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Industry Says Goodbye to Bill Rosen
William I. Rosen, 91, known to his friends as Bill, died Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at his home in Tustin, CA, following a long battle with cancer. Bill leaves his second wife, Sousanna, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. He was married to Sonia until her death in 1997. He married Sousanna in 2001, moving to Tustin upon that marriage and living there until his death. READ MORE

Where Do Electrical Faults Occur the Most?
A fault is not a natural occurrence. It is an unplanned event which occurs unexpectedly. Electrical faults in an electrical installation or piece of equipment may be caused by negligence, misuse, or abuse. 
MERA Amends Bylaws to Expand Membership
The Board of Directors of the Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association (MERA) approved a significant amendment to its bylaws that welcomes members from all remanufacturing industries. The Board of Directors of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) also approved the MERA bylaws change. MERA is the remanufacturing and sustainability division of MEMA. READ MORE

What do I do with My Non-Compliant Efficiency Rated Transformers?
by David Rosenfield
In travels among PEARL meeting and conference locations, it has become evident to me that most dealers of used electrical equipment do not specialize to the exclusion of all other products. Breaker houses always have safety switches, fuses and transformers. They often have elements of motor control and often some larger gear. Motor dealers and Transformer dealers typically can say the same; their primary product usually has some pull through products they buy or at least receive concurrent with that which the dealer was really looking to invest in. Oil Transformer dealers end up with load break switches, substation scaffolding, substation breakers, arrestors, CTs and PTs, and some switchgear. READ MORE

Build Your Business Based on What You're Already Good at Doing
Once you've tweaked your business model and hit your pace with it, your business is likely to plateau. Any significant growth spurt will come from pursuing new opportunities. But choose wisely. Going into something just because it looks as if you may make a lot of money is usually a mistake. If you don't have expertise and experience, the costs may be greater than your business can sustain, and the new venture could bleed your existing business to death. READ MORE

Use Small, but Think Big
The thinking in a typical shop about test equipment is based on the type of work it already does or the type of business it already has. For an electrical service firm, this means the business can grow only incrementally by adding more clients than it loses. For a maintenance shop, this means the maintenance metrics can improve only incrementally. This kind of thinking is part of the reason that plants close and why there is a high rate of failure among electrical service firms. READ MORE

PEARL Recognized in Electrical Apparatus Magazine  
PEARL was recognized in the February edition of Electrical Apparatus magazine, showcasing what the organization does, what it provides to the industry, and initiatives it's moving forward. Click here to read the article.

PEARL Launches Brand New Member Database Software, NetForum!
In an effort to offer more value and provide more benefit to PEARL members, the PEARL board of directors approved the implementation of a new membership database software called NetForum. This highly-integrated, multifaceted platform will serve many functions, even for non-members who wish to participate in PEARL-related activities, making it easier, safer, and more reliable than systems used previously. As you go about your business on the website, please notify PEARL headquarters of any troubles or issues you experience on any of the new database pages.

PEARL Sends Out its ANSI Standard for a Second Round of Voting
The second round of balloting has begun for PEARL's ANSI Standard. Sent out to the ballot pool on February 24, the ballot pool will have 45 days to review the newly updated Standard, provide comments, and vote on approving or rejecting the Standard. This is also out for public comment and review, which has a 30 day deadline. After these deadlines, PEARL hopes to be able to have an ANSI-approved Standard to offer to the industry.

March PEARL Board Meeting Scheduled for March 1
The PEARL Board of Directors welcomes you to join the February board meeting, Tuesday, March 1, 1pm-2:30pm EST. To join the call, please use the call-in details below. To receive the agenda and additional materials being reviewed, please email PEARL headquarters at to be included.

Dial: 866-210-1669
Participant Code: 936-3604#


The Power of a Maintenance Plan - National Field Service
Know the 4 Key Maintenance Strategies
What is your strategy for addressing the inevitable deterioration of your electrical equipment? Having a plan in place is essential to keeping your equipment running reliably and safely. At a time of year when many companies are thinking about next year's budget, we review 4 Key Maintenance Strategies to consider. READ MORE


Registration Open for the 2016 Conference!

Registration for the 19th Annual Electrical Safety, Reliability and Sustainability Conference & Exhibition in Austin, Texas is open! PEARL is happy to present to you the schedule of events, social and networking opportunities, and the multitude of educational offerings. In addition to the continued events at every conference, there are a few new opportunities that have been developed, including a Guest/Spouse Track and two preconference workshops. Click here to be taken to the conference webpage to learn more and register!
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