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Top 5 Electrician Apps

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In today’s digital world, there is a smartphone application for everything. There are apps to connect with friends, plan a trip, and even apps to shop for groceries. With all of the apps out there, it is no surprise that there are even apps to help support electrical contractors and installers with their projects. With the large multitude of apps to choose from, it might be difficult and overwhelming to find ones that fit your electrical needs. Therefore, we created a list of some of the top apps.

iBend App- This app is perfect for electrical contractors that need to bend a large amount of conduit for projects. iBend ensures accurate conduit bends by calculating the math for you, saving you time. You can even customize the app to mimic the exact bender you are using. The app is available for iPhones for $4.99 as well as Android phones for $2.99.

App Features:

Calculate conduit bend marks for an offset, by entering height and bend angle.Calculate conduit bend marks for a rolled offset, by entering the rise and roll of your offset.Calculate conduit bend marks for a three-bend saddle, by entering saddle height and choosing bend angles.Calculate the adjustment for the starting point of an offset to make your offsets parallel.Calculate conduit bend marks for a compound 90 to avoid a round, square or rectangular object in a corner.Calculate conduit bend marks for a segmented 90.Calculate conduit bend marks for 90 stub up.Ability to edit the deducts/take-up for different size pipe.ElectroDroid App- This app allows electricians to have as many tools and references as possible at their fingertips. ElectroDroid is available in two different formats: a free version that has access to basic tools, and a paid The PRO version doesn’t have any ads. It has also some additional features (e.g. the “Inverse Resistor Calculator”, improved LED resistor calculator), and more pinouts and resources. You will also get extra free space in the circuit simulator Everycircuit. Both the free and paid versions of the app are available on iTunes and Google Play.

App Features the following tools:

Resistor color code decoder (3-6 bands, with inverse look-up);SMD Resistor Code;Inductor color code decoder;Ohm’s law calculator;Reactance/Resonance calculator;Filters;Voltage divider;Resistors ratio, value/series/parallel;Capacitor charge calculation;Zener Diode Calculator;Adjustable voltage regulator/LM317 calculator (with customizable values);Fieldwire App: Fieldwire is a task managing app that is built specifically for construction workers and the construction industry. You can organize your tasks by blueprints, job sites, and category tasks to maintain a simplified and more user friendly organizational system. You can set deadlines for tasks and Fieldwire will send you reminders and let you know when task are overdue. The app is available in a free and paid version and can be downloaded to your iPhone or Android phone.

App Features the following tools:

Create punch lists right on your drawings and blueprints to put tasks in context.Alert workers of assigned jobs by email or app message.See instantly which tasks are complete or overdue.Navigate quickly through your task lists by location or priority.Add detail to your tasks by uploading photos, PDFs, and other attachmentsCreate daily reports to highlight progress and any outstanding jobs.Share up-to-date technical drawings with whoever needs them.BuilderTREND App: Features an in-app messaging tool that allows real-time communication between subcontractors, vendors, product managers, and customers. This will help to minimize errors and communication gaps on a project. BuilderTREND even allows you to complete payment transactions within the app. BuilderTREND starts at $99 per month and is available for iPhone and Android phones. This app seems to have boundless features to help assist you from start to finish on any project.

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Recap on Chicago Safety & Sustainability Conference

The Electrical Association presented the 2017 Chicago Safety & Sustainability Conference on January 19, 2017 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.  This conference is a table top tradeshow that allows manufacturers to show their latest products and services to over 600 industry professionals.  The event is primarily attended by Chicago’s Electrical and Building Industry, Building Owners and Managers, Local Municipalities, Electrical Inspectors, University and Hospital Planners, Engineers, Sustainable Energy Consultants, Construction Safety Managers and more.

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Employee Highlight: Get to Know our Coatings Engineer

 

Have you ever wondered who is behind the production of your tubular products? Over the next few months, I will be highlighting team members of Wheatland Tube who happen to be some of the best in our industry.   I recently interviewed Kim Westfall who is our Coatings Engineer at the Wheatland Tube facility in Chicago.

