Tom Zind

Freelance Writer

Zind is a freelance writer based in Lee’s Summit, Mo. He can be reached at

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Deconstructing Danger 
Near-miss reporting — a workplace injury-prevention tool steadily gaining more credence — poses a conundrum of sorts. Up to a point, perhaps, you might think the more of it the better, but eventually you want to start seeing less.
Lighting’s New Bright Idea  1
The National Lighting Bureau recently explored the issue of lighting systems and cybersecurity during a panel discussion at its Annual Lighting Forum.
The Balancing Act 
There’s a lot of energy — mostly constructive, but some nervous — percolating beneath the mostly placid surface of the zero net energy (ZNE) building movement.
Get Smart 
It’s rare to find a building going up these days that doesn’t aspire to be “smart.”
Energy Storage Evolution  2

After years of idling on the cutting-edge fringe of the electrical grid, energy storage is revving its engine, primed to take a run at securing a permanent and constructive slot in the global energy infrastructure.

Internet of Things for Dummies 1
Understanding the difference between IoT acronyms.
An Industrial Strength Web 
Things are due to change on the factory floor. The machinery, systems, and processes manufacturers use to produce goods are on track to gain a digital voice, audible courtesy of the next frontier in digital communications — the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
Spinning a New Web 
As the scope of the Internet of Things widens, the task of building the electrical infrastructure to support it gets more attention. Electrical services providers will be faced with navigating this challenging terrain.
Moving T&M to the Fast Lane 
In the 1990s, as the predictive and condition-based maintenance field began to flower with technologies like infrared thermography, vibration analysis, and ultrasonics, Bob Madding attended a presentation by a leading maintenance guru that left him mildly puzzled.
A New Approach to Electrical Safety 

Organizations forced to send workers into the teeth of energized electrical equipment face a generally toothier set of rules for ensuring their safety heading into 2015.

LEDs Still a Mystery to Many Contractors  2
Held up as one of the proven, readily deployable technologies that could put a big dent in global energy consumption over time, LED lighting products are drawing the interest of ever more electrical contractors looking for avenues into the lucrative and growing energy-efficiency market.
Point, Click, Purchase 
Little seems sacred any more in the rapidly changing world of commerce — a lesson electrical contractors and their distributors themselves are learning all too well, sometimes painfully and awkwardly.
Getting More of the “Less” Market 
Amidst tumbling fossil fuel prices, the flowering of new oil and gas extraction technologies, and the snail’s pace adoption of alternative energy, it can be tempting to declare interest in energy conservation officially in hibernation.
A New APProach to Logistics 
To the uninitiated, a bustling construction site can look like a tangled mass of confusion. Materials stacked here and there, workers and equipment scurrying about like ants, a structure somehow taking shape amidst the apparent chaos.
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