For the 2013 EC&M Product of the Year competition, we received 160 entries spread out over 46 categories. These entries were evaluated carefully by a panel of electrical professionals from the engineering, contracting, and facilities/maintenance community. After much deliberation, the judges narrowed down the entries to the category winners listed below.
Boxes | ERICO: All-in-One Electrical Assemblies
CADDY ALL-IN-ONE electrical assemblies combine an open-back electrical box, support bracket, mud ring, far-side support and ground wire pigtail into a single solution that can be used right out of the box. The system offers enhanced rigidity and a unique open-back design so users can wire from the front or back of the assembly.
Cameras & Imaging Equipment | Fluke Corp: VT02 Visual IR Thermometer
The VT02 Visual IR thermometer is a troubleshooting camera with an infrared heat map. This tool combines the visual insight of a thermal imager, the visual images of a digital camera, and the point-and-shoot convenience of an infrared (IR) thermometer. The tool instantly detects problems using blended thermal and digital imager, and will display and save images as full visual, full infrared, or in three blended modes (25%, 50%, and 75%). Markers pinpoint hot and cold spots indicating the hottest temperature with a red box and the coldest with a blue box. A temperature reading is provided at the center point, while images are saved to a micro-SD card. Images can be imported into the included SmartView analysis and reporting software.
Conduit, Raceways & Wireways | LeGrandLLegrandLegrand: Under Table Cable Management System
The Wiremold Under Table Cable Management (UTCM) System is an easy-to-install pathway that organizes and protects power cords and network, communications, and audio/video cables that feed tables, desks, and other work surfaces. The product is offered that include: 5 ft of base, 5 ft of mounting hinge rail, and four latching clips. According to the company, the product adapts to the underside of table and requires no special tools.
Connectors & Fittings (Cable) | LeGrandLLegrandMadison ElectricalMadison Electrical Products: Cut-In Snap Lock BX Connector
The Cut-In Snap Lock fitting provides labor savings when connecting metal-clad or armored cable in old work (cut-in) electrical box installations. No tools are required when assembling to the cable or box, and the anti-short bushing is pre-assembled and will not fall out during transit or installation. After installing the old-work box in the wall and fishing the cable through the box, simply snap the cable to the fitting and snap the fitting into the box. The reusable product is also easily removed without tools.
Link: Cut-In Information
Connectors & Fittings (Conduit) | Cooper Crouse-Hinds: Myers ATEX Hubs
Designed for indoor or outdoor use with rigid conduit and IMC, Myers ATEX hubs are suitable for use in demanding physical and environmental applications, including those with the presence of chemicals, such as acetic, citric, and salt water. Available in a wide range of styles, trade sizes, and materials, the hubs offer easy installation, feature a smooth pulling surface, and include multiple certifications.
Link: Myers Hubs PDF
Controllers | Eaton: XV Series HMI-PLC
The XV Series HMI-PLC with SmartWire-DT connectivity enables remote intelligence, eliminates an entire device level, and makes complex wiring unnecessary for smaller and smarter machines. The instrument removes the physical PLC, incorporates logic into the operator interface, and provides a single software package for control and visualization. Featuring a 400-MHz reduced instruction set computer (RISC) processor and custom-developed software drivers, the product uses the open Controller Development System software (CoDeSys) standard.
Link: XV Series Information
Data Communications Equipment | Agilent Technologies: U1177A Infrared-to-Blouetooth Adapter
The U1177A is a compact wireless adapter that plugs into any of the company’s handheld DMMs as well as the U1210 Series handheld clamp meters to wirelessly link the instruments to Android-based smartphones, tablets, or PCs via Bluetooth technology. Designed to operate using two 1.5V AAA batteries, each adapter features a unique Media Access Control (MAC) address.
Data Monitoring Equipment | Onset Computer Corp: HOBO UX90 Time-of-Use Data Loggers
The HOBO UX90 Occupancy & Light Logger is a matchbox-sized, LCD-display data logger that measures motor ON/OFF status, electronic pulses, state changes, and occupancy and light-use patterns. Able to mount to luminaires, ceilings and walls, the data loggers can be set up and installed in less than 1 min, according to the company. Once data has been recorded, it can be easily viewed in graph form using accompanying HOBOware Pro software, and printed out for use in reports. The data can also be exported to text format for use in spreadsheets and other programs.
