TRADE SHOW EDUCATION

Every year we bring together the most innovative exhibitors for the NECA Show and this year is no exception. Every day there will be a trade show education classroom dedicated to bringing you the most innovative technologies, industry best practices and practical solutions you can take back to your companies. Attendees can choose from:

  • 30 - minute learning sessions  
  • 5 - minute product demonstrations
  • Visiting individual exhibitor booths to learn via company videos, documents and personalized chats and more
  • Plus, the Showstopper Showcase New Product info sponsored by Electrical Contractor Magazine 
  • So much to choose from and so many applications and solutions for thousands of electrical professionals!

In each 30-minute session attendees will be able to interact with the facilitator and ask questions and if they miss the live session (or want to come back and view it again) all sessions will be available on-demand for 30 days!

Tuesday, Oct. 6

11:15am - 11:20am     Product Demonstration #1 - Intelligent panelboards and switchboards by EATON
Learn how intelligent circuit protection for panelboards and switchboards can provide accurate, actionable data to increase efficiency. Built on a foundation of excellence, the feature-rich Pow-R-Line Xpert family with Eaton’s new Power Defense circuit breakers includes built-in communications, energy metering and breaker health diagnostics for safer, more reliable systems.


11:20am - 11:50am     TS#1 - The 3 C's: Connected, Content-Enabled, and Constructible - Trimble
More industry players are recognizing the value of 3D-models and digital construction data as the key to improving overall project efficiency with a holistic approach to construction projects. This session will demonstrate insight into how the 3 Cs: Connected, Content-Enabled, and Constructible will enable your organization to be more productive, reduce waste, and improve the bottom line. Presenter: Lawrence Smith, Trimble MEP Division


11:50am - 11:55am    Product Demonstration #2 - Trimble Accubid Anywhere 
Trimble Accubid Anywhere gives you all the benefits of estimating, change management, and pricing all in one easy-to-manage solution in the cloud. 


11:55am - 12:25pm    TS#2 - Safety Technology: Innovative Tools to Create a Safer Jobsite During COVID-19 and Beyond - United Rentals 
This session will explore different innovative tools to maintain high levels of safety performance during COVID-19 and beyond. Presenter: Bal Guerrero, United Rentals


12:25pm - 12:30pm    Product Demonstration #3 - McCormick Estimating Software
For over 40 years, McCormick Systems has understood time is money and our company goal has been to make contractors profitable and productive, especially in times like these. Our award winning Electrical Estimating software with Design Estimating Pro delivers tools needed to estimate and design build right at your fingertips. Designed by contractors, this simple to learn program provides the power to estimate easily and quickly with consistently accurate results, saving you time and money.


12:30pm - 1:00pm     TS#3 - Are you Compliant? : Understanding and Designing Code Compliant Anchorage of Hangers and Braces - DEWALT
In the Electrical Trade, the design of conduit hangers and seismic braces is a fine balance between "things have always been done this way" and the need to keep current with changing design codes while not overdesigning and losing profit and productivity. In this session you will learn how to balance traditional prescriptive rules of anchorage with NEC/ACI code approved design and to adapt to new trends in construction methods such as the increasing use of PT slabs which limit anchorage depth.  Presenters: Brian Koll and Eric Mutuc, DEWALT


2:00pm - 2:30pm      TS #4 - Becoming an Integrator in Wireless - Graybar

To help NECA contractors grow their business in technology markets, we will explore opportunities available today in the world of wireless.  With the dawn of 5G cellular, Wi-Fi6 and public safety code requirements, there is an expectation that all manner of wireless devices will work inside buildings. As a result, the market is expecting an 18% compound annual growth rate through at least 2023.  This session will discuss the market needs of the customers, the common challenges faced getting into this type of work and will provide you with solutions you can use today. Presenter: Eric Toenjes, Graybar 


2:30pm - 2:35pm      Product Demonstration #4 - WESTEX


2:35pm - 3:05pm     TS #5 - Applying Technology for Construction Productivity - Milwaukee Tool

