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  • Datacom: Feed-through Connectors and Crimp Tools

    Installing cabling for data connectivity means dealing with evolving technologies. In commercial and industrial installations, that normally means running and terminating Cat5e and Cat6 cabling.

    When installing patch panels and working in Datacom rooms, it appears the maze of cabling gets ever more complex.

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  • With Track Lighting, It’s All About the Accessories

    Few lighting-fixture styles offer as much flexibility as track lighting – once the track, itself, is installed, fixture heads can be clicked into place wherever they’re needed – and repositioned just as easily as room configurations change. And, as room styles change, the heads, themselves, can be replaced with newer models, giving designers and owners options recessed luminaires can never offer.

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  • Datacom: Tools and Meters

    What do rubies, sapphires, and carbide have to do with each other? All are types of scoring blades for fiber optic conductors, that's what. If you've done any fiber work, you know how delicate the cables can be.

    That's why special tools have been developed just for installing fiber optic circuits. Fiber is a highly efficient way of carrying massive amounts of data in both commercial and now residential installations.

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  • Home Security Systems

    I grew up in rural Pennsylvania in the 1960s. We had a nice house with a fenced-in yard, on property in the shadow of the Appalachian mountain range. Our homestead was secured with an F&B security system.

    Fritz, a beautiful German shepherd, patrolled the interior of our mini estate. Our surly bulldog Brutus guarded the yard tenaciously. Yep, no one got by them. If someone even looked at the house, the barking and carrying on clued us in.

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  • IDEA’s IDW Data for Contractors Enters Year Three

    The IDEA (Industry Data Exchange Association) Industry Data Warehouse (IDW) is now entering its third year of successful use by contractors worldwide to streamline parts ordering and produce accurate and timely estimates.

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  • Security Tech – Ever vigilant sentries of commerce

    Wherever two or more are gathered ...

    There'd better be security. Let's face it. Small town America, where everybody knew your name and you could leave your door unlocked, is gone. Well, at least it's vanishing quickly.

    And where large group of humanity jostle each other, security is a must.

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