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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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Steven Ellsworth • Linda Morrow Dennis Boone

COVER STORY 6 Horticulture Lighting

   By Steven Ellsworth

CASE STUDY 14 PA One Call System, Inc. By Linda Morrow

COMPANY PROFILE 16 Protect Yourself

   

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT 18 Comprehensive Emergency Lighting System Solutions from Single Source Providers

CASE STUDY 20 The Dangers of Cold Smoke By Dennis Boone

DEPARTMENTS 22 Industry News 28 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 Barron Lighting Group

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Barron Lighting Group

Horticulture Lighting Growlite® by Barron Lighting Group | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | BY

STEVEN ELLSWORTH

IN 2018, BARRON LIGHTING GROUP in Glendale, Arizona celebrated its 45th year of manufacturing and marketing its comprehensive line of lighting solutions for commercial and industrial applications. Barron is the parent company to four brands: Exitronix emergency lighting, Trace-Lite commercial and industrial lighting, specialtyLED commercial and decorative lighting, and Growlite® indoor and greenhouse horticultural lighting. 6

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With Growlite, Barron was able to bring together the science of HID and LED lighting with the varied needs of indoor horticulture. The result is a comprehensive offering of the highest performing, most energy-efficient, UL Listed luminaires in the professional grow market. Continued on page 8


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For over a hundred years plants have been grown indoors; to cook with, to purify the air, for medicinal purposes or just for pleasure. While the methods have changed, the need to provide food and medicine for an expanding population is becoming even more pronounced today. Combined with a sharper focus on organically grown materials, non-GMOs and

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the legalization of medical and recreational cannabis business, you get an understanding of how much this market is worth to the electrical industry. Lighting applications can vary from multi-acre greenhouses to small indoor grows, all the way to restaurants now offering farm-to-market menus. News outlets are reporting that the growing

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medical and recreational cannabis industry currently sweeping the nation is expected to top $146.4B by 2025. Through Growlite, Barron with multiple years of continued growth and success in horticultural lighting applications has strengthened Barron’s position in the horticulture lighting market, now deploying its lighting expertise in engineering, research and product development as well as its UL certified test lab to design fixtures with state-of-the art technologies for this quickly expanding horticultural industry. There is a lot more to horticulture lighting than just running a lamp over a plant. Choosing between various fixture types, light sources, color spectrums, PAR outputs, distribution footprints, CRIs and CCTs can make entry into this market sector very intimidating. Lighting professionals can help cut through a lot of the confusion with their in-depth product knowledge, but the real opportunities are gained from combining the product expertise of lighting professionals with the real-world, practical application experience and knowledge of the indoor grow experts. The ultimate goal of indoor grows and greenhouse facilities is to recreate a sustainable, consistent growing environment in indoor spaces. The most important element is the lighting since it is the engine that powers all of the plant’s photosynthetic processes including cell development, nutrient generation and fruit/flower creation. The light that plants utilize is measured as PAR (photosynthetic active radiation) and is expressed in units called umols (you moles), however while PAR may be king of metrics in horticulture lighting it is not the only measurement that should be used when selecting grow lighting. Critically important considerations are the SPD (spectral power distribution) curves, the intensity measured in foot-candles or lumens, Continued on page 12


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rately measure ambient temperature, relative humidity, CO2 and Vapor Pressure Deficit. With the Black Box, grow sites are able to monitor grows, collect data between grows, and access information anywhere through Siemens’ adaptive portal,” said Alan Tracy, President of Barron Lighting Group. Growlite’s proprietary, in-house designs are UL Listed. Growlite publishes all IES files and third-party performance data so that you can be confident in the knowledge that Growlite products not only outperform others in the marketplace but that these products are safe as well.

