View this email as a Web page Please add ECM_ElectricalZone_ to your Safe Sender list.

June 25, 2010 A Penton Media Publication Vol. IX, No. 12



CONTENTS
Repairing Corrosion Caused by Problem Drywall

U.S. Manufacturing Technology Consumption Up 50.6% Year-to-Date

Canadian Hiring Plans Still Positive Following Strong Job Gains in Early 2010

NECA Publication Offers Six Ideas that Will Change a Building's Energy Profile

NEMA Announces Premium Efficiency Program for Low-Voltage Distribution Transformers

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Installation and Maintenance in California

Wind and PV Systems Installation in South Dakota

Business Brief

Daylight-Switching Device Works with Existing Lighting Fixtures

Stimulus-Funded Projects Start to Pick Up but Won't Be Quick Fix

OSHA Alleges Safety Hazards at Sneed Shipbuilding

NFPA Conference & Expo

Code Change Conferences Are Coming


About this Newsletter
This twice-a-month
e-newsletter is brought to you from the publisher of EC&M magazine.

ElectricalZone will:

  • Bring you late-breaking news and stories from around the industry.
  • Showcase bid announcements and new project opportunities.
  • Deliver you exclusive business/technical feature articles.
  • Inform you of upcoming industry shows and events.

    We want to make sure we're providing you with the content you need to better manage your business or enhance your technical skills. E-mail us and let us know what you want to see in future issues of this e-mail newsletter. We will do our best to address your request in a future issue of ElectricalZone.

  • Subscriptions
    To unsubscribe from this newsletter go to: Unsubscribe

    To subscribe to this newsletter, go to: Subscribe

    To get this newsletter in a different format (Text or HTML), or to change your e-mail address, please visit your profile page to change your delivery preferences.

    Tell a friend about ElectricalZone
    Do you know of someone who'd like to receive ElectricalZone? Visit the subscriber site, enter their e-mail address and spread the wealth!

    Back Issues
    Missed an issue? Visit the ElectricalZone archive on EC&M's Website.

    Advertising
    To find out how to advertise in this newsletter, e-mail David Miller or call him at (312) 840-8487.
     
    ADVERTISEMENT



    ADVERTISEMENT



    ADVERTISEMENT


    Coming Up in EC&M
    Repairing Corrosion Caused by Problem Drywall
    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently issued interim remediation guidance to help homeowners struggling to rid their properties of problem drywall linked to corrosion of electrical components in their homes. If your electrical contracting firm has repaired corrosion caused by problem drywall and would like to share that experience for possible inclusion in an article in the October issue of EC&M, contact Staff Writer Beck Ireland by phone at (913) 967-1806 or e-mail at beck.ireland@penton.com.


    ADVERTISEMENT
    AEMC® Introduces Its Newest PowerPad® Model 8335 Power Quality Analyzer
    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.


    Around the Circuit
    U.S. Manufacturing Technology Consumption Up 50.6% Year-to-Date
    April U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $222.36 million, according to McLean, Va.-based Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) and Rockville, Md.-based American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association (AMTDA). This total, as reported by companies participating in the organizations' joint U.S. manufacturing technology consumption (USMTC) program, was down 15.6% from March but up 102.7% from the total of $109.69 million reported for April 2009. With a year-to-date total of $783.03 million, 2010 is up 50.6% compared with 2009.

    To read more on this story, visit EC&M's website.


    Canadian Hiring Plans Still Positive Following Strong Job Gains in Early 2010
    It appears that both the hiring climate in Canada and the weather are warming up as summer approaches, says John Clinkard, economist for Reed Construction Data, Norcross, Ga. According to the Bank of Canada's Spring Business Outlook Survey, the net percentage of firms planning to add staff over the next 12 months remained at a high level. This reflects firms' continuing intentions to expand workforces to meet an anticipated strengthening in demand for their products, according to Clinkard.

    To read more on this story, visit EC&M's website.


    NECA Publication Offers Six Ideas that Will Change a Building's Energy Profile
    Bethesda,Md.-based National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) recently released the latest publication in its Electrical Design Library (EDL). The publication focuses on six ideas that incorporate the latest advances in energy-efficient technology. "Building owners should start by working with an electrical contractor to complete an energy audit of their facility to learn how power is being used and where their best opportunities for energy savings exist," says Rob Colgan, NECA executive director, marketing. Colgan also coordinates NECA's Energy Solutions Task Force. "A few of these ideas might not be quite ready for prime time, but they are great examples of where the technology is heading — and sooner than you might think," he says.

    To read more on this story, visit EC&M's website.


    NEMA Announces Premium Efficiency Program for Low-Voltage Distribution Transformers
    Rosslyn, Va.-based National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) recently announced the initiation of the NEMA Premium Efficiency Transformer program, which will help utilities, commercial buildings, and industrial plants incorporate super high-efficiency electrical transformers into their operations. NEMA originally set the standard for the efficiency of various types of distribution transformers with the publication of NEMA TP 1-2002, "Guide for Determining Energy Efficiency for Distribution Transformers," which was later adopted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as the national energy-efficiency rule for low-voltage dry-type distribution transformers. The new NEMA Premium Efficiency Transformer designation requires 30% fewer losses than existing DOE regulations (10 CFR 431) for low-voltage dry-type distribution transformers.

    To read more on this story, visit EC&M's website.