 

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Wheatland Tube's 2015 NECA Recap

There’s no better way to meet and network with your peers, and check out thousands of product and service solutions than at the National Electrical Contractor’s Association’s number one show for the electrical industry. Wheatland Tube was one of the many exhibitors that displayed products at NECA from October 3 – 6 in San Francisco, California. Judging by this year’s turnout, we understand why San Francisco has been named “Everybody’s Favorite City.” There is strength in numbers and it was great to see a steady stream of attendees during the NECA show. We also enjoyed talking to both current and potential customers.

Wheatland Tube’s 2015 NECA Focus

This year, Wheatland came with a bigger focus and a bigger presence to deliver a stronger message in terms of “Working Smarter, Not Harder” for the end user. We introduced our new specialty products at NECA and explained why they are easy to use and how they deliver true on-the-job time savings. Our featured products this year included:

20” EMT and DuraGuard Rigid Steel Conduit 

Faster, lower-cost installation• Ideal for long runs• Cuts production costs by eliminating 50% of the connections used for each run• Used for big-box retail, airports, data centers and other projects that require large volumes of conduit and fittings• 100% Made & Melted in U.S.A.

Color-Coded EMT

Easy identification• Available in 9 vivid colors• Enables on the sport identification of critical circuits such as fire, alarm, healthcare, and high and low voltage systems• Available in trade sizes ½” – 4”• Available in 10’ and 20’ lengths

SmartSet™ EMT with Built-in Set Screw Coupling ~ NEW PRODUCT

The Smart Way to Raceway• No need to inventory or install separate couplings, SmartSet EMT comes with a built-in set screw coupling• Available in trade sizes 1¼” – 4”• Available in 10’ and 20’ lengths• Available in 9 vibrant colors

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How 20-Foot Conduit Can Benefit Your Next Project

Switching from the familiar to the unfamiliar can be a difficult change for anyone, and it's no different for contractors when deciding to specify a new product for their next project. Sure, the unfamiliar is intimidating, but it also holds the potential to completely revolutionize the way you do business, complete projects, and save money.

Slightly partial to our own 20-foot FastrakTM Plus EMT and DuraGuardTM conduit products, we've identified several advantages of switching from standard 10-foot products to longer, more efficient 20-foot products. Sharing that knowledge with you, below I'll outline some benefits of using 20-foot conduit, in addition to the projects that are most suited for 20' EMT.

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Projects Most Suitable for 20-Foot Conduit

While I'd love to tell you, "use 20-foot conduit for every project", the truth is it's not ideal for all applications. However, it is highly effective for long-run applications. In fact, the 20' product saved one of our customer's team 15 to 20 minutes of installation time per 100 feet.

Some projects applications that have seen just how beneficial 20' conduit is include:

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Wheatland Tube introduces our Chicago Premier Support Program

 

Wheatland Tube now offers expanded service to customers in Northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana. Our new, Chicago-based dedicated sales team will be able to help distribution customers and contractors take advantage of and comply with projects that require products that are Made in Chicago. Wheatland uses steel that is 100% manufactured domestically and our IMC and EMT — including Color Check™ color-coded EMT and 20' EMT — are all certified and Made in Chicago. In addition, we have the full line of GRC, aluminum rigid conduit and fittings (EC&N) inventoried at our manufacturing plant on the South Side of Chicago.  

Wheatland Tube is equipped to provide you with the highest quality products, backed by top-notch local service.  Contact Lindsay Dowling for more information:

Lindsay Dowling, Inside Sales Representative

226 West Monroe Street, 26th floor

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Faster, Better, Stronger: The 7 Benefits of 20-Foot Conduit

Did you know you can save 50% on connections cost when using 20-foot conduit? It’s true: 20-foot conduit reduces the number of connections and associated labor cost when installing, while performing up to the high manufacturing standards of 10-foot conduit. For long runs, jobs big and small, with volumes of all sizes, 20-foot conduit outperforms for faster and more cost-effective installs.