as well as CRIs and CCTs. With the enormous amount of money being spent on these indoor grow facilities, investors are going to require safety certifications like ETL and UL/cUL, open-rated lamps and the use of specification grade materials and production practices to provide the assurance of product safety and continuing product innovation for the grow industry. It is equally important that manufacturers offer support and education to contractors, distributors, counter personnel, growers, and to the engineering specification community. By providing the resources to assist with the lighting layouts, performance comparisons and par value distribution charts, Barron leads the marketplace by enabling its customers to choose the right fixture and create the optimal lighting design for any grower’s specific needs. Application guides, Spec sheets, FAQ’s and installation instructions, case studies, webinars and even Facebook tips and examples, provide the training and support Barron customers need when working within the unique horticultural community. Grow facilities typically consume huge numbers of HID lamps each year, and it’s illegal to “knowingly” throw spent bulbs into the trash bin with fines that can reach up to $25,000 per violation. Barron is at the forefront of the recycling needs of the lighting industry and is pleased to announce the Growlite Lamp Recycling Program. With the announcement of its 12

newest program, Barron is once again innovating by diverting these lamps from landfills - where heavy metals which are dangerous for humans, animals, and the environment can, and will, seep into the groundwater with disastrous results for the environment. For lighting solutions covering everything from outside of the building to the inside lobby, and grow rooms from seed to harvest including design, operations and compliance, Barron is here to help. Growlite is committed to deploying its wealth of experience and resources to service the horticultural market with forward-looking products and programs designed to increase crop yield and earning potential. With increased crop yield in mind, Growlite recently introduced the release of its newest product offering - The Black Box Control System from Growlite is the horticultural industry’s first large-scale reliable lighting controller coupled with environmental monitoring and complete data logging. The Black Box can control the entire grow site from lighting and HVAC to fertigation and security. With the Black Box all information can be input via a convenient touch screen and can be accessed anywhere, at any time. “The Black Box is the controls solution for commercial grows. This innovative system contains 16 individually controlled rooms/zones with the capability to control up to 3,072 fixtures or lamp circuits. Environmental sensors accu-

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Greg Alaura

Greg Alaura, Growlite Product Manager states that, “The Black Box control system is the only true industrial grade lighting control solution for indoor grow facilities. Growlite’s Black Box couples lighting controls with the ability to monitor multiple environmental conditions from any smartphone or connected device, providing reliable management of grow room environments from on-site or from remote locations.” With over six years of experience spent evaluating and designing lighting systems for horticulture facilities, the Growlite team offers unparalleled support with best-in-class customer service, while assisting its customers with lighting recommendations for every grow site. Available today, the Black Box Control System from Growlite by Barron Lighting Group - the controller solution for your entire horticultural site. For more information about Growlite, the Black Box and the Growlite Lamp Recycling Program please visit growlite.com or email recycling@growlite.com. For more information about Barron Lighting Group and its line of lighting solutions for commercial and industrial applications please visit barronltg.com or call 800.533.3948. ❏


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Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.

PA One Call System, Inc. | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | BY

LINDA MORROW

PA ONE CALL SYSTEM, INC. IS A PRIVATELY FUNDED non-

profit corporation in Pennsylvania and part of the national 811 “Call Before You Dig” network. In Pennsylvania, anyone planning to dig as part of any excavation project, including private property, is required by law to investigate whether their excavation could potentially interfere with any utility or service lines, such as telephone, electric, natural gas, sewer, and cable, that are buried underground. When 811 is dialed in the state of Pennsylvania, that phone call is taken by the call center at PA One Call System, Inc, located in southwestern Pennsylvania in the borough of West Mifflin. Excavators must place the call a minimum of three business days prior to the planned excavation date. PA One Call takes information regarding the location of the intended dig and contacts those utilities that may have underground lines in the vicinity of the referenced dig site. The affected utilities then promptly visit the site and mark the location of their lines beneath the ground’s surface with paint or flags, providing the excavator visible clues to the existence of service lines lying below. As time is of the essence for this chain of events to be completed prior to all excavations, Bill Kiger, President and CEO of PA One Call, recognized the need for the 14

