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2012 EC&M Product of the Year Category Winners

2012 EC&M Product of the Year Category Winners

For the 2012 EC&M Product of the Year competition, we received 129 entries spread out over 31 categories. These entries were evaluated carefully by a panel of 10 judges, representing electrical professionals from the engineering, contracting, and facilities and maintenance industries. After much deliberation, the judges narrowed down the entries to the category winners listed below.


Category Winners

Boxes & Enclosures | Cooper B-Line: Rapid Ring Self Adjusting Prefab Ring

The Rapid Ring self-adjusting pre-fabricated ring allows for tool-free installation in as little as 15 sec, according to the company. Available as a 1-gang to 4-gang product, the ring fits finished wall depths of 0.5 in. to 2 in. In addition, users can install the device in four steps: Remove the protective plate, connect the wiring device, position the device assembly, and push into place. Rapid Ring Self Adjusting Prefab Ring Product Information
Cooper B-Line


Cameras & Imaging Equipment | FLIR: E-60 Wi-Fi Infrared Camera

The E60 infrared camera transforms infrared diagnostics by introducing thermal imaging capabilities such as 76,800 pixel (320 × 240) IR resolution, 2% accuracy, less than 0.05˚C thermal sensitivity, 4x digital zoom, and a 60-Hz refresh rate. The camera also features Wi-Fi connectivity to personal devices, Bluetooth connectivity to the company’s meters, 3MP digital camera, and a 3.5-in. full-view touchscreen with intuitive interface. Product Information


Computers & Software | Design Master Software: Design Master Electrical 8.0 Software

Design Master Electrical 8.0 allows users to employ AutoCAD to collaborate on 3D BIM projects where the architect is using Revit. The software enables the modeling of large components of an electrical design, such as the conduit, cable tray, and switchgear, or modeling of the whole plan down to the receptacles and switches. According to the company, the 3D model that the software produces imports easily into all the industry leading architectural BIM applications. Design Master Electrical 8.0 Features
Design Master Software


Conduit, Raceways & Wireways | Legrand: Delta Strut

Delta Strut for rooftop arrays integrates solar panel support framing and cable management into one support to facilitate installation. Tested to withstand 150 mph winds and extreme snow loads, the welded-wire, open structure reduces wind drag and keeps cables close to the panels, reducing exposure to wind and UV, according to the company. Product Information

Connectors & Terminating Devices | ILSCO: NIMBUS4FLEX Connector

The NIMBUS4FLEX line of pre-insulated connectors now ranges from 750kcmil/535.3 DLO to No. 14 AWG. The connectors accept B,C,H,I,K,M, and DLO conductor classes and are available in 2-, 3-, 4-, or 6-port configurations. In addition, the products are UL-listed, CSA-certified, and dual-rated for copper or aluminum conductors. NIMBUS4FLEX Connector Product Information


Controllers & Relays | Schneider Electric: Wiser Energy Management System

The Wiser energy management system allows homeowners to reduce or shift energy use during peak times and improves grid efficiency, according to the company. Available initially through utility providers, the offering includes: a programmable thermostat that communicates usage and pricing alerts via changing color screens, a control center and data dashboard designed to serve as the real-time communication portal from the utility to the consumer, and load control that secures and manages large loads. Additionally, the Wiser Internet Gateway communicates home electrical use between components, and the Wiser Smart Plug intuitively manages small device electricity use. All products comply with the ZigBee Smart Energy standard. Wiser EMS Website
Schneider Electric

Fasteners & Hangers | Erico: CADDY® ROD LOCK

The CADDY® ROD LOCK anchor screw is a time-saving method for installing electrical support structures to concrete decking. Users can prefabricate assemblies on the floor, and then lift and lock them into place by pushing the threaded rod supports into the anchor screw. This product also works with threaded rod with burrs or imperfections. CADDY® ROD LOCK Website


Lamps | Halco: Low-Voltage LED Elevator Lamp

ProLED low-voltage elevator lamps draw 2.6W compared to traditional 20W incandescent lamps and offer a 40,000-hr life, according to the company. Because the lamps contain no glass, the need to safety coat each lamp is eliminated. In addition, the product line includes GBF and 1383 equivalents. Literature: Low-Voltage LED Elevator Lamp Product Information
Halco Lighting Technologies


