Craig Pearson

Craig Pearson

May 6, 2011 The latest addition to Verotec’s family of 19” rack cases is the Veroshield 19” EMC screened version, which it says combines the ability to easily mount a wide range of electronic, electric and electro-mechanical equipment in a standard 19” enclosure with good EMC performance. The company adds that the product is particularly useful in larger 19” rack-mounted systems where only some elements of the overall equipment require elevated levels of EMC capability. VEROTEC
Graybar is now working with JVC Professional Products Co. to distribute its surveillance and security technologies. Graybar will carry JVC IP and analogue cameras, as well as IP recording technology. This new relationship, says the distributor, will allow it to offer integrators, contractors and end users more scalable and reliable security options while adding to its own portfolio of IP solutions. Since entering the security market in 2004, Graybar says it has experienced double-digit growth, year-over-year. JVC’s products will be available throughout Graybar’s network of more than 250 North American locations. (Appeared N&C March/April 2008, “As Seen at BICSI”)GRAYBARPhoto is of JVC Mini Dome V.Networks IP Camera Model VN-C215V4U.
John Sencich, vice-president, Utility & Other, with Thomas & Betts Canada, announced the promotion of Frédéric Bougard to national sales manager, communications. In this newly created position, Bougard is responsible for all aspects of sales and marketing of the Thomas & Betts product offering to the growing Canadian CATV, telecom and security markets. Prior to this appointment, he served as sales representative for communication products.
In this Gallery you'll find a selection of photos taken on the show floor of the BICSI Fall Conference held at the MGM Grand. (Photos A. Capkun)
Scenes from NETcomm's inaugural conference & trade show in Halifax, N.S. (Photos A. Capkun)
DCP clear plastic covers keep electrical assemblies clean and finish ready, says Legrand Cablofil, as they protect pre-installed devices from drywall finishing and paint while allowing complete visibility for inspections. DCP covers are available in 14 sizes for installed devices, and for empty boxes with mud rings in 1- to 4-gang openings. At finish, DCP covers are easy to remove.LEGRAND/CABLOFIL
Cooper B-Line has expanded its line of pre-assembled strut fittings to include an updated design that reduces the number of parts to handle and purchase. The design additionally promotes easy adjustment when installed in a channel, says Cooper. Channel nuts and bolts, coated in a liquid locking material, can only be loosened with 5 ft-lb of torque, which protects the integrity of the fitting during shipping and allows the channel nut to engage into the channel upon installation. The new design also eliminates the need for spring nuts and “hassles associated with tangled components”.COOPER B-LINE
Hammond Manufacturing Co. Ltd. offers a new swing-out wallmount cabinet as part of the company’s line of wallmount racking products. The Hammond Wall Mount (HWM) cabinet boasts a design that, says Hammond, enables it to be installed in less time using fewer installers than similar cabinets of its size. Its strength, meantime, comes from the heavy-duty spring hinge pin, says the company. The HWM includes a vented front door and side panels that are specifically designed for high-capacity servers, switches and power management devices. The HWM Series is available in stock in four heights and three depths for a total of 12 sizes, though it can be modified to fit a variety of applications.HAMMOND MANUFACTURING
Arcad, a provider of online and PC-based software tools for short circuit and arc flash hazard analysis, has released a new set of Arc Flash Analytic video tutorials. The tutorials aim to provide a quick, easy way to learn a variety of Arc Flash Analytic features and capabilities. The set includes eight video tutorials, starting from installing and registering the program to more advanced functions, like saving projects, switching units of measurement, customizing arc flash warning label layout and performing arc flash hazard analysis using Arc Flash Analytic’s IEEE 1584 Empirical Model, Fuse Equations and Low Voltage Circuit Breaker Equations calculation modes.ARCAD