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call center to always be operational and established redundant functionality by setting up two independent computer rooms and phone systems. Uptime is guaranteed by a 60 kVA Mitsubishi Electric 1100B uninterruptible power supply (UPS) backing up each room. The first Mitsubishi Electric 1100B was installed in 2014, replacing a competitive unit. When asked why he decided to change brands, Mr. Kiger cited several reasons for his displeasure with the previous units. He felt that their technology was outdated, as well as lacking the ability to be upgraded. He was also not happy with the service he received on the units and experienced problems with the generator associated with them. When the time came to replace the older unit, he consulted with a local vendor, and Mitsubishi Electric UPSs were recommended along with a Kohler generator. Perfect for server rooms, network closets, and control rooms, Mitsubishi Electric’s 1100 Series UPS possessed some characteristics that Mr. Kiger was particularly interested in. Each power module is hot swappable, meaning that individual modules can be removed and worked on without taking the UPS offline. The trays are front facing, allowing for maximum convenience and reduced maintenance costs. The 1100 Series UPSs also have fully digital display screens, greatly facilitating both monitoring and servicing. Expandability is another desirable feature inherent in the 1100 Series. Its modular design enables supplemental modules to be added over time as warranted by increasing capacity needs, making expansion faster, easier and more economical. Finally, the 1100 Series UPS also features N+1 redundancy constructed of modular power electronics in parallel. If one of the modules were to fail, the 1100’s internal controls would isolate the module while continuing to provide power to the critical load. Four years later when it was time to replace the second UPS, Mr. Kiger pulled the trigger on another Mitsubishi Electric 1100B without any hesitation. “Reliability is the most important factor when purchasing equipment to protect against power outages and I haven’t experienced a single problem with the first 1100,” stated Mr. Kiger. For Mr. Kiger and PA One Call, the 1100B UPS from Mitsubishi Electric truly is an uninterruptible power supply. ❏


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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

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companies and the Chesapeake 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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product SPOTLIGHT

Isolite Corporation

Comprehensive Emergency Lighting System Solutions from Single Source Providers

Isolite’s energy efficient LED edge-lit exit signs use less than 3 watts and offer a 3-hour emergency run time with a battery diagnostic monitoring system.

FOR ELECTRICAL ENGINEERS responsible for designing a build- illuminated with highly efficient LEDs.

ing’s emergency lighting system, the process of selecting and integrating the various component parts from lights to exit signs and inverters is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Much of the pain can be taken out of the process by simplifying the interaction and providing a single source. Design-Conscious Emergency Lights When emergency lighting is necessary, one of the most aesthetic options is actually to conceal it until it is required. Some ingenious units are even designed to blend in with the existing decor by being painted or covered with wallpaper.

For example, one manufacturer of specification-grade emergency lighting products, Isolite, offers the Genie, along with a more compact version called the Mini Genie, that remain fully recessed behind two flat panel doors until required. “If power is lost, the battery-powered units automatically open to light the way,” explains says Bill Lynch, President of Isolite.

Exit Signs

Selecting inverters that provide pure sine wave AC power, operate at their designated rating, and provide automated testing/reporting are the factors that should be considered in making a final inverter selection best suited for the application.

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Although exit signs must be functional, they do not need to be ugly. A variety of aesthetic options exist including slim profiles, specialty finishes, and recessed power supplies that help units blend in with interior decor and architectural features. Because exit signs operate 24/7, however, they should also be energy efficient. As such, some energy efficient LED edgelit exit signs use less than 3 watts and offer a 3-hour emergency run time with a battery diagnostic monitoring system. Today, new “dual technology” exit signs are even combining the efficiency of LED lighting with revolutionary new photoluminescent materials to increase reliability and performance over decades of use. This hybrid approach combines two established exit sign technologies in a single unit – LED and photoluminescence. During normal power conditions, the sign is

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When the power goes out, a translucent exit stencil diffusor made of photoluminescent material provides the illumination. This is charged by the LEDs while electric power is provided to the sign.

