Whitepapers http://ecmweb.com/taxonomy/term/18951/more en Moving From Withdrawable to Fixed Circuit Breaker Switchgear in ANSI Medium-Voltage Applications http://ecmweb.com/whitepapers/moving-withdrawable-fixed-circuit-breaker-switchgear-ansi-medium-voltage-applications <div class="field-byline"> Sponsored Content by Schneider Electric </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>In the United States, medium-voltage (MV) power distribution typically uses withdrawable circuit breaker switchgear (WCBS). Withdrawable breakers allow for regular maintenance and provide an easily visible confirmation of circuit isolation but at a cost &mdash; having removable parts and the act of inserting and withdrawing breakers could result in the possibility of arc flash incidents. Modern fixed circuit breaker switchgear (FCBS), which uses highly reliable and virtually maintenance-free vacuum and gas breakers, eliminates this concern and introduces other potential advantages.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/whitepapers/moving-withdrawable-fixed-circuit-breaker-switchgear-ansi-medium-voltage-applications" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/whitepapers/moving-withdrawable-fixed-circuit-breaker-switchgear-ansi-medium-voltage-applications#comments Whitepapers Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:06:00 +0000 142961 at http://ecmweb.com Five Best Practices to Improve Building Management Systems (BMS) Cybersecurity http://ecmweb.com/whitepapers/five-best-practices-improve-building-management-systems-bms-cybersecurity <div class="field-byline"> Sponsored Content by Schneider Electric </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Data breaches and other cyber crime cost companies billions each year worldwide, and the damage to brand reputation can be incalculable. Since hackers look for weakly defended systems to attack, this paper presents 5 cybersecurity &ldquo;best practices&rdquo; to mitigate system vulnerabilities. Some are commonsense measures like effective password management; others involve securing open ports and other access points, software upgrades, user management, and vulnerability plans.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/whitepapers/five-best-practices-improve-building-management-systems-bms-cybersecurity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/whitepapers/five-best-practices-improve-building-management-systems-bms-cybersecurity#comments Whitepapers Tue, 22 Nov 2016 22:37:00 +0000 142851 at http://ecmweb.com Are You Cashing in on Green Energy? http://ecmweb.com/whitepapers/are-you-cashing-green-energy <div class="field-byline"> Sponsored Content by Mr. Electric </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Did you know that any home built before 2006, that hasn&rsquo;t been upgraded to be energy efficient, is a prospective energy audit customer? The desire for green energy is just gaining ground in the United States, and isn&rsquo;t limited to the HVAC industry.&nbsp; According to Mr. Electric, commercial audits can help reduce lighting costs by up to 75%.<br /> If your business isn&rsquo;t cashing in on the need for green energy, maybe it should be.&nbsp; Learn more about how energy audits may be a new revenue stream for your electrical contracting business.</p> </div> <p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/whitepapers/are-you-cashing-green-energy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/whitepapers/are-you-cashing-green-energy#comments Sponsored Products Whitepapers Thu, 03 Nov 2016 14:44:00 +0000 142071 at http://ecmweb.com Optimizing Buildings Using Analytics and Engineering Expertise http://ecmweb.com/whitepapers/optimizing-buildings-using-analytics-and-engineering-expertise <div class="field-byline"> Sponsored Content by Schneider Electric </div> <div class="node-body article-body">When fully utilized, Building Management Systems (BMS) offer facility managers many advantages. Harnessing building data to help correct root-cause energy inefficiencies is one area that is increasingly important yet challenging. This paper shows how leveraging BMS data through building data analytics software and combining it with expert engineering services creates actionable intelligence that can reduce HVAC energy costs by up to 30%. <p><img alt="" src="/site-files/ecmweb.com/files/uploads/2016/04/schneider_LIO_Life-Green_RGB1_4.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 69px;" /></p> </div> <p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/whitepapers/optimizing-buildings-using-analytics-and-engineering-expertise" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/whitepapers/optimizing-buildings-using-analytics-and-engineering-expertise#comments Whitepapers Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:44:00 +0000 141651 at http://ecmweb.com Selecting a Building Management System (BMS) for Sites with a Data Center or IT Room http://ecmweb.com/whitepapers/selecting-building-management-system-bms-sites-data-center-or-it-room <div class="field-byline"> Sponsored Content by Schneider Electric </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A data center or IT room uniquely alters the requirements of a building management system (BMS). This is primarily because of the criticality of IT and its dependence on facility infrastructure. IT&rsquo;s reliance on power and cooling systems makes a BMS an important part of a larger data center infrastructure management (DCIM) solution that brings together Facilities and IT. The cooperation and information sharing better ensures uninterrupted and efficient operation.