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Size Matters: Making Big Smaller

Size Matters: Making Big Smaller

This piece was originally published in the July 2016 issue of electroindustry. Jim Montgomery, Senior Product Manager, GE’s Critical Power business Lowering the cost while increasing the efficiency of power conversion at data centers—that is, turning alternating current (AC) power into usable, efficient, and reliable direct current (DC) power for sensitive and power-hungry servers—is a major and often contradictory power design challenge facing…

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Ready, Touch, Go with Transfer Switch–Based Solutions

Ready, Touch, Go with Transfer Switch–Based Solutions

This piece was originally published in the July 2016 issue of electroindustry. Matt Schneider, Director Global Product Management, ASCO Power Technologies (Emerson Electric) As data centers continue to transition to co-location and cloud-based designs, the need for rapidly deployable, modular architectures continues to increase. Recent developments give facility managers the option to consider pre-packaged, transfer switch–based power systems for paralleling generators as an…

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Puzzling Over Data

Puzzling Over Data

This piece was originally published in the July 2016 issue of electroindustry. Christine Shattuck, Manager, Member Relations, NEMA When I started at NEMA some 15 years ago, my primary task was to clean up the membership database. Prior to my arrival, NEMA had purchased a generic customer relationship management (CRM) system that was poorly designed and had no report capabilities. This resulted in…

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Efforts in Mexico and Latin America Pay Off

Efforts in Mexico and Latin America Pay Off

This piece was originally published in the July 2016 issue of electroindustry. Craig Updyke, Director, Trade and Commercial Affairs, NEMA   Already, 2016 is proving to be a successful year for NEMA’s activities in Mexico and Latin America. From product standards to energy efficiency and market development, NEMA is engaged. Gustavo Dominguez Poo and Ricardo Vazquez conduct day-to-day operations at the NEMA regional…

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Smart Grid Manual Standardizes Interoperability

Smart Grid Manual Standardizes Interoperability

This piece was originally published in the July 2016 issue of electroindustry. Khaled Masri, Program Manager, NEMA | Cuong Nguyen, Lead, Smart Grid Testing and Certification, NIST ANSI/NEMA SG-IPRM 1-2016 Smart Grid Interoperability Process Reference Manual (IPRM) was developed and refined over the past six years by the Smart Grid Testing and Certification Committee (SGTCC) of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP). NEMA’s Distribution Automation…

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Protect the Data That Protects Us

Protect the Data That Protects Us

This piece was originally published in the July 2016 issue of electroindustry. Pat Walsh, Editor in Chief, NEMA Data centers scream security. Central to their operations is redundancy, redundancy, redundancy. On a daily basis, recreational hackers and cyber criminals alike wreak havoc on data that define our identities, lifestyles, livelihoods, and even our lives. Data breaches are commonplace today, and their impacts have…

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A Good IDEA in the Cloud

A Good IDEA in the Cloud

This piece was originally published in the July 2016 issue of electroindustry. Paul Molitor, President and CEO, Industry Data Exchange Association (IDEA) The increasing reliance on cloud computing implies an increasing reliance on data centers. For this reason, we must strive to make them as secure, reliable, and efficient as possible. In January 2015, RightScale, a consultancy specializing in cloud computing services, surveyed…

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Data Centers Come of Age

Data Centers Come of Age

This piece was originally published in the July 2016 issue of electroindustry. John Caskey, Vice President of Operations, NEMA The three most important factors in selecting real estate are location, location, and location—although size, craftsmanship, and other features may also be important. When it comes to data centers, the determining factor is reliability. While data centers have been around for decades, the bar…

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NEMA Motor Standards Provide Foundation for Industry

NEMA Motor Standards Provide Foundation for Industry

This piece was originally published in the June 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. John Malinowski, Senior Manager of Industry Affairs, Baldor Electric Company, a Member of the ABB Group At one time, there was no industry standard for integral horsepower severe-duty AC induction motors. Each manufacturer had a product line with features that it believed enhanced performance and reliability…

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I Am NEMA: What does an industry director do?

I Am NEMA: What does an industry director do?

This piece was originally published in the June 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. William Hoyt, Industry Director What do you do? Just about everyone has been asked that at least once. The most difficult time I had explaining that was years ago at my daughter’s seventh-grade career day. The doctor, the fire chief, the lawyer, the teacher, and the…

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