Inverters When a building-wide power outage occurs, electrical engineers have several options when it comes to powering emergency lighting systems mandated by the NFPA and International Building Code (IBC). The first is to install dedicated lighting fixtures that provide temporary power from built-in battery packs. The other is to utilize centrally located inverters tied to back-up batteries that can provide utility-grade power to both existing architectural and dedicated emergency lighting in the event of a power outage. However, there are multiple factors that should also be considered in making a final inverter selection that best suits the application. These include selecting inverters that provide pure sine wave AC power, operate at their designated rating, and provide automated testing/reporting. “When electrical engineers face tight deadlines to design emergency lighting systems so a building or facility can be opened for use, partnering with a vendor that offers comprehensive options can streamline the process,” concludes Lynch. “In this regard, some domestic manufacturers can provide a fully integrated system with as little as two weeks of lead time.” For more information, contact Isolite Corporation at 31 Waterloo Avenue, Berwyn, PA 19312; call 800-888-5483; or visit them at www.isolite.com. ❏


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case STUDY

Chalfant Manufacturing Co.

The Dangers of Cold Smoke | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | BY

DENNIS BOONE, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING CHALFANT MANUFACTURING CO.

IN TODAY’S MARKET the options are abundant when selecting a There is one major down side however and

firestop product, including; composite sheets, mortars, putty’s, pillows, blocks etc. All offering a specific level of protection for each installation, designed to adhere to the NFPA code to reestablish the fire rating of any penetration. Recently “pass through devices” have gained in popularity in the USA for the flexibility they provide. They allow for the quick and easy addition or subtraction of cables without the need to cut away or add material. Typically pass through devices are

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metal boxes or pipe style enclosures that attached to either side of the wall and have a passageway lined with intumescent material that will expand in the event of a fire. This design makes adding additional cables as easy as passing them through the enclosure.

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that is the lack of protection against the passage of “cold smoke” through the enclosure. “Cold smoke” is the smoke generated from a fire within a room far enough away from the direct source that it is not hot enough to activate the intumescent material but still hot enough to burn skin, spread airborne toxins or cause significant damage to the interior of a building. In Europe protection against cold smoke is taken seriously and the standard fire protection approvals such as EN 1366-2 include a minimum rating against cold smoke infiltration. Many of the popular pass-through devices on the market in the USA have failed to meet this rating level set by European countries for protection against cold smoke. This begs the obvious question of safety, why is it acceptable in the US when it is prohibited in Europe. I was recently at a trade show for electrical contractors who often have to deal with penetrations made for conduits and cable trays, I was asked this very question and this is my simple explanation. “Ease of install or retro fitting should never take president over safety. There are plenty of fire stop products like our PYRO Protect line that are both easy to install and protect against the cold smoke infiltration (meaning they have been tested and approved for use in Europe and by UL).” As a quick example of the danger of cold smoke, let’s assume there is a fire wall separating a control room or some other facility room from an office or hallway. A fire occurs in the facility room where PVC pipe is exposed. The PVC pipe begins to melt creating smoke that contains lethal toxins. This smoke is able to penetrate the passthrough device and enter the air in the hallway on the other side of the wall. Was the labor savings that device provided worth the risk? When selecting fire stop products consider protection from cold smoke and make a choice that protects the safety of people using the facility. Check the L rating of any and all fire stop products used. ❏


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industry NEWS

Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle area gains New Regional Sales Manager Steven Jacobs has been named the Regional Sales Manager for Oklahoma, which will also cover the Texas Panhandle. Jacobs earned his bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University and earned his masters from the University of Oklahoma in Business Administration. He spent one year working as a Frac Engineer for Halliburton in Colorado before working at Rexel as an Automation Engineer in Oklahoma City for the past three years. Jacobs anticipates his new career venture with WAGO will directly impact and grow the company.

“I hope to capture new market share in Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle by bringing in new customers,” Jacobs said. “My goal is to more than double the number of active customers in my region by the end of my second year.” For more on the latest from WAGO, visit www.wago.us/news. ❏

Steven Jacobs, Regional Sales Manager

About WAGO: Innovation is at the heart of everything we do at WAGO. From our

pioneering CAGE CLAMP® spring pressure connection technology to our extensive range of Interconnect, Interface and Automation solutions, such as the fieldbus independent WAGO-I/O-SYSTEM, our customers count on the unconditional performance and reliability of our products to ensure the safe, efficient operation of their systems every time.

