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October 16, 2006 A Prism Business Media Publication Vol. 5, No. 19

2006 Deferred Industrial Projects Reach $115 Billion

UL Launches Education Initiative for NJATC Apprentices

Madison County Seeks Contractor for Lighting Controls Upgrade

California City Issues RFP
for Street Lighting Improvements

Business Brief

OSHA Publishes List of Most-Violated Standards

North Texas Facilities Expo

7x24 Exchange Fall Conference

Electronic House Expo Fall 2006

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    Around the Circuit
    2006 Deferred Industrial Projects Reach $115 Billion
    According to research by Industrial Info Resources, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,119 projects originally scheduled to begin construction in 2006 in the United States have been deferred to 2007 or beyond. These projects represent almost $115 billion in total investment value. Market shifts, permitting delays, and financing issues are the main reasons for project deferrals. In many cases, companies cannot justify the expenditure for major capital projects, because the return on investment isn't there.

    Sixty percent of the deferred project expenditures are in the power industry, which has had 369 projects totaling almost $69 billion deferred to future years. The industrial manufacturing industry is second on the list with 234 projects totaling $14.9 billion. But what appears to be staggering numbers for project deferrals this year is actually dwarfed by current active projects. For every project that was deferred, there were five that remained active.

    The Multi-Tasking Power Quality Analyzer!
    Wouldn't it be nice if you could look inside your electrical system and see what's going on? Troubleshooting would be so much easier if you could see the volts, amps, and harmonic content in real time and take pictures to document and analyze. Now you can do just that and more with AEMC's PowerPad Model 3945. Record trends and capture transients, events, and screen shots all at the same time. Review it on screen or download a complete database for thorough analysis on your PC with the DataView software provided. Call (800) 343-1391 or e-mail for your free PowerPad brochure. AEMC's brochure is also available online at

    UL Launches Education Initiative
    for NJATC Apprentices

    Northbrook, Ill.-based Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL) recently launched a new education and scholarship program for the National Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (NJATC). UL's commitment to NJATC will total $100,000 in scholarship funds for apprentices across the United States over the next five years. As part of the new education program, UL will donate $1,000 scholarships to 20 different committees for individual apprentice electricians beginning their second year of training. Apprentices participate in five-year programs to reach the classification of journeyman wireman. The UL scholarship is meant help cover the textbook costs associated with the remaining four years of the apprentice's training program. UL will work directly with NJATC to determine the recipients of each scholarship and will begin presenting awards in 2007.

    In addition to the scholarship, UL regulatory services representatives will be involved in the educational programs for IBEW trainers. UL will participate in a training Webinar for NJATC educators at the beginning of 2007 to discuss the importance of third-party certification and how it helps to promote public safety. Ultimately, UL will visit the 285 training centers in the United States to play an active role in this aspect of trainer education.

    The 2007 IDEAL Collectible is Here!
    This year's IDEAL collectible is packed with power and ready to roll. It's a die-cast replica of a Dodge Ram 3500 truck complete with the Haulin' Amps Job Trailer--detailed right down to the chrome finish, custom paint job, and working doors. It's available only for a limited time. Visit for details.

    Project Watch
    Madison County Seeks Contractor for Lighting Controls Upgrade
    The Dane County Purchasing Division, Madison, Wis., is seeking sealed bids for a lighting controls upgrade at the Alliant Energy Center -- Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Scope of work comprises an upgrade of the existing incandescent and high-intensity discharge lighting control systems including dimmers, secondary overcurrent protection devices, relays, and custom racks. Bids will be received until 2 p.m. on Oct. 19. To download a pdf of the bid documents, visit Dane County's Web site.

    California City Issues RFP for Street Lighting Improvements
    City of Citrus Heights, Calif., is soliciting bids for Phase 1 of the construction of Sayonara Drive-Improvements for Street Lighting. To download a pdf of the notice of request for bids, visit the city's Web site. A copy of the project plans and specifications may be obtained by e-mailing the General Services Department or by calling (916) 727-4770. Bids are due at 2 p.m. on Oct. 26.

    New Flip Clip From Cooper B-Line
    The fastest, most inexpensive way to securely hang and level wire basket tray, saving installers time and money. The Flip Clip can be used with 1/4-inch and 3/8-inch threaded rods, eliminating the need for multiple hanger sizes. The Flip Clip requires only one nut and one tool for installation.

    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    GenTran Corp., Alpharetta, Ga., designer and manufacturer of generator transfer systems for residential and light commercial backup and temporary power applications, recently received national certification as a Women's Business Enterprise by the Georgia Women's Business Council, a regional certifying partner of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). WBENC's national standard of certification implemented by the Georgia Women's Business Council includes an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated, and controlled by a woman or women.

