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Applying Lean Principles in the Building Design Industry

Most people working within the building design industry can recognize the value in Lean principles but have a difficult time applying them to our own professional services.  After all Lean was the brain child of Toyota executives and has been widely applied across the manufacturing and product development industries.  More recently, the construction industry has … read more

Signal Reference Grids: Why the literal ground your equipment stands on, matters

Signal Reference Grids

Ensuring your entire electrical system is grounded properly is one of the most significant benefits you can offer your system in regard to power quality. Regardless of whether your facility is a school, data center, manufacturing plant, hospital, etc., proper grounding techniques can ensure your equipment functions as it is intended. Grounding helps stabilize voltage … read more

Achieving Hazardous Materials Compliance in University Laboratories

Universities are constantly evolving and growing. One area that is currently realizing rapid change and growth is university research laboratories. These lab spaces are often planned and constructed for a specific professor or even for a specific research project. Growth and change of lab spaces is so rapid that labs are being introduced into all … read more

When is Electric Shock Protection Required and When Should Isolation Power be Utilized?

Patient and personnel safety is critical in the design of operating rooms and other procedure rooms within hospitals and healthcare applications, especially when considering the electrical systems to be installed within these areas. Utilizing isolated power systems and ground fault protection are key design features to protect patients and personnel by mitigating shock hazards within … read more

Harmonics: Understanding a Goblin in Your Electrical System

Many of the potential readers of this blog may have heard the term “harmonics” frequently enough to know it relates to VFDs, but that is possibly where their understanding may end. If you are experiencing mysterious issues (motors experiencing unusually high wear and tear, medical imaging scans with unusually low resolution, a very low power … read more