The Energy Providers Coalition for Education (EPCE) has launched a new online course designed to provide training for electric power industry workers in the areas of clean energy solutions and smart grid deployment. “Renewable Energy Sources” and the “Smart Grid” explores electricity production from various forms of renewable energy as well as the function, operation and vision of the smart grid. Designed to be an overview, the first course covers renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, ocean, biomass and geothermal, as well as a high-level look at smart grid challenges, benefits, technology needed, and the role of the consumer. The first in a series of three, this course was developed in collaboration with EPCE’s education partner, Bismarck State College’s National Energy Center of Excellence, as part of a U.S. Department of Energy workforce training and development grant administered by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL). The other two courses will be developed and delivered over the remainder of the three-year DoE grant project. All the courses require about 10 to 12 hours of time, and students can access these online courses any time.ENERGY PROVIDERS COALITION FOR EDUCATION (EPCE)
Delmar (part of Cengage Learning) announced the release of “Contractor’s Survival Guide: Building Your Business in Good Times and Bad”—a reference guide with “an emphasis on the fundamentals of business for today’s contractors and construction professionals”. The guide covers a variety of business topics, including identifying the most effective areas to spend marketing dollars, gathering qualified but inexpensive leads, selling more estimates and driving business through the internet and social networking sites. Author Jason Reid is the co-founder of National Services Group, an American residential repaint contractor, and possesses over 17 years of experience in the construction industry and as an entrepreneur.CLICK HERE for Contractor’s Survival Guide.
Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. expanded its M12 lithium-ion system with the introduction of what it calls the industry’s first sub-compact hammer drill/driver. The tool delivers 275 in-lb of torque and 0-400/0-1500 rpm, measures 7-5/8-in. long and weighs 2.8 lb. The M12 hammer drill/driver features a metal gear housing for durability and a single-sleeve, metal-ratcheting chuck for good bit retention. An integrated ‘fuel’ gauge and LED light provide added user convenience. The tool is among the first to be powered by the recently introduced RedLithium battery technology. It includes the hammer drill/driver, two M12 RedLithium batteries, 30-min charger and carrying case.MILWAUKEE
Over the next several months, Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. will transition all V28 cordless power tools to the new M28 Li-ion battery pack. While providing “an improved battery pack with more advanced electronics”, the M28 lithium-ion system will be completely compatible with current V28 products, as the tools themselves will not change. Milwaukee has added Digital Power Management (DPM) to the M28 Li-ion battery packs to help ensure optimal battery life and runtime, while protecting the battery and tool during the toughest jobsite applications. DPM features include a temperature management system to keep batteries at the ideal temperature range, and individual cell monitoring to ensure optimal charge and discharge. Combined with a side-packed design, integrated weld frame, cell separator and impact/vibration protective rubber, this pack promises maximum life and durability. Milwaukee will also be releasing a new M28 Li-ion battery pack, 28V charger, M28 hammer drill and lighting solutions.MILWAUKEE TOOL
Dewalt previewed a new line of sub-compact lithium-ion products, which includes: 3/8-in. drill/driver (DCD710S2); 1/4-in. screwdriver (DCF610S2); 1/4-in. impact driver (DCF815S2); 3/8-in. impact wrench (DCF813S2); screwdriver/impact driver combo kit (DCK210S2); drill/driver and impact driver combo kit (DCK211S2); LED worklight (DCL510); charger (DCB100); 12V MAX battery (DCB120); inspection camera (DCT410S1); and IR thermometer (DCT414S1). To meet the jobsite demands of end users, Dewalt says it designed the drills with an all-steel transmission; the tools have a metal gear case allowing the transmission to dissipate heat and run cooler. The sub-compact Li-ion family promises users increased durability and cycle life for up to 1000 recharges.DEWALT