    ADVERTISEMENT
    Free Marketing, Business, Training, and Product Resources
    Register today! The Schneider Electric Advantage portal gives you 24/7 access to free online marketing, business, and training resources developed exclusively for electrical contractors. One website provides access to Square D, Juno Lighting, and APC products, services, and support, which help you deliver integrated solutions to your customers.
    To learn more, visit our website.


    Project Watch
    Electric Vehicle Charging Station Installation and Maintenance in California
    The County of Alameda, Calif., is seeking electric vehicle charging stations for a fleet of approximately 1,093 vehicles, as well as new electric vehicles that are scheduled to be produced near the end of 2010. The winning bid shall be regularly and continuously engaged in the business of providing electric vehicle charging stations for at least three years. Responses are due by 2 p.m. PST on June 28. For more information, visit the General Service Administration website.


    Wind and PV Systems Installation in South Dakota
    The Aberdeen Area Indian Health Service, Aberdeen, S.D., is soliciting proposals for the purchase and installation of a 50kW wind turbine system and a 10kW photovoltaic (PV) system in Pine Ridge, S.D. The systems shall include the tower, generator, all controls and wiring, related equipment, and accessories, in addition to connection to the local electrical utility. The contract totals between $250,000 and $500,000. Proposals are due July 15. For more information, visit the Federal Business Opportunities website.


    ADVERTISEMENT
    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


    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    LaCrosse, Wis.-based Michaels Engineering's office in the historic Doerflinger Building has achieved gold certification under the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) for commercial interiors (CI) rating system. The office is the first project in the Coulee Region awarded LEED gold certification, as well as the first project in western Wisconsin certified under the LEED CI rating system.

    For more Business Briefs, visit the EC&M website.


    Daylight-Switching Device Works with Existing Lighting Fixtures
    The Polytechnic Institute's Lighting Research Center (LRC) says it has been working on a daylight-switching device called the DaySwitch, designed for existing lighting fixtures and featuring simple setup and commissioning. With $198,745 co-funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the LRC research team collaborated with manufacturing partners to build DaySwitch prototypes and recently field tested the devices in a wide range of locations across the Rensselaer campus in Troy, N.Y., through a $398,248 project at the LRC that demonstrates and evaluates lighting technologies and applications (DELTA).

    To read more about this device, visit the EC&M website.


    Stimulus-Funded Projects Start to Pick Up but Won't Be Quick Fix
    Increases in stimulus-funded projects and growing demand for single-family construction helped boost monthly construction employment in 29 states between March and April, according to a new analysis of federal employment figures released recently by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Arlington, Va. Despite recent gains, 46 states and Washington, D.C., lost construction jobs over the past 12 months.

    For more of the AGC analysis of construction employment, visit the EC&M website.


    Eye on Safety
    OSHA Alleges Safety Hazards at Sneed Shipbuilding
    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Sneed Shipbuilding, Orange, Texas, for alleged safety violations at its repair facility in Channelview, Texas, according to a recent article in Industry Week. Employees there were allegedly exposed to electrical and other safety hazards, prompting citations for serious, repeat, and other-than-serious violations.

    Read the full story on the Industry Week website.


    Call for Papers
    NFPA Conference & Expo
    The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is accepting proposals for educational presentations at its 2011 NFPA Conference & Expo scheduled for June 12-15, 2011, in Boston. Tracks include electrical, codes and standards, fire and emergency services, and detection and suppression. Submittals are due by 5 p.m. EDT on September 17. For more information, visit the NFPA submittal website.


    Shows & Events
    Code Change Conferences Are Coming
    The 2011 NEC is coming. Will you be ready for the changes? By attending one of EC&M's Code Change Conferences, presented by NEC expert Mike Holt and sponsored by EC&M University, you'll learn everything you need to know about major NEC changes that will impact your work, whether you're an electrician, electrical engineer, electrical designer, plant/facility electrical maintenance person, or electrical inspector. Check out the following conferences for a location and time that's right for you.

    • Atlanta — October 11-12, 2010, Crowne Plaza Atlanta Airport Hotel
    • St. Louis — October 18-19, Sheraton Westport Hotel Lakeside Chalet
    • Chicago — November 1-2, Hyatt Regency Rosemont
    • Seattle —November 8-9, Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center
    • Philadelphia —November 29-30, Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue
    • Boston —December 6-7, Venue to be determined
    • Orlando —December 13-14, Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport

    If you’re a registered professional engineer and attend one of the 2011 NEC Code Change Conferences, you'll be granted professional development hours (PDHs), a requirement for re-licensing. The program is also certified as an approved provider of Code Update training by those states requiring continuing education hours for re-licensing of journeymen, master electricians, and electrical contractors.

    Register now to attend one of the these events. For more details on the conferences and a full program, visit EC&M's website.


    You are subscribed to this newsletter as #email#

    For questions concerning delivery of this newsletter, please contact our Customer Service Department at:
    Customer Service Department
    EC&M
    A Penton Media publication
    US Toll Free: 866-505-7173
    International: 847-763-9504
    Email:ecmweb@pbinews.com

    Penton | 1166 Avenue of the Americas, 10th Floor | New York, NY 10036

    Copyright 2014, Penton. All rights reserved. This article is protected by United States copyright and other intellectual property laws and may not be reproduced, rewritten, distributed, re-disseminated, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast, directly or indirectly, in any medium without the prior written permission of Penton Media, Inc.