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Advocating for Adoption

Advocating for Adoption

This piece was originally published in the October 2018 issue of electroindustry. Madeleine Bugel, Manager, State and International Government Relations, NEMA NEMA has consistently advocated for timely adoption of the most current version of the National Electrical Code® (NEC) without amendments that would diminish its effectiveness. In the past, tenacious staff and Members working on code adoption have fought code adoption issues as they arose, usually after the advocates opposing timely Read more […]

Affecting Change Through Education

Affecting Change Through Education

This piece was originally published in the October 2018 issue of electroindustry. Bryan P. Holland, Southern Region Field Representative, NEMA The NEMA field representatives’ contributions to state code adoption involves more than advocacy and support. Education plays a significant role before, during, and after the code adoption cycle. This education can take on many forms and includes virtually all stakeholders. Technical Analysis Before the code update process begins, Read more […]

Forward-Looking Lighting Standards

Forward-Looking Lighting Standards

This piece was originally published in the October 2018 issue of electroindustry. Alex Boesenberg, Senior Manager, Government Relations, NEMA   The lighting industry is in the midst of a revolution. The entry of cost-effective light-emitting diode (LED) technology into the marketplace ushered in an era of affordable, versatile, and adaptable lighting. NEMA Standards provide guidance and test methods to improve LED function and performance. For example, NEMA SSL 7A and NEMA 77 address Read more […]

Making Safety Smart in Smart Buildings

Making Safety Smart in Smart Buildings

This piece was originally published in the October 2018 issue of electroindustry. Rodger Reiswig, Vice President , Industry Relations, Johnson Controls Global Fire Protection Products Mr. Reiswig is actively involved in several NEMA committees. He chairs the Fire, Life Safety, Security and Emergency Communication Board of Directors. The term “smart buildings” means different things to different people. In the area of life safety, the definition is based on how systems are integrated Read more […]

Tariff Initiatives Update

Tariff Initiatives Update

This piece was originally published in the October 2018 issue of electroindustry. On September 6, NEMA filed formal written comments with the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) on its proposal to place additional import tariffs of 10 or 25 percent on a list of more than 6,000 products made in China. The list included more than 70 product types of concern for NEMA Members, including finished goods as well as inputs and components that support manufacturing and assembly operations…

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NEMA Shines at SES Annual Meeting

NEMA Shines at SES Annual Meeting

This piece was originally published in the October 2018 issue of electroindustry. Muhammad Ali, AStd, Program Manager, NEMA Zijun Tong (left), Lisa Spellman, and Muhammad Ali were among those who made NEMA’s presence known at the SES annual meeting. Mr. Ali and Ms. Spellman, program managers, were course instructors on standardization and conformity assessment; Suzanne Alfano, industry director, moderated a session on case studies that addressing opportunities and challenges; and Jonathan Read more […]

NAFTA Modernization Update

NAFTA Modernization Update

This piece was originally published in the October 2018 issue of electroindustry. Craig Updyke, Director, Trade and Commercial Affairs, NEMA On August 31, President Trump notified Congress of his intention to enter into a new trade agreement with Mexico and, if possible, Canada, to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). While negotiations with Mexico were largely concluded on that day with an agreement in principle, talks between the U.S. and Canada continued into September. NEMA Read more […]

Lisa Spellman Appointed to USNC IEC Finance Committee

Lisa Spellman Appointed to USNC IEC Finance Committee

This piece was originally published in the October 2018 issue of electroindustry. Lisa Spellman of the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA), a Division of NEMA, was appointed to the Finance Committee of the United States National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission (USNC/IEC). Ms. Spellman is the general-secretary for Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM), providing strategic leadership and management of operational affairs for DICOM stakeholders Read more […]

Employers: Encourage Staff to Get Out and Vote!

Employers: Encourage Staff to Get Out and Vote!

This piece was originally published in the October 2018 issue of electroindustry. Andrew Quinn, President & CEO, ILSCO Corporation, and Chair, NEMAPAC With federal and state elections taking place in November, this is a good time for company executives to discuss with their employees the impact policy issues have on operations, jobs, and growth, as well as to encourage active participation in elections. These efforts, commonly known as Get Out the Vote (GOTV) efforts, do not endorse any Read more […]

Securing the Future of Electrical Safety Through Codes and Standards

Securing the Future of Electrical Safety Through Codes and Standards

This piece was originally published in the October 2018 issue of electroindustry. David Clements, CEO, International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) We live in an exciting time in which innovations appear almost daily. Over the last decade, we’ve seen many changes with regard to renewable energy, light-emitting diode (LED) and other lighting, Power over Ethernet, battery technology, and direct current power. Not only is it important that installation and product Standards Read more […]