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  • Headline “Electra”

    It’s worth clicking on the following link to access a recent CNN World Report on the European electrical and electronic industry’s new “Electra” initiative, which seeks to foster new technologies, an improved environment, and better Continental business conditions: http://www.orgalime.org/News/news.asp...
  • A Two-Way Street

    Discussions over free trade usually focus on imports - and these discussions often devolve into arguments over the impact of higher imports on U.S. manufacturers. Unfortunately, this obsession often causes us to miss out on the positives, such as those outlined in an article (subscription required) in...
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  • Making a Difference

    As I approached the Metro station this morning, I was greeted by a group of enthusiastic student types who challenged me to make a difference in my community. “I already make a difference in my community,” I responded with a smile. They thanked me profusely. I was thinking of the volunteer work I do...
  • Johns Hopkins Students develop device to protect workers from Arc flash

    Three students on an Engineering Design Project course at Johns Hopkins University undertook a challenge from the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company to develop a method to disconnect power lines from residential transformers at a safe distance, beyond the range of dangerous electrical arcs. Currently...
  • CT Under Attack, Again

    Sunday's Los Angeles Times included an article entitled, “CT scans can be better medicine for doctors than for patients” that unfortunately gives readers an inaccurate picture of how physicians use computed tomography to care for their patients. To begin with, the piece overstates the growth and...
  • Will the Green Revolution Belong to America?

    The question posed above was the premise of an interesting interview between ABC anchor Diane Sawyer and NYTimes columnist and best-selling author Tom Friedman Monday. In his newest book, " Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America ," Friedman prophesies...
  • State-of-the-Art Roughing It

    Let’s hear it for back-to-basics simplicity, as a latter-day Thoreau might say, but for Henry David’s sake please be electrically secure about it. That’s what I liked about the YMCA family camp we attended over Labor Day weekend. There we were in a wooded, mountain-top setting, properly mixing the old...
  • Critical Need for Coordination

    A proposal is now in circulation to amend UL 854, Standard for Service-Entrance Cables , to allow the assembly of multiple conductor Type USE and USE-2 cables (from 2 to 5 conductors) using the S-Z manufacturing process. The proposal states that this would offer more flexibility in manufacturing and...
  • GDP Redux

    Right after we find out the second quarter was a pretty good one in terms of real GDP growth, a NY Times article sought to throw some cold water on the celebration by questioning the usefulness of GDP as a statistic. Although the article makes a valid point that GDP is far from an ideal measure of ‘well...
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  • Contact Your Member of Congress NOW!

    This week, NEMA President and CEO Evan Gaddis sent a letter to congressional leadership. In this letter, he calls upon congress to pass the expiring tax provisions this year. In short, the provisions outlined in his letter are: the extension of the energy-efficient commercial buildings tax deduction...
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