Check out the recently released article written by Carrie Rossenfeld of GlobeSt.com, “How Important is Technology in Construction“. She provides an interesting perspective along with survey results from Sage Construction & Real Estate on the importance of technology in the field.
To help increase productivity and efficiency on your job-site, Panduit has recently launched an app that allows you to:
Take the Power of Panduit with you, with Panduit Select! We are getting ready to launch a brand new mobile app in order to help you maintain project momentum, and take immediate action to keep your business moving. With capabilities like generating bills of materials, locating distributors, and document sharing, Panduit Select helps keep your project on task on the mobile device of your choice. Check out our video to learn more!
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
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.
Typically, electricians choose to work with flex stranded conductor cable because it is easier to route, bend and pull into place when power connections are needed than rigid conductor cable Continue reading →
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?
New research information from Data Center Dynamics indicates that global data center energy consumption in 2013 has slowed down to 7% growth as compared to 19% between 2011 and 2012. This reduction is attributed to energy efficiency measures, consolidation projects and outsourcing, primarily in mature markets.
So, does this mean data center managers and operators can breathe a sigh of relief? Not necessarily. Once energy efficiency improvement goals have been attained, how do you maintain that level of efficiency over the lifecycle of your data center?
In our last post we announced our partnership with SOLiD in effort to provide enhanced cellular service, both voice and data, as well as carry 2-way radio transmissions and public safety announcements via In-Building DAS Solutions. In order to promote our partnership, we are pleased to announce that both Panduit and SOLiD will be participating in the AFCEA West event in San Diego, CA, February 11 -13, 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center.
Co-Sponsored by AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute, West 2014 is the largest event on the west coast for the U.S. government, armed forces, and the contractors that support them. This event gives these individuals the opportunity to engage on multiple levels with both their peers and suppliers, as well as attend technical sessions revolving around emerging technologies and equipment relevant to their industry.
In early November, Cisco launched its Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). ACI includes a new line of Nexus 9000 series switches, a new version of NX-OS and a policy controller called Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC). We at Panduit were proud to be a part of the launch.
As a part of that launch, Cisco announced a new technology for deploying 40G Ethernet that has so far, received little attention. Cisco calls that technology BiDi.
In a previous post I wrote about how many organizations are beginning to deploy in-building Distributed Antenna Systems, also known as DAS. DAS is a network of antenna nodes connected to a common source via a transport medium that provides wireless service within a geographic area or building. This type of system works in conjunction with your traditional Wi-Fi network in order to provide users with enhanced cellular service, both voice and data, as well as carry 2-way radio transmissions and public safety announcements.
In order to facilitate this type of technology, Panduit has partnered with leading DAS provider SOLiD. SOLiD is a global RF amplification and optical network transport solutions company that enables indoor and outdoor cellular, public-safety and Wi-Fi communications at some of the best-known and most challenging venues. SOLiD’s solutions can be found in leading hospitals; Olympic, professional, and college sports venues; government, university and Fortune 500 corporate buildings and campuses; international airports and metropolitan subways; and other high-profile sites. SOLiD’s DAS, small cell backhaul and passive optical LAN (POL) portfolio addresses current and future network densification requirements.
Together, SOLiD and Panduit provide customers with industry-leading physical infrastructure solutions including copper, fiber and cabinet/rack/enclosure products for seamless deployment to satisfy RF needs. The combined solutions between Panduit and SOLiD help enterprise customers deploy technology to address indoor wireless communication requirements. SOLiD’s DAS solutions and complementary Panduit infrastructure solutions provide:
Integrated high-performance wireless and public safety coverage
Secure and scalable wireless technology
Superior customer care and support
“Our partnership with Panduit is important because it allows us to combine our DAS expertise with a company known for solving the challenging and constantly changing wireless infrastructure needs of enterprises and building owners,” said SOLiD President Seth Buechley. “We look forward to working closely with Panduit to improve wireless communications capacity and coverage for our customers and to make indoor radio communications more reliable for first responders during emergencies.”
To learn more about the Panduit Technology Ecosystem Partnership with SOLiD, please visit www.panduit.com/SOLiD.
Connection reliability is critical to the long-term integrity of a grounding and bonding system. Traditional compression grounding systems offer installation efficiencies over exothermic welding systems and are compliant with IEEE Std. 837.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) developed this standard as a means of qualifying permanently installed grounding connectors. However, under certain circumstances such as installations that are subject to corrosive forces or repeated freeze-thaw cycles, the reliability of compression grounding systems is often questioned.
If a grounding system is to last, the issues that put it in danger of failing must be identified and addressed. Risks to ground connectors include: