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Electrical Industry News 
Remanufacturers Still Face Challenges with Regulations, Misconceptions
During the 2013 Remanufacturing Industry Roundtable at the Rochester Institute of Technology, executives talked about the challenges they face. One big obstacle is the misconception that "what we manufacture is some broken-down used thing," said Derek Guest, executive director of the Remanufacturing Industries Council...Read More

Supreme Court Copyright Case: Goods Manufactured Abroad Can Be Resold in U.S.
In a ruling that affects PEARL members, the Supreme Court has determined that goods manufactured overseas can be sold in the U.S. without the permission of the copyright holders...Read More

10 Trends Impacting Electrical Distributors
With growth on the horizon for 2013 and 2014, electrical manufacturers and distributors can expect 10 trends to take shape, including the expansion of business outside the country and increased profits thanks to modernizing the U.S. electrical grid...Read More

Field Service: Understanding Maintenance Contracts and Requirements for Low-Voltage Power Distribution Equipment
Schneider Electric has published a white paper providing a brief summary of common issues involving facilities managers and the electrical maintenance service contractor. The paper also suggests items that should be on a maintenance checklist...Read More

Field Service: Failure to Verify Integrity of Cable Insulation Ends in Arc Flash, Injury
A case study illustrates why electrical maintenance contractors need to be prepared to completely inspect and test malfunctioning or damaged equipment for any hidden conditions that may affect safety or reliability...Read More
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Canadian Standards Association Relies on PEARL Reconditioning Standards in New Guideline on Electrical System Maintenance

CSA officials say the standards will be an important reference for its CSA Z463 Guideline on Maintenance of Electrical Systems...Read More

PEARL Establishes New Technical Achievement Scholarship to Support Education of Future Electrical Technicians

The scholarship will be awarded to two students at

Texas State Technical College's Electrical Power and Control Technology program starting this fall...Read More
PEARL Member News 
PEARL Seeks Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) for Technical Certification Program Test Questions Review
PEARL has a new program under development that will soon make electrical power equipment reconditioning certification available to all qualified technicians. PEARL, along with dozens of electrical power equipment professionals, has been working to prepare the exams for this important program.

Now PEARL needs your help in reviewing the practice analysis for the level I certification exam. We are asking industry subject matter experts (SMEs) with diverse backgrounds and experience levels of more than 10 years to help us in this important step of the development process.
The practice analysis for electrical power equipment reconditioning technicians is intended for use as an outline for the development of an assessment to be used for the certification of individual practitioners by PEARL.

To participate, please contact:
Doug Powell    
PEARL Development Committee, Chair
Direct Line: (469) 312-1217
Dave Rosenfield               
PEARL Development Committee
Direct Line: (323) 490-1540

Issue: 49
April 2013 
In This Issue
Electrical Industry News
CSA References PEARL Standards in New Safety Guideline
Electrical Experts Needed for Technician Certification Program
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PEARL Member News 
Shermco Industries' James R. White Appointed Principal Member of NFPA Code Making Panel 13
White, author of "Electrical Safety: A Practical Guide to OSHA and NFPA 70E," will represent NETA in his new post...Read More

PEARL Membership Meeting Set for May 20
The annual meeting of PEARL membership will take place on Monday, May 20, 2013 from 3:45-4:30 p.m. CST in the La Nouvelle Orleans East Room at the Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal Street, New Orleans. General association business and annual election of directors will take place during the meeting. All Full members and Service Organization members in good standing, or their proxy, are able to vote on general business matters and for directors.

PEARL congratulates SouthWest Electritech Services, which recently passed its site inspection and is now a PEARL Service Organization member.