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November 4, 2013 | Vol. 21

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Uniform Product Codes (UPC) Applied to Electrical Products
by Mary Shaw, Director of eBusiness Standards, IDEA

Apples imageWhen I first started getting involved with the generic UPC discussion, I became attuned to products that fall into the generic category, like apples. I realized that fresh produce is handled generically. When you go into a grocery store, you don't see separate bins of similar types of apples each labeled with the name of the grower. What you do see are apples in bins grouped by type (Macintosh in one bin, Granny Smith in another, Fuji in another). You have no idea if all of those Granny Smith apples came from the same orchard and are similar quality. As a consumer, you usually shop for apples by type, or what it is, rather than where it came from.

Similarly, when a contractor is bidding on a contract and they make pricing requests to distributors, they simply need to price out a job, time and materials, in hopes that they win the contract. They don't typically ask for a specific brand, they just want to know what the price is and if the distributor can supply it. If the distributor replies with a good price and has the materials in stock, there is a good chance they'll get the business if that contractor wins the bid. Read the full article.

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NEMA Testifies before House Homeland Security Subcommittees, Says Industry-Led Voluntary Standards are Key to Cybersecurity
At the hearing entitled Cyber Incident Response: Bridging the Gap Between Cybersecurity and Emergency Management, Paul Molitor of NEMA described the lessons that can be learned from natural disasters, such as Superstorm Sandy, which devastated the East Coast one year ago.

Defense Energy Summit
The Defense Energy Summit, which will be held November 11-13, 2013, in Austin, Texas, is a gathering of the nation’s energy, business, and defense leadership focusing on how to accelerate clean energy and infrastructure solutions for the Department of Denfense. NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis will host a panel of NEMA member experts in energy-efficient and high-performance building systems, microgrids, on-site generation integration, and energy storage systems, detailing how existing technologies can help the military meet its energy needs in an efficient, reliable, and flexible manner. 

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Standardizations Trends

NEMA Publishes NEMA XR 28-2013 Supplemental Requirements for User Information and System Function Related to Dose in CT
This standard is intended to provide instructions to manufacturers so users are provided with uniformed information. It is important that CT scanners have a pre-populated Dose Check Alert value entered by the manufacturer prior to turnover to the customer.

Industry News

WEG Electric Will Expand and Increase Production Capacity in Mexico and China
The expansion will include the construction of a complete cast iron foundry capable of supplying the needs for cast iron components in all industrial electric motor frame sizes manufactured in Mexico and delivered to North American markets.

Global Intelligence

North American EBCIs Indicate Improving Conditions in October
NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) for current conditions in North America measured 56.3 in October, down slightly from 56.7 in June, the last time the index was released.

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