Link: UX90 Series Data Loggers
Fasteners, Hangers & Accessories | ERICO: Telescoping Strut Replacement
Part of the CADDY line, the Telescoping Strut Replacement is designed as an alternative to using a strut-based trapeze or other structures to support cable tray, conduit, or pipe. The bracket telescopes to the desired length, attaches to threaded rod with a captive threaded nut at each end, and is locked in place by tightening a screw on a pre-installed steel band. The device supports the load of common trapeze applications by extending from 12 in. to 20 in. and carrying up to four 2-in. conduits. It can also be used to support 18-in.-wide wire basket cable tray with the company’s KBT Wire Basket Tray Clip and can be used to mount electrical panels to wall structures.
Lamps | Lighting Science Group: Definity MR16 HO Lamp
The Definity MR16 HO is designed as a direct LED replacement for up to 50W equivalent halogen lamps using only 8W, making it up to 84% more efficient. The lamp is an ANSI compliant form factor and does not use any moving parts such as fans. According to the company, the product offers a 25,000-hr life; is compatible with a wide array of AC, DC, and magnetic or electronic transformers; and is available in 2,700K, 3,000K, 4,000K and 5,000K color temperatures
Lighting Controls | Lumewave: TOP900TL Wireless Control Module
The TOP900 replaces the common photocell on exterior luminaires. Luminaires can be addressed and grouped for unified control of ON/OFF, 0VDC to 10VDC dimming, or bi-level stepped switching. The modules provide adjustable photocell thresholds, astronomical clock with up to nine time-of-day actions, and motion detector inputs for additional savings. Additionally, the product is UL-listed, IP66-rated, and features Smart Meter technology.
Luminaires (Emergency/Exit) | Fulham: Firehorse Hotspot 2 LED Emergency Lighting System
FireHorse HotSpot2 is a UL924-recognized emergency lighting system useable with LED modules driven by a constant current source. The battery charger automatically adjusts to the battery size and use. With the proper connector, the driver provides output current based on the module connected, allowing a wide choice of lumen output and run times.
Luminaires (Harsh & Hazardous Location) | Cooper Crouse-Hinds: Hazard-Gard EVLL Explosionproof LED Luminaires
The Hazard Gard EVLL explosionproof LED luminaire offers energy savings of up to 62% compared to equivalent HID fixtures and a 60,000-hr life, according to the company. The luminaire’s body and mounting module are manufactured from copper-free aluminum with a Corro-free epoxy powder and hatter-resistant, explosionproof glass lens. The product also includes a silicone gasket as well as a stainless steel guard and exterior hardware.
Luminaires (High Bay) | Digital Lumens: Intelligent Lighting System
The Intelligent LED Lighting System integrates smart LED fixtures with wireless networking. The system delivers efficiency by using a low-wattage illumination source and then carefully controlling lighting behavior with sensors and system settings. If sufficient daylight is available, fixtures automatically and gradually dim on a fixture-by-fixture basis while ensuring proper light levels are maintained. The ability to fine tune lighting is offered via wireless networking and LightRules management software. Detailed operational reports show occupancy, energy usage, daylight harvesting savings, what-if scenarios, and more.
Link: Product Overview
Luminaires (Outdoor - Area/Site) | Cooper Lighting: McGraw-Edison Galleon Area/Site Luminaire
Featuring the company’s AccuLED Optics system, the McGraw Edison Galleon luminaire offers a choice four asymmetric, three symmetric, and five spill light eliminator distributions. Field-adjustable to reorient the distribution in 90° increments, the luminaire is available in nine scalable lumen packages from 8,000 lm to more than 40,000 lm, with H.I.D. equivalents ranging from 150W to 1,000W. Available in four sizes with a choice of two to 10 LED Light Square configurations, the product can be mounted to a round or square pole in seven different configurations from a single head to up to four fixtures.
Luminaires (Recessed Downlight) | Prescolite: A2LED Adjustable Luminaire
The A2LED is a 2-in. specification-grade LED adjustable luminaire that offers a smooth 35° optical pattern and an installation that allows 360° rotational aiming. According to the company, the luminaire’s translating center beam optics reduce glare at high aiming angles. Suitable for sloped ceilings and accent lighting applications, the luminaire features a Xicato light engine and is available with Xicato’s Artist Series module as well.