Custom Equipment Appoints Northeast Territory Manager

Paul Allen, Northeast Territory Manager

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Custom Equipment, LLC has welcomed Paul Allen as its Northeast U.S. territory manager. Allen will provide support to customers in the Northeast region, where the company has a growing presence. He will focus on continuing the expansion and channel development of Hy-Brid Lifts, Custom Equipment’s line of lightweight lowlevel scissor lifts. “Paul is a great asset for our team,” said Dan Schneider, Custom Equipment LLC vice president of sales. “With a growing construction industry, we needed someone who can continue to give our customers in that region the attention and support they need to be successful.” Allen has more than 10 years of sales experience selling and renting into the construction industry, including positions at Altec Industries, NES Rentals and most recently Admar Supply Co. Allen has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from State University of New York at Plattsburgh. “I am very excited to join Custom Equip-

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ment,” Allen said. “It’s great to be part of a team that builds high quality Americanmade equipment that provides solutions to contractors’ construction challenges.” ❏ Custom Equipment LLC engineers and manufactures all-purpose Hy-Brid Lifts brand of scissor lifts in electric selfpropelled and push-around models. The all-purpose lifts offer exceptional capabilities in a heavy-duty but lightweight design, are easy to maneuver and reach working heights as high as 20 feet. Contractors and maintenance technicians can use them from start to finish for a wide range of applications in industries as diverse as construction, drywall, electrical, HVAC, industrial manufacturing, painting and plumbing. For more information: Custom Equipment LLC, 2647 Highway 175, Richfield, Wis. 53076; 262-644-1300; fax 262-644-1320. About Custom Equipment LLC:


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Galvan Industries Celebrates 60 Years In Business Galvan Industries, Inc. recently celebrated the historic milestone of 60 years in business. Founded in 1958, Galvan was the first hot dip galvanizing operation in the Carolinas. Current and former employees and customers gathered at the Galvan plant in Harrisburg, NC on Friday, September 28 – National Steel Day – for barbecue, music, plant tours, employee awards and raffles. "It's exciting for me to see Galvan reach the sixty year mark," stated Laurens Willard, president. "The company has certainly surpassed what was envisioned back in the fifties. We've become a trusted partner with dozens of companies in many industries. We have a loyal customer base that relies on the quality of our process,

our products and our people." The Willard family has led Galvan since the company was acquired by Charles and Clarence Willard in 1958, as a subsidiary of Willard Industries. Willard Industries was a lead smelter and specialty fabricator located in Charlotte. Galvan’s original hot-dip galvanizing plant was equipped with a 10′ x 3′ x 4′ zinc kettle and was suitable only for relatively small parts. In the years since, the company has invested in numerous expansions to become one of the largest capacity contract galvanizers in the Southeast. In addition to providing lifetime rust prevention to steel fabricators and manufacturers, Galvan also supplies ground

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rods, grounding clamps, connectors, installation tools and accessories to the electrical, electronic and utility industries. Galvan manufactures a complete line of ground rods – copper-coated, galvanized, solid copper and stainless steel – at the Harrisburg plant. Galvan electrical products are used in residential, commercial and industrial applications, including construction, cable TV, lightning protection, power transmission and telecommunications across the USA. For more information, contact Galvan Industries by phone at (704) 455-5102 or by fax (704) 455-5215. Please visit Galvan Industries on their website at www.galvanize.com, or www.galvanelectrical.com for electrical products information. ❏


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industry NEWS ECM Industries Announces Leadership Change with Appointment of Mike Masino

to Chief Executive Officer; Current CEO David Scheer Transitioning to Executive Chairman Former President of Gardner Bender Steps into CEO Role to Lead Organization

