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  • IDEA’s IDW Data for Contractors Enters Year Three

    The IDEA (Industry Data Exchange Association) Industry Data Warehouse (IDW) is now entering its third year of successful use by contractors worldwide to streamline parts ordering and produce accurate and timely estimates.

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  • Eaton XT Series IEC Motor Controls Ease Installation, Amp Up Usability

    Eaton’s XT IEC Motor and Power Control Series offers faster and easier installation along with increased functionality and improvements in usability for contractors.

    The XT series offers non-reversing and reversing contactors and starters as well as overload relays and accessories.

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  • Bring Flexibility to Power Distribution with Plug-In Busway

    When it comes to local power distribution, conduit is often the go-to option, but it’s certainly not an electrical contractor’s only choice. In many applications, busway can provide a more flexible and easier to install solution to the challenge of distributing power from one point to another – and, with plug-in busway, to many points in between, as well.

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  • Feeder Busway Gets Power Where It’s Needed

    Busway, which houses bar-style aluminum or copper conductors in a grounded metal enclosure, offers a component-based approach to power distribution that assembles quickly using basic tools. Feeder-style busway is especially helpful for longer runs connecting electrical power between different pieces of equipment.

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  • Common Grounding Issues – Part 1

    Electrical grounding and bonding are important parts of any electrical system. And, they can be somewhat confusing. When it comes to electronic equipment, manufacturers often include instructions to protect their equipment. But, sometimes it compromises the integrity of the overall system.

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  • Common Grounding Issues – Part 2

    In Part 1, we talked about the below-grade ground, or earthing. We looked at some of the approved grounding electrodes possible. This article concerns the installation of ground rods.

    Ground rod installation
    There should be at least two of them, no closer than six feet apart. The lengths recognized are 8 feet (minimum) and 10 feet.

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