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Issue: February 2009
By: Frank Bisbee


Datacom/Telecom Glossary
In This Issue

Bits N' Pieces


BISBEE’S BUZZ

Industry Associations and Industry Media are two of the most important components of our professional survival. These two vital areas are critical resources.  Industry Associations and Industry Media give us the tools to keep up and stay abreast of “all the news that you can use”.

Behind the scenes

The Business and Professional Associations promote the business and professional interest of their members. With the economy in a tailspin many businesses are suffering. Whether you're a job seeker, or a professional looking for new challenges or career development, professional associations offer great value to their members, especially in these challenging times.

Offer access to a network of colleagues in the same field, which is valuable since often "who" you know is as important as "what" you know.

Associations create networking communities of professionals with similar interests; by industry, job function, or geographic area.

Provide mentor opportunities at the local or national level.

Professionals can enhance their leadership skills through volunteer work within the organization, as well as speaking and publishing opportunities with an association's events or publications.

Provide access to expert information that reflects industry trends and primary research. This information can help you keep pace with changes in the profession.

Deliver professional development opportunities, through certification programs courses and local chapter meetings to continue one's education. Some professions have continuing education credit requirements, which can be earned through an association's learning resources. Completing courses or earning a certification can help job seekers demonstrate technical skills and give a competitive advantage.

Demonstrate a commitment to your chosen profession. Along with adding the organization's name to your résumé, you can develop new skills that you might not be able to acquire on the job.

Offer career resources and job postings that may not be available elsewhere.

BICSI

BICSI is a professional association supporting the information transport systems (ITS) industry. ITS covers the spectrum of voice, data and video technologies. It encompasses the design, integration and installation of pathways, spaces, fiber- and copper-based distribution systems, wireless-based systems and infrastructure that supports the transportation of information and associated signaling between and among communications and information gathering devices. https://www.bicsi.org/default.aspx

BICSI provides information, education and knowledge assessment for individuals and companies in the ITS industry. We serve more than 25,000 ITS professionals, including designers, installers and technicians. These individuals provide the fundamental infrastructure for telecommunications, audio/video, life safety and automation systems. Through courses, conferences, publications and professional registration programs, BICSI staff and volunteers assist ITS professionals in delivering critical products and services, and offer opportunities for continual improvement and enhanced professional stature.

Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, USA, BICSI membership spans nearly 140

The Association Professional in action:

John Clark, Executive Director of BICSI explained that BICSI’s value is enhanced by the “power through partnership” between the Membership, Board, and Staff. www.bicsi.org They are able to continue to add value to the association with a strategic plan. BICSI’s strategic plan includes:

¨       Nextgen

¨       Globalization

¨       Localization

¨       Standards

NECA

National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). www.necanet.org  NECA is the major trade association for the $100 billion U.S. electrical industry, and its members are organized into 119 local chapters and 12 international chapters. The national staff is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, and in four regional offices around the country.

John M. Grau is the Chief Executive Officer for the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

Mr. Grau became NECA’s chief staff officer in April 1986. Previously, he was Executive Vice President of the Milwaukee Chapter, NECA, and served as a field representative associate with the NECA Western Region. Prior to joining NECA, Mr. Grau was a realty specialist for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Grau is Vice Chairman of ELECTRI International – The Foundation for Electrical Construction, Inc., and serves on the Boards of the Electrical Safety Foundation International and the Plan for the Settlement of Jurisdictional Disputes in the Construction Industry. He is co-chair of the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Electrical Industry, a program that dedicates over $110 million annually on worker training. Mr. Grau is also a trustee of the Helmets to Hardhats program and a corporate member of Underwriters Laboratories, Chicago.

Mr. Grau is a member of the U. S. Chamber of Commerce Associations Committee of 100 and the American Society of Association Executives, where he has served on several committees. In 1986, Mr. Grau was inducted as a Fellow of the Academy of Electrical Contracting. He is listed in Who’s Who in America.

Dan Walter is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for NECA. He supervises numerous program areas, including standards and safety, communications, marketing, government affairs, the NECA Convention and Trade Show, and ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine.

Walter started his career with NECA in 1975 as a staff associate assigned to the Midwestern Region. He spent 10 years as manager of the Quad Cities Chapter, NECA, before coming to NECA headquarters to replace the venerable Bob Wilkinson as Director of Services.

He is also the President of the Associated Specialty Contractors (ASC). ASC is an umbrella organization of nine national construction trade associations. ASC publishes Guidelines for a Successful Construction Project in conjunction with the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and the American Subcontractors Association (ASA. Walter also represents NECA on many construction industry committees and forums.

NAED

The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED)

Since 1908, the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) has served as the trade association for the electrical distribution industry. NAED is a 501(c)6 not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving and protecting the electrical distribution channel. As part of that mission, NAED provides networking opportunities through approximately 20 meetings & conferences a year, training and research through the NAED Education & Research Foundation, industry information and research through TED Magazine. www.naed.org

Tom Naber - NAED President and Chief Executive Officer

The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) was founded on December 9, 1908 as the Electric Supply Jobbers Association (ESJA), headquartered in Chicago, Ill. The first goal of this new organization was to establish the electrical distributor as an essential force in the electrical industry and the economy.

The association changed its name to the National Electrical Wholesalers Association (NEWA) in June 1928. At this time, it also moved its headquarters to New York City. In 1949, the Association changed its name to the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED).

In 1969, the NAED Foundation was formed. This also marked the beginning of the public relations campaign to sell the value of distribution to the electrical industry. By 1971, NAED Foundation was offering 64 seminars. Today, NAED Foundation has impacted thousands of individuals with its multitude of educational programs.

The '70s were a busy decade. In addition to many other activities, NAED debuted the first "Cost of Doing Business Study," which later became the Performance Analysis Report (PAR), and the Under Forty Club, which eventually became Leadership Enhancement and Development (LEAD). Today, PAR has become one of NAED's most valuable services while the LEAD group has become a driving force of leadership.

NAED moved from Wilton, Conn. to its current home in St. Louis, Mo. in 1997. The St. Louis headquarters continue to be the center for the daily operations of the association.

Thanks to the support and involvement of its members, NAED has become the central source of the nation's distributors and their affiliates. It continues to be the meeting place of the industry, providing the only meetings attended by the entire electrical industry.

Regardless of what the future holds, NAED will be standing strong beside electrical distribution, helping it remain the channel of choice for electrical supplies!

ACUTA

ACUTA, the Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education, is an international non-profit educational association serving colleges and universities. www.acuta.org  ACUTA represents over 1700 individuals at nearly 800 institutions of higher education with members ranging from small schools and community colleges to the 50 largest U.S. institutions representing diverse Carnegie classifications in all 50 states, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.  ACUTA also has Corporate Affiliate members, representing all categories of communications technology vendors who serve the college/university market.

Executive Director, Jeri Semer, CAE - She is responsible for managing the professional staff in the Lexington headquarters office. Jeri implements policies approved by the Board of Directors, and ensure that the Board and committees have staff support. Other responsibilities include representing ACUTA with higher education and telecommunications associations, developing programs and member services consistent with the Strategic Plan, and working with staff on all ACUTA programs. She also works on legislative and regulatory matters.

CABA

The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) is a not-for-profit industry association dedicated to the advancement of intelligent home and intelligent building technologies in North America. www.caba.org

The organization is supported by an international membership of nearly 400 companies involved in the design, manufacture, installation and retailing of products relating to home automation and building automation. Public organizations, including utilities and government are also members.

CABA's mandate includes providing its members with networking and market research opportunities. CABA also encourages the development of industry standards and protocols, and leads cross-industry initiatives. Ron Zimmer is the President and CEO of CABA. His energy and charismatic leadership has brought the CABA message to the attention of millions.

The organization was originally founded in 1988 as the Canadian Automated Buildings Association. The founding members included Bell Canada, Bell-Northern Research, Ontario Hydro, Hydro-Québec, Consumers Gas, Canadian Home Builders’ Association, the Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers Association of Canada, Industry Canada, Minto Developments Inc. and the National Research Council of Canada.

In 2006, CABA integrated the Internet Home Alliance, an association of technology companies committed to research and development within the intelligent home sector.  The working group now exists as CABA's Connected Home Research Council.

In February 1988, a meeting was called at the National Research Council of Canada's headquarters in Ottawa to explore the possibility of establishing a Canadian association of like-minded, building-related organizations.

Bell Canada, Bell-Northern Research, Ontario Hydro, Hydro-Québec, Consumers Gas, Canadian Home Builders’ Association, the Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers Association of Canada, Industry Canada, Minto Developments Inc. and the National Research Council of Canada attended.

This diverse group of organizations resolved to devote their resources to the promotion of intelligent buildings in Canada through the establishment of the Canadian Automated Buildings Association in November 1988.  An initial fund of $100,000 was pledged by the Board of Directors and an interim office was supplied in Toronto by the Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers Association of Canada.

Gerry Meade, a senior Ontario Hydro manager was seconded to occupy the post of executive director. Honeywell, a major manufacturer of heating and environmental controls initially occupied the organization's chairmanship.  In 1990 former Bell Canada assistant vice president, Jack Fraser, was appointed president.  In 1991, Alan McKinley from the National Research Council of Canada became president of the organization.

In 1995, the association organized its first major collaborative research project focused on home energy and environmental management systems. The $160,000 study involved 16 different funding organizations, including federal and provincial government agencies, manufacturers, and utilities.

In 1998, CABA was renamed the Continental Automated Buildings Association and given an expanded international mission by its Board of Directors to encourage the development, promotion, pursuit and understanding of integrated systems and automation in homes and buildings throughout North America.

In 1999, Ronald J. Zimmer, an experienced and certified association executive was appointed by the CABA Board of Directors to lead the organization.  With the expanded mission, the organization began to grow to near 400 members involved in the design, manufacture, installation and retailing of products relating to home automation and building automation.

In 2003, CABA and the Government of Canada completed the Technology Roadmap
(TRM) for Intelligent Buildings Technologies, a collaborative $110,000 research project between industry and five federal government departments and agencies. The project focused upon commercial, institutional and high-rise residential buildings, and culminated in a final report that provided an in-depth examination of intelligent buildings technologies.

In 2006, CABA completed a segmentation study that examined the consumer profiles of those who buy digital lifestyle products and services. Entitled the Connected Home Roadmap, report assisted manufacturers and other vendors that catered directly to end-users to identify resource requirements and potential investment opportunities.  In that year, CABA also integrated the operations of the Internet Home Alliance.

The Internet Home Alliance was a cross-industry network of leading companies conducting collaborative research to advance the connected home market. Founded in 2000, the Alliance provided its members with the real-world testing opportunities required to bring their home technology products and services to market more quickly, successfully and cost-effectively.

Under the new arrangement, IHA's collaborative research program was continued under the CABA umbrella through CABA's Connected Home Research Council, which oversees a wide array of consumer research studies and real-world pilot projects.

There are more than 25,000 Business and Professional Associations offering value to their members and their industries. We will strive to bring you more information on these and other organizations. Warning: Don’t be fooled by some groups who masquerading as associations. They bring no value to you.

Information Overload

The Internet has put the equivalent of the Library of Congress and more in the grasp of everyone. The size of the information available is staggering. How do we cut to the core of the information that we need?

The Industry Media is one of the most important components of our professional survival. These publications are critical resources.  The Industry Media give us the tools to keep up and stay abreast of “all the news that you can use”.

The staff and contributors to these publications work diligently to gather sort and prioritize the most important news and issues for their readers.

For example, at the BICSI Conference in January 2009, we saw representatives, editors, publishers, and staff from almost all the major industry publications that cover the communications industry. To name a few:

Electrical Contractor Magazine www.ecmag.com

S+LSS - Security + Life Safety Systems magazine www.ecmag.com

Communications News Magazine www.comnews.com

CNS – Cabling Networking Systems Magazine www.cnsmagazine.com

BICSI News Magazine https://www.bicsi.org/default.aspx

TED – The Electrical Distributor Magazine www.tedmag.com

CI&M – Cabling Installation & Maintenance Magazine www.pennWell.com

The ACUTA Journal www.acuta.org

OSP – Outside Plant Magazine www.ospmag.com/

The publications are working hard for you.

But that’s just my opinion,

Frank Bisbee
"Heard On The Street" Monthly Column
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Industry News

Coleman Cable Introduces Signa-Wave™ Low Loss Coaxial Cables

Coleman Cable Inc. (Nasdaq: CCIX) introduces the Signa-Wave™ brand of high performance, American made low-loss 50 Ohm RF (radio frequency) coaxial cables. 

The Signa-Wave family of low-loss coaxial cables offer superior performance and loss characteristics over higher frequency bandwidths than the “traditional” Military type 50 Ohm coaxial cables: RG58, RG213, RG223, RG214, & RG217. These cables are predominantly used in Land Mobile Radio Communications, but have also evolved for use in: Wi-Fi Networks, Broadband, Satellite Antennas, Mobile Phone, Terrestrial Microwave, Military, Air Traffic Control, Medical, & RFID antennas, with new applications & challenges for low-loss 50 Ohm cables arising all the time.

Signa-Wave low-loss coaxial cables are manufactured in the USA at Coleman Cable’s Hayesville, North Carolina plant.  This facility has been a leading coaxial cable manufacturing plant for well over 36 years and is an ISO certified, MIL-I-45208 compliant Qualified Products List [QPL] facility with the Defense Logistics Agency; the Defense Supply Center Columbus, OHIO. DSCC is the primary US Government Depot, servicing the electronic needs to all branches of our armed forces.

According to Tony Gabriel, director of engineering at Coleman Cable, “the Signa-Wave coaxial cables are manufactured in accordance and meet these military standards for superior electrical performance.”

About Coleman Cable Inc.

Coleman Cable Inc. is a leading manufacturer and innovator of electrical and electronic wire and cable products for the security, sound, telecommunications, electrical, commercial, industrial, and automotive industries. With extensive design and production capabilities and a long-standing dedication to customer service, Coleman Cable, Inc. is the preferred choice of cable and wire users throughout North America. The company is located at 1530 Shields Drive, Waukegan, IL 60085.  For more information, visit: www.colemancable.com.

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Coleman Cable Introduces Welder Extension Cords

Coleman Cable Inc. (Nasdaq: CCIX) introduces Welder Extension Cords that bring portability to welding machines and create convenience for the welding contractor.

These 8/3 STW extension cords are available in 25 foot lengths (50 foot lengths coming in May 2009) and deliver 40A at 250 volts (10,000 watts). The Welder Extension Cords feature a STW jacket with molded ends for heavy-duty performance and lighted receptacle for convenience and safety.  These cords are ideal for new commercial construction, MRO industrial and general welding applications.

 “The Welder Extension Cords provide a convenient, safe method to extend the range of welding equipment,” said Dave Oriatti, vice president of industrial distribution at Coleman Cable.  “This new cord series is another example of Coleman Cable’s innovation and commitment to adding value to its customers and the markets it serves.”

About Coleman Cable Inc.

Coleman Cable Inc. is a leading manufacturer and innovator of electrical and electronic wire and cable products for the security, sound, telecommunications, electrical, commercial, industrial, and automotive industries. With extensive design and production capabilities and a long-standing dedication to customer service, Coleman Cable, Inc. is the preferred choice of cable and wire users throughout North America. The company is located at 1530 Shields Drive, Waukegan, IL 60085.  For more information, visit: www.colemancable.com.

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CSC / WESCO 2009 GREEN & SUSTAINABILITY SUMMIT

Communications Supply Corporation (CSC) and WESCO Distribution announced today that they will be hosting their first Green & Sustainability Summit in Chicago, at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, in Rosemont, IL. There are ten such events scheduled over the course of the year around the country. The next scheduled event is to be held in Phoenix in April, with more details to follow.

This unique one day event brings WESCO and CSC’s management teams together with senior-level IT, operations and facilities professionals from large organizations to provide a state-of-the-art understanding about the Green and Sustainability movement in the United States. Attendees will be presented with information to assist in the planning and construction of a green roadmap that addresses all aspects of a 21st Century Digital Building.

The Summit will feature high-profile keynote speakers, including
Andy Karsner, the Former Assistant US Secretary of The Department of Energy and executive members from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The event will also cover best-practice recommendations surrounding data center power, cooling and bandwidth efficiencies, green lighting solutions, and various funding opportunities through grants, tax credits and other sources. Additionally, a thirty-company tradeshow will be held featuring the nation’s leading manufacturers who share the same green and sustainability vision as CSC and WESCO.

“Out aim is to offer customers who are interested in implementing a green strategy the resources, tools, and product solutions that focus on data centers and lighting technologies”, says Frank LaPlante, CSC’s Vice President of Marketing.  “The data center environment alone accounts for 3 – 4% of the nation’s energy consumption.  We can demonstrate ways to take costs out of our customers’ businesses, identify funding sources, and leverage utility rebate opportunities.  We are very pleased with the enthusiasm this event is generating as WESCO and CSC provide a comprehensive green solutions package.”

For additional information about this program please visit www.wescogogreen.com/events.asp 

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Democrats earmark billions for broadband stimulus

Democrats have proposed allocating about $36 billion to improve the country's broadband infrastructure as part of an $825 billion proposal from House Democrats and the incoming Obama administration that includes provisions for the wireless industry. The bill would provide $6 billion in grants to bring broadband access to underserved areas and $30 billion in loans for boosting speeds on both wireline and wireless networks, although published reports say the package appears to lack tax breaks that telecom and cable companies had sought.

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New Electronic Templates for RHINO 6000 and 6500 Label Printers Speed Labeling of SMP Connectivity Products

RHINO Professional Labeling Tools, a brand of DYMO and part of Newell Rubbermaid’s Technology business unit, announced a product collaboration with SMP Data Communications. This support includes the development and distribution of pre-formatted electronic templates and was formed from a mutual goal of making the labeling of structured cabling systems easier and more efficient for installers.

Specifically, the collaboration between RHINO and SMP has resulted in electronic templates that allow the RHINO 6000 and RHINO 6500 label printers to quickly format labels for SMP connectivity products, including patch cords, faceplates, patch panels, 110 blocks, and other structured cabling system components. The electronic templates can be downloaded for free from RHINO’s website, www.rhinolabeling.com and imported into RHINO CONNECT software. Label information can then be entered into the template either manually or directly from a Windows-based PC application, then printed out onto labels that specifically fit SMP.

“We are pleased and excited to be working with SMP Data Communications,” stated Rob Rosenquist, Director of Sales and Channel Marketing for RHINO. “SMP is a leader in connectivity components and RHINO label printers are a leader in marking and identifying these components. It was a natural fit that we work together to help installers accomplish this task faster, easier, and more cost-efficiently.”

“With the Rhino templates for SMP components, we are pleased to give installers a means to have a complete standards compliant solution that includes meeting the TIA 606 labeling requirements.” Stated Brad Everette, Vice President of Sales – Western Region.  

SMP Data Communications, formerly Superior Modular Products, is a part of the Optical Cable Corporation family. SMP is an international leader in the designing and manufacturing of quality innovative copper and fiber connectivity components. It provides superior structured cabling solutions for the data communications market.

RHINO is the industrial brand of DYMO and part of Newell Rubbermaid’s Technology business unit. RHINO label printers are engineered with features that enable installers to label datacom and other systems quickly and easily, such as PC-connectivity, pre-programmed terms and symbols, built-in memory, instant “Hot Key” label formatting, industrial-strength labels and more.

About RHINO

RHINO is a brand of DYMO, a Newell Rubbermaid technology company.

Newell Rubbermaid’s innovative global technology solutions enable businesses, educational institutions, and consumers to more efficiently share, manage and organize information. Our global technology brands are organized around four platforms: The Specialty Printing and Labeling Platform includes DYMO® label/CD/DVD printers and file scanning software (www.dymo.com) and RHINO Industrial Labeling Systems (www.rhinolabeling.com). The Analog to Digital Platform includes CardScan® business card scanners and contact management software featuring AtYourService™ (www.cardscan.com), and DYMO File™, software that transforms paper documents into organized archives of electronic files (www.dymofile.com). The Internet Postage Platform includes endicia™ online shipping, mailing and customized postage solutions (www.endicia.com) and (www.pictureitpostage.com). The Classroom Technology Platform includes mimio™ interactive whiteboards and digital ink recorders (www.mimio.com). These technology brands join a rich heritage of brands at Newell Rubbermaid including Calphalon®, EXPO®, Goody®, Graco®, Irwin®, Lenox®, Paper Mate®, Parker®, Rolodex®, Rubbermaid®, Sharpie® and Waterman®.

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Fluke Networks scores a big hit with BICSI attendees in Orlando

Fluke Networks, provider of innovative Network SuperVision Solutions™ for the testing, monitoring and analysis of enterprise and telecommunications networks, hosted several activities for the Winter BICSI Conference in Orlando.

On Tuesday, January 20, the public hosted to a free lunch jointly hosted by Fluke Networks and OFS.  During lunch the two companies presented "Keys to Successfully Implementing Fiber in the Datacenter".  Presenters included Harley B. Lang III RCDD, Fluke Networks Marketing Manager for fiber optic products, and Tony Irujo, Manager of Customer Technical Support for OFS Optics.  Hugo Draye, Fluke Networks’ Datacom Cabling Product Manager and recipient of the Harry J. Pfister award at last year’s BICSI conference, was the master of ceremonies. 

Fluke Networks and OFS combined efforts during exhibit hours and provided live demonstrations of fiber inspection and testing. Attendees saw demonstrations of loss testing, Tier 1 certification, Tier 2 testing with an Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) as well as best practices for inspection and cleaning.

Attendees of the BICSI conference had the opportunity to win a SimpliFiber Pro FTK1450 Test Kit.  This high-end fiber verification kit with a value of $6045 features the new SimpliFiber® Pro Optical Power Meter and Fiber Test Kit along with various other fiber inspection and troubleshooting tools.   SimpliFiber® Pro increases efficiency by cutting test times in half and allowing a single technician to quickly perform tasks that previously required a two-person team. 

SimpliFiber Pro is the next generation replacement for the popular SimpliFiber product line. For more details go to www.flukenetworks.com/simplifiberpro.

About Fluke Networks
Fluke Networks provides innovative solutions for the installation and certification, testing, monitoring and analysis of copper, fiber and wireless networks used by enterprises and telecommunications carriers. The company's comprehensive line of Network SuperVision™ Solutions provide network installers, owners, and maintainers with superior vision, combining speed, accuracy and ease of use to optimize network performance. Headquartered in Everett, Washington, the company distributes its products in more than 50 countries. More information can be found by visiting Fluke Networks’ Web site at www.flukenetworks.com or by calling (800) 283-5853.

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HAI to Demonstrate New Wireless Energy Management Products Designed for ZigBee® at the International Builders Show

HAI (Home Automation, Inc.), a leading manufacturer of integrated automation and security products since 1985, will demonstrate a new suite of wireless Energy Management Products Designed for ZigBee(r) in booth 4890 at the International Builders Show (IBS) in Las Vegas, Nevada to be held January 20 - 23, 2009.  ZigBee is the global wireless language connecting dramatically different devices to work together and enhance everyday life. ZigBee technology is well suited to a wide range of energy management and efficiency, building automation, industrial, medical, home automation applications.

The new products to be demonstrated  include an RC 2000 Omnistat ZB (HAI part number RC-2000ZB) communicating programmable thermostat, a 5amp Wireless Load Control Module (HAI part number 73A00-4),  and two wireless table top control devices; the MicroControl (HAI Part number 81A00-2) and the Wireless Coordinator for HAI Omni & Lumina Controllers (HAI Part number 81A00-3).  They are all part of HAI's expanding Energy Management product line.

The Omnistat2 Wireless 7-day programmable communicating thermostat is for conventional single stage heat/cool, heat pump, two speed heat pump, two stage conventional, and zone control systems. It is fully interactive with all HAI home control systems and is compatible with most others. It may be controlled both locally and remotely and is designed to precisely control the temperature and humidity within the home.  Using advanced digital technology it actually "learns" a home's heating and cooling patterns and adjusts control to maximize both the HVAC system's efficiency and the occupants' comfort.  All Omnistat2 models meet the Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR guidelines for energy efficiency.

The 5A Wireless Load Control Module controls low voltage circuits in outdoor air conditioning units, pool and spa heaters and pumps, generators, and more. It has ultra low stand-by power for energy savings.

The MicroControl is a tabletop, bedside, or wall mount display and control device for selected HAI controllers, Omnistat2 Thermostats, and Load Control Module functions.

The Wireless Coordinator for HAI Omni & Lumina Controllers plugs into a serial port on an HAI Omni or Lumina family controller and allows control of HAI Wireless Energy Management Components. The display helps set up the installation of the wireless systems.

HAI's new ZigBee Wireless Energy Management products are excellent for retrofit applications and will be shipping in the third quarter of 2009.

HAI is a member of the ZigBee Alliance.

HAI products are available through a worldwide network of Distributors and installing dealers.  For more information on the award-winning Omnistat2 thermostat or other HAI products, please visit www.homeauto.com or call 800-229-7256.

To download a high res photo of HAI's MicroControl, please click here:

http://www.homeauto.com/mediacenter/HaiPRImage.asp?image=81A00-2.jpg

About HAI (www.homeauto.com):  HAI (Home Automation, Inc.) is a privately held manufacturer of integrated automation and security products for residential and commercial use based in New Orleans, LA.  Incorporated in 1985, HAI has developed a full line of award-winning automation products, including home control systems, programmable communicating thermostats, smart light switches, Whole Home Audio systems, video surveillance equipment, Touchscreen interfaces, and software that allows access and control of an automation system over the Internet.  All products are sold through HAI's worldwide network of Distribution Partners and installed by trained dealers in over 80 countries.

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HCM and HellermannTyton Introduce H2Max Partnership

Hitachi Cable Manchester (HCM) and HellermannTyton have partnered to form H2Max, a new end-to-end solution offering high performance network infrastructure solutions. H2Max solutions include the connective devices of HellermannTyton and communications cables of HCM. Both copper and fiber optic-based solutions are available. Copper solutions include Category 6A, Category 6+, Category 6, Category5e+, and fiber optic solutions including a 10 Gigabit fiber optic solution.

The H2Max program offers a performance guarantee, third party verification, lifetime warranty, and end-to-end support featuring knowledgeable, personalized assistance. A contractor certification program is offered and tailored to the needs of each contracting company. In addition, contractors can qualify for an exciting H2Max rewards program, based on purchases of products from HCM and HellermannTyton. 

The H2Max family of network cabling solutions has been designed to offer exceptional performance with the value that is increasingly important in today’s economic times. With H2Max, selecting, installing, and guaranteeing the performance of a network infrastructure is easy. Both HCM and HellermannTyton are known as experts in their field, yet both companies are easy to do business with. Together, HellermannTyton and HCM provide a level of customer service that is personal, on the spot, and committed to the success of each customer. 

For more information on H2Max, call 1-800-822-4352 or go to the website:  www.h2maxsolutions.com

About Hitachi Cable

Hitachi Cable Manchester, Inc. (HCM) offers a full range of voice and data grade twisted-pair cables (up to 400-pair count), fiber optic cables (multimode and single mode indoor, indoor/outdoor and outside plant configurations up to 432 fiber count) and electronics cables. Its modern 300,000 square foot standards and technology based manufacturing facility in Manchester, New Hampshire is part of the Hitachi family that is listed as one of the world's largest corporations. This fully automated facility is ISO 9001 registered and it manufactures cables that are designed to exceed the most stringent ANSI, UL, CSA requirements as well as compliance with TIA and ISO telecommunications cabling standards.

For more information about the company and its product line, visit the website at www.hcm.hitachi.com

About HellermannTyton

HellermannTyton is a leading, global manufacturer of network cabling solutions which help connect, manage, and identify cable and components.  Located in over 30 countries, HellermannTyton brings the best to its customers through global resources channeled to local implementations. Flexibility, agility, and the ability to create value-added, market driven solutions are the hallmarks of every HellermannTyton company across the world.  No matter the complexity of your project – if it entails global or local management, HellermannTyton is uniquely poised to bring you high performance solutions from the data center to the work area. 