ECM Industries which consists of a portfolio of leading industry brands serving the electrical maintenance and repair, lighting, gas utility, and irrigation markets today announced the appointment of Mike Masino as Chief Executive Officer. Current Chief Executive Officer David Scheer will be transitioning to the role of Executive Chairman. The changes were effective November 5, 2018. Under Scheer’s leadership, the company has undergone a major transformation since the divestiture from Actuant Corporation in 2013. Under private ownership, including the current private equity sponsor, Genstar Capital, the company has grown dramatically by repositioning its brand portfolio, acquiring six market-lead-

ing companies, and making critical investments in infrastructure, technology, and multi-channel sales and marketing resources. ECM Industries was formed in August 2018 when Brunswick Corporation acquired Power Products’ Marine and Mobile Division, and the remaining Electrical Construction and Maintenance Division was rebranded as ECM Industries. Scheer commented, “Mike is uniquely qualified to lead ECM moving forward. He has been with Gardner Bender and Power Products totaling over 15 years and has been a key leader integrating our 2 most recent acquisitions, Bergen Industries and King Innovation. Mike knows our business and understands the needs of our customers and has built an organization to

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take advantage of opportunities in multiple sales channels and diverse end markets. In addition, Mike is a problem solver, and he is dedicated to our customers’ success. I am very excited for him to take ECM to the next level and look forward to working with Mike and the executive team in my new role”. “I want to thank David, the entire ECM team, Genstar, and our Board of Directors for their confidence in me,” said Masino. “I rejoined Gardner Bender in 2014 because of David’s vision for the future and the renewed emphasis on growth. It has been a remarkable experience helping to build the business during the last 5 years, and I am very excited in my new capacity to continue this journey.” ❏


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new PRODUCTS ABB Introduces High-Performance UL 1077 Supplementary Protectors, which Improve Short-Circuit Protection for Electrical Equipment ST200M miniature circuit breakers use a new design and tougher materials to provide the highest quality and reliability with reduced installation costs. ABB presents a new generation of miniature circuit breakers (MCBs) for electrical equipment that provides higher levels of strength, performance and savings, while remaining compliant with the UL 1077 standard. The new ST 200 M supplementary protectors are intended for use within industrial control panels, appliances and other equipment to protect against overcurrent where branch-circuit protection already has been provided or is not required. The ST 200 M series advances the capabilities of the previous S200 and S200P supplementary protectors from ABB, reducing the number of parts that users need to order and making it easier for distributors, OEMs and consumers to do business with ABB. The new supplementary protectors are built with a thermoplastic housing, replacing the often brittle thermoset plastic used in the S200 and S200P. Thermoplastic material significantly reduces the potential for transportation damages. Additionally, the ST 200 M offers a higher interrupt rating — up to 10 kA — than earlier versions. The voltage ratings of the ST 200 M are 480Y/277 VAC and 60/125 VDC, which eliminate the necessity of using two different product lines for AC and DC applications. The ST 200 M carries a short-circuit current classification of U2, which expands its range of applications. The ST 200 M features a red/green contact position indicator for increased safety by indicating the actual position of the contacts. Its calibration temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) reduces derating in industrial control panels at higher ambient temperatures. For more information, visit www.abb.com

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new PRODUCTS New LED Replacement for 1000W HID Now Available from Current by GE • Industrial and outdoor LED replacement uses 60% less energy, fits existing HID fixture • Additional new products now available in wireless lighting controls and signage • Focus on ease of installation and commissioning Current, powered by GE (NYSE: GE) unveiled a new LED replacement lamp designed to replace 1000W high intensity discharge (HID) lamps. In addition to using 60 percent less energy, the product fits existing HID lamp fixtures and is wired to bypass the ballast, eliminating the need for future ballast replacements. With a majority of U.S. industrial facilities still relying on HID lighting, a product like the 1000W LED replacement has the potential to slash lighting electricity consumption, save millions of dollars and remove hazardous materials nationwide1. “This 1000W HID replacement lamp fills an important void in the market for our industrial, warehouse and outdoor lighting customers,” said Alan Boose, Senior Product Manager for LED Lamps at Current by GE. “Customers are excited about the simplicity of installation, consistent light distribution, and most importantly, long-term dramatic savings.” Current by GE continues to focus on products that are easy to install, customizable and adaptable in the future. “We are proud to continue to challenge ourselves to think ahead for our customers and allow them to maximize the potential of their lighting solution,” said Melissa Wesorick, General Manager of LED Products & Technology for Current by GE. “Efficiency today is far more than energy savings; it’s an exciting paradigm shift.” For more information, visit www.currentbyge.com

