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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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Stumped by a Fence Standard or Specification Reference?

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Wheatland’s Fence SpecCheck is a compilation of all related fence standards and specifications. Fence SpecCheck not only lists the standards and specifications but provides a summary of the standard which may provide the answer to your question.

Throughout the year, Wheatland monitors all standards and specifications to ensure Fence SpecCheck is up to date.

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Best Practices in Contracting: Why Use Domestic Steel Pipe in the Industry –Views of Wheatland Tube - speaker, Greg Maurer

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Wheatland supports the recently announced initiatives by the Trump administration to increase the use of domestically made steel in steel pipelines, increase the domestic steel continent in fabricated products to grow U.S. jobs and allow communities across the country to take advantage of a manufacturing renaissance.  Wheatland Tube had the opportunity to participate in a podcast addressing this topic.  Lauri A. Rollings, Executive Director of the Plumbing Mechanical Sheet Metal Contractors’ Alliance was the moderator and Greg Maurer, Director of Technical Services for Wheatland Tube provided his views and a few key insights on this topic.

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Top Five Reasons to Spec ASTM F1083 schedule 40 pipe on your Next Project

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Top Five Reasons to Spec ASTM F1083 schedule 40 pipe on your Next Project

Whether you are a consumer, fence contractor or architect/engineer in the design phase for your industrial, commercial, or security project, there are multiple choices you have when it comes to protecting that structure. One thing is certain – you want to choose a structural fence framework that is going to last in any location for years to come and offer the best protection the project requires. That’s where ASTM F1083 Schedule 40 Pipe Fence Framework comes in to meet all the stringent specs for these demanding applications. Let’s look at the top five reasons you will want to spec ASTM F1083 schedule 40 pipe on your project.

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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’s Council Avenue Plant Updates Are Completed

I am pleased to announce that Wheatland Tube – Council Ave plant has completed the final phase of Project Phoenix, a six phase plant upgrade with new inline finishing equipment. As previously noted the project was eliminating 4 major bottlenecks in the production and shipping areas (facing, testing, painting and shipping). This upgrade was the largest undertaking the facility has ever gone through in its roughly 81 years of operation.

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How important is Logistics in a Manufacturing Environment?

In an effort to help understand the importance of logistics in a manufacturing environment, let’s first define the word logistics. 

the aspect of military science dealing with the procurement, maintenance, and transportation of military matériel, facilities, and personnelthe handling of the details of an operation

The Interview

Meet Jeff Shulman, Vice President of Logistics at Zekelman Industries.  Jeff has held various roles at Zekelman Industries on the logistics team and has contributed to the overall growth and achievement of the Logistics department.  Jeff hold an Honors Bachelor of Commerce Degree from McMaster University, Hamilton Ontario Canada.

Q: How can distribution and logistics work together to reduce costs and eliminate any logistical hiccups in a manufacturing environment?

Jeff: One of the most important factors these days is a truck driver’s hours of service. Therefore, it is imperative that both the loading origin and unloading destination take necessary steps to turn the trucks as quickly as possible.

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The difference between SureThread CW Pipe & Import ERW Pipe

When it comes to standard pipe (and really any steel pipe or tube product), there’s always a question of quality when comparing domestic and import products. At Wheatland Tube, we’re committed to manufacturing the highest quality products, including our SureThreadTM continuous weld (CW) standard pipe. That’s why we’ve set out to educate pipe consumers (distributors and contractors) about the differences between our CW pipe and import ERW pipe, specifically when referring to the smaller diameters of ½” to 2”.

Made to ASTM A53 Type F Grade A specifications, SureThreadTM CW pipe is easier to work with than import ERW pipe because of its uniform grain structure. This makes it easier to bend, cut and thread.

The difference in quality all begins with how the pipe is manufactured.

Where import ERW pipe is cold-formed, SureThread is hot-formed. Throughout the process of CW pipe formation, the entire steel pipe is heated, not just the edges as in ERW pipe. During a process called annealing, the manufacturers heat and slowly cool the steel to reduce its brittleness. When the steel reaches 2,450° F, it is rolled into a cylindrical shape and the edges are fused together through pressure and heat. During the ERW process, the edges of the steel are heated to 2,600° F by revolving copper discs (that serve as electrodes) and fused together.

For SureThreadTM, the result is a stronger, more ductile pipe with a smooth weld seam and uniform grain pattern throughout the entire pipe. Import ERW pipe, on the other hand, is harder and more brittle with: irregular grain patterns, a bump at the weld seam, and a weld seam with different metal properties that the rest of the pipe.For contractors using standard pipe, the difference really is in the quality of pipe used. According to a survey, 70% prefer working with SureThread over import ERW pipe.

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‘Tis the Season for Volunteering: The 23rd Annual Homeless Children’s Christmas Party

On Saturday, December 13, 2014, the Chicago Electric Industry hosted their 23rd Annual Homeless Children’s Christmas Party, to benefit young homeless children and their families throughout Chicagoland.

