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Bringing Energy Storage Systems Up to Code

Bringing Energy Storage Systems Up to Code

This piece was originally published in the May 2017 issue of electroindustry. Jack Lyons, Northeast Field Representative, NEMA For the past three years, I have been discussing energy storage system (ESS) matters with electricians and authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) up and down the Northeast corridor because of the growing interest in new battery technologies and their energy storage applications. Beyond the…

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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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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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Federal Court Upholds Copyright of Referenced Standards

Federal Court Upholds Copyright of Referenced Standards

This piece was originally published in the March 2017 issue of electroindustry. Clark R. Silcox, Legal Counsel, NEMA A federal judge in Washington, D.C., ruled in favor of standards development organizations (SDOs) who sought an injunction against PublicResource.Org, an entity that copies entire standards developed by SDOs and makes them available at no cost on the internet. The court held that…

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Setting New Standards for a Transforming Industry

Setting New Standards for a Transforming Industry

This piece was originally published in the February 2017 issue of electroindustry. Amy Huntington, Philips Lighting CEO, Market Group Americas Never has there been a more exciting time to be part of the lighting industry. Although we have witnessed many technological shifts, none has been quite as disruptive as the industry’s emerging digital transformation. The introduction of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) provided…

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South Begins Adoption of the 2017 NEC

South Begins Adoption of the 2017 NEC

This piece was originally published in the February 2017 issue of electroindustry.  Bryan Holland, South/Southwest Field Representative, NEMA The 2017 National Electrical Code® (NEC) supersedes all previous editions, supplements, and printings dating back to 1897. The states and local jurisdictions that adopt and enforce the current edition of the NEC enhance public safety, as the code is not effective without timely…

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ANSI C119.4 Standard Updates Requirements for Connectors

ANSI C119.4 Standard Updates Requirements for Connectors

This piece was originally published in the January 2017 issue of electroindustry. Paul Orr, Program Manager, NEMA With the support of NEMA’s Electrical Connector Section, the ANSI C119 Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) for Electrical Connectors recently revised ANSI C119.4-2016 American National Standard for Electric Connectors—Connectors for Use between Aluminum-to-Aluminum and Aluminum-to-Copper Conductors Designed for Normal Operation at or below 93° C…

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West Coast Acts on National Codes

West Coast Acts on National Codes

This piece was originally published in the January 2017 issue of electroindustry. Mike Stone, West Coast Field Representative, NEMA With the publication of the 2017 National Electrical Code® (NEC) in September, code adoption activity has begun. The Idaho Electrical Board voted to recommend the adoption of the 2017 NEC. This recommendation and recommendations for the adoption of the 2015 International Code…

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Updating Standardization Law in China

Updating Standardization Law in China

This piece was originally published in the December 2016 issue of electroindustry. Zhang Liang, China Electrical Equipment Industry Association The China Electrical Equipment Industry Association (CEEIA) is trusted by government authorities to administer 82 national technical committees (TCs), subcommittees (SCs), and working groups (WGs), which account for 71 TCs and SCs of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) mirrors and two International…

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ANSI Recognizes Standardization Leaders

ANSI Recognizes Standardization Leaders

This piece was originally published in the December 2016 issue of electroindustry. Ken Gettman, Director, International Standards, NEMA The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) honored leaders of the U.S. and global voluntary standards and conformity assessment community for contributions to and accomplishments in the industry at the 2016 ANSI Awards Banquet and Ceremony on October 26. Several in the NEMA community…

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