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CONTENTS

PUBLISHER

Danny J. Salchert OFFICE MANAGER

Anita Salchert ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER

Jerry DiChiara jerryd@epsmag.net CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Derek Gaylard CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Jim White CIRCULATION DIRECTOR

Pam Fulmer

14 CASE STUDY 6 Kimberly-Clark Cuts Energy Consumption 60% at

Malaysian Facility with Switch to Dialight DuroSite® LED High Bay Fixtures Paper Mill Runs Greener, Cooler with Better Visibility for Workers and Inspectors

FEATURE 14 Safety Tips for Qualified Persons By Jim White

DEPARTMENTS 24 Industry News 30 Product Focus 40 Ad Index ON THE COVER Shermco’s ‘In-House Training Substation’

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Danny J. Salchert Executive and Advertising Offices 3591 Cahaba Beach Road Birmingham, AL 35242 toll free: 800.981.4541 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. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to ABD Communications, Inc., P.O. Box 382885 Birmingham, Alabama 35238-2885

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CASE STUDY • Kimberly-Clark

Kimberly-Clark Cuts Energy Consumption 60% at Malaysian Facility with Switch to Dialight DuroSite® LED High Bay Fixtures Paper Mill Runs Greener, Cooler with Better Visibility for Workers and Inspectors

WITH A GLOBAL FOOTPRINT company recently replaced 114 of its Time for an Upgrade spanning more than 150 countries, Kimberly-Clark’s Products have become a trusted part of life for some 1.3 billion people around the world. At its Family Care Production Facility, at Kluang, in Johor, Malaysia, the company manufactures a wide range of paper products including Kleenex facial tissues, and Scott paper towels, among others. Aiming to reduce energy consumption and improve visibility within the plant, the 6

400W metal halide lighting fixtures with Dialight’s DuroSite LED High Bays. Consuming just 123W, the Dialight High Bays have enabled the company to slash energy consumption and dramatically improve visibility, all while making the work environment more comfortable and safer for employees. The company has been so impressed with the results, it’s now considering an upgrade to Dialight fixtures at other areas within the mill premise.

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When the Family Care Production Team began noticing low brightness on the manufacturing floor, the K-C engineering team set out to find newer technology to upgrade the existing lighting. One of the biggest contributing factors to the low quality of light, besides the rapid light depreciation natural to metal halide bulbs, was the degradation of the polycarbonate shields installed over each fixture. In the event a light bulb Continued on page 8


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should burst in the overhead fixtures, the shields were designed to prevent a possible spark from igniting the tissue products on the manufacturing floor—a major safety concern. But over time, the shields had become faded and discolored, further reducing clarity under the metal halide lights. The shields were also prone to collecting insects, which further reduced effective light output on the shop floor. Poor visibility was especially an issue in the inspection areas, where low light conditions hindered the K-C Quality Assurance team’s efforts. Furthermore, because of the region’s tropical climate, heat inside the facility was also a problem. The high-heat metal halide fixtures contributed significantly to this issue, which drove employees to switch off the lights to help keep the temperature down. But, with the long restrike/warm-up times required for the lights to come back up to full output, this 8

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presented a significant safety concern.

Driven to Lead Sustainable Manufacturing Movement In addition to visual acuity, the company also aimed to cut energy consumption. As one of the largest manufacturers in the world, K-C is committed to saving energy and optimizing efficiency worldwide—and serving as a leader in this movement throughout the Asia-Pacific region with its global Vision 2015 program. But, the Kluang facility’s current lighting efficacy was a paltry 12.49W per square meter (W/m2), mostly due to the fact that the lights were illuminating areas that were unnecessary, and they were often left burning when not needed to avoid the wait for restrike/warmup.

Dialight Outshines Local Competition As the K-C team began evaluating op-

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tions, they immediately looked to LED solutions, and even considered solar-powered products. Due to their location, they naturally evaluated products from local suppliers, including LED companies from Singapore and China. However, the North American-made Dialight High Bays offered better efficiency, shorter payback period and a longer lifespan backed by a full 5-year warranty, compared to just 2 years from the other suppliers. The company’s global reputation and impressive list of customers were also determining factors. With the largest installed base of LED high bay fixtures in the world—more than 50,000 to date— Dialight’s experience gave K-C facility managers the confidence that product they’d chosen was already a trusted solution on a global scale. The K-C team was also impressed with the 3D lighting simulation provided by Continued on page 12 Lumina Systems, the


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CASE STUDY • Kimberly-Clark regional distributor of Dialight lighting products, which gave them a preview of the results before the fixtures were even ordered. “With the lighting simulation, we could clearly see the optimum lighting layout for the space to be illuminated,” said Adam Lua Boon Chin, Project Engineer, Kimberly Clark Products. “We knew before installing that light would be directed exactly where we need it.”

