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New LED Lamps Replace Incandescents

New, high-intensity, wide-angle LED lamps in red, amber and green are designed to replace the most common, slide-based incandescent bulbs used in control panels. DDP 24L4 X1 will work in the GE ET-5, ET-6 or Westinghouse Minalite sockets.

Noise Control Added to Automation System

Remote automation system has been enhanced with two new fiber-optic communication adapters and a 125-V dc power supply. Firm`s Mistic Remote Automation System features intuitive PC-based, object-oriented flowchart programming software and an integrated Windows-based operated interface. OPTO 22--Inquire R.S. 105

RF Added to Hand-held Computer AMR Line

Firm`s MAPS line of automatic-reading equipment has been expanded with the addition of RF capability on hand-held computer meter-reading products. It allows an easy migration from walk-by system to complete RF-system networks.

Wireless Communicator

Hand-held, computer-based, wireless communicator has been developed specifically for utilities with a highly mobile, information-dependent workforce. Designed to operate on Motorola`s EnerConnect networks, the Forte Wireless CommPad features an internal data radio and a pen-based user interface. Intended to complement radio-enabled applications such as automated dispatch, database access and text messaging.

Do What You Do Best

Business and management consultants find new issues to target like politicians in an election year. The result seems to be a lot of posturing, a new way to package an old concept and sometimes a solution that works better than a traditional approach.

Grabbing the TIGER by the Tail

All eyes in the power industry turned to the east in September, as DA/DSM(TM) Asia and POWER-GEN(TM) Asia landed in Singapore. The much-hailed Asian power market drew record numbers of attendees--topping 7,000--as industry leaders converged on the premiere events for the electric power market in Asia.

Latin America Sees Growth in SCADA Implementations

According to a recent study conducted by CSR Market Data Services (the Central/South American Electric Utility SCADA/EMS Market Data Report, April 1995), electric utilities in the Central/South American region are planning to invest $287 million in the 30-month period beginning April 1995, on 101 automated-control systems such as supervisory control and data acquisition/energy management systems (SCADA/EMS).

New Role for Automation and Control Suppliers in an Era of Global Utility Industry

As the domestic and global electric utility industry moves quickly toward structural change, automation and control suppliers are also faced with new challenges and opportunities.

Optimizing the Technology Migration Process

The process used by many utilities to evaluate and plan their investments in new automation and telecommunications technology is not only an arduous one, but also one where rationalizing the costs for migration labor, planning and supervision can pose even greater challenges. Moreover, it is not always possible to replace existing systems within a time frame that is acceptable to all of the parties involved, further complicating an already difficult task. EZH, a large electric utility in the Net

Sharing the Risk of a GIS Investment

The combination of a competitive marketplace, flat growth projections, shareholder demands and regulatory initiatives are forcing electric utility executives to make tough decisions when it comes to making technology investments and allocating scarce dollars. The days of cost-plus regulation, franchise-protected service territories and the notion of the customer as "ratepayer" are virtually gone.