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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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  • Recyclable Enclosures Offer More End-of-Life Options

    With the rise of green building, building professionals have become much more familiar with what goes into the products they specify and install. For example, volatile organic chemicals – more frequently know by the acronym VOCs – have largely disappeared from paint, carpet and other building products due to greater awareness of the health problems they can cause.

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  • Looking Beyond NEMA and UL Markings When Specifying Enclosures

    In the United States, we’re well aware of a number of marking schemes that indicate how products like enclosures will perform in particular settings. These will include the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) rating indicating how resistant a product will be in various wet, dirty or corrosive locations. There might also be a UL marking indicating a standard to which the product has been tested.

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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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  • New Generation of Occupancy Sensors Offer Even More Features

    The current trend in occupancy sensors is to pack more features and options in ever smaller packages, making sensor installation quick and efficient, while also promoting the greater use of sensors for both energy savings and security benefits.

    First, sensors are moving towards a lower-profile, cleaner design intended to “flatten” the device against a ceiling or wall.

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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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