Learn all the advantages of running 20-foot conduit for your next job. Check out the following top seven benefits of 20-foot:

1) Reduce coupling time – Because 20-foot sections are double the length of 10-foot, you’ll spend half the time you normally would connecting pieces. A team can connect a 100-foot run of 2-inch EMT in six minutes and forty seconds when using 20-foot sections. Conversely, it takes nine minutes and twenty four seconds to complete the same job when using 10’ sections.

2) Save on connections – Use 50% less connections with 20-foot. Let’s do the math: 50 10-foot conduit pieces require 48 couplings.  When 20-foot is used, only 23 couplings are necessary.

3) Handle less material – 20-foot sections allow your team to complete jobs faster since only half the material needs to be handled. 

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Go Big or Go Home: 3 Reasons 3 Contractors Installed 20 Foot Conduit

Believe it or not, there are still some contractors who don’t realize the savings of 20 foot conduit and are hesitant to use it for applications like retail stores, warehouses, utilities, mass transportation infrastructure and other large runs. There are many projects where 20 foot conduit can save electrical contractors both time and money. Don’t take my word for it— hear the outstanding feedback I’ve received regarding the advantages of using 20 foot conduit.

Elevated Installations

In Denton, Texas, Humphrey & Associates discovered that 20' EMT was perfect for high bay lighting installations. Tommy McCormick, Humphrey’s project manager and estimator, saw the potential to cut both labor and coupling costs in a variety of installations, reporting that, “You can just fly when you are using it in elevated installations. I’d assign the savings largely to the faster installation times though you also use fewer couplings. The difference is in the speed of the installation.”

McCormick acknowledged some initial issues with transportation logistics needed to be overcome, but emphasized, “Even with those issues, it was still a big savings for me. I did a lot of high bay lighting jobs with it, and it was a tremendous time saver.”

Post-bid Substitutions

Ditto that from Tom Ryckman and Duane Wolfe of Team Electric in Denver, CO where they first used 20' EMT in several post-bid substitutions for 10' lengths in large “big box” retail construction jobs and a parking garage, citing one example of 1/2 and 1 1/4 EMT used in approximately 60 runs of 350' each.

Mr. Ryckman, president of team electric, states, “It came in real handy on the branch feeders where we’d throw up one pipe instead of two.” Duane Wolfe, Team Electric’s project superintendent adds, “We’d figure the needed pieces and make any necessary bends, then band it and lift it and just fly.”

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All You Ever Wanted to Know About GFCIs & AFCIs

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Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) are designed to disconnect power to a branch circuit whenever the unit detects an imbalance of current between the energized conductor and the neutral conductor. Since the 1970s, GFCIs have saved thousands of lives and helped cut the number of home electrocutions in half. In recent years, the NEC has expanded the requirements for these devices to many other areas outside the home. Introduced in the 1999 edition of the NEC, arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) provide enhanced protection against fire hazards in the home known as arc faults. An arc fault is a dangerous electrical problem caused by damaged, overheated, or stressed electrical wiring or devices. Without AFCIs, arc faults can create dangerous fire situations within the hidden spaces of dwelling units. In this webinar, Mike Holt explains the current NEC requirements for GFCIs and AFCIs. He also explains how they operate, what causes their premature failure, and when they won't provide the safety protection you might have thought they would.

 

Learn what you need to know through this live presentation with NEC expert Mike Holt.

 

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20’ EMT: Faster Installs, Less Handling, Less Labor and Fewer Couplings

Each electrical install has its unique challenges. While not suitable for every job, 20 Foot EMT and rigid conduit may be a simple way to lower project costs. That’s because it reduces the number of required connections while still conforming to the same high manufacturing standards of 10-foot lengths.

20-foot lengths are ideal for:

WarehousesManufacturing FacilitiesHealth CareBig Box RetailEnergyInfrastructureMass TransitParking GaragesSome contractors that pre-fabricate stub-ups etc. have standardized on 20 Foot EMT to reduce waste.

