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  • Smart Office Lighting Begins with Switches and Sensors

    As my brother and I grew up in rural Indiana, our mom was very concerned about us leaving piles clothes, toys, and other sundries around our room and strewn about the house. She was constantly after us to pick up after ourselves.

    Dad was different.

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  • How Today’s Smarter Motor Controls Are Becoming Safer, Too

    Today’s manufacturing floors are more automated – and more connected – than ever, and that efficiency-boosting trend is only accelerating. With greater connectivity, however, comes greater risk, as industrial operations can become cyber targets. A new approach to improving security of such operations aims to boost the safety of the entire network by protecting individual pieces of control equipment.

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  • Smart Office Lighting – It's in their DNA

    No, we're not talking about  deoxyribonucleic acid. That's complex in its understanding, has nothing to do with smart office lighting, and besides...

    I can't even spell it.

    What I can spell (and even understand) is Distributed Network Architecture. That's DNA for smart lighting and it has some significant advantages over and differences from its biological counterpart.

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  • Grounding Kits Help Contractors Manage Cable Tray Project Details

    Any weekend DIY warrior knows the importance – and challenge – of being properly prepared for a Saturday fix-it project. Of course, this means having all the right tools at hand, along with a high-level plan of approach. But it can also mean keeping track of easier-to-forget, detailed requirements. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s realized a need for a replacement faucet washer in a different size, just as said faucet is in pieces in front of me.

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  • ABB’s Ubiquitous Ty-Rap Cable Tie Turns 60

    Sometimes it’s the little things that both matter the most and last the longest.

    Take, for instance, the ubiquitous Ty-Rap cable tie, invented in 1958 by an engineer at Thomas & Betts, now ABB Installation Products, to bundle cables in airplanes. Any contractor who has opened a control panel has either used one or cut and removed one — or most likely done both, many times over.

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  • Helping Grounding Cable Move When It Needs To

    Grounding attachments are typically considered to be a stationary and permanent – after all, the equipment being used as a grounding connection is generally expected to remain fixed in place. But what about installations in which the protected equipment is frequently in motion? In these situations, a festoon-style approach can allow an appropriate range of motion without fear of creating pinch-points or other hazards in the grounding cable.

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