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Smart Meters Graduate to Intelligent Sensors in Brave, New, Interconnected World

Smart Meters Graduate to Intelligent Sensors in Brave, New, Interconnected World

This piece was originally published in the May 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Tim Wolf, Director of Marketing, Smart Grid Solutions, Itron Inc. Over the past decade, utilities throughout the United States have been installing smart metering networks to automate the collection of energy and water usage data. Thus far, these smart meter networks have succeeded primarily in reducing costs, increasing efficiencies, and improving customer service. They have not yet Read more [...]
National Electrical Safety Month: Achieving Safety through Design

National Electrical Safety Month: Achieving Safety through Design

This piece was originally published in the May 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Brett Brenner, President of the Electrical Safety Foundation International May is National Electrical Safety Month, and, while electrical safety should be a yearlong priority, it is important to have a month devoted to spotlighting safe electrical practices that should be commonplace at home and on the job. I recently attended the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Read more [...]
Understanding Symbols: Laser Labeling

Understanding Symbols: Laser Labeling

By Geoffrey Peckham, CEO, Clarion Safety Systems One of the critical building blocks for your product safety labels is symbols. When it comes to the history and progress of formats and symbols related to labels on laser products, manufacturers face a dilemma in using U.S. regulations versus internationally accepted standards. In this article, we’ll explore laser labels compliant with the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) for U.S. markets and the International Electrotechnical Read more [...]
Knockoff Products – High Cost to Getting Standards and Conformance Wrong

Knockoff Products – High Cost to Getting Standards and Conformance Wrong

It’s likely you have heard the story of the Bionic Wrench.  If not, it was the creation of an industrial designer who had the misfortune of having it picked up by a large retailer.  After a brisk first year of holiday sales, the retailer decides it would design a reasonable knockoff to sell under its own brand name at a lower cost using a foreign manufacturer to produce it, all at the behest of obscure financial analyst.  Fortunately for the retailer, designing knockoffs of existing mechanical Read more [...]
Return of Quebec’s Linguistic Roadblocks

Return of Quebec’s Linguistic Roadblocks

A resurgence of Quebec’s minority government, the Parti Québéco, has resurrected French only language restrictions to a level which has not been seen since the 1980s.  Approval organizations are advising their customers to review the wordings in their labels to comply with Canadian laws and regulations and to seek advice from Canadian legal counsel as to what language(s) is/are required for a specific product.  So far there are no reported instances of manufacturers Read more [...]
Competitiveness is the Best "Protection" for Jobs

Competitiveness is the Best "Protection" for Jobs

U.S. electroindustry companies sell billions of dollars of equipment outside the U.S. each year. These companies employ many thousands of workers here in the U.S., workers whose employment depends on the ability of their company “teams” to innovate, make sales, and satisfy their customers. With most of the world’s people (95 percent) and supporting infrastructure outside the U.S., it makes sense that companies want to gain access to more markets, be competitive, and make more sales Read more [...]
Impact of EMF Exposure Limits and MRI

Impact of EMF Exposure Limits and MRI

Articles, by Professor J.C. Lin of the University of Illinois in Chicago, highlighting ICNIRP’s role in establishing limits for EMF exposure during MRI procedures were published in IEEE periodicals Microwave Magazine, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 46-56, June 2011, and in Antennas and Propagation Magazine, vol. 53, no. 1, pp. 169-174, Feb.2011.  The articles provide useful information but do not tell the whole story regarding low frequency exposure limits, specifically recognition of the work of Read more [...]
Award for GE Arc Flash hazard protection system

Award for GE Arc Flash hazard protection system

GE Industrial Solutions have launched an arc fault mitigation system for switchgear which significantly reduces the risk of injury from Arc Flash events.  GE’s Arc Vault Protection System was the 2011 winner in the protective devices category in Electrical Construction & Maintenance (EC&M) magazine’s product of the year award.   An arc flash can generate temperatures up to 35,000 degrees, a pressure blast, deafening noise, blinding light, molten metal and shrapnel.  Read more [...]
Does China Deserve to be an IEC Group A member?

Does China Deserve to be an IEC Group A member?

In the world of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) there are several categories of membership for the countries that participate in that international standards body.  Full members are those National Committees that have access to all technical and managerial activities and functions, at all levels of the IEC, including voting rights in the IEC Council.  There are also Associate members and affiliate members.  Within the Full Member category, there is an additional Read more [...]
How can I tell which Exit Sign is best?

How can I tell which Exit Sign is best?

When Energy Star closed the exit sign category, specifiers and inspectors no longer had a mark of distinction with which to identify top-tier products.  There were even instances of people seeking out new old stock Energy Star labeled signs and preferring them over newer (better) signs, just because of the brand recognition of Energy Star. In response to concerns over the loss of the Energy Star program and associated marks, the NEMA Emergency Lighting Section established the NEMA Premium Exit Read more [...]