Each and every week, we at EC&M select one of the latest and greatest products the industry has to offer, presenting it every Monday morning on our Web site as the Product of the Week. Because we're committed to bringing you the best new products and innovations the electrical industry has to offer, we continue to make it a priority to carefully go through every press release we receive. Considering the overwhelming number of new product press releases we get on a weekly basis, that's quite an undertaking. Featuring everything from ballasts to testers to work boots, you never know what you'll find as the featured product, but you can be sure it's something unique and useful. So just in case you haven't made it to www.ecmweb.com lately, here's a compilation of the chosen products from the past 52 weeks.
May 26, 2008 — The Magic Stud Finder PLUS 3-in-1 tool functions as a stud finder, level, and ruler. According to the company, the tool is 100% accurate in locating wood and metal studs. In addition, the product can locate screws and nails, eliminate wall marks and faulty readings, and work in subfreezing environments.
LED troffer lamps
June 2, 2008 — The T8LED Troffer Retrofit Kit converts existing fluorescent troffer fixtures into LED lighting systems. The kits are available to retrofit existing 2-, 3-, and 4-lamp fluorescent troffers in 2-ft × 2-ft and 2-ft × 4-ft configurations. Offered in Value and Efficacy versions, additional product features include specification-grade, extruded aluminum housing; color temperatures from 2,500°K to 5,000°K, with custom colors available; more than 5,000 lumens of usable light; dimming capabilities; and a typical operating life of up to 100,000 hr.
June 9, 2008 — The Series G L-Frame combines the company's Arcflash Reduction Maintenance System with the Digitrip 310+ electronic trip unit, enabling placement of the trip unit in maintenance mode to reduce potential arc flash energy. Ampere ranges include 100A to 250A, 160A to 400A, 250A to 600A, and 250A to 630A. Additional product features include a status indicator, test without tripping indicator, maintenance mode indicator, and push-to-trip test button; an optional self-powered plug-in test kit; optional cause of trip/ammeter display; adjustable short time delay and long time delay; and instantaneous and optional adjustable ground fault protection.
Power distribution unit
June 16, 2008 — The FieldPower universal decentralized power distribution unit consists of multiple all-in-one enclosed PowerBoxes (standard, XL, fuse, and on/off) that incorporate an insulation displacement connection (IDC) system to quickly tap into uncut power cable and maintain an IP 65 rating. Designed to replace the traditional method of hard wiring utility distribution boxes for individual power drops, each PowerBox can be mounted at any point on the machine with a continuous, uncut 5-pole (max.) power cable placed inside. In addition, flat or round (TC-ER rated) cable types can be used together in a single PowerBox. Other product features include the company's “push-in” termination technology, twin connectors, and blown fuse indication option.
June 23, 2008 — Available in 2kVA and 3kVA (120VAC, single-phase) models, the Mac Victor 2.0 provides integrated input and output surge protection, transformer-based power line conditioning, electrical noise filtering, and up to five Square D QOU-type output circuit breakers for electrical distribution to remotely located critical electronic loads/IG receptacles. Input and output power status is indicated by front panel-mounted pilot lights and internal form-C relay contacts for remote status signaling. In addition, battery-backup (UPS) capability can be added to the Mac Victor 2.0 with factory-installed plug and receptacle UPS connectivity and an integrated mounting shelf on top of the enclosure.
Mac Victor Power
Battery backup system
June 30, 2008 — The PowerTower enables renewable energy installers and users to integrate battery backup power into their distributed PV or wind turbine installation. Safety certified to UL standards, the company says the system is emissions-free, virtually silent, and can be installed indoors. Rated from 4.5kW to 30kW of continuous power output, the system is configured for 120/240V output. In addition, the product is designed to add battery modules to provide energy for as long as needed.
Gaia Power Technologies
July 7, 2008 — These low-voltage dimmers feature a sensor-based design that eliminates all visible controls. To set the lighting level, users pass their hand in front of the wall plate. Stone, wood, rubber, glass, plastic, and ceramic up to ¾-in. thick can be used to cover the control unit. UL-listed, all models except the ST2-600 can be installed in a multi-location configuration, supporting up to five remote slave units.