For more information about the company and its product line, visit the website at:

www.hellermann.tyton.com

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IAQA 12th Annual Meeting & Indoor Air Expo

February 24-26, 2009 · Omni Fort Worth & Fort Worth Convention Center · Fort Worth, TX

For the past eleven years, the Indoor Air Quality Association has delivered annual meetings and expositions that set unprecedented levels for technical content, business networking and product exhibits. For 2009, IAQA is again preparing to take its convention to a whole new level of excitement, information and opportunity!

The IAQA 12th Annual Meeting will be co-located with the 41st Annual Meeting of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA). The two organizations will come together several times each day at the combined ACCA/IAQA Indoor Air Expo . the worldfs largest exposition of IAQ and HVAC products ever assembled under one roof!

Those who register for the IAQA 12th Annual Meeting & Indoor Air Expo may select from over 50 IAQA technical sessions to attend. The IAQA Convention Committee reviewed nearly 100 abstracts and narrowed its selection to those offering the latest information, innovative approaches, and best science for indoor environmental professionals. Speakers include a distinguished group of doctors, professors, scientists, IAQ practitioners, health and safety experts, and remediation and restoration pros. IAQA registered attendees who desire more information about HVAC]related subjects may also attend technical sessions offered separately by ACCA.

Come to Fort Worth in February to join thousands of professionals and contractors taking part in sessions featuring the industryfs best education and most qualified speakers. Meet IAQA and ACCA colleagues each day for breakfast, lunch and cocktail receptions at the Indoor Air Expo. Come to experience the very best Annual Meeting ever produced by IAQA, and the largest Indoor Air Expo in history!

Join us in Fort Worth for the best IAQA Annual Meeting ever produced. For registration and hotel information, click here: IAQA 12th Annual Meeting

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IDEAL Appoints Sir Nickless™ as Electrical Industry's Best Solution for Cutting Armored Cable

Responding to an increased usage by electricians of armored cable, IDEAL today introduced its Sir Nickless™ rotary cable cutter. This exclusive, patent-pending and affordable cutting tool prevents the occurrence of nicked conductors while cutting BX, MC, AC, Greenfield and other types of aluminum or steel armored cable up to 3/8" diameter, and is especially effective with popular Southwire® MCap™ cable.

"The number one complaint electricians have with armored cable is the difficulty in safely cutting it without nicking the wires that can lead to a short circuit," explained Bruce Hartranft, Business Unit Manager for IDEAL. "Sir Nickless has a patent-pending design that lets electricians take full advantage of armored cable without the downside of nicked wires."

Cable manufacturers and NEMA (RV-3-2600) strongly recommend the use of rotary cutters like Sir Nickless for armored cable in place of wire cutters, shears or hacksaws.

Unique Curved Tray

Unlike conventional rotary cutters that have straight cutting trays, IDEAL engineered Sir Nickless™ with a unique curved tray that improves cutting performance by forcing wires to lie tight against the bottom wall of the cable and safely away from the top-positioned cutting blade. In addition, an Auto Cam Lock allows Sir Nickless to cut small diameter flex cable such as Southwire MCap without the use of awkward plastic shims.

Sir Nickless™ is the right tool for electricians who repeatedly require perfectly cut armored cable and timesaving precision to reduce wire nicking.  Its rugged, all metal frame will withstand worksite conditions while its high-performance blade will stay sharper longer.

Price & Availability

IDEAL Sir Nickless™ cable cutters are immediately available through distribution and select retailers with an MSRP of $31.48 (U.S.).

For more information, contact IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC., Becker Place, Sycamore, Illinois 60178. Or phone 1-800-435-0705, Fax: 1-800-533-4483. On the web, www.idealindustries.com.

ABOUT IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC.

IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. has been serving the electrical industry since 1916. IDEAL is one of the world's leading manufacturers of professional quality tools and supplies serving installation professionals in the construction, maintenance, data communications and original equipment manufacturing industries.

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MOHAWK Announces The Addition Of Rocky Mountain Networks To Their Sales Force

Mohawk, a leading manufacturer of fiber optic and copper cable products, is pleased to announce the appointment of Rocky Mountain Networks to Mohawk’s field sales force covering Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah. Rocky Mountain Networks is a professional manufacturer’s representative firm based in Englewood, Colorado. They provide complete sales and marketing services to the Voice/Data, Audio/Video, and Security industries. They strive to provide first-class sales and support their customers, distributors, and principals throughout the Rocky Mountain Region. Mohawk is proud to have such a strong organization as part of our team.

For additional information, Rocky Mountain Networks can be contacted as follows:

About Mohawk
Mohawk, a division of Belden, is headquartered in Leominster, Massachusetts, and has been providing fiber and copper cable innovations for over 50 years. Their headquartered location dedicates 210,000 square feet to today’s most advanced facilities for the design, development and production of copper, fiber optic, and hybrid wire and cable. Mohawk, an ISO 9001 certified company, develops products to meet and support TIA/EIA, ISO/IEC, ICEA and NEMA standards. As part of the global Belden operations, Mohawk is supported with worldwide management, financial resources, and distribution capabilities.

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New Minuteman Extreme Runtime Battery Packs Extend Business-Critical Continuity During Power Outages

Offering companies up to a five time increase in battery runtime for their uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), Para Systems, manufacturer of the comprehensive line of Minuteman power protection solutions, announced the availability of its EXL Series of extreme runtime battery packs for mission critical applications.  The new products are compatible with Minuteman’s Endeavor online and EnterprisePlus line interactive UPS solutions for enterprise IT, security and voice over IP (VoIP) phone systems.

IT managers at small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are seeking longer battery back-up times for servers, networking devices, data storage, telephone and security systems according to a Frost & Sullivan survey.  “Having a longer time to react when power outages occur has moved from a luxury to a requirement as IT managers handle an increasing number of mission-critical systems and applications,” said Vishal Sapru, energy and power industry analyst for Frost and Sullivan.  “SMBs continue to tell us that they want UPS solutions that offer more battery backup time.”

“When the power fails, businesses are in a vulnerable position that can have a widespread effect across every operational function,” stated Bill Allen, director of marketing for Para Systems.  “When power fails, the phone system goes down and the life-line to customers is cut off.  When networks go down, companies cannot perform vital operational functions.  If a security system goes down, there is no security.  The more reliant businesses become on these systems, the more important it is to keep them up and running during an extended power outage.”

Minuteman has been a pioneer in extended runtime applications for more than 25 years, having been the first company to offer external battery packs with a UPS.  In addition to the new EXL extreme runtime battery pack series, Para Systems offers a wide variety of battery pack options including its XL Series, also compatible with its Endeavor and EnterprisePlus UPS.  For more information on Minuteman’s EXL Series, visit www.minutemanups.com/extrun.  Also visit www.SizeMYUPS.com, the industry’s most extensive on-line UPS selection guide developed by Para Systems.  This easy-to-use tool lists thousands of products from hundreds of manufacturers, allowing the user to configure a system and then determine exactly what Minuteman UPS products best suit their needs and their battery backup time requirements.  Battery backup runtime solutions are listed from the basic 10 to 15 minutes, to 4 hours, 8 hours and beyond.

About Para Systems, Inc.

Para Systems, Inc., based in Carrollton, TX, is a leading provider of power technologies.  The company’s Minuteman brand of comprehensive power protection solutions range from small to large-scale uninterruptible power supply (UPS) products to a full line of unique surge suppressors, power distribution units, and remote power management systems.  Minuteman products protect telephone/VOIP systems, personal computers, network servers and infrastructure peripherals, security systems, and industrial applications. The Minuteman brand of products is sold through a large network of distributors and resellers.  Para Systems in a wholly-owned subsidiary of Components Corporation of America, headquartered in Dallas, TX, whose roots date back to 1916. www.minutemanups.com.

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Omnitron Launches 10 Gigabit Media Converter

Omnitron Systems Technology (www.omnitron-systems.com), a provider of Carrier Ethernet demarcation devices and media converters, today announced the availability of the new iConverter® XG 10 Gigabit media converter.  The iConverter XG is a protocol-transparent media converter with two pluggable transceiver ports designed to simplify fiber connectivity for Ethernet and TDM networks by providing 10 Gigabit media conversion and fiber extension.  The iConverter XG functions as a copper-to-fiber converter, a fiber mode converter, a fiber repeater, and a Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) transponder.  The product supports 100% traffic throughput and has no packet size restrictions. It is protocol transparent within the range of 9.95Gbps to 11.32Gbps, providing interoperability with common protocols including 10G Ethernet, 10G

SONET/SDH, 10G Fiber Channel and 10G OTN (G.709).

Applications for the iConverter XG include connecting 10 Gigabit servers with copper 10GBASE-CX4 interfaces via fiber, and converting standard 10 Gigabit wavelengths to WDM wavelengths to expand the bandwidth of existing fiber infrastructure.

iConverter XG modules are available as self-contained standalone units or chassis plug-in modules.  Three interface configurations of the XG are available, supporting XFP to XFP, XFP to SFP+, and SFP+ to SFP+.  Pluggable XFP and SFP+ transceivers are supported for multimode and single-mode applications, supporting distances up to 80km on single-mode.  Copper to fiber conversion is achieved with CX4 interface XFP transceivers.  Built-in loopback functions, on-board status LEDs and link fault propagation modes facilitate quick troubleshooting diagnostics.  DIP switches documented on the module label enable easy configuration and installation.  The plug-in XG features full management capabilities, including status reporting, fault detection, threshold violations, loopback functionality and SNMP trap notification.

The iConverter XG is part of the iConverter portfolio that consists of modular media converters, CWDM multiplexers and a variety of chassis that provide flexible configurations for high-density and standalone applications. iConverters can be used in managed or unmanaged networks.  iConverter modules can be managed by installing a Network Management Module in the same chassis, and management can be accessed via Omnitron’s NetOutlook® SNMP network management software, third-party SNMP software, or Telnet.

iConverter media converters are covered by a lifetime warranty and 24/7 technical support with no service contract fees.  

For more information about iConverter media converters, CWDM and T1 multiplexers, please visit www.omnitron-systems.com.

About Omnitron Systems Technology, Inc.

Omnitron Systems Technology provides fiber optic connectivity for next-generation enterprise networks, and enables the delivery of managed optical Ethernet services into the infrastructure of service provider networks. For product and reseller information, contact the sales department at Omnitron Systems by phone at 800-675-6410 or 949-250-6510, or by e-mail at sales@omnitron-systems.com. Omnitron Systems is headquartered in Irvine, California.

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Optical Cable Corporation Announces New Line of Fiber Optic Enclosures

Optical Cable Corporation (Nasdaq GM: OCCF) today announced the introduction of its new line of FiberOpticx™ OCO Enclosures designed to offer cost-effective solutions for data and communication cable management.  

Optical Cable’s OCO line of fiber optic enclosures were designed specifically for smaller inside and outside plant uses and are rugged, compact and ideal for quick patching applications.

“Our OCO line of enclosures offer the features you’d expect from larger boxes, yet at a competitive and economical price point,” says Bruce Smith, Product Manager.  The FiberOpticx™ OCO product line was developed by Optical Cable’s SMP Data Communications subsidiary. 

The OCO6N and the OCO12N easily accommodate SMP’s adapter plates, offering up to 12 fiber ports on the OCO6N and up to 24 fiber ports on the OCO12N.  By using SMP’s adapter plates, a multitude of termination configurations in multi-mode or single mode can be achieved.  In addition, the enclosures offer convenient cable storage hoops to assist with proper cable management and fiber bend radius requirements.

The FiberOpticx™ OCO product line comes standard with a tamper resistant fastening system,

is NEMA Type 3 compliant and is backed by a 15-year out-of-the-box warranty. 

Company Information

Founded in 1983, Optical Cable Corporation is headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia with offices and manufacturing and warehouse facilities located both in Roanoke, Virginia and near Asheville, North Carolina.  The Company primarily manufactures its high quality fiber optic cables at its ISO 9001:2000 registered and MIL-STD-790F certified facility located in Roanoke, Virginia and its high quality connectivity products at its ISO 9001:2000 registered facility located near Asheville, North Carolina.

For more about Optical Cable Corporation and SMP Data Communications, visit www.occfiber.com and www.smpdata.com. 

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Optical Cable Corporation Receives Patent for Money Saving Green Solution for Voice and Data Communications

SMP Data Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Optical Cable Corporation (Nasdaq GM: OCCF), received a patent on November 11, 2008 for its cost-effective innovation in home data technology that allows the installer to save time and money, while keeping home and business owners ready for the future.

SMP Data Communications’ Dual AxcessTM product line features a wall plate that provides ports for a standard telephone jack and an Ethernet computer jack supported by a single cable. The jack also includes two additional blank ports that allow for future high-tech options, including home automation, advanced lighting, security systems and smart home upgrades.  

The wall plate connects via standard 5e or 6 cable to a panel installed in a closet or utility room, enabling the use of either hybrid voice and data, or gigabyte Ethernet systems.

Dual AxcessTM cuts communications cabling and terminations by 50 percent, resulting in reduced labor requirements and reduced stress on both landfills and the world’s dwindling supply of copper.

“It just makes sense. If you use one wire instead of two to do the same job, you are reducing waste, while saving time and money,” said Ian Timmins, SMP Research and Development Engineer, who developed the technology.

The product is also testable with standard cabling test equipment, which is not true for standard twisted pair configurations. Technicians install Dual AxcessTM as they would a standard Ethernet system with 110 punch downs at panel and outlet. 

“These panels can easily be expanded to include more outlets for voice services,” said Timmins who noted the system also offers broadband 10/100 Internet service or one-gigabyte Internet service, which is ideal for home-based businesses.

In addition, Dual AxcessTM is a green-initiative product. The technology has received 3 Healthy Built Home Credits from the WNC Green building Council.

“Dual Axcess changes everything in residential communications,” said Bill Reynolds, President of SMP Data Communications and Senior Vice President of Sales, “It is the most creative and innovative new product in residential networking in the last five years. The customer can be assured that the system is reliable, fully standards compliant, meets code and carries an outstanding warranty.”

