News by Month/Year:
Lightolier Named Top Choice of Architecture and Architectural
Lighting Magazine Contest for Second Year in a Row
- For the second straight year, the Lightolier division of
Genlyte Thomas Group has been chosen the most preferred lighting company by readers
of Architectural Lighting and Architecture magazines.
Lightolier won 2003 ACE (Architects Choice for Excellence) Awards from
and Architecture magazine.
ACE Awards salute manufacturers for their commitment to product
excellence in the areas of durability, value, service and
design. Some 113,000 architectural and architectural lighting
professionals were asked to choose the best lighting manufacturer
as well as their preferences in other categories. Lightolier also took top honors in 2002.
Department To Hold Blackout Meetings in December - The
Department recently announced investigators
will hold three public meetings in December to discuss the
power blackout in August that spanned eight U.S states and
part of Canada, and left 50 million people in the dark. The
meetings are scheduled for Dec. 4 in Cleveland, Dec. 5 in
New York, and Dec. 8 in Toronto.
addition, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will meet
today at its headquarters to take public comment on a report
investigators released last week. The report largely blames
the outage on the Ohio-based FirstEnergy Corp., saying in
addition to failing to keep trees trimmed, it didn’t have
adequate alarms or computer equipment to flag the growing
drain on its grid. The report claims the outage was largely
preventable. The meeting will also focus on how the agency
can promote grid reliability standards.
Publishes Six ANSI-Approved C37 Switchgear Standards
the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, has published
a series of ANSI-approved
switchgear conformance assessment standards that were revised
by the ANSI C37 accredited Standards Committee.
sponsorship of ANSI C37 switchgear standards was modified
in 2002; NEMA
transferred custody and copyrights of thirteen C37 standards
to the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers and
retained sponsorship of eight conformance assessment standards,
which were deemed highly important for manufacturers. Simultaneously,
an accelerated effort was initiated to revise most of the
conformance standards in order to align them with current
state-of-the-art technology and testing procedures. Six of
the eight standards have been revised, approved by ANSI,
and published by NEMA.
[back to top]
Passes Massive Energy Bill - The House
of Representatives approved Energy Policy Act of 2003:
a far-reaching energy
bill that would for the first time, impose federal reliability
rules on operators of high-voltage power lines, to reduce
the likelihood of another cascading blackout like the one
last summer. It would provide billions of dollars in tax
incentives for oil, gas and coal producers and give a boost
to corn farmers by requiring a doubling of ethanol use in
gasoline. About two-thirds of the incentives would go to the
coal, oil and natural gas industries.
passage in the House, the bill could stall in the Senate over
a provision that would shield the makers of a gasoline additive
from liability lawsuits.
Manufacturers Upbeat About Coming Year - The majority
of senior executives of large, U.S.-based industrial manufacturers
agree that the domestic economy is growing, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers'
new, quarterly Manufacturing Barometer survey.
70 percent are optimistic about the economy's prospects over
the next 12 months, just shy of the 73 percent consensus of
companies from a cross-section of industries. In contrast,
only 46 percent are upbeat about the world economy, a direct
match with the consensus view.
and CSA Announce New Agreement - CSA
and UL signed an agreement
to develop a mutual component acceptance program that will
eventually provide for the acceptance of components used in
end products submitted to UL or CSA for certification/listing.
Under the terms of the agreement, each organization will accept
the other organization's certification/listing of components
in end-products provided that each organization can apply
their existing component acceptance procedures to the components
certified by the other organization, and only after equivalence
of follow-up programs has been evaluated and confirmed. The
agreement will initially be limited to Low Voltage Distribution
and Industrial Control Equipment and will be re-assessed over
an 18-month period.
[back to top]
& S/Legrand introduces jobsite productivity program
- Pass & Seymour/Legrand,
a leading provider of electrical and network wiring devices,
today announced Configurable Solutions, wiring devices that
are designed for specific applications to further enhance
electrical installation productivity on or off the job site.