Lighting Controls | Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.: Energi TriPak Wireless Products

Energi TriPak is a wireless control solution that can save up to 60% of lighting energy usage, according to the company. The product consists of Radio Powr Savr wireless sensors (occupancy/vacancy and daylight), Pico wireless controls (for dimming and switching), and PowPak/Maestro Wireless load controllers that communicate via radio frequency using Clear Connect technology. Energi TriPak Product Information
Lutron Electronics


Luminaires (Downlight, Wall Washer & Accent) | Juno Lighting: Generation 3 LED Downlights

Generation 3 LED downlights have been designed to meet the requirements of the Energy Star Luminaires V1.1 standard and comply with California T24-2008. The wattage of the LED downlights has been reduced for G3 600 lumen products from 14.5W watts to 10.5W for a 30% energy savings, according to the company. Weighing less than 4 lb, the luminaires offer the choice of 120V with forward and reverse phase dimming or universal 120V to 277V with 0% to 10% dimming. Generation 3 LED Downlights Product Information
Juno Lighting


Luminaires (Indoor - In Ceiling) | MaxLite: Direct Lit LED 2x2 MRI Flat Panel

A Designed for drop in ceilings, the Direct Lit LED 2x2 MRI Flat Panel is typically used to replace 2-ft × 2-ft and 2-ft × 4-ft fluorescent luminaires. Consuming just 60W of power, the luminaire features a remote driver and is MRI compatible. Offered in 3,500K or 5,000K color temperatures, the product weighs 9.8 lb, has a CRI of ±82, and offers a 50,000-hr life, according to the company. Direct Lit LED 2x2 MRI Flat Pane Product Information


Luminaires (Indoor - Surface Mount, Suspended & Wall Mount) | Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.: Stairwell Retrofit Solution

The Stairwell Retrofit is comprised of a PowPak stairwell fixture and Radio Powr Savr wireless occupancy sensor. The luminaire uses the company’s digital dimming ballast, which is programmed to occupied and unoccupied light levels that are field-adjustable and specific to a project’s code requirements The wireless occupancy sensors send signals to the fixture via Clear Connect RF technology automatically adjusting light output based on the stairwell occupancy. Stairwell Retrofit Solution Microsite
Lutron Electronics


Luminaires | Cooper Crouse-Hinds: Champ FMV LED Floodlight

Cooper Crouse-Hinds FMV LED Floodlight is designed for long-life and superior performance and is the only Class I, Div. 2 / Zone 2 and Class II, Div. 1 floodlight. The FMV LED Floodlight provides up to 6X Longer life and a 57% reduction in power consumption (compared to typical HID floodlights) and is an ideal replacement for traditional 100-400W HID applications. Champ FMV LED Floodlight Product Information
Cooper Crouse-Hinds

Monitoring Instruments | Electro Industries/Gauge Tech: Shark 100B Multifunction Meter

The Shark 100B submeter with BACnet/IP has been designed to support Green Building initiatives, LEED certification, and other energy management strategies. The meter allows users to track up to 40 BACnet objects remotely through its embedded Web interface. Users can review energy parameters, see power quality readings, view alarm conditions, poll energy, and configure the BACnet objects remotely from anywhere in the world. Shark 100B Multifunction Meter Product Information
Electro Industries/Gauge Tech


Motors, Drives & Motor Controls | Cooper Crouse-Hinds: ACE Series Explosionproof Variable Frequency Drives

The ACE Series of variable frequency drives (VFDs) is the only explosionproof enclosure to house a VFD without the risk of overheating, according to the company. The VFD can be mounted next to the motor in Class I, Div. 1 & 2 locations. Features include fine speed and torque control; soft-start capability; and improved pressure, flow, and motion control. ACE Series Explosionproof Variable Frequency Drives Product Information
Cooper Crouse-Hinds


Portable Measurement Equipment | Fluke: 430 Series II Three-Phase Power Quality Analyzers

The Fluke 430 Series II of 3-phase power quality analyzers uses an algorithm to measure energy waste and quantify its cost. This updated series of analyzers features three new measurement functions as well as hardware, software, and firmware improvements. In addition, the products include up to 32 GB (8 GB standard) memory, a swappable SD memory card, and USB connectivity. Fully compliant with the IEC 61000-4-30 Class A standard, they can monitor systems with up to 10 power quality parameters on one screen, record up to 150 parameters on four phases simultaneously, and are safety rated 600V CAT IV/1,000V CAT III. 430 Series II Three-Phase Power Quality Analyzers Product Information