We put two crews to the test. Each crew was instructed to install a 100 foot run of 2-inch EMT. The red crew used 10-foot lengths of Wheatland EMT and the yellow crew used 20-foot lengths. Check out the video and see which team won: 

Our free calculator app ‘EMT Calc’ calculates the monetary difference between using 20' rather than 10' EMT. It is available at wheatland.com/worksmarter, as well as the App Store and Google Play as "EMT Calc."

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Photo Contest: How do you use EMT in the Field?

Since its introduction, Wheatland’s FasTrak Plus EMT has gained wide acceptance among electrical contractors across the country. Now we want to see how you’re using it in the field — and one lucky winner will get a $500 Visa gift card!

1) Two photos:

A close-up of our FasTrak Plus EMT product in an install, clearly displaying the yellow labelA wide shot that showcases the overall install, showing the product in application

2) Email these two photos to  with the following information:

Project name or type (e.g., residential, etc.)Project application (e.g., basement, etc.)Project location (city and state)Your name and phone number (or preferred method of contact)Name of distributor (supplier of FasTrak Plus EMT)

All entries must be received by midnight, April 30, 2013.  The winner will be randomly selected from all entrants and will be notified in May 2013. All entries become the property of Wheatland Tube and may be used for informational and promotional purposes.  Multiple entries will be accepted as long as photos and product applications are different. Please visit wheatland.com/FTphotos to review the full terms and conditions of this promotion. 

 

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Wheatland’s Latest Product News Now Available on New iPad® App

Wheatland Tube recently released our first iPad® application, Wheatland Electric Catalog, for our electrical sales teams, distribution partners and end-user electrical contractors.

Wheatland Electric Catalog is the newest addition to our growing offering of mobile applications that support our business partners and end-user customers. Our first smart phone application, Wheatland Savings Calculator, makes it possible to estimate savings from choosing 20' electrical metallic tubing (EMT) over traditional 10' lengths.

The new, user-friendly app features an easy and attractive interface and presentation. Wheatland Electric Catalog allows users to:

View and share the Wheatland electrical product catalogAccess educational videos about Wheatland productsLook up product specifications for Wheatland productsRead code compliance information about Wheatland productsView the entire library of Wheatland electrical brochures and literature

Through Wheatland Electric Catalog, professionals in the electrical contracting and distribution industries can learn about Wheatland’s full line of products conveniently, from an iPad®, and can access the latest conduit and elbows, couplings and nipples (EC&N) product information available from Wheatland Tube.

To download the new Wheatland Electric Catalog for the iPad®, please visit the App StoreSM.

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Is Time Really Money?

You’ve heard it again and again: time is money. But what does it mean?

“The less time the electrician has to think about what he needs to do, the more work he’ll get done,” said Gordon Stewart vice president and general manager for Houston-based Joe Swartz Electric Co. [Source]

The good news is that you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to trim costs toward winning jobs and improving margins. On most projects, eliminating time wasters requires attentiveness, calculation and approach.

In Denton, Texas, Humphrey & Associates discovered that 20' length EMT was perfect for high bay lighting installations. Tommy McCormick, Humphrey’s project manager and estimator, saw the potential to cut both labor and coupling costs in a variety of installations, reporting that, “You can just fly when you are using it in elevated installations. I’d assign the savings largely to the faster installation times though you also use fewer couplings. The difference is in the speed of the installation.” McCormick acknowledged initial issues with transportation logistics needed to be overcome, but emphasized, “Even with those issues, it was still a big savings for me. I did a lot of high bay lighting jobs with it, and it was a tremendous time saver.” Read the full case study here.

So just how much do you think you might save? Here are three installation efficiencies that equal major advantages on the job:

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Cutting Out ‘The Middleman’ is a Fantasy: Why Distributors Matter

It continues to happen on a regular basis. 