Energy, Maintenance Costs Shrink With a 60 percent reduction in energy consumption, the K-C facility has been able to dramatically reduce its electricity costs. Now, lighting efficacy is at 4W/m2, less than a third of the wattage required with the metal halides units. And, because of the instant-on capability of the Dialight LEDs, K-C is also free to turn off the lights when they’re not needed, and can even strategically light only certain areas of the facility, such as alternating rows or

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With a 60 percent reduction in energy consumption, the K-C facility has been able to dramatically reduce its electricity costs. Now, lighting efficacy is at 4W/m2, less than a third of the wattage required with the metal halides units. only the perimeter, to save on energy use. Because the Dialight products are expected to last up to a decade without ever needing a bulb change, K-C has also been able to reduce maintenance costs and de-

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mands at the facility. Changing bulbs in the existing metal halide fixtures not only interfered with production but also posed a safety hazard, as most of the lights were positioned above the manufacturing equipment. The Dialight fixtures virtually eliminate lighting maintenance, delivering improved quality of light while maintaining consistent light levels over their life. And, since the lights themselves are fully enclosed and sealed to meet the HACCP and AIB food safety requirements, the risk of bursting bulbs is gone— as are the problematic spark shields. The lights are also much cooler, operating at less than 46°C, compared up to 232°C for the old metal halide units. “Not only have the products performed exactly to our expectations, Dialight has provided us with thorough and professional support, which has also been very important for making this project a success,” said Chow Weng Leong, Engineering Manager at the facility. ❏


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FEATURE • Shermco Industries

SAFETY TIPS for Qualified Persons

By Jim White, Shermco Industries

ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING Maybe that’s part of the reason it can be PERSONNEL face many safety chal- so difficult to get electrical workers to lenges that other trades may not (or at least, should not). Electrical shock, arc flash burns, arc blast, projectiles, high acoustic levels; makes me wonder why I ever decided to go into this area. Actually, when I was younger, it was that sense of danger, the fact that others would say, “Not a chance” first attracted me to electrical work. I don’t think I’m alone, which is why electrical safety needs to be at the top of your list and your supervisor’s list. We are risk takers. If we weren’t, we’d be laying brick or cutting 2 x 4s. 14

change their evil ways. Whether you get on board the safety train or step off it, companies are taking electrical safety much more seriously than they used to. Here are a few tips to get the old brain cells percolating: 1. “I’m a Journeyman, so I’m qualified”. Ooops! I’m going to make a lot of people mad right up front. Just because you are licensed as a Journeyman, Master or even if you’re an electrical engineer, that does not mean you are qualified. Just because you have 25

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years of experience (or one year 25 times) does not mean you are qualified. You have to meet OSHA’s definition of a qualified person, “Qualified person. One who has received training in and has demonstrated skills and knowledge in the construction and operation of electric equipment and installations and the hazards involved.” This definition has three parts; 1) training in the technical skills required. 2) demonstrating those skills and 3) knowledge of the construction and operation of electric equipment and Continued on page 16


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tion dated 11/22/94 says, “In OSHA’s view, self-paced, interactive computerbased training can serve as a valuable training tool in the context of an overall training program. However, use of computer-based training by itself would not be sufficient to meet the intent of OSHA’s training requirements............” Safety Tip; To be qualified you have to have the technical skills and experience, as well as safety training and skills. 2. “Your job title or description has to say “electrician” before you’re required to be a qualified person”. The truth is, OSHA doesn’t care what your job title is. It’s what you do on the job that OSHA looks at to determine who needs to be qualified. Anyone who works on or near exposed, energized electrical circuits or conductor parts rated above installations and the hazards involved. video-based training is adequate for train50 volts is required to be a qualified Many companies are taking the approach ing their qualified electrical workers. No, person. That could include InstrumenContinued on page 18 that CBT (computer-based training) or no, no! OSHA, in a Letter of Interpretatation & Control

