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GSA Mandate for Lighting-Certified Practitioners
The U.S. General Services Administration has recognized
the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions
(NCQLP) lighting-certification program by including a reference to it
its "Facilities Standards for Public Buildings Service." The standard
requires lighting design on all lighting projects in all federal
buildings to be performed or supervised by a practitioner credentialed
as Lighting Certified (LC) by NCQLP. The 2005 examination for
certification will be held on Nov. 5. The deadline for early
registration is Aug. 12; the final deadline is Sept. 23. For more
information on the examination, visit www.ncqlp.org.
New AEMC Instruments Catalog
Many new products are featured in the 2005 AEMC 68-page catalog which
highlights AEMC's lines of portable test and measurement instruments,
including megohmmeters, ground resistance testers, power quality
analyzers and meters, cable testers, current probes, multimeters, data
loggers, environmental testers, test tools and many more. Call (800)
343-1391 or email email@example.com to
receive your free copy. AEMC's catalog is also available online at www.aemc.com.
and Photointerrupter Sensors Drive North American Proximity Sensor
According to a recent report from Venture Development
Corporation (VDC), growth in demand for photoelectric and
photointerrupter sensors will be the largest contributor to the overall
growth in the North American proximity and photoelectric sensor market.
VDC forecasts a combined compound annual growth rate of 5.8% for the
sensor types through 2007, compared to an overall North American growth
rate forecast of 4.7%. Currently, the markets for photoelectric and
photointerrupter sensors comprise 41% of the $617.2 million market, the
largest share of the overall 2004 North American proximity and
photoelectric sensor market. The largest industry shares of the 2004
photoelectric sensor shipments were for use in material handling,
packaging equipment, and electronics/semiconductor manufacturing
equipment applications. Office automation equipment applications
accounted for nearly half of 2004 shipments of the photointerrupter
Release Second Joint National Electric Installation Standard
NECA/NEMA 605, "Nonmetallic Underground Utility Duct"
has just been published. It's the second installation standard jointly
developed by NECA and NEMA in the National Electrical Installation
Standards (NEIS) series. The first was NECA/NEMA 105-2002, "Recommended
Practice for Installing Metal Cable Tray Systems." Many of the NEIS
published to date have been developed in collaboration with other
industry expert groups. For a copy of the standard, contact the NECA
order desk by phone at (301) 215-4504, fax at (301) 215-4500, or visit
and click on "General."
There are cable cutters ... and there's the PowerBlade.
Bulky battery packs, special chargers, downtime and user fatigue are
past. The present is the PowerBlade Drill-Powered Cable Cutter
from IDEAL. It easily cuts through 750 MCM copper and 1000 MCM aluminum
and attaches to any drill that accepts a 3/8" drive shaft. Visit www.idealindustries.com
for a complete profile and instructional video of the only cable cutter
worthy of the name PowerBlade.
Nassau County Department of Public
Works Requests Bids for Electrical Upgrade
Nassau County Department of Public Works in Mineola,
Long Island, N.Y., is requesting bids for the electrical upgrade of the
Holocaust Memorial and Education Center. The contract consists of a new
electrical service and upgrade of the electrical distribution system.
Additional branch circuits, outlets, and lighting to meet the
requirements of the center will be required, including replacement of
old receptacles and toggle switches. There will be a mandatory pre-bid
meeting/walk through at the project site on July 8 at 10 a.m. EST. The
mandatory pre-bid site visit form must be included with the bid bond.
For directions to the site, please call (516) 571-8040. Contract
documents may be examined at the Office of Contracts and Permits of the
Department of Public Works, First Floor, 1194 Prospect Avenue,
Nassau County, N.Y., 11590, from 9 a.m. EST on June 20 until 3:45 p.m.
EST on July 7. A non-refundable fee of $100 will be required for each
set of the contract documents requested. Prospective bidders requesting
the contract documents by mail must remit an additional, non-refundable
fee of $30 per set, to cover handling and first class mailing.
are due July 12 by 10:30 a.m. EST. For the public notice of the bid,
visit the department's
Upgrade Project at LAX
Los Angeles World Airports seeks contractors to upgrade
apron lighting at Terminals 1-8 and Tom Bradley International Terminal.
The upgraded lighting must meet current IES recommendations for apron
lighting and alley taxiways, with a minimum of 1 footcandle both
horizontal lighting level at points 200 feet from the edge of the
terminal buildings. For more information, contact Sandy Running, Los
Angeles World Airports, at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at
646-5700, or by fax at (310) 417-0532. Bidding closes July 26 at 2 p.m.
PST. View the bid document online at the Los Angeles Business Assistance
NIMBUS™ offers 190 insulated
Configurations include single sided or dual-sided multi-tap connectors
as well as in-line or offset splicer-reducer connectors. Dual rated for
copper or aluminum conductor, the offering is UL Listed and features
removable plugs for entry port closure. Visit our web site at www.ilsco.com for additional product
Eye on Safety
Convicted of Violating Federal Safety Rules
Rolling Meadows, Ill.-based L.E. Myers, provider of
power line construction and repair services to public utilities
nationwide, was convicted May 19 of a single misdemeanor count of
willfully violating federal safety regulations in the electrocution of
rookie lineman Blake Lane, 20, in 1999. Lane was working on a 120-foot
steel transmission tower in Mt. Prospect, Ill. According to
Lane wasn't warned by his foreman that the line was live.
Myers, a subsidiary of MYR Group, was acquitted of a second misdemeanor
account in the incident that led to the death of Wade Cumpston, 43, in
Plainfield, Ill., who died in 2000 after making contact with a
cable while working in an uninsulated bucket. OSHA states that Myers
failed to properly train staff and that proper grounding would have
avoided the deaths.
The U.S. Dept. of Labor had proposed a $423,000 fine related to the
deaths. The maximum penalty under federal law for the misdemeanor count
is a $500,000 fine and five years probation.
Caterpillar® UPS 150 kVA System with Flywheel-Based
Caterpillar provides the Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) 150 kVA
System with flywheel-based technology. The integrated system
the need for backup batteries, reduces floor space requirements and
minimizes system maintenance. It delivers 97 percent total system
efficiency translating into significant cost savings, especially when
compared to traditional UPS products.
For additional information, visit www.cat-electricpower.com
contact your local Cat Dealer.
Shows and Events
of Professional Engineers 2005 Annual Convention
As the only engineering society that represents
individual engineers across all disciplines, NSPE offers many
and education opportunities. Its main event, the NSPE
2005 Annual Convention, will be held in Chicago's Renaissance
Chicago Hotel July 7-9, followed by the Annual
Governance Meetings July 10-12. Sessions include forums on
Without Borders, ethics, and reconstruction efforts in Southern Iraq.
Also available at the convention are the Professional Edge Sessions.
Sessions include lessons on negotiation, emotional intelligence, and
leadership development. For a comprehensive schedule of the general
agenda and registration material, click here
for Windows format or here
for pdf format. If you need additional information, email the NSPE
registrar at email@example.com or call
Electrical Associations Annual Conference
The "Association of Associations," ILEA, presents its
annual conference July 20-23 in Vancouver, British Columbia, at the
Listel Vancouver Hotel. Share your association's stories of success and
failure, participate in a series of roundtable events, network with
peers, learn strategies to start or improve your association's Web
hit the links for the golf outing, and view the Ideas Showcase
for which delegates are encouraged to bring copies of projects from the
past year, including trade show
materials, brochures, and training materials. For a downloadable
registration form, companion schedule, and a complete list of events,
Web site. Register by June 18 to receive an early bird
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