Electrical Construction & Maintenance (EC&M) Magazine - The Online Resource for Electrical Design, Construction and Maintenance http://ecmweb.com/rss.xml en Three Simple Steps to Creating Clients for Life http://ecmweb.com/business-management/three-simple-steps-creating-clients-life <div class="field-byline"> By Patrick Kennedy, Mister Sparky </div> <div class="node-body article-body">You work so hard to get the phone to ring, but once you visit new customers, are you turning them into lifetime clients? </div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Influencer </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/business-management/three-simple-steps-creating-clients-life" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/business-management/three-simple-steps-creating-clients-life#comments Business Management Silver Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:36:00 +0000 44701 at http://ecmweb.com Sometimes It’s as Simple as Using Ohm’s Law http://ecmweb.com/basics/sometimes-it-s-simple-using-ohm-s-law <div class="field-byline"> By Dave Teng, P.E., STE LLP </div> <div class="node-body article-body">This story begins with a puzzling situation for building engineers at The Ritz Plaza in New York City. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/basics/sometimes-it-s-simple-using-ohm-s-law" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/basics/sometimes-it-s-simple-using-ohm-s-law#comments Basics Electrical Theory Contractor Silver Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 44681 at http://ecmweb.com Water Supply and Sewage/Wastewater Disposal http://ecmweb.com/contractor/water-supply-and-sewagewastewater-disposal <div class="field-byline"> Information provided by FMI, Raleigh, N.C. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Most forms of infrastructure spending are financially squeezed right now.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/contractor/water-supply-and-sewagewastewater-disposal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/contractor/water-supply-and-sewagewastewater-disposal#comments Contractor Silver Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:49:00 +0000 44661 at http://ecmweb.com Onward and Upward http://ecmweb.com/blog/onward-and-upward <div class="node-body blog-body">Right about this same time last year, we reported the findings from our 2013 Top 40 Electrical Design Firms research project. </div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Influencer </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/industry-viewpoint">Industry Viewpoint</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/blog/onward-and-upward" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/blog/onward-and-upward#comments Design Silver Industry Viewpoint Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:22:00 +0000 44651 at http://ecmweb.com Turning Point: EC&M's 2014 Top 40 Electrical Design Firms http://ecmweb.com/design/turning-point-ecms-2014-top-40-electrical-design-firms <div class="field-byline"> By Amy Fischbach, Freelance Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">EC&M ranks the biggest electrical design firms in 2014.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/design/turning-point-ecms-2014-top-40-electrical-design-firms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/design/turning-point-ecms-2014-top-40-electrical-design-firms#comments Design Silver Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:24:00 +0000 44641 at http://ecmweb.com Data Center Features Flexible Design and Power Options http://ecmweb.com/project-spotlight/data-center-features-flexible-design-and-power-options <div class="field-byline"> By Amy Fischbach, Freelance Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Many of today’s data centers are built on the fast track. Some projects convert old abandoned industrial sites into new sophisticated technology centers. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/project-spotlight/data-center-features-flexible-design-and-power-options" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/project-spotlight/data-center-features-flexible-design-and-power-options#comments Energy Efficiency Project Spotlight Design Silver Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:57:00 +0000 44621 at http://ecmweb.com Branch Circuits and the NEC http://ecmweb.com/code-basics/branch-circuits-and-nec <div class="field-byline"> By Mike Holt, NEC Consultant </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A branch circuit consists of the conductors between the final overcurrent protection device (OCPD) and the point of use outlets [Art. 100].</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Influencer </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/code-basics/branch-circuits-and-nec" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/code-basics/branch-circuits-and-nec#comments Code Basics Silver Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:49:00 +0000 44781 at http://ecmweb.com Calculating Touch Voltages and Electric Shock Risk in Low-Voltage Systems http://ecmweb.com/shock-electrocution/calculating-touch-voltages-and-electric-shock-risk-low-voltage-systems <div class="field-byline"> By Massimo Mitolo, PhD, P.E., Eaton Corp., and Haijun Liu, PhD, P.E., ETAP </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The analysis of magnitudes and durations of touch voltages in cable installations can provide electrical professionals with a better understanding of the requirements of Art. 250 of the NEC regarding the protection against electric shock.