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City Upgrades Water Meters with Smart Infrastructure Project

City Upgrades Water Meters with Smart Infrastructure Project

This piece was originally published in the August 2018 issue of electroindustry. Dennis Siegert, Water Director, Johnson Controls For years, city leaders in Martinsville, Virginia, knew that a replacement for thousands of water meters was inevitable. Upgrades like these are a necessary but significant capital expense for any municipality, and Martinsville was able to make the project a reality without raising resident…

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Water Delivery More Reliable with Systems

Water Delivery More Reliable with Systems

This piece was originally published in the August 2018 issue of electroindustry. Alex Boesenberg, Senior Manager, Government Relations, NEMA Although water is easily dismissed as not related to energy, that is far from the case. Thousands of horsepower are required to pump water reliably over hundreds of miles of utility piping to commercial and residential customers who expect nothing less than clean,…

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NEMA Urges Administration to Minimize Collateral Damage from Tariffs

NEMA Urges Administration to Minimize Collateral Damage from Tariffs

This piece was originally published in the August 2018 issue of electroindustry. Craig Updyke, Director, Trade and Commercial Affairs, NEMA In formal statements to an interagency committee chaired by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), NEMA called on the Administration to minimize collateral damage on NEMA Members from additional U.S. import tariffs proposed on Chinese-made products. Although NEMA agrees with…

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Setting Standards

Setting Standards

This piece was originally published in the August 2018 issue of electroindustry. The NEMA Codes and Standards Committee posed for a group shot during its June meeting. First row: Dan Neeser, Eaton’s Bussmann Division; Sam Friedman, General Cable; Greg Steinman, Thomas & Betts, A Member of the ABB Group (Chair); Steve Campolo, Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.; Marilyn Williams, NEMA; Dave Kendall, Thomas…

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I am the electroindustry | Stephen Tuckwell

I am the electroindustry | Stephen Tuckwell

This piece was originally published in the August 2018 issue of electroindustry. Stephen Tuckwell, Vice President and Business Line Manager, ELANTAS PDG, Inc. For nearly 40 years, I have been working with magnet wire enamel, impregnating varnishes, and other insulating materials. As a chemist, I find it to be a fascinating field—one that I’m always trying to explain to new electrical engineers….

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Wire and Cable Manufacturers Connect on Trade in D.C.

Wire and Cable Manufacturers Connect on Trade in D.C.

This piece was originally published in the August 2018 issue of electroindustry. Craig Updyke, Director, Trade and Commercial Affairs, NEMA On June 27, volunteer Members of NEMA’s various wire and cable product groups participated in a series of meetings coordinated by NEMA Government Relations on Capitol Hill and with two Executive Branch agencies responsible for trade policy. The meetings built on themes…

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Current and Future Components Move in Opposite Directions as Policy Uncertainty Ramps Up

Current and Future Components Move in Opposite Directions as Policy Uncertainty Ramps Up

This piece was originally published in the August 2018 issue of electroindustry. Steve Wilcox, Director, Market Research, NEMA A nine-point jump brought June’s Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) current conditions component to its highest reading since January. Although a larger share of respondents noted worse conditions, those reporting better conditions constituted a majority in June, helping to bring the overall score to…

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Postponement of Code Adoption Impacts Safety

Postponement of Code Adoption Impacts Safety

This piece was originally published in the August 2018 issue of electroindustry. Jack Lyons, Northeast Field Representative, NEMA Several states in the Northeast have not yet adopted the 2017 National Electrical Code® (NEC). The obstacles to adoption—whether administrative, legislative, or regulatory—are frustrating because they postpone the credibility of new products and installation changes that provide safer electrical systems. The Connecticut Legislative Review…

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From the Chairman

From the Chairman

This piece was originally published in the August 2018 issue of electroindustry. The NFL season is just around the corner. When I watch the New York Giants play, I appreciate that no matter how good an individual player may be, it is the entire team that wins or loses. A quarterback may have a near-perfect pass rating, but unless his offensive line…

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HVAC Retrofit Returns 53 Percent in Fan Energy Savings

HVAC Retrofit Returns 53 Percent in Fan Energy Savings

This piece was originally published in the August 2018 issue of electroindustry. Paul Wickberg, Executive Vice President of Sales, SMC When a prominent developer, investor, and manager of commercial properties in Northern California and Northern Nevada retrofitted seven rooftop HVAC units with Software Motor Company (SMC) motors, it saw total annualized HVAC fan energy savings of 53 percent. The company, with more…

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