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  • Southwire Develops Overhead Conductor for Extreme Ice Conditions

    Numerous electric utilities across the country have had to weather significant ice storms over the past several winters that have taken down overhead transmission and distribution lines.

    Southwire has developed a new high-quality and high-strength overhead conductor designed to help power lines withstand extreme ice loads.

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  • Wireless Light Control Helped Reduce Labor and Installation Costs at the Seattle VA Hospital

    Working with energy-efficient lighting service provider, Northwest Edison, The Veteran’s Memorial Hospital in Seattle, Washington completed a renovation of its Facilities building, some office space and several laboratories to provide a more energy-efficient, updated space. The installation was complicated by the fact that the hospital building was constructed in the early 1950s, and budgets were tight.

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  • Data Centers Part 1 — The Growing Industry

    Over 30 years ago, I walked into my first datacom room. It provided the network and data interface for a food processing facility. It connected all the plant's office computers, along with providing connectivity to the home office across town.

    It was housed... in a closet. And not a big closet, either.

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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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  • Data Centers Part 2 — Challenges and Solutions

    In a previous article, I mentioned the first "data center" I ever encountered... a closet in a hallway.

    Times have changed as the sheer volume of data has increased. And, so have the infrastructures that house it. Data centers are vast repositories of pretty much every piece of information used to run and maintain business operations.

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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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