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/shock-electrocution/calculating-touch-voltages-and-electric-shock-risk-low-voltage-systems" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/shock-electrocution/calculating-touch-voltages-and-electric-shock-risk-low-voltage-systems#comments Shock & Electrocution Design Silver Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:38:00 +0000 44771 at http://ecmweb.com Comparing the Basic Design of Stepper and Servo Motors http://ecmweb.com/motors/comparing-basic-design-stepper-and-servo-motors <div class="field-byline"> By David Herres, Master Electrician </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Stepper motors resemble servo motors in that both types are characterized by an ability to rotate a partial turn and then stop for any interval with or without holding torque.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/motors/comparing-basic-design-stepper-and-servo-motors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/motors/comparing-basic-design-stepper-and-servo-motors#comments Motors Contractor Silver Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:08:00 +0000 44761 at http://ecmweb.com Inside the COPT DC-6 Data Center Project http://ecmweb.com/contractor/inside-copt-dc-6-data-center-project <div class="node-body gallery-body">Data center project features flexible design and power options as well as incremental stages of construction</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/contractor/inside-copt-dc-6-data-center-project" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/contractor/inside-copt-dc-6-data-center-project#comments Galleries Contractor Design Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:00:00 +0000 44351 at http://ecmweb.com The NEC and Storage Batteries http://ecmweb.com/nec/nec-and-storage-batteries <div class="field-byline"> By Mark Lamendola, Electrical Consultant </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Article 480 provides the electrical installation requirements for all stationary installations of electrical storage batteries.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/nec/nec-and-storage-batteries" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/nec/nec-and-storage-batteries#comments NEC Silver Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:58:00 +0000 44751 at http://ecmweb.com What's Wrong Here? Hint: Terrifying Temporary Power Arrangement http://ecmweb.com/whats-wrong-here/whats-wrong-here-hint-terrifying-temporary-power-arrangement <div class="field-byline"> By Russ LeBlanc, NEC Consultant </div> <div class="node-body article-body">How well do you know the Code? Think you can spot violations the original installer either ignored or couldn’t identify? </div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Influencer </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/whats-wrong-here/whats-wrong-here-hint-terrifying-temporary-power-arrangement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/whats-wrong-here/whats-wrong-here-hint-terrifying-temporary-power-arrangement#comments What's Wrong Here? Silver Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:31:00 +0000 44811 at http://ecmweb.com Illustrated Catastrophes: PVC Thermal Expansion/Contraction and Protective Bushings http://ecmweb.com/violations/illustrated-catastrophes-pvc-thermal-expansioncontraction-and-protective-bushings <div class="field-byline"> By Russ LeBlanc, NEC Consultant </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A big “thank you” goes out to Steve Perry, an electrician from Peabody, Mass., for sharing this great photo with us.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Influencer </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/violations/illustrated-catastrophes-pvc-thermal-expansioncontraction-and-protective-bushings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/violations/illustrated-catastrophes-pvc-thermal-expansioncontraction-and-protective-bushings#comments Violations Silver Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:26:00 +0000 44801 at http://ecmweb.com Stumped by the Code? Rules for Sizing Feeder Conductors http://ecmweb.com/qa/stumped-code-rules-sizing-feeder-conductors <div class="field-byline"> By Mike Holt, NEC Consultant </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Q. What is the Code rule for sizing feeder conductors, both ungrounded and neutral? Please show an example.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Influencer </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/qa/stumped-code-rules-sizing-feeder-conductors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/qa/stumped-code-rules-sizing-feeder-conductors#comments Q&A Silver Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:19:00 +0000 44791 at http://ecmweb.com Announcing EC&M's 2014 Top 10 Electrical Design Firms http://ecmweb.com/design/announcing-ecms-2014-top-10-electrical-design-firms <div class="node-body gallery-body">It's that time of year again -- when EC&M unveils the highly anticipated Top 40 electrical design firms in the country, ranked specifically by electrical design revenue. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/design/announcing-ecms-2014-top-10-electrical-design-firms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/design/announcing-ecms-2014-top-10-electrical-design-firms#comments Galleries Design Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:12:00 +0000 44421 at http://ecmweb.com Philadelphia City Council Commits to Goal of 20,000 Solar Roofs http://ecmweb.com/news/philadelphia-city-council-commits-goal-20000-solar-roofs <div class="node-body article-body">The Philadelphia City Council has unanimously passed an ambitious resolution in support of increasing solar power generation within the city of Philadelphia. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/news/philadelphia-city-council-commits-goal-20000-solar-roofs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/news/philadelphia-city-council-commits-goal-20000-solar-roofs#comments News Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:51:00 +0000 44841 at http://ecmweb.com New Products: Fittings, Work Boots, Remote Switch Actuator, and more http://ecmweb.com/products/new-products-fittings-work-boots-remote-switch-actuator-and-more <div class="node-body gallery-body">This month, EC&M magazine focuses on products from CBS ArcSafe, Appleton, Keen, and more</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/products/new-products-fittings-work-boots-remote-switch-actuator-and-more" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/products/new-products-fittings-work-boots-remote-switch-actuator-and-more#comments Galleries Products Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:00:00 +0000 44831 at http://ecmweb.com NY Paper Manufacturer Exposes Workers to Serious Safety Violations at Multiple Sites http://ecmweb.com/safety/ny-paper-manufacturer-exposes-workers-serious-safety-violations-multiple-sites <div class="node-body article-body">The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Burrows Paper Corp., based in Little Falls, N.Y., for repeat and serious safety violations at two of the company's work sites.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/safety/ny-paper-manufacturer-exposes-workers-serious-safety-violations-multiple-sites" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/safety/ny-paper-manufacturer-exposes-workers-serious-safety-violations-multiple-sites#comments News Safety Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:50:00 +0000 44741 at http://ecmweb.com burrows.com Box enclosure http://ecmweb.com/product-day/box-enclosure <div class="node-body article-body">The PIP Series box provides waterproof protection of electronics</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/product-day/box-enclosure" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/product-day/box-enclosure#comments Product of the Day Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:36:00 +0000 44731 at http://ecmweb.com Floor-Mounted Type FCC Cable http://ecmweb.com/code-quiz-day/floor-mounted-type-fcc-cable <div class="field-byline"> By Mike Holt, NEC Consultant </div> <div class="node-body article-body">NEC requirements for floor-mounted Type FCC cable, cable connectors, and insulating ends that are covered with carpet squares.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Influencer </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/code-quiz-day/floor-mounted-type-fcc-cable" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/code-quiz-day/floor-mounted-type-fcc-cable#comments Code Quiz of Day Silver Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:19:00 +0000 44721 at http://ecmweb.com Architecture Billings Index Shows Slight Improvement http://ecmweb.com/news/architecture-billings-index-shows-slight-improvement <div class="node-body article-body">After starting out the year on a positive note, there was another minor increase in the Architecture Billings Index last month. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/news/architecture-billings-index-shows-slight-improvement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/news/architecture-billings-index-shows-slight-improvement#comments News Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:22:00 +0000 44711 at http://ecmweb.com <p><a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/" target="_blank">nothing to hide</a>: Flicker</p> Electrical Alliance Contractors Win WBC Craftsmanship Awards for 19 Projects http://ecmweb.com/contractor/electrical-alliance-contractors-win-wbc-craftsmanship-awards-19-projects <div class="node-body article-body">Nine Electrical Alliance contractors were recognized by the Washington Building Congress’s Craftsmanship Awards Program, for exceptional workmanship on 19 projects throughout the Washington, D.C. area.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/contractor/electrical-alliance-contractors-win-wbc-craftsmanship-awards-19-projects" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/contractor/electrical-alliance-contractors-win-wbc-craftsmanship-awards-19-projects#comments Contractor News Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:41:00 +0000 44631 at http://ecmweb.com <p>University of Maryland - Physical Science Complex</p> University of Maryland Threadless grounding bushings http://ecmweb.com/product-day/threadless-grounding-bushings <div class="node-body article-body">The TL Series threadless grounding bushings feature a plastic liner that protects insulated conductors from abrasion </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/product-day/threadless-grounding-bushings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/product-day/threadless-grounding-bushings#comments Product of the Day Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:17:00 +0000 44611 at http://ecmweb.com Making Bends in Type NUCC http://ecmweb.com/code-quiz-day/making-bends-type-nucc <div class="field-byline"> By Mike Holt, NEC Consultant </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The requirements for installation of Type NUCC are outlined in Art. 354 of the 2011 NEC.