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Month: October 2010

EISA Sets Standards for Lighting the Future

EISA Sets Standards for Lighting the Future

Since the invention of electric light, the incandescent lamp has been the standard.  Why?  They are cheap to produce, can be made in a wide range of sizes, and require no external regulating equipment.  The trouble is that incandescent lamps are based on a design that was developed over a century ago and the majority of their electrical energy consumption produces heat, not light.  If we wanted them to heat our house, this would be a good thing.  For a light source Read more [...]
The Difference a Word Makes

The Difference a Word Makes

Last week, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a notice in the Federal Register requesting feedback on its proposed interpretation of the word "feasible" with respect to noise exposure standards. After reading what OSHA has proposed, I can assure you that the change in interpretation is by no means insignificant. OSHA's General Industry and Construction Occupational Noise Exposure standards require employers to use "feasible administrative or engineering Read more [...]
A Little Ray of Sunshine? Perhaps.

A Little Ray of Sunshine? Perhaps.

Consumers have been fairly cautious with their wallets throughout the economic recovery. It has been hard to blame them, too, given the lackluster pace of improvement for the labor market as well as the significant overhang of debt still plaguing many consumers. Indeed, households have had little cause for celebration thus far and few incentives to ratchet up their spending activities. Even though September retail sales data do not portray a surge in spending or the unleashing of pent-up demand, Read more [...]
13 Interesting Days…

13 Interesting Days…

With less than two weeks until Election Day and control of Congress hanging in the balance, the stakes are high for both major political parties in getting out the vote on November 2. If you believe the polls, Republicans and Tea Party advocates appear more enthusiastic about turning out to vote this year than Democrats, and the GOP is poised to make significant gains in the House and Senate. Democrats are in jeopardy of losing control of the House (pundits currently are projecting Republicans Read more [...]
Still Singing the Job Market Blues

Still Singing the Job Market Blues

Another month, another disappointing employment report. According to the BLS, ex-census payrolls declined on net by 18,000 during September (and the prior two months were also revised downward) and the unemployment rate continued to hold at a stubbornly-high level of 9.6 percent. In the past year, the economy has added 334,000 payrolls—an average of less than 30K per month—and total employment is nearly 7.8 million below its December 2007 peak. For the sake of illustration, even if payroll Read more [...]
An Odd Situation Being Rectified

An Odd Situation Being Rectified

It happens frequently: a manufacturer has a newly designed electrical product for the U.S. market and submits it to a testing lab for safety certification.  The manufacturer and the lab will both know the U.S. safety standard that covers the product submitted, and the lab proceeds to do its certification testing.  But an odd situation has been occuring with manufacturers of uninterruptible power systems (UPS).  Over the past number of years there has actually been a choice of standards Read more [...]
Smart Grid Consumer Awareness

Smart Grid Consumer Awareness

Smart Grid is the future of energy consumption. It is underway and making strides to become a household name. The end goal is to improve the grid's efficiency, intelligence, and cost, all to help consumers of electricity. Until Smart Grid becomes a household name in America it is still going to be a "techy" term used by electrical companies and industry professionals. NEMA made one step in consumer awareness when Fox News Channel's Shannon Bream interviewed NEMA's Paul Read more [...]
Explaining the Impact

Explaining the Impact

NEMA member Rockwell Automation was featured in a Capitol Hill event this morning aimed at raising awareness of regulations the Obama Administration is considering that would severely restrict -- and possibly ban -- air shipment of lithium batteries and products that contain or are packed with lithium batteries. Rockwell was joined at the NAM Shopfloor event by Boston Scientific, manufacturer of implantable medical devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators (devices Read more [...]
Memorandum of Understanding?

Memorandum of Understanding?

Presently there exists between UL and CSA a Memorandum of Understanding on evaluations of end products and component products (UL_CSA MOU.cfm). The MOU was jointly developed by UL and CSA at the manufacturers request in order to reduce duplicity of testing by having only one agency, either UL or CSA, test a given product covering its use in either or both countries. For some products, the MOU has worked well and saved time. Less success has been seen for components. And in the 5 years, expansion Read more [...]