The contractor contacts me and wants to discuss putting together a deal that cuts out the distributor. Or the large oil company gets a new VP Purchasing and sends out "feelers" about Request For Proposals (RFP) for direct quotations from the manufacturer to them, the installer/end user. Funny thing is, they also want all of the "value proposition" that distribution offers (special handling/stocking services, terms and conditions, local hand holding etc.) but for some reason feel that by "dealing directly" they can get a better price AND KEEP ALL THE THINGS DISTRIBUTORS DO FOR THEM.

I have yet to see this work. It is a fantasy.

When it really comes down to the nuts and bolts of serving the contractor or industrial account, no one can do it better than distributors. The really savvy contractors have recognized this and are now willing to pay distributors to do things like storeroom/inventory management because they came to realize that distributors can do it better and cheaper than they can do it on their own.

Contractors also recognize that distributors do a lot of the work for them today that they are not set up to do themselves any longer. These services include submittals, managing the lighting and gear on projects, expediting material, staging product for multiple drops on the job-site, kitting different products together based on room templates/requirements, etc. Sure, the contractors pay for these services. Some of it is factored into the costs of the material. In some cases, the distributors negotiate a separate line charge for monthly storage fees, etc. But those contractors or industrial customers that really understand the cost of running a business figure out pretty quickly that paying the distributor, the masters of logistics, is cheaper, more accurate and overall more efficient than doing it on their own.

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Bright Lights, Big Ideas: NECA Convention & Trade Show Recap

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Convention serves as a unique venue for us to work side by side with our distributor partners and to promote our products directly to end users. The NECA staff did a great job and the new NECA 2012 Las Vegas app was fantastic – it provided a quick and easy way to view the convention layout, schedule our agenda and access handouts via our smartphones.

The Wheatland booth was manned by Marty Brett, Mike Kreger, our new Southwest Regional Manager, and me. We demonstrated the difference in friction reduction between or our new FasTrak Plus EMT ID coating and our old ID coating, displayed samples of our Color Check EMT, and showed our segment on Fox Business Network's "Manufacturing Marvels," a series that showcases leading American manufacturers.

I learned a lot. High interest around Color Check EMT taught me that more project owners are specifying colors for systems. Project owners told me that savings, quality of the coating and convenience are the main reasons for choosing factory applied versus on the job coatings. We had visitors from coast to coast, Hawaii, and Peru.  It was very exciting to hear that Wheatland's electrical conduit and EMT products are being specified and requested by contractors in Peru.

The numbers I heard regarding this year's show seem to reflect the activity we saw at our booth.  Attendance was reported to be over 3,700 registered attendees, not counting staff and exhibitor personnel.  In the past more than 60% of attendees were owners, top executives and supervisors -- this year appears to have followed that mix.

Well, if you missed us at NECA this year, mark your calendar for October 13 - 15, 2013 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.  We will be in booth 551, so stop by!

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Making Cents of FasTrak Plus: What do Pennies and EMT have in Common?

The title of this post isn’t the beginning of a bad joke; it’s a question that highlights one of the key aspects of FasTrak Plus EMT. Depending on your perspective, you can probably think of a bunch of different answers, but the one we’re thinking of is zinc.

 

Since 1982, U.S. One Cent Pieces (better known as pennies) have been made from 97.5 percent by weight zinc with a thin cosmetic plating of copper to maintain their recognizable color. FasTrak Plus, on the other hand, is made with 100 percent made in America steel, and galvanized with a layer of zinc alloy to give it protection from corrosion and maintain its recognizable appearance.

Unlike pennies and some galvanized products on the market, our high temperature galvanizing process doesn’t just plate a cosmetic layer of zinc on the pipe; it actually enables the zinc to react with the surface of the steel to provide the multiple alloy layers shown in the cross-sectional microscope image below. This strengthens the bond between the zinc and the steel, which leads to a greater level of corrosion protection. 

