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CONTENTS

PUBLISHER

Danny J. Salchert OFFICE MANAGER

Anita Salchert CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Derek Gaylard CIRCULATION DIRECTOR

Pam Fulmer CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Gene Ellis

6 COVER STORY 6 Stainless Steel in the Electrical Industry FEATURE 14 How Prefabricated Assemblies Can Speed Up Electrical Installations By Gene Ellis

COMPANY PROFILE 28 Protect Yourself Miller Safety Consultants — A Leader in Arc Flash Protection

DEPARTMENTS 20 Industry News 30 New Products 40 Ad Index

PRESIDENT

Danny J. Salchert Executive and Advertising Offices 2009 Eagle Ridge Drive Birmingham, AL 35242 phone: 205.981.4541 fax: 205.981.4544 www.epsmag.net • danny@epsmag.net Electrical Products & Solutions™ is published twelve times a year on a monthly basis by ABD Communications, Inc., 3591 Cahaba Beach Road, Birmingham, Alabama, 35242, USA. Electrical Products & Solutions™ is distributed free to qualified subscribers. Non-qualified subscription rates are $57.00 per year in the U.S. and Canada and $84.00 per year for foreign subscribers (surface mail). U.S. Postage paid at Birmingham, Alabama and additional mailing offices. Electrical Products & Solutions™ is distributed to qualified readers in the electrical contracting industry. Publisher is not liable for all content (including editorial and illustrations provided by advertisers) of advertisements published and does not accept responsibility for any claims made against the publisher. It is the advertiser’s or agency’s responsibility to obtain appropriate releases on any item or individuals pictured in an advertisement. Reproduction of this magazine in whole or in part is prohibited without prior written permission from the publisher.

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Stainless Steel in the Electrical Industry

IF YOU HAVE BEEN SHOPPING for an appliance in the last few years you probably know stainless steel is a very popular option. While many customers choose this finish for the sleek modern aesthetics, how many shoppers have stopped to consider the benefits that popularized stainless steel in industrial kitchens and food processing plants across the globe. Benefits inherit to the stainless-steel alloy such as corrosion resistance, chemical and bacteriological neutrality (with regard to food products) and durability. Stainless steel boasts not only improved corrosion resistance and durability but it also has higher tensile strength than its carbon steel counterparts and still maintains a high level of malleability that makes forming complex shapes and welding easy. Because stainless steel prevents contamination it helps maintain the freshness of food items prepared or stored in stainless steel containers. It’s resistance to water and chemicals Continued on page 8 6

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makes it the perfect material for areas requiring frequent wash downs. In fact, the metal has proven so effective in these areas that the FDA has included stainless steel in their hygiene requirements governing food processing equipment and preparation. Stainless Steel’s use is not limited however to food processing, several other industries have similar requirements such as healthcare, pharmaceuticals, industrial refineries, tunnels, and many marine environments. Depending on the application there are various grades of stainless steel ranging from 301 to 630, with the most common two types being 304 and 316 (also known as A2 and A4). The differences between the grades can seem subtle with minute differences in the composition and presence of Minerals such as carbon, 8

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chromium and nickel, but the corrosion protection and temperature tolerances can have a huge impact in certain environments. For instance, the presence of molybdenum in stainless steel 316 provides an increased resistance to specific types of corrosion, like those caused by meat/blood and salt in foods. Even more specific is the lower carbon content in 316L vs traditional 316 stainless steel that helps prevent weld decay. There are many standards and specifications for determining if your environment requires stainless steel and to which specification it should be produced such as DIN EN ISO specs like ISO 3506. In the electrical industry our products do not store or help in the preparation of food or production of pharmaceuticals, etc., but they are in the Continued on page 12


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same environment and are required to meet the same standards. This understanding is key when selecting a manufacturer or supplier, because while it may be relatively easy to determine which spec or standard materials in the environment must adhere to it can be far harder to find a manufacturer who has a complete range of stainless steel products from soup to nuts (and bolts). This is especially true in the electrical industry where often times a stainless steel range is an afterthought or add on to the core offering. Many manufacturers and suppliers may advertise their “stainless steel range” but in fact only offer a small subset of products like straight lengths without fit12

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tings, or incomplete accessories, leaving an installer stuck mid installation scrabbling to find an alternative. These limited offerings shrink even further when you consider the need for specific grades of stainless steel such as 316 or 316L, and you can forget about ancillary products like brackets, supports, cable grips and fasteners. That’s why Chalfant Manufacturing, a member for the OBO Bettermann Group, has taken special care to ensure our stainless steel offering is not only complete but also easy to understand and feature rich. Our most popular cable tray lines such as our NEMA rated ladder trays and selfconnecting cable trays like GR-Magic® and RKS-Magic® are all available in both stain-

