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  • Correct Setbacks and Insulate Devices

    Arlington Industries offers a wide range of countertop, floor and wall box kits, with plastic or metal covers in up to five different colors featuring either metal or plastic flip lids and plugs for new or retrofit construction.

    To address the retrofit or remodel market in particular, Arlington also offers an electrical box extender that can be used to correct setbacks and insulate devices with an easy install design, eliminating the need to align device screws with extender holes.

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  • Adding Smarts to Your Electrical Outlet

    Don’t look now, but your electrical outlets may one day soon start developing some smarts.

    Smarts, that is, in terms of artificial intelligence through which an outlet box can “learn” to differentiate between a fuse-flipping arc event such as faulty wiring and a “nuisance trip” such as when a vacuum cleaner or hair dryer momentarily overloads a circuit.

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  • Know the Challenges Solar Project Fittings Can Face

    Solar energy has grown from a niche player in the electricity-generation market to a significant contributor to U.S. energy markets. Aiding that growth have been notable equipment improvements, including more efficient photovoltaic (PV) panels and the introduction of smart inverters enabling safer and more productive operation of installed PV systems. But some contractors might not yet realize that even the most basic connectors and other fittings also have become optimized for the harsh conditions they can face in solar applications.

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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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  • Electrical Hazards – Why PPE Alone is Not Enough

    At four times hotter than the sun, an arc flash damages everything in its path: property, production, and most importantly, people.

    Everything.

    Even if wearing the correctly rated PPE, a worker involved in an arc flash still faces potential injury. The force of the blast can literally catapult your team member across the room... unless a beam or other immovable object stops him first.

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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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