Irwin’s Vise-Grip curved jaw (CR) locking pliers now feature a “self-energizing” lower jaw that delivers three times more gripping power, boasts Irwin, than traditional locking pliers—with no slipping or stripping. There’s no need for heavy input pressure, says the company; the jaws tighten as torque is applied, for maximum grip. They’re available in two core models: Fast Release, with a one-handed, triggerless release and anti-pinch, non-slip ProTouch grips; and Original, with a classic trigger release. In addition, the slotted geometry of the self-energizing locking pliers increases torquing power, boasts the company. All Vise-Grip pliers are constructed of high-grade, heat-treated alloy steel.IRWIN TOOLS
Electrolab Training Systems offers the “Electrical Safety: What Everyone Should Know”; this DVD program covers what electricity is and how it works, terminology, as well as the effects of electricity on the body. The DVD also discusses how to work safely with electricity, and specifically discusses ground fault protection, circuit loading, care of power and extension cords, wet locations and recognizing current-carrying conductors. The DVD is produced by CLMI Safety Training.ELECTROLAB TRAINING SYSTEMS
Federal Signal’s loudspeakers, models P-LS2B and P-LS2C, are designed for use in industrial public address and general alarm applications where corrosion resistance and ATEX/IEC certification are required. They are available in an ATEX/IEC Zone 1 explosion-proof version certified IP66 for ingress of dust and combustible gas to either Group IIB or Group IIC. The loudspeakers are designed to accept an audio input of 100Vrms; each speaker is transformer-coupled with a maximum power output of 25W, and is supplied with 10 preset taps to provide an adjustable sound output range of between 114dB and 124dB (P-LS2B) and 113dB and 123dB (P-LS2C). Universal mounting is provided by a common template, stainless-steel, ratcheted mounting bracket that eliminates slippage by securely locking the sounder in position at a predetermined angle.FEDERAL SIGNAL
Camden Door Controls says a large selection of its switches complies with the UL 294 standard for access control systems; this means the company, says Camden, can offer a Request to Exit switch for “virtually any access control project”. Compliant switch models include CM-30 and CM-300 illuminated switches for applications with low ambient lighting; CM-30EE (with built-in electronic timer); CM-9000 vandal-resistant switches for harsh applications; and CM-5085/4085 mushroom pushbuttons with adjustable pneumatic (mechanical) timer (as required by some fire authorities). In addition to UL 294, these switches are also tested to UL61058-1, CSA-C22.2 and IEC 61058-2-4 standards for electrical safety and, like most Camden pushbuttons, are manufactured with UL-listed switch components.CAMDEN DOOR CONTROLS
The first step in developing a safer work environment, says Ideal—especially for employees working on or near energized electrical equipment—is a complete set of lockout/tagout (LOTO) solutions. To help, Ideal offers a plant facility lockout/tagout kit that keeps all necessary devices in one place. Housed in a red polypropylene plastic toolbox, the kit contains lockouts for 277/480/600V breakers, plugs, valves, wall switches, and multi-pole breakers; fuse blockouts, safety hasps, and multiple “Do Not Operate” lockout tags. The toolbox resists oil and chemicals.IDEAL INDUSTRIES
Federal Signal’s Model AV1-LED combination audible/visual signal boasts a 100% polycarbonate housing rated for Type 3R raintight applications, as well as a 60,000-hour LED light source. Available in Amber, Blue, Green, Red and clear domes, the AV1-LED offers three mounting configurations; the unit’s black base is designed to accommodate mounting of 1/2-in. NPT pipe, a 4-in. octagonal electrical box, or any flat surface. (A surface-mount gasket serves as a template for mounting holes.) Key features include a twist-and-lock dome to facilitate tool-free access to the LED, while the integrated buzzer provides 85dB output at 10 ft (95dB at 1 m). The unit is capable of supplying independent flashing light and sounder operation. The LED can be field adjusted for a flash pattern of either 60 fpm or 75 fpm by employing a jumper on the PC board. Available in 24vDC and 120vAC, the UL- and cUL-listed AV1-LED is factory assembled with two colour-coded leads.FEDERAL SIGNAL
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