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technicians, HVAC technicians, electrical engineers or others who may not think of themselves as having that requirement. Safety Tip; The magic number is 50 volts, not 100 volts nor 120 volts. If you have exposure, you probably need to be qualified to 29CFR1910.332 and .333. 3. “Low-voltage is not dangerous”. “I’ve Figure 2 been buzzed plenty of times and not in- Electrical Injuries get Worse Over Time jured”. Here’s a hint, don’t mistake PHOTO COURTESY OSHA WEBSITE luck for skill! When we get hit it is usually hand-to-foot. Shoes, socks and jected student volunteers to electrical carpet (or dry concrete) increase our shocks of varying strength/current. Dr. body’s resistance, dropping the current Dalziel proved conclusively that colthat would flow through us. Still, lege students, even in 1960, would do when it comes to electrical shock, the anything for beer money. He also deonly difference between being hit with termined that at 75mA an averagehigh voltage and low voltage is how sized man could go into ventricular long it takes to kill you. Both will get fibrillation in about 5 seconds. That the job done; low voltage just takes a sounds like a long time, unless you bit longer. Dr. Charles Dalziel concannot extract yourself from the shock. ducted a study in 1960 where he sub-

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When current flow through your body exceeds about 16 mA you get into the no-let-go effect, where muscular contractions caused by the electrical current could cause you to hold onto an electrical conductor or circuit part. 100mA of current flowing through the body can cause fibrillation in 3 seconds, while a 2.5A contact could cause fibrillation in about 4 milli-seconds. To achieve 2.5A current flow through your body would require something approaching 2kV. Figure 2 shows a hand injury caused by not being able to let go of a portable electric power tool. That might leave a mark. Safety Tip; Experience is not always the best teacher. Low-voltage can be fatal, especially if you have an undiagnosed health condition. 4. “Arc flash is the greatest hazard for electrical workers”. Looking at the Bureau of Labor Statistics Continued on page 20


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(BLS) shock is the greater hazard by about a two-to-one margin. In some industries it is higher. James Cawley presented a paper titled, “Trends in Electrical Injury” at the 2006 IEEE/IAS Petroleum and Chemical Industry Committee (PCIC). Figure 3 is from that presentation. The “Electrical Burns” numbers include internal electrical burns caused by current flow through the body (contact burns), as well as arc flash (non-contact) thermal burns. The two types of injuries are not separated, so deriving exact numbers is not possible, but the total number of electrical shock injuries could be expected to increase substantially.

Figure 3

Shock vs. Burn Injuries From “Trends in Electrical Injury”

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Safety Tip; Arc flash injuries often cause more serious injuries than electrical shock. The injuries in Figure 2, though, represent lost-time injuries, so the shock injuries were still very serious, not just a Continued on page 22 little “buzz”.


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outside your control. Any one of these, not to mention dozens more can cause an accident and when it occurs, there’s usually nowhere to go. Safety Tip; Follow safety procedures and safe work practices, such as NFPA 70E not because you know something is going to happen, but because we don’t know when it is going to happen. If not for yourself, think of the grief and loss your family would experience if you were seriously injured or killed. Think of the impact on your children. 7. “If I wear PPE, I’m protected”. Sounds good; even has a certain ring of logic to it, but that statement is flat false. PPE does not eliminate the hazard, nor does it eliminate the risk. PPE can reduce the risk, but the hazard will remain the same, whether PPE is used or not. OSHA does not accept that line of argument, and neither should you. Safety Tip; never trust your life to a mechanical device. My dad would say this when I would be under a car supported by a hydraulic jack. It’s good advice, even for PPE. Always wear your PPE, but work like you don’t have any on.

5. “I only work on low-voltage, low-energy lighting panels and the like, so arc flash isn’t a problem for me”. I guess it isn’t, if you don’t want to be able to use your fingers or hands. One of the Rules-of-Thumb for incident energy is that incident energy decreases by the inverse square of the distance. As you move away from an arc source, the heat created by an electrical arc flash will reduce very quickly. The opposite is also true; incident energy increases by the square of the distance as you move closer to an arc source. If I receive 1 cal/cm2 incident energy to my face and chest area (which is where incident energy is calculated to) my hands will be much closer. In some cases my hands may only be one or two inches from an arc source. My hands could very easily be exposed to enough incident energy to cause severe second and third-degree burns. 22

Safety Tip; NFPA 70E recommends wearing leather gloves if hands will be exposed to an arc flash. Even lighting panels can cause severe burns to unprotected hands and fingers. 6. “I know what I’m doing”. “I’ve done it this way for XX years and never had a problem”. “You’re full of poop, Jim”. I’m ugly, too, but that’s beside the point. Because we are risk-takers, we tend to downplay risks and hazards. We become accustomed to working on electrical equipment and we feel comfortable. Our experience and field knowledge tell us how to evaluate those risks and we tend to trust them. The problem is, one day, maybe years from now something will not be as it seems. The insulation may be weakened. Someone may not have tightened the lug properly during the last maintenance cycle. The contractor who installed the equipment may have had a bad day. These are factors completely

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Safety Tip Number 2; turn it off! That is the only way to eliminate hazards and risks. Once the equipment or circuit is tested and found absent of voltage, no PPE is needed and the risk disappears. What a great feeling that is! This is also what OSHA and NFPA 70E tells us to do. So the three most important rules of electrical safety are1) turn it off, 2) turn it off and 3) turn it off.

