What the Building Design Industry Should Know About Lean A3 Problem Solving

In my earlier blog, Applying Lean Principles in the Building Design Industry, we discussed the need to understand your objectives to serve as your roadmap for meaningful lean integration with your clients, project partners, firm and employees.  At Fitzemeyer & Tocci the Lean objectives of A3 Thinking are used to generate innovative solutions to complex … read more

Shielding: An Effective Piece of Armor in the Battle for Power Quality

Shielding

In combination with correct grounding for the application, proper shielding can help prevent data corruption and even the limit the possibility of harmonics reaching portions of an electrical system. However, the biggest benefit of shielding is the reduction of Electro-Magnetic Interference (EMI) or “noise” in an electrical system. Noise can be just as disruptive … read more

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

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