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  • Bringing the Switch into the Digital Age

    Really, could any electrical device be simpler than a switch? It performs the most basic of functions, sending a simple on/off message to the equipment it controls. However, like just about every other component in our increasingly sophisticated electrical systems, switches, push buttons and other seemingly simple input devices now are becoming both smart and wireless.

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  • Conduit Bending Tools

    Conduit bending is a common task for commercial electricians, with many jobs requiring a combination of 90-degree, offset and saddle bends. IDEAL industries offers a selection of bender heads, hickeys and handles to help get the job done.

    The place to start is in the selection of bender heads.

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  • Human, Meet Machine

    As the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) continues to expand, with sensors offering remote views into areas of process operations never before available, system operators are having to make sense of a volume of data that’s increasing at exponential rates. This evolution is bringing new attention to the design of human machine interfaces (HMIs), which provide a window into just how well systems are running.

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  • Utilization of Proper Technologies Key to Ensuring Electrical Safety

    Adequate training, protection from exposure, and disciplined use of ground fault circuit interrupters integral to keeping workers safe.

    Thanks to major safety improvements, the number of fatal electrical injuries in the workplace has steadily decreased over the past 20 years, from 334 in 1992 to 139 in 2013.

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  • Whole House Energy Control – Smarter Switches

    When I was young (which was, like, EONS ago) my brother and I were the energy control devices. Mom and Dad were the energy controllers. Yeah... you know what I mean.

    "Turn off those doggone lights!" came the fervent instructions from the other room. "Do you think money grows on trees? You're running up the electric bill, you know."

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  • Whole House Energy Control – Even Smarter!

    I may be an old guy (hit 61 this year... I think), but I absolutely adore tech. I fired up my first computer in the 80s and love all things internet, Wi-Fi, and home-technology related.

    Just last year, I was in the supermarket buying bagels and cream cheese and wandered upon a display hawking those Google Home Minis. Cream cheese could wait...

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