Summary I’ve found that the vast majority of workers performing electrical tasks want to do what is right. But we get task-focused, losing sight of the fact that if there is an accident, not only could we (or someone close by) be injured or killed, but whatever we were working on has probably been damaged to the point it must be replaced. Companies that have really committed to working only deenergized have found that, once the initial adjustment period is over, turning electrical equipment and circuits off doesn’t have nearly the impact on operations as they had feared. Be smart – follow the OSHA regulations and NFPA 70E. ❏


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Cooper Industries’ Donated Products Part of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Renovation in Columbus, Ohio Cooper Lighting and Cooper B-Line Provide Innovative, Green Solutions for Renovation Cooper Industries plc (NYSE: CBE), a global provider of electrical solutions, recently took part in a community center renovation and the construction of the Rhodes home in Columbus, Ohio, for the ABC hit show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Designed to provide both with new, improved spaces featuring ecofriendly solutions, Cooper Lighting and Cooper B-Line products proved to be an ideal fit. To provide general and accent lighting throughout the home, the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team installed Cooper Lighting’s high-quality Halo 4inch LED and 6-inch recessed downlights. The Halo LED downlights consume over 75 percent less energy than traditional 65In addition to building a new home, the show also set its sights on the renovation of a nearby community center. Going green, the center’s new solar system features panels housed on Cooper B-Line’s ARISTA Monolithic racking system. Designed for quick and easy installation, it fit perfectly into the show’s tight production schedule. The product, securing more than 12kW of solar modules, features a limited number of pre-assembled components to offer installers both a time and cost savings. It is ideal for both portrait and landscape mounting, accommodates virtually any type and size of solar panel and includes pre-assembled ballast strips with many alternatives including a positively tied option. For added efficiency, it also includes Cooper B-Line’s DURABLOK™ supports constructed from 100 percent recycled rubber. “As past supporters of the show, we were thrilled to provide our efficient solutions to a family and community so deserving of these major renovations,” said Cooper Industries Chairmen and CEO 24

Kirk S. Hachigian. “Through the use of our products we hope that others watching this amazing renovation come to recognize the many efficient solutions available and the benefits of choosing energy-efficient products.” To learn more about the products used by the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition crew, visit the Cooper Industries site at www.cooperindustries.com. ❏ About Cooper Industries Cooper Industries plc (NYSE: CBE) is a global electrical products manufacturer with 2011 revenues of $5.4 billion. Founded in 1833 Cooper's sustained success is attributable to a constant focus on innovation and evolving business practices, while maintaining the highest ethical standards and meeting customer needs. The Company has seven operating divisions with leading market positions and world-class products and brands, including Bussmann electrical and electronic fuses; Crouse-Hinds and CEAG explosion-proof electrical equipment; Halo and Metalux lighting fixtures; and Kyle and McGraw-Edison power sys-

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tems products. With this broad range of products, Cooper is uniquely positioned for several long-term growth trends including the global infrastructure buildout, the need to improve the reliability and productivity of the electric grid, the demand for higher energy-efficient products and the need for improved electrical safety. In 2011 fifty-nine percent of total sales were to customers in the industrial and utility end-markets and forty percent of total sales were to customers outside the United States. Cooper has manufacturing facilities in 23 countries as of 2011. For more information, visit the website at www.cooperindustries.com. About ABC-TV’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” The Emmy award winning reality program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” now in its 9th season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It’s executive-produced by Brady Connell and George Verschoor. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. Episodes air Friday nights from 8:00 – 9:00pm, ET on ABC.


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Industry NEWS

Kaiser Electric Renovating 47-year-old Mark Twain Residence Hall at University of Missouri - Columbia Kaiser Electric crews started working Feb. 1 on a long-awaited project to renovate the 47-year-old Mark Twain residence hall and Mark Twain Market at the University of Missouri – Columbia (Mizzou).

