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If anyone in the U.S. electrical market can work on circuit breakers like these 15,500V units from a 1932 photo at Battersea Power station, London, it may be the PEARL members. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

PEARL Meets with NEMA on Codes and Standards for Refurbishing Electrical Products

July 22, 2014
The Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League (PEARL), Aurora, Colo., said it recently met with the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) to discuss several subjects, including participating on NEMA's Codes and Standards Task Force on refurbishing electrical products.

The Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League (PEARL), Aurora, Colo., said it recently met with the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) to discuss several subjects, including participating on NEMA's Codes and Standards Task Force on refurbishing electrical products.

28th April 1932: A 15,500 volt circuit breaker at Battersea Power station, London being raised to show how contact is made with oil in the drums below when in lowered position. The man beside it gives an idea of its true size. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Several members of PEARL's board of directors traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with NEMA representatives to discuss PEARL's mission and standards activities, including PEARL procedures and perspectives on electrical reconditioning processes, standards, liability, certification, warranties, and more. Following the presentation, which was delivered by Doug Powell, vice president of PEARL and president of National Switchgear, Inc., Lewisville, Texas, NEMA representatives invited PEARL to nominate a delegate to further contribute to the new Codes and Standards Task Force's positioning work on refurbishing electrical products. PEARL said it expects past-president Malcom Frederick of Shermco Industries, Inc., Angleton, Texas, to be PEARL's delegate.

"PEARL is very excited about the prospect of working with NEMA's Codes and Standards Task Force on refurbishing electrical products," Powell said. "We were very happy that NEMA invited PEARL to have a representative participate on the task force. PEARL has just recently completed revision 6 of its own standards, which includes reconditioning standards for 60 different types of electrical equipment. We hope the years of experience that PEARL has in developing reconditioning standards for our own membership will bring value to the work this task force has begun."