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TIME = MONEY WE HAVE THE SYSTEMS IN PLACE TO HELP YOU SAVE In The Beginning In order to determine the future, many times we need to take a look at where we started. Project management began at EDI in 2002 when we examined how our customers were operating. The contractors often had senior project managers and assistant project managers - the distributors had no one. There was an inside guy and an outside guy, but no one to specifically follow and manage the projects as they progressed. EDI decided to mimic the system that many of the larger contractors already had in place. Shealy formed the SC project management team about a year ago. However, because of the history, experience and thousands of hours spent perfecting the system at EDI, Shealy is able to have a much quicker, smoother transition into the world of project management. Cal Craig and Clay Lovelace, project managers in South Carolina, stated that it used to be a madhouse before project management came along. “Everything was piled on the guy that quoted the jobs. He was quoting, entering submittals and trying to track products, in between all of the other daily responsibilities. It now frees up both the inside and outside sales teams to better service our customers.”

The Evolution When project management began, many contractors, and our sales teams, were concerned and confused. It didn’t take any of them very long to realize how helpful this new system could be and it continues to evolve to this day. In 12 years, we have gone through 10 different renditions of project management in our quest to perfect the system. Barclay Ryan, SC SVP of Construction has said that the SC customers are very excited about the new team and services “Our customers have been much more successful in meeting installation dates and are ahead of schedule. We’re working on a job now where the contractor is three weeks ahead due to the help from the Shealy project management team.”



Project management can often mean different things to different people, but in the most basic of terms, we have put resources in place to ensure that our customers get their products on time and are billed correctly. There is an entire system and process in place to make certain that this is different from the guys who just say “trust me, I can take care of it”. Our team of project managers are proactively working projects so that everything happens when it is supposed to - not just sitting back and reporting what has occurred. Things don’t always happen (in fact, almost NEVER happen) like clockwork, so it is crucial to have dedicated resources so that our customers do not have to manage any aspect of the projects with regards to our part of the orders.

The Next Level While the service began as a way to keep track of orders, shipments and deliveries, project management at EDI and Shealy has evolved to encompass other adjacent services such as kitting, staging and storage. David Littlejohn, SVP of Construction Sales has said “We quote the job and we quote it correctly. We get the information from the manufacturer,clean it up, enter the orders correctly, have a professional set of submittals in electronic form and the information is easily accessible. Where is the value in that? Isn’t that what we’re supposed to be doing? Isn’t the only reason distributors exist to get the customers what they want when they want it?” A good contractor makes sure that their customers don’t have to get involved - a good distributor does the same thing. THAT is what project management is all about. Shealy and EDI are going above and beyond the everyday. That is where our value starts to stand out. We handle all of the logistics in a controlled environment when we do staging and kitting vs. the contractor storing the material in a job site environment. We have the new Shealy Storage Solutions warehouse in West Columbia dedicated to this purpose in addition to other warehouses throughout the Carolinas. Project management without kitting is not nearly as impactful. We handle any damaged, defective and lost equipment, which helps to ensure that the products are correct and on time. As partners on these projects, we get the material as the customer needs it versus drop shipping so that the customer has to manage the material. Kitting involves taking all of the

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parts and pieces, making sure that they are correct and in perfect condition and delivering the correct parts to the customer as needed. “We find problems before they find us” says Littlejohn.

Digital Revolution Today, contractors have different expectations about project information, because they can get other information at the click of button. This has given rise to the ‘Google generation’. You want to know the weather forecast? Google it. You want real-time stock prices? Google it. When we want information, we go to Google, type our question and get a response in a fraction of a second. Amazon has created much the same expectation with regards to ordering product. They tell you what you ordered, when it is expected to ship, where it is right now and notifies you when it was delivered. The electrical industry has lagged behind with regards to technology and access to information, but easy access is the direction in which we are headed. The approach to handling projects needs to evolve due to the availability of this technology and an evolution of the way in which we use it. EDI and Shealy are currently exploring solutions to enable you to quickly and conveniently access your project details at anytime, anywhere. Contractors are experts at installing material. We are aiming to be the experts at providing solutions needed on the jobs. We’re not there yet, but we’re on our way - and we’ll get there by adding higher level services to our offering, utilizing technology that is available in the marketplace and never being satisfied with “good enough”. Our goal is to travel down a path that no one else has been. People, processes and technology are all the keys to a successful program and all of them must work in conjunction. The basic goals and needs have not changed - “get it to me when I need it and bill me correctly”. But we are on the lookout to always do it better, faster, cleaner and more visible. Stay tuned...