Kaiser Electric is providing all of the new electrical wiring, lighting, branch circuiting, data and communication service, and fire alarm wiring on both projects. The general contractor on the

project is River City Construction in Ashland, MO. Plans for the seven-story hall, which closed in December, include a gut-renovation of the main desk area, restrooms, student quarters, lower level spaces and main lounge, plus relocation of the entrance, the addition of study rooms throughout, restoration of the exterior façade and replacement of the windows and central air conditioning and heating units. The building currently houses 395 residents. Upon completion of the project, the facility will house 372 residents. Renovations to the two-story Mark Twain Market dining hall, which is located adjacent and connected to Mark Twain Hall, includes a new roof, updated finishes, the addition of restrooms and expansion of the seating area and refrigerated, frozen, dry storage and receiving areas. As a result of the dining hall expansion, Mark Twain Hall’s inground swimming pool will be removed. Mark Twain Market will close in May 2012 and is expected to re-open in August 2013 when renovations to the residence and dining halls are expected to be complete. The total cost for the renovations is approx. $21.7 million, which includes approx. $3.1 million in funding from Campus Dining Services to complete the Mark Twain Market renovations. The University of Missouri system Board of Curators approved an $18.6 million bond in November 2010 to renovate Mark Twain residence hall. ❏ About Kaiser Electric Kaiser Electric has been providing electrical contracting and engineering services to the St. Louis metro area for more than 58 years. The company focuses primarily on industrial, commercial, healthcare, design/build and communications projects and employs 150 field electricians with a fleet of 60 vehicles. Kaiser Electric is headquartered in Fenton, MO with divisions in Central Missouri and Southern Illinois. For more information about Kaiser Electric, visit www.kaiserelectric.com or call 636-305-1515.

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TOSHIBA ENTERS LED LIGHTING FIXTURE MARKET Toshiba Brings Expertise, 120-Year Heritage in Lighting to Growing Market Toshiba International Corporation, recently announced that it is launching energy-efficient, long-lasting LED luminaires for roadway, area, and high- and low-bay lighting applications. Conventional High Intensity Discharge (HID) lighting, such as high-pressure sodium or metal halide, requires frequent maintenance and high wattage usage. In contrast, Toshiba’s LED luminaires have a rated life of 60,000 hours or 12 to 14 years, six times as long as metal-halide and twice as long as high-pressure sodium products. As a result, LED luminaires provide one of the lowest life cycle costs of any lighting technology. “To meet the market’s growing demand for high-quality, energy-efficient lighting products, we believe now is the right time to enter the fixture market,” said Peter DallePezze, Vice President of

Marketing and Product Development, Toshiba International Corporation LED Lighting Systems Division. “We are able to deliver a superior line of LED lighting products because of our 120-year lighting heritage in Japan combined with our extensive knowledge and expertise in the electronics and semiconductor business.” Toshiba entered into an agreement with San Antonio, Texas-based GreenStar Products, Inc. to produce the LED luminaires, and Toshiba is now marketing, selling and distributing these products in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. “GreenStar is a company dedicated to delivering outstanding quality and innovative products while preserving our planet through the efficient use of resources,” said Ken Honeycutt, Senior Vice President at Toshiba International Corporation

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and the Chief Venture Executive for Toshiba LED Lighting Systems Division. “It is this common drive that led us to choose GreenStar for this alliance. Together, we will produce highly advanced, eco-friendly, and cost-saving LED lighting systems all backed by Toshiba’s trusted reliability.” The roadway and area lighting can be pole- or wall-mounted and accommodate a 50-degree tilt to meet lighting demands in a variety of applications. The highand low-bay lighting can be mounted to a ceiling or canopy. These lighting systems produce both square and oblong beam patterns and are best suited for warehouse, cold storage, gymnasium, under-bridge, and parking garage lighting. The innovative product designs for these LED luminaires include advanced photometric controls that deliver superior light distribution and greater uniformity than conventional HID lighting. They are also available in a broad range of outputs, providing the ability to specify the appropriate light level for every application. In addition to reduced energy consumption and long product life, these luminaires contain no mercury or lead, making them an attractive environmentally friendly lighting solution. “Our customers are looking for ways to reduce energy and maintenance costs, and LED luminaires allow them to do just that while also improving light quality,” said Mark Altomare, Vice President of Business Development at Toshiba International Corporation LED Lighting Systems Division. “We see tremendous opportunities to serve a variety of markets, including municipalities, utilities, departments of transportation, and corporations with these new products. For example, there are roughly 100 million street lights in the United States alone.” As one of the largest lighting companies and LED lamp manufacturers in the world, Toshiba is dedicated to creating high quality light, while keeping energy consumption low. One hundred percent of Toshiba’s current lighting product offering and lighting product development in the U.S. is based on LED technology. ❏


