June 15, 2005 A PRIMEDIA Property Vol. IV, No. 11

NCQLP Announces GSA Mandate for Lighting-Certified Practitioners

Photoelectric and Photointerrupter Sensors Drive North American Proximity Sensor Market Growth

NEMA/NECA Release Second Joint National Electric Installation Standard

Nassau County Department of Public Works Requests Bids for Electrical Upgrade

Apron Lighting Upgrade Project at LAX

L.E. Myers Convicted of Violating Federal Safety Rules

National Society of Professional Engineers 2005 Annual Convention

International League of Electrical Associations Annual Conference

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    Around the Circuit
    NCQLP Announces 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 in 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 sales@aemc.com to receive your free copy. AEMC's catalog is also available online at www.aemc.com.

    Photoelectric and Photointerrupter Sensors Drive North American Proximity Sensor Market Growth
    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 two 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 sensors.

    NEMA/NECA 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 www.neca-neis.org and click on "General."

    There are cable cutters ... and there's the PowerBlade™.
    Bulky battery packs, special chargers, downtime and user fatigue are the 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™.

    Project Watch
    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, Westbury, 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. Proposals are due July 12 by 10:30 a.m. EST. For the public notice of the bid, visit the department's website.

    Apron Lighting 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 srunning@lawa.org, by phone at (310) 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 Virtual Network.

    NIMBUS™ offers 190 insulated connectors. 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 information.

    Eye on Safety
    L.E. Myers 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 prosecutors, 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 grounding 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 Technology
    Caterpillar provides the Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) 150 kVA System with flywheel-based technology. The integrated system eliminates 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.

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    Shows and Events
    National Society of Professional Engineers 2005 Annual Convention
    As the only engineering society that represents individual engineers across all disciplines, NSPE offers many networking 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 Engineers 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 annualmeeting@nspe.org or call (703) 684-2885.

    International League of 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 your peers, learn strategies to start or improve your association's Web site, hit the links for the golf outing, and view the Ideas Showcase displays, 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, visit ILEA's Web site. Register by June 18 to receive an early bird discount.

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