A large Medical Center, in Aurora, Illinois, recently completed a $19 Million state-of-the-art addition. The 96,000-square-foot surgery wing includes an expanded surgical suite with 12 new operating rooms and 40 bays/rooms for recovery, holding, and ambulatory care. It also includes a new two-room endoscopy area, administrative and support space, sterile supply room, mechanical/electrical area, and family outpatient waiting lounge with coffee bar. Continue reading
To demonstrate S&C’s commitment to customers — and confidence in the long-term performance of our electronic controls and software — S&C is pleased to announce that, effective January 1, 2006, a 10-year no-hassle warranty will apply to nearly all of our automation products.
S&C has implemented a number of design improvements over the past few years and has stepped-up testing and QA activity, and is confident the longer warranty is justified. In fact, S&C will retroactively provide this extraordinary warranty on their automation products manufactured since January 1, 2005.
The development of a Storage Area Network (SAN) system involves long-term testing, requiring uninterrupted power for periods of up to several months. Custom solutions must be validated on a tight schedule to meet customer commitments. But such testing must be restarted if the equipment experiences a power interruption of just a few cycles . . . wasting valuable time and money. Continue reading
After a power outage resulted in “lights out” with chips on the table, the management of a casino in Arizona realized that power protection involved more than just keeping their gaming machines running. They wanted protection above and beyond that provided by their backup generator and the UPSs embedded in the gaming machines. They wanted a system that would protect their entire facility, give them “blink-proof” transitions between utility and generator power, provide redundancy to their machines’ UPSs, and not take up any valuable indoor real estate . . . a very tall order! An S&C PureWave UPS System met their requirements and more. A 480-volt, 1250-kVA/1000-kW system was installed and commissioned in August 2005. Continue reading
Wanda K. Reder, Vice President of S&C’s Power Systems Services Division, has been appointed President Elect of the IEEE Power Engineering Society. This appointment begins her six-year commitment to providing strong leadership for the IEEE Power Engineering Society and helping shape the future of the electric utility industry. Wanda will be President Elect in 2006 and 2007, President in 2008 and 2009, and Past President in 2010 and 2011. During her tenure, she plans to focus on addressing the industry-wide concern for attracting new technical talent, to help ensure the future of the industry.
Wanda’s career experience working with utilities and utility service providers has uniquely qualified her for this position . . . and helped her develop strong leadership skills. “Being President Elect of the IEEE Power Engineering Society is a great honor,” says Ms. Reder. “I would like to thank everyone who supported my nomination and encouraged me during the campaign. I look forward to serving the IEEE Power Engineering Society and the greater electrical utility industry over the next few years.”
One of the largest utilities in Brazil has 80 Mark V Circuit-Switchers installed on their transmission system — custom-engineered to mount on 50-foot-high tower structures. A recent expansion of their system called for the installation of three new Mark V Circuit-Switchers and retrofitting of two existing Mark III Circuit-Switchers. The five Circuit-Switchers were to be furnished with automation controls that would allow them to be operated by the utility’s SCADA system. The challenge: finding a cost-effective way to provide control power to the associated Type CS-1A Switch Operators. Continue reading