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Product FOCUS Legrand/Wiremold Expands Line of Advanced Floor Boxes Legrand/Wiremold has introduced an advanced four-compartment recessed floor box for concrete floors, including bare concrete and terrazzo. The Resource RFB4E Series floor box accepts 6" round Evolution™ Series Poke-Thru covers that are available in three styles and five colors. The RFB4E Series floor box provides ample capacity where a larger box is not required. This box extends the industry-leading line of Wiremold® floor boxes and poke-thru devices that use the same Evolution covers for improved aesthetics throughout a building and ensure the same look when floor boxes and poke-thru devices are used in the same space. The RFB4E Series floor box is available for on-grade and above-grade construction and is fully adjustable before and after the concrete pour. Twenty-six knockouts on the sides and bottom, ranging in size from ¾" to 2", provide maximum installation flexibility. A proprietary conduit hub accepts 2" conduit to bring more cables into the 4" deep box. Removable dividers and a detachable side plate facilitate pass-through tunneling. The four internal compartments support power, communications, and audio/video applications with generous space (3 ½” behind the device plates) for installing devices and managing cable bend requirements. Evolution Series poke-thru covers are available in surface, flush and furniture feed designs. A unique ring and mud-cap assembly allows the cover to be installed in polished concrete and terrazzo floors. Covers are available in nickel, brass, bronze, black, and gray powder-coat finishes. Each cover features two spring-loaded slide cable egress doors and TopGuard™ protection that prevents water, dirt, and debris from entering device compartments. Evolution poke-thru covers are UL Listed to U.S. and Canadian standards for tile, terrazzo, carpet, and wood floors. For more information, visit www.legrand.com

T3 Innovation’s New Coax Clarifier™ Now Available Tester is Designed to Help the Field Technician Qualify and Quantify ‘Dark’ Coax Systems; will Determine Individual Run Quality as well as the System’s Capability to Deliver Good Quality Video at Both Standard and High Definition Levels T3 Innovation, a leading provider of advanced handheld test equipment for the cable/telecommunications, datacom/networking, electrical design and maintenance, and residential/CEDIA custom install markets, has announced that the new Coax Clarifier™ layout/fault finder is now available. “T3 Innovation’s new Coax Clarifier system quality tester is designed to help the field technician qualify and quantify ‘Dark’ coax systems,” explained Ron Vogel, T3 Innovation CEO. “Dark unpowered coax systems give no clue as to their design, condition, or configuration. The Coax Clarifier will determine individual run quality as well as to determine the ability of the overall system’s capability to deliver good quality video at both standard and high definition levels.” Made in the USA, an easy-to-read large backlit LCD shows loss levels on each coax cable run and displays a bar graph of quality for each. Detecting and testing splitters for quality, shorts/opens, etc. is also done on each test. Finally, the Coax Clarifier uses inexpensive wiremap remotes that allow the technician to singlehandedly “map” an entire system easily and quickly. Cable length measurements, signal quality measurements, and wiremapping all in one compact, rugged tester. “In addition, separate wire mapping sets allows a technician to map out the entire coax system and measure the quality and characterization of the overall network for carrying services, such as high grade video, surveillance data, and HD programming,” Vogel added. “It also has the ability identify the testing remotes through splitters, showing the end location of multiple runs off of installed splitters.” For more information, visit www.t3innovation.com 30

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Product FOCUS FLIR Launches New Enhanced i-Series Infrared Cameras Product Brief (<75 words): FLIR introduces the next-generation i-Series point-and-shoot infrared cameras! A powerful infrared diagnostics tool starting at only $1,195. The FLIR i3, i5, and i7 offer better images, an optimized display for faster inspections, and a combination of thermal sensitivity and measurement accuracy typically only seen in cameras costing thousands more. i-Series are durable, easy to use, and perfect for those just starting out with infrared or outfitting everyone on the crew with thermal imaging. Portland, OR – February 1st, 2012 – FLIR Systems unveiled the next generation FLIR i-Series point-andshoot infrared cameras today, featuring higher resolutions and wider field-of-view choices – three rugged models that help you find problems faster and more accurately, starting under $1,200. New performance options include the upgraded i7 with 36% more thermal imaging resolution than before. In fact, at 19,600 pixels, the i7 actually exceeds RESNET resolution standards – important if you’re in the building industry. Remarkably, FLIR has kept pricing for all three new i-Series cameras the same as its original groundbreaking, affordable models. All i-Series cameras capture thousands of calibrated temperature measurements in every image to produce a complete thermal picture that shows where hot spots and other heat-related problems are immediately, so you can find them faster, diagnose them more accurately, and work more efficiently than ever. Built with ruggedness you can trust, all i-Series cameras are also tough enough to withstand a 2-meter drop and stow right alongside other tools. And every one is backed by FLIR’s industry-leading 2/5/10 warranty that provides 2 years of coverage on all camera components, 5-year battery coverage, and 10-year warranty protection for the infrared detector. For more information, visit www.flir.com

