November 30, 2004 A PRIMEDIA Property Vol. III No. 22
EPRI Unveils Restructuring Plans

ETL Strives for Recognition as Alternative to UL Mark

California Construction Volume Remains Up

EC&M to Offer Business Advice for Service Contractors

Renton, Wash., Accepts Bids on City Lift Station Rehabilitation Project

Orlando International Airport Announces Upcoming Construction Project

The Ups and Downs of Transformer Installations

Eye on Safety

On the Job and Out to Lunch

Enter the 2005 EC&M Product of the Year Competition

Electric West Show

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    Around the Circuit
    EPRI Unveils Restructuring Plans
    As part of a broad restructuring move, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based EPRI family of companies recently made some significant changes. EPRI's Electricity Innovation Institute (E2I) affiliate has been merged into EPRI, where its technical programs will continue. However, its separate administrative operations will be discontinued. Three of EPRI's services subsidiaries, including EPRIsolutions, Primen, and EPRI-PEAC, have been combined into a new company called EPRIsolutions. Internally, EPRI is now organized into three key areas: the client-focused Business Group, the Science and Technology Group, and the Human Resources and Administration Group. "EPRI has a unique and powerful collaborative model for leveraging scientific and technical resources," says Steve Specker, the new president and CEO of EPRI. "Today's changes will streamline and strengthen the organization so that these resources can be more effectively focused on the needs of the electricity industry and the public at large."

    Simple. Reliable. Accurate. AEMC Instruments' clamp-on ground resistance testers measure ground rod and grid resistance in any environment without the use of auxiliary ground rods. Both testers measure ground resistance from 0.01 ohm to 1200 ohms without disconnecting the rod under test. The Models 3711 and 3731 also measure ground leakage and phase current from 1mA to 30Arms. The large jaw (1.25") accommodates ground conductors up to 1000MCM. The Model 3731 includes both an alarm function and a memory function, which will store up to 99 field measurements. Patented design. Visit to learn more.

    ETL Strives for Recognition as Alternative to UL Mark
    The ETL SEMKO division of Intertek Group plc, a testing, inspection, and certification services company that operates more than 273 laboratories and 521 offices in 100 countries around the world, recently launched an industry awareness campaign with a series of ads and a new Web site. The purpose of the promotion is to educate manufacturers about the use of the ETL mark and position it as a viable alternative to the UL mark. "There are a number of certification mark alternatives," says Gregg Tiemann, president of Intertek ETL SEMKO, Americas. "In the case of the ETL Listed mark, it's preferred by manufacturers seeking fast testing turnaround throughout 30 labs worldwide." According to Nancy Medas, director of marketing, the campaign goes way beyond branding. "When all manufacturers know they have a choice, the doors are open for a competitive market," she says. For more information, visit the company's Web site or call 1-800-WORLDLAB.

    California Construction Volume
    Remains Up

    According to a recent report by the Construction Industry Research Board (CIRB), large construction projects kept California's total construction volume up in September for the second straight month. Compared to the same time period in 2003, statewide construction totaled $6.67 billion, which is up 0.6% from August and 15.9% percent from September 2003. According to Ben Bartolotto, director of the CIRB, heavy construction in the first nine months of 2004 totaled $6.6 billion, which is 15.2% or $868.8 million greater than the same period last year. Public works construction during the same nine-month period totaled $13.3 billion, up 3.3% from last year. All construction sectors are up in the first nine months of 2004 except public buildings construction, which totaled $6.7 billion, down 6.1% or $439.4 million from the same period last year.

    EC&M to Offer Business Advice for
    Service Contractors

    Calling all service contractors: If you've got questions, we've got answers. Beginning in January 2005, EC&M will launch a new monthly business-themed Q&A column for the owners of residential electrical service companies. Each month in the print magazine, Patrick Kennedy, president of Mister Sparky and CEO of Electricians' Success International, will answer real questions submitted by real readers with real problems. Need advice on how to turn a negative service call into a positive referral? Having trouble drumming up new business? With nearly 20 years in the electrical service industry, Kennedy has almost seen it all, and he's ready to use that experience to help you. E-mail your service contracting questions to

    Yet Another Reason to Buy a LANTEK®
    As the only handheld LAN certifier capable of sweeping up to 1 Ghz, the LANTEK® 7G is the most advanced and complete CAT 5e/6/6a/7 certification tester in the world. And now with exclusive DUALmode technology, it's the only tester capable of performing two tests simultaneously. Visit to set up a demo of the LANTEK 7G.