July 14, 2008 — These under-cabinet fluorescent light fixtures last up to 10,000 hr, according to the company. UL-approved, the luminaires use 9W of electricity, feature a replaceable bulb, and plug into any socket. Available in single and 3-packs, they also can be linked to one another.
July 21, 2008 — TrueSTART is a battery-operated instrument that uses advanced software technology to scan hundreds of addressable fire alarm system devices and pinpoint potential problems, including ground faults, shorted wiring, or incorrect or duplicate addressing. Compliant with NFPA 72, the National Fire Alarm Code, and CAN/ULC-S537, the instrument enables users to verify wiring and peripheral devices are installed correctly and operating properly.
Cable pull tension estimator
July 28, 2008 — The PF8 Pull Force Estimator allows users to estimate in advance the pulling force required for a cable pull. The estimator consists of an Excel-based calculator that can be downloaded to a PC or Mac for easy access. (Microsoft Excel is required). Using input information about an upcoming cable pull, such as pulling length, cable weight/foot, and cable jacket type, the product calculates an estimate of the required force to install the cable.
Greenlee, a Textron Co.
Telecommunications outlet box
August 4, 2008 — The 5 Square telecommunications box with cable management facilitates the minimum bend radius requirements of cable manufacturers, according to the company. Featuring a depth of 2⅞ in. and a volume up to 81 cubic in., the outlet box supports Cat. 5e, 6, Augmented 6, and fiber-optic cables. In addition, the product includes an array of knockout arrangements, with sizes from ¾ in. to 1¼ in. and plaster rings from flat to 1¼-in. deep.
August 11, 2008 — Flex & Grip gloves feature high-performance dielectric properties and mechanical resistance that eliminates the need for an over-glove, according to the company. In addition, the gloves are classified for the following levels of protection: BT/LV low-voltage composite gloves for any energized work under 1,000V; Class 1 tested to 10,000V for a maximum use voltage of 7,500V; and Classes 2, 3, and 4 for the maximum voltage usages of 17,000V, 26,500V, and 36,000V, respectively. The product also includes a pair of replaceable cotton liners.
August 18, 2008 — The iPowerPro provides main panel surge protection and features two dedicated, purified 15A circuits to isolate home theaters and high-value electronics from harmful currents. UL 1449 3rd Edition listed, the product passed UL 1283 electromagnetic filter testing and can safely clear a short circuit current of 10kA, according to the company. Additional product features include ultrahigh frequency filtration, power factor correction of each circuit, electrical noise removal, harmonics reduction, and in-rush current blocking.
Lighting control system
August 25, 2008 — The LUMElements N Series lighting control system features three products: NAble, a fully interoperable lighting management and control system; NLighten, two dimmable electronic ballasts; and NLink, a technology that allows communications between the NAble control system and NLighten dimmable electronic ballasts within a building. In addition, the NLighten ballasts offer users the option of selecting either analog or digital 2-way communication to the lighting fixture. NLink employs wired, passive power line technology or wireless technology, while NAble allows for demand response and provides a full range of control techniques, including daylight harvesting, task tuning, and lumen depreciation.
Arc flash assessment software
September 1, 2008 — Paladin Real-Time Arc Flash Advisor software enables users to make up-to-date assessments of changing arc flash hazards. Used in conjunction with the company's Paladin Live platform, the software maintains an uninterrupted watch over site operations — continually checking all components, equipment, and systems — to make intelligent recommendations about where potential arc flash hazards have the potential to emerge and gauge their severity.
September 8, 2008 — The Solar Light Brick features advanced solar cells, an energy storage device, and a crystal lighting system that surrounds the energy module in a square or rectangle. The embedded solar cell generates electricity when the sun shines and accumulates it in the storage device. The light then automatically activates after dark. According to the company, the solar brick can be designed to light in any color.
