#PowerBetter Roadshow – a travel blog by Robert Anhalt

#PowerBetter Roadshow fall tour covers the eastern United States

Oct 5 - 13
Greetings from Nashville

We just wrapped up the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) conference, where ABB showcased the latest in smart power distribution designed to help electrical contractors be more productive and profitable. 
Customers at NECA
My role for the event was to help oversee operations of the #PowerBetter Roadshow trailer, which featured the complete best of both integrated ABB one-line from source to socket portfolio. Additional products were brought to Nashville to complement the trailer with our full booth set-up, such as ABB’s newly launched emergency lighting product, Nexus® Pro.

Since NECA was my first official tradeshow with ABB, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I enjoyed the extended amount of time in Nashville speaking with customers and meeting colleagues. 

One of my favorite moments from NECA was when trade media outlet EC&M Magazine officially recognized the Tmax XT7 circuit breaker with the silver medal in its 2021 Product of the Year competition. We have been showcasing the full Tmax XT circuit breaker family on the #PowerBetter Roadshow – integrated throughout the all-new ReliaGear™ portfolio of smart power distribution products – so it was great to see the Tmax XT7 recognized by the industry for its innovative design and reliability, as well as simplified installation and commissioning.

NECA Happenings wraps up the show.

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Sept 13-24

Greetings from the Northeast!

Robert Anhalt
A lot of people have been asking me what my favorite parts of the #PowerBetter Roadshow have been now that we’re almost one month in. I have certainly enjoyed the opportunity to directly engage with ABB customers, as well as my East Coast colleagues – many of whom I am meeting in person for the very first time. It’s also been quite exciting traveling from one place to another. As someone who has spent most of their life in Florida, I am visiting new towns and cities with the show that I never thought I would go to.

During a recent weekend in between stops, for example, I was able to spend a few hours at Niagara Falls, which is home to Maid of the Mist, the first all-electric ferry in the U.S. powered by ABB. When most people talk about electrification they tend to only mention cars, but it’s so much more than that. As a leader in e-mobility for over a decade, ABB has been furthering the electrification of transport through ships, ferries, heavy-duty trucks and more. It was really cool to see another ABB product in action – especially one that we cannot necessarily display in a truck. 

I’m a foodie, so I must also mention that I could not come to New York without eating at the Anchor Bar, the birthplace of the Buffalo chicken wing. As the show continues to move down the East Coast, I know I’ll have even more people to meet and places to explore, in addition to things to eat.

Leaving Buffalo NY at night
Leaving Buffalo, NY — our first stop on the Northeastern part of the #PowerBetter Roadshow— where 82 customers joined us for a tour of the truck.

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Click to sign up to visit when the #PowerBetter Roadshow comes to a city near you. We’ll be in the Washington D.C. area next, specifically Essex, MD, and Sterling, VA.

date- September 1-10
Hello from Pennsylvania and Ohio!

There’s nothing quite like seeing an ABB product in person. That’s why I’m so excited to have officially kicked off the East Coast #PowerBetter roadshow, which brings expertise and products directly to our customers. The first leg took us to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as well as Mayfield, Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio. In total, we were joined by 255 customers giving them a unique opportunity to view our products and ask questions in a safe environment, adhering to capacity limits and COVID-19 protocols.

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A sunny day in Pittsburgh brings out customers. 255 total joined the first leg of the #PowerBetter Roadshow.

One thing that kept standing out in my conversations with customers was the ReliaGear™ neXT Power Panels, specifically its modularity. Featuring a field-modifiable design and ABB’s groundbreaking Tmax® XT circuit breakers, these panels not only simplify installation and servicing, but also enhance energy efficiency. This is of course just one of the several ABB products that we have on display as we showcase the complete ABB one-line from source to socket.

With one leg down and many to go, we’re off to a great start. I’m really looking forward to meeting even more of our customers and learning about how ABB can help them overcome the challenges they face in the field. For our next stops, consider joining us if you’re in the Long Island or Edison NJ area.

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Date 9-1
On the road with the #PowerBetter Roadshow

Robert Anhalt
I’ve always been interested in how things work – I enjoy rolling up my sleeves and being hands-on. For example, when I received a toy as a child, the first thing I’d do is turn it over and begin taking it apart. That interest has continued into my adult life, as one of my favorite hobbies is working on my 1998 Jeep Wrangler. That’s why I studied mechanical engineering at the University of Florida in Gainesville (Go Gators!). It’s also the main reason why I chose to work at ABB, where I’m in my first rotation in the LEAD Commercial Sales Program. I was ecstatic when I found out that one of my first assignments with ABB would be as the Project Manager for the #PowerBetter Roadshow U.S. Fall Tour 2021.

The #PowerBetter Roadshow is a traveling trade show in a 550 sq. ft. trailer that brings the complete ABB one-line from source to socket to our customers, and features the all-new ReliaGear™ family portfolio. I’ll be alongside ABB sales and field application engineering teams providing customers and suppliers a hands-on interactive experience with this line-up of ABB products, using our latest technology and highlighting our electrical products, services and solutions. The show adheres to capacity limits to ensure safety along with Covid-19 protocols, including guest pre-registration and social distancing.

I’ll be at every show, coordinating some 40 events from now through November 15 as we travel to 33 cities in the eastern U.S. I’ll be writing about my experiences each week, so you can keep up with what’s happening on each leg of the tour.

PowerBetter Roadshow map and datess

Interested in joining us?

Click to sign up to visit when the #PowerBetter Roadshow comes to a city near you.  The first stop on our first leg is Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania followed by stops in Ohio. Check in next week!

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Robert Anhalt

Robert Anhalt is a recent mechanical engineering graduate from the University of Florida. He joined the ABB Commercial Sales program in June of 2021 after spending 8 months working in the company's Electrification business.
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