    For more Business Briefs, visit the EC&M Web site.

    New From
    E-Mon D-Mon!
    Load Control Option for Class 3000 Meters!

    Managing energy has never been easier! Many commercial and industrial customers want monitoring and control capabilities but do not have the financial or personnel resources to manage a full-scale load-management system. The load-control option is designed to operate at user-selectable high and low set points, providing users with the capability to reduce electrical demand by shedding loads or activating a local generator. The low kilowatt limit point allows the load to be returned to normal operating power independently as pre-set parameters are met. Contact E-Mon at (800) 334-3666 or visit for details!

    Eye on Safety
    OSHA Publishes List
    of Most-Violated Standards

    For the fifth year in a row, "Scaffolds -- General Requirements" was OSHA's most-violated standard. In fiscal year 2006, the agency cited employers for 9,012 violations of 1926.451, which details OSHA's scaffolding requirements for construction. "Hazard Communication" (1910.1200) came in second with 6,704 violations. "Fall Protection -- Duty to Have Fall Protection" (1926.501) for construction ranked third with 6,378 violations.

    The rest of the top 10:

  • "Respiratory Protection" (1910.134) with 4,332 violations
  • "Lockout-Tagout" (1910.147) with 3,659 violations
  • "Powered Industrial Trucks" (1910.178) with 3,080 violations
  • "Electrical -- Wiring Methods, Components and Equipment for General Use" (1910.305) with 2,953 violations
  • "Machine Guarding -- General Requirements" (1910.212) with 2,749 violations
    "Ladders for Construction" (1926.1053) with 2,329 violations
  • "Electrical -- General Requirements" (1910.303) with 2,178 violations

    New Web-Based Training From ILSCO
    ILSCO® has a new Web-based mechanical training module available to assist customers with training of the features, benefits, and applications of mechanical connectors. The training module is available online at and features segments on connector functions, unique characteristics, standards, and installation instructions. Look for additional training modules to follow in 2007.

    Shows and Events
    North Texas Facilities Expo
    The North Texas Facilities Expo will take place from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1 at Dallas Market Hall in Dallas. Seminars at this year's event include "2005 NEC Requirements for Concrete-Encased Electrodes and Other Grounding Electrodes," "Infrared Technology for Electrical Applications and Beyond," and "Who Is a Qualified Electrical Worker?" For more information, a full list of exhibitors, and to register, visit the expo's Web site.

    7x24 Exchange Fall Conference

    The 7x24 Exchange Fall Conference is scheduled for Nov. 12 to 15 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Topics to be presented at this year's conference include mission critical fire protection systems, fundamentals of UPS batteries for data centers, harmonic solutions for mission critical applications, and energy cost reduction using DC at data centers. For more information and to register, visit the conference's Web site.

    Electronic House Expo Fall 2006
    The Fall 2006 Electronic House Expo and Conference will take place from Nov. 14 to 17 in Long Beach, Calif. Manufacturers from the security and electrical, comfort and control, and digital convergence industries will exhibit at the expo while the conference will offer discussions on home automation, coax versus coax, system design, and installation and integration. For more information on both the conference and expo, visit EHX's Web site.

    EC&M E-Tradeshow
    Visit the 2006 EC&M
    E-TradeShow, a Year-Long Virtual Business Event

    Don't miss these scheduled seminars on October 18 in the EC&M E-Tradeshow:
    • "The Basics of Insulation Resistance Testing," by John Olobri, Dir. Sales and Marketing, AEMC Instruments (9 a.m. EST and PST, Conference Room A)
    • "Good Project Management, Enhancing the Bottom Line," by John DeDad, Senior Director, Editorial and EC&M Development (11 a.m. EST and PST, Conference Room A)
    • "Presenting AEMC's 3-Phase PQ Analyzer," by Ed Cunie, Eastern Regional Manager, AEMC Instruments (10 a.m. EST and PST, Conference Room A)
    • "Electrical Market News Update," by Jim Lucy, Chief Editor, Electrical Wholesaling, and Dale Funk, Chief Editor, Electrical Marketing (10 a.m. EST and PST, Conference Room B)
    Before attending these events, make sure you visit the 2006 EC&M E-TradeShow, a year-long virtual business event. In addition to attending live activities at conference sessions scheduled throughout the year, you can meet with exhibitors in virtual exhibit halls. You can also access past presentations that are archived in the e-Tradeshow. Employing the latest interactive 3D technology, sponsors use online trade-show booths to generate leads on a continuous basis throughout the year, while interacting live with customers and prospects during scheduled events. Free access and all the information you need are available at

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