November 19, 2012 | Vol. 22
Stimulating and Enabling: NEMA's 2012 Illuminations Weekend a Success
by Chrissy Skudera of NEMA
NEMA's Annual Illuminations Weekend is
rightly referred to as a place where leaders
and ideas meet. This year's event was the epitome of this claim, connecting industry executives with each other and with insights from thought leaders across business and government.
—Evan R. Gaddis
NEMA’s 86th annual meeting, Illuminations Weekend, was held November 9–10 at Turnberry Isle Miami in Aventura, Florida, and according to attendees was one of the best yet.
During Saturday morning’s business meeting,
the 2012 Kite & Key Award winners were recognized.
This year NEMA awarded three influential members of the electroindustry:
- Daniel J. Kissane, Director, Codes and Standards, Legrand Electrical Wiring Systems
- Brian H. Monks, Vice President, Anti-counterfeiting Operations, UL
- David M. Tallman, Vice President—Americas Marketing, Eaton Electrical Sector
The winners were identified as individuals who advanced the interest of the electroindustry through active and sustained involvement in
Following the Kite & Key Award ceremony was a panel discussion featuring three top distributors:
- John Engel, Chairman, President and CEO, WESCO International, Inc.
- Robert Reynolds, Executive Chairman, Graybar Electric Co., Inc.
- Robert Smith, President and CEO, Imark Group, Inc.
The panel discussed the electroindustry from the perspective of distributors, reviewed where they see the industry heading in the years to come, and described how the relationship between manufacturers and distributors can continue to flourish. Members of the audience asked questions about overcoming technological and logistical obstacles, eliciting thoughtful and enlightening answers from the panelists.
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Grid-Interop to Drive Strategic Plan for SG Interoperability
Join NEMA at the sixth annual Grid-Interop conference will gather the industry's top utility, government, technology and standards leaders to help define the future
strategy for Smart Grid technology implementation and interoperability.
NEMA Publishes Flashing Yellow Arrow Amendment to NEMA TS 2-2003 (R2008)
Amendment 4 standardizes the control and monitoring features for FYA, a traffic
signal head indication, adding these features to the widely-used NEMA TS 2. In government-sponsored field trials, FYA improved driver performance when yielding
to oncoming traffic and pedestrians before making a turn.
Acuity Brands Introduces Outdoor LED General Purpose Lighting
The OLLW Series LED wall light, OLVT Series LED vapor tight LED luminaire and OLS Series LED step light bring energy efficiency options to both commercial and residential lighting applications. All three LED luminaires feature long-life LEDs
(L70, 50,000 hours).
Market Comments by Tom Robinson
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