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GE to Showcase Product Innovation on 31-City Low Voltage Revolution Tour

GE Consumer & Industrial’s Electrical Distribution business has announced plans to take its product portfolio directly to the home cities of electrical distributors and industrial end-users throughout North America. For a six-month period beginning in August 2008, GE’s new Low Voltage Revolution Tour will travel more than 12,000 miles, visiting 31 cities throughout the United States and Canada, spending between two and four days in each major metropolitan area.

The tour will feature a 45-foot industrial trailer that contains the latest in GE electrical distribution technology and applications, and each tour stop will include digital presentations from GE product managers as well as on-site product demonstrations. Industrial distributors, consulting engineers, original equipment manufacturers, and a variety of industrial end-users will have the opportunity to meet with GE representatives and interact with the low voltage lineup in person.

“We’ve been exploring various ways of getting our low voltage lineup in front of our customers and partners who need it most,” explains Dick Jackman, General Manager of Industrial Products at GE. “The tour will give them a chance to touch and feel these new products and see how they can work for them.”

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Media Contact: David Schuellerman, 216.266.9702 or david.schuellerman@ge.com

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International News

NEMA Mexico Update
NEMA Mexico reports that one mandatory and several voluntary electrical standards were published by the Mexican government with effective dates in late September.

The mandatory standard is NOM-004-ENER-2008 Energy Efficiency for Pumps and Motor-Pump Systems for water of 0.187 kW to 0.746 kW—Limits, Test Methods, and Labeling. The standard was issued on July 25 and will become effective on September 23. It cancels the 1995 version. Pumps and motor-pump systems certified under the 1995 version of the standard may be sold until inventory is depleted.

Three voluntary standards that will become effective on September 20 were published by the DGN of Secretary of the Economy in the Mexican Official Gazette on July 25.

They are:

  • NMX-J-565/8-ANCE-2008 Safety Requirements—Rain—Test Method. The standard was developed by the ANCE PIE Test Method Working Group as an independent test method to be included as a reference standard in other NMX standards. NEMA Mexico participated in the working group.
  • NMX-J-353-ANCE-2008 MCC: Specifications and Test Methods. This Trinational standard is based on UL 845. NEMA Mexico supported this CANENA effort by participating in ANCE SC Industrial Control and Distribution (CDI) Subcommittee C – Motors and Control Centers.
  • NMX-J-605-ANCE-2008 Field Identification for Luminaires. This standard is based on NEMA ANSI C136.15. NEMA Mexico is an active participant in ANCE SC 34D Luminaires.

Safety Issues
The Mexico office also held its fourth electrical safety meeting of the year on July 25. Working with CANAME, a plan was refined to include 500,000 safety flyers with basic safety tips bimonthly through the Luz y Fuerza utility statements. In addition, the safety flyers were distributed through the ANCE and NEMA booths at the Expo Electrica 08 and will be distributed at the CANAME Symposium on August 13-14 and Expo Energy Efficiey on August 21-23.

For more information, contact Gustavo Dominguez, guguez@prodigy.net.mx.

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