Bridgeport Introduces Whipper-Snap® Snap-In Duplex Connector Bridgeport Fittings announced the Whipper-Snap® Snap-In “U” Shaped Strap Duplex connector – SG3838ASP. Bridgeport’s duplex connector is designed for connecting 14/2 (.42 inches ∅min) to 10/3 (.61 inches ∅max) cable or 3/8-inch flexible metal conduit to a box or enclosure. The connector simply snaps into the electrical box. The zinc die-cast connector is suitable for maintaining grounding continuity when installed in accordance with the NEC patented Whipper-Snap design. Bridgeport Fittings is a leading supplier of quality fittings to the industrial, commercial and residential channels of the electrical industry. For more information, visit www.bptfittings.com

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Lithonia Lighting Launches D-Series Size 1 LED Area Luminaire D-Series Size 1 LED luminaire is the ideal replacement for 100-400W metal halide luminaires in pedestrian and area lighting applications. Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI; “Company”), a market leader in innovative energy-efficient lighting and control solutions, has expanded its LED outdoor lighting portfolio with the launch of the D-Series Size 1 LED Area Luminaire by Lithonia Lighting®. The D-Series Size 1 luminaire offers a stylish, modern look ideal for many commercial and municipal applications, including parking lots, plazas, campuses and streetscapes. Its design makes a bold, progressive statement – in both aesthetics and technology – while still blending seamlessly with any outdoor environment. When installed as a replacement for 100-400W metal halide luminaires, the D-Series Size 1 luminaire delivers an average of 65 percent energy savings and an expected service life of up to 100,000 hours or more. The nighttime operation of approximately 20 years is equal to six or more expected metal halide re-lampings. If replacing metal halide one for one, each D-Series Size 1 luminaire is estimated to save owners thousands of dollars in energy and maintenance costs over its lifetime. The luminaire’s proprietary optics deliver better uniformity and lower power density (watts per square foot) than metal halide, allowing site owners to save on energy while still meeting IESNA standards. The optical design also minimizes the number of costly poles needed for new construction applications. “The D-Series Size 1 luminaire is a high-performer at a great value, making it the obvious choice for new construction and renovation projects, even when compared to traditional products” said Emily Finn, Acuity Brands Lighting Value Stream Manager for outdoor lighting products. “We are truly excited to demonstrate its capabilities to the commercial and municipal markets.” The sleek modular design of the D-Series Size 1 luminaire also allows for easy maintenance and future light engine upgrades. For more information, visit www.acuitybrands.com and www.lithonia.com

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Product FOCUS Appleton Accelerates Leadership in LED Market with New Self-Contained Emergency Lighting for Industrial Areas As the evolution in LED lighting continues to roar forward, Appleton is ensuring that its customers stay ahead of the curve and efficiently utilize this technology in a growing number of applications. Appleton’s newest contribution is the FNES LED series of self-contained emergency lighting luminaires complete with self-test system and rated for hazardous industrial environments. Appleton FNES luminaires fully leverage LED’s remarkable efficiency, minimal environmental footprint, and long and reliable operation even under extreme industrial conditions. They provide the bright lighting that employees need for safe escape during an evacuation. The FNES is equipped with six white LEDs that produce 540 lumens for space lighting applications; for escape route lighting, six white LEDs produce 55 lumens. When compared to previous generation fluorescent and incandescent versions of this luminaire, the new FNES delivers an extended lamp life of 60,000+ hours or six times that of a fluorescent and more than 60 times that of a 3-watt incandescent. The FNES LED is designed for installation in areas defined by the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) as Zone 2, 21 and 22, typically found in oil refineries, petrochemical plants and pulp and paper facilities. Lighting fixtures in these environments are subjected to harsh chemicals that may damage their operation. To combat these environments, the FNES is built extremely rugged with a corrosion-resistant fiberglass reinforced polyester body with polycarbonate diffuser, and a choice of either zinc-plated steel, gray painted aluminum or 315 stainless steel fixing brackets. Because of the critical life-safety role that the FNES plays, it is equipped with an built-in automatic self-test system with memorization of tests indicated by LEDs. The lamp will self-check once a week for a duration of 6 seconds, as well as perform a quarterly self-test of one hour. For more information, visit www.appletonelec.com

