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AEMC offers a
broad range of
Megohmmeters measuring up to 10T ohms with test voltages from 50V
5,000V. Hand crank, battery, and line-powered models are available.
Analog, digital, and graphical display show measurement results (model
dependent). DAR, PI, and dielectric discharge ratios are automatically
A comprehensive software program that allows for system configuration,
data storage, real-time testing, and report print out is included free
on some models.
Around the Circuit
Forecasts Materials and Labor Cost Increases
Washington, D.C.-based Associated General Contractors
America (AGC) recently released its fifth Construction Inflation Alert,
warning owners, budget setters, and contractors to expect larger
materials and labor cost increases in 2008 than they have experienced
the past 12 months. "The worsening slide in homebuilding and turmoil in
the credit markets threaten some types of nonresidential construction,"
says Kenneth Simonson, AGC chief economist. "At the same time, some
materials costs are beginning to turn up again, and labor costs have
started to accelerate."
To read more, visit the EC&M Web
America's Leading Energy-Efficiency Programs
Washington, D.C.-based American Council for an
Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a nonprofit research group, recently
selected 90 of America's leading energy-efficiency programs in 20
different categories for recognition. The programs were selected as
of a national review of outstanding programs offered by utilities and
other organizations that help customers reduce energy use through
improved energy efficiency."
To read more, visit the EC&M Web
Portage, Mich.-based InterNational Electrical Testing
Association (NETA) recently published ANSI/NETA MTS-2007, "Standard for
Maintenance Testing Specifications for Electrical Power Distribution
Equipment and Systems, 2007 Edition." The 250-page guide covers
suggested field tests and inspections to assess the suitability for
continued service and reliability of electrical power distribution
systems. The standard addresses topics such as applicable references,
power systems studies, electromagnetic field testing, motor control,
electrical safety equipment, medium- and high-voltage cables, and arc
flash hazard analysis.
To read more, visit the EC&M Web
Passes Legislation Promoting Energy Efficiency
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently signed a package of
legislation promoting energy efficiency, conservation, and pollution
reduction. Among the bills signed were the following:
- The California Lighting Efficiency and Toxics Reduction Act,
which prohibits the manufacturing for sale or the sale of certain
general purpose lights that contain hazardous substances. In addition,
the bill requires the California Energy Commission to adopt energy
efficiency standards for all general purpose lights.
- The Solar Water Heating and Efficiency Act of 2007, which provides
incentives to attain the goal of installing 20,000 solar water heating
systems in the state by 2017.
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New Flip Clip from Cooper B-Line
The fastest, most inexpensive way to securely hang and level wire
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. www.cooperbline.com/flipclip
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is seeking
qualified electrical construction firms interested in performing work
Pier 86 within the Hudson River Park located at West 46th Street along
the Hudson River on Manhattan's west side. The deadline for proposals
Nov. 15. For more information, visit the RFP/DB Web site.
CCTV Project in
The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) is looking
a qualified contractor to install CCTV security equipment at its
McKinley Avenue facility. A pre-bid conference is scheduled for Nov. 6
at 10 a.m. EDT. The deadline for bids is Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. EDT. For
information, visit the COTA Web
New Megger MIT400 Series 1kV Insulation
The perfect high-performance tester for commercial and
plant electricians. It features a CAT IV, 600V rating, digital and
analog arc display, adjustable insulation test voltages, and
measurement range from 20 G-ohms to 200 G-ohms. Six models to choose
from with a three year warranty. www.megger.com
Aurora, Ohio-based TCP, Inc. recently celebrated the
opening of its new global headquarters. The 154,000-square-foot
houses a two-story office space, warehouse, distribution center,
testing labs, and customer service call center.
For more business
briefs, visit EC&M's Web site.
Belden® Offers a Full Line
2-Hour Rated Fire-Resistive (Circuit Integrity) Cables for a range
of applications: UL2196/NEC-listed industrial cables are PLTC-CI
shielded multi-conductor types; shipboard cables are ABS-type approved
shielded multi-conductor cables with low-smoke zero halogen jackets;
shielded/unshielded multi-conductor Safe-T-Line® EVAC
system cables meet all applicable survivability requirements. For New
Product Bulletin #249, call 1.800.BELDEN.1 or www.belden.com/ECM249.
Eye on Safety
The Dept. of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) recently proposed a $170,500 fine against
Ill.-based R&R Metalcraft, Inc. This marks the third citation the
manufacturer of metal parts and sub-generators has received from OSHA.
The most serious violations were for four "willful violations." OSHA
alleges the company failed to provide workers with proper safety
equipment while dealing with energy sources, failed to properly train
employees in how to recognize hazardous energy sources, failed to
establish proper lockout/tagout procedures, and failed to provide guard
"Injuries and fatalities from accidents such as
electrocution, amputation from improper guard protection, or falls are
preventable," says Kathy O'Connell, OSHA's Aurora director. "Employers
must remain dedicated to keeping the workplace safe and healthful or
face intense scrutiny by OSHA." In 2003, R&R Metalcraft was issued 24
citations for lockout/tagout procedures, machine guarding, and
electrical hazards. The company was fined $23,000 but paid $7,500 after
ClearTrax® Lay-In Connectors
ILSCO has introduced ClearTrax® lay-in connectors. ClearTrax range
taking connectors feature easy lay-in installation of aluminum or
conductors and accommodate a wire range of 1000kcmil - 6. Benefits are
faster and safer connection resulting from reduced cable manipulation
during installation. Fabricated from 6061-T6 aluminum alloy to ensure
strength and conductivity, ClearTrax is clear plated for low contact
resistance. The compact body is designed as a single piece and is
engineered for heat dissipation. www.ilsco.com
Shows and Events
Rockwell Automation will present Automation Fair 2007
from Nov. 14-15 in Chicago. The event will include more than 50
technical sessions, 20 hands-on labs, and more than 100 exhibitors.
Topics discussed in the forums include automotive, household and
personal care, oil and gas, and waste and wastewater. For more
information and to register, visit the Allen-Bradley Web site.
Where do you turn when you need accurate information on
changes to the National Electrical Code? Acknowledged as the leaders in
providing information on the NEC, EC&M magazine and EC&M
seminars have been the preferred sources of this information for more
than 60 years. Seven Code change conferences have been scheduled in the
fall of 2007. Host cities include: Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Orlando,
Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Seattle.
As an approved provider with the National Council of Examiners for
Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), through its Registered Continuing
Education Provider Program (RCEPP), our 2008 Code change conferences
will provide professional engineers Professional Development Hours
(PDHs), a requirement for re-licensing in many states. The conferences
are also approved by every state that has a continuing education
requirement for contractors and electricians.
For additional information on the dates and locations of these
events, download a pdf of the schedule from the EC&M Web site.
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