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new PRODUCTS FLIR Announces Three-Wire Receptacle Tester for GFCI and Standard Outlets: FLIR RT50 FLIR RT50 Quickly Identifies Up to Five Wiring Issues and Confirms Correct Wiring FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) announced the RT50, a GFCI receptacle tester designed for electricians, home or building inspectors, and do-it-yourselfers who need to verify or troubleshoot operation of three-wire receptacle circuits within residential and commercial buildings. The FLIR RT50 features a durable, ergonomic design, and smarter testing capabilities to quickly identify wiring issues and confirm correct wiring. The FLIR RT50 is a “plug and play” pocket tool that can be used to zero in on problems faster and more accurately. Users can plug it into threewire receptacles in 110-125 V AC circuits, GFCI outlets, and standard outlets wired in parallel. Additionally, users can plug into a series, for instance, multiple outlets in kitchens and bathrooms. Bright LED indicator lights inform the user that a circuit or outlet is wired correctly. With the RT50, users can confidently identify up to five possible wiring issues quickly, including: • Open Ground • Open Neutral • Open Hot • Hot & Ground Reversed • Hot & Neutral reverse For more information, visit FLIR.com/RT50

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new PRODUCTS New Quick Setup Cable Certifier from IDEAL Networks To support fast and straightforward cable certification, IDEAL Networks has updated its LanTEK® III Cable Certifier with a new Quick Setup feature. Designed to support busy cable installers, the new Quick Setup mode on the latest version of the IDEAL Networks LanTEK III enables almost all configuration and testing to be performed on just one straightforward screen. Eliminating the need to navigate through different menus and options before starting to test or troubleshoot simplifies and speeds up the process for installers. “From speaking to our customers, we found that they were keen to get quicker access to information when certifying data cable and therefore developed the new Quick Setup mode,” explains Tim Widdershoven, Global Marketing Manager for IDEAL Networks. “As with all IDEAL Networks solutions, this latest development underwent considerable internal and external testing to ensure that it meets the needs of the user.” The LanTEK III cable certifier from IDEAL Networks is used to test the performance of cable and connectors in installed LAN cabling systems, and to ensure that components and cable meet relevant standards. In the new Quick Setup operational mode, the most commonly used functions appear on a single screen, making tester configuration faster and simpler. Details that can be updated from the Quick Setup screen include the user, customer, job, test standard and test name / number. The user can choose Quick Setup as the default operating mode, entering directly from the home screen at the touch of a button. However, for those installers who prefer it, Standard Setup is still an available operating mode. “This new, intuitive Quick Setup operation mode has been developed to improve our standard user interface and tester setup,” adds Tim. “We believe it will enhance the user experience for new and existing customers, making the day to day job of cable installers easier and more efficient.” For more information, visit www.idealnetworks.net

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new PRODUCTS Milwaukee® Announces Its Fastest Drilling, Hardest Hitting SDS Max Rotary Hammer Unwavering in their dedication to delivering productivity-enhancing solutions that provide the right blend of power, run-time, and performance, Milwaukee Tool is proud to announce its fastest drilling and hardest hitting SDS Max rotary hammer yet. The M18 FUEL™ 1-3/4” Rotary Hammer w/ ONE-KEY™ generates the power of a 15amp corded hammer of the same size, features an electromagnetic clutch for maximum control and safety during use, and is capable of chipping a 1/2 ton of material per charge. Equipped with ONE-KEY™, users can also easily track, manage, and secure the rotary hammer through the ONE-KEY™ app on their mobile device. “Despite the growth of cordless rotary hammer solutions on the jobsite, there remain a wide array of larger capacity tasks that require the use of 1-3/4” rotary hammers. Unfortunately, because the larger cordless solutions available lack the capacity and speed needed for these applications, users continue to turn to their corded units,” said Kevin Gee, Senior Product Manager for Milwaukee Tool. “Due to the vast advantages of M18 FUEL™* cordless technology, we’re able to change all of that with the best performing rotary hammer in our company’s history, which not only boasts the benefits of no cords or generators but also drills faster than corded.” When equipped with Milwaukee’s new M18™ REDLITHIUM™ HIGH OUTPUT™ HD12.0 Battery, the rotary hammer can chip up to a ½ ton of material per charge, eliminating the hassle of cords while exceeding the performance of corded. The new HIGH OUTPUT™ HD12.0 Battery provides 50% more power, runs 50% cooler, and delivers 33% more run-time than the M18™ REDLITHIUM™ HD9.0 Battery. The new tool is also engineered with a proprietary AUTOSTOP™ electromagnetic clutch for the safest drilling and demolition experience. This clutch kicks in during lock up to prevent over rotation, minimizing potential rotation to only 45 degrees versus the typical 360 degrees of rotation users often experience with other hammers in this class. For more information, visit www.milwaukeetool.com