Luminaires (Recessed Troffer) | Alumen8: Killer LED Luminaire Series
The Alumen8A Killer LED Series is designed to resemble T5 shallow-recessed grid-ceiling luminaires. Using the 2-in.-deep downlight housing, the luminaire is adaptable vertically or horizontally along acoustical grid-ceiling panels in any size space, while flush-mounted housings can be placed in any common, flat, T-Bar drop ceiling. Measuring 2 ft. × 2 ft. or 2ft. × 4ft, the product offer a 50,000-hr life and a choice of 3500°K, 4000°K or 5000°K color temperatures.
Luminaires (Task & Track) | Juno Lighting Group: Generation 3 TL214 LED Series Linear Lighting Modules
Gen 3 TL214 LED Series linear lighting modules operate off of conventional 12V magnetic and electronic transformers. These transformers minimize the number of feed points and allow dimming down to 1% using conventional low voltage dimmers. Available in three lumen packages (0.5W, 1.0W, and 1.5W) and four color temperatures, the luminaires offer up to 57 lm/W and a 50,000-hr life, according to the company.
Luminaires (Troffer Retrofit Kit) | Leviton: Zipline Linear Fluorescent Retrofit Luminaire
The Zipline fluorescent luminaire uses an integrated ballast and lamp holder in a self-contained assembly unit that decreases components and wiring points necessary to retrofit existing luminaires for use with energy-efficient lamps. According to the company, this allows for twice as many retrofit fixture installations in the same amount of time. The product is available with optional easy to assemble, snap-in reflectors, fits most 2x2 and 2x4 troffers, and comes in 2- and 3-lamp configurations as well as in high, normal, and low ballast factors. Configurations as well as in high, normal and low ballast factors. Zipline is matched with a best-in-class five-year limited warranty.
Luminaires (Wallpack) | RAB Lighting: Slim Wallpacks
Measuring less than 4 in. off the wall, the Slim LED wallpack is a full cutoff, fully shielded luminaire. ADA and Dark Sky compliant, the wallpack delivers up to 97 lm/W and replaces up to 175W metal-halide luminaires at mounting heights from 8ft to 22 ft. According to the company, the IP66-rated product offers a 100,000-hr life.
Link: Product Information
Motors, Drives & Motor Controls | Eaton: H-Max Series Adjustable Frequency Drive
The H-Max Series adjustable frequency drive (AFD) allows users whose HVAC systems do not yet use AFD to control motors to realize energy savings up to 45% percent over their current control methods, while HVAC systems that already incorporate AFD technology can realize an additional energy savings of up to 10%, according to the company. Features include advanced DC capacitors, new-generation insulated gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs), and a real-time clock and calendar. In addition, the units can be tuned to actual energy needs, tapering system requirements during off hours, weekends, and holidays.
Link: Product Information
Portable Test & Locate Equipment | General Tools & Instruments: Cable & Pipe Locator (CL10)
The CL10 cable & pipe locator lets users identify and trace electrical cables and metallic, water, gas, or drain pipes. According to the company, the locator reveals infrastructure up to 6.6 ft. (2 m) behind walls, above ceilings, or under floors. The product also allows users to trace circuits, detect open- and short-circuits, find outlets covered by plaster, identify a circuit’s breaker, and safely break through walls. The transmitter and receiver communicate on any of eight channels and display readings on a large multi-function graphic LCD. Both units include a flashlight, while the transmitter features three power levels and the receiver offers variable sensitivity. Additionally, the transmitter operates as an AC-DC voltmeter with a range of 12V to 600V.
Portable Test & Measurement Equipment | Fluke Corp: CNX Wireless System
The CNX System of test tools wirelessly connects multiple measurement modules and sends simultaneous readings to a master device up to 20 m away. At the core of the product is a CAT III 1,000V/CAT IV 600V multimeter featuring a screen that displays its readings along with live readings from up to three other measurement modules. For more complex troubleshooting, users can view live measurements from up to 10 modules simultaneously on a computer equipped with the CNX PC adapter. Modules can take live measurements or log up to 65,000 sets of data. Features include AC voltage, AC current clamp, iFlex AC current clamp, and K-Type temperature.