Configurable Solutions allows the electrical contractor to
order wiring devices without the parts that are sometimes
removed for unique applications.
wiring devices can be modified in a variety of ways, including
without mounting screws, without auto grounding clips, without
mounting ears, straps cut flush, split circuit tabs removed
and in bulk packaging. Based on the application, the modifications
are determined, a configured part number is developed and
the product is shipped within lead time for standard products!
economy grows for third straight month
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew
in September for the third consecutive month, while the overall
economy grew for the 23rd consecutive month, according to
the latest Manufacturing Report On Business from the
Institute for Supply Management
PMI was 53.7 percent in September, a decrease of 1 percentage
point compared to 54.7 in August. A reading above 50 percent
indicates that the manufacturing economy is generally expanding;
below 50 percent indicates that it is generally contracting.
Presents ISO 9001/2000 Overview and Internal Auditor Workshop
- California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC)
presents the ISO 9001:2000 Overview and Internal Auditor Workshop.
This workshop is designed to teach attendees the ISO 9001:2000
standard and how to implement Quality Management Systems into
an organization. The workshop is two and one half days and
will be held Monday through Wednesday, November 10-12, 2003,
at the Holiday Inn in Torrance, 19800 S. Vermont Avenue, Torrance,
[back to top]
Construction Activity Falls 4% - New construction starts
in July slipped 4% from a very strong June, according to the
Dodge. Both nonresidential building and housing were down
slightly, while a more substantial decline was reported for
non-building construction, which includes public works and
electric utilities. Through the first seven months of 2003,
total construction activity was 1% below the same period a
year ago. The modest retreat in July was expected, since June
was helped by projects that had been previously deferred.
Spending Rises In August - Construction spending increased
0.2 percent in August to a seasonally adjusted rate of $882.7
billion, according to the Commerce
Department. The August construction spending rate is the
highest it has been since January 2003.
builders increased spending by 0.1 percent in August. Residential
construction spending reached $453.4 billion of the $665.4
billion spent in all of private construction.
joins Rebuild America - Advance
Transformer Co., Rosemont, Ill., recently joined the U.S.
Department of Energy’s Rebuild America program as a business
partner. Advance will support state and community partnerships
and drive training and educational efforts to improve energy
efficiency throughout the nation’s buildings and communities.
America is a Department of Energy initiative that connects
people, ideas, and resources among communities, states, and
the private sector to reduce energy consumption through energy-efficient
technologies, renewable energy sources, and energy-efficient
operations and maintenance practices. The program was launched
in 1994 and serves as a tool for job creation in many communities.
releases standards on fittings - The National Electrical
Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
recently released FB 2.10-2003, Selection and Installation
Guidelines for Fittings for Use with Non-Flexible Metallic
Conduit or Tubing, and FB 2.20-2003, Selection and Installation
Guidelines for Fittings for Use with Flexible Electrical Conduit
2.10-2003 provides guidance on selection and installation
criteria for installing fittings for non-flexible metallic
conduit or tubing, and FB 2.20-2003 offers guidelines for
installing fittings for flexible electrical conduit and cables.
Both are in accordance with the NEC.
adopts NFPA 5000 and NFPA 1 - The state of California
recently adopted model building and fire codes of the National
Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
to protect public safety. The California Building Standards
Commission voted to adopt NFPA 5000, Building Construction
and Safety Code, and NFPA 1, Uniform Fire Code. The codes
will provide the basis for the 2004 California Building Code
and the 2004 California Fire Code.