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Topaz Introduces LED Security Lights Topaz introduces a LED Security Lighting to its line of highly successful outdoor lighting products. These security light fixtures are intended as replacements for 120W halogen fixtures and come available with and without motion sensor. Topaz’s LED Security Lighting fixtures combine performance and design while providing years of maintenance free illumination in residential and commercial settings. The security light with motion sensor option offers easy time control, dusk-to-dawn ambient light detection and motion detection up to 40’ with a 180° field of view. Applications include general area lighting, walkways, doorways/entrances, and driveways. The fixtures are available in black or white for an aesthetically pleasing alternative to traditional halogen fixtures. Topaz Security Lights are ENERGY STAR® qualified. Michael Neary, Topaz Lighting Product Manager, said, “Topaz Security Lights with motion sensor contain an integrated dusk-to-dawn photocell, resulting in lower energy and maintenance costs over the 50,000 hours of its average rated life. This fixture is also constructed with cooling fins for improved heat dispensation for extended life. The die-cast aluminum construction is a thicker gauge than found on models in the big box stores and we’re really excited to be able to offer a product that we know will exceed expectations.” As the easiest and friendliest company to do business with, Topaz has included the hardware needed to easily mount the security light fixtures to a wall, eave or box and guarantees outstanding quality with a five-year warranty. For more information, visit www.topaz-usa.com

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new PRODUCTS Klein-Kurve® Wire Stripper/Crimper Multi-Tool (Cat. No. 1019) • Versatile functionality increases efficiency and convenience ◦ Strips 10-26 AWG solid and 12-28 AWG stranded copper wire ◦ Crimps 10-22 AWG insulated and non-insulated terminals, B connectors and Scotchlok® IDC connectors ◦ Cleanly shears 6-32 and 8-32 screws • Reinforced head reduces flex and keeps stripping holes true to size • Precision, shear-type cutting blades make every day cutting easier • Tip designed to grab, pull and bend the smallest of wires • Holes enable effortless wire looping and twisting • Double dipped Klein Kurve® comfort grips provide extra comfort for all-day use • Scotchlok® is a registered trademark of 3M “Klein Tools’ team of innovators heard stories of how switching between tools while completing a task results in wasted time and unnecessary frustration,” says Austin Minor, product manager at Klein Tools. “The new Klein-Kurve Wire Stripper/Crimper Multi-Tool offers the versatility and convenience tradespeople rely on, all with a durable design manufactured right here in the United States. This new multi-tool is the perfect addition to any voice-data-video professional’s tool bag, helping to make twisting, stripping, cutting, shearing and crimping easier.” For more information, visit www.kleintools.com/new-products

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advertiser INDEX

NOVEMBER 2018

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 AMTEC CORPORATION BARRON LIGHTING BERGEN INDUSTRIES BREX LIGHTING CHALFANT MFG COLONY CUSTOM METALS LLC CONDUIT REPAIR SYSTEMS CONTRACTOR LIGHTING & SUPPLY COPPER DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION COST LESS LIGHTING DABMAR LIGHTING GARDNER BENDER GENERATOR INTERLOCK TECHNOLOGIES GREAVES USA GRIPLOCK SYSTEMS, LLC HERCULES INDUSTRIES, INC IPEX USA

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