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Electrical Industry News 

NFPA Updates National Electrical Code Standards

The National Fire Protection Association recently released the revised 70E standards. In its latest revision, the NFPA updated requirements aimed at reducing injuries and protecting workers...Read more


Parts Super Center Issues Counterfeit Parts Alert

The Parts Super Center, the exclusive supplier for all GE OEM renewal parts for circuit breakers and switchgear, has issued an alert. According to the company, customers are receiving coils that don't meet all of GE's original manufacturing specifications...Read more


Eaton Corp. Introduces Tool to Identify Counterfeit Products 

Eaton launched a Circuit Breaker Authentication online tool to help its clients to detect counterfeit molded case circuit breakers up to 400A. Customers can enter the part number, bar code, and date code on Eaton's website...Read more  


Part 2: How to Find Short Circuit Duties for Low-Voltage Circuit Breakers and Fuses  

The final story in a two-part article from EC&M focuses on low-voltage circuit breakers and fuses. The article analyzes the methodologies to find the short circuit current duties of this equipment. It covers calculations for unfused and fused low-voltage power circuit breakers, molded and insulated-case circuit breakers, and low-voltage fuses...Read more  


Distributors Use Mobile Devices to Gain Competitive Edge in Sales

By investing in smart phones and tablets, distributors' sales teams are increasing both their productivity and profitability. A field sales professional can use this technology to create sales presentations, quickly log onto the Internet, snap photos and videos, and easily access company catalogs...Read more 

Remanufacturing of Electrical Equipment
Versus Reconditioning or Rebuilding Electrical Equipment

The Federal Trade Commission, World Trade Organization, and PEARL all call products on the secondary supply market a different name, ranging from "reconditioned" to "remanufactured" to "rebuilt." Despite the varying terminology, however, they have similar definitions, say industry leaders...Read more



PEARL Member News  

CAMCO Passes Site Inspection 

Complete Advanced Maintenance Co. (CAMCO), an independent testing and repair facility based in Ebensburg, PA, recently passed its site inspection. As a result, the company is now elevated to full member status with PEARL. Congratulations to CAMCO for this achievement. 



PEARL Board of Directors Meets in South Carolina, Visits Members' Facilities

The board of directors for PEARL met Aug. 17 in Greenville, SC. The board members also had a team-building trip the next day to Lake Hartwell, SC. In addition, they visited Instel Power Products and Sunbelt Transformer Co. in Simpsonville, SC.


PEARL board members meet in South Carolina.


Issue: 42,
September 2012
In This Issue
NFPA Updates National Electrical Code
Remanufacturing of Electrical Equipment Versus Reconditioning or Rebuilding Electrical Equipment
PEARL Member News
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Technician Certification Committee Drafts Four Levels of Technical Requirements
The PEARL Technician Certification Committee has just recently completed a first draft of the technical requirements for each of the four levels of certification.

According to Doug Powell, the committee chairman, "This is just the first of several steps we must take before we move to the important phase of development of the Practice Analysis."

A two-day workshop is being planned for November, hosted by North American Machinery in Cleveland, where the certification committee plans to start working on the Practice Analysis. The Practice Analysis provides us a blueprint by which our industry experts can begin to write exam questions. Several phases remain, and PEARL's Technician Certification Committee is still looking for additional volunteers who can help us in the development. If you are interested, or know an industry expert, please contact Doug Powell at National Switchgear.