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Making Large UPS Systems More Efficient
As energy resources become scarcer and more expensive, electrical efficiency is a more important performance factor in the specification and selection of large

x squared  systems data centers . Executive Summary As energy resources become more scarce and more expensive, electrical efficiency is becoming a more important performance factor in the specification and selection of large UPS systems. There are three subtle but significant factors that can materially affect a company's cost of operating a UPS system and particularly the electrical bill. Unfortunately, the people who specify systems often fail to recognize these factors, which leads to increased costs to the

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Picture Archiving Communication Systems (PACS) for the Health Care Industry

PACS (Picture Archiving Communication System) manages the storage and display of digitized diagnostic images such as x-rays, CT Scans, and ultrasounds for use by radiologists and other clinicians.  

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