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PUBLISHER

Danny J. Salchert OFFICE MANAGER

Anita Salchert ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER

Bart Beason bart@epsmag.net CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Derek Gaylard CIRCULATION DIRECTOR

Pam Fulmer CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

David Brender • Matt McCarron Jack Boesch

20 CASE STUDY 6 Lightning Protection for Denver Fire Station Extends Beyond its Property Line

By David Brender

COVER STORY 14

Connected Lighting The Next LED Revolution By Matt McCarron

FEATURE 20 Electric Radiant Floor Heat – A Hot Source of New Business By Jack Boesch

DEPARTMENTS 28 Product Focus 40 Ad Index

ON THE COVER Matt McCarron is Vice President of Industrial Commercial Channel for the United States and Canada at LEDVANCE.

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Copper Development Association Inc.

Figure 1. The Cunningham Fire Protection District’s Fire Station No. 1 also houses administrative headquarters. From 1985, when the district bought the building, until 1999, electrical disturbances driven by summer thunderstorms caused increasingly expensive and hazardous and potentially fatal damage to communications systems.

Lightning Protection for Denver Fire Station Extends Beyond its Property Line By David Brender, Copper Development Association

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hink about Denver and you’re more likely to picture ski trails than violent thunderstorms, but the MileHigh City is actually quite a “boom” town when it comes to severe weather. Denver experiences upwards of 50 mean thunderstorm days per year according to the Rural Utilities Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That puts it on a par with most of the Midwest, the Middle South and even parts of Eastern Texas. The city’s lightning season spans most of the summer, with boomers usually rolling in around noon and continuing into the night. Worse yet, the Denver metro area is also situated on relatively level terrain, and any structures that protrude significantly above the surface – think antenna towers – are fair game for lightning strikes. This brings us to the Cunningham Fire Protection District (CFPD), a regional fire district southeast of downtown Denver. It comprises some 14 square miles of unin-

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corporated Arapahoe County and houses about 70,000 residents (2014 data). That’s a lot of real estate plus a fair number of Coloradoans who might need emergency services one day even during a thunderstorm. To serve that need, the CFPD operates three active fire stations, an administrative headquarters and a back-up station collectively staffed by 67 uniformed employees. In 2013, those firefighters and EMS personnel responded to more than 4600 fire, emergency medical services, hazardous materials, and public assistance calls. All of those calls were answered promptly, but that wasn’t always the case in the past. David Markham, CFPD’s Division Chief of Operations, is responsible for making certain that the district’s equipment and personnel arrive where they’re needed, when they’re needed. He’s has been with CFPD since 1985, the same year the district bought the building that

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now houses its Fire Station No. 1 and district-wide administrative headquarters. (Figure 1). It didn’t take long for Chief Markham and his colleagues to notice that their new headquarters had some serious electrical problems. “Between 1985 and approximately 1999, the main station regularly sustained various types of lightning damage whenever thunderstorms came through. We didn’t take any direct hits, but there was considerable and potentially fatal damage to communications systems and hazardous damage to low-voltage systems like garage door openers (imagine fire trucks trapped indoors!), heating systems, telephones and, most important, our radio and computer systems. “We did experience some actual communications outages during moderate to severe thunderstorms, when lightning knocked out our radio systems. Whenever that happened, we’d be forced to rely on our portable radios to maintain communications with the dispatch center; then we’d go back and repair the system to bring it back on line. Firefighters could tell when there was thunderstorm activity in the area and that lightning would strike nearby because they could actually hear and feel the lightning moving around the building! After that, the question was just what system is it going to knock out today?”

Time for a Certified Lightning Protection Contractor Lightning damage soon got expensive: Markham estimates that “we were spending between $8,000 and Continued on page 8


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$10,000 every year on repair and replacement, depending on which system was affected. But I don’t think you can put a dollar value on outages. For us as an emergency response organization it’s critical that we respond every time, so we had to stop the damage. Regardless of what problems we’re having in our building, the public is relying on us to respond. “We also had to stop the dollar losses. When we took a serious look at our repair costs and our ability to respond to emergencies, we decided that the best thing to do was to contact a lightning contractor. We put out an RFP and a couple of companies responded, including an electrical contractor who talked about general electrical bonding according to the NEC, which is different from what is required by lightning standards. We did not feel comfortable with that. “We ultimately decided to work with Mr. Lightning, a 50-plusyear-old lightning protection contractor in Colorado Springs. They work with the specifications and ma-