Power Conditioing & Backup Power Equipment | Philips Emergency Lighting: Emergency LED Driver

Designed for indoor and damp locations and for sealed & gasketed fixtures, including fixtures rated for wet locations, the BSL17C-C2 is a Class 2, flexible output voltage emergency LED driver that supports a lighting load up to 7W for 90 min. Suitable for LED downlight applications, the driver is UL-classified for use with specific Philips Fortimo DLM/ SLM units and is UL-component recognized in all other instances. The emergency driver consists of a high-temperature nickel-cadmium battery, charger, and electronic circuitry in a compact red case. If used in an emergency-only fixture, no AC driver is necessary. Specification Sheet
Philips Emergency Lighting


Power Distribution Equipment | Snake Tray: Snake Bus Power Distribution Solution

The Snake Bus pre-wired power distribution system for under access floors is now available with a current monitoring system to give users real-time data on current loads in either a digital or color bar display. This current transformer technology allows for circuit telemetry without directly connecting to the feeder circuit. The system delivers 50A, 3-phase, 208V, providing more than 15kW of power in one track. According to the company, installations and retrofits are easily performed with the tap offs that deliver power to individual devices anywhere along the track. Snake Bus Power Distribution Solution Product Information
Snake Tray

Power Distribution Equipment (EV Chargers) | GE: WattStation Wall Mount

The WattStation is a smart-grid-compatible residential electric vehicle (EV) charger designed to help accelerate the adoption of plug-in EVs. According to the company, on average, the charger decreases electric vehicle charging time from 12 hr to 18 hr to as little as 4 hr to 8 hr compared to standard charging Level 1 (assuming a full-cycle charge for a 24kWh battery). WattStation Wall Mount Product Information


Power Distribution Equipment (Switches & Switchgear) | GE: EverGold Solar Disconnect

EverGold solar duty disconnects are designed to wire photovoltaic (PV) systems in the most efficient means possible. Available in four-pole as well as single-pole construction, the disconnects are suitable for commercial negative-ground PV systems. A junction box option available with the four-pole disconnect minimizes components. According to the company, the factory-installed negative lug eliminates the need for a secondary splice box typically used for negative connections, reducing the balance of system components by as much as 33%. EverGold Solar Disconnect Product Information


Power Distribution Equipment (Load Centers & Panelboards) | Eaton Corp.: Pow-R-Line IQ35M Panelboards

Pow-R-Line panelboards can now integrate the company’s IQ35M energy meter. The meter allows for energy and power monitoring and submetering applications in standard lighting and appliance as well as small power distribution panelboards up to 400A. All models include pulse output and phase loss alarms, while a ModbusT output option offers flexibility for configuration, communication, and data analysis. Pow-R-Line IQ35M Panelboards Product Specs

Protective Devices | Schneider Electric: PowerPact with Micrologic Circuit Breakers

PowerPact with Micrologic molded-case circuit breakers are available in ranges from 15A to 3,000A. By employing these circuit breakers, users can optimize energy costs by accessing energy load profiles at each point in the electrical distribution system, revealing extra capacity or fully loaded circuits, and simplifying facility planning activity. This information is available at the circuit breaker or via a web browser using the company’s PowerLogic ION Enterprise software. PowerPact with Micrologic Circuit Breakers Product Information
Schneider Electric


Specialty Products | CBS ArcSafe: RRS-3-VB Remote Racking Device

CBS ArcSafe offers a single application Remote Racking Device for GE PowerVac Breakers; the RRS-3 VB. This device allows the operator to install and remove the PowerVac circuit breakers while standing up to 150 feet away with a radio remote pendant station.
CBS ArcSafe


Supports | Arlington Industries Inc.: Roof Topper Rooftop Supports

Roof Topper is designed to offer rooftop support of conduit or raceway. Available in several sizes and configurations, the UV-resistant supports raises 55/8 in. or more off the roof surface to meet requirements of the 2011 NEC for temperature adjustment for circular conduit. Made of 100% recycled material, the heavy-duty base sits on the roof deck without the need to attach the base to the roof surface with mechanical fasteners. Roof Topper Rooftop Supports Product Spec Sheet
Arlington Industries

