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Why Electrical Inspections Are Delayed in Parts of the U.S. [Plus More Electrical Engineering Information]

Posted by The nVent ERICO Team on Mar 19, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Inspections are an important and required aspect of the electrical field. They keep buildings up to code, uphold building safety and ultimately limit some liability for engineers and contractors.

Where is inspecting at today, and how will it evolve in the future? 

Read on to learn about why a drone may fly by your next jobsite, why your inspection requests may be delayed and how testing laboratories relate to inspectors in determining compliance.

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Topics: Industry Trends

The Most Influential 2019 Trends for Electrical Engineers and Contractors [Plus Other Expert Predictions]

Posted by The nVent ERICO Team on Feb 5, 2019 8:02:00 AM

We may already be a few weeks into the new year, but there is still time to catch up on what many industry publications predict for 2019.

As an electrical engineer or contractor, trends can emerge slowly, but affect jobs quickly. Read on for our roundup of electrical engineering news and information focusing on trends, predictions and more for the electrical industry in 2019.  

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Grounding and Bonding Tips for Electric Signs, Isolated Equipment and Cabling [Advice from Electrical Engineering Experts]

Posted by The nVent ERICO Team on Jan 8, 2019 8:02:00 AM

When it comes it to electrical safety, grounding and bonding are integral. Across various industries, applications and facility types, grounding and bonding requirements may be different.

In this edition of electrical engineering news and information, we overview how to ground and bond in the following situations:

  • Electric signs and outline lighting
  • Cabling in industrial factories and other facilities integrated with the Internet of Things (IoT)
  • High-end media centers (or any isolated environment)
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Topics: Industry Trends

How an Investment in Safety Saves You Money [Plus More Electrical Engineering Workplace Advice]

Posted by The nVent ERICO Team on Dec 26, 2018 8:01:00 AM

The changing electrical workforce, and the skilled workforce as a whole, has been a hot topic over the past few years. Both attracting a new generation of skilled laborers, and increasing the safety of the existing workforce should be top of mind for electrical employers.

In this installment of curated industry news, we take a look at the oft-discussed millennial workforce, the cost of safety and health in the workplace and the most common OSHA violations of 2018.

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A Year in Review: 6 Top Electrical Engineering Posts from 2018

Posted by The nVent ERICO Team on Dec 11, 2018 8:01:00 AM

Is it just us, or has 2018 felt longer than 365 days? For instance, it may come as a surprise that less than 11 months ago the 2018 Winter Olympics were held in South Korea.

During this long year, the nVent ERICO team of engineering and product experts has published dozens of posts focusing on electrical safety, grounding, bonding and more. Before surging ahead into 2019, see which six posts were viewed the most this year.

Looking for another recap post? Check out top electrical engineering posts from 2017.

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Topics: Industry Trends

How Machine Learning Is Being Applied to Smart Power Outlets [Plus More From the Electrical Engineering Industry]

Posted by The nVent ERICO Team on Oct 2, 2018 8:02:00 AM

Electrical engineering and components of the industry’s technology are getting smarter everyday, but implementation and installation of that technology is still up to those in the field. In this curated post, see a mix of both, including the following topics:

  • How MIT engineers are using machine learning to make a power outlet that gets smarter as it’s used.
  • Why lightning protection is especially critical for wind turbines, and how to assess protection effectiveness.
  • The 14 most common reasons electrical services are red tagged.

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Topics: Lightning Protection, Industry Trends, Facility Electrical Protection

The Grounding Mistakes You Need to Avoid to Meet Code [Plus More From the Industry]

Posted by The nVent ERICO Team on Jul 31, 2018 8:03:00 AM

The concept of grounding is well known, but details in the code are allowing installers to make preventable mistakes. After a review of those grounding mistakes, we’ll overview what the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) emphasized to the public this summer. 

Then, from an inspector’s point-of-view, what was New Orleans like after Hurricane Katrina?

Keep reading below for this month’s roundup of top industry news.

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Topics: Grounding & Bonding, Industry Trends

How Grounding and Bonding Upgrades Prevented Disasters for a Florida Radio Group [Plus More Industry News]

Posted by The nVent ERICO Team on Jul 3, 2018 8:02:00 AM

In this iteration of curated industry news, we highlight the work of a contractor in Florida who cost effectively solved a Florida Radio Group’s failing grounding and bonding system.

Then, we overview how to classify a room according to the National Electrical Code’s (NEC) hazardous locations article, and lastly present how three emerging technologies present safety issues for customers.

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Topics: Industry Trends, Facility Electrical Protection

Finally, an Explanation of Earthing vs. Grounding [Plus More Industry News]

Posted by The nVent ERICO Team on Jun 5, 2018 8:02:00 AM

The nVent ERICO team is committed to keeping up with the latest developments involving facility electrical protection. To provide you with the most relevant and interesting industry news and information, we’ll curate our favorites and recap them in posts like these.

This week, we recap three articles for subscribers and those in the industry.

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Topics: Grounding & Bonding, Industry Trends

A Year in Review: Top Electrical Engineering Posts from 2017

Posted by The ERICO Team on Dec 26, 2017 8:02:00 AM

As 2018 quickly approaches us, what better time to reflect on the past year’s successes than now? This past year, the ERICO team worked to share the most relevant and timely resources on lightning protection, copper theft, grounding systems and general engineering tips.

Below, we detail our top five posts from 2017. Don’t forget to brush up on safety tips and the latest engineering news to make the 2018 another great success.

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Topics: Industry Trends