Every Optical Cable Corporation connectivity product is backed with a 15-year out-of-the-box service warranty, and a 25-year installation warranty when installed by a certified, factory-trained subcontractor.

Company Information

Founded in 1983, Optical Cable Corporation is headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia with offices and manufacturing and warehouse facilities located both in Roanoke, Virginia and near Asheville, North Carolina. The Company primarily manufactures its high quality fiber optic cables at its ISO 9001:2000 registered and MIL-STD-790F certified facility located in Roanoke, Virginia and its high quality connectivity products at its ISO 9001:2000 registered facility located near Asheville, North Carolina.

For more about Optical Cable Corporation and SMP Data Communications, visit www.occfiber.com and www.smpdata.com.

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Up to a Five Time Increase in UPS Battery Back-Up Time

When the power goes out, failure is not an option when it comes to business critical servers, networking devices, data storage, telephony and security systems.  According to Frost & Sullivan, IT managers, particularly at SMBs, are seeking longer battery-back up times.

At BICSI, Para Systems, manufacturer of the Minuteman power protection solutions and the first company to offer external battery packs with a UPS, introduced its EXL Series of extreme runtime battery packs for mission critical applications.  The series offers companies up to a five time increase in battery runtime for their uninterruptible power supplies (UPS).   A white paper on the topic of business critical continuity and the need for longer essential IT and applications uptime will be available soon.

Minuteman has been a pioneer in extended runtime applications for more than 25 years, having been the first company to offer external battery packs with a UPS.  In addition to the new EXL extreme runtime battery pack series, Para Systems offers a wide variety of battery pack options including its XL Series, also compatible with its Endeavor and EnterprisePlus UPS. 

www.minutemanups.com/extrun

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Resource to Help Prevent CO Poisoning

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed a new fact sheet that answers such questions as "Do you know how to tell the difference between carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and the flu?"

According to a Jan. 13 press release, symptoms could be the result of CO poisoning when you feel better when you are away from home or the symptoms occur or get worse shortly after turning on a fuel-burning device or running a vehicle in an attached garage.

Carbon monoxide, an odorless and colorless gas, is the most common cause of poisoning death in the United States. Unintentional CO poisonings are responsible for about 500 deaths and 15,000 visits to the emergency room each year. Carbon monoxide poisoning can be prevented by installing a carbon monoxide alarm, yet less than one-third of homes have them installed.

Everyone is at risk of being poisoned by CO exposure. Older adults with health conditions such as chronic heart disease, anemia, or respiratory problems are even more susceptible. Devices that produce CO include cars, boats, gasoline engines, stoves, and heating systems. CO from these sources can build up in enclosed or semi-enclosed spaces.  http://www.epa.gov/aging/resources/factsheets/pcmp/index.htm

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Signamax - 10/100/1000 Switches, Media Conversion And Premise Connectivity

Signamax has recently introduced several new conversion products including Serial to Fiber Ethernet for PLC environments and more including Video to fiber conversion for analog security camera and other CCTV use and Power over Ethernet switches and media conversion units. These new PoE products allow such applications as IP security cameras or VoIP phone systems to draw their power from the Ethernet cable and work within any existing Ethernet network structure.

Signamax also manufactures a full line of 10/100/1000 managed and unmanaged Ethernet switches and fiber to copper Ethernet media conversion products. Our latest hardened Ethernet switch and conversion products support PoE and speeds up to Gigabit and are designed for use in conditions of temperature extremes from -40°F to 185°F. These products can be used in transportation systems, industrial environments (including mining and utilities) and should always be installed and used with Signamax premise cabling offerings such as patch panels, keystone jacks, fiber and copper patch cords and any other structured cabling items in Cat5e and Cat 6.

Signamax offers pre-sale engineering support on projects spec'ing in the Signamax line and has comprehensive warranty and training programs.

Remember Signamax is a ISO 9001:2000 manufacturing house aligned with the industries best datacomm distribution firms. www.signamax.com

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TEKNOR APEX At Interwire 2009

All RoHS-compliant products, including Apex vinyl compounds, the company's broadest and most widely used range of wire and cable products; FireGUARD low-flame, low-smoke compounds, meeting or exceeding UL requirements pertaining to applications in copper and fiber optic plenum cables used in commercial buildings; Halguard halogen-free, flame retardant, low-smoke compounds; Flexalloy vinyl elastomers for rugged performance under aggressive conditions over a very wide temperature range; and specialty products, including Vidux conductive vinyl, Polydux conductive polyolefin, FreeFlex plasticizer-free vinyl, and custom-formulated compounds based on blends and alloys with nitrile rubber, thermoplastic polyurethane, and other polymers. Latest product introduction prior to Interwire 2009: UV-resistant, antimicrobial FireGUARD compounds for continuous indoor / outdoor optical fiber installations. The wire industry manager for the Vinyl Division is Mike Patel at mpatel@teknorapex.com. Divisional email is vinyl@teknorapex.com.

Elexar  compounds, combining superior electrical properties with flexibility and toughness over a wide temperature range, for flexible cord, coil cord, and robotics and specialty cables, as well as plugs, connectors, and grommets; Telcar TPE blends, with rubber-like feel and physical properties, plus resistance to heat aging and ozone; and Uniprene thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs), exhibiting a wide service temperature range and providing the performance, look, and feel of vulcanized rubber. Latest product introduction prior to Interwire 2009: fully RoHS-/REACH-complaint Elexar and Telcar UL-recognized grades that meet UL 94 V-0 and UL-1581 VW-1 flame test requirements. Also new: non-halogen flame-retardant TPE and environmentally "green" compounds. For the TPE Division the industry manager is Phil Scadding at pscadding@teknorapex.com. Divisional email: tpe@teknorapex.com.

Munsell colors that are fully RoHS-compliant in formulations for PVC, plus colors for use with Fireguard low-smoke PVC, polyethylene, EVA, and copolyester elastomer compounds. Latest product introduction prior to Interwire 2009: color concentrates for engineering-grade copolyester TPEs. The wire industry manager for Teknor Color Company is Erik Kalis at ekalis@teknorapex.com. Divisional email: info@teknorcolor.com.

Teknor Apex Company's world headquarters is at 505 Central Avenue, Pawtucket, RI  02861 U.S.A. Tel: 1-401-725-8000. Tel. from U.S. only: 1-800-556-3864. Email: info@teknorapex.com. Visit www.teknorapex.com. Singapore Polymer Corporation: 41 Shipyard Road, Singapore 628134.  Tel: 65-6265-2544.  Fax: 65-6265-1821.  Email: ginfo@spcpl.com.sg. Teknor Apex (Suzhou) Advanced Polymer Compounds Co. Pte Ltd.: (vinyl and TPE compounds: No. 78 Ping Sheng Road, Suzhou Industrial Park, Jiangsu, China 215126. Tel: 86-512-6287-1550. Fax: 86-512-6288-8371. Email: infosuzhou@teknorapex.com. Teknor Apex UK, Ltd.:  Tat Bank Road, Oldbury, West Midlands B69 4NH, UK. Tel: 44-121-665-2105. Fax: 44-121-544-5530. Email: infotauk@teknorapex.com.

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That is “Going Green”, and Why Should I Care?

It has become clear that the United States of America is on a path that will lead to more environmentally sound practices and policies.  In order to compete, the nation must establish business policies that fit in with the rest of the world market.  We as a nation must show that we are willing to give back to the local and global environment and help improve our reputation by showing that we can take a leading position in cleaning up our planet.  The good news is that this is actually a win-win situation.  “Going green” will not only help our businesses by becoming more environmentally friendly; it will also help our businesses financially. This will be done through cost savings and by bringing in a healthier bottom line the form of additional business throughout the world market.

While some types of savings are easily measured, other activities, actions and policies are more difficult to measure. The human element of cost savings can be seen by the reduction of sick days, an increase in production, or the reduction of operational expenses in a “green building”.  When compared against a similar legacy building. With a complete financial analysis, these items can provide significant longterm savings.  By “going green”, we improve our physical environment, our work environment and we reap the benefits of long term financial savings.

What exactly is “Going Green”? 

Going Green is about conducting businesses in an environmentally conscious manner. The goal to increases production and reduces operational expenses. This is a business analysis and decision making processes which is based upon long term financial models. It is the financial analysis that identifies the sustainability of a green solution. The resulting savings can be significant, easily offsetting any initial implementation expense. These are continuous savings that exist throughout the entire building’s lifecycle.

Where did the term “Going Green” Originate?

In 1992, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched Energy Star, a voluntary labeling program which is designed to promote and recognize energy-efficiency in monitors, climate control equipment, and other technologies. This resulted in the widespread adoption of sleep mode among consumer electronics. The term "green computing" was probably coined shortly after the Energy Star program began.

How is the Government “Going Green”?

Many governmental agencies have continued to implement standards and regulations that encourage green computing. The Energy Star program was revised in October 2006 to include stricter efficiency requirements for computer equipment, along with a tiered ranking system for approved products. There are currently 26 US States that have established state-wide recycling programs for obsolete computers and consumer electronics equipment.  The statutes either impose a fee for each unit sold at retail (Advance Recovery Fee model), or require the manufacturers to reclaim the equipment at disposal (Producer Responsibility model).

How is the Information Technology industry “Going Green”?

Modern IT systems rely upon a complicated mix of people, networks and hardware; as such, a green computing initiative must be systemic in nature, and address increasingly sophisticated problems. Elements of such as solution may comprise items such as end user satisfaction, management restructuring, regulatory compliance, disposal of electronic waste, telecommuting, virtualization of server resources, energy use, thin client solutions, and return on investment (ROI).

Server virtualization is a green concept that is in all the major publications. Virtualization leverages the power of modern CPU processors. The excess processing power in the modern computer, permits the consolidation of multiple virtual servers into a single unit. This consolidation of servers provides several major benefits. It reduces power consumption, reduces the physical space requirements, reduces cooling costs and initial hardware/software costs. The cost savings of the power alone is significant (1 dollar reduction in CPU power = 3 dollars in total savings when environmental and other equipment are added in. These types of cost savings are easily measured and continuous month after month. This is an easy economic win and the major reason virtualization is so popular.

What other examples are there of “Going Green” in the IT Industry?

One example can be; alternative network topologies. These are standard based designs that can reduce air conditioning requirements, increase useable floor space, and reduce the volume of copper cabling in a building. The elimination of a single air conditioning system saves its capital expenditure and approximately $2000.00 a year. Reducing the size of a telecommunications closet, can increase rentable floor space or make the little space you already have, sufficient. Reducing the copper cabling within a building, improves air circulation, reduces the fuel load above the ceiling (a liability issue), facilitates the removal of abandoned copper cables (NEC 2000 compliance) and can significantly reduces the cost of wiring work areas. There is a lot that can be done, with our IT infrastructure to improve our environment and provide substantial savings.

The type of cable can be a significant ecological consideration. There is an environmentally friendly cable, RoHS compliant, available for use in our buildings. RoHS is the Reduction of Hazardous substances and has many international implementations. It calls for the elimination of lead, mercury and cadmium, hazardous substances found in the existing cabling in our buildings.  Whether a new build, or a retro-fit, the installation of new RoHS compliant cables eliminates a potential future liability.

Teleconferencing, tele-presence, and tele-worker technologies are green computing initiatives. The advantages are many; they increase collaboration, reduce travel, provide staffing flexibility and can increased worker satisfaction. Tele-workers can reduce the overhead expense of office space, heat, lighting, Tele-workers, when reporting to the business can cube share, reserving office space only when its needed. The savings are significant; the average annual energy consumption for U.S. office buildings is over 23 kilowatt hours per square foot, with heat, air conditioning and lighting accounting for 70% of all energy consumed. By evaluating different worker technologies, many types of jobs -- sales, consulting, and field service, call center -- integrate well with these technologies.

Are there any other ways of “Going Green” without affecting equipment?

Power management

Turning off workers computers and other electronic devices at night, can offer huge power savings. While this seems a simple task, getting dept. Managers and employees to shut down their electronic devices is challenging. They generally don’t pay the energy bills. However, implementing an energy charge back systems can provide the motivation to support power conservation. The energy costs savings are substantial.

 Materials recycling

Computer systems that have outlived their particular function can be repurposed, or donated to various charities and non-profit organizations. However, many charities have recently imposed minimum system requirements for donated equipment.  Additionally, parts from outdated systems may be salvaged and recycled through certain retail outlets and municipal or private recycling centers.  Computing supplies, such as printer cartridges, paper, and batteries may be recycled as well.

How can “Going Green”, simplify our processes, improve technical craftsmanship and/or reduce service outages?

A green analysis would also include evaluating our current business processes. We tend to make the same mistakes over and over again. What we find is service outages are often self inflicted from very common sources, such as, cabling congestion, lack of configuration management, or no change control.  The monetary costs associated with a single outage, is always staggering. Simple things like standardizing naming / labeling, configuration management, developing change control processes, and establishing accountability can provide major improvements. The trouble is, we all say we do these things, the reality is we can do them better.

In Summary

“Going green” requires a complete analysis of our IT infrastructure and processes using long term financial models.  The resulting decisions are made with an environmental consideration and cost benefit analysis.  What has been discovered is; the additional costs in building construction and properly implemented systems are quickly offset by the savings. These savings are measured in decades.  “Going green” is about improving our environment and about saving money. When the two activities collaborate, there is a clear winner… you and your business.

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CNS Captures Canada's Top Media Slot For The Cabling Market

Advanced Manufacturing, Green Business, Network Cabling and Workplace were shuttered by CLB Media Inc. last week. The company, which owns more than 20 b-to-b publications, discontinued the titles in order to focus resources and cut back on costs, according to Niel Hiscox, vice president of publishing, media. Two people—an editor and a junior salesperson—were laid off as a result of the closures. One art department position that was unfilled will remain so.

