics show that electrical accidents kill 75 to 100 persons and injure another 750 to 1,000 per year in the United States alone. Many of these accidents… Read more »

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Colocation Providers Come Together to Maximize Mutual Success

In early October of this year some Schneider Electric colleagues and I had the pleasure of hosting more than 40 colocation operators from 11 countries at our 3rd annual International… Read more »

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Improving Hospital Support Systems and Facility Efficiency with IoT

Schneider Electric participated in the IoT World Congress in Barcelona, Spain recently. The 3-day program featured today’s most influential IoT thought leaders, and our very own Healthcare Solutions Vice President,… Read more »

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Energy Effectiveness Creates a New Focus for Data Centers

Data center operators are being encouraged to organize their facilities so that they can run at higher temperatures. The theory is that higher operating temperatures improve overall data center efficiency… Read more »

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Understanding the IEC 61557-12 Standard That Makes Meter Comparisons Easier – Part 2

As I described in my previous post, the International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC) Standard 61557-12, “Electrical safety in low voltage distribution systems up to 1000V a.c. and 1500V d.c. – Equipment… Read more »

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New Technologies are Making Predictive Maintenance for Circuit Breakers a Reality

This is the second in a two-part series on predictive maintenance for circuit breakers. In my first post, I talked about a condition-based approach using real operational and environmental inputs…. Read more »

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The New IIoT Security Framework: Some Guiding Principles

September 2016 marked an important milestone in the purposeful development and intelligent evolution of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), namely the publication of the Industrial Internet Consortium’s new security… Read more »

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Understanding the Victims of Power-Quality Disturbances

As I described in my post “Understanding the Sources of Power-Quality Disturbances,” the density of electrical equipment in today’s industrial facilities creates numerous opportunities for power-quality problems to occur. That… Read more »

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Understanding the Sources of Power-Quality Disturbances

Poor power quality can cause innumerable problems in industrial facilities. While a facility owner’s first inclination might be to blame their electric utility for such problems, it’s much more likely… Read more »

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Smart Machines Enable More Machine Builder Innovation

Machine builders have always been very innovative in developing their machines to deliver best values to their end users. In order to compete, most machine builders strive to provide end… Read more »

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Mineufacturing: Lessons in Partnerships

Today, we are seeing the transformation of many mining companies to move to a manufacturing way of thinking or what we call “Mineufacturing”.  The level of maturity in managing variability… Read more »

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How to evolve from costly “break/fix” electrical system maintenance cycles

How many times have company employees experienced a situation where key equipment either in a building or in a manufacturing plant has broken down and everyone is scrambling to find… Read more »

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Productivity Secrets: Don’t Underestimate the Power of PLC Scan Time

People who know me (especially my family) will tell you that I have an impatient streak. This sometimes comes out when I am driving. I am not a candidate for… 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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The Dream of a Unified and IIoT Enabled Industrial Communications Network…How Close Are We?

Some of us are old enough to remember the days just before the internet became a permanent fixture in our lives. At that time, the IT industry had been struggling… Read more »

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Frequently Asked Questions about Selective Coordination

This is the last in a series of posts discussing the National Electrical Code® (NEC®) requirements for selective coordination. In this post I will address some frequently asked questions and… Read more »

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Helping Internal Colocation Service Providers Manage Multi-Tenant Environments More Effectively

Over my last few blogs I’ve been writing about the benefits which transparency can potentially bring to colocation service providers as well as the consumers of colocation services. I’ve tried… Read more »

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Machine as a Service: A Big Change in the Global Value Chain

In my previous blog (Machine as a Service: New technologies help, but are they enough?), I talked about how new technologies are triggering the development of the Machine as a… Read more »

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The Fog: Direct VS Indirect Edge Computing

“Fog computing” has received an increased amount of attention in the IoT & IIoT communities. I briefly reviewed the Fog in “IoT & the Pervasive Nature of Fast Data & Apache… Read more »

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The Internet of… People?

If you’re like me, you probably have been trying to make sense of IoT. How real is it? What products and services will it impact and when? What do I… Read more »

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The Amazing Story of 30 Billion Things

Envision this: about 30 billion things will be connected to the Internet in just a few years (IHS, March 2016). The information superhighway or web of yesteryear has fast become… 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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How Can We Make Automation Architectures fit Industry?

From the inception of the digital technology revolution, automation system architectures have been defined based on the constraints imposed by hardware, software, networking, power and cost imposed by the available… Read more »

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The Dream of a Unified and IIoT Enabled Industrial Communications Network…How Close Are We?

Some of us are old enough to remember the days just before the internet became a permanent fixture in our lives. At that time, the IT industry had been struggling… Read more »

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A Cold Answer to High and Stringent Cooling Demands

Control panels house the electronics and computer brains of a system. That makes them critical to success of a production line and in other industrial settings. However, their installation requirements… 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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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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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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