Thursday, October 20, 2016

Monday, October 17, 2016

The New World Of Energy In 3D+E

In a new energy world driven by 3D trends: decarbonization, decentralization, and digitization, utilities need to innovate and evolve. The new ecosystem will be more digitized, more flexible, dynamic, and connected, with increased performance requirements where as electricity is taking a higher share of the full energy mix. Distributed generation, smart grid technology, demand-side management and automation, and control software systems from Schneider Electric will enable this new world of energy.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Modern Fire Alarm Systems - How They Work

The conventional alarm is also known as the zoned system and works with around 2 - 4 zones although it can be expanded up to 36 zones. Each zone works with a 24VDC circuit and has on average 15- 20 detection devices. When a fire is detected, the alarm will tell you which zoned area has the fire - the fire alarm panel is unable to specify where the fire is exactly. In the case of large buildings where the conventional panel may say for example 'First Floor Zone' this will not aid the fire brigade to find the fire quickly. This is why the modern addressable fire alarm was created.

The addressable fire system has a much more precise operating system - each individual detection device has its own identification address and so when a fire is detected by that device, its exact location can be transmitted to the addressable fire alarm panel so the fire can be located instantly. This system has such specific information that it can transmit and for this reason it is becoming a popular choice for fire alarm installations.

Here we look at the differences between the two systems so you can decide which is more suitable for your alarm installation.

  • An addressable system will provide you with information about individual detectors in the system. A conventional fire alarm system will only have information about general zones.

  • You can label different detectors on an addressable fire alarm system to allow for easy identification in the event of an emergency. This can allow for smarter operation and a higher level of security due to the specific pinpointing possible with this system.

  • Addressable systems have a pre alarm warning which allows trained personnel to investigate problems before the main sirens sound. This can give you some precious moments to call the fire brigade and evacuate the premises.

  • Addressable systems will allow the alteration of the alarm threshold of the different detectors to allow for the different environments and therefore different needs of each detector. This allows you greater flexibility and increases the sensitivity of particular detectors that are in key areas.

  • Addressable systems are wired in a loop whilst the conventional zoned alarm systems are wired as radial circuits.

  • Addressable systems have a clock and event log which records system events on all detection devices to provide you with a comprehensive report.

  • Some addressable systems have the capability to use sophisticated programming to improve your fire alarm system so you can adapt and build the ideal fire installation system for your needs.

  • An addressable system is more complicated to set up than a conventional zoned alarm system.

  • An addressable panel installation can be 50% - 100% more expensive than a conventional system. This is because it is more complicated, more sensitive and more specific a system than the zoned systems.

Which panel you choose will depend on your requirements, budget and personal preference but the key point is just to install a system.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Fire Safety In The Home

Fires unfortunately occur in homes all the time. It's important that we know what to do if a fire breaks out in our home, but it's also essential to know how to prevent a fire from happening in the first place. Listed below are some tips to follow to ensure the safety of you, your family, and your home.

Fire Safety Tips

* Talk to your family about an escape plan if a fire were to ever break out in your home. Know where you'd escape from and where you'd meet everyone once you're out.
* Ensure that all of your smoke alarms work. In over 60% of house fire deaths, the families did not have working smoke alarms.

Preparing For and Preventing a House Fire
* Keep flammables away from anything that gets hot or could cause a spark.
* Never smoke in your home.
* Ensure that your children know the dangers of a fire. Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of your children.
* Do not leave candles unattended.
* Make sure that you have smoke alarms on all levels of your home - better yet in every room.
* Teach your children about what a smoke alarm does and what it sounds like. Make sure that they know what to do when/if it were to ever go off.
* Test your smoke alarms once a month. If they don't work, replace the batteries.
* Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year. Practice waking up to smoke alarms and practice your low crawl to help prevent smoke inhalation.
* Make sure that everyone knows how to dial 911 and what to tell them. (Address, name, and what the emergency is)
* Ensure that everyone knows what to do if they were to ever catch on fire. (Stop, drop, and roll)
* Have two ways out. If door handles are warm, do not open the door. This mean that there is a fire directly on the other side. Try your other escape route.
* If smoke, heat, or flames prevent you from escaping, place a wet towel underneath your door. This will prevent the fire from spreading into your room. Dial 911 and stay by a window. Signal for help from there too.
* When escaping from your home, ensure that you're being as quick as possible. Most times, you only have about two minutes to escape. Don't stop for anything, items or even pets.

Cooking Safety
* Don't leave the food you're cooking on a stove unattended. If you do have to leave the kitchen, do not leave the food cooking; turn off the stove until you come back and finish cooking.
* Keep all flammables away from the stove. This includes oven mitts, hand towels, clothing, and plastic.
* Keep your pets off of the stove and counters. This will help prevent anything from falling onto the burners and catching fire.

Fires are very scary and cause a lot of damage. Remember to stay calm and call for help. Know how to stay safe if a fire ever happens within your home. It's important that you know all of the safety tips so that you have the best chance of survival.

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Navigating The Digital Audio App

The sleek and intuitive On-Q Digital Audio app puts the power to hear anything you want right in palm of your hand.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Wiremold: Ground Breaking Outdoor Power Solutions

Legrand opens a new world of possibilities to make the most of your outdoor spaces by delivering power, data, or AV connectivity with the new Outdoor Ground Box. Its low-profile design mounts flush with any outdoor ground surface and is perfect for commercial settings including outdoor shopping centers, corporate campuses, amusement parks, sporting venues, and more.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Wiremold: Outdoor Ground Box Water Demo

See how the Outdoor Ground Box's diving bell design traps and maintains an air pocket, keeping connection points away from wet weather.