Network Cabling Magazine concedes to Cabling Networking Systems Magazine
While cabling was once a narrow enough business to build a magazine around, "we really found that a lot of our other books were touching in this area and the traditional cabling market was becoming a small part of the concerns for the players in it,” Hiscox said

Cabling Networking Systems Magazine’s Publisher (Maureen Levy) and Editor (Paul Barker) said that their publication is 100% focused on the task of digging out the important issues and hot products and services in the very vital cabling industry. Their findings at the recent BICSI annual conference supported an optimistic view of business opportunities for continued growth in the “Intelligent Building” trend. www.cnsmagazine.com 

Automation, Security, and System Integration and NET ZERO Building designs are areas that continue to show healthy growth despite gloomy global economic conditions.  www.caba.org

Association News

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ACUTA’s 13th Strategic Leadership Forum in April Addresses Challenges Facing Higher Ed Networks

For higher education technology leaders, the rapid pace of change today presents dramatic new challenges, from financial concerns to management issues and evolving styles of teaching and learning. The 13th annual ACUTA Strategic Leadership Forum in April will help leaders meet these challenges.

The Forum, presented by ACUTA, the Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education, will be April 20-21 in Atlanta, in conjunction with the organization’s 38th Annual Conference. The Forum blends interactive panel presentations by campus and industry experts with roundtable discussions to maximize participants’ opportunity to learn from each other.

The annual Forum, this year titled “Changes and Challenges in Uncertain Times: When the Only Constant is Change,” is for individuals in higher education with senior strategic planning and decision making responsibility. It is open to both members and non-members of ACUTA, the only national association dedicated to serving the needs of higher education information communications technology professionals.

The Forum will address a range of strategic issues facing colleges and universities, with particular attention to key areas such as overcoming financial challenges, technology’s role in supporting changing teaching and learning methodologies, dealing with the question of outsourcing, managing change, enabling innovative working arrangements, and reinforcing the value of information communications technology.

“Today's information communications technology leaders are challenged to keep their campuses current and competitive in the technologies that they offer, while coping with severe budget cutbacks that force re-examination of the business models for managing and delivering technology services.,” said Jeri Semer, executive director of ACUTA. “These may be the most demanding times that these leaders have ever faced.”

The 2009 Forum provides the opportunity for information communications technology leaders to hear not only how their peers are addressing these challenges, but also the perspectives of a range of industry thought leaders. Forum presenters sharing their insight and expertise at the Forum include representatives of institutions such as Northwestern University, Georgia Tech, Emory University, and Lee College.

Participants in the Forum also enjoy all the benefits of the larger ACUTA conference, which annually attracts several hundred representatives of colleges and universities across North America. The conference runs from April 19-22 and includes its own broad range of informational presentations, networking opportunities, and exhibit area.

The Forum site is the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta. More information about the Forum and Annual Conference can be found at www.acuta.org.

About ACUTA
ACUTA, the Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education, is an international non-profit educational association serving colleges and universities. Its core purpose is to support higher education information communications technology professionals in contributing to the achievement of the strategic mission of their institutions. ACUTA represents nearly 2000 individuals at some 780 institutions of higher education, with members ranging from small schools and community colleges to the 50 largest U.S. institutions. ACUTA’s Corporate Affiliate members represent all categories of communications technology vendors serving the college/university market. For more information, visit www.acuta.org or call 859-278-3338.

AFCOM

AFCOM is premiering its new Data Center Summit Program

AFCOM is premiering its new Data Center Summit Program at the upcoming Data Center World® Conference on March 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, NV. This unique program gives attendees the opportunity to sit down in a one-on-one, intimate setting with several exhibitors to discuss what issues you are dealing with, projects that are coming up and what you expect from the vendor community.

In order to participate, you must be registered as an attendee for Data Center World or the Expo in order to sign up for the Summit.  Please visit www.datacenterworld.com to register for the full conference or go to http://www.datacenterworld.com/world_expo/expo_only_pass.aspx to register to attend the Expo-Only.

This program is absolutely free, but time slots to meet with vendors are limited, so please sign up to participate as soon as possible.

For detailed information, including participating exhibitors and a schedule of time slots, please go to http://datacenterworld.com/summitattendee.aspx

BICSI

Great Ideas and products were in abundance at BICSI

BICSI started the year off with one of the best conferences in years. If you missed it, you missed a great opportunity to find new goodies to build and maintain your business. www.bicsi.org

Despite tough economic times, professionals in the information transport systems (ITS) industry continue to recognize the importance of continuing education and staying abreast of new technology and business solutions showcased at a BICSI Winter (Jan. 2009) Conference & Exhibition in Orlando. More than 1,637 registered professionals attended at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort.

At the close of Thursday’s BICSI meetings, Receptions and Exhibits, more than 4898 participants passed through the doors to visit more than 175 exhibiting companies.

¨    Siemon new hot Z-MAX RJ45 connector – introduced by Carl, John & CK Siemon

 http://www.siemon.com/us/white_papers/09-01-13-reinventing-the-rj-45-for-tomorrows-network.asp

In a revolutionary move, Siemon has completely overhauled the internal functionality of the RJ-style modular plug and outlet. Newly patented and patent pending techniques virtually eliminate plug and outlet termination variability, optimize mated performance, and prescribe the use of complete and focused corrective compensation circuitry that result in a connections system that exhibits unprecedented transmission headroom and mechanical reliability. These revolutionary enhancements are incorporated into Siemon's new Z-MAX family of category 6A connecting hardware and patching solutions.

The Siemon Company booth was “busier than a one-armed paper hanger in a wind storm”. There were a host of new offerings with more value and headroom performance than their competitor can deliver.

Plus: Valerie Rybinski Maguire of The Siemon Company received the well-deserved BICSI Harry Pfister Annual Award. Her acceptance speech recognized the company’s support and commitment to quality. www.siemon.com

Siemon's new Z-MAX family of category 6A connecting hardware and patching solutions.

Where can you buy this hot new cabling solution?  CSC - Communications Supply Corporation

NETWORK CONVERGENCE

One Distributor. Everything Infrastructure.

Founded in 1972, Communications Supply Corporation is a leading distributor of low voltage network infrastructure and industrial wire and cable products.

Through a network of 32 branch offices, CSC distributes a full range of products to support advanced connectivity for voice and data communications, access control, security surveillance, building automation, video distribution, life safety broadcast systems and electrical construction and manufacturing for commercial, residential and government customers.

CSC is recognized for delivering measurable value and outstanding support to its customers and suppliers alike. Vast application expertise makes CSC an unbiased knowledge resource for product information, documentation and training. www.gocsc.com

¨    Megladon Mfg. Scratch Guard™ Fiber Optic test & patch cables and Fluke Networks combined to deliver a powerful and durable testing system solution www.flukenetworks.com www.megladonmfg.com

Fluke Networks amazing DTX CableAnalyzer™ 

Incredible but true: Test results showed that over 1000 insertions of the Megladon Scratch Guard™ Fiber Optic test cables used on the Fluke Networks amazing DTX CableAnalyzer™  showed virtually no degradation or scratching. www.megladonmfg.com www.flukenetworks.com

¨    EZMOUNT shelf - a real find for functionality and convenience.

We overheard an interesting discussion in the Exhibit Hall at the January conference.  A contractor attending the BICSI annual conference in Orlando was talking with Bob Laukonis of iNNOdata, and was complimenting him and thanking him for the EZ Mount Network Shelf.  He told Bob he searched diligently and finally found this great product about 6 months ago.  His company has been using it on CISCO Systems UC500 installs, as he is a Cisco partner. www.cisco.com The shelf is perfect for the set up of the product, and his guys love the simplicity and ruggedness of the shelf.  Internally inside his company they refer to it as the "Cool Rack", cool referring to the sleek, sturdy design and affordable price.  The contractor said that they were sorry they didn't some across it sooner.  Bob Laukonis asked where he found the shelf, and he simply said "Google. It’s where you can find everything".  He finished up the discussion by telling Bob to keep up the great work. www.ezmt.com

What’s next? The NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association) Annual Conference & Exhibition.

Mark your calendars for NECA’s Annual Conference & Exhibition.

NECA Convention and Trade Show - Sep 13, 2009 - Sep 15, 2009 in Seattle, WA. This event rivals BICSI and has a host of different buyers with very substantial budgets. The Electrical Contractor is definitely in the IBS business.
In fact, here are just a few interesting statistics from the 2008 Electrical Contractor Magazine profile study:

-66% of electrical contractors did work in Communications/Systems Connectivity, and almost 6 in 10 worked in CII Automation & Controls in 2007.
-57% do work in Residential Automation/Controls

-57% do Structured Wiring / Cabling work

-46% of the electrical contractor’s revenue now comes from their involvement in Design/ Build projects.
-Overall, electrical contractors make brand substitutions/decisions about 70% of the time.

Industry Experts will discuss the latest solutions for the Integrated Building Systems including: Power – Communications – Control -Security - Life Safety systems plus wireless backbone infrastructure. Change is happening in their world. www.necanet.org

"NECA provides solutions and educational assistance for nearly all the issues that Electrical Contractors face.  Foundation research and NECA's educational programs at the convention and show are addressing our existing problems and working diligently on paving the way for future growth in our industry.”
Ron Autrey, Miller Electric 


NECA Offers “CEU’s or Contact Hours” for Licensing Requirements during NECA Convention & Show.  NECA is an authorized CEU provider and complies with the guidelines and requirements established by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). Participants in many of NECA’s workshops and seminars satisfy state and local licensing requirements. NECA Convention & Show attendees will be scanned at pre-convention workshops, management seminars, and technical workshops. A certificate of contact hours will be available for pick-up on-site.

”Milspec Industries exhibits at 20+ shows a year and we find that NECA does a fantastic job of reaching all segments of the electrical industry.”
William Clary, Milspec

Plan to attend the 2009 NECA Convention and NECA Show in the Emerald City on September 12–15, 2009. Bring your key staff with you. Budget to bring your key people and educate your staff in today’s electrical industry. NECA promises to give you the educational tools that you need to effectively compete in this work environment.

September 12-15, 2009 - Washington State Convention & Trade Center - Seattle
 www.necaconvention.org  

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BICSI AND NBFAA SIGN HONORARY FRIENDSHIP AGREEMENT

Today, BICSI and the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA) entered into an honorary friendship agreement, to promote further growth and development of global information transport systems (ITS) and Electronic Life Safety and Security (ELSS) systems. The official agreement was signed today by Mr. Edward J. Donelan, RCDD, NTS, TLT, BICSI President, and Mr. Michael Miller, President of NBFAA.

“This agreement creates new opportunity for our members, between industries, in a time of rapid technology integration and fast moving business developments,” Donelan said. “We look forward to a future complete with great reciprocal working relationships with all the professional members in the highly regarded NBFAA. As a result of this agreement, our training, education and certification is paramount to demonstrate a high degree of competence and professionalism.”

The two organizations plan to engage in a variety of cooperative activities, including exchanging visits and views between the members of the two entities in order to promote a qualified and skilled work force; promoting and developing reciprocal training, education and certifications of ITS and ELSS design and installation professionals; and pursuing other cooperative activities as appropriate.

BICSI believes that this relationship will enhance and expand BICSI’s dedicated outreach and also will add significantly to its NxtGEN Outreach Programs. NBFAA sees this relationship as the quickest, most efficient approach to widening the educational horizons for the members of both associations. 

“NBFAA is excited at the prospect of offering our members an even greater selection of education and training to build a bridge between technologies that are fast becoming the cornerstone of the solutions they provide. We also look forward to offering training, education and certification to BICSI professionals to help them to capitalize on the integration of the IT and the electronic security worlds. Rapid technological advances make partnerships like this one a vital part of our workforce development effort,” said Miller.

BICSI previously signed similar friendship agreements with InfoComm in 2005, and TIA in 2006 and again in 2008. Cross functional relationships among entities with common goals add significantly to the benefits offered to the membership of these organizations. BICSI will continue to reach out to like-minded groups in an endeavor to enhance the knowledge base of their membership.

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BICSI provides information, education and knowledge assessment for individuals and companies in the ITS industry. We serve more than 25,000 ITS professionals, including designers, installers and technicians. These individuals provide the fundamental infrastructure for telecommunications, audio/video, life safety and automation systems. Through courses, conferences, publications and professional registration programs, BICSI staff and volunteers assist ITS professionals in delivering critical products and services, and offer opportunities for continual improvement and enhanced professional stature. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, USA, BICSI membership spans nearly 140 countries. For more information, visit www.bicsi.org.

About NBFAA

NBFAA, a non-profit 501(c) 6 trade association, is the nation's oldest and largest organization dedicated to representing, promoting, and supporting the electronic life safety, security, and systems industry. Member companies specialize in a wide spectrum of services to commercial and residential consumers, including security and fire alarms, video surveillance, access control and monitoring. In cooperation with a federation of state associations, NBFAA provides government advocacy and delivers timely information, professional development tools, products and services that members use to grow and prosper their businesses. The NBFAA may be reached at (888) 447-1689 or on the Web at www.alarm.org.

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BICSI RELEASES NEW ENTRY-LEVEL CABLING INSTALLATION COURSE

BICSI, the association supporting the information transport systems (ITS) industry with information, education and knowledge assessment, announces the introduction of the IN101: BICSI ITS Installer 1 Training.

IN101 is a comprehensive five-day course for those with little or no cabling installation experience. It is designed to provide students with the necessary background, knowledge and basic skills needed to function effectively on the job.

Course topics include:

Industry orientation

Codes and standards/industry best practices

Safety

Professionalism

Structured premises cabling systems

Media

Job site skills

“The IN101 course is BICSI’s comprehensive orientation to the ITS industry,” said Richard Dunfee, RCDD, OSP, BICSI Director of Professional Development. “It is structured in a way that makes it very easy for someone to get their foot in the door and start a successful cabling career.”

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to sit for the ITS Installer 1 exam in order to attain the ITS Installer 1 designation. Pricing for the course is $950 and awards 35 BICSI continuing education credits (CECs) for RCDD, ITS Installer or ITS Technician credential holders. Students must be able to distinguish between different colors and possess manual dexterity to complete fine motor tasks.

Interested candidates can download an exam application at www.bicsi.org/installer1 or call 800.242.7405 (USA and Canada toll-free) or +1 813.979.1991 to request an application.

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BICSI is a professional association supporting the information transport systems (ITS) industry. ITS covers the spectrum of voice, data and video technologies. It encompasses the design, integration and installation of pathways, spaces, fiber- and copper-based distribution systems, wireless-based systems and infrastructure that supports the transportation of information and associated signaling between and among communications and information gathering devices.