If you have any questions or suggestions about how we can improve our project management services please email: or


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How long have you been doing business with Shealy Electrical?

Originally ... about 20 years ago. It was a project in Columbia at Fort Jackson. Your Charleston branch opened around 5 years ago and we started going to that branch for our needs. How many projects have you trusted the Shealy Project Management team to deal with so far?


We have utilized Shealy’s Project Management Team for two sizable projects, and we are looking at a third one right now.

What was the “old way” of handling Project Management with Shealy Electrical?


Typically, project business was managed by the outside salesperson. The inside sales person would take a request, but still wait on the outside salesperson to respond and merely relay the message. How do you like the new way that Shealy handles Project Management?

It is better to have someone that you can reach. If our sales person is out of the office, then he is not there to provide answers. It is great

having the Project Management team there. If you ask them a question, you’re able to get the answers right away. It’s nice to have someone to talk to directly. Material is released exactly when we need it instead of us having to receive it all at once. Our project managers send out regular updates on when certain material is scheduled to ship and when it is scheduled to arrive! With one of our projects, we are storing the material at Shealy’s warehouse, so we don’t need to get that update. Having a Project Management team that can track every item on an order is great. Their sole purpose is to make sure the project gets done. Also, if anything needs to be expedited or changed, one call or email and we are met with a response immediately.

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Was it an adjustment to go to the Project Manager as opposed to going directly to your Account Manager?


Not really. It’s nice to have a name to go to. At first you’re a little bit leary - how busy are they and how responsive will they be? Then, once you realize that it is going to work and that you are going to get your answers and updates. We just had to get over the learning curve - which is easy to do when you find out how knowledgeable the Project Manager is.


What is the difference between someone who is good at managing projects and someone who is not.

You don’t have to take our word for it ... hear from one of our customers. Delta Industrial Electric Company sat down with us to answer a few questions about their experience with our Project Management team.


I want to get answers quickly. Other companies do not turn it around quickly, and that is a problem to me. .. speed and accuracy are key. Also, I shouldn’t have to make endless requests for you to get job information to me. If I do, then I probably won’t be sending that company any more purchase orders. I expect to deal with someone with a certain level of expertise. I want someone that can help, keep me updated and knows what he/she is doing.


If you have had any issues with your projects, have they been solved to your satisfaction?


Yes, everything is resolved quickly. What we have

experienced so far has been smooth. The paperwork has flowed, everyone has kept things organized and there are no lingering issues. DIstributors typically overbill and then drag their feet writing a credit. We have not had that issue with Shealy Electrical.

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Does an effectively managed project free up your time?

It definitely helps. The biggest portion of our job is getting to the next job. If I can spend less time managing projects and tracking orders, it is a big help.

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What is the communication distance between the modules and multimeter?


They can communicate across distances of up to 20 meters. This may vary depending upon your customer’s measurement environment.


Can these tools communicate between floors and through walls?


It depends upon the materials in floors and walls. Tools will communicate through closed electrical panel doors, for example, but not through concrete.


Wll radio interference in the building impact the ability of these tools to communicate?


The CNX system is built to communicate on a unique frequency and will not be impacted by 60 Hz noise. CNX has been tested around high-frequency machines, including microwaves, cell phones, milling machines, with no degradation to performance.


How many readings will the modules capture and at what intervals can users log data?


Users can capture up to 65,000 sets of min/ max/avg readings over single or multiple logging sessions. They can set the intervals to capture readings every second, every minute, or every hour with the pc3000 software.


Is there a way to see more than four readings at a time?


Yes. By connecting the meter and modules to a computer with the CNX PC Adapter (pc3000), users can view up to 10 readings.


Can any combination of CNX meters or modules communicate wirelessly?


Yes, users can select up to 10 of any type of CNX module or muotimeter that best suits their application need.

Think of Fluke CNX as a wireless troubleshooting team that shows live measurements from multiple modules simultaneously and remotely on a single screen. This customizable tool set, built with Fluke durability, reliability and quality, will change the way you work. Here’s how it works: The wireless multimeter displays readings from up to three wireless modules plus the meter measurement at the same time, on the same screen, from as far as 20 meters. With a laptop 10 measurements can be reviewed at once. You can mix and match the wireless-enabled modules to suit your unique measurement needs. • AC voltage • Temperature • AC current–standard clamp or flex clamp The Fluke CNX makes your job easier by enabling you to monitor multiple measurement points at the same time from a single location. Additionally, the remote, simultaneous and recordable measurement capabilities improve productivity and safety. NO MORE RUN AROUND • DMM shows up to four measurements (DMM and

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• You can set up the modules and take readings from up to 20 meters away

CNX uses zigbee radios with a proprietary overlay to communicate wirelessly. Zigbee allows users to connect with up to ten CNX meters or modules and maximize battery life. Other radio options typically connect with fewer devices and have higher energy consumption.

