September 23, 2013 | Vol. 18
New App Includes NEMA Technical References
Released in mid-September, the Master Electrician Reference™ is an iPhone and iPad app for electricians and electrical professionals providing instant access to reference material, tables, diagrams, images, and graphics.
The app is divided into topics including Ampacity, Distribution Systems, NEMA® Standard Products, and Safety with each topic containing one or more pages of vital information for designers and electricians alike. Most pages have a built-in scientific calculator allowing the user to perform calculations without even leaving the page. Other pages have specialized calculators for common formulas like Ohm's Law.
The application is available from the iTunes App Store for $8.99 or go to www.mastersparky.com for more information.
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NEMA Welcomes Senate Approval of Helium Bill and Urges Prompt House Passage
The Senate's approval of HR 527, the High Tech Jobs Preservation Act, by a vote of 97-2 represents a major step toward providing greater assuranceof access to domestic supplies of refined helium to many NEMA member companies.
NEMA Mourns the Passing of Bernard H. Falk
"Bernie was an innovator and a pioneer who laid much of the groundwork for what NEMA is able to accomplish today," said NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis.
Two Big Wins for Life Safety Legislation in California and North Carolina
The California case originated with SB 1394, which was enacted in 2012 and contained a requirement for all battery-operated smoke alarms sold in the state as of July 1, 2014, to have a 10-year, sealed (non-removable) battery.
Seminars Highlight Manufacturing Opportunities in Vietnam
BECAMEX IDC, a development company specializing in Vietnam, will host a series of seminars showcasing a new industrial park in Binh Duong province, the My Phuoc Industrial City.
NEMA Publishes NEMA FU 1-2012 Low Voltage Cartridge Fuses
Covering eight classes of low voltage cartridge fuses, NEMA FU 1 examines fuses of a current-responsive element inside a fuse body with contacts on both ends.
NEMA Publishes NEMA TC 2-2013 Electrical Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Tubing and Conduit
View the contents and scope of NEMA TC 2-2013. A hard or electronic copy may be purchased for $71 by visiting the NEMA website.
Illuminating Engineering Society Selects 14 Acuity Brands Lighting Products for Annual Progress Report
Acuity Brands, Inc. is pleased to announce that 14 of the company's products have been selected by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) to be included in its 2013 Progress Report.
Manufacturing Day Welcomes Kelly Services and IHS GlobalSpec as Sponsors
Manufacturing Day sponsors provide the resources to support manufacturers participating in the program, a grassroots effort by U.S. manufacturers to improve public perception of manufacturing in America by coordinating awareness-raising activities at a variety of locations across the country on October 4, 2013.
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AEP Hopes to bring Smart Meters to Columbus, other cities in Ohio
American Electric Power wants to add "smart meters" to 900,000 houses and businesses in Ohio, up from 110,000 that were part of a test project.
Electric Vehicle Charging Station Access Bill Passed by California General Assembly
The NEMA-backed SB 454 proposes "open access" to public electric vehicle charging stations by any electric vehicle.
In Post-Tsunami Japan, Homeowners Pull Away From Grid
In a post-tsunami revolt against conventional electric utilities, tens of thousands of Japanese homeowners have started generating their own power from hydrogen fuel cells and solar panels, turning the country into the world's leading laboratory for overturning the traditional grid and the century-old business model behind it.
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