[back to top]
Show Electrical Uses Expertise to Manufacture Top Product
- Trade Show Electrical (TSE), a division of GES®
Exposition Services, Inc., has announced the addition of a
retail sales component for its temporary
electrical distribution equipment for tradeshows
and special events in the world.
response to an increasing demand for more efficient temporary
power from production companies, hotels and public facilities,
TSE has taken its well established line of electrical products
and made them available for purchase. TSE is the only electrical
provider in the tradeshow industry that manufactures its own
line of Underwriters Laboratories (UL®) listed products.
the press release, TSE also announced the selection of Norton
Electric Wholesale (NEW)
as its distributor. (Full
Warns of Potential Electric Shock Hazard with GFCI - Underwriters
Laboratories Inc. (UL) is notifying consumers, electricians,
contractors and manufacturers that a particular GFCI (described
below) does not meet current UL requirements and may pose
a fire or electric shock hazard to users. UL encourages users
to stop using the GFCI immediately and return it to the place
ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) rated 15 or 20A, 125V,
is manufactured by Shanghai Meihao Electric Inc. of Shanghai,
China and also sold under the name of The Designers Edge,
Preferred Industries and USI Electric Inc.
UL Listing Mark appears on the product and packaging. The
UL Mark is not authorized and the product is not considered
Listed by UL. More
July Construction Spending Highest Since January - Spending
on construction projects rose about 0.2 percent in July after
climbing a revised 0.7 percent in June, according to the Commerce
Department. The month's construction spending was up
2.5 percent from July 2002. It was the fastest pace of seasonally
adjusted spending seen since January.
first seven months of 2003, the nation's construction spending
is up 1.8 percent from the comparable period in 2002. Non-residential
construction spending in the private sector increased 0.1
percent in July.
spending in the public sector fell about 0.4 percent, while
spending on highways dropped 0.9 percent to a level 1.5 percent
below July 2002 and spending on schools fell 1.2 percent to
a level 0.2 percent higher than July 2002.
of the deterioration in public-sector spending was at the
federal level, where outlays dropped 3 percent. State and
local governments decreased spending by 0.2 percent.
the full release at http://www.census.gov/const/www/c30index.html
[back to top]
President Reaches Mount McKinley (Denali) Summit
- Walter Norton Jr., President and COO of Norton Electric
successfully reached Mount McKinley’s highest summit after
a twenty-one day ascent. Mt.
McKinley, Alaska, also known by its indigenous
is North America’s highest mountain peak at 20,320 feet. (6,194
members and employees had virtually no news of the progress
during the climb and only bits of information regarding the
arrangements and preparations for the expedition. However,
a report by the Los Angeles Times; Jul 15, of a “Freak
Summer Storm” with winds averaging 100 mph and satellite phone
warnings to all Mt. McKinley climbers, created quite a stir
at the NEW offices. (More…)
Sets New Generator Interconnection Standards - The
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
has issued standard procedures and a standard agreement for
the interconnection of generators larger than 20 megawatts.
The actions are designed to facilitate development of needed
infrastructure for the nation's electric system. The Commission
also proposed expedited procedures for small generators.
Commission said that the rule covering the larger generators
will reduce interconnection time and cost, help preserve reliability,
increase energy supply, and lower wholesale prices for the
nation's customers by increasing the number and variety of
independent generators that can compete in the wholesale electricity
rule requires public utilities that offer transmission services
also to offer nondiscriminatory, standardized interconnection
service. It amends Order No. 888's pro forma tariff to help
remedy remaining undue discrimination under the open access
required by Order No. 888.
LA Airport Terrorist Foiled By Electrical Contractor
- A Copley News Service
story, dated July 3, has identified Arie Golan, an "athletically
built 55-year-old electrical contractor," among those
foiling last year’s July 4, 2002, terrorist event at the Los
was, according to the report, the first to grab Hesham Mohamed
Hadayet, a 41-year-old Egyptian, after Hadayet had killed
two people. Hadayet went to LAX on that day, "with two
handguns, extra bullets, and a six-inch hunting knife."
Sapir, El AL's LAX security chief, fired a single shot and
hit Hadayet -- but he continued to struggle. Raanan Vissman,
an El Al sky marshal, helped Golan -- and the terrorist dropped
the gun but he continued to fight, slashing Vissman and Sapir.
