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McCormick Systems have released “electrical estimating by hand” classes in response to requests from electrical and building systems contractors. These classes cover the elements of electrical estimating with one focusing on the basics and the other on the more advanced offering. Todd McCormick the president of McCormick Systems, suggests that those looking for a refresher should take the basic class. The courses are taught by “veteran estimating instructors who work for and with McCormick Systems,” says the release.MCCORMICK
Delmar Publishing Partnership with the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC) Delmar announced the publication of two new titles: AC Theory, 3rd Edition and Building a Foundation in Mathematics, 2nd Edition. The books by Delmar – part of Cengage Learning, a provider of learning solutions for career development and education – are to be used by students in electrical apprenticeship programs around North America, says the release. AC Theory, 3rd Edition “provides electrician apprentices with a thorough introduction to electrical characteristics and circuit construction. Building on the basics established in the study of direct current theory,” explains the release. The book contains an overview of the primary components of AC circuits, the application of AC principles in power generation/generators, troubleshooting and evaluating circuit conditions, amongst other topics. Finally, it has images, “technical tips”, and side bars throughout as previous versions had.Building a Foundation in Mathematics, 2nd Edition “uses on-the-job scenarios and a straightforward approach to bring to life fundamental mathematical concepts for electrical workers,” explains the release. It covers whole numbers, fractions, binary numbers, and Boolean algebra. DELMAR 
Brady Worldwide, Inc. introduced a software update to its LabelMark Label Design Software. Both the Standard and Professional versions have usability enhancements including more features and design tools. The LabelMark 5.2 offers toolbar customization, allowing users to customize commands and options for any toolbar, and an expanded parts database, which include part numbers with prefixes HX, 2HX, ZH, and 2ZH. Also the LabelMark Professional software has new edit and import options that allow users to stretch rotated objects, batch import files from previous versions, and convert Heatex text files (another software by Brady).BRADY
Lind Equipment introduced a new work light called the XP300LED. The light is rechargeable and approved for Class 1, Division 1, Group C&D locations in Canada and the U.S., according to the release. The light has three 3W bright LEDs that have “seven hours of run time on a single charge.” The polycarbonate lens that covers the LEDs can be adjusted to change the beam setting from work to flood lighting. The XP300LED can also be paired with a pivoting light head, a hanging hook, or a wrist strap. It is just over 13” in length including its NiMH battery (which is complete with a 120V charging cord).LIND EQUIPMENT
Greenlee, a Textron Inc. company, introduced the new 9522 Hanging Cable Dispenser as a “faster and easier way for contractors to dispense NM type cables,” says the release. The 9522 holds a spool of up to 75 lbs. of NM or MC cable and spins to dispense wire. The dispenser collapses and folds so it can be stored in the included bag. It is made from aluminum tubing, steel hooks and joint plates, and nylon straps. It weighs 3-1/2 lbs.GREENLEE
Greenlee updated its 6810 Cable Feeder to be “more effective when used with low friction cables such as Southwire SIMpull,” explains the release. Due to this update, the feeder nor comes equipped with new tires that are capable of operating pressures up to 50 psi compared to 22 psi from previous tires. Other than the tires, no changes have been made to the 6810, “including the price.” A package of two tires and wheels along with instructions for making the conversion are available for customers who already own a 6810.GREENLEE
Ridgid release a new multi-tool kit called the Ridgid 12V JobMax System R82235. The tool runs off Ridgid’s 12V lithium-ion battery and has five interchangeable heads (that are sold separately). The interchangeable heads are the Impact Driver, Right Angle 3/8” drill, 3/8”ratchet, Multi-Tool head, and AutoHammer head. The tool includes variable speed trigger, an LED light, and a 30-minute charge time. It also includes a Ridgid Lifetime Service Agreement that includes free parts, service, and batteries.RIDGID
