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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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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 Commercial Brands are Solar Energy Customers

Why are some of the largest and most cost efficient companies turning to solar for energy consumed by on-site facilities? It’s pretty simple; they want to continue to be the largest and most cost efficient companies. Iconic brands like WalMart, Costco, IKEA, Kohl’s, and Walgreens are synonymous with proficient management, low overhead and profitable business models. And now they’re deploying record level solar systems because they see a smart investment comprised of decreasing installation costs, innovative financing options, and the ability to stabilize future energy expenses.

When the price of commercial solar systems dropped almost 14 percent in 2012, advantageous companies saw an opportunity to reduce a portion of their operating expenses by controlling their energy costs. Solar energy provides an appealing choice with predictable prices for 20-30 years, reducing utility price volatility for large organizations managing long terms budgets. 

 

 

 A report by Solar Energy Industries Association and Vote Solar Initiative analyzed 42 companies that deployed at least 312 megawatts (MV) of photovoltaic (PV) capacity at more than 750 locations in at least 26 states and Puerto Rico. According to the study, the 20 companies with the highest installed capacity have deployed at least 279 MV, enough to supply all the electricity needs of 46,500 American households.  From large organizations to small business, deploying solar energy cuts operating costs, improves the bottom line, and increases profits, thus allowing brands to focus on their core business.

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Standard Pipe Showdown: Continuous Weld vs. Electric Resistance Weld

Nick LaMonto, piping superintendent at Chicago-based Atomatic Mechanical Services, threads pipe every day. As an experienced piping professional, he knows the importance of tool longevity and what it can cost when working with an inferior product.

We put Nick’s machines to the test, threading both types of steel standard pipe: continuous weld and electric resistance weld.

 

First up, Nick threads continuous weld standard pipe.

“It cuts awful nice,” Nick said, “without any hard spots.”

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