The Egyptian died later as a result of the single gunshot.
Copley News Service said that contractor Golan "has not
sought out publicity and doesn't see his actions as special."
[back to top]
Issues Publication for Dealing With OSHA Inspections - The
National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)
has issued the Contractor
Action Plan for OSHA Inspections; a practical guide for
helping electrical contractors deal successfully with OSHA
inspections on their job sites.
new publication offers many benefits which include a reduced
risk of citations and fines, less disruption of construction
projects, a safer environment for contractor employees, and
improved productivity as well as being prepared when a compliance
officer shows up at the gate. Contractor Action Plan for OSHA
Inspections presents practical, usable information about the
U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration
State workplace safety agencies
A company's rights and duties during job site inspections
Citations, violations, penalties, and the OSHA appeal process
OSHA requirements that must be followed to minimize possible
The most common citations issued to electrical contractors
Celebrates 100 Years of Developing Safety Standards -
Inc. (UL), founded in 1894, celebrates the 100th anniversary
of its first safety standard this month. UL has published
more than 880 safety standards since 1903 for products ranging
from fire-rated building materials to information technology
equipment to electrical household appliances. UL's first
standard for safety, UL 10A for Tin-Clad Fire Doors, has grown
into the 886 current UL standards and more than 17 billion
UL marks appear on products annually.
Releases Specification on NEMA Premium Motors - NEMA
issued the publication General
Specification for Consultants -- Industrial and Municipal:
NEMA Premium Efficiency Electric Motors (600 Volts or Less)
which is intended to outline the minimum requirements for
three-phase AC induction motors applied to municipal and industrial/commercial
applications for operation on voltages 600 volts or less,
rated 500 horsepower or less, operating more than 2000 hours
per year at greater than 75 percent full-load. This is the
first specification developed to assist users and system designers
in specifying the use of NEMA Premium electric motors.
[back to top]
to Defer Market Design Action until Energy Bill Passes -
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
will wait until Congress produces a final version of a comprehensive
energy bill before issuing a ruling on its wholesale power
market platform — formerly called Standard Market Design.
Chairman Pat Wood told reporters last week the agency would
wait until Congress completes its work on the energy bill
so the commission "won't have to do it twice." The
Senate version of the bill includes a provision that would
require FERC to put off implementing its Standard Market Design
plan for two years, and that both the House and Senate rule
out any requirement that utilities participate in regional
2003 Posts Record Numbers - LIGHTFAIR
INTERNATIONAL, the world’s largest and most comprehensive
trade show and conference devoted to architectural and commercial
lighting, announced that the number of attendees at the 2003
show, held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City between
May 3 - 8, has broken all previous records set by the event.
in its 14th year, LIGHTFAIR INTERNATIONAL 2003, has currently
drawn an attendance of more than 19,000 and is set to unveil
final results when the show concludes after May 8. Successfully
attracting architectural, engineering, design and end-user
professionals from around the world, this figure marks an
impressive 16% increase over the final results for the 2002
show. In addition, more than 550 leading-edge domestic and
international companies exhibited at the event.
Introduces T-Bay Fluorescent Fixture - Crescent/Stonco,
a division of Genlyte
Thomas Group, LLC and a leading manufacturer of lighting
products for both the industrial and commercial markets, introduced
its Stonco T-Bay fluorescent fixture. The new fixture, which
contains the mounting flexibility of high bays, includes T5
or T8 linear fluorescent lamps and is designed to replace
conventional HID lighting in industrial applications.
four-light 54-watt HO T5 T-Bay requires 239 watts as compared
to the metal halide, which consumes 454 watts, equaling a
50 percent savings in energy use. Furthermore, standard 400-watt
metal halide fixtures rated for 36,000 initial lumens lose
up to 45 percent of their lighting ability through depreciation
and fixture inefficiencies. When compared to a 6 percent loss
of the fluorescent T-Bay rated for 20,000 initial lumens,
the maintained lumen output is virtually the same.