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Product FOCUS Leviton Introduces Universal Dimmers Compatible with Dimmable LED, Dimmable CFL and Incandescent Bulbs Devices eliminate performance issues commonly found when pairing energy efficient bulbs with standard incandescent dimmers Leviton, a leading global manufacturer of electrical devices, today introduced state-of-the-art Universal Dimmers, engineered to provide homeowners optimal control of current and emerging incandescent, dimmable CFL and dimmable LED bulbs without sacrificing performance. Recognizing that newer, energy-efficient bulbs have specific needs for effective dimming, Leviton worked with bulb manufacturers to develop dimmers that are tested and proven effective to function in harmony with the latest bulb innovations. The new devices give retailers, distributors and contractors the ability to offer a single lighting control capable of properly dimming nextgeneration lighting sources while remaining backwards compatible with current bulbs. Available in two distinctive styles, the Leviton Universal Dimmers feature an ON/OFF preset function which preserves the selected dimmer setting, smooth start-up, gentle-touch control, fluid slide movement for precise dimming and modern aesthetics. The newly-designed SureSlide® model sports clean lines, sculptured controls and a contemporary rocker switch, and the IllumaTech® model features a traditional push button switch and attractive slide bar. Both devices address performance issues – such as flickering, reduced dimming range and low level start-up – often experienced when incandescent-only dimmers are paired with dimmable LED and CFL bulbs. For more information, visit www.leviton.com

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Platinum Tools® Debuts New Snap Shot™ SSTDR Faults Tester Utilizing an Advanced Form of Spread Spectrum Time Domain Reflectometry, the Snap Shot Fault Finding/Cable Length Measurement TDR Seeks and Measures for Electrical Faults Over Energized Data Lines, Electrical Cable Runs, and Live Coax Systems Platinum Tools®, the leader in solutions for the preparation, installation and hand termination of wire and cable, is proud to debut the new Snap Shot™ fault finding/cable length measurement TDR. “Today’s security, electrical, data, voice and video signal carrying systems can be incredibly complex,” explained Lee Sachs, Platinum Tools, Inc. president and general manager. “Working in real time has become a must to keep these systems up-andrunning. With the Snap Shot, the field technician can work much quicker and more accurately. Snap Shot can measure attached working data lines, electrical cable runs, and live coax systems for run lengths, and to see if there are any existing electrical faults while the cable is in use and under power.” Utilizing an advanced form of Spread Spectrum Time Domain Reflectometry that allows its use over energized cables, Snap Shot TDR accurately detects, locates and identifies fault conditions such as opens, shorts, and arc faults on energized cable of all types up to 3,000 feet in length. Made in the U.S.A., large backlit LCD display clearly shows lengths in both feet and/or meters with an accuracy of better than one percent for pinpointing any fault or condition. Dual internal memory allows users to store cable parameters for easy reference, while a built in tone generator with multiple tone capability traces found faults. Additional Snap Shot features and specifications include: • Auto power-off • Four different tones • Calibrates any cable NVP value • Size: 6.8 x 3.15 x 1.3 inches • Weight: 12 oz (with battery) • MSRP: $259.95 For more information, visit www.platinumtools.com FOR FREE INFO, CIRCLE 52 ON READER SERVICE CARD

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Product FOCUS Milwaukee® Powers Up the Jobsite with New Multi-Voltage Charger Milwaukee Tool Corporation continues to deliver productivityenhancing solutions to the professional tradesman with the introduction of the M18™ & M12™ Multi-Voltage Charger (4859-1812). The new Energy Star rated unit will charge all M18™ and M12™ LITHIUM-ION batteries sequentially, allowing the user to put both packs on the charger and walk away confident that they will be ready for their next job. “With the expansion of the M18™ or M12™ systems, we have a growing customer base that is using both batteries,” says Christian Coulis, Sr. Product Manager for Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation. “The combination of M18™ performance and M12™ productivity helps to make this a very valuable solution to the users who have invested in both systems. For example, plumbers may use M18™ cordless tools for applications that require more power and torque, and at the same time have a need to use an M12™ PVC Shear. This charger will help them be better prepared and more productive.” Available in March 2012, the new Multi-Voltage Charger will be included with the M18™ FUEL™ Drill Driver and Hammer Drill Driver, sold as an optional accessory and will also transition into several M18™ kits throughout the year. The new unit will charge M18™ or M12™ compact batteries in 30 minutes and extended capacity (XC) batteries in 60 minutes. With the introduction of the new charger and an unrelenting commitment to grow the M18™ and M12™ cordless platforms, Milwaukee® continues to expand its leadership position in LITHIUM-ION cordless. For more information, visit www.milwaukeetool.com

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