Test Equipment | Milwaukee Tool: Fluorescent Lighting Tester

The 2210-20 fluorescent lighting tester cuts troubleshooting time in half, according to the company. Able to perform lamp, ballast, and pin testing, the tool can evaluate lamps before or after installation and without dismantling the luminaires. Features include a 2½-ft retractable antenna, removable antenna adaptor to increase “flicker” response, audible and visual indicators, a built in LED work light, and a rugged over-mold grip for enhanced durability. Fluorescent Lighting Tester Product Information
Milwaukee Electric Tool


Tools (Accessory Items) | DrillMagnet

Designed to reduce the risk of burns and eye injuries, this ring-shaped magnet collects metal shavings when drilling in steel — especially when drilling overhead or vertically. Able to accommodate hole cutters for ¾-in. conduit or smaller, the magnet also acts as a hardware holder when working on a lift or on the ground when used as a utility magnet.


Tools (Equipment) | Greenlee, a Textron Co.: UT10-2S Two Speed Ultra Tugger 10 and Mobile VersiBOOM II

The UT10-2S Ultra Tugger cable puller and Mobile VersiBOOM II comprise a system to help users overcome cable pulling challenges. According to the company, the UT10-2S is the only 2-speed puller on the market that can pull up to 10,000 pounds and shift from high-speed/low-load pulling to low-speed/high-load pulling with just a double-tap motion on the foot pedal control switch. Greenlee UT10-2S Two Speed Ultra Tugger 10 and Mobile VersiBOOM II Video
Greenlee, a Textron Co.

Tools (Hand) | QuickTreX: Wire Surgeon Wire and Kevlar Cutting Scissors

Wire Surgeon wire and Kevlar cutting scissors are constructed of ice-tempered Solingen stainless steel that holds up under extreme use, according to the company. Designed for installing structured network cabling, the scissors incorporate a wire stripper and splice and terminal crimper that can be used for copper wires from 26 AWG to 18 AWG. Suitable for right-handed or left-handed users, features include slight serrations on the blade to prevent wire slippage as well as a soft rubber handle. Wire Surgeon Wire and Kevlar Cutting Scissors Product Information


Tools (Hand, Power) | Greenlee, a Textron Co.: LS50L Battery-Powered Knockout Punch

The LS50L battery-powered knockout punch driver is capable of punching up to 6-in. conduit holes in 14-gauge mild steel or up to 2-in. in 14-gauge stainless steel. Featuring 18V lithium-ion battery power, the driver has a lightweight, compact design and a 360° swivel-style rotating head that allows positioning in tight corners and difficult work areas. According to the company, the tool punches holes in half the time compared to similar products, and doubles the amount of holes that conventional battery or hydraulic drivers can deliver. An LED indicator provides users with the battery charge and tool maintenance status. LS50L Battery-Powered Knockout Punch Video
Greenlee, a Textron Co.


Wire & Cable | Cooper Interconnect: Sunnector Solar Assemblies and Harnesses

The Sunnector solar connectivity product line includes whip and jumper assemblies, parallel circuit array harnesses, home run harnesses, and custom solutions. The whip and jumper assemblies are pre-fabricated and designed to work with rigid and flexible thin-film, monocrystalline, and multicrystalline PV modules. The parallel circuit array harness assemblies feature a junction system that allows multiple arrays to be connected in parallel, while the home run — or sub-array — harnesses are designed for high current connection and power delivery to combiner boxes, sub-combiners, or inverters. Sunnector Solar Assemblies and Harnesses Product Specs
Cooper Interconnect


Wiring Devices | Cooper Wiring Devices: Combination USB Charger with Tamper Resistant Receptacle

This USB charger and tamper-resistant receptacle form a unique wiring device. The device’s USB charging ports support any electronic product capable of being charged via a 5V power adapter. An LED light indicates that the device is charging, and an automatic grounding system eliminates the need for a bonding jumper in grounded metal enclosure. Other features include an injection-molded PVC housing and zinc-plated steel mounting strap for added corrosion resistance. UL-approved tamper-resistant shutters ensure compliance with the 2011 NEC. Combination USB Charger with Tamper Resistant Receptacle Product Specs
Cooper Wiring Devices

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