Offers Next Generation eXtreme 6+ - Leviton
Voice and Data Division has announced the next generation
of its eXtreme™ 6+ cabling system––with re-designed connectors,
panels, patch cords and a Category 6 version of Leviton’s
unique Angled Panel.
system features Leviton’s innovative connector-based “Retention
Force Technology”, which reinforces the contact in connectors
for improved channel performance, protects against damage
caused by insertion of 4P and 6P plugs, and ensures consistent
error-free performance over the life of the termination. The
system meets requirements for channel/component-level performance
per TIA/ EIA
Category 6, and delivers reliable, error-free transmission
in an active, real-time network environment.
[back to top]
Newest Telecom Inverter Receives NEBS Certification -
MGE UPS SYSTEMS the technology
leader in uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) for telecom
and network systems has received NEBS Level 3 certification
on its popular Topaz S4 Inverter after passing a series of
performance tests witnessed by highly regarded Underwriters
Laboratories Inc. (UL). The
S4 DC/AC inverter system increases reliability and availability
for AC power systems in mission-critical telecom and data
applications with its scalable architecture and “N+1” redundant
system is scalable from 3.5 to 21kVA and was designed specifically
to meet the demanding power requirements of today's central
offices, wireless base stations and ultra-critical servers.
As one of the first inverter systems to meet the rigorous
NEBS standards critical for telecom switches and other zero
downtime applications the S4 equipment is designed to deliver
six 9s of reliability.
Energy Action Plan - The Energy Resources Conservation
and Development Commission (CEC),
the Consumer Power and Conservation Financing Authority (CPA),
and the Public Utilities Commission (PUC)
have released the Draft Energy Action Plan, proposed by a
subcommittee of the three agencies. The Draft Plan establishes
shared goals and specific actions to ensure that adequate,
reliable, and reasonably-priced electrical power and natural
gas supplies are achieved and provided through policies, strategies,
and actions that are cost-effective and environmentally sound
for California's consumers and taxpayers. Read
Standard for Underground Enclosure Integrity - The American
National Standards Institute (ANSI)
recently issued the country’s first National Standard for
underground enclosure integrity. The new ANSI/SCTE 77 2002
standard was developed to help ensure the integrity of underground
enclosures and is applicable to any material and industry
where the long-term performance of underground enclosures
intent of ANSI/SCTE 77 is to prevent performance problems
and minimize liability issues by establishing conformance
tests and requirements that underground enclosures must meet
to help ensure long service life with minimal maintenance.
A copy of the standard may be purchased from ANSI or a PDF
file of the standard may be found on SCTE’s website, www.scte.org,
[back to top]
NEW and SEMPRA Team Up For Cal-OSHA
Education – Norton Electric Wholesale (NEW)
drew record breaking attendance at a Cal-OSHA compliance presentation
hosted at the SEMPRA
Learning Resource Center in Downey, CA. The topic, presented
by instructor William Uzelac of San
Diego Gas & Electric, covered Sections 2320.2 Energized
Equipment & Systems as well as Section 2940.6 Tools & Protective
Equipment. To accommodate the overwhelming response from electricians,
facility managers, supervisors, HVAC and safety personnel,
NEW had to arrange for the same presentation on two separate
Marketing Services also teams up with SEMPRA for an annual
Mini-Seminar in September, providing industry updates to facility
managers and engineers.
Cell Power Plant Now Operating in Los Angeles
FuelCell Energy, Inc. has
brought the next generation, clean energy production to the
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. (LADWP)
The John Ferraro Building Fuel Cell Power Plant provides 250
kilowatts of environmental clean electricity.
The power plant, which sends electricity to the Citys
power grid, uses up to 50% less fuel per kilowatt-hour than
the average conventional power plant and produces nearly zero
emissions of pollutants.
The JFB Fuel Cell Power Plant is the latest in a series of
LADWP programs designed to address air quality in Los Angeles.
