Featured Articles

rss
  • 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.

    Read more
  • 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.

    Read more
  • 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.

    Read more
  • LED Lifespans Lead Manufacturers to New Business Models

    In my years working in commercial offices – cubicle farms, we called them, then – the sight of a building maintenance staffer up on a ladder to replace a burned out fluorescent tube lamp or ballast was a regular occurrence. As commercial building owners and managers make the switch to much longer-lived LED replacement options, lighting manufacturers will be selling many fewer lamps, and they’re looking for new options to make up that anticipated lost revenue.

    Read more
  • Eaton XT Series IEC Motor Controls Ease Installation, Amp Up Usability

    Eaton’s XT IEC Motor and Power Control Series offers faster and easier installation along with increased functionality and improvements in usability for contractors.

    The XT series offers non-reversing and reversing contactors and starters as well as overload relays and accessories.

    Read more
  • Commercial Owners Sensing Savings in Today’s Smarter Lighting Controls

    Once upon a time, commercial office buildings were lit up like candles 24 hours a day, perhaps because installing the right control systems was more expensive than the electricity used to power all those light fixtures. That time has long passed though, and today’s owners are looking for new solutions that maximize the contribution of natural sunlight, where and when possible, and minimize the use of electric lighting in unoccupied spaces. These combined demands are driving a growing market for light and occupancy sensors in lighting designs both large and small.

    Read more