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NO MORE WAITING AROUND • Save time and money by capturing multiple measurements simultaneously.

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EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS & RESPONSE By Chad Kennedy, Industry Standards Manager, Power Equipment, Schneider Electric

When natural disasters strike, one of the primary responses is to restore power so that assessment and restoration activities can begin. Can your electrical infrastructure weather a natural disaster?


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• Ensure electrical equipment is properly maintained • Identify the electrical equipment that is critical to operations • Be aware of the most current natural disaster recovery codes and standards • Know the effects of water damage to electrical equipment • Develop a safety plan that incorporates emergency procedures

Therefore, it is extremely important to have a contingency plan for continued operations in the event of a natural disaster or emergency. Actions taken during the first 24 to 48 hours of a disaster are critical in determining whether or not a business fully recovers. According to the latest research, as many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster. While natural disasters cannot be prevented, having a detailed emergency recovery plan can limit the financial and

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STEP 1: Knowledge of the Electrical System


nowledge of the Electrical System is key. As part of an electrical disaster recovery plan, businesses should: (1) Have a current single-line drawing

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of their electrical distribution system (2) Identify which electrical equipment is critical to the electrical infrastructure and (3) Understand which equipment must be replaced and that which can be reconditioned, as shown in Figure 2 (above)


lectrical equipment exposed to water can be extremely dangerous if re-energized without proper reconditioning or replacement. Assessing the damage goes beyond visual water indications. Moisture and weather exposure can affect the equipment’s integrity. Water can be contaminated with sewage, chemicals, salt, debris, and other substances. Foreign debris could possibly remain inside the electrical enclosure. These contaminants may cause loss of dielectric spacing

and can be a hazard upon reenergization.

STEP 2: Develop or Update an Electrical Safe Work Practices Policy


n Electrical Safe Work Practices (ESWP) policy is a written document created by the employer that covers all areas of the company’s electrical safety practices. While having a safety policy has been a requirement of NFPA for several revision cycles, the 2012 Edition further refines the requirements for developing and auditing the policy. The ESWP policy is not a one-size-fits-all policy to cover a company with multiple locations. For example, voltage, energy level, circuit conditions and hazard levels are different in each facility. The policy should identify

detailed information specific to that location. This may include the location of the safety policy for employee (or contractor) access, who is the onsite authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) for decisions, etc.


eveloping and auditing an ESWP policy is critical to business continuity and disaster recovery. Since creating a comprehensive program may seem overwhelming, it may be helpful to use the following guidelines to get started. 1) Facility - Includes company policies and systems regarding: • Equipment maintenance • Tools • Testing • Repairs • Clearance requirements • Safe working conditions

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2) Personnel - Focuses on actual

ees practice safe work prac-

immediate financial implica-

work practices and addresses:

tices every day. Finally, should a

tions should a disaster occur.

• Qualified and unqualified

natural disaster strike, employers


and employees should be very

• Proper care and use of PPE

familiar with emergency proce-

• Job preparedness

dures and work practices.

• Training and continuing education 3) Procedures - References on the job procedures and includes (but not limited to): • Performing energized work • De-energizing and re-energizing • Lock-out / Tag-out • Job planning • Arc flash hazard analysis • Equipment labeling • Reporting safety concerns • Recordkeeping


he employer must verify on a regular basis that each worker is complying with the

safety-related work practices required by NFPA 70E. Managers and supervisors must embed ESWP as part of their DNA, attend electrical safety training classes, and ensure all employ-

STEP 3: Emergency Action Plan


he purpose of the electrical emergency action plan (EEAP) is to understand the electrical assets, critical operational infrastructure, risks, and shortand long-term power restoration execution plans. Some of the benefits include: • Reduces time to restore short-term and long-term power most quickly and safely • Reduces uncertainties when a disaster occurs • Increases understanding


hen a natural disaster strikes, its impact on individuals, com-

munities and businesses can be devastating. Restoring electrical power is a crucial part of the recovery process. Regardless of the industry or facility type, having a detailed Electrical Safe Work Practices (ESWP) policy and an Electrical Emergency Action Plan (EEAP) can help recovery efforts.