Figure 2. Strike termination devices (lightning rods) are mounted on all high points on the Fire Station No. 1 roof, and on all ungrounded metallic equipment. All termination devices and equipment are connected with 32-strand, 17 Ga. AWG braided cable. The cables are bonded to a collector ring (not shown) running around the roof’s periphery.

terials listed by Underwriters’ Laboratories and the National Fire Protection Association, and their employees are certified by, and maintain technical currency through, the Lightning Protection Institute. That’s what we wanted. “We visited Station No. 1 with Mr. Lightning, and, after a survey, they explained that the new system would include the basic elements of the NFPA specifications: making certain all high points on the building are protected with lightning rods, bonding all rods with a common conductor and installing (at least) four points of lowresistance, low-impedance ground to earth.” Specifically, the Mr. Lightning team designed and installed strike termination de-

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vices (the currently accepted term for lightning rods, Franklin rods and air terminals) at all high points on the structure, as well as all ungrounded, metallic equipment on the roof. (Figure 2). They connected rods and equipment with neatly installed runs of 32-strand, 17-gage AWG braided copper lightning cable. Continued on page 12


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Copper Development Association Inc. Continued from page 8 Mr. Lightning’s final step was to lay out a 200-ft triangular array of copper cable along the property line between the tower and the station. (Figure 5) Its job was to absorb and dissipate to earth any high energy that might occur from a direct lightning strike to the tower.

Figure 3. Where practical, 32-strand, 17-Gage AWG braided copper down-conductors were run directly to copper grounding electrodes near the building wall (3a, left). Where sidewalks or paving interfered, the electrode was displaced outward from the building wall and the cable extended to them (3b, right).

Figure 4. A privately owned, 200-ft transmission tower stands on the property immediately adjacent to Fire Station No. 1. The fire station does not utilize the tower; however direct lightning strikes to the tower or induced currents in the tower during storms did affect low-voltage electrical systems in the station.

Leads from those cables were, in turn, bonded to a ring of braided copper running around the periphery of the roof, and from there, four braided copper down-conductors were run along the exterior walls of the building, terminating at 10-ft driven copper grounding electrodes, establishing the four points of grounding (earthing) required by NFPA specifications. Where practical, down-conductors could be located near the building. (Figure 3a) In places where such areas were blocked by sidewalks or paving, electrodes were offset from the building accordingly (Figure 3b).

About that tower… Located on the lot directly next door to Fire Station No. 1 and about 90 feet away, is a 200-ft-tall TV transmission tower dating to 1964. It remains in use by a low12

Upgrades Paid for Themselves Figure 5. The TV and cellular transmission

tower, left, is only 90 feet from the Fire Station No. 1 structure, right, and lightning energy from the tower could have passed to the station through the ground before repairs were undertaken, especially since the two structures were not connected, and were therefore at different ground potentials. Mr. Lightning’s solution was to connect the structures’ grounding systems with a buried copper cable to avoid potentially hazardous step potentials. In addition, the company installed a 200-ft triangular copper ground grid at the fence line to absorb and dissipate.

The system installed by Mr. Lightning has worked flawlessly for more than a decade. There has been no more damage to the fire station’s electrical systems and, more importantly, no communications outages. The community is better protected as a result. CFPD was so pleased with the results at Fire Station No. 1 that it underwrote the installation of similar systems at its other firehouses. None of the district’s facilities have experienced any lightning related electrical problems since. As for dollar savings, the cost of the new lightning protection systems was certainly reasonable. At Fire Station No. 1, where the system included connection to the 200-ft tower, the total cost of the installation did not exceed $12,000 or just a few thousand dollars more than the cost to repair the station’s lightning damage in an average year. The certified lightning protection system actually paid for itself in less than two thunderstorm seasons. And, every subsequent year without damage at Fire Station No. 1 and CFPD’s other stations represents an annual savings of thousands of dollars in avoided repair costs, not to mention the improved reliability the entire system has enjoyed for years. Small wonder that Chief Markham is pleased with the decision to install a robust, 100%-copper, lightning protection system designed and installed to NFPA, UL and LPI standards. For more information, go to www.copper.org. ❏

power TV station and some cellular providers, but the fire station itself has never used it and has no equipment on it. (Figure 4) The tower was not entirely isolated from the station in that it was close enough to induce potentials in the short span of earth between it and the fire station. It is plausible that lightning energy from direct strikes to the tower and even electrical energy induced in the tower during storms may have affected the station’s electrical systems in the past. For one thing, the tower and fire station were not connected and therefore existed at different ground potentials. Lightning energy emanating from the tower could certainly be inducing damage to equipment or driven through the earth to the station by that potential difference. “The lightning protection system we installed on Fire Station No. 1 was a typical system meeting lightning protection standards,” clarifies Bret Peifer, President and THE PRINCIPALS David Markham is the Cunningham Owner of Mr. Lightning. “The process to Division Chief of Operations and directed design the building lightning protection sys- the installation of a certified lightning protem was straightforward, but the 200-ft-tall tection system at the district’s Fire StaTV transmission tower was a different tion No. 1. He can be reached at (303) story. We decided to install a shield line that 755-9202. Bret Peifer is president and owner of connected the tower to the fire station’s Mr. Lightning, Colorado Springs, CO. A lightning protection system. We bonded the lifetime veteran of the lightning protection steel structure of the antenna. The 60-ft- industry, Mr. Peifer has worked for Mr. long shield line that we installed helped to Lightning since he was twelve years of intercept any step voltage from continuing age. He has his Master Installer/Designer into the building when the antenna got Certificate from the Lightning Protection Institute. He can be reached at info@mrlightning.com. struck.”

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SYLVANIA

LEDVANCE offers many ways to control SYLVANIA lamps and luminaires, helping contractors meet the needs of customers looking for customizable light.

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The Next LED Revolution

HE LED REVOLUTION has been a great change in lighting for businesses, the environment and electrical contractors. LED technology will reach a 30 percent penetration rate in the installed lighting base by 2020, according to the latest Department of Energy (DOE) forecast. In 10 years, the estimate is 59 percent. While LED continues to transform the lighting industry, another lighting technology has been quietly undergoing its own revolution: lighting controls. These revolutions are quickly joining to become one focused on connected lighting, where lighting can be controlled wirelessly to save time and energy, make an environment more convenient, and create a positive user experience. Connected lighting is the coming LED

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revolution, and it’s not a matter of if but when. McKinsey, a leading market research firm, has forecasted demand for lighting controls will nearly double in the next five years. A more recent forecast by Strategies Unlimited identified intelligent lighting as the fastest-growing technology in lighting, specifically ZigBee, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Power over Ethernet enabled luminaires. DOE predicts that by 2035, one-third of all LED energy savings will be from connected lighting and controls. The future looks bright for connected lighting, but how can electrical contractors benefit now? In this article, I’ll share how connected lighting is opening new doors for contractors, and advice on how to best take advantage of this innovation.

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Connected Lighting = New Revenue Opportunities Up until now, lighting controls have been mainly in the wall, which can be complex to install and manage for the end customer. Some customers don’t require large complicated solutions that can link other systems like HVAC, fire, and security, along with the capability to manage satellite offices. This can easily cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and isn’t necessarily scalable. At LEDVANCE (formerly OSRAM SYLVANIA), our focus is on easy to install and use, flexible SYLVANIA connected lighting that can create new revenue options for contractors effortlessly, especially for retrofits and small-midsized Continued on page 16


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LEDVANCE, formerly OSRAM SYLVANIA, is advancing light with SYLVANIA connected lighting.

(SMB) businesses. It can meet the needs of customers that want the benefits of controls, whether in new construction or retrofit, without complexity and huge initial costs. In addition to being easier to set up, use and scale, connected lighting is attractive because it can create a dynamic experience that a customer and their end users can immerse themselves in. For example, a restaurant can create a customized lighting environment to increase the comfort for patrons depending on their need. The restaurant manager could set the light in a room to a warm white for a romantic ambiance, and then colorful for private celebrations. Or a hotel could differentiate itself by giving visitors the ability to customize the lighting in their rooms via a mobile device, whether for romance, work or relaxation. Switching gears to education applica16

tions, with connected lighting teachers can easily change the color temperature to daylight to promote productivity, or colors or warm white to help their students relax. Contractors can sell to customers the potential for repeat visits and a positive experience for end users thanks to connected lighting. The options are endless, as are the opportunities.

