Electric.ie July/August Edition

54 ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • Industry News Cultivate to motivate environment. Incorporating a USB charging Euro module into power distribution systems such ƒ• ƪ‘‘”„‘š‡• ‘” †‡•‹‰ •‘Ž—–‹‘• can help to ensure that power is available wherever it is required. USB charging solutions are an ‡ƒ•› ƒ†…‘•–Ǧ‡ơ‡…–‹˜‡ ™ƒ› –‘ ‘†‡”‹•‡ ‘ƥ…‡• ‘” —‹˜‡”•‹–› buildings, helping to create a productive working environment while boosting productivity and morale. Š––’ǣȀȀ™™™Ǥ‡Ž‡…–”‹…Ǥ…‘ ‹ Š‘‡ǡ „—– •–”—‰‰Ž‡ –‘ ‡ƥ…‹‡–Ž› charge an iPad. DDR recognises the device that has been plugged in and reacts accordingly for ‘’–‹ƒŽ ƒ† ‡ƥ…‹‡–…Šƒ”‰‹‰Ǥ What’s more, USB sockets are easy to incorporate in refurbishment ƒ† ”‡–”‘Ƥ– ‘’’‘”–—‹–‹‡• ƒ• they can simply replace existing sockets. Such an example is MK’s iconic Logic Plus range. Its USB integrated socket has been re- ‡‰‹‡‡”‡† –‘ Ƥ– ‹–‘ ƒ •–ƒ†ƒ”† 25mm back box, allowing for a quick and easy installation. This is good for refurbishment projects, as a simple product switch saves on time, resources and money, making the job ‡ƥ…‹‡– ƒ† ‡ơ‡…–‹˜‡Ǥ modules can also be used for ‘”‡ ˜‡”•ƒ–‹Ž‹–› ™‹–Š‹ –Š‡ ‘ƥ…‡ U SB integrated sockets are proving to be particularly popular at the moment, largely due to the dramatic increase in the number of electrical devices supplied with a USB charging cable, such as tablets and smartphones. The emergence of the ‘Bring Your Own Device’ workplace culture has also played a part in the widespread adoption of these sockets, with the average worker using three or more devices every day. The addition of these charging ports enable multiple devices to be powered from one source instead of a traditional two-gang socket outlet that only allows dual activity As USBs are an international standard, installing USB integrated sockets „‡‡Ƥ–• –Š‘•‡ –”ƒ˜‡ŽŽ‹‰ ˆ”‘ overseas for study, or meetings ‹ ƒ ‘ƥ…‡ ‡˜‹”‘‡–Ǥ • ƒ ƒ††‹–‹‘ƒŽ „‡‡Ƥ–ǡ •‘…‡–• do not need to be PAT tested, unlike standalone chargers, as the charging point is part of the building infrastructure. This can help to save costs for the likes of facilities managers whilst ensuring a safe working space for employees, students and other users. Each MK Electric USB socket also features dynamic device recognition (DDR), an innovative •ƒˆ‡–› ˆ‡ƒ–—”‡ •’‡…‹Ƥ…ƒŽŽ› built in to detect charging …‘Ƥ‰—”ƒ–‹‘• ˆ”‘ ƒ ™‹†‡ ”ƒ‰‡ of manufacturers. All devices draw …Šƒ”‰‡ ‹ †‹ơ‡”‡– ™ƒ›•ǡ ƒ† –Š‹• means that certain USB chargers …ƒ ‡ơ‡…–‹˜‡Ž› ’‘™‡” —’ ƒ ർ MK Electric tells us how changes to a working space can help cultivate a great atmosphere and boost productivity.

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