News and Announcements

On Sept. 24, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR and Westex by Milliken hosted a webinar on the causes and consequences of arc flashes and the 2015 changes to NFPA 70E. The webinar focused on historical data, real accidents, body burn, and the differences between non-FR and FR clothing. Westex by Milliken featured a new HD super slow motion video of arc flashes on real 480V equipment with clothed mannequins in typical working position. The videos, which have led to a significant leap in understanding the arc flash hazard, showed arcs from 0.6 up to 40+ cals.

ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine has launched an app version to supplement the print and online brand offerings already in place. The app is available now in iOS, Android and Kindle versions through the iTunes Store, Google Play and Amazon App Store. It features a page-by-page version of the monthly magazine, a text-only mobile-friendly version, and a hybrid solution.  Downloading the app is easy. Simply click the following link for your respective platform, or search for "electrical contractor" on your platform's app marketplace.

Do you know that your free subscription period runs from June of the current year to May of the following year? This means that your free subscription period does not follow the usual calendar year of January to December. We are audited by the Business Publication Audit and release two audit statements each year – one in June and an interim in December. To validate our June audit we must have you renew your free subscription before June of that year.

Distributors get increased visibility; end users have expanded buying optionsJanuary 29, 2015 (Lincolnshire, IL) – Klein Tools (http://www.kleintools.com), for professionals since 1857, announces its innovative “Buy Now” service. This service utilizes Google AdSense for Shopping, which enables customers to browse KleinTools.com for products, click “Buy Now” and then purchase products directly from distributor e-commerce websites in a seamless manner.In the past, the “Buy Now” program was limited to a small number of distributors who had to pay fees to third-party shopping services.

ESFI President Brett Brenner and James C. Cawley to Co-Present Paper Using OSHA DataArlington, VA – ESFI President Brett Brenner and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Senior Member James C.

Receive a free BMP41 or BMP51 printer by trading in a qualifying printer and purchasing 12 label cartridgesMILWAUKEE, Wis. (January 27, 2014) — Brady, a global leader in product and facility identification solutions, today announced its portable printer trade up promotion. Users can receive a free BMP41 or BMP51 printer by trading in a qualifying competitive printer and purchasing 12 BMP41 or BMP51 label cartridges.“We’re giving printer users the unique opportunity to trade up to a better labeling experience,” says Matt Luger, product marketing specialist for Brady.

ROSSLYN, Va., January 29, 2015—The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) with UL (Underwriters Laboratories) announce changes to the UL Standard 943 Standard for Safety for Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) (Tri-national harmonized UL 943/CSA C22.2 No. 144.1/ANCE NMX-J-520) that will take effect on June 29, 2015. To maintain certification, all manufacturers must meet these revisions with GFCIs produced after June 28, 2015.

PITTSBURGH — Power management company Eaton announced it will help U.S. Army modernize the electrical infrastructure of the Temperature Test Facility at the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR). Under the contract, Eaton will provide turnkey engineering services and power distribution equipment to improve power reliability and system safety at the specially designed laboratory in White Sands, New Mexico.

PITTSBURGH — Power management company Eaton  announced its goal to raise awareness of how industry professionals can protect themselves from counterfeit electrical products in 2015 as part of its “I Didn’t Know” educational campaign.

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