How to Get the Most Out of Your IT Space

The Truth About IT Rooms
Server rooms come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, each with their various benefits and drawbacks. While we can’t always choose where our IT server equipment will be placed, we can optimize the environment to ensure maximum system uptime. Some of the things to assess when looking to improve your IT room include:

• Security – Locks and alarms are good, defined procedures and monitoring are even better
• Training – Cross-train support personnel to increase knowledge base and reduce reliance on one person
• Nature calls – Earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and blizzards all happen. Mother nature can be a nightmare, think ahead, anticipate, and have a power back-up strategy.
• Untangle – Proper IT rooms follow proper cabling and rigging guidelines. Save the spaghetti for lunch, not your IT room.
• More Power – Lack of adequate power protection leaves the business vulnerable to failure. Using a UPS for back-up and power conditioning adds needed protection.

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4 Steps to Improve Your Network Closet or IT Room

Improving your network closet or IT room
When it comes to building out IT rooms, closets, or something a little more substantial, there are a few best practices to keep in mind. The first major consideration is location. Pick rooms that are not in the basement, away from plumbing and easy to secure and cool. Successful upgrade or refresh projects are based on a sound strategy. Start by documenting your current environment’s power and space needs and take into consideration any upgrades or expansions. As you build out your network closet, mounting, installation and cable management options must be considered. And finally, it’s not about thinking about it or building it, it’s about running it. This guide will give you hints on how to get back to business quickly. Read on to learn more about steps you can take to improve your network closet or server room.

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What’s disrupting manufacturing?

The world has entered the next Industrial Revolution, and manufacturing is a leading example of a sector undergoing major digital disruption.

What's disrupting manufacturing?
The world is in the midst of what many are calling the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and digital technology is upending every sector of the economy.

Nowhere is this more obvious than in manufacturing, where everything from planning, design, and preorder to supply chain, sales, and post-sales are benefiting from an extreme digital makeover. Here are four technologies that are disrupting manufacturing.

1. Big data

It would be fair to say that big data is transforming all sectors of the economy, but manufacturing is benefiting especially because of the sheer amount of data it generates at every step of the manufacturing process, often using vast numbers of machines across national and international sites.

What big data – in conjunction with algorithm and cloud technologies – does that makes it such a game-changer is disseminate unprecedented amounts of information in real-time. This gives decision-makers a huge advantage when it comes to driving efficiency and perfecting processes. Additionally, the nature of big data means there is more fluid and seamless integration of a manufacturer’s IT systems such as SAP, Oracle, and ERP.

2. Digital supply chain

The manufacturing supply chain is rapidly becoming unrecognizable from its pre-digital relatives. That’s largely thanks to the internet of things (IoT) technology, where strategically placed sensors are used to capture huge amounts of data that is then used to provide real-time feedback on every aspect of the supply chain, from sourcing raw materials to final product delivery.

Additionally, IoT is used in conjunction with big data to pinpoint any supply chain weaknesses, such as machinery that may require an upgrade, greatly improving overall efficiency.

Manufacturers are also increasingly incorporating artificial intelligence (AI), and augmented and virtual reality into their supply chains, giving them unprecedented insights over the entire scope of their operations.

This may include everything from ordering, procurement of raw materials and parts from suppliers, warehousing, freight and transport, staffing needs, and communicating with suppliers and customers. Manufacturers can then use that information to greatly reduce the time taken for the entire manufacturing process.

3. 3D printing

3D printing is revolutionizing manufacturing, thanks to its ability to mass-produce products far more cost-effectively than at any time previous, and to customize items specifically to a consumer’s needs.

Using specific software applications, 3D printers use all the digital data at their disposal to produce three-dimensional objects using a host of different materials. Like a standard inkjet printer, 3D printers deposit the chosen material – anything from plastic to titanium, polymers, gold, and silver – which a laser beam then uses to solidify the material, creating the product by placing layers of parts on top of each other.

3D printing is still in its relatively formative stages, but its potential to disrupt manufacturing is obvious given its cost and time advantages. In the not-too-distant future, advanced 3D printers will incorporate a range of materials that can be used simultaneously for increasingly complex designs, allowing for far greater innovation and product trial and error.

4. Artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence, or advanced machine learning, represents the next frontier of digital manufacturing, where the scope and potential is seemingly limitless. In the foreseeable future, AI will likely be responsible for everything from vastly improved supply chains to virtual designs, customized consumer products, and whole new business models.

One area of AI that manufacturers are especially excited about is generative design, where designers and engineers input parameters for materials, costs and manufacturing methods into a generative design software program. That program then generates and tests a range of design alternatives in a fraction of the time that such design and testing would have previously taken.

AI will continue to open up a world of possibilities for manufacturers that need to bring their product to market as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

Businesses of all types and sizes should be aware of these disruptions, and adopt (or at least explore) them if they want to remain ahead of the curve and embrace their benefits.

Choose the right UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply)

Getting ready to decide which UPS is best for your organization? Our head-to-head checklist takes you through the key features, making it easy to compare and decide.


Choosing the right UPS for your organization isn’t just important, it’s mission-critical. Once you’ve narrowed your choices down to a few candidates, you’ll want to make some head-to-head comparisons.

Eaton Power ManagementSoftware, batteries, interfaces, network cards, mounting hardware, power ratings … our comparison checklist makes it easy to lay out the capabilities you need and see how your choices stack up.

Download our checklist to help you make the best UPS choice. You’ll be glad you did.

Do you need a solution for the REACH Legislation coming in 2020?

REACH Legislation 2020REACH is a regulation of the European Union, adopted to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals. REACH compliance is mandatory on Products produced in or shipped into the European Union (EU) and member countries.

The challenge REACH regulation requires that companies disclose the use of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs). The SVHC candidate list is updated every six months. SVHCs listed in the “Authorization List” (REACH Annex XIV) are not allowed to be placed on the market in the EU after their sunset date. Complying with REACH requires dedicated resources to obtain supporting documentation from each supplier, every time new SVHCs are added to the candidate list.

eComp has teamed up with Total Parts Plus TPP providing data content for product environmental compliance and obsolescence management.

Do not get caught unprepared. 2020 is right around the corner. Contact eComp for a demo today at 508-881-8399!

Visit eComp at NEBFM 2019

NEBFM 2019
eComp SystemsJoin eComp at the 14th Annual Northeast Buildings & Facilities Management Show & Conference at the DCU Center in Worchester, MA on June 12th and 13th. eComp is proud to be representing Eaton Power Management, a global technology leader in power management solutions, at the show. eComp, powered by Eaton, is prepared to meet your facility’s needs from operations and management to maintenance and renovation.

Eaton Power ManagementStop by Booth #421 any time during the show to ask about our Free Site Evaluation and how eComp and Eaton can provide you with power management solutions to make sure your facility operates efficiently, reliably, safely and sustainably. eComp is an ISO 9001:2008 certified franchised and independent distributor of custom and commercial off the shelf power management, network and IT solutions with over 15 years of experience providing solutions to government, industrial, medical and military markets . We look forward to seeing you at the show!

MDG Forum: Game Changing Technology

 

 

 

 

Join eComp Feburary 1st 2017 at the Medical Development Group Forum at Regis College to discuss ingenious application of available technology that offers vast improvements in medical diagnosis and treatment. Led by industry leaders, this forum is ideal for innovators, entrepreneurs, care-givers and anyone interested in new developments and new ways to use current technology.

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MDG Forums: Breakthroughs in Ovarian and Breast Cancers

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Join eComp on Wednesday January 18th 2017 at the MDG Forum meeting on breakthroughs in ovarian and breast cancers. Led by experts in breast cancer and ovarian cancer, this forum will highlight some of the advances in detection, prevention, treatment and continuous monitoring of these diseases. Moderated by a women’s health advocate and a cancer survivor, this forum hopes to help engineers, clinical trial organizers and business developers. The forum is being held at the Regis College Fine Arts Center in Weston, MA from 5:30PM until 8:30PM. You can register for attendance here.

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