BICSI provides information, education and knowledge assessment for individuals and companies in the ITS industry. We serve more than 25,000 ITS professionals, including designers, installers and technicians. These individuals provide the fundamental infrastructure for telecommunications, audio/video, life safety and automation systems. Through courses, conferences, publications and professional registration programs, BICSI staff and volunteers assist ITS professionals in delivering critical products and services, and offer opportunities for continual improvement and enhanced professional stature.

Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, USA, BICSI membership spans nearly 140 countries. For more information, visit www.bicsi.org.

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BICSI WINTER CONFERENCE DELIVERS FRESH START TO THE YEAR

Events surrounding the 2009 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition have officially concluded after a full two weeks of BICSI courses, credentialing exams, educational presentations, exhibits and valuable networking opportunities.

The conference hosted more than 4,800 attendees. In addition to the more than 1,600 registered information transport systems (ITS) professionals, there were 1,888 one-day passes purchased onsite for those who were focused on seeing the new ITS products and solutions that were debuting at the conference.

“We have a fresh start going into 2009,” said Edward Donelan, RCDD, NTS, TLT, BICSI President. “The results coming out of this conference support the fact that the ITS industry is strong and will continue to flourish.”

The closing general session on Thursday, January 22, opened with two technical presentations. Alfred Flores, RCDD, with Berk-Tek, talked about the next generation solution for networking environments in the program “40/100 Gb Ethernet Over Multimode Optical Fiber, Planning for Infrastructure Readiness." He was followed by Todd Fries, with HellermanTyton, who presented the audience with an advanced look at what is being proposed for the new TIA-606-B labeling standard.

Despite uncertain economic times, the BICSI Reception and Exhibits drew healthy crowds each evening. “It really didn’t matter about the quantity, it was more about the quality of the people that stopped and visited our booth,” said Crystal DeSiena, with Tyco Electronics AMP NETCONNECT. “We are rather happy with the business leads.”

Eric Sadler, with Porta Systems Corp. in Syosset, New York adds, “BICSI events are always great venues for quality networking and this was a very productive show for us.”

Finishing out the conference, closing keynote speaker Lou Holtz shared his inspirational, and oftentimes hilarious, life stories as a college football coach, a husband and a father.

Touching on a theme President Obama expressed in his inaugural address, Holtz urged the audience to think about the attitude they present in difficult situations. “We’re all going to get knocked down from time to time, that’s life, but when you’re down, you can stay down or you can choose to pick yourself up.” he stated. “You still have the chance to succeed even if others don’t believe in you, but if you stop believing in yourself, then you have no chance to succeed.”

The ITS industry will carry forward and venture on to the beautiful Inner Harbor of Baltimore in May for the 2009 BICSI Spring Conference & Exhibition.

BICSI by the numbers

Total attendees: 4,898

Total professional attendees: 1,637

Total exhibiting companies/exhibitors: 175 companies with 987 representatives

Total guests: 386

Total Exhibit Hall one-day passes: 1,888

Pre-conference seminars attendance: 910

First-time attendees at a BICSI Conference: 90

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BICSI is a professional association supporting the information transport systems (ITS) industry. ITS covers the spectrum of voice, data and video technologies. It encompasses the design, integration and installation of pathways, spaces, fiber- and copper-based distribution systems, wireless-based systems and infrastructure that supports the transportation of information and associated signaling between and among communications and information gathering devices.

BICSI provides information, education and knowledge assessment for individuals and companies in the ITS industry. We serve more than 25,000 ITS professionals, including designers, installers and technicians. These individuals provide the fundamental infrastructure for telecommunications, audio/video, life safety and automation systems. Through courses, conferences, publications and professional registration programs, BICSI staff and volunteers assist ITS professionals in delivering critical products and services, and offer opportunities for continual improvement and enhanced professional stature.

Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, USA, BICSI membership spans nearly 140 countries. For more information, visit www.bicsi.org.

NAED

NAED Releases White Paper on How to Profit from Green Market Opportunities

The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) recently made available the white paper, Green Goes Mainstream: How to Profit from Green Market Opportunities. The study details current trends in the energy efficiency market, and the closely related green building and renewable energy markets. When customers ask their electrical distributor “what can you do to make my building green?” this study will provide cogent and convincing answers.

Green Goes Mainstream emphasizes that distributors must figure out how to become “order makers” instead of “order takers” to seize green market opportunities. Customers want solutions delivered by experts. As political, financial, and economic forces line up to rapidly grow the green market, distributors and the electrical distribution industry as a whole must be able to fill this role.

“The emerging ‘green’ market offers electrical distributors unprecedented opportunities for profit and growth,” said Tom Naber, president and CEO of NAED. “Energy is an issue of increasing importance and will dictate significant changes in market behavior, which is why NAED is committed to helping its members understand the nature and scale of the changes in the energy market place.”

Yudelson Associates conducted the research for the study, surveying 165 distributor and 63 manufacturer members. “Our research shows that energy efficiency, green building and renewable energy will provide a major growth market for sales of electrical products and systems over the next half-decade, as the energy issue comes front and center in the consciousness of building owners and managers,” said Jerry Yudelson, principal. “Distributors who make the effort to learn about this emerging market are likely to see growth in sales and profits as a result,” he continued. Yudelson Associates also reviewed current market literature and interviewed more than 30 leaders throughout key market sectors.

Additionally, members of the study’s task force held several teleconferences throughout the summer of 2008 to determine and refine the study’s scope and overall direction. They include:

  • Steve Anixter, Advance Electrical Supply Co., Inc.
  • Michael Barker, Springfield Electric Supply Company
  • Warren Janes, Maurice Electrical Supply Co., Inc.
  • John Kimmel, Lithonia Lighting, An Acuity Brands, Inc. Company
  • John Selldorff, Legrand North America
  • Bill Snyder, Schneider Electric Company
  • Mitch Webb, State Electric Supply Co.

The study’s recommendations are presented in a convenient A, B, C outline representing distributors’ various levels of commitment to green markets:

  • Feet Wet: Distributors who want to understand the market but who are not yet ready to fully commit to it should become more knowledgeable about local utility and state incentive programs and focus on lighting upgrades and motor efficiency upgrades with variable-speed drives.
  • Up to the Waist: These distributors can begin training their existing sales force about green markets and technologies, and can seek to either develop or hire qualified sales staff dedicated to the lighting retrofit market.
  • Fully Immersed: Distributors with the resources and desire to fully commit to serving these markets can hire specialized sales staff and provide financing (directly or indirectly via a partnership) to “lock in” sales with key corporate and institutional customers.

For distributors who want to become more knowledgeable about energy markets, the appendix of the study offers a list of extensive resources and a glossary of some common terms used in the energy efficiency, green building, and renewable energy markets.

NAED members are encouraged to use this study as a resource manual to help them take advantage of new opportunities arising from the convergence energy supply shortfalls, dramatically increasing oil and energy prices, and an insistence on a measured response to climate change concerns. These forces represent not only a challenge to American business, but a tremendous opportunity to electrical distributors.

Funding for this project was provided by the NAED Education & Research Foundation through the Channel Advantage Partnership endowment. More than 46 electrical distributors and manufacturers have pledged more than $7.9 million since the endowment’s creation in 2003. The NAED Foundation supports projects and programs that strengthen the electrical distribution channel.

NAED member companies can access an electronic version of the study for free from the NAED Learning Center. Printed versions of the study are also available for purchase by NAED members ($20) or non-members ($999). Contact NAED Customer Service at 888-791-2512 or customerservice@naed.org for more information.

NAED is the trade association for the $70+ billion electrical distribution industry. Through networking, education, research, and benchmarking, NAED helps electrical distributors increase profitability and improve the channel. NAED’s membership operates in approximately 4,400 locations internationally.

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NAED Announces Upgrades to EPEC Program

The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) announces a series of upgrades to the Electrical Products Education Course (EPEC). Known throughout the electrical industry as a symbol of quality and a gauge of professional competency, EPEC integrates the full range of products a distributor sells with a unique systems approach. The course not only provides information about individual products and their applications, but shows how each is interrelated with other products in electrical systems. Although EPEC is a self-study course, it provides the added benefit of ongoing personal feedback from industry experts as students proceed through the modules.

Upgrades to the Bronze level are complete, and Silver and Gold updates will follow in spring and summer. Improvements to the program include:

•           New products and technologies including LEDs, CFLs, and personal protective gear

•           Content updated to NEC 2008 and addition of CE Code references

•           Increased emphasis on add-on sales in each chapter

•           Streamlined modules for faster completion

•           Capstone project added for each level

Additionally, there are new resources available including updated EPEC Web pages (www.naed.org/EPEC) and an online student glossary. Michelle McNamara, NAED vice president and executive director of the NAED Education and Research Foundation spoke about the upgrades, “The new EPEC offers the same quality that members have come to expect as well as key updates on new codes, products, and technologies,” she said. “The program has further evolved to include a stronger emphasis on sales skills. There are more exercises challenging students to look through the entire EPEC triangle and find add-on sales based upon product selection. These upgrades will truly help distributors meet the demands of our fast changing world.”

A bridge module is available for current students interested in transitioning to the new EPEC program. Members with previous unused EPEC Bronze modules may trade up and save 50% on new modules. Contact customer service at 888-791-2512 or customerservice@naed.org for full details. Bronze trade-up offer expires March 31, 2009.

NAED invites members to find out more about the upgrades during a complimentary Webinar on Wednesday, January 21, at 2 p.m. EST. Pre-registration is not necessary. Download the Webinar connection guide here. For more information on the webinar contact John Kiso at 888-791-2512 or jkiso@naed.org.

NAED is the trade association for the $70+ billion electrical distribution industry. Through networking, education, research, and benchmarking, NAED helps electrical distributors increase profitability and improve the channel. NAED’s membership operates in approximately 4,400 locations internationally.

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NAED Introduces Green Commercial and Industrial Guides

The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) introduces two planning guides that underscore green electrical products and solutions proven to reduce electrical consumption and commercial building operating costs. The guides were designed in partnership with the NAED Manufacturers Council to help raise awareness of electrical energy-saving solutions that reduce operating costs.

“These new NAED guides can be a great supplement to the detailed planning and consulting that takes place early on in a project,” said John Strainic, global product general manager, GE Consumer & Industrial. “I think nearly anyone involved with the lighting and electrical supply chain—contractors, builders, specifiers, and others—would agree that the use of these guides can equip them to better serve end-customers. That’s our ultimate, collective goal.”

The first guide, Industrial Upgrades: Green Electrical Cost Savings is geared toward individuals involved in green industrial maintenance, construction, or retrofit projects. The second guide, Commercial Upgrades: Green Electrical Cost Savings is geared toward individuals involved in green commercial construction or rehab projects.

“Sustainability is a major part of our business strategy both in how our products are manufactured and the value our products and solutions deliver to our customers,” said Dave Bucklew, vice president, US sales - Eaton. “NAED’s green commercial and industrial guides serve as both a training piece and a selling tool and can be used by everyone in the electrical distribution channel. There is no limit to who can benefit from
this initiative.”

The guides are available to NAED members, associates, and allied partners to use with their customers. For more information contact Customer Service by phone at (888) 791-2512 or by e-mail at customerservice@naed.org.

NAED is the trade association for the $70+ billion electrical distribution industry. Through networking, education, research, and benchmarking, NAED helps electrical distributors increase profitability and improve the channel. NAED’s membership operates in approximately 4,400 locations internationally.

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NAED Launches TEDGreenRoom.com

The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) announces the launch of TEDGreenRoom.com. TED GreenRoom is a  resource center for those interested in selling alternative power and energy efficient products through the established and successful electrical distribution channel. Designed to educate electrical distributors and those interested in selling through them, the site provides news, resources, and product sales information. TED GreenRoom is published by The Electrical Distributor (TED) Magazine, the official publication of NAED.

“We believe that electrical distributors need to be poised to serve any market that produces electricity—whether from solar, wind or hydro  

power, our readers need to be able to provide the connectivity products to service these markets,” said Michael Martin, publisher TED Magazine. “As new alternative energy markets emerge, distributors need to define their own roles in these markets. And to do that, they need tools and resources—which is what TED GreenRoom is—a place to come and prepare for the future.”

With interest in energy reduction coming from all directions—from global movements to national legislation to grassroots interest—electrical distributors are being turned to for answers about how to serve this emerging market. As the energy conservation movement becomes mainstream, distributors are defining their role in selling efficiency, taking on alternative power product lines, and partnering with other providers.

TED GreenRoom provides users with up-to-date news, industry resources, and a place to help shape the electrical distribution industry’s future through blogs, interactive research and more. The site compliments TED’s print edition, which features a monthly green section and quarterly supplement.

TED Magazine is the primary source of information for the electrical distribution channel across North America. Published by the National Association of Electrical Distributors, the publication is dedicated to best practices for the electrical supply chain. In addition to its print edition, TED Magazine produces up-to-the minute news at tedmag.com.

NAED is the trade association for the $70+ billion electrical distribution industry. Through networking, education, research, and benchmarking, NAED helps electrical distributors increase profitability and improve the channel. NAED’s membership operates in approximately 4,400 locations internationally.

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NAED Names Rocklan Lawrence as Incoming Western Region Vice President-Elect

The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) has named Rocklan Lawrence, president and CEO of National Electric Supply, Inc., as the incoming Western Region vice president-elect. The Western Region Council elected Lawrence by majority approval.

“It’s an honor to be selected as the incoming vice president-elect,” said Lawrence. “I appreciate the opportunity to give back to our industry and to participate in continuing the value that NAED has provided to members and manufacturers.”

Lawrence has served in the industry for 23 years and has a long tenure on NAED’s Western Region Council. He is also a former member of YET, known today as Leadership Enhancement and Development (LEAD). In addition, his company is active in the association, participating in many areas, including PAR and the Employee Compensation Study.

A Bronze level EPEC graduate, Lawrence offered professionals just entering the industry this advice, “Be committed to a long term plan of growth and career advancement. Our industry provides tremendous opportunities for a fulfilling career.”