So how can electrical contractors navigate through the connected lighting world? Here are three pieces of advice. Buyer beware. Few, and certainly not all, connected lighting solutions are created equal. With no standards guiding development, manufacturers are investing in many different approaches. Contractors must understand the system’s capabilities and how devices like lights, sensors, and wireless switches are connected and how well they play with devices from other manufacturers. When qualifying connecting lighting solutions, I recommend looking at the protocols and whether they are

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open or proprietary, ease of setup, interoperability and scalability. When looking at connected lighting, protocol is important because it determines how control points communicate within the network. Manufacturers use a variety of protocols which translates into different levels of experience, cost, capability and overall value. Bluetooth is great for connecting your phone to your car, but it would be difficult to manage dozens of devices in a commercial application. ZigBee on the other hand offers a low power and scalable method for controlling numerous devices, just at a much lower bandwidth (no streaming videos to your lights!). Learn your customer’s objectives to determine which protocol is best for the project. Ease of setup and use is also essential. This minimizes call-backs due to installation error or customer confusion, and overall will result in a more satisfied customer. Complex control systems risk being mothballed if things go wrong or the Continued on page 18 application changes.


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SYLVANIA Continued from page 16 While the company name, LEDVANCE, is new, SYLVANIA is one of the most recognized and trusted brands in the lighting industry.

Think connected lighting when doing LED installs. LED is already predominant

in new construction and is now beginning a major wave of retrofits. Contractors should consider promoting connected lighting in projects. Smart LED products are wirelessly dimmable, offering easy and instant control capability. Controllers and devices can then be connected wirelessly with minimal installation. Adding connected lighting can help decrease energy costs, while delivering new capabilities such as creating an experience using intensity and color, a value add not available with standard LED lighting. Get training. Once the educated contractor initially vets its partners and products, training is the next step. You already know the technology, now it’s time to thoroughly understand how a given product is installed, set up and used. Look for manufacturers like LEDVANCE that offer both online and state-of-the-art training facilities—in our case, LIGHTPOINT— for extensive education and training on both lighting and controls, along with specific products. With connected lighting, seeing is believing and hands on training can help you sell your customers on the benefits of connected lighting. In conclusion, the LED revolution is full steam ahead, with connected lighting quickly following. The most successful electrical contractors have already positioned themselves well for LED lighting. The next step is to fully capitalize on the With connected lighting, seeing is believing technology by getting educated on conand hands on training can help you sell your nected lighting that is ideal for the SMB customers on the benefits of connected lighting. market. While these trends are in an emergent phase, they’re moving fast. Electrical contractors who position themLook for a solution that makes it easy to nally, customers may be interested in con- selves with connected lighting, just as add a variety of wireless devices, group nected lighting, but may want to start they did with LED lighting, will continue them together, create scenes, rules, and set small, especially if budgets are a factor. to succeed. ❏ schedules for example. This will help en- The control system should be scalable sure happy customers, and hopefully fu- from a single room to an entire building. Matt McCarron is Vice President of ture business for you. Some entry-level systems are low-cost but Industrial Commercial Channel for the Another essential aspect of any con- not scalable. There are some systems that United States and Canada at nected lighting solution is interoperabil- are good for single rooms but not whole LEDVANCE. In North America, ity. The contractor and customer alike buildings, and vice-a-versa. Going with a LEDVANCE offers SYLVANIA needs total confidence that all control scalable solution allows you to start with a advanced LED lamps as well as a wide points will communicate and work to- single room and go from there. Once cusrange of traditional light sources, gether as a unified system, regardless of tomers try it, they will want more which standardized luminaires and connected which manufacturer they are from. Fi- leads to additional revenue. lighting solutions. www.sylvania.com 18

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Electric Radiant Floor Heat – A Hot Source of New Business

By Jack Boesch

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nstalling radiant heating over a subfloor under a new hard surface floor as a business opportunity for electricians? Perhaps surprisingly, it is not such a stretch! In fact, installing an electric radiant heating product designed to serve as a source of supplemental heat can be a very good way to add value to a residential or light commercial electrical project. Indeed, if you are already ‘in the house’ and new construction, renovations or additions require new flooring, it can certainly make a lot of sense to recommend installation of an electric radiant heating system. There are two types of radiant heat systems used in residential and light commercial installations: a hydronic system, which requires many components and installation