Clips and supports
September 15, 2008 — This family of products includes two clips and two supports. The MC clip and pipe clip are constructed of high-impact polycarbonate plastic. The MC clip accommodates MC or armored cable 12/2 through 10/3, while the pipe clip is available in ½-in., ¾-in., and 1-in. models. According to the company, both clips can be used in temperatures down to -20°F. The Snap-On MC stud support is an S-DN-01 or T-DN-02 twin cable support that can be used on any standard 3⅝ metal stud. Available in a standard 20-in. size, the panel strap system can be cut to required size.
Time Saver Products
September 22, 2008 — This line of LED products includes single LED spots and indicators as well as solar-powered, linear, and area lighting luminaires. Waterproof and hazardous location approved, the company says the products maintain more than 70% of original intensity after 50,000 hours. In addition, they feature temperature ratings of -45°C to +85°C.
September 29, 2008 — The Halo downlighting product line now includes LED recessed luminaires. Featuring 80 CRI and a warm white color temperature (3,045K nominal), the recessed fixtures deliver more than 600 lumens, according to the company. In addition, the products have a 50,000-hr life and exceed high efficacy requirements for California's Title 24, with energy savings in excess of 75% compared to a 65W incandescent lamp. For additional energy savings, the LED modules are dimmable to approximately 15% using standard AC incandescent analog dimmers and to approximately 5% with dimmers that have a low end trim adjustment.
October 6, 2008 — This fuel cell extended run (FCXR) product uses air and stored hydrogen to produce emission-free electrical backup power for the company's InfraStruXure data center. In addition, the FCXR supports the company's 3-phase Symmetra PX product line. Available in 10kW increments up to 30kW contained in a single 19-in. rack, the product also features flexible runtime options and scalability.
American Power Conversion
October 13, 2008 — FP200 FR single-pack fire-rated polyurethane expanding foam is designed to prevent the spread of fire (up to 2 hr ratings) and smoke from one compartment to another, through gaps and voids in fire-rated walls or floors. FP 200 FR is CFC-free, and has advanced draft, acoustic, and thermal insulation values, according to the company.
October 20, 2008 — Easy Box is a UL-approved electrical junction box designed to replace conventional electrical boxes. Comprised of a detachable cover and base for housing standard electrical wiring, the box is childproof and can be used for various types of wiring, including all common gauges of electrical wire, telephone, cable, and conduit. In addition, the product can handle ½-in. and ¾-in. standard open wiring as well as Romex wiring.
Circle R Products
Work management software
October 27, 2008 — Call&Report work management and reporting software contacts users and confirms receipt of work order assignments automatically. Available 24/7, 365 days a year, the software is administered via the Web, and users receive and report on work orders using a cell phone. In addition, the software supports GPS tracking and provides data for invoicing, payments, and reports.
November 3, 2008 — The CoolWire wire management system allows as many as 90 conductors to be placed in a 12-in. × 3-in. new or previously installed underfloor raceway or wireway, according to the company. By allowing air to circulate through its metal structure, conductors are kept cool, as heat is allowed to dissipate out and away from the conductors. Available in standard sizes for pre-manufactured raceways or custom sizes, the company says the product eliminates questionable diverse loading issues.
November 10, 2008 — These cable grips allow users to attach wire to rope in less than 2 min., according to the company. The product's double lock system features both a cam lock housing and a double braided mesh to secure cable to rope without the fear of losing a conductor. In addition, the strength of each conductor is rated at 4,000 lb, giving a four conductor pull a 16,000-lb rating. The company also says the grips move through conduit and around 90° turns, bend over rollers, and provide staggered lengths for easier movement. A pulling jacket is included to keep pulling heads tight, clean, and safe. The complete set includes 20 grips in five sets, from 1/O to 750 MCM, two rope clevis, two protective pulling jackets, and carrying case.
Thermal imaging software
November 17, 2008 — SmartView Version 2.0 software features the first 3D imaging capability in the industry, according to the company. The software comes standard with the company's thermal imagers, and regular upgrades are provided free of charge for the life of the product. Additional product enhancements include an updated user interface and new reporting capabilities that allow users to output reports directly in Microsoft Word or PDF formats.
November 24, 2008 — The U-Line Series of electrical receptacles now includes a Class I, Division 1 and 2 portable receptacle/GFCI combination. Designed for hazardous as well as non-hazardous locations, the 125VAC device is made of lightweight copper-free aluminum and weighs 7.5 lb. In addition, the product features a GFCI designed in accordance to OSHA requirements for 20A receptacles, along with a built-in carrying handle and heavy-duty 3-ft SO power cord with a 20A NEMA 5-20P plug. A pilot light — available in green or red, LED or incandescent — indicates the GFCI is engaged and that the receptacle is ready for use.
December 1, 2008 — HPP-Calc is a software program that evaluates notification appliance circuit (NAC) devices and their location on a circuit, along with conductor size and maximum current draw. Customized for the company's Power Products equipment, the software uses power supply source values measured by UL during product testing. In addition, the program features drop-down menus for selection of NAC devices and power supplies from a comprehensive database of products.
Honeywell Power Products
Portable power system
December 8, 2008 — The HP2S portable residential power backup system includes a home security component that operates independently of power outages. Comprised of a generator, smart transfer switch, and battery backup (or UPS), the system automatically transfers power to preselected systems and monitors electricity usage, temporarily shedding or delivering power as needed. Additional product features include a 6.6-gal fuel tank, 120/240V selector switch, automatic voltage regulator, and 12VDC battery charger. A 25-ft power cable and an optional exterior inlet box hardwired to the UPS are also offered.
Honda Power Equipment
December 15, 2008 — The SpringLamp luminaire combines the benefits of a compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) with LED technology. The 3-way CFL/LED hybrid switches between 19W, 30W, and a 1W LED nightlight, comparable to a 50/100/150W incandescent bulb. Lasting an average of 10,000 hr, the product is manufactured using lead-free glass. According to the company, the product's amalgam technology provides cooler operating temperatures for consistent performance in any position.
December 22, 2008 — The Mini-Max is a hand-held, portable rodder designed for under-floor cable installations. Suitable for installation systems and conduits with nominal diameters of up to 2 in., the product features a lightweight aluminum 12-in. cage that holds up to 130 ft of 3/16-in. rod that can be clipped on the user's belt. Featuring an 80% fiberglass core, the company says the guide head mounted on the front of the rod easily slips past all cables in the conduit and prevents the rod from snagging on obstacles.
December 29, 2008 — The Energy Smart compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) features the company's Spiral CFL inside an incandescent-shaped glass bulb. The equivalent of a 60W incandescent lamp, the 15W CFL has an 8,000-hr life and will last 5 years based on 4 hr of daily use, according to the company. In addition, the product features instant-on technology.
GE Consumer & Industrial
January 5, 2008 — This line of work gear features more than 40 products, including tool belts, knee pads, soft-side tool carriers, tool holders, and accessories. The work belts feature pouch handles that allow for simple belt adjustments, one-handed carrying, and on-hook storage. In addition, the belts are designed with double-gusset front pockets for access to smaller items. Featuring adjustable, non-slip padded shoulder straps and padded bar handles, the company says the tool bags provide users with larger carrying capacity. For increased comfort, the knee pads feature a layered gel technology and foam padding that surrounds the knee.
Estimating software interface
January 12, 2009 — This estimating software interface works with On Center Software's On-Screen Takeoff product to allow takeoffs to be done on screen. Quantities can then be automatically moved to the company's estimating system via a special link and database. According to the company, this arrangement applies to drawings that come to the contractor in almost any electronic format, including tiff, .pdf, .dwf, .dwg, and jpeg.