Lawrence also serves as a leader in his local community. He is a founding member of the Young President’s Organization New Mexico Chapter (YPO) and has served as YPO Regional Networking Chairman. He also participates in the following business organizations: Quality New Mexico, the Albuquerque Economic Forum, and New Mexico Amigos. Lawrence is a graduate of the University of New Mexico, with a BBA in Financial Management.

National Electric Supply services New Mexico from two locations. The corporate headquarters is located in Albuquerque, and an additional branch is located in Santa Fe. National Electric Supply is a major distributor of lighting and electrical distribution products for industrial, commercial and residential customers.

As an NAED regional vice president-elect, Lawrence will help lead the region’s conferences, council meetings, and other events. He will also participate in NAED’s Membership and Strategic Focus Committees. In addition, when Lawrence becomes vice president in May 2010, he will serve on the NAED Board of Directors.

The Western Region is currently under the leadership of Jack Henderson, executive vice president of Hunzicker Brothers, Inc., Oklahoma City. Beginning in May, Bill Squires, vice president of SMC Electric Supply in Springfield, Mo., will take up the regional leadership for 2009-2010.

NAED is the trade association for the $70+ billion electrical distribution industry. Through networking, education, research, and benchmarking, NAED helps electrical distributors increase profitability and improve the channel. NAED’s membership operates in approximately 4,400 locations internationally.

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NECA

What’s next? The NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association) Annual Conference & Exhibition

Mark your calendars for NECA’s Annual Conference & Exhibition.

NECA Convention and Trade Show - Sep 13, 2009 - Sep 15, 2009 in Seattle, WA. This event rivals BICSI and has a host of different buyers with very substantial budgets. The Electrical Contractor is definitely in the IBS business.
In fact, here are just a few interesting statistics from the 2008 Electrical Contractor Magazine profile study:

-66% of electrical contractors did work in Communications/Systems Connectivity, and almost 6 in 10 worked in CII Automation & Controls in 2007.
-57% do work in Residential Automation/Controls

-57% do Structured Wiring / Cabling work

-46% of the electrical contractor’s revenue now comes from their involvement in Design/ Build projects. 
-Overall, electrical contractors make brand substitutions/decisions about 70% of the time.

Industry Experts will discuss the latest solutions for the Integrated Building Systems including: Power – Communications – Control -Security - Life Safety systems plus wireless backbone infrastructure. Change is happening in their world. www.necanet.org

"NECA provides solutions and educational assistance for nearly all the issues that Electrical Contractors face.  Foundation research and NECA's educational programs at the convention and show are addressing our existing problems and working diligently on paving the way for future growth in our industry.”
Ron Autrey, Miller Electric 


NECA Offers “CEU’s or Contact Hours” for Licensing Requirements during NECA Convention & Show.  NECA is an authorized CEU provider and complies with the guidelines and requirements established by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). Participants in many of NECA’s workshops and seminars satisfy state and local licensing requirements. NECA Convention & Show attendees will be scanned at pre-convention workshops, management seminars, and technical workshops. A certificate of contact hours will be available for pick-up on-site.

”Milspec Industries exhibits at 20+ shows a year and we find that NECA does a fantastic job of reaching all segments of the electrical industry.”
William Clary, Milspec

Plan to attend the 2009 NECA Convention and NECA Show in the Emerald City on September 12–15, 2009. Bring your key staff with you. Budget to bring your key people and educate your staff in today’s electrical industry. NECA promises to give you the educational tools that you need to effectively compete in this work environment.

September 12-15, 2009 - Washington State Convention & Trade Center - Seattle
 www.necaconvention.org  

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Ann Arbor Cuts Energy Costs in Half Using LEDs – Now on ElectricTV.net

Energy is too precious to waste, and so are taxpayer dollars, which is why the city of Ann Arbor, Michigan, looked for ways to get more bang for its streetlighting buck.  How the city is applying the latest in LED technology to light its streets and reduce power consumption by 50% is among the highlights in the latest edition of ElectricTV.net.

Across the United States, local governments are slashing budgets, presenting significant challenges to those entrusted with providing services to the community.  The city of Ann Arbor suffered a 60% reduction, spurring the search for areas to cut costs, including the city’s power consumption.  Just to light the streets, the city was spending more than $1.4 million a year.

Says Andrew Brix, acting director of the city’s energy program, “We’re talking about taxpayer dollars, and the money we spent on streetlights every year was a big chunk of change.” Rather than simply letting the streets go dark, the city embarked on a pilot program to replace its 6,600 streetlamps with energy-saving LEDs or Light Emitting Diodes.  The measured result after installing an initial 1,000 LED lights was a decrease in energy use from 120 watts per fixture to 56.  As a result says Brix, “We cut our overall bill in half,” with the savings paying for the replacement program in just four years.

A joint production of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), ElectricTV.net is the only web TV program dedicated to reporting the latest developments in the electrical construction and information systems industries.   

Also on this edition of ElectricTV.net is a virtual worksite tour that helps building owners be more proactive in identifying job hazards; a segment on how NECA/IBEW’s unique training programs are preparing the green workers America needs both today and tomorrow; and a spotlight on the many advantages a design/build electrical contractor brings to a construction project.

To view, visit http://electrictv.net/ledstreetlights.aspx.

ABOUT NECA AND IBEW

           Through their joint marketing organization – the National Labor-Management Cooperation Committee (NLMCC) of the organized electrical construction industry – NECA and IBEW together work to:

•             Reach customers with accurate information about the industry; and          

•             Achieve better internal communication between labor and management.

           NECA has provided over a century of service to the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light and communication technology to buildings and communities across the United States. NECA’s national office and 119 local chapters advance the industry through advocacy, education, research and standards development.

           With 725,000 members who work in a wide variety of fields – including construction, utilities, telecommunications and manufacturing – IBEW is among the largest member unions in the AFL-CIO.  IBEW was founded in 1891

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Owners Control Costs by Using Design-Savvy Contractors – Now on ElectricTV.net

The many advantages of having qualified electrical contractors not only install but design critical building systems are highlighted in the latest edition of ElectricTV.net.  A joint production of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), ElectricTV.net is the only web TV program dedicated to reporting the latest developments in the electrical construction and information systems industries.        

In today’s cost-conscious environment, building owners are looking more than ever to achieve the results they want at a price they can afford. 

Increasingly, owners are turning to electrical contractors that offer a design/build approach, who apply their considerable expertise at the planning stage to determine what’s best for the building, then bring in the best-trained electricians to perform the work.  Says Larry Hollis, vice president of business development for NECA contractor Rosendin Electric, “By getting us involved early, not only can we hear right from the owners what they’re looking for, but we can speed the design process and contain the cost of the project.”

Also on this edition of ElectricTV.net is a virtual worksite tour that helps building owners be more proactive in identifying job hazards; a segment on how the city of Ann Arbor, Michigan, is cutting their energy costs in half by turning to LED lighting; and a spotlight on how NECA/IBEW’s unique training programs are preparing the green workers America needs both today and tomorrow.

To view, visit http://electrictv.net/designbuild.aspx.

ABOUT NECA AND IBEW

Through their joint marketing organization – the National Labor-Management Cooperation Committee (NLMCC) of the organized electrical construction industry – NECA and IBEW together work to:

•             Reach customers with accurate information about the industry; and          

•             Achieve better internal communication between labor and management.

NECA has provided over a century of service to the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light and communication technology to buildings and communities across the United States. NECA’s national office and 119 local chapters advance the industry through advocacy, education, research and standards development.

With 725,000 members who work in a wide variety of fields – including construction, utilities, telecommunications and manufacturing – IBEW is among the largest member unions in the AFL-CIO.  IBEW was founded in 1891.

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Unique Electrical Training Program Prepares Today’s Green Workers – Now on ElectricTV.net

An examination of America’s largest and most comprehensive training program for “green” electrical workers is among the highlights of the latest edition of ElectricTV.net.  A joint production of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), ElectricTV.net is the only web TV program dedicated to reporting the latest developments in the electrical construction and information systems industries.        

As the United States pushes forward with developing such green energy sources as wind and solar power to reduce the dependence on fossil fuels, the equally pressing need arises for a workforce capable of building those alternative power systems.  For more than a quarter-century, NECA and IBEW, through their National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC), have been teaching vital green skills to apprentices and journeymen through its nationwide network of start-of-the-art facilities and up-to-the-minute instructors.

Says Michael Callanan, executive director of NJATC, “Our training is unique because it provides the opportunity not only to understand the theory behind the work, but how to apply that knowledge every day, on the job.”   En route to becoming a journey-level electrician, each apprentice is required to undergo 1,000 hours of classroom instruction and 8,000 hours of on-the-job training.  The result is the manpower required to meet the nation’s growing green demands – and the assurance of productive, cost-effective installations.

 Also on this edition of ElectricTV.net is a virtual worksite tour that helps building owners be more proactive in identifying job hazards; a segment on how the city of Ann Arbor, Michigan, is cutting their energy costs in half by turning to LED lighting; and a spotlight on the many advantages a design/build electrical contractor brings to a construction project.

To view, visit http://electrictv.net/greenjobs.aspx.

ABOUT NECA AND IBEW

Through their joint marketing organization – the National Labor-Management Cooperation Committee (NLMCC) of the organized electrical construction industry – NECA and IBEW together work to:

•             Reach customers with accurate information about the industry; and          

•             Achieve better internal communication between labor and management.

NECA has provided over a century of service to the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light and communication technology to buildings and communities across the United States. NECA’s national office and 119 local chapters advance the industry through advocacy, education, research and standards development.

With 725,000 members who work in a wide variety of fields – including construction, utilities, telecommunications and manufacturing – IBEW is among the largest member unions in the AFL-CIO.  IBEW was founded in 1891.

          

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Virtual Safety Tour Exposes Common Construction Hazards, Offers Lifesaving Solutions -- Now on ElectricTV.net

Every year, on-the-job accidents cost U.S. building owners billions of dollars – and cause worker pain, long recuperations and even death.  But when construction owners take a more proactive role in exposing hazards, recent studies reveal, job site safety gets a shot in the arm.

Simple steps owners can take to increase safety on construction job sites – and significantly reduce costs – are highlighted in a four-minute report now included in the latest edition of ElectricTV.net.  A joint production of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), ElectricTV.net is the only web TV program dedicated to reporting the latest developments in the electrical construction and information systems industries.      

In this informative program, Jim Dollard, Safety Director of IBEW Local 98, leads viewers through a tour of a high-rise construction project in Philadelphia, pointing out common hazards and offering practical solutions owners can take to make their sites safer.  “The number one hazard on a job site is falling,” Dollard notes.  Yet protecting workers from life-threatening falls is but one of the many precautions explored. Other areas include secure footing, ladder safety and how to tell if electrical boxes are hot or not.

Also on this edition of ElectricTV.net is a segment on how the city of Ann Arbor, Michigan, is cutting their energy costs in half by turning to LED lighting; a feature detailing the many advantages a design/build electrical contractor brings to a construction project; and a spotlight on how NECA/IBEW’s unique training programs are preparing the green workers America needs both today and tomorrow.

To view, visit http://electrictv.net/safetywalk.aspx.

ABOUT NECA AND IBEW

Through their joint marketing organization – the National Labor-Management Cooperation Committee (NLMCC) of the organized electrical construction industry – NECA and IBEW together work to:

•             Reach customers with accurate information about the industry; and          

•             Achieve better internal communication between labor and management.

NECA has provided over a century of service to the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light and communication technology to buildings and communities across the United States. NECA’s national office and 119 local chapters advance the industry through advocacy, education, research and standards development.

With 725,000 members who work in a wide variety of fields – including construction, utilities, telecommunications and manufacturing – IBEW is among the largest member unions in the AFL-CIO.  IBEW was founded in 1891.

NEMA

Industrial Control Shipments Fall Sharply during Fourth Quarter of 2008

Demand for industrial control equipment continued to slide during the fourth quarter, as sales dropped 6.1 percent compared to the prior quarter. On a year-over-year basis, the index posted its first measurable decline since 2003 and its largest contraction since the first quarter of 2002. Conditions were similarly weak for the broader measure of demand for industrial controls, the Primary Industrial Controls and Adjustable Speed Drives index, which fell 6.7 percent compared to the third quarter of 2008 and nearly 11 percent versus the same period a year ago.

After gradually weakening throughout the year, the drop in demand for industrial control equipment and other types of capital goods accelerated during the fourth quarter as virtually all indicators of economic activity plunged amid the height of the credit crisis. Initial estimates show real GDP declined 3.8 percent, the largest quarterly drop in aggregate economic growth since the early 1980s; even at that, the drop was smaller than expected thanks to a build in business inventories. Business investment as a whole contracted more than 20 percent, led by the largest decline in 50 years on purchases of equipment and software. Nonresidential construction registered its first outright contraction in activity since the beginning of 2005; conditions are only expected to worsen in the quarters ahead due to deterioration in underlying demand for new space due to rising job losses, falling industrial output and companies’ ongoing difficulties in accessing credit markets.

The manufacturing sector is enduring its worst downturn in more than three decades. A substantial portion of overall weakness in manufacturing activity can be connected to plummeting auto production, but much of the sector is struggling heavily. Indeed, the ISM manufacturing index, though rising slightly in January, has been in the mid- to low-30s for the past three months—indicative of a deep contraction in the factory sector. Capital goods manufacturers had managed to use global export markets as a source of final demand during much of 2008 even as business investment and consumer spending weighed on U.S. economic growth. However, with the dollar rallying versus the euro, pound sterling and other major currencies, and the recession spreading to even erstwhile high-flying emerging markets, prospects for exports of manufactured goods have diminished significantly. Given the backdrop of the credit crisis, slumping business investment and profits, declining consumer spending and falling export demand, shipments of industrial controls and other types of capital equipment likely will continue to decline over the next few quarters.

NEMA is the trade association of choice for the electrical manufacturing industry. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its approximately 450 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end-use of electricity. These products are used in utility, medical imaging, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. Domestic production of electrical products sold worldwide exceeds $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing and Mexico City. www.nema.org

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North American Business Conditions Barometers Point to a Turbulent First Half of 2009

Though up from a near record low a month ago, NEMA’s January Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current conditions continued to paint a bleak picture. January’s reading rose to 20 points, but was still far below the “break even” mark of 50 points, and was strongly suggestive of substantial deterioration in the business climate at the outset of the new year.

