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Ravi Ganatra

Ravi Ganatra has been a cable industry professional for over 25 years with careers at Alcan Cable and Southwire. He has served on various committees of ASTM, NEMA, The Aluminum Association, UL, and NFPA. As an Associate Member, he has been supporter of IAEI activities of – defining & understanding of the requirements in the Codes & Standards; supporting NRTLs role to Certify and List products that meet or exceed the requirements; and promoting effective verification of installation requirements by AHJ. Now, having recently retired and acting in an independent capacity he can be reached at (770-655-5944).


Letters to the Editor | Comment on Improving System Reliability

When it comes to terminating electrical conductors, Ms. Hunter’s field study, "The Difference between Success and Failure: How a Torque Wrench Improves System Reliability” published in July/August 2010 issue of IAEI News, demonstrates the importance of doing it right the first time.The expected reliability of electrical connections can be described by a curve shown in figure 1.

What is Behind the Genuine Mark?

Customers have expressed concerns about products entering the market that do not always comply with existing standards. We have prepared this document to address these concerns. The listing mark from Underwriters Laboratories (UL), or any other nationally recognized testing laboratory (NRTL), is considered an industry stamp of approval.

Sunlight Resistant Requirement and Choices for Enforcement

The requirement for sunlight resistance for conductors that are exposed to direct sunlight was added in Section 310-8 of the 1999 National Electrical Code (NEC).1 However, the implementation of this requirement has resulted in some confusion for the users of the Code. For the purpose of listing and or markings on the products, Code requirements like this are spelled out in the applicable product standards. The present requirements and the needed changes in these standards are discussed to address the confusion. Facts, opinions, and recommendations are presented here to facilitate the enforcement of this requirement.