Market trends meet technology solutions at NECA 2021
ABB is at NECA 2021 with safe, smart, sustainable electrification solutions.
The annual meeting of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) starts this weekend (Oct 9-12) in Nashville, and ABB will be there to talk about #BuildingBetter. This year’s event will feature the latest in power distribution and smart systems designed to address the challenges that electrical contractors face.
As a world leader in electrification, ABB has a unique perspective on those challenges. At the end of 2020, the company teamed up with EC&M for the magazine’s biannual survey [BF1] of electrical contractors. Not surprisingly, the results reflected an emphasis on addressing the labor shortage and integrating a wider range of technology not only to contractors’ equipment choices but into their operations as well.
Survey respondents repeatedly said they were looking for labor-saving, easy-to-install components that deliver functionality and reliability. For examples of these solutions and the industry’s most comprehensive one-line construction offering, visit the #PowerBetter roadshow, ABB’s tradeshow-on-wheels, which will roll into Nashville at Booth #1725.
Smart, connected solutions continue to penetrate the market according to the ABB/EC&M survey, especially among larger contractors working on major projects. At NECA, ABB will showcase new offerings like Nexus Pro®, the firm’s latest in emergency lighting. Visit booth #1907 for details.
Managing through the labor crunch
As contractors face an increasingly competitive labor market, training is more important than ever. Most survey respondents (70%) emphasized hands-on sessions that earn CEU credits as their method of choice, however workers at all levels are turning more to social media platforms, especially YouTube.
Still, support from OEMs remains essential. For example, 49% of respondents cited OEMs as their top source for help interpreting National Electric Code updates from 2020. ABB has long provided a deep catalog of training and after-sale support services, and that extends to educational sessions like the one being presented at NECA by Product Marketing Manager Karla Zavala on “Why the Increase Need for Surge Protection?” Her session is scheduled for Tuesday, October 12th at 9:30, so be sure to stick around for the last day of the show.
For a breakdown of all of ABB’s NECA-related activities, visit the company’s event page.