Big industrial energy users are saving thousands on energy costs thanks to an innovative scheme that offers guaranteed energy savings. John Guthrie, UK energy efficiency manager for drives and controls at ABB, explains.

Imagine your television set didn’t have a remote control. Now imagine the TV was located at the opposite end of a huge manufacturing shop floor. Finally, imagine you had 100 TV screens that can only be operated manually. This is a nightmare-scenario process engineers would have to deal with on a daily basis, were it not for intelligent remote data access. Here, Jez Watson, managing director of CD Automation UK, explains how remote data access helps solve the top five challenges process engineers face.

We are all aware of the important role that is played by fire resistant cables in providing circuit integrity in critical life safety, fire fighting applications and other emergency circuits. Should any of the cables performing these operations fail, the potential for loss of life and property is substantially increased, so we rely heavily on standards to define and set the minimum requirements for the cables performance and resistance to a fire situation. Dave Winship, sales manager for UK/export at Wrexham Mineral Cables, explains:

Batteries, as one can imagine, represent an essential aspect of any popular UPS system. However, they can also prove to be the first point of failure. In this article, Kenny Green, technical support manager at Uninterruptible Power Supplies Ltd, a Kohler company, looks at how UPS operators can negate a potentially catastrophic failure by understanding the issues that threaten battery capacity and working life, whilst also taking steps to manage them

Businesses are required to design disaster recovery and business continuity plans as part of their corporate governance. Rarely are these plans integrated with facilities management processes. The most serious disaster that can befall a data centre is a fire because of its destructive nature. Jeremy Harley, managing director, Dataracks, explains

Many of the products we touch in our daily lives have an ‘eco’ function but what does this actually mean and how does it impact performance in the data centre market when it comes to power protection effectiveness? Robin Koffler of Thamesgate Group explains 

Network data communications has evolved rapidly from 'high-speed' gigabit (Gb) Ethernet local area networks (LANs) to the integration of cloud-based information technology (IT) and data streams demanding literally terabytes (TB) of data. Moreover, according to the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) forecast, internet protocol (IP) traffic on a global basis will triple over the next five years, reaching over 120 exabytes (EB) per month. Erin Byrne and Mike Tryson from TE Connectivity explain

Leo Craig, general manager of Riello UPS, explores the impact that ‘open’ maintenance protocols are having on the UPS market and what this means for customers

Dave Wolfenden, the director of Mafi Mushkila, a vendor agnostic leading provider of data centre related services, examines why - despite the fact that testing a data centre prior to formal handover to the client is a normal part of the construction process - few IT professionals tend to look at the testing process that ultimately can affect the reliability of the facility

For any data centre, a reliable power supply is, of course, key. Without electrical power, transactions simply cannot take place and the cost of these lost transactions can escalate to many millions of pounds per hour. Clint Noble of Finning Power Systems explains

Quite rightly, today’s IT professionals have little interest in the technical niceties and nuances of their power infrastructure – their overwhelming concern is business continuity. And the key to optimising continuity in our modern virtualised world is integration, as Stefan Coote, product manager - small and medium data centre solutions at Eaton EMEA, explains

Cabinets play a vital role in the smooth operation of today’s data centres, which is why, as Mark Hirst of Cannon Technologies explains, specifying the right solution requires careful consideration

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