Smart relay panel
January 19, 2009 — Available in three enclosure sizes, the Blue Box LT Series of smart relay panels comes pre-assembled and ready for installation. For use with the company's GR 2400 system, the product's master panel can be networked with up to 16 digital devices, including slave relay panels, switches, and photocell. In addition, the master panel includes an input for an outdoor photosensor, which can be programmed to control any relay(s) on the bus.
Lighting Control & Design
January 26, 2009 — The SYST-M line of ready-made motor starters includes basic non-reversing and reversing starters in non-combination and fused combination configurations. All starters are housed in a NEMA 1, 12, or 3R heavy-duty enclosure that features a manual reset button preinstalled on the front cover. Optional control power transformers are offered with both a fused primary and secondary. Available incoming voltages include 208V, 240V, 480V, and 600V, and output voltage is 120V to match the contactor. In addition, a remote adapter option is available for use if the starter is being controlled from a remote location.
Energy management software
February 2, 2009 — Power IQ energy management software now features reporting and analytics capabilities. The software tracks and keeps a repository on all types of granular power information from multiple platforms to help users analyze power-related issues such as IT energy costs, rack capacity, and IT equipment health. According to the company, information is presented in user-configurable graphs and reports that can be accessed from anywhere with the product's Web-based dashboard.
Ceiling fastening system
February 9, 2009 — The DX 351-CT ceiling fastening system allows the installation of ceiling wires and clips. The product features a slim, compact design for accessibility to tight areas as well as a coaxial trigger that allows users to keep working on the move. Pre-mounted fasteners enable setting in a wide range of materials. In addition, the product's integrated modular pole allows users to make fastenings into ceilings of various heights from a standing position.
February 17, 2009 — Magnetec Cool Blue cores are for use as common-mode chokes. According to the company, the cores suppress asymmetrical EMI currents generated by the parasitic currents of motors and their cables. Made from iron-based nanocrystalline, the product provides a range of permeability, 25,000-90,000 at 10 KHz, and a saturation flux density of 1,200 mT. In addition, they are available in a range of M-type sizes, including round and oblong shapes. The smallest core for high-power motor applications has an outside diameter of 63 mm and inside diameter of 50 mm. The largest core has a 500-mm outside diameter and 450-mm inside diameter. Standard thickness is 30 mm.
February 23, 2009 — CADDY CAT LINKS J-hook supports are designed for use with a variety of ITS cable, including fiber-optic, large-diameter hybrid, innerduct, and high-performance. Featuring a wide base with smooth, beveled edges, the J-hooks provide a large bending radius, which the company says helps ensure a stable and secure installation to accommodate current Cat. 6a and Cat. 7, as well as future high-performance cables, to comply with TIA standards. UL-listed, the product also features metal bail snaps to retain the cables. In addition, it is available in 1-in., 2-in., 3-in., and 4-in. sizes and accommodates various attachment methods, such as threaded rod and wall-mount.
March 2, 2009 — The TDX architectural-grade compact fluorescent high-bay fixture features eight 70W lamps, generates 41,600 lumens, and is able to operate in 40°C environments, according to the company. In addition, the luminaire has a lamp life of 20,000 hrs and is available with a clear polycarbonate dome, aluminum dome, or pearlescent dome. The product also can be used with 120W, 85W, 70W, 60W, 57W, 42W, 32W, and 26W lamps and is available with 2-, 3-, or 4-level switching. Compatible with the company's PulseBloc Digital Lite control system, the product allows ballast chamber access while hanging.
Sportlite, a Phillips Brand
Industrial wireless products
March 9, 2009 — Through a system of transmitters, receivers, transceivers, and interface gateways, these industrial wireless solutions offer 1-and 2-way wireless monitoring capabilities. The product line also includes various accessories, including high-powered antennas for long-distance communications and explosionproof enclosures for hazardous applications. Each device offers a selection of digital, analog, and pulse inputs that the company says allow fewer radios per system. In applications where security is vital, the wireless system operates with high security data encryption and frequency encoding algorithms that protect against industrial espionage or network hacking.