Links: Product Page and Datasheet
Power Conditioning & Backup Power Equipment | Vycon: VDC-XE High Current Flywheel System
The 300kW VDC-XE with High Capacity option is designed to protect power-dependent applications from 40kW to multi-megawatt installations. Eliminating the need for cooling, the flywheel system features a small footprint and a touchscreen GUI that offers full monitoring and event logging. According to the company, the product is compatible most major brands of 3-phase UPSs.
Link: Summary and Specs
Power Distribution Equipment (Busway) | Schneider Electric: Powerbus Busway
Powerbus busway delivers scalable, efficient, and adaptable high-density power distribution with zero footprint. Users can customize the 100 A and 225 A busway with flexible tap-off units for future scalability and PowerLogic energy metering to control energy costs. The product’s design offers up to 20 openings every 10 ft. Other features include tool-less installation of plug-in units, above-the-rack installation, and copper bus bars to reduce heat losses.
Link: Product Information
Power Distribution Equipment (Panelboards) | Schneider Electric: Measurement and Verification Panelboards (MVPs)
Available in NQ and NF configurations, Measurement and Verification (MVP) enclosed panelboards monitor energy by plug load, circuit, zone, space, or complete lighting system. The panelboards control lights and provide a total infrastructure for measuring and verifying the performance of all lighting and plug load energy conservation measures. Users can observe breaker status, system operation, or make configuration changes with user-friendly software.
Link: Product Information
Power Distribution Equipment (Switchboards) | GE: Evolution Series Switchboards
The Evolution Series switchboard is designed for use in 24/7 critical power applications. Featuring instantaneous zone-selective interlocking (I-ZSI) and waveform recognition (WFR) technologies, the switchboard provides users with a combination of full selective coordination and simultaneous arc flash protection. When responding to a fault, the product has the intelligence to tell circuit breakers to respond either immediately or as a backup, depending on the situation. Features include front access to the neutrals and ground; factory-installed splicing; a stationary 4,000A, 100%-rated main circuit breaker; remote racking devices; and expanded ratings up to 6,000A, with bus densities as low as 667A/in2.
Power Distribution Equipment (Switches) | Thomas & Betts: Cyberex SuperSwitch
Enabling greater deployment of micro-grids, the Cyberex SuperSwitchGT offers autonomous operation and powering from distributed energy sources (islanding). The 3-phase switch protects critical loads connected to a distributed energy source, or micro-grid, from power quality anomalies on the utility grid by instantly isolating it. The device uses silicon-controlled rectifiers (SCRs) to connect and disconnect the micro-grid quickly to and from the utility grid in 20 msec less. The unit also monitors and corrects power reversals and back feeding, and automatically transfers excess energy generated by the micro grid to the utility grid or other non-critical loads.
Link: Product Details
Power Distribution Equipment (Switchgear) | Eaton: Arc-Resistant Low-Voltage Switchgear
This arc-resistant switchgear features a front-accessible design that enables the equipment to be installed against the wall. With the front-accessible gear, users may no longer need to meet the NEC requirement of 36 in. of rear clearance, according to the company. The switchgear meets UL 1558 and ANSI C37.20.7 arc-resistant standards for personnel protection. In addition, the product is designed to protect users around the entire perimeter of the equipment.
Link: Product Information
Power Sources | Falcon Electric: 40 Ah Battery Bank
This 40Ah battery bank offers wide temperature (-30°C to 63°C) extended runtime. According to the company, the battery bank provides more than 10 times the runtime of comparable products on the market and carries a UL listing when powering the company’s SSG2.5KRP-1 UPS model. The unit consists of eight deep-cycle, valve regulated lead-acid, maintenance-free 40Ah batteries and two internal 1A chargers. The batteries and chargers are housed in a rack-mount enclosure that takes 5U (8.75 in.) of vertical rack space and can be interconnected or daisy chained.
Protective Devices (Breakers and Reclosers) | Schneider Electric: Square D PowerPact Mission Critical Circuit Breakers
Square D PowerPact Mission Critical circuit breakers deliver maximum selectivity with an easily configured, energy-based system of breakers from 15A to 3,000A. This technology minimizes nuisance tripping so the fault is cleared by the circuit breaker immediately upstream of the occurrence, allowing the remaining areas of the system to operate without disruption.