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of a piping system and a heat source to warm the water that will flow through it and which is not a suitable undertaking for electricians; and an electric system, which utilizes only a few components wired together and are typically easy to install. Electric radiant floor heating systems are popular options, nowadays, for new additions, renovations, and rooms at the far extremes of primary heating systems. Electric radiant heat is popular in kitchens, children’s bedrooms, bathrooms, dens, entryways, laundry areas, sunrooms, and anyplace a bit of extra warmth would be appreciate. The generated warmth feels great

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under bare feet and is certainly enjoyed by toddlers and their parents (and pets) playing on the floor. Both low voltage and line voltage systems are available and each type requires the services of an electrician at the end of the line for the Continued on page 22


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final hookup to the power source. An electric radiant heat system for residential and light commercial installations utilizes three main components: • Heating panels - either a film that, typically, installs between the subfloor and the finished floor or over underlayment above the subfloor and under the finished flooring material, or a mat that contains embedded heating elements and installs over a subfloor and under the finished flooring • A GFCI thermostat that generally installs on the wall and provides the means for local activation and control • A sensor installed in the floor to keep tabs on the temperature of the floor, rather than of the air in the room, enabling a reading closer to what temperature requirements actually are.

free, with the generated warmth distributing evenly across the floor. Plus – because under floor systems do not take up any floor space, they will not interfere with window treatments or furniture placement. There are systems available for installation under a wide variety of flooring, including wood, floating wood, laminate, and ceramic tile. For example, MP Global Products QuietWarmth® Radiant Heat Film for Floating Floors, a rollout line voltage system which uses an ultra-efficient wireless filament configuration, is designed to generate gentle heat under a variety of floating floor materials, including laminate, engineered

There are several attractive features of electric radiant heat systems: there are no ducts to install and no moving parts (and therefore no required maintenance) and the generated heat is silent, odor-free and draft-

wood, luxury vinyl flooring, and some floating tile floors. Each panel has wires pre-attached at one end for ease of installation. It installs quickly in just one day over a subfloor or acoustic underlayment, without any mess, mortar or glue. The film generates gradual evenly consistent supplemental warmth from low wattage resistance heating of ultra-thin, flexible radiant heat film. Using just 12 watts per square foot, the system conforms to the warranty requirements of many floating floors. Four sizes of film rolls (cut-able between the rows of conductive ink with ordinary scissors) will accommodate most any room layout. ❏

JACK BOESCH is the director of marketing at MP Global Products L.L.C., Norfolk, NE, an innovator and leader in the manufacture of made-in-America fiber acoustic and radiant heat underlayments. For more information on radiant heat underlayments, please visit www.quietwalk.com or call 888-379-9695.

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new PRODUCTS The Industry’s First and Only Recessed Lighting Plate Orbit Industries, a leading manufacturer of electrical products for the professional installer, is proud to announce an Industry First; the Recessed Light Adapter Plates. Exclusive to Orbit, these plates are available in two distinct models, the RAP and RAPT, for Hard Lid and T-Bar applications. Designed as the solution for installing recessed lighting fixtures, both plates allow for a faster installation than standard bar hangers and recessed fixture brackets!

Featuring multiple CKOs, both the RAP and RAP-T easily fit most 4” up to 8” recessed lighting housings as well as up to 5-1/4” square housings. Centerline markings and cut-outs allow the fixtures to be positioned with ease. Perfect for prefab applications, each plate can be preassembled with a fixture in a controlled environment before shipment to the job site for a quicker installation. Designed for Hard Lid installations, the RAP features slotted holes, allowing for effortless installations in up to 26” stud spacings. Offset, the plate is designed with extra length on one side to account for irregular stud spacing. The plate can be easily secured with only one screw on each side. The RAP-T is used for T-Bar applications and drops onto most 2’ wide T-Bar grids with ease. Flanges on the RAP-T provide additional rigidity and feature predrilled holes, allowing the plate to secure to the T-Bar via tek screws. Additional holes on each side of the plate allow for fixture wiring to comply with fire and seismic codes. Orbit’s RAP and RAP-T are the only One-Size-Fits-All plate in the industry, providing a simple and economical solution for installing recessed lighting fixtures. As an Industry First, the RAP Plates have no equal. From unboxing to preassembling a fixture onto the plate the entire process only takes 1 MINUTE. Together, these plates are another addition to Orbit’s ever-expanding line of innovative products designed with the Electrician in mind. Both plates are Patent Pending, are UL recognized and MADE IN AMERICA. For more information, visit www.orbitelectric.com FOR FREE INFO, CIRCLE 42 ON READER SERVICE CARD

