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July 10, 2019 - End users desiring speed and/or torque control often buy variable-frequency drives (VFDs) to modify existing applications where a standard induction motor is in place. Frequently, they try to control costs by using that existing standard induction motor. Before taking that path, however, it is best to consider a few areas of concern with the approach.
July 10, 2019 - “Standards can lead to innovation, but innovation can demand the creation of a standard.”
June 19, 2019 - Emergency lighting has long been seen as a nuisance by building maintenance and operations teams. To comply with safety regulations, such as CSA C22.2 No. 141 and NFPA 101 (Life Safety Code), these personnel used to have to walk throughout their building regularly to check every emergency exit light and test their batteries.
June 18, 2019 - There is an interesting change happening in lighting today, whereby projects are being designed around the users of a space, rather than around the space itself. This is not so much a trend as it is a shift in mindset.
June 18, 2019 - Hand health is an important issue for every electrician who uses cutting tools. The profession requires fine motor skills for many common tasks; indeed, for some electricians, this is the case for almost everything they do. An injured hand, depending on the severity, could mean time away from work or even the end of their career. After all, without healthy hands, it is difficult to continue working.
June 17, 2019 - In recent years, LEDs have increasingly been adopted as the industry standard for many commercial-grade lighting applications, from outdoor signage to hotel lobbies to towering office buildings. While it may be less obvious to most people, they have also gained ground with industrial-grade models for hazardous locations.
June 14, 2019 - Water’s importance is difficult to overstate. For 1.3 million people in the Fraser Sewerage Area, the vital resource is handled by Metro Vancouver Regional District’s Annacis Island Wastewater Treatment Plant (AIWWTP) in Delta, B.C. Given the facility’s crucial role, it must operate constantly. By 2016, however, its aging on-site variable-frequency drives (VFDs) were causing concerns about possible component failure.
May 23, 2019 - Your position as a leader requires more than just keeping your team on track for your company’s goals. You should also strive to empower your employees to stay on track for their personal goals.
May 23, 2019 - Analyzing and understanding the dynamic relationships between a business, its employees and its customers is a foundational element for any successful enterprise. For electrical distributors, certainly creating open lines of communication and a pleasant ‘customer journey’ are key to remaining profitable.
May 22, 2019 - B2B marketing for distributors and suppliers in the electrical industry can take many forms, from digital innovations and social media to merchandising and trade show displays to full multi-pronged campaigns. It can also serve many purposes, however, which are important to consider with relation to brand identity.
May 22, 2019 - When was the last time you took steps to manage your brand? Considering how your company and the markets it serves have changed over time, you can't let your brand be something that just happens to you—you must build it with intention.
May 15, 2019 - Working with electricity can always be dangerous. When you’re choosing a handheld digital multimeter (DMM) for maintenance and troubleshooting purposes, you’ll want to be sure to use a device that has been properly tested to withstand hazardous working environments—but it can be difficult to sort through all of the relevant specifications to determine the best tool for the job(s).
May 15, 2019 - In today’s need-it-now market, many electrical contractors are feeling pressure to reduce installation time for lighting projects, while also remaining budget-conscious, especially for commercial clients. Many issues can arise, however, from the time a product is specified to the time it is installed for a project. With the rise of LEDs and ‘smart building’ connectivity, these problems can range from drawings not matching job-site conditions to overly complex installations.
May 13, 2019 - With the rise of cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) applications, there are new opportunities for electrical contractors to help their clients optimize the implementation of energy management principles in their buildings.
April 12, 2019 - To help its electricians in work trucks service everything “from plugs in walls to shopping malls” in an efficient and adaptable manner, Olson Electric—a residential, industrial and commercial contractor based in Sechelt, B.C., that has been in business since 1990—relies on fleet management technology and telematics software to save time and fuel.
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