Universal dimming card
March 16, 2009 — The iLumin universal dimming card eliminates potential field issues from ballast or fixture changes, according to the company. Each dimming card's load type can be programmed and then modified at a later date, if desired. Controllable load types include incandescent, magnetic low voltage, electronic low voltage, neon/cold cathold, LED, non-dim loads, and 2-, 3-, and 4-wire fluorescent.
March 23, 2009 — The Pro Series low-voltage lighting connector features a snap-around gel-filled connector that cuts wire with an inside knife edge, which the company says eliminates wire stripping and improves safety. Moisture-resistant, the connector is designed for use with 10- and 12-gauge landscape lighting connections.
Rotating green laser
March 30, 2009 — Depending on the intensity of ambient light, the PR 26 rotating green laser is four times more visible to the human eye than other class III lasers, according to the company. Featuring a range of up to 650 ft, the laser includes a built-in alignment system with remote control that doubles as a receiver. Rated for use between -20°C and 45°C, the product also features a rechargeable battery pack and charger that provides 22 hr of continuous working time per full charge, a built-in shock warning system, and an adjustable wall bracket that allows the product's height to be set to the millimeter.
Active harmonics filters
April 6, 2009 — ECOsine active harmonics filters (AHFs) continuously measure and analyze disturbances in the power network and provide an exactly opposite compensation current, according to the company. In addition to the global or selective mitigation of harmonic currents up to the 50th order, the filters are able to perform targeted power factor correction. Compatible with the international harmonics standard IEEE 519 as well as local utility codes, the products are available in 3-phase/3-wire and 3-phase/4-wire configurations for 480V and 400V grids, respectively, and with rated compensation currents from 30A to 300A. All 3-wire versions are UL-listed.
April 13, 2009 — The Ultraweld UltraShot ground connector uses a copper container that is consumed along with the weld metal, which results in an enhanced exothermic connection, according to the company. In addition, the product uses an electronic ignition system that is fired by a rechargeable battery controller, allowing users to maintain a safe distance from the reaction.
Harger Lightning & Grounding
Street/roadway lighting software
April 20, 2009 — NTCIP 1213 compliant, Smart Lights 2.0 software offers an overview of users' infrastructure, while allowing more experienced users to control and monitor the system easily and to drill down to particular alarms, events, and parameters — all while supporting open protocols on the IT network and the device network. In addition, the product immediately notifies users of electrical leakage conditions, logs and analyzes performance characteristics of installed components, forecasts end-of-life dates, and allows load shedding during peak conditions.
AC inverter system
April 27, 2009 — The PFT Series of universal, fast-transfer AC inverter systems is designed to accommodate small- to medium-sized projects that require emergency power backup to AC power loads or illumination sources, including incandescent, fluorescent, LED, or HID. Unlike ballast packs, the product provides emergency power output to any connected load or fixture without compatibility concerns, according to the company. Available models include 300W/330VA, 400W/660VA, and 600W/660A.
May 4, 2009 — This product line features magnetic and electronic ballasts for HID and fluorescent applications. The HID line includes ballast kits for metal-halide and high-pressure sodium applications. The fluorescent line includes instant-start T8 electronic, rapid-start T5, and compact fluorescent electronic ballasts. All products are backed by a 5-year warranty and are UL and cUL recognized.
May 11, 2009 — The WARP9 LED outdoor luminaire captures and harnesses light using an optical system that shapes, points, and tightly controls the beam. According to the company, the product also provides wide-throw ground plane illumination to maintain spacings without producing excessive glare. Available with an upgradeable LED module, the RoHS-compliant product is constructed from more than 90% recycled materials. In addition, its housing, LEDs, and drivers contain no lead or mercury.
Wireless lighting components
May 18, 2009 — Maestro wireless lighting components enable users to build custom solutions for smaller applications, such as a hallway, foyer, or single room. System components include dimmers, switches, lamp dimmers, occupancy sensors, and wireless remote controllers (for use from a car or inside the home). The products feature one-way radio frequency (RF) technology and work together with simple press-and-hold button setup.