    Project Watch
    Renton, Wash., Accepting Bids on
    City Lift Station Rehabilitation Project

    The City of Renton, Wash., has released a call for bids for its WWP-27-2987 2004 Lift Station Rehabilitation Project. The scope of work, which must be performed within 90 days from the date of commencement, includes modifications in the electrical building. Approved plans and specifications and contract forms are available from the City of Renton, Planning/Building/Public Works Department, sixth floor Customer Service Counter, 1055 South Grady Way, Renton, WA, 98055. Mailed orders for plans must be received no later than Dec. 3. Sealed bids will be accepted no later than 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 14. Interested parties should contact Mike Benoit, project manager, at 1055 South Grady Way, Renton, WA 98055 or (425) 430-7206 with questions, or visit the city's Web site.

    Orlando International Airport Announces Upcoming Construction Project
    The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) has embarked on a multimillion dollar construction program and is accepting bids on a design/build signage project due in February. Project #BP-355 involves procurement and installation of four dynamic message signs (DMS) at various locations along the Loop Road at the Orlando International Airport where a fiber optic cable system either currently exists or will be deployed as part of this project. All signs must be remotely controlled and programmable from the terminal communication room inside the landside terminal building. Anyone interested in being placed on the bidder's list should submit a request to Stanley J. Thornton, Director of Construction, Attention: Bidder's List, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, Orlando International Airport, 5850 Cargo Road, Orlando, FL 32827-4399. For more information, see the Construction Update.

    Contractors Earn Free Merchandise From

    Introducing the Great GearSM program, a way to acquire free gifts by collecting and redeeming B-Line Bucks found on B-Line's fastener product boxes. Simply remove your B-Line Bucks from the box label and use them to select from a wide assortment of gear in B-Line's Great Gear catalog. To obtain a catalog and order forms, see your local B-Line distributor, or visit our website at

    Zone Exclusives
    The Ups and Downs of Transformer Installations
    Ever wonder what the NEC says about installing overcurrent protection for transformers? As EC&M's Code expert Mike Holt points out in this discussion of Art. 450, your first step is to pick a suitable transformer. Visit for the full story.

    Eye on Safety
    Deere & Co., Moline, Ill., recently recalled nearly 15,000 of its Gator HPX Utility Vehicles, which were sold in 4x2 and 4x4 drive configurations at authorized John Deere dealers nationwide between December 2003 to October 2004. These vehicles are believed to possess a common safety hazard - loss of brake system pressure can decrease the effectiveness of the brakes. Although no injuries have been reported, the company is aware of 14 instances where replacement of the master brake cylinder was necessary to correct the problem. Consumers should contact their local John Deere dealer for a free repair of the master brake cylinder. For more information, contact John Deere's Customer Communications Center at (800) 537-8233, or visit the John Deere Web site. For a complete list of the recalled model and serial numbers, read the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Safety Alert. (Note: Six-wheeled models with 6x4 drive configurations are not included in the recall.)

    On the Job and Out to Lunch
    Everyone makes mistakes. Some are just funnier than others. Got a story about a jobsite blunder you'd like to share? Send us your story of embarrassing on-the-job mistakes for use in EC&M's new column called Short Circuits. If we publish it, we'll send you a check for $25. Read the latest stories from your fellow readers.

    NIMBUS™ offers 190 insulated connectors. Configurations include single sided or dual-sided multi-tap connectors as well as in-line or offset splicer-reducer connectors. Dual rated for copper or aluminum conductor, the offering is UL Listed and features removable plugs for entry port closure. Visit our web site at for additional product information.

    Shows and Events
    Enter the 2005 EC&M Product of the
    Year Competition

    Have you invented a product that deserves to be in the spotlight? Then enter it in the 2005 EC&M Product of the Year competition, which honors excellence in new product development in the electrical industry. The entries will be judged by a panel of industry professionals, including representatives from the engineering, maintenance, and contracting fields. Finalists' materials will be displayed at the Electric West Show held Feb. 8-10 in Anaheim, Calif., and published in the March issue of EC&M. Magazine subscribers will then vote for the Product of the Year online. The deadline for entry is Jan. 15, 2005. Entry information is posted on the EC&M Web site.

    Electric West Show
    For anyone who purchases, recommends, or uses electrical products and equipment, Anaheim, Calif., is the place to be this February. Scheduled for Feb. 8-10 at the Anaheim Convention Center, Electric West will bring electrical contractors, engineers, electricians, and plant and facilities managers together for the annual interactive trade show. Not only will attendees be able to check out the latest and greatest products in the industry, but they will also have access to a comprehensive conference program packed with technical seminars. Presented by industry experts, session topics cover everything from the NEC, power quality, and maintenance, to lighting, renewable energy, and home technology integration. In addition, one free session will be offered each day, including the keynote address, general session, and Ask the Experts -- Topic: Power Quality. For more information, visit the event's Web site or click here to register online.

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