Do you want the opportunity to win a $100 gift check?
you're an EC&M subscriber, we invite you to help us select this
year's Product of the Year winner. The deadline for voting is June 22,
2008. To make your voice heard, visit the EC&M home page anytime before now and
then. Click on "vote now and become eligible for a $100 gift check,"
located in the center of the page. You can click on a link for each of
the 24 category winners to read a brief description of the product
features and view a photo. Once you're finished with your review, you
can click on the "vote here for your favorite" link, which allows you
enter in your contact information, choose your favorite product, and
click submit. As an added incentive to capture your vote, five lucky
voters will be randomly selected to receive one of five $100 gift checks
-- so don't delay. Vote today!
The competition has honored innovation and excellence in product
development in the electrical industry for the past seven years.
Model 5070 5000V Graphical Insulation Tester
AEMC's Model 5070 megohmmeter is the only fully automated 5000V
graphical insulation tester. It provides insulation measurements to
10000GΩ (10TΩ). Test results include DAR, PI, DD,
leakage, and current as well as programmable temperature correction of
resistance readings. The Model 5070 also offers the ability to program
up to three step voltage profiles (40 to 5100V), each containing up to
five steps. The Model 5070 has an RS-232 interface and an extensive
memory function, which permits storage results in files specific to the
device under test. The Model 5070 can be fully programmed and
by a PC. Includes DataView software for data storage, analysis and
report generation. Click
here for more details.
Around the Circuit
Construction on the Decline
Retail construction has recently experienced a decrease
as retailers scrap growth plans and lenders remain wary, reported "The
Wall Street Journal" on May 21. According to the report, many of the
largest U.S. developers of malls and shopping centers have postponed
projects by a year or more, in response to slowing demand for space.
Some venues will be built piecemeal as leasing progress allows; others
have been canceled before the start of construction.
To read more on
this topic, visit the EC&M Web
Extension for CBTD
The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed H.R.
6049, "Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act of 2008," which
contains about $20 billion of tax incentives for investment in
energy, energy efficiency, and conservation. The bill also extends the
Commercial Building Tax Deduction (CBTD) for five years, through
December 31, 2013. Established through the Energy Policy Act of 2005,
CBTD provides a tax deduction benefit to encourage the installation of
high-efficiency systems (including lighting) in new and existing
To read more on this topic, visit the EC&M Web site.
Increase in U.S. Wind
U.S. wind power capacity increased by 46% in 2007, with
$9 billion invested in U.S. wind plants, according to the U.S.
Department of Energy (DOE) in the 2007 edition of the "Annual Report
on U.S. Wind Power Installation, Cost, and Performance Trends." This
increase makes the United States the fastest-growing wind power market
in the world for the third straight year. The report also states that
wind projects accounted for 35% of all new U.S. electric generating
capacity in 2007, and transmission facilities capable of transmitting a
total of more than 200GW of wind power are in the early stages of
development throughout the nation. By the end of 2007, 1.2% of the
nation's electricity supply could be met with wind capacity.
more on this topic, visit the EC&M Web
Seek Participants for SDI Study
The Foundation of American Subcontractors Association
(FASA), Alexandria, Va., and the National Association of Surety Bond
Producers (NASBP), Washington, D.C., recently commissioned a research
project on the use of subcontractor default insurance (SDI) in the
construction industry, and researchers are asking for help in
information that is vital to the success of the project. Clemson,
S.C.-based Clemson University's Department of Construction Science and
Management is seeking help with identifying owners of construction
projects on which SDI has been used.
To read more on this topic,
the EC&M Web site.
ILSCO has reinvented the compression
category with a new ClearChoice solution.
compression connectors reduce inventory requirements
by accepting multiple conductor classes including fine stranded and
building wire. UL-listed, CSA-certified, and range-taking when
with approved tools and dies. Circumferential dies produce strong,
long-lasting crimps with a tight crimp profile for greater pull-out
strength. The increased contact area reduces resistance and eliminates
the potential for flash. www.ilsco.com
The Purchasing Department for the City of Stamford,
Conn., is requesting proposals for an electrical grounding project at
Stamford High School. Bid opening is July 9 at 11 a.m. EST. A
non-mandatory pre-bid walk-through is scheduled for June 23 at 10 a.m.
at Stamford High School. For more information, visit the city's Web
Retrofit and Replacement
The Purchasing Department for the City of Hamden,
is seeking a design/build contractor to install a low-emissivity
insulation barrier to prevent radiant heat transmission over the
rink's ice surface and spectator area at the Louis Astorino Ice Arena.
The project also includes the retrofit, replacement, and/or control of
lighting fixtures within other areas of the arena. The deadline for
is July 10. For more information, visit the state's Web
Flash Safety Labels
your facility safe from arc flash hazards? Use elecDirect's line of
arc flash safety labels to properly label all potential arc flash
hazards. Ten styles to choose from to help ensure a safe work
environment. Each label is only $2.75 and comes in a standard pack of
Use Coupon Code EZONE608 at checkout to receive 10% OFF your next
- or call toll free 800-701-0975.
ARCO Construction, St. Louis, recently selected Fenton,
Mo.-based Kaiser Electric as the electrical contractor/engineer on
projects to wire two new FlightSafety International Learning Centers --
one in St. Louis and the other in Lafayette, La. Both centers are
currently under construction and are expected to be completed by
December 2008. Kaiser Electric is providing turnkey electrical design
and low-voltage wiring for the centers' lighting, computer,
communication, fire, security, and voice data systems.
Business Briefs, visit the EC&M Web site.
Eye on Safety
EMCOR Group Expands
Upon Meaning of PPE
Norwalk, Conn.-based EMCOR Group recently developed a
new concept of personal productivity equipment, based on the
idea of personal protective equipment (PPE). In response to workers not
wearing conventional PPE because of comfort and convenience issues, the
company has embraced the evolution of PPE that emphasizes productivity.
"There are many different types and styles of gloves and protective
eyewear for every task that not only prevent injury but increase
productivity," says Dave Copley, vice president of safety and quality
management for EMCOR Construction and Facility Services. "An evolution
in the application of PPE was a natural step."
The new idea of PPE
is embodied by applications such as task lighting in gloves, eyewear or
hardhat mounted headlamps, correct footwear and working surface to
reduce fatigue, and the consistent use of gel knee pads to make working
at floor level safer, less tiring, and more productive. "Thinking in
these terms is a revolutionary step in improving safety and
performance," Copley continues. "The use of PPE is not only the safe
and responsible thing to do, it's one of the best ways to help improve
Shows & Events
The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
will present its 2008 annual conference from July 24-27 in Portland,
Ore. Participants can earn up to 19 professional development hours at
this year's conference education sessions. Topics for this year include
global energy issues, emerging technologies, sustainable design, risk
management, profitability, best practices, and stress management. For
more information and to register for the conference, visit the NSPE Web site.
Learn About the Changes in the 2008 National Electrical Code
In two informative and interest-filled days with Mike Holt,
you'll learn about major NEC changes that will impact your work,
you're an electrician, contractor, engineer, designer, or
maintenance person. You'll also earn continuing education hours and
professional development hours.
Two conferences are scheduled for later this year:
--September 4-5 in Portland, Ore.
--September 8-9 in San Antonio
For more information and to register online, go to http://CodeChangeConferences.com
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