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/whitepapers/selecting-building-management-system-bms-sites-data-center-or-it-room" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/whitepapers/selecting-building-management-system-bms-sites-data-center-or-it-room#comments Whitepapers Fri, 09 Sep 2016 13:29:00 +0000 139831 at http://ecmweb.com Guidance for Calculation of Efficiency (PUE) in Data Center http://ecmweb.com/whitepapers/guidance-calculation-efficiency-pue-data-center <div class="field-byline"> Sponsored Content by Schneider Electric </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Before data center infrastructure efficiency can be benchmarked using PUE or other metrics, there must be agreement on exactly what power consumptions constitute IT loads, what consumptions constitute physical infrastructure, and what loads should not be counted. Unfortunately, commonly published efficiency data is not computed using a standard methodology, and the same data center will have different efficiency ratings when different methodologies are applied.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/whitepapers/guidance-calculation-efficiency-pue-data-center" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/whitepapers/guidance-calculation-efficiency-pue-data-center#comments Whitepapers Thu, 08 Sep 2016 19:30:00 +0000 139801 at http://ecmweb.com Preventative Maintenance Strategy for Building Operations – a Better Approach http://ecmweb.com/whitepapers/preventative-maintenance-strategy-building-operations-better-approach <div class="field-byline"> Sponsored Content by Schneider Electric </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Maintenance costs account for almost as large a percentage of a facility&rsquo;s operating budget as energy expenses. But usually this money is spent inefficiently with a reactive &ldquo;wait till it breaks&rdquo; approach. This white paper shows how a proactive, predictive maintenance approach coupled with analytics can reduce a building&rsquo;s maintenance and energy costs by up to 20%. The pros and cons of different approaches to maintenance are discussed, as well as practical guidance on deciding whether to develop a smart services plan in-house or outsource it.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/whitepapers/preventative-maintenance-strategy-building-operations-better-approach" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/whitepapers/preventative-maintenance-strategy-building-operations-better-approach#comments Whitepapers Thu, 08 Sep 2016 16:14:00 +0000 139771 at http://ecmweb.com Energy Savings — Realistic Expectations for Commercial Facilities http://ecmweb.com/whitepapers/energy-savings-realistic-expectations-commercial-facilities-0 <div class="field-byline"> Sponsored Content by Eaton </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Through proven methods including variable frequency drives (VFD), LED lighting and conservation methods and control, many new and existing facilities achieve the savings that they expect. However, many solutions are overstated as energy savers including power factor (PF) correction, harmonic solutions and conservation voltage reduction (CVR). Some solutions may not specifically save energy, but offer financial savings for end users as an incentive or penalty avoidance.</div> <p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/whitepapers/energy-savings-realistic-expectations-commercial-facilities-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/whitepapers/energy-savings-realistic-expectations-commercial-facilities-0#comments Whitepapers Thu, 01 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000 139221 at http://ecmweb.com Know Your TCO: A Look at Medium Voltage VFDs http://ecmweb.com/whitepapers/know-your-tco-look-medium-voltage-vfds-1 <div class="field-byline"> Sponsored Content by Siemens </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/ecmweb.com/files/uploads/2016/04/Screen%20Shot%202016-07-05%20at%204.17.21%20PM%20copy.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 194px; margin: 5px; float: left;" />No other variable frequency drive (VFD) can match the proven reliability, operational flexibility and 20-year lifespan of SINAMICS PERFECT HARMONY medium voltage drives. And because greater reliability leads to less downtime and lower maintenance costs, the SINAMICS PERFECT HARMONY VFD also outstrips the competition when it comes to total cost of ownership (TCO).</p></div> <p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/whitepapers/know-your-tco-look-medium-voltage-vfds-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/whitepapers/know-your-tco-look-medium-voltage-vfds-1#comments Whitepapers Tue, 05 Jul 2016 19:34:00 +0000 137531 at http://ecmweb.com Battery Technology for Data Centers: VRLA vs. Li-ion http://ecmweb.com/whitepapers/battery-technology-data-centers-vrla-vs-li-ion <div class="field-byline"> Sponsored Content by Schneider Electric </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Lithium-ion battery prices have decreased over the years and are now becoming a viable option for data center UPS. This paper provides a brief overview of li-ion batteries in comparison to VRLA batteries for static UPS applications, including optimal chemistries and technologies. A 10-year total cost of ownership (TCO) analysis is provided showing li-ion is 39% less than VRLA despite their capital cost premium. A sensitivity analysis reveals the TCO drivers.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ecmweb.com/whitepapers/battery-technology-data-centers-vrla-vs-li-ion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ecmweb.com/whitepapers/battery-technology-data-centers-vrla-vs-li-ion#comments Whitepapers Thu, 30 Jun 2016 18:47:00 +0000 137431 at http://ecmweb.com