Ideal Industries, Inc. is offering a 5-in-1 non-conductive screwdriver that “address[es] the safety concerns of electricians,” says the release. The yellow handled, bonded orange insulation shaft tool includes four bits that are magnetically secured in place: a ¼ inch slotted, a 3/16 inch slotted, #1 Philips, #2 Philips, and a built-in ¼ inch nutdriver. The interior of the handle stores up to eight standard bits. In addition, the tool meets ASTM F1505-94 and IEC900 standards, and complies with OSHA 1910.335 regulations and NFPA 70E standards. It is also UL and VDE listed and certified to 1000V AC, 15000V DC. IDEAL INDUSTRIES
Ideal Industries, Inc. brings safety with its infrared (IR) non-contact thermometer. According to Ideal, the thermometer “allows users to measure surface temperatures of live circuits, difficult-to-reach objects, or moving parts from a comfortable distance to create a safer work environment.” It uses IR heat-sensing technology and has a built-in socket that supports Type K thermocouple probes. Also the thermometer uses “point-and-shoo” style measuring with a 12:1 distance-to-spot ratio. It can detect temperatures through the built-in laser pointer from -60°C to 500°C. On its backlit LCD, maximum, minimum, average and differential temperature readings will display once measured and can be given alarm warnings based on temperature highs and lows. The thermometer is available with an MSRP of $99 and includes a carrying case.IDEAL INDUSTRIES
Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. expands their Lithium-Ion system with the M12 Cordless Fork Meter for current measurement, voltage measurement, voltage detection and task lighting. The four-in-one True-RMS electrical tester is designed for residential, commercial and industrial applications. It has a 0.63” jaw opening, 200 Amps, a 12V voltage and voltage range to 1000 volts AC/DC. Additionally, it offers Lo-Z measurements to “eliminate ghost voltage”, a large white on black display “for clearer readings”, a slide rail system “to add proprietary accessories” and rugged over-molding “for increased durability and grip,” explains Milwaukee. Overall it has over 20 compatible drilling, fastening, lighting and cutting tools that all use the same battery. It has a safety rating of CAT IV 6000V/CAT III 1000V. The tool includes a battery pack, a 30-minute charger, an electrical test lead set, magnetic meter holder, a zippered accessory pouch and a carrying case.MILWAUKEE
Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. introduced two utility knives “designed to increase productivity” called the Fastback Utility Knife and Sliding Utility Knife. They have a one handed blade opening “designed to activate 3X faster than a 2-handed opening,” says Milwaukee. The knives have thin body designs and blade can be changed without additional tools. They also include a gut hook, a wire stripper and a side sliding mechanism. Finally, the tools include on board blade storage, rubber over mold exterior and are designed to fit in a tool pouch.MILWAUKEE
As part of its new line of hand tool products, Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. introduced the 11-in-1 Screwdriver. It has a patented ECX bit and hardened tips to “prevent bit wear from hardened screws and extends bit life when fastening specialty screws found in electrical boxes, conduit couplers, outlets, and other common job site fixtures,” says Milwaukee. It is complete with 9 fastening functions: #1 Phillips, #2 Phillips, ¼” slotted, 3/16” slotted, #1 ECX, #2 ECX, and ¼”, 5/16” and 3/8” nut drivers. The driver also includes a wire stripper and wire bending hole that fits up to 12 gauge wires. MILWAUKEE
Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. expanded its Lithium-Ion system with the M12 Cordless No-Hub Driver. According to Milwaukee, it is “specifically designed to quickly install no-hub couplings with accuracy and repeatability” with torque settings for 60 and 80 in/lbs. the 2455-22 can fasten up to 300 clamps on a single charge and can do up to 25,000 clamps before re-calibration. The user is alerted when the torque limited has been reached through an auto shut-off LED indicator while another indicator lights up when calibration is needed. The tool is 2.75 lbs, 7.5” in length and has a 0-750 RPM drill mode. It also includes three Shockwave Nut Drivers (1/4”, 5/16”, 3/8”), two M12 Lithium-Ion battery packs, a 30-minute charger, and a carrying case.MILWAUKEE
Metrel – a European electrical test equipment company – has introduced their new MI-3201 (TeraOhm 5kV Plus) and MI-3202 (GigaOhm 5kV) Insulation Resistance Testers for the North American market. They are 310 x 130 x 250mm in size and weigh 3 kgs or 7 lbs. Some of their features include an integral carry case, rechargeable batteries and battery charger, safety rating of CAT-IV – 600V, guard terminal, and HV test leads rated for 10kV. The MI-3201 also includes a large graphical LCD display for real-time insulation resistance measurement, USB/RS232 communications ports, and a programmable timer from 1s to 30 mins. Other functions for direct measurements include:- Test voltage from 250V to 5000V DC- Insulation resistance to 10 Tera-Ohms or 1,000 Giga-Ohms- AC/DC Voltage to 600V- Capacitance to 50.00 F- Leakage current to 5.5mA- Frequency from 45 to 60HzOther functions for calculated measurements include:- Dielectric Discharge to 100.0- Dielectric Absorption Ratio to 100.0- Polarization Index to 100.0METREL
