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  • Southwire Develops Overhead Conductor for Extreme Ice Conditions

    Numerous electric utilities across the country have had to weather significant ice storms over the past several winters that have taken down overhead transmission and distribution lines.

    Southwire has developed a new high-quality and high-strength overhead conductor designed to help power lines withstand extreme ice loads.

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  • Data Centers Part 1 — The Growing Industry

    Over 30 years ago, I walked into my first datacom room. It provided the network and data interface for a food processing facility. It connected all the plant's office computers, along with providing connectivity to the home office across town.

    It was housed... in a closet. And not a big closet, either.

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  • Data Centers Part 2 — Challenges and Solutions

    In a previous article, I mentioned the first "data center" I ever encountered... a closet in a hallway.

    Times have changed as the sheer volume of data has increased. And, so have the infrastructures that house it. Data centers are vast repositories of pretty much every piece of information used to run and maintain business operations.

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  • Emerson Offers SolaHD K-Rated Transformers to Address Power Harmonics

    Power harmonics have become an increasingly important issue in today’s industrial environment, a result of the growing number of sensitive electronics, high-powered computers and sophisticated production technology employed on many factory floors, production facilities and labs.

    Harmonics are, essentially, current and voltage with frequencies that are not aligned — also known as non-linear loads.

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  • Power Quality

    The quality of power coming into a residence or commercial operation has always been important. You expect a consistent and constant flow of electricity to power whatever you're doing.

    Years ago, homes and businesses could tolerate a certain amount of inconsistency. Other than outright power outages, life and commerce could hum along and never notice any differences in power quality, up to a certain point that is.

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  • Schneider Offers Modicon M580 ePAC for Connected Automation

    Schneider Electric is calling its Modicon M580 ePAC controller the first Process Automation Controller (PAC) ready for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

    The device, Schneider says, is aimed at helping manufacturers improve machine performance, increase cybersecurity and apply the functionality of a safety programmable logic controller to existing machine processes to reduce costs, improve reliability and sustainability, manage operating risks and share ever-increasing amounts of raw operating data wirelessly throughout a factory floor.

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