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AEMC® Introduces Its Newest
PowerPad® Model 8335 Power Quality
The Model 8335 is a three-phase power quality
analyzer that is easy-to-use, compact, and shock resistant. It has
direct measurement of four voltage and four current inputs, including
neutral voltage and current. It simultaneously captures and records
trend, transients, events, and waveforms with 2GB of memory for data
storage. Visit: www.aemc.com.
Coming Up in EC&M
and the Electrical Contractor
An article in the July issue of EC&M will explore
the effects of social media on the marketing plans of electrical
contractors. If your electrical contracting company has made inroads
into social media — Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn — and you
would like to share your experience for possible inclusion in the
article, contact Staff Writer Beck Ireland by phone at (913) 967-1806 or
e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Around the Circuit
Unemployment Rate Stays Above 20%
Construction employment declined in May as 35,000
workers lost jobs, offsetting most of the increases the industry
experienced in March and April, according to a new analysis of federal
employment figures by the Associated General Contractors of America
(AGC), Arlington, Va. The figures show how fragile the sector is despite
recent increases in stimulus funding activity, note association
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EBCI Slips in May, But Six-Month Outlook Improves Again
North American business conditions continued to improve
on balance in May, though positive sentiment was less widespread than in
the previous month, according to Rosslyn, Va.-based National Electrical
Manufacturers Association (NEMA). The Electroindustry Business
Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions slipped 3
points to 68.8. Nonetheless, the index remained well above the 50-point
level indicative of an environment conducive to electroindustry growth
for a fifth straight month.
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Construction Data Publishes White Paper on How to Prepare for the
Unmistakable signals are now appearing that the economic
recovery is sustainable and will soon lead to increasing demand for
building space and facility capacity, according to the latest white
paper in Reed Construction Data's 2010 Construction Forecast White Paper
Series. This has already happened in many housing markets and for some
types of non-residential projects in a small but growing number of
regional markets. With space and facility completions continuing to
slow, the space and capacity surpluses that prevent new project starts
will soon be ebbing. Market by market, project type by project type,
this turnabout will gradually happen over the next year.
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on this story, visit EC&M's Web
Installations Invited to Participate in ASES National Solar Tour
Online registration has begun for solar-savvy installers
and grassroots organizations interested in showcasing their
communities’ solar-powered homes, businesses, and public agencies
during the Boulder, Colo.-based non-profit American Solar Energy
Society's (ASES) 15th annual National Solar Tour, the world's largest
grassroots solar event. Last year, 150,000 people in 49 states and
Puerto Rico participated.
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As the leading electrical integrator in the United States,
Lectrus custom-engineers, builds, and integrates
electrical power equipment into robust metal enclosures. We typically
team with electrical OEM and generator partners to provide fully
integrated, mobile power assemblies that save time, money, and space
when compared to conventional site-built structures. www.lectrus.com
Installation in New York
The New York School Construction Authority, Long Island
City, N.Y., is seeking sealed bids for installation of accessibility,
electrical, and fire alarm systems. Bids are due at 11 a.m. EST on June
18. For more information, contact Anthony Largie at (718) 752-5842.
Lighting in Queens
The Borough of Queens, N.Y., is soliciting bids for the
installation of decorative street lighting. Scope of work includes the
installation, removal, or relocation of equipment furnished by the city
or by the contractor, and other electrical work in connection with
decorative street lighting. Bids are due at 11 a.m. on June 24. For
additional information, contact Frank Caiazzo at (718) 786-4061.
Seal Beach, Calif.-based Amonix, Inc. recently announced
plans to build a $20-million manufacturing plant in the Las Vegas area.
The company will employ 278 workers making concentrated photovoltaic
(PV) solar equipment, the same type of solar cells that are used to
For more Business Briefs, visit the EC&M Web site.
Growing Concerns over Data Center Management and Availability
Emerson Network Power recently announced the results of
its biannual Data Center Users Group (DCUG) survey. The survey results,
which include responses from more than 170 data center, facility, and IT
managers in North America, revealed growing concern regarding adequate
monitoring and data center management capabilities as well as continued
concern about data center availability and heat density.
To read more
about the results of the data center survey, visit the EC&M Web
Funding for Core Technology Research and Product Development in
As part of the ongoing effort to reduce national energy
consumption through high-efficiency building technologies, the U.S.
Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced two solid-state lighting
(SSL) funding opportunities. The DOE will select projects to receive up
to $25 million to advance research, development, and market adoption of
SSL technology. The funding is directed toward two existing DOE SSL
research and development program areas for Core Technology Research (up
to $15 million) and Product Development (up to $10 million). This will
be the seventh round of such funding that has been awarded in recent
years. Funding is subject to congressional appropriations.
more about this funding for SSL technology, visit the EC&M Web
Eye on Safety
Questions About Solar Panel Safety
Since July 2008, San Diego County, Calif., has issued
more than 1,000 permits for solar installations, according to a recent
news story in the North County Times. Almost all of these
installations include two switches next to or even inside the inverter
box. However, a recent residential fire in the area has experts
wondering if this is enough, arguing that there should be a way to cut
DC power right on the roof, as close to the panels as possible.
the full story on the North County Times Web
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