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less steel 304 and 316. These trays can be purchased with a full line of bends, fittings, tee’s and intersections, along with all the most popular accessories; including brackets, supports, clamps, grips fasteners and much more, over 3000 SKU’s in all. These options can be essential to maintaining the integrity of the overall electrical system, an issue often overlooked when selecting a manufacturer for a project. Does the company offer stainless steel conduit as well as cable tray? Can I purchase the strut and hangers from the same source or do I have to have multiple suppliers? Do the all parts work together as a complete system? There is a lot to consider when planning any electrical system and a bill of material can quickly increase in size and complexity. Let’s say you are planning a run of cable tray from one end of a food processing plant to the other. Your spec calls for 316 stainless steel and you have one main run of tray supported by strut with several drop off points. Consider all the individual components you need for this system to be installed. Threaded rods with hangers to support the strut, cable tray for the main run and branches, conduit running to and from the cable tray, connectors and fittings for each intersection, splice plates, nuts, bolts, drop out plates, dividers, wall brackets and hold down clamps to name a few. All these parts are in the same environment and subject to the same requirements, meaning for this installation all these parts must meet the 316 specification. It is important to make sure at the earliest stages that the manufacturers selected for this project can supply a complete range of products. A failure to do so could lead to costly change orders, project delays or a sacrifice in the quality of the installation. Just like shopping for a stainless steel appliance the local sales agent can be a useful tool to help you understand all the options a particular manufacturer might offer. They will be able to answer questions about the offering, support methods, tray styles and accessories as well as provide accurate and realistic expectations for lead times and delivery requirements. Stainless steel by nature is more expensive than other steel alloys so it’s important for all parties to know as much as possible about the requirements of the project. This will help to ensure everyone’s expectations are met and products are delivered on time and in budget. ❏


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ACS/Uni-Fab Cable Solutions™

How Prefabricated Assemblies Can Speed Up Electrical Installations By Gene Ellis

CONTRACTORS WORKING ON REPETITIVE JOBS such as apartment

complexes, condos, dorms, etc. often look for ways to speed up the electrical wiring installation. Compounding the problem is competition among contractors driving the demand for tighter budgets, faster turnaround times, and limited resources. blends in with its surroundings. Pre-fabricated assemblies and modular wiring solutions can alleviate these pain points. Many contractors choose to work with manufacturers on pre-fabricated assembly solutions to reduce onsite labor and installation times, decrease parts ordered, increase jobsite safety, and remain competitive in the marketplace. A pre-fab system takes out the guess work on how much material to purchase for a job, but there are also many other benefits. Additional benefits of pre-fabricated assemblies include: Cost-savings: Manufacturers design and pre-build the pre-fabricated solution to contractors’ exact specifications in a controlled environment and to UL procedures. The controlled environment optimizes productivity by avoiding uncontrollable fac14

tors on the jobsite and leveraging built-in efficiencies such as dedicated workstations. Every employee in the fabrication shop performs the same job, similar to an assembly line, maintaining consistency in quality and delivery times. All said, a fully engineered pre-fab solution can save up to 60% installation. Reduced labor: Utilizing pre-fabricated assemblies also provides a cost savings in the elimination of wasted motion, or unproductive labor. That is the walking around job site, going back and forth to the fabrication shop, or finding the right tools and supplies. Elimination of wasted motion allows jobsite workers to focus on more productive tasks. Contractors also benefit from the time saved by assembling products and systems off-site in a controlled environment

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not subject to fluctuations in weather or the timetable of subcontractors, which lessens the labor burden and ultimately reduces the job installation time. Reduced material mismanagement:

Branch wiring waste is one of the biggest misuses of material and causes of labor rework on the jobsite. Pre-fab gives contractors exactly what they need designed to spec, which reduces scrap material and the amount of time necessary for cleanup, and subsequently paying for labor cleanup. The cable is delivered prepped and ready to be quickly installed and final connections are ready to be made. Working with a distributor also requires different orders, multiple shipments, various boxes, and several shops and vendors to manage. Manufacturers specializing in pre-fabricated solutions Continued on page 16


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allow for one order from one vendor and kitted/packaged materials delivered based on the job schedule. Safety: Traditional installation involves roto-slitting the armor leaving sharp edges and scrap on floor, increasing the likelihood of cuts, slips, and falls. With pre-fab installation there are not mounds of scrap and wire left behind or extra boxes and pallets. It also limits the time workers have to perform tasks on ladders and lifts and in harsh elements, such as heat and rain. Pre-fabricated solutions also streamline the manufacturing process to optimize to the total project time. During the quoting process, the engineer/contractor provides the project details and specifications the manufacturing engineering team where a project manager is assigned to that job. The initial design should be reviewed closely for: • Cable lengths

• Wall thickness • Device type • Overall layout After receipt of the drawings and project requirements, the initial design process begins. A typical unit layout is generated, allowing a visual confirmation of the project scope and contractor intent. Also produced is a detail report which provides specific information about each detail represented by numbered triangles on the shop drawings. This detail number shows on both the shop drawing and the detail report and corresponds to the label on the back of each device assembly. Electronic files, if available, are recommended as they expedite the design process. The complete order is boxed and palletized per order by room number, area, section, like products, etc. to minimize sort time at the jobsite. Each box contains

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a set of shop drawings allowing the electrician to quickly identify the placement of each device assembly. These shipments are shipped direct and/or in staged shipments based on the timeline, for instance, a floor per week. Bolting a manufacturing facility onto a contractor’s shop not only provides a whole production line to leverage, but also the value-add services upfront: sales people do the quoting process, produce bills of material and material cost, provide estimated labor cost, and more. It is also advisable to work with a manufacturer in order to reap the benefits of the cost advantage of materials. Manufactures often have the competitive advantage based on buying power. Look for a manufacturer that is part of the IBEW union workforce, is trained and complies with UL standards, and has a UL listing. This allows the manufacturer to ship wiring assemblies Continued on page 18


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to the jobsite with devices wired and ready • Cable Ready Devices – Assembly refor installation and trim out. As opposed to quired with the addition of terminacontractors doing pre-fab in-house who tions outside the box, eliminating the will need to leave devices out until after need to remove the mudring. This sothe inspector does the electrical rough-in lution is best for applications that have inspection. This saves time and labor of a high degree of variety, such as a strip multiple touches and allows for the conmall. Cable Ready provides a lot of tractor to bill the customer up to the trim flexibility in how installation can be out stage faster. done. • Typical Assemblies – Devices are inHow does a contractor decide stalled, side wired, taped and include if pre-fab is right for the job? the desired length of cable. There are different levels of pre-fab. • Fully Engineered Systems – Turnkey Depending on the need of the contractor, solution with contractor/engineer workpre-fabrication options range from basic ing directly with the manufacturer to to fully engineered systems. determine requirements by room. These systems allow for three to five different • Basic Assembly – Box with brackets room types and high repeatability to get and mud ring only. the most out of labor savings. • Assembly Required Devices – Basic Type AC and MC Cables commonly assembly with the addition of installed come in 250 foot coils or 1,000 foot devices, side-wired and fitted with reels. Moving them from position to poquick connect feature. sition can be time consuming and add to

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labor expense. Using Typical Assemblies or Fully Engineered System, the length of MC Cable is pre-cut, reducing the number of coils and reels on the site that need to be transported from area to area. Whether you are working on hotels, condos, dormitories, offices, multi-family housing units and assisted living centers, pre-fabricated device assemblies enhance onsite productivity and subsequently improve cost effectiveness on projects with repetitive applications. These engineered solutions saves time and money by eliminating the need to cut branch circuit cabling and having to wait on the right components. Select a team of designers and engineers who will optimize your total project time and assure you get what you want exactly when you want it. For more information visit www.acsunifab.com. ❏ Ge Ellis is the Product Manager at ACS/Uni-Fab Cable Solutions™


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industry NEWS

Liteline Celebrates Forty Years of Lighting Innovations IN 2019, LITELINE is celebrating four decades of providing the electrical industry with innovative, no-compromise lighting solutions that help inspire and create the places that you live, work and play. Thanks to the support of its customers, Liteline’s journey continues today, under the same core principle in which it began forty years ago; finding a niche and doing it well. An unwavering commitment to listening to their customers has allowed them to provide industry-leading solutions that light up architectural, commercial, and residential spaces everyday. “We’re always looking to provide value to the market, grow and nurture our Liteline family, and ultimately build beautiful places.” says Principal of Liteline, Mark Silverstein. Having guided the company to where they are today, Founder and President,

Steve Silverstein announced his retirement in the summer of 2018. His children Daniel, Mark, and Sarah, who joined the company over 15 years ago, not only succeed him as Principals of Liteline Corporation, but also plan on continuing a long tradition of innovation, and inspiration. Liteline has plenty in-store to celebrate

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their 40th Anniversary and they are looking forward to continuing the journey of lighting up architectural, commercial, retail and residential spaces together with you. Join them in celebrating 40 years of lighting innovations at Liteline. Visit www.liteline.com/40 for more information. ❏


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Nora Lighting® Celebrates 30 Years of Success With Renewed Commitment to Service, Quality, Value

Neda, Jilla and Fred Farzan celebrate Nora Lighting’s 30th year in business at a Lightovation open house.

NORA LIGHTING FOUNDERS pansion of Nora’s already-comprehensive hats: Fred helped load customer trucks Fred and Jilla Farzan, along with daughter Neda Farzan, head of Nora Business Development, are celebrating the company’s 30th year in business with a renewed Commitment to Service, Quality and Value, a phrase that has defined the company and its product line over three decades. Under the direction of Nora CEO and President Fred Farzan and Executive Vice President Jilla Farzan, the Nora brand has become synonymous with the industry’s most complete line of energy-saving LED products for residential and commercial installations. This 30th year will see the further ex-

line of LED products, along with a newly re-engineered integrated assembly center. A state-of-the-art lighting showroom and training facility are also scheduled to open this year at the Commerce, CA, headquarters. A Family Business From The Start Launched in a small storefront in West Los Angeles, CA, Nora Lighting has been a family business from the start. Jilla Farzan oversaw the entire operation from purchasing to sales and shipping until Fred joined Nora full-time in 1993. In those days, the Farzans wore many

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with products at the dock while Jilla prepared the company’s first 20-page catalog. Today, the Nora Buyer’s Guide has more than 400 pages. “We have been very fortunate to remain a family-owned and operated business for 30 years,” says Fred Farzan, “From the beginning, we worked to define the character of the company and stay true to our motto: Large Enough To Do It Right, Small Enough to Care,” he said. In 2001, Nora moved to a spacious 150,000 square-foot facility in Commerce, just south of Los Angeles. Today, the Nora team is 150 people Continued on page 24


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industry NEWS Nora Lighting® Celebrates Continued from page 22 strong and the company utilizes nine distribution centers throughout the United States. Originially a residential lighting company with just two housings and two trims, Nora has become an industry leader in the development of energy-efficient residential, commercial, retail, hospitality and healthcare lighting. “The secret to the company’s success has been our extended family,” says Neda. “At Nora, we treat everyone with respect and honesty, like our own family. That includes customers, reps, staff and vendors. And in return, we earn their trust.” Neda joined the Nora team in 2013 after working in corporate consulting and completing her M.B.A. at the Columbia University School of Business. Born Neda Nora Farzan, she proudly shares her name with the company. “Nora means light in Hebrew,” she noted.

A Dedicated Team of Professionals “Nora Lighting is officially a second-generation family business,” says Jilla Farzan. “We are committed to staying true to our core values over the next 30 years and will continue to design and develop innovative and energy-efficient luminaires for all applications and price points.” “Nora could never have accomplished so much without the support of our dedicated staff,” says Fred Farzan. “We have been very lucky in assembling a team of experienced professionals who have helped Nora Lighting become both an industry and community leader,” he says. The company has more than 30 employees who have worked with Nora for more than 10 years, and six team members who have been with Nora for more than 20 years. Since the company’s founding, Nora Lighting has supported community programs and philanthropic organizations

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across the country. Under the direction of Jilla Farzan, the Nora Community Outreach Program has offered support through product donations and financial aid to groups such as Habitat for Humanity and many others. Nora’s newest LED catalog showcases the company’s extensive LED product line, which includes: LED dedicated and retrofit downlights; smart RGBW LED downlights; LED track and rail fixtures; LED edge-lit panels; LED center basket troffers; LED MLS (multi-lighting systems); LED linear and under cabinet lightbars; LED high lumen RLM shades; LED puck lights; LED high-output, Hy-Brite, sidelit, CCT (color correlated) RGB, RGBW and standard tape lights; LED pendants; LED cylinders; LED step lights; and LED emergency/exit signs. For more information, please visit www.noralighting.com. ❏


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industry NEWS

NSI Industries Appoints Melissa McGinnis as Customer Service Manager NSI Industries, LLC, a leading proven results, skills and experience will provider of electrical and control products, be an asset to ensuring a positive experirecently announced the appointment of ence for our customers. We’re excited to have her a part of our team.” Melissa McGinnis as the Prior to joining NSI, company’s customer serMcGinnis was a customer vice manager. McGinnis service manager for Merck brings over 10 years of exSharp & Dohmne Corp. and perience in customer care started her career with Food and team management and Lion, holding positions in will responsible for overaccounting and as a memseeing the Customer Serber service representative. vice and Inside Sales Most recently she was the Department. customer care manager for “Melissa is distinctly a chemical company in qualified to lead our NSI North Carolina. customer service team with Melissa McGinnis McGinnis received her her experience in customer bachelor’s degree in Business care, management and accounting,” said Josh Ohlinger, vice presi- Management from Catawba College in dent, Operations, NSI Industries. “Her North Carolina. She will be based at NSI’s

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corporate headquarters in Huntersville, North Carolina. For additional information on NSI Industries, visit www.nsiindustries.com. ❏

About NSI Industries: NSI Industries is

a leading provider of electrical products covering over 25 product categories, addressing all the needs of electrical contractors and their customers. NSI’s has many innovative and respected products and brands including: TORK® mechanical and digital time switches, photocontrols and occupancy sensors; WarriorWrap™ electrical tapes; and Polaris™, the original preinsulated connector. Providing over 40 years of innovative, profitable and quality solutions to its distributor partners, NSI’s sustained level of success is attributable to a constant focus on its distributor partnerships and helping them find new ways to be successful.


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company PROFILE

Miller Safety Consultants

Protect Yourself Miller Safety Consultants — A Leader in Arc Flash Protection VINCE MILLER STARTED MILLER SAFETY CONSULTANTS, a

veteran owned business in 1999. The goal of the business was to provide cost effective safety consulting, employee training such as: confined space entry, fall protection, electrical safety and provide sales of electrical shock and flash protective equipment and fall protection equipment to businesses in the Washington DC area. Reliance Industries provided fall protection products and much of the sales and training was on behalf of the supplier. In 2000, the owner decided to retire from his business, and Vince decided to discontinue the fall protection line of his business and concentrate more in the electrical training and products. Vince had been a distributor for Certified Insulated Products (CIP), a manufacturer of electrical insulated tools and electrical arc flash clothing manufactured by Otex in Rochester, New York. As a distributor, Vince provided sales through his internet website and much through relationships with electrical contractors. His training was a classroom environment and was provided directly to customers but he also taught as a sub-contractor for other safety consulting companies and the Chesa-

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peake Safety Council in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2005, Vince partnered with Vivid Learning Systems in Cascades, Washington to provide on-line training in safe work practices. Training in electrical safe work practices is still provided locally in the Washington DC area and as a partner with an electrical engineering firm and online. The training is based on the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) standards and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70E standard. Miller Safety Consultants is now a distributor for Cementex USA, Burlington, New Jersey, for insulated tools and equipment and clothing from OTEX Protective, Rochester, New York. The majority of his sales of products are from the web-based store. Cementex is na-

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tionally known for their quality equipment. Otex Protective is becoming more known for their quality clothing. For years, they have manufactured their products under other provider labels. Vince chose to not create his clothing line, but to sell the manufacturer product. Vince has worked with many electrical company employees to fine-tune the clothing to be more comfortable for the user. Working closely with the manufacturer, they have made slight changes in how the cloth pattern was modified to meet final production. An example is the lightweight 40 Calorie vented hood offered by Otex. The material is of the latest technology. The vented assembly is constructed for balance on the back of the hardhat and the airflow is 27 CFM to prevent fogging of the face shield and provide cooling to the worker. It took over a year to develop the product with the user prior to having the hood “flash tested”. This product is now standard issue with many electrical contractors. Being a small business and having quality providers has resulted in satisfied customers for Miller Safety Consultants. Being a direct supplier for OTEX Protective, another small business means customized customer needs can be met. ❏ For more information, visit Miller Safety Consultants at: www.electricalsafetysupply.com, email Vince at: sales@millersafetyltd.com or give him a call at (703)367-0404.


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new PRODUCTS DEWALT® Brightens Jobsites with 20V MAX* Tool Connect™ All-Purpose Light Adding to the growing 20V MAX* System that includes over 180 products DEWALT announces the 20V MAX* Tool Connect™ All-Purpose Light (DCL074), an LED that emits 5,000 lumens of natural white light. It features Bluetooth® connectivity that provides tracking and setting control through the free mobile TOOL CONNECT™ app. Users can fine-tune light output to match their environment with the All-Purpose Light’s three variable brightness settings. Featuring an impact-resistant lens and durable “roll cage” design, it’s made to withstand demanding jobsite conditions with IP54 dust and water resistance. The All-Purpose Light can also be hung via an integrated rafter hook for multiple lighting position, or, it can be used freestanding or tripod-mounted (tripod sold separately). Using the 20V MAX* 6.0Ah Lithium Ion Battery (DCB206 sold separately) on low setting, the 20V MAX* Tool Connect™ All-Purpose Light runs for up to 11 hours. It is also compatible with all DEWALT 20V MAX* and DEWALT FLEXVOLT® Batteries. At only 8.6 lbs. (bare tool), the 20V MAX* Tool Connect™ All-Purpose Light is a lightweight yet durable solution for a wide variety of applications. It will be available in early 2019 for $199 MSRP (DCL074), battery and charger sold separately. It comes standard with a three-year limited warranty, one-year free service contract and 90-day money-back guarantee. *Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 20 volts. Nominal voltage is 18. The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by DEWALT is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners. For more information, visit www.dewalt.com

New Galvan Ground Clamps Solve NEC 250.70 Compliance Problem With UL Listing For Copper, Galvanized And Stainless Steel Rods NEC 250.70 Methods of Grounding and Bonding Conductor Connection To Electrodes clearly states, “Ground clamps shall be listed for the materials of the grounding electrode.” The problem is that most ground rod clamps are actually listed only for copper-coated rods. If one of these clamps is used with a galvanized or stainless steel ground rod, the installation does not meet code. Galvan Industries has solved this problem for electricians and electrical inspectors. Galvan’s new G-5 and SRC ground clamps are listed for copper coated, galvanized and stainless steel ground rods in both the United States and Canada. They are also listed for rebar (UFER) grounds. The listing includes direct burial in earth and concrete. The SRC’s UL listing covers use with ½-inch to ¾-inch copper-coated, galvanized and stainless steel rods, plus ¾-inch “full size” galvanized rods (0.750 - 0.765). In addition, the listing covers sizes #4, #5 and #6 rebar. The new G-5 is listed for ½-inch to 5/8-inch copper-coated, galvanized and stainless steel rods, 5/8-inch UL galvanized rods (0.539 to 0.555) and 5/8-inch “full size” galvanized rods ((0.625 -0.640). They are also listed for #4 rebar. Because of their wide UL listing range, the new Galvan G-5 and SRC eliminate the need to inventory other ground rod clamps. This saves money for both distributors and installers, and reduces errors caused by shipping or using the wrong clamp. New Galvan G-5 and SRC ground clamps are made in the USA. They meet the Buy American Requirement under Section 1605 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, and the Buy America Act, United States Codes 23 USC 313 and Code of Federal Regulations 23 CFR 635.410. Galvan products are stocked at strategic sites around the country to assure fast deliveries. For more information, visit www.galvanelectrical.com 30

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New Fifth Generation EMC Cable Gland Joins Accessory Portfolio EMC Grounding Strap also added to the accessory product lineup HELUKABEL, one of the leading global manufacturers and suppliers of cable, wires and accessories, recently announced that it’s added two new cable accessories to its product portfolio – the HELUTOP MS-EP5 and the Cu Grounding Strap. The HELUTOP MS-EP5 is a fifth generation EMC gland that is used to ground a cable system and protect against EMC noise when bringing cables into panels or enclosures, while providing strain relief. The nickel-plated brass cable gland is IP68 – 5 bar rated and is cable of performing in environments that range in temperature from -40°C to +100°C. It is ideal for application areas such as manufacturing facilities, wind turbines, and railway engineering to name a few. The three main advantages when using the MS-EP5: Maximizing the number of EMC contacts – Increasing the total contact area between the cable’s shield and gland significantly improves the EMC protection at high frequencies. Strengthened EMC contacts – This reduces ohmic resistance, voltage drop and heat loss in applications that experience heavy mechanical stress, e.g. strong vibrations. Flexible contact system – This prevents damage to the shield during cable installation, which could impact EMC protection. The new Cu Grounding Strap is made from tinned copper and can be used in temperatures between -20°C to +125°C. It is ideal for eliminating EMC interference from ground loop, which can result from poor grounding in industrial applications such as the automotive industry, robotics and control panel building. It ranges in size from 10 – 4 AWG and comes in lengths between 100 and 500 mm. Additional sizes and lengths are available on request. HELUKABEL USA, Inc. is the wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of HELUKABEL GmbH, a leading international manufacturer of cables and wires with 30 locations throughout the world. For more information, visit www.helukabel.com FOR FREE INFO, CIRCLE 46 ON READER SERVICE CARD

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new PRODUCTS Eaton’s 9SX UPS Eaton has announced the launch of its 9SX UPS, providing up to 28 percent more wattage compared to traditional UPSs and ABM technology that can increase battery service life by 50 percent. Building on Eaton’s 9-series of reliable, efficient UPS solutions, the 9SX offers the robust double-conversion, online power protection needed for medical, light industrial, automation and mission critical IT applications – all together in a convenient tower form factor. The 9SX UPS also provides: Automated power delivery, utilizing switchable, programmable outlets without the need of a third party device or PDU The ability to maximize uptime with remote monitoring and management Simplified UPS monitoring with an advanced LCD interface For more information, visit switchon.eaton.com

Osram Presents Long-life LED for General Lighting Applications Osconiq S3030 enables customers to build luminaires with optimum quality, extra-long life and exceptional robustness Osram Opto Semiconductors, a leader in the optoelectronic industry, recently announced its entry into the mid-power LED market with its Osconiq S3030. To address shifting LED market requirements, these LEDs are state-of-the-art components designed to meet professional demands in a variety of dynamic general lighting applications and are characterized by long life, high performance and first-class reliability. Ideal for use in outdoor and industrial lighting, the Osconiq S3030 offers customers LED light of the highest quality and exceptional durability, even in extreme operating conditions. The components provide flexibility in forward voltage and luminous flux, which enable the LEDs long lifetime of 75,000 hours, even at high temperatures. Together with an optimized phosphor, lead frame and chip design, the development of the Osconiq S3030 raises LED technology to a new level of performance with an impressive efficiency of 146 lm/W. The 0.2 W applications are especially suitable for direct lighting and fluorescent tube replacement. Overall, Osconiq S3030 achieves competitive values for reliability, lifetime and brightness. “In keeping up with the latest market demands, the Osconiq S3030 takes professional lighting solutions to another level in both outdoor and indoor uses, as well as industrial applications,” said Todd Bartol, North America Director of General Lighting at Osram Opto Semiconductors. “Our customers benefit from our unique Osram-designed sapphire chip and robust silicone that enable the stability of LED lighting.” Osconiq S3030 is available in two versions (CRI 70 or 80) with a power rating of 1.0 W at 6 V and a luminous flux of 138 to 148 lm. The footprint of both versions is comparatively small at 3.0 mm x 3.0 m x 3.0 mm. The color temperature ranges from 2,700 to 6,500 K. The beam angle of 120° and the extremely low thermal resistance of around 8.9 K/W make the LED ideal for outdoor lighting. In addition to the technical improvements, Osconiq S3030 features professional grade materials such as high-quality long-life packaging subcomponents and proprietary coatings. These materials have been validated by extensive testing under extreme overload conditions. What’s more, the EMC (epoxy molding compound) lead frame material provides the basis for much longer life and better reliability than conventional PPA and PCT materials. For more information, visit www.osram.com 32

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new PRODUCTS Bosch GCL100-80CG (green beam) and Bosch GCL100-80C (red beam) 12V Max Combination Cross-Line Lasers Offer Full-Function Performance and Connectivity All-in-one lasers offer the range, runtime and flexibility that professional users demand The Bosch GCL100-80CG 12V Max (green beam) and Bosch GCL100-80C 12V Max (red beam) Connected Cross-Line Lasers with Plumb Points deliver all-in-one versatility that combines cross-line laser precision and two laser plumb points. Each laser projects visible lines up to 100 Ft.; the green beam option offers a line that’s 4X brighter than standard red beams. Both units have red points. These tools feature Bosch-exclusive VisiMax™ technology, which monitors tool temperature and power consumption to deliver the brightest line for the job. In addition, the two lasers feature Bosch 12V Max Lithium-ion power for extended runtime. And users can connect the laser to their smart phone with the free Bosch Levelling Remote App (available at the Apple App Store® and the Google Play™ Store) to increase precision and productivity on the jobsite. The lasers can work with an optional Bosch laser receiver (LR 6 or LR8) to extend that range to 165 Ft. Click to Tweet: Bosch GCL100-80CG 12 Max (green beam) and Bosch GCL100-80C 12V Max (red beam) Connected Cross-Line Lasers with Plumb Points deliver all-in-one versatility. #Bosch #BoschtoolsNA #VisimaxLeveling The Bosch GCL100-80CG 12V Max and Bosch GCL100-80C 12V Max Connected Cross-Line Lasers with Plumb Points are ideal for the user who works a variety of jobs involving plumbing, leveling and aligning. The two lines are precisely level and plumb thanks to a self-leveling system that also indicates when the tool is out of level. The devices also are equipped with an integrated one-switch locking pendulum that allows safe tool transport. Included with the kit is the RM 2 Magnetic Rotating Mount, which rotates 360° with a fine adjustment knob. For more information, visit www.boschtools.com

New 80W, Ultra Wide Input Voltage Range DC-DC Converter from Gaia-Converter Simplifies Input Transient Protections Gaia Converter extends its ultra wide input voltage range DC/DC Converters platform to the new High Rel MGDD-80 series, targeting Military and Airborne applications. Uniquely wide, the MGDD-80 Series 9-60V & 80V transient input voltage range is ideal to comply with Mil-Std-1275, 704 or DO-160 standards without additional front end protection device. This unique performance is achieved thanks to Gaia’s proprietary switching techniques while also keeping efficiency over 90%. With 2 outputs (for parallel, serial or symmetrical operation) of 5V, 12V, 15V and 24V, they can cover a wide variety of needs such as single 5 to 48V output, +&- 15V or 2x24V outputs for example. Packaged in a 2”x1.6” housing, the MGDD-80 Series have a wide temperature range of -55°C to +105°C and are potted to fit rugged Military and Airborne environmental conditions. The units are full featured and protected with zero to full load regulation, Trim, Synchro & On/Off capability, adjustable UVLO, soft start, embedded EMI filter as well as over-current and over-temperature protection. They can also be synchronized and/or paralleled for added power or N+1 redundancy. Designed for rugged applications, the MGDD-80 series do not use any optocoupler. About GAIA Converter Gaia Converter was created in the early 1990’s. Since that time the company has developed one of the most comprehensive ranges of modular power components in the electronics market place. Gaia Converter also brought to the market its now well established concept of Modular Power Architecture simplifying the design of complex power supplies. With more than 5 000 standard power component references serving the industrial, transportation, aerospace and military markets, Gaia Converter is recognised as one of the world leaders of “power module” solutions. For more information, visit www.gaia-converter.com 34

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new PRODUCTS NewKleins - Increase Precision and Control When Working in Confined Spaces Klein Tools, for professionals since 1857, introduces the Precision Flush Cutter for increased control when working in confined spaces. The tool’s heat-treated knife design maximizes durability, and its ultra-slim, lightweight profile offers a unique solution for jobs that demand precision and control. Precision Flush Cutters (Cat. No. D275-5) • Improved knife design snips wire up to 16 AWG to produce flat, flush cuts • Ultra-slim profile enables work in confined spaces • Comfortable grips provide greater tool control • Pinch cutting greatly reduces cutting effort and minimizes fly-off • Heat treated cutting blades increase durability • Steel return spring makes repetitive, all-day cutting easier • Perfect for cutting small wire, zip ties and other fine materials “Klein Tools’ team of engineers, craftsmen and workers developed the new Precision Flush Cutter to enable extended work in hard-to-reach spaces,” says Austin Minor, associate product manager at Klein Tools. “Features include an ultra-slim design and heat-treated cutting blades for added control and durability. This U.S.-made tool equips professionals with the precision needed to get the job done when cutting small wires, zip ties and other fine materials.” For more information, visit www.kleintools.com/new-products

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new PRODUCTS Platinum Tools® Launches Shielded Cat6A/7 RJ45 Modular Connector; Now Available Designed to Terminate Round Solid or Stranded, 28 – 26 AWG, Cat6A/7 Network Cable; Meets and Exceeds 10Gig Performance Standards Platinum Tools®, the leader in solutions for the preparation, installation, hand termination and testing of wire and cable, is proud to announce the launch of the new shielded Cat6A/7 RJ45 (8P8C) modular connector (p/n 106240). The new connector is now available. “Our new shielded Cat6A/7 RJ45 modular connector is designed to terminate round solid or stranded, 28 – 26 AWG, Cat6A/7 network cable,” said John Phillips, Platinum Tools, Inc. product manager. “The connector contains 3-Prong contacts that hold the wire in place giving a reliable connection, and meets and exceeds 10Gig performance standards.” Additional features and specifications include: • Cable jacket outer diameter size range: 0.224in. – 0.335in. (5.7mm – 8.5mm) • Insulation diameter (conductor) size range: 0.037in. – 0.041in. (0.94mm – 1.05mm) • Designed for both shielded and unshielded cabling • Compatible with CAT7, CAT6A, CAT6E, and CAT6 • Meets ANSI/EIA/TIA/TAA specifications • Round solid and stranded, 28–26 AWG • Shielded connector, external ground • 3-prong, 50 micron gold plated contacts • 3 piece with liner and spacer bar • UL and RoHS/FCC compliant • Color: clear/transparent • Compatible crimp tool: Tele-Titan™ Xg 2.0 Crimp Tool (P/N 12516C) For more information, visit www.platinumtools.com

Introduction of the Vigilant® Automatic Transfer Switch Ronk Electrical Industries Inc, a leading manufacturer of manual double-throw switches, has announced the launch of Vigilant Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS), recently acquired from Milbank Manufacturing. The Vigilant ATS automatically transfers critical loads in the event of a power outage. All units now come standard as NEMA 3R and UL listed 1008. The contractor friendly construction and design is suited for residential, agricultural, commercial and light industrial applications. Full production of the 100 A, 200 A and 400 A units began in January 2019 at the Nokomis, IL facility. Units are in stock and ready to ship. 600 A units will begin production Spring 2019. Tom Giordano, Ronk national sales manager: “For many years, satisfied buyers have placed their confidence and trust in Ronk’s reliable products and this is an additional high-quality line that we can now provide to them.” For more information, visit www.ronkelectrical.com

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