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How the Electrical Industry Should Invest in the Next Generation

In the last year or so, our industry has taken a reflective approach—recognizing changing workplace trends and harnessing opportunities to better ourselves and our companies. Conference agendas and industry associations alike remind us that the next generation doesn’t “get” electrical distribution; much less why they would want to work in our industry (it certainly isn’t as sexy compared to Apple or Google).

And yet, there is no easy way to fill this skills gap. If we want to continue to be the innovative and successful industry we are today, we need recruit from the largest available pool of candidates. And when we do attract qualified candidates, we must then retain them, as the younger generation is quick to change jobs.

This topic, of next generation leadership and attracting a young workforce, was voted on by the Electrical Distributor magazine readers for the second live Twitter chat. As always, it was a lively and honest discussion about the critical need to invest in the changing workforce. It’s clear that all participants understand that young men and women look for companies who invest in them and offer new challenges.

Here are some key takeaways from tED’s second twitter chat on how the industry can be better and do more to recruit and retain young talent:

Make sure seasoned employees know they are part of the solution—they need to help just as their mentors helped them many years ago"Coach" older employees to show more interest in younger employees because new hires look for guidanceOffer opportunities for "special projects" that challenge creativity, give them a chance to stand outSocial media is a great start, but Millenials will disconnect if your business and brand don't back up your messageProduct development teams are great to let younger gen's show their out of the box thinking and it takes off the older guys "blinders"Worry less about how long they will stay and more about performance and keeping them engaged

Finding the right candidate with the necessary skills to perform a specific job is not a unique circumstance to the distribution and manufacturing industries. While at the tail-end of the conversation, self-described “20-something electrical distributor manager” Nick Arb said it best,

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The Science of Slip: FasTrak Plus Electrical Metallic Tubing

When you first walk into a car dealership and lay your eyes on the vehicle that you’ve been researching on the web for the past month, what’s the first thing you see?  If you’re like most people it’s the paint job. The glossy, shiny, just waxed looking clearcoat over the rich and vibrant basecoat is the very first that catches your eye.

This is also the first thing that comes to mind when we think of paint; how it adds to the beauty and appearance of the things that are painted. However, the true beauty of that paint isn’t just skin deep!  A small army of scientists have spent countless hours in the lab making sure that not only does every layer of the paint job look great, but that it also functions to protects your investment in that new ride from rust, acid rain, sunlight, gravel, and all the other things that Mother Nature (and the 18 wheeler in front of you) can throw at it.

That functional aspect of paint is at the heart of our new FasTrak Plus line of EMTproducts. All EMT manufacturers paint the inside surface of EMT, but not all coatings are created equal. 

At JMC Steel Group, we understand how important it is to our customer to be able to easily push and pull wires through our EMT, and we understand how to deliver that performance.

At a microscopic level, any roughness on the inside of the tube will act like Velcro®, pulling at the surface of the wire passing through the tube and creating drag which makes it harder to move the wire.  We’ve worked with our suppliers’ coatings experts to develop a new coating which not only smoothly covers any roughness, but also builds a molecular layer of lubricant at the surface of the coating. 

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Twitter Chat Brings Light to Electrical Industry

Just a few months ago, top leaders in the industry gathered at the National Association of Electrical Distributors National Meeting, giving us the opportunity to meet with distributor partners. We had over 25 of these meetings to harvest our customers’ intelligence and insights to become a more effective part of their success. Ultimately, we were able to ask the tough questions—about ourselves and where we can improve. I left with a sense of accomplishment knowing that I had learned a lot about our customers’ needs and what we need to do to be a better partner.

Yesterday, the Electrical Distributor Magazine and the NAED continued to push the envelope by hosting a live Twitter chat around the critical role of electrical distributors, their strengths and values as well as the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

With a handful of industry folks ready to dive in, the conversation took off with a bold statement, “Manufacturers must get access to market.”

Ouch.

