Useful Electrical Industry Websites - Remke Blog

Do you use, or are you getting ready to use electrical products in your plant but need or want to learn more?  Do you work in the electrical industry and want to stay on top of what’s happening?  For any of you who nodded your head or said ‘yes’ we’ve put together a list of some useful websites that you may (or may not) have ever heard of that can help.

ASSOCIATIONS

EA/Electric Associationwww.eachicago.org – provides members of the electrical industry of Chicagoland and their employees with educational opportunities, professional development and information.

NAED/National Association of Electrical Distributorswww.naed.org – provides members with the best in tools, information, and assistance to help them thrive financially and to improve the electrical distribution channel.

NECA/National Electrical Contractors Associationwww.necanet.org – provides both national and 119 local chapters with tools to advance the industry through advocacy, education, research, and standards development.

NEMA/National Electrical Manufacturers Associationwww.nema.org – provides a forum for members for the development of technical standards, advocacy of industry policies on legislative and regulatory matters, plus  collection, analysis, and dissemination of industry data.

NEMRA/National Electrical Manufacturers Representatives Associationwww.nemra.org – supports & advances the development of the professional independent electrical manufacturers’ representative through the best sales, marketing, and management tools.

INDUSTRY PORTALS

Electric Find www.electricfind.com – directory/search engine for the electrical construction industry with over 5000 links to electrical manufacturers, distributors, suppliers and associations.

Electric Pilotwww.electricpilot.com – a search engine with over 8000 links to electrical manufacturers, contractors, distributors, and suppliers.

PUBLICATIONS

Electrical Contracting Productswww.ecpzone.com – showcases products purchased and installed by electrical contractors.

Electrical Contractorwww.ecmag.com –  serves  the $125 billion commercial, residential, industrial, institutional, and non-building electrical contracting community.

EC&M – Electrical Construction & Maintenancehttp://ecmweb.com –   offers in-depth technical articles, market & construction forecasts and comprehensive product reviews for readers in electrical contracting firms,  industrial plants, commercial/ institutional facilities and consulting electrical engineers.

Electrical Product Newswww.epnweb.com – the web connection to electrical & lighting product news

TED – The Electrical Distributorwww.tedmag.com – serves electrical distributors in North America – from national chains to independents – with editorial focused on the channel.  Published by NAED.

Electrical Wholesalinghttp://ewweb.com –  targets distributors of electrical supplies with information readers need to run their businesses more profitably and sell more electrical supplies.

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  1. Blair Sorrel
    Blair Sorrel says:

    From StreetZaps.com

    MYTH BUSTERS FINALLY GET BUSTED!

    So Myth Busters doesn’t believe that saline solutions increase conductivity? They should go back to the basic fifth grade experiment with a battery and salt water! Or what about the saline paste used for taking EEG readings in a medical office? Then again, Myth Busters have always focused on the comedic rather than realistic.

    Let’s consider the show some years ago that attempted to prove that urinating on a high tension line such as a third rail would not be harmful. In that winner, they employed a fluorescent light ballast to simulate the power source. In reality such a ballast uses high voltage alternating current to ignite the arc inside the tube. By contrast, a third rail supplies direct current at very high current levels to propel trains weighing on average 400 tons unloaded. High voltage is not inherently dangerous, it is the high current that creates tissue damage, more so where direct current is involved because of the electrochemical effects on the body. The difference between high voltage and high current is understandable by a 7th grade science student but apparently such facts never are allowed to interfere with a good show.

    Moreover, the issues of stray current and water, especially saline, are well known. Electrical utilities with underground lines have strict rules as to the maximum time that supply cables can be de-energized and then reloaded without an insulation test. The concern is moisture infiltration when the unloaded cables cool, a concern that peaks when saline slush infiltrates electric cable ducts after snow melts. Furthermore, contact voltage incidents occur irrespective of salinity or even external conditions. While electrocutions are fortunately rare, no doubt, people have experienced minor incidents, especially in the tingle or nuisance electrical range, and simply shrugged them off or failed to understand them.

    In another example, some years ago frequent track fires were noted in the railroad tunnel under Park Avenue in New York City, particularly several days after heavy snows. The culprit was saline drippings from the street above that compromised porcelain third rail insulators and allowed a ground path through the steel brackets that supported the under-running type third rail used there. Those stray voltage paths ignited subsequently the wood track ties on which grease inevitably accumualtes. The solution was the replacement of the brackets with non-conductive fiberglass mounts.

    Every one of the previous examples involves some sort of saline solution that enhanced the conductivity of a particular device or line. No matter what the type of salt – the very term “salt” implies an ionic bond of a metal and non-metal, chlorine, which in water dissolves to form ions which are inherently electrically conductive by their very nature. While it may be expecting too much for the writers to read up on Basic Chemistry 101 or Intro Physics 101 – if they are claiming to represent facts then an electrical engineer or, at the very least, a grade school science teacher should be interviewed to acquaint the writers with technological and scientific reality.

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