DAS Matters Now More Than Ever

KenI would like to introduce Ken Sandfeld from SOLiD, our guest author this week.  Ken is the Executive Vice President at SOLiD, leading the go-to-market and product strategy activities for network densification solutions.  He has over 17 years of experience in the wireless infrastructure industry and is passionate about bringing innovative technologies to market. Thank you Ken, for your valuable time and input this week!

DAS Matters Now More Than Ever

As a manufacturer of indoor and outdoor wireless network densification solutions, we keep a bird’s eye view of the industry to spot market and technology trends. So it was with keen interest that we observed multiple articles and reports originating from the recently-concluded Mobile World Congress touting the comeback of DAS or Distributed Antenna Systems.

Really? We didn’t know DAS was purportedly on the outs.

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Manage the Changing Dynamics of Your Job Site

Jeff Mehrer, Panduit Solutions Director, Industrial Construction

Jeff Mehrer, Panduit Solutions Director, Industrial Construction

One of the greatest challenges for an electrical contractor is the coordination of product flow from the suppliers to the project site. This is a direct result of the industry’s difficulty in projecting future demand based on the variability and real-time dynamics of a job site.

Industry numbers* show that only 60% of labor hours are spent on productive, direct installation. Meanwhile, 40% of labor hours are consumed by “un-productive” material handling activities. This translates to 17% of revenue dollars slipping through the fingers of the average contractor.
*Agile Construction for the Electrical Contractor

 

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EMI Noise Mitigation – A Key Factor to Control Panel Optimization

One of the core issues affecting the performance and reliability of industrial EMINoise-sourcevictim control systems is electrical noise. It can cause field device misreads; devices to fail, reset, or enter a fault state; equipment damage; or signal retransmission that inflicts communication delays. The topic of mitigating performance issues caused by electrical noise is wide ranging, but we’ll look at three topics here: the types of Electrical Noise, the types of problems caused, and a multilayered approach to EMI noise mitigation.

 

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Details, Details, Details – Individual Components or Pre-Configured Cabinets?

The devil is in the details. This is true for many endeavors, particularly when building out a data center’s physical infrastructure. Given the scope and investment of the entire data center project, the physical infrastructure can seem relatively minor. Missing some important details however, can have a significant impact on installation schedules, and your job…who wants to explain why a new service or application is delayed  because a minor component doesn’t fit right or didn’t arrive on schedule?  Missing details can also impact network performance when work-arounds, done for the sake for expediency, lead to operational problems or worse….after the data center has been commissioned.

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Flex Cable Connections – Are You Up to Code?

Fred Dorman, Global Solutions Manager, Business and Channel Development

Fred Dorman, Global Solutions Manager, Business and Channel Development

It can be surprising how many control panels, motor control centers and power distribution terminal blocks are wired incorrectly and in violation of UL508A.

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Is It Time to Beef Up Your School Technology Infrastructure?

School curriculum is changing! You used to have pencils, paper, chalkboards, and if you were lucky, an overhead projector.  Now our children are using computers, iPads, or even learning from the comfort of their own home! The technology advances in the education field are amazing, but what does it mean for a school’s physical infrastructure?  Are they prepared to handle all of these advanced digital materials and learning devices?

We all know that bandwidth requirements are ever-increasing, and if you work in the education field, how can you be prepared to future-proof your network?  With many districts facing these same future-proofing issues, here are six strategies for school IT administrators to consider before embarking on any physical infrastructure technology improvement plan.

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Connect the Unconnected Reliably

Many of us have had to deal with harsh winter conditions in the US over the last couple months which sometimes requires working from home. With mobile devices and high speed internet, our connections to co-workers and plants can continue in spite of adverse conditions. For today’s manufacturing plants, the amount of connected people, plants, data and things is growing exponenoil pic1tially and these connections need to perform reliably no matter the environmental conditions.

Cisco estimates that 50 billion new IP connections to be installed by 2022 will unlock trillions of dollars of business value for manufacturing. Cisco research estimates that only 4% of devices on the manufacturing floor are connected to a network.  Thus, there is a huge industry push to connect all the islands of information that stand in the way of Internet of Things value creation.  The challenges of deployment though are also very real – no one can afford to gamble on reliability or performance of their critical manufacturing processes and risk downtime or worse.

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Measure, Improve and Maintain for Higher Efficiency

Statistics, multiple analysts, and research reports indicate that data centers are often overprovisioned with power and cooling capacity to maintain service levels regardless of actual IT equipment utilization. As you are well aware, this approach has proven to be expensive and inefficient. As data center energy consumption grows it is drawing the attention of CFO’s and corporate responsibility managers who are concerned with the impact of the data center’s operation on the environment and of course, the impact on the bottom line. So how can you improve your data center’s efficiency?

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Building Systems Convergence – Are You on Board?

When you think of all the systems your building operates it can be an overwhelming list!  You typically have communication, computing, power, lighting, security, HVAC and fire life and safety systems right?  All of these systems help a facility function on a day to day basis by providing a means to communicate with one another, power the building, maintain climate and lighting control, and basic engineering and maintenance. But typically, each of these systems run on a dedicated network with various protocols, which aren’t integrated, increasing complexity, staff, and not to mention points of control.

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Mobile Data-The Most Important Tool on Your Jobsite

Jeff Mehrer, Panduit Solutions Director, Industrial Construction

The emergence of Smartphones and Tablets has helped take many industries truly into the mobile workspace.  But it is introducing the construction trades to productivity potential beyond our wildest dreams.

The introduction of SaaS (software-as-a-service) and hosted technologies, as well as the Cloud,  have allowed contractors to broaden their workspace by providing access to data from anywhere an Internet connection is available.  Contractors are creating web portals that allow their workers to access a host of applications that are useful on the jobsite in their everyday business.

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