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new PRODUCTS AFC Cable Systems Announces New MC Luminary MultiZone™ Cables Ideal for Use in Daylight Harvesting Applications Save energy and power by reducing consumption with dimmable lighting and controls AFC Cable Systems, (New Bedford, MA) a leading manufacturer of electrical products, announces a complete new line of MC Luminary MultiZone™ (UL type MC-PCS) Cables, the first product designed specifically for use in daylight harvesting applications. MC Luminary MultiZone™ is an expansion to AFC’s popular line of MC Luminary™ Metal-Clad Cables, which combine electric lighting and control circuits under a single interlocked armor. MC Luminary MultiZone™ complies with non-residential indoor lighting requirements contained in the California Title 24 Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential and Nonresidential Buildings and other energy saving lighting designs. MC Luminary MultiZone™ responds to daylight harvesting trends that seek to save energy and reduce power costs by dimming lights proportionally to the availability of natural light. One MC Luminary MultiZone™ cable can replace up to three traditional MC Luminary™ cables or three power and three control pair cables. The cables are offered with multiple PVC jacket color options matched to the power conductor colors. Also offered are neutral per-phase constructions. By combining all required conductors and phases under one armor, MC Luminary MultiZone™ can replace up to six individual cable runs, increasing productivity and reducing costs. MC Luminary MultiZone™ cables are compliant with all applicable codes and UL standards, compatible with 0-10 volt DC solid state lighting control systems, and digital signal compatible. Unlike wireless controls that use radio frequency or WiFi to control dimming, MC Luminary MultiZone™ offers a secure hard-wired system that eliminates any potential concerns about unauthorized network intrusion. For more information, visit www.afcweb.com/mc-metal-clad-cables/mc-luminary

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new PRODUCTS Portable Card Printer for Industrial Use Mobile printer for use in the field and around the shop Phoenix Contact introduces Thermomark Prime, a portable card printer ideal for both on-site and stationary identification, in and around the industrial control cabinet. The Thermomark Prime features integrated marking software for direct input of data, drop-in ink cartridge for easy loading, and automatic material detection to quickly start a new project. Thermomark Prime can be connected to an external PC and controlled via Clip Project marking software. The printer can be used for several hours at a time thanks to a rechargeable, powerful nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery. A comprehensive portfolio of different markers and labels enables the device to be used in a wide range of applications. The Thermomark Prime prints on the same UCT cards and US sheet materials as the original Thermomark Card printer, which reduces inventory costs. When combined with Phoenix Contact’s new Thermofox handheld printer, Thermomark Prime can provide a complete solution for on-site marking of terminal blocks, conductors, cables, and devices. For more information, visit www.phoenixcontact.com/prime

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advertiser INDEX

OCTOBER 2016

This advertisers index is compiled as a courtesy to our readers. While every effort is made to provide a complete and accurate listing of companies, page numbers and reader service numbers, the publisher is not responsible for errors.

Company AEMC INSTRUMENTS BARRON LIGHTING GROUP CABLE GLYDZ LLC CANADIAN FLEXIDRILLS CONDUIT REPAIR SYSTEMS CONSTRUCTION INNOVATIONS / BOLT STAR COPPER DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION DABMAR LIGHTING E-Z METER ELITE COMPONENTS FACILITY RESULTS GEAR ARC SAFETY GENERATOR INTERLOCK TECHNOLOGIES GREENSHINE NEW ENERGY LLC HIOKI USA KRALOY FITTINGS KRENZ & COMPANY LED KING LIGHTBULBSCAFFOLD.COM MILLER SAFETY CONSULTANTS, LTD

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2 18 13 42 6 48 20 44 46 11 43 30 8 14 9 3 47 22 29 26

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Company MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC POWER PRODUCTS, INC. MP GLOBAL PRODUCTS LLC NET ZERO USA NORTHWEST LIGHTING SYSTEMS ORBIT INDUSTRIES PARTEX MARKING SYSTEMS PHASE-A-MATIC PLATINUM TOOLS POWER & TEL POWER-ONE RANDL INDUSTRIES SP PRODUCTS SPERRY INSTRUMENTS SYLVANIA TCP THE HOME DEPOT THOMPSON BROWN INC. UNITED RENTALS UTILITY METALS

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5 16 1 21 40 28 48 17 25 7 27 4 41 15 24 12 19 23 10

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