eveloping an EEAP may seem overwhelming, but we are here to help. For

assistance in developing an EEAP for your business, contact your Shealy Electrical or EDI

of electrical assets, available

sales person today.

emergencies services, and

Scan this code for a step-by-step guide created by Schneider Electric Services to help customers be prepared in the event of an emergency.

replacement market availability • Being able to know the

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PG Series variable frequency drives (VFD) are inverterbased devic-

Phase Conversion


radtional three-phase regenerative drives cannot function as a phase

converter. APG Series drives are

es that convert single-phase input to three-phase variable frequency

drives, and doubling the HP of

output to provide speed control

the drive relative to motor HP is

for three-phase AC motors. The

not required. Regenerative three-

drives have regenerative capabil-

phase loads can now be connect-

ity, allowing regenerative power

ed to a single-phase source with

from the load to pass through the

all the benefits of a regenerative

converter back to the line-side


Save Energy


ather than burn regenerative power through a

tion of a 480V three-phase wind turbine to a 240V single-phase

purpose-built phase converting

power source



Low Harmonics


lectronic power factor correction produces a sine-wave

line-side current, greatly reducing the current distortion and line harmonics. Because of its favorable harmonic profile, input line reactors and harmonic filters are not required on the line side of an APG Series drive. Models are

Voltage Conversion


available with either an LC filter or an LCL filter. The LCL filter

ctive switching control

produces cleaner wave forms

of the line-side module

with lower harmonic distortion.

allows the drive to boost

Installations in many cases will

240V single-phase input to 480V

comply with IEEE 519, the inter-

Series regenerative drive puts the

three-phase output. Some mod-

national standard for allowable

power back onto the line. Re-

els can be specified with either a

harmonic distortion on utility

turning the regenerative power

240V or 480V line-side converter.


to the source will reduce the total

The load-side inverter is rated

power consumption of the load,

480V on all models. Voltage

saving money through reduced

doubling can realize significant

electrical power usage and also

savings from reduced wire size

simplifying the installation by

in long motor lead applications.

eliminating the braking resistor.

This feature also allows connec-

braking resistor, the APG


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“Every hour the sun beams onto Earth more than enough energy is produced to satisfy global energy and make it useable.”


t all started with energy efficient lighting and occupancy sensors. Then, Shealy installed an Electric Vehicle Charging station in the

parking lot at its Corporate Headquar-


healy’s latest energy efforts concentrate on the second largest Solar PV System installation on SCE&G’s sys-

tem. “This system will dramatically re-

“Our commitment to energy

duce the energy bill and showcase the

efficiency stretches much further than

suppliers we sell in our Clean Energy

offering solutions to our customers.

portfolio,” says Jim Woods, Director of

We must practice what we preach and

Clean Energy Programs. “We estimate

lead by example.” said President, David

that the system will generate 30% of


our average electric usage between


the three buildings that we have at our Corporate campus, and we plan to take

Solar Panels arrive at the warehouse in West Columbia!

Gregory Electric begins installation of the second largest solar installation on SCE&G’s system.

advantage of several incentives that will give us an ROI in year six of the instal-

T lation.”

he incentives that Jim refers to include a 30% Federal Tax Credit, a 25% State Tax Credit equalling to around

$3,500 a year, an Accelerated Bonus Depreciation, and funding from Palmetto Clean Energy (PaCE) that is based on the amount of power generated from the system. In addition to the solar panels, Shealy also installed a weather monitoring

“Solar energy is the cleanest and most abundant renewable energy source available, and the U.S. has some of the richest solar resources in the world.”

DC Power from the module is routed to a Solectria 60kW Inverter, where the DC power is converted to AC for Net Metering with SCE&G

The 67kW system consists of 252 SolarWOrld 265w solar modules with a standing seam roof rail racking mount.

station and revenue grade meter/energy monitoring system that will report all of


the energy production to PaCE. or more information on solar energy solutions and what will work for your business, or for a view of Shealy’s

new solar system, contact Jim Woods at

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Evolving Energy Codes Codes are evolving from prescriptive to performance based, requiring a greater understanding of available control solutions. Multi-level requirements will result in a sea-change from switching to dimming solutions. Requirements for reporting, documentation and demand response signal the need for intelligent solutions networked for single seat control and monitoring.

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Electrical Distribution News from Shealy Electrical and EDI- A Shealy Company.

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Electrical Distribution News from Shealy Electrical and EDI- A Shealy Company.