The EBCI for future North American conditions was little changed from last month, edging up a modest 1.5 points to 37.5. Though far above the cyclical low water mark of 17.5 seen in the October aftermath of Wall Street’s collapse, the future conditions index also remained firmly in contractionary territory. Current and future conditions indexes for the other three world regions included in the survey showed mixed results in January.

Click here for the complete January 2009 report.

The Electroindustry Business Confidence Index gauges the business confidence of the electroindustry in Asia, Europe, North America, and Latin America, and is based on the results of a monthly survey of senior managers at NEMA member companies. Those companies represent more than 80 percent of the electroindustry.

NEMA is the trade association of choice for the electrical manufacturing industry. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its 430 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end-use of electricity. These products are used in utility, medical imaging, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. Domestic production of electrical products sold worldwide exceeds $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing and Mexico City.

NEMA. Setting Standards for Excellence

www.nema.org

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Counterfeit Electrical Products Rank Fifth on U.S. Customs List of 2008 Counterfeit Seizures

As part of its ongoing effort to accentuate the dangers of counterfeit electrical products, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) commends the efforts of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as reflected in CBP’s annual report on intellectual property rights (IPR) seizure statistics report for fiscal year 2008, which was released yesterday.

According to CBP, the value of all seized counterfeit and pirated products for the year ending September 30, 2008 was nearly $273 million, an increase of 38 percent over 2007, including a 43 percent increase in seizures of counterfeit electrical products during 2008 over 2007, with a total value of almost $23 million in 2008.  

The category for electrical products represented 8 percent of all seizures and ranked fifth among all product categories of counterfeit goods seized.  In 2007, the category for electrical products was the third ranked category of seizures but also represented eight percent of all seizures. Seizures of counterfeit batteries totaled $1.8 million. Other electrical articles seized include power adaptors, extension cords, circuit breakers, and lighting products. The customs data indicates that the counterfeit electrical articles come from China and Hong Kong.

As in previous years, footwear is the leading category of counterfeit products seized with handbags and apparel following. In 2008, seizures of counterfeit pharmaceuticals saw a dramatic increase of 152 percent over 2007.    

This data reflects both seizures in the ports by CBP as well as seizures in country by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The CBP yearly report for 2008 can be found on the web at

http://www.cbp.gov/linkhandler/cgov/trade/priority_trade/ipr/seizure/fy08_final_stat.ctt/fy08_final_stat.pdf

http://www.cbp.gov/linkhandler/cgov/trade/priority_trade/ipr/seizure/fy08_final_stat.ctt/fy08_final_stat.pdf

U.S. Customs is working collaboratively with intellectual property rights holders to identify inbound shipments of suspect product shipments. NEMA and its members have worked to educate and train port officials at the ports as well as the Washington, D.C.-based IPR Enforcement Center about counterfeit electrical products to assist in their border protection efforts.

NEMA is the trade association of choice for the electrical manufacturing industry. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its approximately 450 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end-use of electricity. These products are used in utility, medical imaging, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. Domestic production of electrical products sold worldwide exceeds $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing and Mexico City.

NEMA. Setting Standards for Excellence

NJATC

New “Blended Learning” solution for their Outside Apprenticeship Program was launched

The National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Electrical Industry (NJATC) co-sponsored by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) announced that a new “Blended Learning” solution for their Outside Apprenticeship Program was launched on-line January 1, 2009. The blended learning solution combines a state-of-the-art web-based Learning Management System (LMS) with traditional classroom related instruction for over 4,000 registered apprentices in NJATC Outside apprenticeship programs throughout the United States sponsored by IBEW and NECA. The LMS was developed in partnership with Delmar Cengage Learning; Albany, New York.

Delmar Cengage Learning delivers highly-customized learning solutions for colleges, universities, instructors, students, libraries, government agencies, corporations and professionals around the world. These solutions are delivered through specialized content, applications and services that foster academic excellence and professional development, as well as measurable learning outcomes.

Delmar Cengage Learning Vice President, Greg Clayton, stated that, “This is a major milestone in our partnership to deliver the highest quality learning solution to the Outside Line Construction industry.” NJATC Executive Director, Michael Callanan, believes that the partnership will “Provide the very best related instruction model for training apprentices in the power, generation and transmission field.”

Utilizing this cutting-edge delivery system, apprentices will complete their homework assignments on-line. A major component of the LMS is a self-paced tutorial tool that assists the apprentices when they are completing their homework assignments. Instructors will be able to track and monitor the apprentices’ homework assignments, ensuring that they will be fully prepared for their next classroom session. They will also have the added benefit of being able to review individual lesson performance at any time. This will allow instructors to customize their related instruction to meet the needs of each individual class. The overall goal is to improve the utilization of classroom time; allowing for additional hands-on/application-based instruction.

Both the Department of Labor, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, predict a significant shortage of power generation, transmission and distribution workers in the very near future. The IBEW/NECA Outside Apprenticeship Program consists of 7,000 hours of on-the-job training and approximately 500 hours of related instruction. Apprentices participating in one of the IBEW/NECA programs “earn while they learn” as they prepare for a challenging, rewarding career in an ever-expanding industry.

About the NJATC

The NJATC is a nonprofit organization founded in 1941 by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). The organization is committed to developing and standardizing education in the electrical industry to properly and effectively train members of NECA and the IBEW; providing the electrical construction industry with the most highly trained and skilled workforce possible. Since its inception, more than 325,000 apprentices have completed NJATC training programs and become competent Journeymen, making the organization one of the largest training and apprenticeship programs of its kind. For more information, go to www.njatc.org.

About NECA

NECA is the voice of the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light, and communication technology to buildings and communities across the United States. NECA’s national office and 119 local chapters advance the industry through advocacy, education, research, and standards development. For more information, visit www.necanet.org.

About The IBEW

The IBEW is an international labor organization that has trained the most qualified electricians in the trade for more than 117 years.  With approximately 725,000 members in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Republic of Panama, the IBEW has members in construction, utilities, manufacturing, telecommunications, broadcasting, railroads and government. For more information, visit www.ibew.org

SCTE

SCTE Foundation Announces Results Of Giving Campaign

The SCTE Foundation is proud to announce today the results of its Fueling Cable’s Future 2008 Giving Campaign. The inaugural giving campaign, which ran from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2008, raised more than $10,000 to help members of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) achieve their professional development goals and dreams through grants and scholarships.

The 2008 Giving Campaign was chaired by Marwan Fawaz, chief technology officer and executive vice president of Charter Communications. He thanked the individuals, organizations, and SCTE Chapters who generously supported the campaign.

The SCTE Foundation was established by the SCTE Board of Directors in 2005 and began issuing grants in 2006. The Foundation has helped numerous SCTE members by distributing grants totaling approximately $95,000. SCTE members have applied their grants to a variety of professional development opportunities including SCTE Virtual Classroom online courses, Jones/NCTI™ courses, college degrees in business management and telecommunications engineering technology, and attendance at industry events like SCTE Cable-Tec Expo®.

All of the financial assistance that the SCTE Foundation provides to SCTE members is made possible through donations from generous individuals and organizations within the cable telecommunications industry. Individuals interested in donating are encouraged to visit http://foundation.scte.org.

Further information about the 2008 Giving Campaign, including the list of individuals, organizations, and SCTE Chapters that donated, is available on the Foundation’s website.

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The SCTE Foundation was established by the SCTE Board of Directors in 2005. The Foundation’s three-part mission is to assist in innovation and education within the industry, to further research and information, and to maintain a history and awareness of the cable and telecommunications industry, all for the benefit of future generations. The SCTE Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) is a non-profit professional association that provides technical leadership for the telecommunications industry and serves its members through professional development, standards, certification and information. SCTE currently has more than 14,000 members from the U.S. and 70 countries worldwide and offers a variety of programs and services for the industry's educational benefit. SCTE has 68 chapters and meeting groups and more than 3,000 employees of the cable telecommunications industry hold SCTE technical certifications. SCTE is an ANSI-accredited standards development organization. Visit SCTE online at www.scte.org

USBGC

National Studies Show Green Building as Key Part of America’s Economic Future

Even as the dire financial news continues to dominate year-end headlines, a cascade of newly released studies and reports points to green building as one of the growing bright spots for the U.S. economy.

In fact, as economic experts call for a recovery plan focused on green jobs and infrastructure, as consumers look to live in more economically sustainable homes, as businesses strive to cut operating costs, and as our national security needs depend on an end to reliance on foreign energy sources, green buildings’ ability to deliver solutions to these pressing challenges promises to change the way we view the building industry.

“As research comes in from diverse sources examining the interest in green buildings among a wide range of Americans, the numbers keep painting the same picture: The future of our built environment clearly centers on energy efficiency, water reduction, systems that encourage cleaner indoor air, the use of recycled and more sustainably developed materials, and communities that coexist with their environments,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council.  “Over and over again, Americans are saying the same thing: The key to a prosperous future is sustainability, and the triple bottom line – environmental responsibility, economic prosperity and social equity – is imperative as we move forward.”

According to Turner Construction Company’s “Green Building Barometer,” 75% of commercial real estate executives – including developers, rental building owners, brokers, architects, engineers and others – say the credit crunch will not discourage them from building green. In fact, 83% said they would be “extremely” or “very” likely to seek LEED certification for buildings they are planning to build within the next three years. The U.S. Green Building Council’s nationally recognized LEED® green building certification program provides third-party review and certification of buildings’ design, construction and performance in five key areas of environmental and health concern, including energy efficiency, water efficiency, materials and resources use, sustainable site development and indoor air quality.

Other key findings from this and other studies, conducted over the past year among constituencies ranging from consumers and homeowners to commercial real estate executives, include:

•    70% of homebuyers are more or much more inclined to buy a green home over a conventional home in a down housing market, according to McGraw-Hill Construction’s 2008 SmartMarket Report, “The Green Home Consumer.” That number is 78% for those earning less than $50,000 a year, showing the increasing access to green buildings for all members of our society. In fact, 56% of respondents who bought green homes in 2008 earn less than $75,000 per year; 29% earn less than $50,000.

•    More than 80% of commercial building owners have allocated funds to green initiatives this year, according to “2008 Green Survey: Existing Buildings,” a survey jointly funded by Incisive Media’s Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Some 45% plan to increase sustainability investments in 2009.

•    That same study showed that 60% of commercial building owners offer education programs to assist tenants in implementing green programs in their space, up 49.4% from last year, illustrating a growing understanding of the importance of environmental awareness among employees and customers in addition to the use of green materials and systems.

•    LEED-certified projects are directly tied to more than $10 billion of green materials, according to a Greener World Media study on green building. That could reach more than $100 billion by 2020, contributing to a vibrant industry that could drive an economic recovery.

•    The Center for American Progress and the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in a September 2008 study, found that a national green economic recovery program investing $100 billion over 10 years in six infrastructure areas would create 2 million new jobs. The investments would include retrofitting existing buildings to improve energy efficiency and investing in wind power, solar power and next-generation biofuels.

The opportunities for creating a built environment that performs at a higher level and works for building owners rather than against them and their tenants are many and varied. New buildings can be built with greener construction methods and designed for long-term operations and maintenance savings. Likewise, our nation’s vast existing building stock can be made greener – and the studies show that building owners are interested in doing so. Incisive Media’s “2008 Green Survey: Existing Buildings” found that almost 70% of commercial building owners have already implemented some kind of energy monitoring system. Energy conservation is the most widely implemented green program in commercial buildings, the survey found, followed by recycling and water conservation. Nearly 65% of building owners who have implemented green buildings say their investments have already resulted in a positive return on investment. And 84% of respondents to Turner’s “Green Building Barometer” said their green buildings have resulted in lower energy costs, with 68% reporting lower overall operating costs.

As green buildings help companies cut costs and build sound financial situations, the Center for American Progress’ study shows how such green investments on a wide scale can ignite the economy of the nation as a whole. A $100 billion green infrastructure investment over 10 years, with a focus on green building retrofits and investment in alternative energy sources, could be paid for with proceeds from carbon permit auctions under a greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program. That’s roughly the same amount of investment as the tax rebate checks sent as part of the April 2008 economic stimulus plan but would create 300,000 more jobs. Also, about 22% of total household expenditures – the goal of a tax rebate stimulus plan – go to imports, while only about 9% of purchases for green infrastructure investment would.

Building and design professionals, product manufacturers and others getting involved in green building are establishing themselves as leaders in a rapidly growing industry, McGraw-Hill Construction’s Green Outlook 2009 report “Trends Driving Change” shows. By 2013, the overall green building market (both residential and non-residential) is likely to more than double from today’s $36-49 billion to $96-140 billion. Green building is estimated to be 10-12% of the current commercial and institutional building market; McGraw-Hill predicts it will represent 20-25% of new commercial and institutional construction starts by 2013. And it’s possible these predictions could be conservative: In 2005, McGraw-Hill predicted green building would make up just 5-10% of the market in 2008.

About USGBC
The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a sustainable built environment within a generation. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and other nonprofit organizations. Since USGBC’s founding in 1993, the Council has grown to nearly 18,000 member companies and organizations, a comprehensive family of LEED® green building certification systems, an expansive educational offering, the industry’s popular Greenbuild International Conference and Expo (www.greenbuildexpo.org), and a network of 78 local chapters, affiliates, and organizing groups.  For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.

About LEED®
The LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building certification system is a feature-oriented certification program that awards buildings points for satisfying specified green building criteria.  The six major environmental categories of review include:  Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation and Design.  Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels of LEED green building certification are awarded based on the total number of points earned within each LEED category.  LEED can be applied to all building types including new construction, commercial interiors, core & shell developments, existing buildings, homes, neighborhood developments, schools and retail facilities.  LEED for Healthcare is currently under development and is expected to be released in early 2008.  

Incentives for LEED are available at the state and local level and LEED has also been adopted nationwide by federal agencies, state and local governments, and interested private companies.  For more information, visit www.usgbc.org/LEED.


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