S&C President and CEO John Estey Elected Chairman of the NEMA Board of Governors

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The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) announced that S&C Electric Company’s President and CEO John Estey was elected chairman of the NEMA Board of Governors.  NEMA is the trade association of choice for the electrical manufacturing industry. Continue reading

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Vista Underground Distribution Switchgear Withstands a Hurricane

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Vista UDS withstands Hurricane WilmaWilma was one of the most intense hurricanes to ever hit the Atlantic basin, devastating parts of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and southern Florida in October 2005. This record-setting storm was only the third Category 5 hurricane to ever develop in the month of October. It ranks among the five costliest hurricanes recorded in the region and the third costliest in U.S. history. Its winds and rainfall affected eleven countries. Continue reading

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White Paper: “Whole Facility UPS Protection: A Practical Solution to Class-A Data-Center Power Densities”

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This paper was prepared for inclusion in the first edition of the Quarterly e-Journal on High-Density Computing: The Path Forward 2006 — The Papers and Proceedings of the 1st Symposium on High-Density, held in April, 2006, the official publication of The Institute’s High-Density Computing e-Community of Practice. With the exponential growth in power density in computer rooms, there have been major changes to the mechanical and electrical design criteria for data centers. As power densities approach 200 to 300 watts per square foot, making a facility’s cooling system function in an uninterruptible fashion is a major undertaking. Continue reading

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PureWave UPS System Run Time Extended From 30 to 60 Seconds.

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Extensive testing of the inverter and batteries in the redesigned S&C PureWave UPS System has confirmed that both the low- and medium-voltage versions can provide 60 seconds — one full minute — of run time at full load. Continue reading

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Why FAT Is Good

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No, we’re not talking about the “spare tire” on those of us who like beer a little too much. A FAT — or Factory Acceptance Test — is the special testing provided by a manufacturer, at their facility, to verify that complex, customer-specified equipment works as intended. It’s particularly valuable for a system of interconnected components, such as computers, controllers, and other microprocessor-based hardware, to ensure the equipment is built to specification, and that components function properly as a unified system. Continue reading

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S&C Offerings Address Directive on Hospital Emergency Power Systems

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Purewave UPS, hospital emergency power systemsThe Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations recently issued a “Sentinel Event Alert” to all domestic health care facilities, urging them to pay special attention to emergency power systems . . . specifically, how these systems can fail.

Every facility “. . . must assess the risk of electrical power failure — at various degrees of magnitude and impact severity — and make plans to deal with such an emergency.” The alert notes that “codes and standards are only a start” and that health care organizations should “go beyond the minimum NFPA life safety requirements and conduct vulnerability analyses of their facilities.” Every facility must respond to the alert, indicating the measures they have taken and the results. Continue reading

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