Fluke Corporation introduced an entry level Fluke TiS Thermal Imaging Scanner for building diagnostics. The release explains the tool can be used to identify hidden issues, find moisture intrusion, detect energy losses or missing insulation, and spot overheating in electrical components. It has a resolution of 120x120 on a 3.6-inch full colour LCD display and was tested to withstand a drop of 6.5 feet (2 m). The thermal sensitivity ranges from “</= 0.1 °C at 30 °C target temp (100 mK) -10 to 100 °C (-4 °F to 212 °F)” says the release. Other building diagnostics applications it is optimized for include:- Weatherization and energy audits- Roofing surveys- Moisture/restoration- Mold remediation- Electrical inspection- HVAC inspectionFLUKE
GammaTech developed the D14RM rugged notebook tested “using military 810G specification to insure protection against drop, shock, spill and dust,” says the release. The notebook has a magnesium alloy case and a spill-resistant keyboard, touchpad and switches. It also includes an input/output port rubber cap and security features such as TPM 1.2 technology, finger print technology, and a smart card reader. It is powered by Intel Core 2 Duo processor, compatible with Windows 7 and comes with a 14.1” WXGA display and LED lighted keyboard. It has four USB ports, a HDMI port, and other optional features such as a touch screen, built-in webcam or internal GPS.GAMMATECH
WattStopper developed PlugCalc as a component of its Energy Calculator Tool Kit. The tool is available online or as a free downloadable iPad application. The PlugCalc “enables users to calculate energy savings opportunities as well as Return on Investment by automatically controlling plugged in office equipment and other plug loads,” says the release. Built on the same model as their existing Lighting Energy Calculator, PlugCalc features fill-in fields and drop-down menus for the calculation process. Users can set eight different plug loads and create customized device lists. The iPad version allows for the same functionality, emailing and printing of results just via touch pad instead.WATTSTOPPER
Bosch launched its upgraded lithium-ion-powered 12V Max lineup with the PS31 2-Speed Ultra-Compact Drill/Driver. As a re-engineered version of the PS21 Pocket Driver, the PS31 has a height of 7”, a length of 7.04”, and weighs 2.1 pounds. The drill/driver has 265 inch pounds of torque making it “20 percent more powerful than the competition,” says the release. It includes a 3/8” single sleeve, three jawed chuck as well as a two-speed drive train where you can choose between high-torque (0-350 rpm) or high-speed (0-1,300 rpm) operation. Users can dial their preferences through “the 20+1 clutch and sensitive variable speed trigger” and the drill/driver includes a built-in motor brake and LED light. The PS31 comes with two batteries, a 30-minute charger, and a case.BOSCH 
Gamber-Johnson released the next version of universal computer cradles, NotePad V. Building upon the original release of NotePad in 1995, the company focused on improving “five crucial areas of importance: Security, Function, Safety, Aesthetics and Installation,” says Tom O’Brien, product manager at Gamber-Johnson. In each area features have been added including: - Special “flanged” side clips and heavy-duty keyed lock security- Reversible front and back supports, sliding mounting plates, and adjustable restraints to accommodate different sized computers- Gusseted rear support brackets and other features were tested and passed the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS)- Smooth surface of anodized aluminum finish and rounded edges- One-handed operation for inserting and removing the computer from the cradleGAMBER-JOHNSON
Hilti introduced its PMC 46 combilaser for leveling, aligning, plumbing, and squaring applications. It features Hilti Pulse Power technology and Impact Protection System with a 20-hour battery life to help maintain “productivity, accuracy, and production in the toughest worksite conditions”. Included in the PMC 46 combilaser kit are the PMA 7 universal adapter and the PMC 20 compact tripod. Finally, the PMC 46 is backed up by Hilti’s Calibration and Lifetime Services to protect the instrument’s features and precision. HILTI
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