Working toward better power standards
A group of power industry professionals is joining to forge a new power, control, and device-level technology standard for commercial buildings.
The EMerge Alliance has been formed to spearhead the creation and implementation of a new standard for power distribution and device control in commercial buildings. The broad-based consortium is working to bring together architecture, engineering and construction practices to establish a common ground for building interiors.
The aim of the group is to use safe, low-voltage dc power and increase the flexibility, efficiency, and sustainability of commercial buildings. A central feature of the proposed standard: selective and scalable distribution of low-voltage dc power within infrastructures already commonly present in commercial interiors.
The latest firm to join the EMerge Alliance is Harrisburg, Pa.-based Brinjac Engineering, which initially became involved with the Alliance three years ago. The company is the first engineering design firm member in the Alliance.
Founding Members of the Alliance at the governing level include Armstrong World Industries, Johnson Controls, Nextek Power Systems, OSRAM SYLVANIA, and Worthington Armstrong Venture. Participating members include Brinjac, Crestron Electronics, Delta Power, Finelite, Kanepi Innovations, Light Corp., Lighting Sciences Group, Steelcase, WattStopper, and Zumbotel.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey