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CONTENTS

PUBLISHER

Danny J. Salchert OFFICE MANAGER

Anita Salchert CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Derek Gaylard CIRCULATION DIRECTOR

Pam Fulmer CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

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Dennis Boone • Brian Astl • Bill Brosius

COVER STORY 6 An Unlikely Industrial Lighting Solution By Dennis Boone

FEATURE 12 Purpose-built LED Lighting

is a Better Choice for Jobsites

By Brian Astl

FEATURE 18 LED Technology Gives Contractors Flexible Entry Points By Bill Brosius

COMPANY PROFILE 22 Protect Yourself Miller Safety Consultants — A Leader in Arc Flash Protection

DEPARTMENTS 24 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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ON THE COVER Photo courtesy of Chalfant Mfg.

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Chalfant Mfg.

An Unlikely Industrial Lighting Solution By Dennis Boone, Vice President Sales and Marketing

OPEN CEILINGS, EXPOSED BEAMS, rafters and structural steel, all elements that lend to an industrial look popular in today’s interior spaces. From converted warehouses to modern cafés and chic studio lofts it is hard to avoid the modern industrial aesthetic (nor would we want to). While these spaces may look unfinished or rough they are anything but. Much attention to detail goes into every aspect of these interiors. As Louis Sullivan one famously put it “form ever follows function”. Though this quote is often misattributed to Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe the President of the Bauhaus and often mis quoted as with the omission of the word “ever”, it is undeniable the concept is true. This is clearly ev6

ident in today’s architectural designs where structural elements in their purely functional form become corner stones of their interiors. The same open ceilings and exposed walls that allow these structural and industrial elements to show through also

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present their designers with the challenge of concealing the inner workings of a building that are often hastily installed in these areas. Supporting lights, hiding unsightly pipes and conduit, and concealing wires and even sprinkler systems all require special attention and consideration not to mention precise planning. Through working directly with a number of prominent architectural firms around the world Chalfant Manufacturing and OBO Bettermann have been providing a rather unlikely solution to these problems; cable trays. Continued on page 8


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port chains, hangers or conduit. The wires and cables can run through the tray and directly into the fixture all completely out of sight while providing a key design element. Cable trays also offer a number of additional benefits such as their ability to act as an equipment ground conductor (when you select a UL classified brand) or available corrosion resistant finishes such as zinc galvanized, stainless steel and powder coated options (in any RAL color). The usefulness of cable trays does not end with supporting light fixtures, they can also be used to hide pipes, tubes, wires or other unsightly fixtures in an exposed ceiling. In the interior renovations and expansion at a renowned college in Wellesley Massachusetts, we worked with a prominent Philadelphia architect who brilliantly used our cable tray system to hide unsightly pipes as well as support light fixtures. We performed stress tests at our in-house certified test center to ensure the tray was robust enough to support the light fixtures mounted to the bottom. The final design called for our ventilated tray in a white powder coat finish and used our concealed hangers. At another university interior renovation an architectural firm wanted to use our tray to conceal the water pipes of the sprinkler system. The design called for holes to be cut in the bottom of the tray where the sprinkler heads were mounted. Because the tray was not used as a structural or mechanical support the installers were able to take liberties with the installation of the tray such as making larger Continued on page 10 than normal cut outs.

Cable trays can be a perfect solution for many of these applications including supporting light fixtures. The ventilated style popularized in Europe is especially well suited for these applications. The solid single sheet design provides the strength required to support the fixture and the hole patterns allows for almost unlimited anchoring points. Because the lights are affixed to the tray there is no need to run additional sup8

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In the end the cable tray beautifully concealed the pipes and the architect’s vision was achieved. Throughout Europe and on a number of projects in the USA, companies and architects have implored similar creative design ideas re-imaging the use of our cable tray systems in their interior spaces, performing simple functions such as mounting exit and pathway lighting and signs, to concealing data and fiber optic cables running along exposed exterior walls and ceilings to more ambitious projects where the cable tray take center stage in the interior design. Chalfant Manufacturing a member of the OBO Bettermann Group has been working with architects for years to create some of the most pleasing and creative uses of cable tray in interior spaces. Our patented self -connecting RKS-Magic® line installs in a single snap and eliminates the need for nuts and bolts at each joint, further adding to the seamless appearance. Our friendly experienced staff can assist in selecting the right design and our in10

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house certified BET Test center and help with load testing and other requirements. Our cable trays meet all industry standards including UL classification, NEMA load

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ratings, they are VDE-tested to DIN EN IEC 61537:2007 and are tested for EMC impulse currents. To learn more visit www.chalfant-obo.com ❏


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Lind Equipment

Purpose-built LED Lighting is a Better Choice for Jobsites By Brian Astl, President, The LED Jobsite by Lind Equipment

SAVING TIME AND MONEY ON A JOBSITE are important con-

siderations for project owners, and it is prudent for contractors to show how they can cut expenses and increase site efficiency. Today’s LED jobsite lighting options are making it easier to reduce waste, save energy and increase worker productivity—as well as reuse lighting on the next job. Although the advantages are often dovetailed, below is a breakdown of how value is added to projects when electrical contractors utilize purpose-built LED lighting. 12

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A purpose-built asset for the construction site. In the past, traditional,

bulb-based jobsite lighting was considered temporary and disposable—a cheaply made consumable that was charged fully to the client for a single job and then thrown away once the job was complete. Today, however, high-quality LED jobsite lighting products are built to withstand the abuse of Continued on page 14


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the elements and the jobsite. Their long life and durable, weatherproof construction make them depreciable assets rather than throw-away consumables. Not to mention that even the initial costs of purpose-built LED lighting can actually be less than traditional jobsite lighting. Reusable products. Quality construction is a key reason why purpose-built LED lighting has transformed jobsite lighting solutions from disposable products to reusable assets. Plus, some advanced purpose-built lighting products are designed with the option to be daisychained together to allow for easy setup and then effortless redesign as a job progresses. No lights are caught between walls and ductwork. Compare these advantages to string lighting, which has long been the norm on construction sites. Anybody who has worked with string lighting knows that it is cumbersome to install and difficult to salvage. Cords get caught behind walls and ductwork, resulting in cords cut and the lighting thrown away. 14

When the same lighting can be moved to different areas throughout a project and reused on new projects, the labor and materials savings are immense. Reduced labor/increased productivity. A typical jobsite uses a variety of

bulb-based temporary lighting products, many of which (like string lighting) are labor-intensive to install and maintain. Often, the lighting may need to be repositioned as the project progresses, which is difficult to do with string lights or tower lights. Bulbs may need to be replaced often—so often, in fact, that it is necessary to maintain a stock of replacement bulbs and assign someone to replace broken or burned-out bulbs throughout the day. This translates to excessive labor as well as materials costs. Purpose-built LED lighting reduces installation points on a 25:1 ratio, illuminating 2500 sq. ft. up to 5 fc. Fewer circuits are required, the need for hard wiring/junction boxes is eliminated and the lighting is easy to move as the job evolves. Also, there are no bulbs to

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change. As a result, labor is reduced by up to 90 percent—not just during installation but also during the job and at takedown. LED lighting also is typically more compact and lightweight than traditional lighting. Some LED lighting tower models, for instance, can be lifted onto the back of a pickup truck for easy transportation and then moved around the site by hand. It’s no longer necessary to have employees manage the time-consuming task of towing a traditional light tower to the jobsite behind a truck and bringing it off site for refueling and repairs. With LED portable lighting, less time is wasted. Additionally, purpose-built LED lighting has other, less obvious advantages that directly affect worker productivity. For instance, metal halide bulbs can be slow to start and slow to reach full brightness, particularly in cold weather. LED lighting doesn’t have this limitation and immediately turns on to full brightness, even in cold weather. Plus, the directional charContinued on page 16 acter of LED lighting


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means lighting can be focused where it is needed most. These factors create a better-lit environment that improves overall workmanship and productivity. Reduced energy costs. Traditional bulb-based lighting systems come with excessive external costs. They waste significant amounts of energy through heat and the emitting of non-directional light. The energy savings that result from LED lighting can potentially add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars on long-running projects. In fact, the energy savings alone will pay for the whole costs of the lights within a short time frame—usually within nine months. As an example, metal halide bulbs use a massive amount of energy, and the bulbs often break or burn out on the jobsite. Light towers, such as those containing two or four 1000-watt metal halide lamps, are powered by large generators. The cost of purchasing or renting a generator is significant, plus it must be kept fueled and running. Manpower is necessary to operate and maintain generator lights. Today’s purpose-built LED light towers, on the other hand, are much more energy-efficient. They can produce the same amount of usable light while consuming 80 percent less energy than traditional options. They also provide better light dispersion, so fewer towers are needed on a jobsite. Safer jobsites. Another factor to consider is when a hot bulb makes contact with skin, it can result in a significant burn. If any flammable material is near a bulb, there’s potential for a fire. Quality LEDs do not bring these dangers to the jobsite because they generate very little heat. Also, compact fluorescent and metal-halide bulbs contain mercury and toxic heavy metals and emit UV radiation. 16

Workers can be exposed to these toxins having the right lighting equipment on site. when bulbs break. Also, when bidding new jobs, this information can provide a competitive adHow Projects Benefit vantage. Contractors who have an accurate Lighting is a necessary but often over- bill of materials for lighting can easily callooked component of an overall project. culate the estimated energy savings to inEven though bulb-based lighting is clude in project bids. cheaper upfront, it will end up costing the Electrical contractors who choose qualproject much more in the end with in- ity LED products for jobsite lighting can creased labor, materials and energy costs. create a win-win for everyone on the proLED lighting will help a jobsite run more ject—the project owner saves money, laefficiently. borers save time and contractors gain a A real-life example of the savings that value-added service. When selecting jobcan occur with using purpose-built LED site lighting, be sure to ensure products jobsite lighting is the Keeyask Project, a meet all regulatory OSHA requirements, 695-megawatt (MW) hydroelectric gener- carry the proper electrical certifications ating station located about 450 miles north and are approved for outdoor use. ❏ of Winnipeg on the lower Nelson River in Canada. Reducing energy usage during About the Author: Brian Astl is construction is a great concern on this site, president of Lind Equipment, home of as it is in a remote location and power The LED Jobsite, Williamsville, N.Y., costs are at a high premium. This project is and Markham, Ontario, Canada. He can using LED jobsite lighting and has so far be reached at BAstl@lindequipment.net realized more than $300,000 in electricity or 877.475.5463 x 224. Astl holds an savings. Live tracking of the environmen- MBA from Harvard and is a recipient of tal savings can be found at http://www.led- the Clean50 award, which offers jobsite.com/keeyask-dam-led-jobsite. recognition to Canada’s leaders in sustainability.

How Contractors Benefit

Collaborating with the project developer on lighting creates a competitive advantage for the electrical contractor and assures the client that value is being considered wherever possible. Some portable LED lighting manufacturers provide free lighting layout services. Take advantage of this offering to have an accurate bill of materials for the lights your project needs, along with a layout plan that factors in items, such as locations of power sources, best installation points and the number of lights per circuit. This preplanning saves significant time during installation and reduces the chance of not

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About Lind and The LED Jobsite:

For almost 70 years, Lind Equipment has manufactured portable lighting and electrical equipment for the toughest jobsites. Established as leaders in LED construction lighting, Lind Equipment uses groundbreaking engineering to keep prices affordable for the contractor while increasing quality in durability and functionality. For more information, contact 877-475-LIND, info@lindequipment.net, or go to www.ledjobsite.com. View our live counter of reduced energy usage and reduced carbon emissions or our video.


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Universal Lighting Technologies

LED Technology Gives Contractors Flexible Entry Points By Bill Brosius

THINK OF LED LIGHTING as the “gradual” revolution. Electrical

contractors don’t have to go all-in overnight. They can enter the LED world in an unhurried way, based largely on available rebates and what their customers have in mind. 18

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Contractors can start one lamp at a time if they choose, replacing a fluorescent lamp with a T8 LED lamp. That’s the simplest and least expensive option. But in this scenario, Continued on page 20


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they have to consult checklists to make sure the lamp and ballast are compatible. And what do they do when the ballast eventually fails? Another option is to use an LED replacement kit. This gives contractors dimming capability and long lamp life – and it works from the get-go with an LED driver. Contractors can also choose to install replacement LED luminaires. This can dramatically change the look and feel of the lighted space, and it gives contractors the most upgrade for the dollar. There are obviously pros and cons with each solution. If you’re just swapping out a fluorescent lamp for an LED lamp, check to see if there are tube rebates in your area. If so, you’ll likely get very rapid payback. An LED replacement kit delivers much better lumen maintenance than a replacement T8 lamp because it handles the thermal aspects of LED better. It works with the LED driver to give full dimming ca-

An LED replacement kit delivers much better lumen maintenance than a replacement T8 lamp because it handles the thermal aspects of LED better. pability – and is often rebated. Most manufacturers now offer two types of replacement LED luminaires: a general-purpose type with a prismatic lens and an architectural design. Both come in 2x2 and 2x4 sizes that drop easily into the ceiling. A single T8 replacement lamp costs about six dollars, but it allows a contractor to cut energy costs in half. A replacement LED luminaire runs about $90 to $100, but it offers the dual benefit of improved looks and energy savings. Plus rebates are

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much larger when you replace the entire luminaire. With LED technology, contractors can choose to either make a modest investment or enjoy the benefits of a brand-new fixture, warranty and aesthetic. They have complete flexibility to choose the option that bests suits the application. ❏ Bill Brosius is vice president of key accounts and business development at Universal Lighting Technologies in Nashville, Tenn.


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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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industry NEWS

Topaz Appoints Executive Vice President Glen Kruse to Oversee Sales, Marketing and Product Management GLEN KRUSE has joined Topaz Kruse began his career as an electrical enas Executive Vice President of Sales, gineer and designed air traffic control sysMarketing and Product Management. This tems that were deployed through most of appointment will accelerate the airports in the US. He led Topaz’s growth as the comthe development of Homepany continues to expand its Works Interactive at Lutron product categories and before getting promoted to run strengthens its relationships the Home Systems business with all stakeholders in the unit. Kruse later led Acuity distribution channel. Downlighting as it entered the Kruse has a strong backera of LED lighting. Kruse ground in general managewas then promoted to ment of industry-leading VP&GM of Controls, Systems Glen Kruse product companies in lightand Services, consolidating ing, controls, and IoT. He Acuity’s growing portfolio of earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Controls companies. Most recently he Engineering from the University of Mary- served as Chief Product Officer at InVue, land and an MBA from The Wharton bringing IoT capabilities to the company’s School at the University of Pennsylvania. retail security products. His abundance of

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technical knowledge and industry experience will be a tremendous asset to Topaz and their customers. Anthony Arena, Topaz President welcomed Kruse by saying, “Glen has an outstanding understanding of the lighting and electronics industry as well as a unique ability to keep up with rapidly changing technology. He has already built an excellent rapport with our teams and channel partners, and we are excited to see the ways that his expertise can propel us forward.” Topaz is a leading manufacturer of electrical fittings, traditional lighting, ballasts, LED fixtures and lamps. For more information on Topaz’s complete line of products for commercial and residential use, visit www.topaz-usa.com. ❏


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industry NEWS

Bridgeport Fittings Names Sales Reps and Customer Service Award Winners at Annual NEMRA Conference

Salesperson of the Year Award Winners:

Salesperson - East: Dewey Franzen, Electra Sales, Inc. Salesperson - West: Ryan Kindle, Becker Sales Company, Inc. Creating Contractor Demand (CCD) of the Year Awards:

CCD East: CCD West:

Mike Neal, Thea & Schoen, Inc. Jay Commuso, I-Pro, Inc.

Among the criteria for the various awards were quota performance and profitability, product knowledge and customer relaBridgeport Fittings announced its Sales Repre- tions, marketing initiatives, perseverance, and demonstrated sentative, Customer Service, Creating Contractor Demand, and service to distribution. â?? Salesperson of The Year Award winners at the 2019 Annual NEMRA (National Electrical Manufacturers Representatives Bridgeport Fittings is a leading supplier of quality fittings to Association) Conference, held February 6-9 in Dallas. The the industrial, commercial and residential channels of the award winners for 2018 were: electrical industry. For more information, contact: Bridgeport Fittings, Incorporated, 705 Lordship Blvd., Stratford, CT Representative of the Year: 06615; Tel: (203) 377-5944; Fax: (203) 381-3488; or visit Platinum Market: Electra Sales, Inc. www.bptfittings.com. Gold Market: Schooler & Associates, Inc. Customer Service Representative of the Year:

Brian Quinn, Casey Electric Sales

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Douglas Lighting Controls Expands Partnership with NexGen Lighting Solutions Douglas Lighting Controls, trols. “This new territory allows us to illumination application within a varia member of the Panasonic family of companies, recently announced an expanded partnership with NexGen Lighting Solutions to deliver commercial digital lighting control solutions across a broader network footprint. Having represented Douglas Lighting Controls products in central and northern Texas since 2016, NexGen will now offer the company’s complete product line throughout northern Louisiana. “NexGen has done a tremendous job at building its reputation in a short period of time, and we are thrilled to expand our relationship with them into northern Louisiana,” said David Cavalli, Vice President of Sales for Douglas Lighting Con-

serve more markets and provide growing support for our distributors.” NexGen supplies innovative solutions that use the latest market technologies to provide a distinguished lighting experience for any space. Combined with innovative control systems, NexGen’s complete offering meets any

About Douglas Lighting Controls: Douglas Lighting Controls, a member of the Panasonic group and a subsidiary of Panasonic Lighting A mericas Inc., engineers, manufactures and markets digital lighting controls for commercial buildings, campuses, parking garages and sports complexes across North A merica. Douglas systems include networked and stand-alone solutions using wired and wireless technology to optimize lighting for building code compliance, energy efficiency, ease-of-use and comfort. W ith over 50 years of experience, the company is recognized for its expertise in lighting control systems paired with the precise facility solution. Learn more about Douglas at www.douglaslightingcontrols.com.

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ety of project budgets. NexGen Lighting Solutions brings a unique lighting project experience to contractors, architects and distributors in Texas and north Louisiana. For more information on NexGen Lighting Solutions, visit our website at www.nexgenlightingsolutions.com. ❏

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new PRODUCTS AFL Launches FOCIS Lightning Ultrafast MPO/MTP® Connector Inspection System AFL introduces the FOCIS Lightning Ultrafast MPO/MTP connector inspection system with twin 5M pixel CMOS sensors to image the entire MPO end face simultaneously and perform multi-fiber inspections 10 to 100 times faster than legacy systems. This full view connector end face image is displayed in less than two seconds from power-on—a capability unique in the industry. Additional key features include: • Key up/key down polarity capture with clear fiber one identification • Support for all MPO fiber configurations, including Base-8 and Base-10 • Support for up to two rows and sixteen fibers per row (32 fibers in total) • Auto-focus and auto-analysis compliant to IEC MPO standards • Ability to scroll through all individual fiber images, analysis overlays and zone tables • Bluetooth® connectivity to AFL’s free FOCIS Flex® mobile app (iOS and Android) “FOCIS Lightning can complete a 24-fiber MPO inspection task in less than 30 seconds, at least an order of magnitude faster than older solutions,” explained Maury Wood, senior product line manager for AFL’s Test & Inspection Division. “This level of productivity means that 100 percent connector inspection is now practical—from an OPEX perspective—in all optical network applications, including large scale enterprise and hyperscale data center build-outs and ongoing maintenance operations.” Easy-to-use Bluetooth wireless connectivity to AFL’s FOCIS Flex mobile app also provides a conduit to AFL’s aeRos® cloud-based workflow management platform, where the connector level image, zone table and pass/fail adjudication results are captured and preserved. FOCIS Lightning adapter tips support both MPO-12 and MPO-16 connector types, and both flat and angled end faces. For more information, visit www.AFLglobal.com

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CHANNELLOK® Insulated Plier Line Rated Up To 1,000 VAC The line is 100% Made in USA and designed for optimal performance Channellock, Inc., Insulated Pliers designed for electricians and other professionals who need high quality OSHA-compliant pliers for safety on the job. “Our Insulated Pliers feature precision-machined knife-and-anvil style cutting edges to ensure perfect mating and superior cutting edge life,” said Ryan DeArment, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Channellock, Inc. “The cutting edges are also laser heat-treated to last longer. These new Insulated Pliers are made with high carbon U.S. steel for superior performance on the job and an ultimate rust-preventive coating.”

The new Insulated Plier line includes four tools: 8” Long Nose Plier with a long, streamlined design for precision handling, and XLTTM Xtreme Leverage Technology to enable cutting with considerably less force than traditional high-leverage pliers. The pipe grip design will accommodate many shapes and the crosshatch teeth provide a tighter grip. 7” and 8” Diagonal Cutters featuring strong lap joint construction and a durable diagonal cutting-edge design. The 8” Diagonal Cutter also features XLTTM technology to improve cutting performance and reduce hand fatigue. 8” Combination Plier featuring XLTTM technology, crosshatch teeth for a tighter grip and a pipe grip design to accommodate many shapes. For more information, visit www.channellock.com FOR FREE INFO, CIRCLE 45 ON READER SERVICE CARD

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new PRODUCTS Klein Tools® Introduces Easy-To-Use AC/DC Voltage Testers for Residential Wiring Klein Tools, for professionals since 1857, introduces two Electronic AC/DC Voltage Testers, which are designed to easily check, verify or troubleshoot common residential electrical wiring and devices. Both models include four convenient levels of voltage testing and augment Klein’s existing Test and Measurementproduct line. The Electronic AC/DC Voltage Testers feature: • Four useful AC/DC testing levels aligned with commonly used residential voltages

• Bright LEDs illuminate to indicate the level of voltage detected • Pocket clip to secure tester to pocket for reliable everyday carrying • Industrial design to withstand harsh jobsite demands with a 9.9-foot (3 m) drop rating and IP41 dust- and waterresistance Electronic AC/DC Voltage Tester (Cat. No. ET40)

• Identifies and distinguishes between AC or DC voltage • Tests AC voltages from 12V to 240V • Tests DC voltages from 1.5V to 17-24V • Indicates polarity when measuring DC voltages • Built-in test lead holders on sides of tester • Safety Rating: CATIII 250V, Class 2, Double insulation • Powers off automatically after two minutes of non-use to conserve battery life • Low battery indicator with easily accessible battery compartment • Uses 2 x AAA batteries (included) Electronic AC/DC Voltage Tester (Cat. No. ET45)

• Tests AC voltages from 24V to 240V AC and DC voltages from 32V to 330V • Built-in test lead holder on back of tester holds the leads in two positions to enable testing of tamper-resistant US-style outlets or convenient storage • Safety Rating: CATIII 350V, Class 2, Double insulation • Batteries not required; tester is powered by the applied voltage For more information, visit www.kleintools.com/new-products FOR FREE INFO, CIRCLE 46 ON READER SERVICE CARD

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new PRODUCTS Bosch GLI18V-1200CN 18V Connected LED Area Light Brings Rugged Construction, Bright Bluetooth® Lighting to the Jobsite The 1,200-lumen smart light is fully controllable via Bluetooth, delivering up to 17.3 hours of work lighting on a single 18V battery Mt. Prospect, Ill., March 12, 2019 – Controlling an area light shining over the entire jobsite can be tricky when it’s strapped to the rafters. That’s why Bosch is introducing the future of connected lighting. The Bosch GLI18V-1200C 18V Connected LED Area Light with Bluetooth® offers users full control over the smart light using a mobile device. Pros can now turn the light on and off remotely, dim the light to the desired brightness, put it on a timer and even check the battery – all from the free Bosch Toolbox App. The Bosch GLI18V-1200CN is not only smart, but comes packed with features to withstand the most rugged jobsite conditions. Along with the area light’s protective roll cage, the tool’s IP64-rated cover is resistant to dust and water damage. Plus, it has five setup positions so pros can find the ideal angle to effectively illuminate a large work area. The light produces 1,200 lumens, which is enough to illuminate dark work areas like corners or rooms. Despite its power, the GLI18V-1200C is compact enough to be a carry-along area light. It also has a fade-in function, allowing the light to slowly increase to full brightness to lessen the chances of temporary “flash blindness.” In addition, the cordless Bosch GLI18V-1200C is a light that lasts through the day. It works with the rechargeable Bosch 18V system to provide outstanding runtime. The light intensity is adjustable, with a lower, dimmed mode setting for longer runtime – up to 17.3 hours on a CORE18V 8.0 Ah battery (not included). At 1,200 lumens, it provides 10.6 hours on the Bosch 8.0 Ah battery. For more information, visit www.boschtools.com

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new PRODUCTS Transformer Ohmmeter from Megger Reliably Measures Winding Resistance The MTO106 is used on smaller distribution and transmission transformers Megger now offers a transformer ohmmeter that affordably, accurately and reliably measures winding resistance in smaller distribution and transmission transformers. Weighing just 16 pounds, the MTO106 is compact and readily portable. Operating this new transformer ohmmeter is straightforward. Users make the ground connection, connect the power, and then make connections to the transformer under test using the supplied Kelvin leads. Once the required test current is selected, the user simply presses the start button. Test results are clearly shown on a large backlit display. To ensure safe operation, both audible and visual indicators alert users that a test is being conducted. At the end of the test, the winding is automatically discharged with visual and audible indicators alerting of operation. Discharge continues until completion, even if the supply to the instrument is turned off. The MTO106 has two test channels and manually selectable test currents in five steps up to a maximum of 6 A. This allows the current to be chosen correctly for the transformer under test, while minimizing the risk of heating the windings. The ohmmeter delivers an open-circuit test voltage up to 48 V, ensuring that even large transformers are saturated rapidly, reducing the time needed for testing. This new tester can detect problems like faulty tap changer contacts, broken conductors, shorted winding disks or layers, as well as poor bushing connections. This versatile instrument can also be used to measure the winding resistance of other inductive assets, including generators and motors. For more information, visit www.megger.us

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new PRODUCTS Milwaukee® Upgrades Its Entire M18™ System with New HIGH OUTPUT™ Batteries and M18™ & M12™ Super Charger Milwaukee Tool, the leader in cordless power tool technology, announces the next breakthrough for its M18™ Cordless System by extending its range of M18™ REDLITHIUM™ HIGH OUTPUT™ Batteries and introducing the first M18™ & M12™ Super Charger. The new M18™ REDLITHIUM™ HIGH OUTPUT™ XC8.0 and CP3.0 battery packs will join the company’s current HIGH OUTPUT™ HD12.0 and XC6.0 offerings, establishing new top-tiers of performance for the XC (Extended Capacity) and CP (Compact) battery segments. All M18™ REDLITHIUM™ HIGH OUTPUT™ batteries provide 50% more power, run 50% cooler, and offer increased run-time over standard M18™ REDLITHIUM™ batteries, all while being compatible with the entire M18™ System of more than 175 tools. “In 2005 Milwaukee® turned the power tool industry on its head when we invented the technology that enabled the use of lithium-ion in power tools. This was an achievement like the industry had never experienced before and, while many other companies have utilized this technology to deliver their own cordless systems, we’ve remained at the forefront of lithium-ion technology innovation. We’ve marked each year since with continued advancements in REDLITHIUM™ Battery Packs – most recently the launch of our most capable battery ever, the M18™ REDLITHIUM™ HIGH OUTPUT™ HD12.0 Battery in 2018. This year we mark the biggest update to M18™ since the introduction of REDLITHIUM™ as we elevate the entire M18™ System through HIGH OUTPUT™” — Babacar Diop, Product Manager for Milwaukee Tool. For more information, visit www.milwaukeetool.com

Extra-Durable HMI Built to Withstand Extreme Conditions Added to Mitsubishi Electric Automation’s Extensive HMI Lineup The GT25 Rugged Series HMI is suited for outdoor use where equipment damage is a significant risk. Machine designers and end-users in outdoor industries or where exposure to harsh elements is inevitable will be interested in the new GT25 Rugged human machine interface (HMI) from Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. Reinforced with metal housing and equipped with an extra bright screen visible under direct sunlight, this interface is engineered for environments that would damage or destroy more vulnerable HMIs. The GT25 Rugged can function at temperatures between -5 and 150° F (-20 to 65° C) and is resistant to vibration and shock. The metal housing also protects the internal components from direct blasts from high-pressure water jets and UV rays. This makes it an ideal choice as a monitor screen or control panel for applications that require outside installation, or risk exposure to harsh environments and procedures, such as automated parking systems, power conditioners, electric car charging stations, heavy machinery and food processing systems that use pressurized jets to clean equipment. The sturdy hardware offers the same functions and capabilities found on the broader GT25 Series of HMIs, such as a flexible configuration, a convenient maintenance platform, remote connectivity, expanded memory (32MB ROM for storage; 128MB RAM for operation) and device monitoring functions. “Most HMIs are not viable in outdoor, exposed environments,” said Lee Cheung, product marketing engineer at Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. “The GT25 Rugged presents an opportunity to improve machines and systems that typically do not have a specialized HMI built for them.” For more information, visit us.mitsubishielectric.com 38

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AEON LED Flood Lighting The Most Powerful LED Flood Luminaire in the Industry! Introducing the most powerful LED Flood Luminaire, the AEON Flood Light. AEON is the ultimate flood light for versatility and efficiency that is unmatched in the industry. The AEON Flood Luminaire is designed for an incredibly long-life span of over 100,000 hours. The AEON Flood Luminaire is available in five different LED delivered lumen packages: 33,100lm, 44,100lm, 62,100lm, 73,500lm & 105,000lm. The AEON Luminaire has Multi-Voltage options: 100-277VAC and 347-480VAC. The AEON is fully enclosed that will withstand extreme conditions, protecting sensitive electronic components from any external exposure, and is suitable for use in corrosive environments. Using our proprietary and patented Thermal Management System, the AEON allows for continuous air flow, keeping critical electronic components cool. Revolutionary patented aerodynamic design allows for maximum wind resistance, reducing vibration and subsequent flickering of light. With CRI>85, the AEON Flood Luminaire has the highest CRI in its class at a staggering 140 delivered Lumens per Watt. That makes AEON the industry leader in delivered lumens! The AEON maintains a glare-free UGR<19 which is similar to the nominal glare that you receive through indoor lighting. Illuminate exactly what you need, with no light spillage or sky-glow. AEON is adaptable to various intelligent lighting controls, wired or wireless. Available in various NEMA Beam Spreads, the AEON Flood Luminaire also incorporates field changeable lenses, modules and drivers to save labor and maintenance. For more information, visit AEONLEDLightng.com

AFL Introduces Plenum-rated Indoor/Outdoor Loose Tube Cable AFL is introducing the LQ-Series I/O Plenum Loose Tube Cable, developed to provide a lower cost inter-building cabling solution for campus-based networks. Because the LQ cable is tested and qualified to meet the leading industry cable standards for outside plant (OSP) and inside plant (ISP) plenum-rated fiber optic cables, it can be used as a single-cable solution for OSP and ISP cable installations. This dual-rating functionality eliminates the need to use separate cables for OSP and ISP route segments and the associated requirement to include a splice transition point within 50 feet of the inside plant to connect the two separate cables. “The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) NEC guidelines allow for outside plant-only cables to be routed into a building space for up to only 50 feet,” explained Stephen Martin, RCDD, senior product manager for AFL’s Enterprise Cable division. “If the termination point of the outside plant cable is beyond 50 feet from the point of entrance into the building, the cable must be placed into a fire-protected pathway or spliced to a properly flame-rated inside plant cable.” Martin continued, “AFL’s LQ-Series Indoor/Outdoor Plenum Loose Tube cable, with combined outside and inside plant ratings, eliminates the need to transition to a separate flame-rated inside plant cable when in-building termination points are beyond 50 feet from the entrance location.” The cable construction consists of 12-fiber, gel-free buffer tubes stranded around a central strength member. The finished core is jacketed with a highly flame-retardant, UV-resistant thermoplastic. The LQ-Series cable is available with 12 up to 144 single-mode or multimode fibers. Applications include inter-building campus backbone connections, installation in OSP buried pathways or above-ground exposed cable trays, in cable routes that require cables to transit OSP space, and inside plant environments that require cables to be riser or plenum-rated. For more information, visit www.AFLglobal.com March 2019 • epsmag.net

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