A success for sure, more than 250 families attended the event to enjoy a hot, holiday meal, a visit from Santa, - with gifts, of course - storytelling, face painting and a DJ. With ages ranging from infancy to 14 years old, more than 400 gifts were passed out to the well deserving children and their families.

Two of our own employees, Camille Grayson and Michael Strawn, attended the event, helping give these children a holiday season to remember. Camille, our marketing manager at corporate HQ, said this was the best event she’s volunteered for all year. “Just seeing the smiles on the children’s faces anticipating Santa and getting a gift was great.”

     

 

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Manufacturing's greatest, most underutilized asset

The US manufacturing industry is flourishing. The skilled manufacturing workforce is not.

Promising numbers, manufacturing isn't going anywhere: it's primed to grow. According to the Accenture 2014 Manufacturing Skills and Training Study (a study about the state of manufacturing and potential threats to its continued growth), 82% of survey respondents plan to increase production, with 50% saying that they plan to increase US-based production by at least 5 percent over the next five years. What's more, almost 25% of those surveyed intend to increase manufacturing roles in the US by more than 10% in the next five years.

However, despite the slated growth over the next five years, US manufacturers are facing quite the dilemma: a shortage in skilled workers.

Although there's been an influx in automation within manufacturing, resulting in the need for a smaller workforce, there continues to be a high demand for skilled and highly skilled workers. In fact, according to Accenture's study, 80% of the manufacturing roles fell into the skilled and highly skilled categories.

And this is where the problem lies: there aren't enough qualified job seekers in the industry. And unfortunately, this supply and demand issue will only continue to grow as the current skilled workforce reaches retirement age over the next 10 to 15 years.

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Wheatland Tube Wins Special Safety Award

JMC Steel Group and Wheatland Tube were honored at the Mahoning Valley Safety Council's Annual Safety Leadership Award Luncheon on Wednesday, May 14. Wheatland Tube's Warren and Niles facilities were recognized for their effort in preventing accidents and injuries in the workplace, receiving the "Special Award." The Special Award is given to employers that accumulate at least 500,000 hours and at least six months without an injury or illness resulting in a day away from work. Human Resource Manager, Denise Carissimo, accepted the award on behalf of JMC.

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Devine's Corner: February 2014 - Welding Guidelines

FEBRUARY 2014

Welcome to Devine's Corner, the official newsletter for our Mechanical Tube division.

We appreciate you taking the time to read some of the articles that we will be sharing with you monthly. Nothing incredible is accomplished alone we definitely want you in our corner! Wheatland Tube has over 100 years of experience in making steel tube and pipe, and is a division of the largest independent tube manufacturer in North America – JMC Steel Group. After significant organizational changes we have renewed and galvanized our commitment to servicing the mechanical market, delivering only the best products and customer service that you deserve.

What makes us different from the competition? Well for one, we know that every job is different, and Wheatland makes the right tube for every project; whether it's solar racking structures, greenhouses, playgrounds and recreational equipment or agricultural and dairy products. Our mechanical tubing provides structural integrity and unmatched corrosion resistance. By eliminating additional secondary galvanizing as well as added freight, handling and labor, you can achieve quicker turnaround and fewer SKUs and deal with fewer vendors in your supply chain. Wheatland's higher strength products means you can often achieve lighter wall thickness, so more tubing can fit on a truck, reducing deliveries and associated costs.

Our tubing is easy to fabricate, powder coat and weld. We offer custom lengths to match your specific needs, can provide value - added fabrication services upon request and deliver the mix of tubular products you require, as needed.

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Globalizing the Fire Sprinkler Business

Globalizing business was the common thread laced throughout the North American Fire Sprinkler Expo™.  The inaugural event, hosted by the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) in conjunction with the Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association (CASA) and the newly formed Mexican Fire Sprinkler Association (AMRACI), provided excitement and opportunity for those looking to extend beyond the borders.

In a statement, NFSA’s new president, Russ Fleming, said: “I am absolutely delighted that both CASA and AMRACI have agreed to partner with NFSA to host what will be the first ever North American Fire Sprinkler Expo. By bringing together fire sprinkler industry interests from all over the continent for the NFSA Annual Seminar and North American Fire Sprinkler Expo, for the very first time in the history of the industry we will have created a unique opportunity for contractors, suppliers and manufacturers from all over the continent to meet in one place to network, conduct business, discuss issues of common interest and to learn from the industry’s foremost authorities.”

While some contractors’ spoke of a sluggish market and a lack of prospects, the formation of the International Fire Sprinkler Association, may provide untapped opportunities. The Wheatland booth was no exception to this growing trend, as groups of people from South America flocked to our booth with interest in our products. Wheatland plans to become an IFSA member, as to give back to an industry that is key to our business. 

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Save Money on Cutting Tools and Reduce Labor Costs with Continuous Weld Pipe

Have you ever noticed how quickly you go through a set of dies when you’re threading pipe? Do you find that today’s pipe is harder to bend in the field? If so, you’re probably using imported electric resistance weld (ERW) pipe — and you’ve probably already noticed that this type of pipe can wreak havoc on your tools and increase labor. Continuous weld (CW) pipe may be your answer.