Leviton Introduces New Safety Disconnect Switches
- Levitons Industrial
Products Division has expanded its line of Power Switch
Industrial Grade Switches with the addition of a new line
of Safety Disconnect Switches.
The line previously consisted of Motor Starter Switches (MSS)
in 30, 40, and 60 Amp ratings. Now it also includes Safety
Disconnect Switches in an IP65 Watertight 30 Amp Non-Fused
Model and IP67 Watertight Non-Fused models in 60 and 100 Amp
with Fused models in 30 and 60 Amp.
Levitons MSS Series Motor Starter Switches in metal
NEMA 1 and NEMA 3R enclosures are suitable for a wide range
of industrial MRO and OEM applications, including manual ON/OFF
switching control of conveyor lines, machinery, air compressors,
heaters, and other heavy manufacturing equipment.
They are high priority, Class A inventory items
ideal for well-equipped electrical maintenance shops.
[back to top]
Schneider Electric/Square D Busway is EC&M Product
of the Week - EC&M
staff posted the online exclusive Product of the Week on Jan
Square D Powerbus 225
low-amp busway is designed for rapid installation and reliable
power distribution. It’s rated at 225A and 100A and intended
for use where conduit and cabling are typically installed.
The busway is designed to specifications, built, and tested
at the plant, so end-users needn’t worry about conduit bending
more information, visit www.squared.com.
Customers Revisit Voice-Data-Video - NEW
Marketing Services and Shaxon
Industries provided an expanded voice-data-video (VDV)
presentation in response to various requests from NEW customers.
Facilities managers acknowledged that there had been a significant
drop in VDV jobs after the “High-Tech” bust, but that nevertheless
the technology was here to stay. With ongoing maintenance
requirements and new projects under way, the offering was
very timely. The presentation included updates on state of
the art products and services, fiber optics, custom cables
and independent certification programs.
Version 3.0 Now Available - Pass
& Seymour/Legrand, a leading manufacturer of electrical
and network wiring devices, offers SpecPartner Version 3.0,
a tool that simplifies specifying electrical devices for consulting
engineers and design-build
contractors. Version 3.0 now offers Section 16740 Network
Wiring specification and an updated Section 16140 Wiring Devices
specification that includes the most comprehensive and accurate
specification guidelines, including the 2003 new UL
GFCI requirements, While-In-Use weatherproof covers information
and NEMA Turnlok® configurations,
including a NEMA locking device selection chart.
introduces new QikPwr Connectors - A leading manufacturer
and provider of connector solutions to the industrial, energy,
application tooling and automotive industries, FCI-BURNDY
presents QikPwr connectors, ideal for two-pole applications
in the telecom and OEM/Industrial markets. Typical applications
include UPS (Uninterrupted
Power Supplies) systems, forklifts and unlimited battery
applications. Ensuring quick, accurate connections and disconnections,
QikPwrSeparable power connectors with color-coded installation
tooling system connectors provide a one-of-a-kind color-coded
solution wherever quickly disconnecting AC or DC power applications
New Joint Technology Development Agreement Announced -
D/Schneider Electric and Leviton
Manufacturing Company revealed that they have agreed to jointly
explore the development of a Residential Structured Media
System for existing homes. As part of the agreement, a team
consisting of members of both companies will work on developing
feasible prototype systems during the first part of 2003.
Current plans would have each company independently market
and sell these products.
Celebrates a Milestone Birthday - Appleton,
SKOKIE, IL, a foremost brand with a diversified range of quality
electrical products, is proud to announce that 2003 will mark
its 100th year anniversary. Originally founded in Chicago
by Albert Ivar Appleton as the Appleton
Electric Company, today Appleton is a brand of the EGS
Electrical Group, which is a joint venture between the
Electric Company (NYSE: EMR) and SPX
Corporation (NYSE: SPW). As it celebrates this important milestone,
Appleton looks to the future with the same sense of excitement
and purpose that has driven it since 1903.