Harmonizing Safe Use of Electromagnetic Energy

Harmonizing Safe Use of Electromagnetic Energy

This piece was originally published in the March 2017 issue of electroindustry. Ken Gettman, Director, International Standards, NEMA The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) International Committee on Electromagnetic Safety (ICES) looked at human exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) and related safety provisions at a recent meeting. ICES Technical Committee (TC) 95 addresses protection against harmful effects in humans. Among…

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The Coming Wave of Transmission Innovations: Policy and Regulatory Changes for Grid Modernization

The Coming Wave of Transmission Innovations: Policy and Regulatory Changes for Grid Modernization

This is the fifth in a series of articles on the coming wave of transmission-related innovations and its implications for the electricity sector.  NEMA President & CEO Kevin J. Cosgriff In a vast sea of partisanship, the electrical grid is an island that both parties can agree is important, requires investment, and needs protecting. President Trump campaigned on the assertion that…

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How 3D Printing Works

How 3D Printing Works

This piece was originally published in the March 2017 issue of electroindustry. Direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) and selective laser sintering (SLS) are additive manufacturing techniques that sinter—that is, use pressure and heat below the melting point—to bond and partly fuse masses of metal particles. They differ in how the layers are deposited. DMLS fires the laser into a bed of…

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Bullish on 3D Printing

Bullish on 3D Printing

This piece was originally published in the March 2017 issue of electroindustry. John Lefavour, Engineering Manager, Application Tooling Products, Burndy Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is a boon for manufacturers that strive to get product to market quickly and cost effectively. Printing metal parts by direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) or selective laser sintering (SLS) is on the rise. Advanced market…

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The Coming Wave of Transmission Innovations: The Future Grid

The Coming Wave of Transmission Innovations: The Future Grid

This is the fourth in a series of articles on the coming wave of transmission-related innovations and its implications for the electricity sector. NEMA President & CEO Kevin J. Cosgriff The basic technologies used to deliver electricity from generator to customer were largely unchanged from the 1880s to the 1980s. But technological advancements in the past few decades have significantly…

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Environmental and Health Product Declarations: Threat or Opportunity?

Environmental and Health Product Declarations: Threat or Opportunity?

This piece was originally published in the March 2017 issue of electroindustry. Andrei Moldoveanu, Technical Director, NEMA Everyone on all sides of manufacturing knows that environment and health concerns are growing in relevance. Scientific research raises new facets of these concerns not only to the business community but increasingly to the greater public as well. How important they will be in…

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Standards, Testing, and Certification in a 3D Printing Era

Standards, Testing, and Certification in a 3D Printing Era

This piece was originally published in the March 2017 issue of electroindustry. Stephen Brown, Director of Innovation, CSA Group Complex shapes made of lighter and stronger materials, intricate designs, and opportunities for mass customization—these are the benefits delivered by additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing. Traditional manufacturing techniques such as casting and machining fall short of such results and can…

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Corrosion: Eating Away at Electrical Components

Corrosion: Eating Away at Electrical Components

This piece was originally published in the March 2017 issue of electroindustry. Maria Lamorey, Business Development Manager, Electrical Transmission & Distribution Equipment, PPG Industrial Coatings According to NACE International, the corrosion of metal on infrastructure, buildings, equipment, and vehicles costs the world’s consumers, businesses, and governments more than $1 trillion each year. Electrical component manufacturers and their customers bear a significant…

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Calculating SF6-insulated Equipment

Calculating SF6-insulated Equipment

This piece was originally published in the March 2017 issue of electroindustry. Jonathan Stewart, Government Relations Manager, NEMA NEMA Government Relations Manager Jonathan Stewart spoke in January on behalf of the Electric Transmission and Distribution SF6 Coalition at an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) workshop on SF6 emission reduction strategies in Burlingame, California. The coalition is made up of representatives from the…

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Plugged into Safety

Plugged into Safety

This piece was originally published in the March 2017 issue of electroindustry. Danny Abbate, NEMA Industry Director, Commercial Products My friends and family always ask what it is I do at that place called a trade association. As the NEMA industry director for commercial products, I work with power outlets, switches, fuses, steel conduit, surge protectors, and many other electrical products….

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