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3 Things to Consider When Specifying Outdoor Power for Your Customers

An explosion in technology is changing the way people live, work, and use space. Wi-Fi, cell phones, and tablets have blurred the lines of where people connect for work and leisure – inside, outside, it no longer matters. As a result, people are spending more time outside for work and leisure activities, and they’re bringing their mobile devices with them. This presents homeowners, businesses, and facility managers with a new challenge – providing the convenience of safe, permanent, and dependable power sources for outdoor events or for charging cell phones, tablets, and laptops outside.

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Electrical Estimating in the Digital Age

In recent years, electrical contractors have begun receiving the bulk of their drawings from architects in PDF or digital form. It is now up to the contractor to figure out what to do with these digital plans. The old “go to” process was to print the whole set and get to work estimating; measuring and counting manually with a set of highlighters and other manual tools. This took up valuable time, and the possibility for mistakes was high. Contractors needed a better, faster, more consistent way of doing their takeoff; thus, the demand and need for an easy on screen takeoff program was born. Estimating software companies were great at calculating the bid, but they did not have a way of counting and measuring from a digital plan.

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Using Digital Tools to Drive Efficiency for Electrical Contractors

The combination of a robust construction market and the ongoing
shortage of skilled labor has created numerous challenges for contractors
across the country. On one hand, contractors are seeing more opportunities
to expand their business into new markets. On the other hand, they’re
strapped for talent to meet demand. With fewer resources available,
it’s become more important than ever to streamline processes and find
ways to do more with less. That’s where digital tools come into play.

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Robots: The Next Wave!

Innovation; it can’t be avoided. It hits almost every industry at the most opportune time; and when it does, it can disrupt the way we do work in such a way that it can bring even large corporations to their knees. Innovators will always seek out weaknesses and leverage new ideas in their efforts to meet customers high demands or expand the market by finding ways to serve previously underserved segments. Like automobiles were to the horse and buggy and like MP3’s are to the music industry, history shows us that advanced technology has been the inevitable disruptor in every industry. Just as we saw the advent of industrial robots revolutionize automobile and other manufacturing plants, we are beginning to see the early stages of this same innovation in construction.

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IEC’s Outlook Under the Trump Administration

The new Republican congress took office on January 3rd and the President was sworn in on January 20th, officially giving the Republicans control of both the executive and legislative branches...

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House Passes Resolution Blocking ‘Blacklisting’ Rules

On February 2, 2017, the House of Representatives voted 236-187 on a Congressional Review Act resolution, H.J. Res. 37, to repeal a rule stemming from an Obama Executive Order commonly referred to as the ‘blacklisting...’

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What Is PRIDE PAC?

The PRIDE PAC is the federal political action committee (PAC) set up by IEC and is funded entirely through personal donations from IEC members...

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Giving Thanks

Thank you to Joe Hovanec for his leadership over the last year. His dedication to IEC is second to none, which was witnessed by many as we saw him involved in as many of the chapter events over the year as he could fit in. I would also like to say thank you to everyone who has put their trust in me to follow in Joe’s footsteps and continue to steer this great ship. I will do my best to make the right decisions along the way that contribute to bringing the most benefit to our association and its dedicated members.

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Terminations - Devil's in the Details

Terminating conductors may seem to be a menial task, but make no mistake – it is important. Mistakes here could cause hours of troubleshooting or other types of problems after continued hours of use and aging of the installation. NEC 2017 has recognized the importance of this task as well. Let’s explore this topic further and shed some light on what many think can be left to the most inexperienced on the job. I think you may see that this task deserves closer attention.

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Where We Were and Where We Are Now

Looking back at the mid-2000’s, workforce development was the main focus at that time, then the Great Recession happened and survival became a way of life for the next 6-7 years. Let's fast forward to 2017. Now that the economy has rebounded – although different from prior years’ – workforce development is back as a top concern of most electrical contractors.

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