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  • Recyclable Enclosures Offer More End-of-Life Options

    With the rise of green building, building professionals have become much more familiar with what goes into the products they specify and install. For example, volatile organic chemicals – more frequently know by the acronym VOCs – have largely disappeared from paint, carpet and other building products due to greater awareness of the health problems they can cause.

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  • Emerson Offers SolaHD K-Rated Transformers to Address Power Harmonics

    Power harmonics have become an increasingly important issue in today’s industrial environment, a result of the growing number of sensitive electronics, high-powered computers and sophisticated production technology employed on many factory floors, production facilities and labs.

    Harmonics are, essentially, current and voltage with frequencies that are not aligned — also known as non-linear loads.

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  • Looking Beyond NEMA and UL Markings When Specifying Enclosures

    In the United States, we’re well aware of a number of marking schemes that indicate how products like enclosures will perform in particular settings. These will include the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) rating indicating how resistant a product will be in various wet, dirty or corrosive locations. There might also be a UL marking indicating a standard to which the product has been tested.

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  • Power Quality

    The quality of power coming into a residence or commercial operation has always been important. You expect a consistent and constant flow of electricity to power whatever you're doing.

    Years ago, homes and businesses could tolerate a certain amount of inconsistency. Other than outright power outages, life and commerce could hum along and never notice any differences in power quality, up to a certain point that is.

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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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  • Why is Power Quality Important?

    Before we begin to discuss why power quality is important, let's answer a few questions about what it is, what it involves and what affects it.

    From the utility or provider standpoint, the main concern is a consistent and uninterrupted voltage supply. Remember that this is not a constant value, but a voltage range. While we might talk about, for instance, a 120-volt AC supply, in reality that is a nominal value for a range.

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