While ERW pipe does meet industry standards, it’s a known fact that CW pipe has a more uniform grain structure, making it easier to bend, cut and thread — while still meeting all industry standards.

 

Easier on tools

The uniform grain pattern and smooth surface mean that CW pipe will cause less wear and tear on tools and dies than ERW pipe. In a recent contractor survey, 72 percent of respondents indicated they believe CW pipe is easier on tools. A new engineering study confirms it: Threading tools use 22 percent less wattage while threading CW pipe (compared to ERW pipe).

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Top 10 Apps for the Construction Industry

 

Wheatland Tube recently developed its first smartphone and tablet app, EMT Calc, for contractors and engineers in the field. If you haven't downloaded it yet, you better do it soon. You can enter to win a free iPad after completing the form at wheatland.com/20foot. 

This new savings calculator - available for Android smartphones and tablets or iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad® devices - makes it possible to estimate savings from choosing 20' electrical metallic tubing (EMT) over traditional 10' lengths. Available for free at Google Play and the App Store, as well as on our website, EMT Calc is a powerful tool to help users win more jobs and secure greater profits.

  

                                In addition to the Wheatland Savings Calculator, several other key apps are available to assist construction professionals. Engineering News Record recently polled its readers asking them for their favorite construction apps. Here are the top 10 responses:

 

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Top Resources for MEP Pros to Review before Choosing BIM

Building information modeling (BIM) seeks to assist mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineers in predicting the outcome of a system before executing the project. A 2009 research report from McGraw-Hill Construction finds that BIM adoption has grown significantly and is now used by half of the North American construction industry. While holistic adoption has its many advantages and barriers, some question whether suppliers, contractors or engineers should drive the movement. Arguments on both sides are compelling.

If you’re not already using BIM, have you considered conducting research to make a business case for implementing the software? If so, then you know the amount of information is tremendous because the industry’s changeover is happening faster than many recognize.

While some industry figures have found success by using BIM to document and represent complex building geometry, there are a few things you should know before your firm converges and implements an entire new process. Sample documents and figures will help you better understand the principles of the software and how it works in practice.

Having done the research for you, whether you are a designer involved in process piping for the first time or an expert engineer, you will find the resources below beneficial for developing a strategy to integrate BIM throughout your organization.

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Wheatland Tube Introduces Free App That Calculates Savings from 20' EMT

With our recent announcement of a free mobile and tablet application that enables electrical contractors to calculate the monetary difference when using 20' rather than 10' EMT, I wanted to provide you a little background on steel rigid conduit and why a few extra feet can save you and ourcustomer money. 

A Brief HistorySteel Rigid and EMT has been a "mature product" for as long as anyone can remember. The first rigid conduit system was probably the system installed by Greenfield in 1888; zinc tubes with copper elbows were used. Once people recognized the merits of electrical raceway systems, conduits were offered and installed made of insulating paper tubes, woven fabrics, fiber and even "flexible glass" as the insulating and sheathing material. Eventually paper tubes encased in steel armor or thin sheet brass were offered to provide greater physical protection.By 1890, wires were being installed in plain unlined gas pipe as the simplicity and low cost combined with the added strength made this a preferred wiring method. The next twenty five years saw further developments in steel rigid conduit with hot-dipped galvanized rigid product finally being available around 1912.As early as December of 1928, "Electrical World" mentioned a reduced wall raceway, "Electrical Metallic Tubing", which was approved by the National Electric Code in limited applications.It appears that during this period of product development, rigid and EMT was always sold with a maximum length of ten feet.With the harmonization of the North American codes and standards, the restrictive language limiting the conduit length to 10 feet was removed. This opened up the possibilities for the conduit producers to offer longer lengths. Now, 20 Foot EMT is available in all Trade Sizes (1/2 – 4) and 20 Foot Hot Dipped Rigid Steel Conduit is available in Trade Sizes 2-6.Simple MathTwenty Foot EMT and Rigid Steel Conduit offers immediate and obvious labor savings for the electrical contractor without requiring an investment in equipment, training or time. Every electrical installation offers different challenges. While not suitable for every job (Manhattan jobsites cometo mind, for example), 20 Foot EMT and Rigid may be a simple way to reduce the installed costs of steel EMT or Rigid.One of the first jobs that used 20 Foot Rigid was a prison in Upstate New York, where 20 foot lengths of 4 inch Steel Rigid, direct buried on a gravel bed, were used to connect all the manhole access points. The DFW Airport People- Mover has 6 inch Rigid installed as high as 30 feet off theground. Both jobs were perfect installations for 20 Foot Rigid. Some recent 20 Foot EMT jobs have included off-site Data Centers, Distribution Centers, Hospitals, and Shopping Centers. Some contractors that pre-fabricate stub-ups etc. have standardized on 20 Foot EMT to reduce waste.Less Handling, Less Labor and Fewer CouplingsThis free calculator app — Wheatland Tube's first — is easy to download and use. It is available at wheatland.com/worksmarter, as well as the App Store and Google Play as "EMT Calc."

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