Changing Technology is Reshaping Education

Constantly changing technology is reshaping the way we all work, play, communicate, and educate. A new generation of students, more intimately familiar with computing, multimedia tools, and distance learning expect more from their education environment than just books and chalkboards. Gone are the days when a cart-mounted TV and video unit were considered “multi-media” tools. Today’s students expect high-tech learning institutions as well as the flexibility to learn from the comfort of their own home.

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New applications allow teachers, professors, and instructors to provide a more dynamic and effective learning experience, improve teaching techniques, and ultimately raise test scores and graduation rates. In a fast-paced society, presenting students with literally hundreds of educational choices daily, it is important for schools, colleges, and universities to take advantage of changing technology tools and new applications, in order to stay competitive and keep students’ attention.

By adopting new technologies such as converged networks, wireless applications, and connected buildings systems, educational institutions can broaden the range of tools available in the classroom, improve network access and security for remote students, consolidate information, and maintain student records across an entire campus, all at a reduced operating cost. From using smartphones and tablets, to taking class attendance, to managing a centrally distributed audio-video program, convergence and deployment of wireless offers a whole new spectrum of services and benefits.

For more information on how Panduit can help you create a high-tech learning institution please visit www.panduit.com/education.

Optimizing Data Center White Space…..The Next Frontier

We frequently work with data center managers who need help optimizing data center white space. They are fully aware that data centers are among the costliest facilities to build and operate. Excluding power and cooling, Gartner estimates that the space a single server cabinet occupies costs $4,900 per year. This figure is based on the annualized cost of the building structure itself, racks, building maintenance, 24/7 security and staff and property taxes, etc.

Dynamic, virtualized work-loads, the need to provision new applications quickly, and lack of insights into available power and cooling leads to over provisioning of power and cooling, which results in higher operating costs. On the contrary, space is often under provisioned and results in average cabinet space utilization between 50% and 65%, an obvious visual indicator that improvements are needed. However, historically, deploying additional capacity has been complicated, expensive and time consuming.

Factor in the time and effort, associated with justifying capital for a data center expansion and optimizing the existing space becomes an attractive alternative. Increasing cabinet density can be like venturing into unknown space. Here are some considerations as you embark on your mission–optimizing data center white space:

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“Life is Not a Malfunction!” Don’t Let a Short Circuit Affect Your Cabling

Nathan Pascarella, Global Solutions Manager, Energy

Nathan Pascarella,
Global Solutions Manager, Energy

Although there are no similarities between the 1986 movie Short Circuit and a short circuit explosion, the quote from the movie holds true. Life is not a malfunction and neither should your cabling infrastructure. Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) communities are tasked with the responsibility to deliver robust, reliable physical infrastructure solutions that safely and securely route, manage, and protect (the 3-phase AC) medium voltage cables.

These cable installations are often deployed in harsh environments and reside close to personnel, making it critical that the health and safety of workers and equipment is protected. Common applications include:

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Panduit Solutions Support Faster Systems Migration to Reap Value of Connected Enterprise

At the recent Rockwell Automation Fair, in Houston, TX many of the 10,000 attendees learned about the Connected Enterprise, its importance in realizing the value of the Internet of Things, and how Industrial IP is providing a common platform to boost productivity, efficiency and flexibility.

Attendees of the Process Solutions Users Group also learned how companies are using innovation to transform the Energy industry, including techniques such as front-end engineering design (FEED), to reduce deployment time as much as 50%, with reduced costs and risk.  If you were not able to attend the show, Controlglobal.com has a nice summary here.

It’s a sign of something ongoing in the marketplace, the aging of equipment and technologies and the drive to gain productivity by better connecting systems as upgrades occur.

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Why Stock NetKey Products in Your Distribution Branch?

Last time, in our “Small to Medium Business Market: The Key is Availability” post, we talked about the SMB contractor and how our NetKey Cabling System is an ideal solution for their needs.  Now we want to turn our focus on distribution.  Why is it important for you to stock Panduit NetKey product, and how can this help you increase business flow in your local branch?

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Move Over Santa Claus, Here Comes GHS!

Guest post by Fred Dorman,
Global Solutions Mgr, Business & Channel Development

Some readers may already know the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals or GHS is an internationally agreed-upon system created by the United Nations. It has been designed to replace various classification and labeling standards used in different countries with a consistent labeling system on a global level. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has updated its Hazard Communication Standard to align with this Globally Harmonized System.

So what does this mean for Employers? Much of OSHA’s Hazardous Communication Standard has been changed in this transition and that means manufacturers and employers will have to update their hazard communication program accordingly. The new requirements include:

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Bend Insensitive Multimode Fiber in My Data Center?

I’d like to bend your ear a bit today on the topic of bend insensitive multimode optical fiber (BIMMF). When bend insensitive multimode fiber made its debut a few years ago, we urged end-users to use caution if they were going to adopt it in their data centers.

Since the existing fiber and measurement procedures were not designed to accommodate the intentional improvements in BIMMF’s performance nor the unintentional side-effects caused by the revised fiber design, the providers of BIMMF could have differences in how they define what BIMMF is and how they measure the various parameters of the fiber. Our concerns centered on whether differences in how the various providers of BIMMF measured its numerical aperture, core diameter, and Differential Mode Delay (DMD) would cause compatibility issues if BIMMF were used with non-BIMMF.

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Small to Medium Business Market: the Key is Availability

Are you among the large number of contractors doing work in the small to medium business (SMB) market such as K-12 schools, retail, multi-unit residential buildings, clinics and local government offices?  If you are, then you need products that are specifically designed for your needs with local availability, ease of installation, standards compliancy, convenient packaging and price valued products.
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Increase Your Industrial Networking IQ

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”   -Albert Einstein

To capture your share of the value of the Internet of Things for manufacturing ($3.88 trillion for manufacturing), rethink how you deploy your industrial plant networks.  Too many existing industrial networks are full of security holes with poorly executed physical infrastructure that threaten downtime, quality and even safety.  The thinking about networking for the factory floor needs to evolve and simplify.

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2014 Construction Outlook and What It Means to You

2014 construction outlook with Panduit's Jeff MehrerHello everyone, my name is Jeff Mehrer.  I’m Panduit’s Director of Marketing Solutions for Global Construction with 20 years’ experience in the industry. Today I would like to talk about North America’s 2014 construction outlook for the non-residential construction market. In future blog posts, I will be providing guest commentary on different global construction topics geared towards specific vertical markets, such as shipbuilding and oil & gas. Continue reading