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  • Meeting Today’s Latest Energy Standards with Today’s Latest Panelboards

    Submetering used to only be an issue for landlords of multitenant buildings, but new energy standards are adding new submetering requirements for a range of commercial facilities, even those that are fully owner occupied. Electrical contractors involved in specifying panelboards should be familiar with these new provisions, as it could impact the products they order for projects in jurisdictions incorporating these standards into to their building codes.

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  • Schneider Offers Modicon M580 ePAC for Connected Automation

    Schneider Electric is calling its Modicon M580 ePAC controller the first Process Automation Controller (PAC) ready for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

    The device, Schneider says, is aimed at helping manufacturers improve machine performance, increase cybersecurity and apply the functionality of a safety programmable logic controller to existing machine processes to reduce costs, improve reliability and sustainability, manage operating risks and share ever-increasing amounts of raw operating data wirelessly throughout a factory floor.

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  • New Options for Illuminating the Great Outdoors

    Exterior luminaires often are treated as the workhorses of the lighting industry. With a need to withstand what can be harsh operating conditions, through winter storms and summer heat, design emphasis often focuses on durability and basic lighting functions, over more versatile applications. That’s beginning to change, however, as manufacturers have begun adding new capabilities to a range of outdoor fixture types.

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  • Voltage Testing Without Leads

    Fluke’s new T6-1000 Electrical Tester is designed to let commercial and light industrial electricians do basic troubleshooting, verifying voltage and continuity values and testing individual circuits to get current and voltage levels all without test leads or metal-to-metal contact.

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  • Energy Savings Add Up Quickly with LED Parking and Area Lighting

    Maybe like you, I’ve recently begun switching out my compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs with LED replacements in my table and ceiling fixtures. The energy savings aren’t huge, maybe 5 watts per lamp, and certainly not what I initially managed when switching from old 60 watt incandescents to the 13 watt CFLs. But every little bit helps, plus, the LEDs could last 15 or 20 years, depending on use, so I won’t have to worry about replacing them again for another decade or two.

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  • Bringing the Switch into the Digital Age

    Really, could any electrical device be simpler than a switch? It performs the most basic of functions, sending a simple on/off message to the equipment it controls. However, like just about every other component in our increasingly sophisticated electrical systems, switches, push buttons and other seemingly simple input devices now are becoming both smart and wireless.

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