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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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  • 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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