From a local to a global logistics giant Mainfreight started as a local trucking company and never stopped growing until becoming a global logistics giant with warehouses around the world. Only big dreams and determined people can build such strong global operations in the remote islands of New Zealand. With a 100-year vision, they need to move with the demands on data storage and analytics. For that, Mainfreight made an investment of 50 million dollars in a new data center that contains all the necessary infrastructure to provide the platform to deliver international end-to-end freight service.
Modernizing for the future In order to ensure that the business runs efficiently, a global logistics giant like Mainfreight needed a modernized data center infrastructure to be able to manage and monitor its operations. To achieve that, Mainfreight opted for EcoStruxure solutions with the software capability to provide visibility and insights to maintain the performance and efficiency of their..

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Power factor is an interesting subject. You may recall our blog post in which we compared it to beer to help explain how it works!
The definition of Power Factor (PF) is the ratio between the active power (kW) and the apparent power (kVA). But, the important thing to note is that keeping your power as close to 1 as possible, will save you money. Correcting Power Factor issues will help you improve energy efficiency, reduce utility bills, and boost productivity.
But do you know your TRUE Power factor? There are two components of PF and it is crucial to understand them both to choose the right solution to improve it. Otherwise you could be making things worse.
Displacement or Distortion Traditionally, PF is less than 1 because of inductive loads such as motors, which are considered linear devices. A linear device is defined as a device for which the output is, within a given dynamic range, linearly proportional to the input.
These loads need reactive power to create a magnetic field ..

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Unlocking real value of a building can be achieved when you unlock real value for its occupants while maximising operational efficiency. Making your building smarter, connected, and comfortable is key to optimising efficiency, and IoT, which is a fast-expanding digital ecosystem of connected devices, is paving the way for this new world of energy. Over the next decade, millions of products will be installed and connected. The data generated from these connected products will be combined with capabilities to make buildings more efficient.
While disparate software solutions have been available, innovative building management software are required to integrate and automate these functions. The technology to enable this competitive edge is already at hand. The internet and significant price reductions on IT components like wireless sensors have made smart building technologies more affordable, creating a strong business case for owners and investors to invest in intelligent technologies t..

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According to Microsoft, the annual damage caused by cybercrime is expected to reach $6 trillion by 2021, up from $3 trillion in 2015. This number includes significant increases in attacks on enterprise operations technology (OT) systems. The reasons for this increase in OT attacks are twofold. First, as the increasing power of embedded electronics and connected intelligence migrate further down the levels of the OT systems automation hierarchy – including sensors and actuators – the sheer volume of potential hacker targets increases.
Second, many legacy OT systems, and their human operators have become more susceptible to risks over time as more and more systems around them are interconnected. For many operators, maintaining a high level of system security has never been a high priority. In fact, many people believe that they’re much better protected than they really are, or they fool themselves into believing that their organization is not a ripe target for hackers. The truth is just..

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According to the OECD’s ‘Health at a Glance 2019’, health spending will reach 10.2 percent of Gross Domestic Product by 2030 across OECD countries, up from 8.8 percent in 2018. In the US, the share of healthcare costs could even grow to 20 percent of GDP, says Yves Renaud, who is in charge of the EcoXpert healthcare specialization program.
For healthcare managers, authorities, and other healthcare system stakeholders, the challenge is to find an optimum between spending priorities and the well being of patients and healthcare workers.
Concerns regarding sustainable healthcare systems increase with factors such as growing and aging populations. Yves Renaud points is out during an interview discussing the healthcare facility EcoXpert community in which he looks at the EcoXpert Healthcare specialization and why it’s so interesting for our partners and their customers.
Yves is joined by Chris Roberts, the Global Solution Architect for the Schneider Electric Healthcare segment, who previ..

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Tim is the President of Stark Tech Group. The Stark Tech Group is a Master-level BMS EcoXpert.
According to the US Department of Energy, buildings account for 40 percent of all energy use in the United States. This sector consumes more energy than either industry or transportation, having surpassed industry as the number one consuming sector over 20 years ago.
Building owners and real estate portfolio managers, in their efforts to optimize building energy performance and sustainability, search for easier ways to reduce their facilities’ energy consumption. Important steps in accomplishing these goals include measurement of their energy consumption baseline, documentation of energy performance data, comparison to other buildings that are similar in profile, and analysis of how energy-saving initiatives and investments are driving positive impact.
Real estate portfolios with 500 to 1,000 sites spread across a wide geographic area are challenged to both gather, process, and analyze ene..

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A wide range of measures can be applied to electric and power management systems to make them efficient. One of them is the power factor correction. The benefits of power factor correction include lower demand charges on a power system, prolonged load carrying skills in your existing circuits and reduction in power system losses.
Here are the benefits:
Preventing Power Factor Penalties
Some industrial processing facilities utilise a large number of induction motors to function their pumps, conveyors, and other machineries. These induction motors permit the power factor to be intrinsically low for most industrial facilities. Many electric utility companies assess a power factor penalty for lower power factor (usually below 0.80 or 0.85). By using power factor correction, you can reduce the power factor penalty from your bill.
Reduce Demand Charges
Many electric utility companies charge for maximum metered demand either on the basis of highest registered demand in kilowatts (KW mete..

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On its face value, a UPS battery backup power system is one that offers power facilities for a sustained period of time, long enough for a piece of equipment or device to safely shut down in case the main power system collapses. It helps to prevent loss of valuable data and work and at the same time, reduces the pressure a hard shutdown can cause on electrical equipment. A UPS carries out functions similar to a surge protector. It protects connected devices from power issues caused by surges or irregular voltages, which can shorten their lifespan and performance. While choosing a back-UPS for any residential system, it is critical to keep the following points in mind.
Number of Outlets
A UPS comes with multiple outlets. That is why it is important to define the number of devices that need to be connected to it. For homes or small offices, the devices that mandate the need for UPS connections are commonly a router, modem, and occasionally a mini server. Conversely, for larger business..

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Across the globe, customers, regulators and the public at large are placing greater demands on manufacturers regarding product quality and their ability to track and trace product shipments. In turn, manufacturers are responding with a variety of strategies to both drive efficiencies and to help maximize their ability to respond to these customers’ demands. Schneider Electric has responded to these requirements by transforming our supply chain through a process we call the Tailored, Sustainable, and Connected 4.0 transformation. Our transformation process involves not only improvements to our own supply chain, but we are driving the solutions we develop to our customers so that they, too, can experience the digitization benefits of rapid return on investment and streamlined operations.
Our initiative involves the application of lean digitization to global factories and distribution centers to create the Smart Supply Chain program. I thought I would share with you some of the results t..

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From global dominance to the search for stability. Founded in 1960, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) currently includes 14 members: 7 in Africa, 5 in the Middle East and 2 in the South America. Combined, these countries control about 40% of the world’s crude oil production, and OPEC’s oil exports represent about 60% of the total petroleum traded internationally. Saudi Arabia has long been the leader of the group, accounting for about one-third of the organization’s total crude production. Until recently, the dominant market position always allowed OPEC to act as a so-called cartel, coordinating production levels among its members to adjust global oil prices, irrelevant to the members’ political differences.
In recent years however, several factors such as political differences among OPEC’s members and the US shale revolution, have been challenging the group’s dominance. Since mid-2014, when the crude prices dropped significantly because of the supply glut, ..

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