While we all should recognize there are more options than ever for buying and selling electrical supplies, I believe more is involved than personal relationships and financial risk. Distributors have a real opportunity to drive new products and plenty of options. Here’s a snapshot of the conversation that ensued:

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Corrosion: What it is, What it Does and How to Address it

The 1965 edition of the National Electrical Code® (NEC®) added the requirement that “raceways be suitable for the corrosive environment to which it is exposed.” Section 300.6, Protection Against Corrosion and Deterioration, requires that, ”Raceways, cable trays, cable bus, auxiliary gutters, cable armor, boxes, cable sheathing, cabinets, elbows, couplings, fittings, supports and support hardware shall be of materials suitable for the environment in which they are to be installed.” Article 300 Wiring Methods apply generally to all wiring methods unless modified by other articles.

So, what defines corrosion?

Corrosion, simply put, is the atmospheric oxidation of metals: iron + oxygen + water = rust. Limit the factors contributing to the corrosion rate of metal, and you extend the service life of the metal. The galvanizing processes used on our steel RMC, IMC and EMT have demonstrated that the zinc coating provides long-lasting protection. However, the requirement that it “…shall be of materials suitable for the environment in which they are to be installed” indicates a need to be more specific.

While Article 344, Rigid Metal Conduit, and Article 342, Intermediate Metal Conduit, states that galvanized steel RMC and IMC “shall be permitted under all atmospheric conditions” — and Article 358, Electrical Metallic Tubing, has a similar requirement, except limiting atmospheres (excluding some hazardous locations) — “where protected by corrosion protection and approved as suitable for the condition” charges the contractor and Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) with the responsibility to employ other methods of corrosion control when deemed necessary. This could mean changing to a more suitable material, a modification to the environment (such as increased ventilation or drainage), or the use of supplementary PVC coating, paints or wraps.

How do you deal with it?

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Are YOU Using Color Coded EMT on Your Projects? An Overview of Advantages and Applications

Building owners and architects are continually looking for more value from their investments. 

Either they want to be able to show value to their future tenants, or they are looking more and more towards the life-cycle cost of maintaining the building through office change-outs, workstation relocations, etc. In fact, some studies have shown the churn rate (movement of desks/offices) to be as high as 30+ percent.

Therefore, it is important for the facility managers of these properties to be able to identify what is in each of the raceways to help keep the cost and replacement of a new wire pull as inexpensive and quick as possible. Over time, those building owners and architects asked Wheatland to make conduit in different colors to help satisfy certain requirements for the identification of runs of conduit and the wires that they contain, e.g., fire alarm circuits, critical power circuits, etc. Hence, Wheatland’s Color Check™ Color-Coded EMT was launched as a more consistent and sophisticated way for quick circuit identification.

Prior to Wheatland offering colored conduit, contractors used spray paint for electrical systems identification. They would either spray the fittings every 10’ (some inspectors thought this was good enough), or they would just spray the conduit after it was installed. There was very little effort into making the paint job look good or worrying about where the overspray went.

Here at Wheatland, we decided to change all that. We employ specialists to produce quality EMT and apply color coatings in accordance with the product listing. No concern about voiding the manufacturer's warranty, questioning the proper application of a coating, or wondering if the coating will be approved by the AHJ (Authority Having Jurisdiction). Forget the call to the manufacturer for advice on how to do the surface preparation and what type of paint should be used. Forget looking for a paint source, cutting and tracking a purchase order, and worrying if it will arrive when needed. Forget prepping and painting. Instead, select your color and call Wheatland.

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Threading Pipe in the Field

One benefit of continuous weld (CW) pipe is its easy threadability in the field, compared to ERW (electric resistance welded) pipe. Today we want to explore this benefit of CW pipe by discussing the threading process and highlighting additional CW benefits.

 

This process requires a universal die head, which threads pipe from 1/8" to 2" in diameter. Lay the die head with the index numbers facing up. Loosen the clamp lever and place the throwout arm toward the open position. Then lift the lock washer from the gauge bar slot and slide the assembly past the gauge bar slot as indicated on the head assembly.

 

 

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