Link: Product Information
Protective Devices (Fuse Blocks/Holders) | Woehner USA: AMBUS EasyLiner Fuse Holder
The Ambus Easyliner is a fuse holder for photvoltaic applications. The fuse holder is mounted directly onto a bus bar and features a UL4248-18 listing at 1,000VDC for 10x38 fuses as large as 30A. In addition, the product is designed to eliminate the need for fabricated comb-style bus bar.
Link: Product Information
Protective Devices (Fuses) | Cooper Bussmann: Wind and Solar CUBEFuses
These 1,500VDC photovoltaic (PV) fuses protect are UL, CCC and IEC (gPV) certified. Sizes range from a 14-mm × 65-mm ferrule fuse to four square body XL sizes, with ampacities from 15A to 400A. Designed to protect and isolate PV array combiners and disconnects, these fuses are capable of interrupting low overcurrents associated with faulted PV systems, such as reverse current and multi-array faults. The XL size PV fuses feature compact dimensions and provide options for blade or bolt mounting. The 14-mm x 65-mm size features ferrules, bolt tags or 10-mm fixings to accommodate multiple mounting designs.
Link: Product Information
Protective Devices (Ground Fault) | I-Gard: Sentinel HRG System
Sentinel is a high-resistance grounding system that protects up to 50 feeders with critical process continuity — even on 2nd phase-to-ground fault. With an integral relay, the system monitors the integrity of the grounding circuit with the ability to mitigate 95% to 98% of arc flash incidents on 1st phase-to-ground fault, according to the company. Features include assisted fault location to identify faulted feeder and phase, resistor monitoring relay and fail-safe grounding circuit, and time and date data logging.
Protective Devices (Surge-Protective Devices) | Thomas & Betts: Current Technology (SL3) Surge Protection Devices
Current Technology Select (SL3) surge protection devices (SPDs) offers selenium-enhanced protection and an advanced power quality monitoring system with remote accessibility via ModBus and Ethernet. The monitoring feature helps users identify and quantify critical power quality issues at a fraction of the cost of standalone power quality monitoring systems. The upgraded product also provide true single- and repetitive-surge test data that fully comply with engineering specifications.
Link: Data Sheet
Security Equipment & Systems | Linear Corp: Linear eMerge Essential Plus
The eMerge Essential access control system is an IT-friendly, browser-based network appliance that features easy expansion capabilities, Power-over-Ethernet, and a self-contained battery back-up with UL294-approved 60W supervised power supply. Features include remote management; fail-safe power backup; multiple data storage options; an intuitive, ultrafast setup wizard; and integrated inputs/outputs.
Sensors | Eaton: E67 Series Longe Range Perfect Box Sensor
A high-performance, long-range background rejection sensor, the E67 Series Long Range Perfect Prox photoelectric sensor is designed to detect objects that cause trouble for most other sensors up to 8 ft away, while ignoring even highly reflective objects just outside of the target range. The sensors also detect flat black, highly translucent, and off-angle targets.
Link: Additional Information
Software | Power Analytics: Paladin Software Suite
The Paladin DesignBase 5.0 software suite features unbalanced power flow; single-phase and 3-phase unbalanced modeling; unbalanced load modeling; single-phase, 3-wire analysis; unbalanced loads and branches; and single-phase motor loads. Short circuit program enhancements include a new bus short circuit evaluation feature, an impedance tolerance feature, improved photovoltaic short circuit model, additional flexible annotations, and a new case study feature.
Specialty Products | Iriss: Platinum Series VPT Infrared Window
The Platinum Series VPT infrared (IR) window features the company’s Poly-View System technology to allow the use of any thermography camera to monitor electrical equipment. The industrial-grade, clear polymer window provides for visual inspections, traditional IR inspections, using cameras across the entire IR spectrum, and allows for UV inspections to be performed with a corona camera. Features include a reinforced grill that exceeds high-voltage switchgear viewing pane standards and the ability to withstand acids, alkalis, UV, moisture, humidity, vibration, and high frequency noise — with no degradation.
