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AEMC® Introduces the New Ground Resistance Tester
The Ground Resistance Tester Model 6471 is a portable measurement
instrument designed to measure ground resistance using two current
clamps (no auxiliary rods). It measures from 0.01 to 99.99 k ohms and is
auto-ranging, automatically seeking out the optimum measurement range
and test current.
Easy-to-use. Simply connect the leads, select the test mode, press start
and read the results. Up to 512 test results can be stored in internal
memory for later recall to the display or download to a PC using
DataView® software. www.aemc.com
Coming Up in EC&M
Based on results of a survey exclusive to EC&M,
the August cover story will chronicle the successes and challenges
EC&M's Top 50 electrical contractors experienced throughout 2008.
The report will reveal the strategies of the top players with the
highest sales related to datacom and electrical work, highlighting
particular accomplishments. In addition, the article will track hot and
cool markets and the cutting-edge technologies and processes the firms
introduced into their work practices last year, as well as those on the
verge of changing the landscape of project delivery and installation in
If your electrical firm has what it takes to make the Top
50 list (the cutoff for total sales for electrical and datacom work for
last year was $1 million) and would like to participate, contact Staff
Writer Beck Ireland by phone at (913) 967-1806 or e-mail at email@example.com.
Stainless Steel Liquid-Tight Connectors
line of stainless steel liquid-tight conduit connectors are made of
corrosion-resistant 304 stainless steel and designed specifically for
flexible liquid-tight conduit. Ideal for highly corrosive environments,
these connectors are extremely durable and UV-resistant. They also
include an insulated throat for further cable protection.
from only $17.43 -- it's time to stop replacing broken plastic and
rusted steel connectors. www.elecDirect.com
-- or call toll free (800) 701-0975 for more information.
Around the Circuit
Starts Fall in April
The value of new construction starts fell 1% in April,
seasonally adjusted, according to McGraw-Hill Construction, New York.
For the first four months of 2009 combined, starts declined 39%,
compared to the same time period in 2008. Additionally, in April
non-building construction fell 19%, following a 28% increase in March,
and was down 20% year-to-date. Non-residential building experienced a 9%
jump in April, but fell 42% year-to-date. Residential construction in
April grew 8%, largely as a result of a 13% gain in single-family
housing, but was down 50% year-to-date.
To read more on this story,
visit EC&M's Web
Revision of Cable Tray Standard
NEMA, Rosslyn, Va., has published ANSI/NEMA WC
51-2009/ICEA P-54-440, "Ampacities of Cables Installed in Cable Trays."
The standard was produced by the Energy Division Working Group 440 of
the Insulated Cable Engineers Association (ICEA), Carrollton, Ga., and
was last revised in 2003. WC 51/P-54-440 provides ampacity ratings for
600V to 15,000V solid dielectric cables installed in cable trays,
tabulated for single conductor cables, triplexed assemblies of single
conductor cables, and three-conductor cables incorporating an overall
To read more on this story, visit EC&M's Web
Announces Expanded Solar Energy Strategy
Progress Energy, Raleigh, N.C., recently unveiled an
expanded solar energy strategy in the Carolinas and Florida. SunSense
includes a range of new residential and commercial solar incentives and
programs and is expected to expand the scope and use of solar energy in
the Carolinas and Florida by more than 100MW over the next decade. The
cost of implementing the program is expected to have minimal impact on
To read more on this story, visit EC&M's Web
Systems Index Falls to New Low
The Lighting Systems Index (LSI), tracked by NEMA,
Rosslyn, Va., declined 12.8% during the first quarter of 2009, when
compared to the prior three-month period. Moreover, the index has
registered new all-time low readings in each of the last two quarters.
On a year-over-year basis, the LSI plunged nearly 22% and is down more
than 26% from the cyclical peak level. Each category of lighting
equipment covered in the index saw inflation-adjusted shipments decline
significantly on a year-over-year basis, though ballasts and fixtures
saw the most weakness compared to the first quarter of 2008.
more on this story, visit EC&M's Web
Mister Sparky America's On-Time Electrician
is out there. Find out how to get more of it with Mister
Sparky®. We've got the brand name recognition, the
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Work in Texas
Vaughn Construction, Houston, is requesting proposals
for the Texas A&M University, Renovate the MSC and University Center
Complex, Early Release Package No. 1. This project is located on the
main campus of Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, and
includes electrical system work. Proposals must be submitted between the
hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. CDT on June 30. For more information, call
(713) 579-1234 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bids for the replacement and installation of the 600A
switchgear and 1,000kVA transformer, including two distribution
switches, will be received by the Dallas County Community College
District Purchasing Department, Mesquite, Texas, on June 30 at 2 p.m.
CDT. Scope of work also includes removal and disposal of existing
equipment. For more information, call (972) 860-7771.
Architecture and engineering firm Stantec, Edmonton,
Canada, has designed the installation of a new lighting system along the
Peace Bridge in Niagara Falls, N.Y. The new system comprises more than
650 light-emitting diode (LED) lights, which use much less energy than
the previous 25-year-old system, and is controlled by a computer
software program that allows the bridge authority to employ a limitless
number of color combinations and animations to match city events or
For more Business Briefs, visit the EC&M Web site.
Criteria for Energy Star Integral LED Lamps
The Department of Energy (DOE) is accepting comments on
the recently revised draft criteria for Energy Star integral
light-emitting diode (LED) lamps. Read the revised criteria on the
Eye on Safety
M.C. Dean to Provide
Bilingual Arc-Flash Study and Training to 15 Mission Foods Locations
Mission Foods, Irving, Texas, recently selected the Arc
Flash Loss Prevention (AFLP) Group of M.C. Dean, Dulles, Va., to
implement a bilingual nationwide arc-flash training program at Mission
Foods’ locations throughout the United States. The first of 15 M.C.
Dean Spanish/English arc-flash safety presentations took place in
mid-May at the Pendergrass, Ga., Missions Foods’ plant. The audience
for the bilingual presentation included plant electricians, maintenance
supervisors, the plant manager, and other employees at the Georgia
Shows & Events
EC&M University's Online Arc Flash Courses
Need Arc Flash prevention training and continuing
education, but don't have a travel budget? That's no problem.
EC&M University’s e-Training Center is the answer! Just link to
these live, online training courses directly from your computer. Each
course will be presented in a concise and easy-to-understand manner by
an industry acknowledged expert.
For more information, go to www.ecmuniversity.com. To
register online, go to www.acteva.com/go/ecmuniversity.
- Arc Flash Testing Updates
June 16, 2009
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