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  • New Wiring Devices Helping Data Centers Power Down Their Demand

    If you could go back a decade or so, you’d find the growing data center market then under fire for its notoriously high energy demand. Operators based their siting decisions on locations offering easy access to inexpensive electricity, with energy cost being the primary motivator.  Today’s owners, however, are equally concerned about the environmental impact of that energy’s generation, which is helping to drive efficiency improvements in data center design.

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  • Fuse Protection — No More Pennies

    Back in the day, and I mean WAY back, houses actually had no means of overload protection in their wiring systems. It didn’t take long for some electrical engineer to come up with the first form of protection: the fuse.

    The fuses were designed to break the circuit before overheating in the wiring caused a fire.

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  • Honeywell Report: USB Drives Pose Significant Security Threat

    A new report released by Honeywell Industrial Cyber Security Solutions and Services warns that a big threat to industrial process controls can come in very small packages — namely, removable USB devices and flash drives used to transfer data between and among computers.

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  • IDEA Connector: New Name, but Same Great Data

    For the last 20 years, behind the scenes, the Industry Data Exchange Association (IDEA) has been working to develop and improve the way electrical contractors and distributors find the electrical product and pricing information they need for bidding and other purposes. Long called the Industry Data Warehouse (IDW), the product database IDEA manages, was recently rechristened IDEA Connector, in a move IDEA says more clearly communicates the database’s intent.

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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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  • Material Concerns in Explosion-Proof Product Design

    Hazardous areas require special attention from specifiers. These are areas, as defined in the National Electrical Code, where a combustible atmosphere raises a risk of explosion if sparks or open flames or present. This risk could be the result of flammable gases, combustible vapors, combustible dust or easily ignitable fibers.

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