Tools (Accessory Items) | Klein Tools: Illuminated Fish Rod Tip
This illuminated fish rod tip features an omnidirectional light that runs all along the entire length of the unit. Suitable for use in dark spaces, the tip is compatible with ¼-in., 3/16-in., and 5/32-in. diameter rods. Hook or bullet nose attachments (sold separately) can be used in conjunction with the illuminated tip to snag and fish wire.
Tools (Equipment) | Greenlee, a Textron Co: EHP 700L Hydraulic Battery-Powered Pump
The EHP700L portable battery-powered hydraulic pump is designed for crimping, cutting, and punching applications up to 10,000 PSI. The pump features the company’s IntelliCRIMP pressure technology: a digital sensor that provides real-time monitoring when crimping, and produces an audible alert when insufficient pressure is applied to the crimp. Weighing 14 lb, the product includes a padded shoulder strap and is powered by a single 18V Li-ion battery that provides 70% more cycles per charge than previous battery types. A diagnostics setting is available to examine battery charge status, cycle times, work history, and the number of full-pressure cycles the unit has performed. other features include a 6-ft corded remote switch for safe operation.
Link: EHP700L Videos
Tools (Hand) | Klein Tools: Demolition Driver
Demolition Drivers are screwdrivers suitable for prying and chiseling. Designed to transfer impact force directly to the work surface, the screwdrivers are available in 4-in. and 7-in. sizes and feature a plated metal strike cap that protects the handle from hammer blows. A heat-treated shaft runs length of handle to the metal strike cap, while the Cushion-Grip handle provides greater torque and enhances comfort.
- 602-4DD 4” Demolition Driver Product Information
- 602-4DD 4” Demolition Driver Literature
- 602-7DD 7" Demolition Driver Product Information
- 602-7DD 7" Demolition Driver Literature
Tools (Hand, Power) | Milwaukee Electric Tool: M12 Subcompact Band Saw
The M12 cordless sub-compact band saw weighs 6.75 lb and measures 12 in. long. Featuring a fully integrated lower guard that covers the blade outside the active cutting area, the saw meets OSHA guarding requirements for one-handed use. According to the company, the tool can cut through ¾-in. EMT in 3 sec, and delivers more than 150 cuts per charge with the included M12 Redlithium XC battery. With a 15/8-in. × 15/8-in. cut capacity and low vibration, the product features a variable speed trigger and LED light, as well as the company’s 18 TPI sub-compact portable band saw blade.
Link: Product Information
V/D/V Test & Measurement Equipment | Fluke Networks: OptiFiber Pro OTDR
The OptiFiber Pro OTDR features a smartphone interface that supports gesture-based commands and allows users to perform expert fiber troubleshooting and certification. Datacenter OTDR mode automatically sets the configuration to quickly test datacenter fiber, while ultra-short dead zones enable testing of fiber patchcords in virtualized data centers. Features include trace times as short as 2 sec in Quick Test mode; the ability to easily characterize all connectors, splice,s and areas of high loss with graphical EventMap view; built-in Visual Fault Locator (VFL) to facilitate troubleshooting; and on-screen report generation and upload to LinkWare cable test management software application.
Wire & Cable Equipment | Southwire: SIMpull WireBARREL Circuit Barrellel System
With the SIMpull WireBARREL Circuit Barrellel System, circuit-sized SIMpull THHN conductors are paralleled into a barrel. Suitable for all standard homerun applications, the product is available in predetermined stock configurations to help reduce users’ planning cycle for branch circuit wiring. Compact and maneuverable, the product fits through a standard 30-in. opening. According to the company, there's no need to align the wire to the payout, because the design enables a smooth pull with no bird nesting.
Link: Product Information
Wiring Devices | Cooper Wiring Devices: Combination USB Charger With Duplex Receptacle
The Combination USB Charger comprises a tamper-resistant (TR) receptacle and two USB charging ports rated at 2.1A to charge virtually any electronic device. Available in 15A and 20A, tamper-resistant shutters provide compliance with Art. 406.12 of the 2011 NEC and resist the insertion of foreign objects that could cause electrical shock. The commercial-grade device also features pre-stripped wire leads the facilitate installation and an LED indicator light that notifies users when a device is connected. Five color options are available.
Link: Product Information