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Month: April 2008

Mom, Applie Pie & Electrical Safety

Mom, Applie Pie & Electrical Safety

Thursday is May Day (I won't be taking the day off), and as folks in our line of work know, May is "National Electrical Safety Month" - a four-week educational effort that our affiliate, Electrical Safety Federation, International (EFSI) promotes nationwide. What, I ask, could be more like mom and apple pie than electrical safety? Well, apparently some people don't like mom or apple pie. And while they pay lip service to electrical safety, these folks are doing what Read more [...]
John Adam’s Home to upgraded with AFCIs

John Adam’s Home to upgraded with AFCIs

 To launch National Electrical Safety Month, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) are pleased to announce a very special donation to the Adams National Historical Park.  They will be upgrading John Adams’ famous home with the most advanced electrical technology available ensuring that one of America’s treasures will continue to be enjoyed for generations to come.   ESFI and NFPA will be upgrading John Read more [...]
“Do European Consumers Know What They’re Not Getting?”

“Do European Consumers Know What They’re Not Getting?”

These days the European Commission is once again making a lot of noise about the supposed need for the U.S. to enshrine Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity (SDOC) for electrical equipment. For those of you out there who don’t live and breathe certification issues, this means that manufacturers need only declare (with the appropriate marking) that their products comply with standards – the products themselves don’t actually have to first pass any non-in-house testing. Instead, post-market-surveillance Read more [...]
From Boom to All Busted Up

From Boom to All Busted Up

The well-chronicled woes of the housing market have remained a huge weight around the U.S. economy's neck for well over a year now. In fact, given the evolution of financial markets and the explosion of mortgage loan securitization, the effects of housing bubbles bursting in south Florida, California, and Arizona, among other locales, are being felt in European and Asian financial companies. Rapidly-rising foreclosures of subprime loans have caused the availability of credit to all but dry up Read more [...]
Seoul Survivors and Opening Markets

Seoul Survivors and Opening Markets

The visit to Washington last week by new and business-minded South Korean President Lee Myung-bak may not have been front page news initially the U.S. heartland, but all U.S. businesses trading with the Asian tiger economy should take note of the results. In a nutshell, an agreement reached to re-open the Korean market to U.S. exports of beef removed one of the major roadblocks to Capitol Hill consideration of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement.  This is good news for our Read more [...]
Kudos for Jack–Well Deserved

Kudos for Jack–Well Deserved

Just saw the dedication to Jack Wells in the 2008 edition of the National Electrical Code Handbook.  By now, Jack must have quite a collection of awards from organizations wishing to acknowledge his many contributions to industry over a long and illustrious career.  The award presentations I've seen talk about his vision, his leadership, his commitment to excellence, his accomplishments and more.  All accurate. Often understated.  People like Jack Wells Read more [...]
Understanding CFLs Better

Understanding CFLs Better

Compact fluorescent lamps -- CFLs -- are in the news all the time now. Most of the time for the better, as with USA Today's special Earth Day spread announcing that the three top lightbulb makers (NEMA members GE, Osram Sylvania, and Philips) are introducing new CFLs that appear and act more like traditional incandescent bulbs. But sometimes with mixed reviews, like the recent MSNBC piece addressing CFL mercury concerns. With conflicting information out there, NEMA decided to place Read more [...]
Meet the Guinea Pigs, Part 2

Meet the Guinea Pigs, Part 2

For the most part my introduction of CFLs into my house has gone smoothly.  But at times installing those new energy-efficient bulbs in our home has had a “CFLs in Wonderland” feel to it, with things getting curiouser and curiouser.  Yes, there have been some “Aha!” moments of discovery, but there have also been developments that I don’t quite understand: The previous owners of our home really had a thing for dimmer light fixtures and installed them all over the Read more [...]
Eaton puts $500,000 behind its commitment to safety

Eaton puts $500,000 behind its commitment to safety

Eaton Corporation this past week announced that they are contributing $500,000 to the Arc Flash Collaborative Research Project being conducted by the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEEE) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).  According to the press release announcing the donation, IEEE and the NFPA have joined forces on an initiative to fund and support research and testing to increase the understanding of arc flash. The results of this collaborative project will provide Read more [...]
Wither Manufacturing? Maybe Not…

Wither Manufacturing? Maybe Not…

Of course, the big news this week is Pope Benedict XVI's seminal visit to the U.S. and his Yankee Stadium debut (on Sunday the 20th). Also, with the first quarter earnings season in full swing, some high-profile companies have reported some less-than-stellar results to kick off the year (see here and here for a sampling). In my own little world of economic data, several indicators for the manufacturing sector were released and shed some light on the sector's performance as well as near-term Read more [...]