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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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  • 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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  • Smart Office Lighting Begins with Switches and Sensors

    As my brother and I grew up in rural Indiana, our mom was very concerned about us leaving piles clothes, toys, and other sundries around our room and strewn about the house. She was constantly after us to pick up after ourselves.

    Dad was different.

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  • Smart Office Lighting – It's in their DNA

    No, we're not talking about  deoxyribonucleic acid. That's complex in its understanding, has nothing to do with smart office lighting, and besides...

    I can't even spell it.

    What I can spell (and even understand) is Distributed Network Architecture. That's DNA for smart lighting and it has some significant advantages over and differences from its biological counterpart.

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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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