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  • How Today’s Smarter Motor Controls Are Becoming Safer, Too

    Today’s manufacturing floors are more automated – and more connected – than ever, and that efficiency-boosting trend is only accelerating. With greater connectivity, however, comes greater risk, as industrial operations can become cyber targets. A new approach to improving security of such operations aims to boost the safety of the entire network by protecting individual pieces of control equipment.

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  • ABB’s Ubiquitous Ty-Rap Cable Tie Turns 60

    Sometimes it’s the little things that both matter the most and last the longest.

    Take, for instance, the ubiquitous Ty-Rap cable tie, invented in 1958 by an engineer at Thomas & Betts, now ABB Installation Products, to bundle cables in airplanes. Any contractor who has opened a control panel has either used one or cut and removed one — or most likely done both, many times over.

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  • Hanging Tough with Vertical Cable Supports

    Cable supports make the difference between being connected or disconnected in longer vertical raceways

    When constructing the Empire State Building in 1930, engineers found that the heavy non-armored electrical cable installed in vertical raceways or risers imposed excessive strain on terminations, panels or other connected devices.

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  • New Electronic Timers Give Consumers – And Contractors – What They Want

    Electronic timer technology has changed the way homeowners interact with timer-enabled switches. Now consumers have the option of intuitive controls and settings that can be changed remotely, using smartphone apps. However, contractors are becoming more involved in the initial setup of these devices, which is a switch from what some installers may be used to. Fortunately, the latest generation of timers is making that process easier, as well, improving the experience for both contractors and their customers.

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  • Philips Lighting Offers Array of New LED Products

    Earlier this year at the Light + Building 2018 trade show in Frankfurt, Germany, Philips Lighting announced a string of new initiatives aimed at the transition to more LED lamps as well as the inclusion of LEDs into the “Internet of Things” (IoT) in homes and buildings worldwide.

    First the company announced IoT platform called Interact, designed to handle data collected from connected light points, sensors, devices and systems.

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  • Snake Tray Offers Modular, Snap-in-Place Electrical Busway

    In order to make cable runs quicker and more efficient to install — as well as allow for easily implemented re-distribution of under floor power over time — Snake Tray offers its modular, snap-in-place underfloor electrical busway, the Snake Bus.

    “We’ve created a longitudinal power distribution system with a modularity that allows a very rapid construction cycle,” said Roger Jette, founder, owner and president of Snake Tray. “The spin off from that is infinite moving and changeability; there’s nothing else like it.”

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