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Matching the Pace of Technology and Policy

Matching the Pace of Technology and Policy

This piece was originally published as the chairman’s column in the June 2017 issue of electroindustry. Michael Pessina, Co-CEO and President, Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. When Congress passed the Energy Policy and Conservation Act in 2005, its members could not have foreseen the changes in security and life safety systems nor the vast advances in light-emitting diode (LED) technology that would evolve…

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Bill Buckson Bids Goodbye

Bill Buckson Bids Goodbye

After 12 years of what he called “herding cats” in NEMA’s 1MG, 1IS, and 5FU sections, Bill Buckson bid his colleagues adieu during a retirement party in his honor at the NEMA Conference Center. After a career that spanned work at Hubbell’s Wiring Device and Lighting divisions, CSA, and the U.S. Navy, he is trading comradery for country living. Among…

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Looking Ahead for Building Systems

Looking Ahead for Building Systems

This piece was originally published in the June 2017 issue of electroindustry. Suzanne Alfano, CET, MBA, Industry Director, Building Systems, NEMA A building system encompasses interconnected systems that function as a complex whole: the envelope, including the foundation, walls, windows, and roof; interior structural systems such as floors, walls, and elevators; and functional systems such as electrical power, heating, cooling, ventilation, plumbing,…

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Lamp Recycling Heads in New Direction

Lamp Recycling Heads in New Direction

This piece was originally published in the May 2017 issue of electroindustry. Mark Kohorst, Senior Manager, Environment, Health & Safety, NEMA When it comes to safety, recycling spent lamps is far preferable to disposing them. In 2014, Washington became the third state, after Maine and Vermont, to enact a mandate for lamp manufacturers to develop and implement a recycling program for…

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Electrical Fatalities Go Down, Nonfatal Injuries Go Up

Electrical Fatalities Go Down, Nonfatal Injuries Go Up

This piece was originally published in the May 2017 issue of electroindustry. Brett Brenner, President, ESFI According to a new report released by the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), the annual incidence of workplace electrical fatalities continues to decline, while nonfatal electrical injuries sharply increased in 2015. Compiled by ESFI, the “Workplace Electrical Injuries and Fatalities Report” examines data from the…

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Coming Soon: Guide on Evaluating Earthquake-Damaged Equipment

Coming Soon: Guide on Evaluating Earthquake-Damaged Equipment

This piece was originally published in the May 2017 issue of electroindustry. Mike Stone, West Coast Field Representative, NEMA Long a leader in helping communities recover from the effects of natural disasters such as floods and hurricanes, NEMA strives to make electrical safety a top priority during the reconstruction of flooded communities. NEMA’s Guide to Evaluating Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment, which was…

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Closing the Gaps in Medical Imaging Maintenance

Closing the Gaps in Medical Imaging Maintenance

This piece was originally published in the May 2017 issue of electroindustry. Peter Weems, Director, Policy and Strategy, MITA If all service providers applied appropriate service and maintenance programs, potential gaps in the quality of medical imaging equipment performance would be greatly reduced or eliminated at provider facilities. Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only regulates service activities performed…

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Running through Emergency Lighting

Running through Emergency Lighting

This piece was originally published in the May 2017 issue of electroindustry. Tony Campbell, Director, Brand Management, Dual-Lite, and Compass, Hubbell Lighting Brands If you think about it, one of the most dangerous places to be in is a confined space in an unfamiliar public building. Theaters, arenas, casinos, and other venues for entertainment encourage relaxation, yet these settings often have…

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Carbon Monoxide Detection: Past, Present, and Future

Carbon Monoxide Detection: Past, Present, and Future

This piece was originally published in the May 2017 issue of electroindustry. Wendy Gifford, Consultant, Codes, Standards, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Nest Labs, Inc. John Steele, Director of State Government Affairs, Tyco International (U.S.) Inc. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and toxic gas that leaks into the air from the malfunctioning furnaces, hot water heaters, stoves, fireplaces, and…

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Life Safety Relies on Code Adoption

Life Safety Relies on Code Adoption

This piece was originally published in the May 2017 issue of electroindustry. Richard Roberts, Industry Affairs Manager, Honeywell  Security and Fire The public is safer as a result of the 2015 editions of the International Fire Code (IFC), International Building Code (IBC), and International Building Code (IRC). Collectively known as the I-Codes, they protect the public by incorporating the latest advancements…

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