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NEMA Publishes Annual Standards and Products Guide

NEMA's ESPG 2013 - (Cover Image)The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published the 2013 edition of its Electrical Standards and Products Guide, a comprehensive listing of NEMA electrical standards as well as an extensive directory of manufacturers and their products.
It is used by military, government, and private buyers who work in lighting, motors and industrial controls, transmission and distribution, transportation, medical imaging, architecture and construction, and other industries that specify and use electrical equipment.

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Graphene-enabled Electrical and Electronic Products Web Workshop hosted by IEC TC113
All members of the nanotechnology community that have knowledge of graphene (terminology, characterization), or graphene-enabled components or products are invited to participate.
—International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)

UL Withdraws Certification for Fire-Resistive Cable
Underwriters Laboratories (UL) reported on September 17, 2012, that it would no longer offer certification for fire-resistive cable, electrical circuit protective systems, and circuit-integrity cable testing conducted in accordance with UL 2196 Test for Fire Resistive Cables.
—National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)

Body scanners set for November roll-out [Australia]
Body scanning equipment will be rolled out to all Australian international airports from November, despite lingering concerns about their effectiveness.​ The security machines, costing AU $230,000 each, produce a generic outline of the human body and reveal metal and non-metal items under clothing, unlike the unpopular and controversial scanners in the US, which can show intimate body features. They have already been trialled in Melbourne and Sydney.

Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Report - Level 1 and Level 2, DC Fast Charging, and Wireless EVSE: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts
The past 18 months have marked the transition of the plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) into full commercialization. The electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) market is naturally a product of the PEV market, so the past year has seen a major uptick in EVSE deployments. In 2012, there will be almost 45,000 public charging stations installed globally. Much of this will be the result of publicly funded infrastructure initiatives.
—Pike Research

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On the Hill/Around the Nation

Senate Passes Energy Efficiency Provisions: Before the Senate left town for the November elections, two energy-efficiency amendments favorable to NEMA members were attached to a bill that passed the chamber. The provisions added to HR 4850, the Enabling Energy Saving Innovations Act, were offered by Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Rob Portman (R-OH) and largely derived from S 1000, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act and S 398, the Implementation of National Consensus Appliance Agreements Act. Provisions include: require the Department of Energy to develop and issue an annual best-practices report on advanced metering of energy use in federal facilities, require DOE to conduct a study on barriers to certain industrial efficiency projects, clarify the factors the Secretary of Energy must consider as part of the economic justification for standards under its energy conservation program, establish an advisory steering committee to provide recommendations to the Advanced Manufacturing Office, and require DOE to conduct a feasibility study on government-wide data centers as preparation for closing a minimum of 800 federal data centers by October 1, 2015. The House must pass this legislation before the end of the year or the bill will die. NEMA promotes energy efficiency as a central component of comprehensive U.S. energy policy.
—National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)

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International News

Infrastructure Trade Mission to Vietnam and Indonesia
U.S. Department of Commerce Under Secretary for International Trade Francisco Sanchez is leading an Infrastructure Trade Mission to Vietnam and Indonesia from November 11-17, 2012. [note:  the U.S. is presently negotiating a free trade agreement known as the Trans Pacific Partnership with eight other countries, including Vietnam.]

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Industry News


Mergers & Acquisitions

  • 3M to Acquire Ceradyne, Inc.
    3M and Ceradyne, Inc. announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for 3M’s acquisition of Ceradyne, Inc. for $35.00 per share. 10/01/12

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Global Intelligence

  • North American EBCIs Rebounded in September
    NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American business conditions rose to 42.1 in September, up from 35.7 and 38.6, respectively, in August and July. 09/26/12
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Market Comments by Tom Robinson
Tom Robinson, Ph.D., President Oppenheimer Asset Management, shares his take on the economy in a weekly column Market Comments, which is republished here each Monday. His column provides a quick summary of key economic data releases from the previous week as well as insight about likely developments in financial markets. read more...

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