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Influencer </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/code-quiz-day/making-bends-type-nucc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/code-quiz-day/making-bends-type-nucc#comments Code Quiz of Day Silver Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:56:00 +0000 44601 at http://ecmweb.com PGE Resource Plan Lays Groundwork for Energy Future http://ecmweb.com/power-quality/pge-resource-plan-lays-groundwork-energy-future <div class="node-body article-body">Portland General Electric has filed a new integrated resource plan with the Oregon Public Utility Commission, building on its current plan but calling for no major new power plants in the near term beyond those the company now has under construction</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/power-quality/pge-resource-plan-lays-groundwork-energy-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/power-quality/pge-resource-plan-lays-groundwork-energy-future#comments Power Quality Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:41:00 +0000 44591 at http://ecmweb.com New Standby Power System Installed for Critical Equipment in Rush University Medical Center http://ecmweb.com/power-quality/new-standby-power-system-installed-critical-equipment-rush-university-medical-center <div class="node-body article-body">MTU Onsite Energy’s state-of-the-art generators power the Tower of Rush University Medical Center’s new 14-story hospital. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/power-quality/new-standby-power-system-installed-critical-equipment-rush-university-medical-center" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/power-quality/new-standby-power-system-installed-critical-equipment-rush-university-medical-center#comments Power Quality Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:28:00 +0000 44581 at http://ecmweb.com California ISO Board Approves Plan to Fortify SoCal Grid http://ecmweb.com/power-quality/california-iso-board-approves-plan-fortify-socal-grid <div class="node-body article-body">The California Independent System Operator Corp. (ISO) Board of Governors has approved grid infrastructure upgrades that focus on the reliability needs in southern California in the wake of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) early retirement in June 2013.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/power-quality/california-iso-board-approves-plan-fortify-socal-grid" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/power-quality/california-iso-board-approves-plan-fortify-socal-grid#comments Power Quality Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:21:00 +0000 44571 at http://ecmweb.com <div class="image-description"> <p>View of the San Onofre Nuclear reactor and large turbo generators at San Clemente, California, circa 1971.</p> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> energy.gov FirstEnergy Invests in Several Electric Utilities to Improve Reliability Levels http://ecmweb.com/power-quality/firstenergy-invests-several-electric-utilities-improve-reliability-levels <div class="node-body article-body">As part of its ongoing efforts to strengthen the durability and flexibility of its electric system, FirstEnergy Corp. plans to invest in several electric utilities this year.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/power-quality/firstenergy-invests-several-electric-utilities-improve-reliability-levels" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/power-quality/firstenergy-invests-several-electric-utilities-improve-reliability-levels#comments Power Quality Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:06:00 +0000 44561 at http://ecmweb.com <p><span class="meta-field photo-desc " id="yui_3_16_0_rc_1_1_1397520847375_965">A crew prepares to pour concrete down a foundation form for a new transmission structure.</span></p> OSHA Issues 2014 Inspection Plan to Reduce Injuries and Illnesses at High-Hazard Workplaces http://ecmweb.com/safety/osha-issues-2014-inspection-plan-reduce-injuries-and-illnesses-high-hazard-workplaces <div class="node-body article-body">The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued its annual inspection plan under the Site-Specific Targeting 2014 program to direct enforcement resources to workplaces where the highest rates of injuries and illnesses occur.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/safety/osha-issues-2014-inspection-plan-reduce-injuries-and-illnesses-high-hazard-workplaces" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/safety/osha-issues-2014-inspection-plan-reduce-injuries-and-illnesses-high-hazard-workplaces#comments News Safety Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:47:00 +0000 44551 at http://ecmweb.com Reinforcing Reliability: Advanced Cell Bypass http://ecmweb.com/whitepapers/reinforcing-reliability-advanced-cell-bypass <div class="node-body article-body">For decades, versatility and potential cost savings have spurred the use of medium voltage variable frequency drives (VFDs) in a wide range of applications. From pipelines with fluctuating flows to mine conveyors with variable throughput, </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/whitepapers/reinforcing-reliability-advanced-cell-bypass" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/whitepapers/reinforcing-reliability-advanced-cell-bypass#comments Whitepapers Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:16:00 +0000 44521 at http://ecmweb.com