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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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  • Why is Power Quality Important?

    Before we begin to discuss why power quality is important, let's answer a few questions about what it is, what it involves and what affects it.

    From the utility or provider standpoint, the main concern is a consistent and uninterrupted voltage supply. Remember that this is not a constant value, but a voltage range. While we might talk about, for instance, a 120-volt AC supply, in reality that is a nominal value for a range.

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  • Transfer Switch Basics

    There's no doubt that many areas of the nation's power grid infrastructure are aging, on the verge of failure. If your livelihood, like mine, depends on the availability of power, there's reason for concern.

    And the health, safety and well-being of your family depends on electrical power as well. Perhaps the best way to prepare is to have an emergency backup power plan prepared.

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  • Generators for Work, Play, and Backup Power

    While backup power in emergencies is vital, it's not the only reason to have a portable generator on hand. And when it's crucial to maintain consistent power during an outage, portables are not always the best answer.

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  • New Options for Illuminating the Great Outdoors

    Exterior luminaires often are treated as the workhorses of the lighting industry. With a need to withstand what can be harsh operating conditions, through winter storms and summer heat, design emphasis often focuses on durability and basic lighting functions, over more versatile applications. That’s beginning to change, however, as manufacturers have begun adding new capabilities to a range of outdoor fixture types.

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