||Panelboards Are Getting Smarter
The breakers or fuses in a panelboard provide critical protection for
both occupants and maintenance staff, by helping mitigate dangerous
short-circuit and overcurrent conditions that could otherwise result in
electrical fires or life-threatening injuries. But, as a common meeting
point for multiple building circuits, panelboards also offer options for
building owners and managers to learn more about how those circuits are
being used. As the latest generation of products illustrates, the
Internet of Things is now arriving at a panelboard near you.
||Specifying Starters for More Efficient Operation
Starters and other motor controls are like the individual building
blocks that go into a motor control center (MCC). Individually, they can
be pretty basic devices, but their size, energy use, and communications
capabilities can have a big impact on overall MCC functionality and even
facility operations. So, while controls might seem like commodity
items, it makes sense to take a little extra time to determine your
project’s priorities before placing an order.
||Load Center Considerations
Most electricians consider load centers as a basic commodity. They may
consider their supply house choice more important than the load center
brand. So they may choose whatever their favorite distributor has on the
shelf. That does not give load center manufacturers much incentive to
add new features every year.
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