In 2015 McKinsey & Company published a stunning report outlining how productivity in manufacturing had nearly doubled over the same time period that productivity in construction had remained flat. Fast forward half a decade later, have we bridged the gap or even laid the foundation to get there? This session will explore how your company can investigate and invest in a robust technology strategy to weather economic uncertainties and elevate your business to its highest potential. Presenter: Jason D. Thurner, Milwaukee Tool


3:05pm - 3:10pm     Product Demonstration #5 - ABB


3:10pm - 3:40pm     TS #6 - BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SESSION: TAKE A LOOK AT HOW’S CHICAGO’S LMCC IS OUT GETTING MORE WORK DURING COVID-19 - Powering Chicago
Safely bringing employees back to the workplace requires a reimagination of the office itself in a COVID-19 world. Beyond modifying workspaces to enable social distancing, technology modifications can create contactless environments powered by automation. Powering Chicago’s contractors have expertly trained and skilled union electricians to install contactless technology to help metro Chicago safely get back to work. Presenters: Powering Chicago's Executive Director, John Donahue, and Director Elbert Walters III. 


3:40pm - 3:45pm     Product Demonstration #6 -Southwire’s MAXIS® EXTREME DUTY TENSIOMETER 
New Technology to measure tension and side wall pressure on your cable pulls.


3:45pm - 4:15pm     TS #7 - Which is Better: Compression or Mechanical Lugs? - ABB

Determining the appropriate connector may not be that simple. Each style has its advantages and disadvantages. Let’s explore why one style is used over the other, and the benefits and challenges each has to offer. During our session we’ll break down the advantages and disadvantages of initial costs, installation costs, conductor types and classifications, inspectability, reusability, and oxide inhibitors. What you’ll learn is that the style of the connector is truly application dependent. Presenter: Michael Mooneyham, ABB Installation Products


4:15pm - 4:20pm     Product Demonstration #7 - Labor Chart
LaborChart provides a modern platform for contractors to manage employee scheduling, dispatching, forecasting, communication, and more. Built from a unique blend of construction and software expertise, LaborChart helps contractors of all trades organize their largest and most valuable company asset — their workforce — into one secure and easy-to-manage platform.


4:20pm - 4:50pm     TS #8 - Keeping the “Line” of Communication - Milwaukee Tool

Communication can be challenging during a normal year, add in remote work due to a pandemic, tough conversations on social justice and technology adoption challenges across generations and different behavior styles, you have a perfect storm for confusion, frustration and lack of alignment.  Challenges can be opportunities to drive change and create a stronger organizational culture with intentional communication efforts.

We will discuss the following:

  • Content Is Crucial
  • Keeping Your Teams Informed And Aligned
  • Leveraging Technology To Deliver Your Message

Presented by: Jon Finch, VP of Training, Milwaukee Tool


4:50pm - 4:55pm     Product Demonstration #8 - Fluke T6-1000 PRO Electrical Tester
The T6-1000 PRO Electrical Tester measures voltage up to 1000 V ac and current up to 200 A ac, all through the open fork and without test lead contact to live voltage. On wires up to AWG 4/0 (120 mm2), carrying as much as 200 A and 1000 V ac. When checking continuity, the screen automatically turns green while the beeper is on. Perfect for when it’s too dark or too loud.


4:55pm - 5:00pm     Product Demonstration #9 - Smart Commercial and Industrial Devices by Leviton
Improve safety and efficiency in your facilities while meeting code compliance in commercial, industrial and healthcare applications. Learn more about our new solutions. Devices embedded with Inform™ provide load monitoring and 24/7 remote monitoring capabilities. New Smart Wallbox Sensors deliver app-configurable occupancy/vacancy sensing with dimming or switching control. 


Wednesday, Oct. 7

11:15am - 11:20am     Product Demonstration #10 - Schneider


11:20am - 11:50am     TS#9 - NECA Virtual Safety Corner with  Milwaukee Tool
The session would generally address current and projected safety management essentials in electrical construction, including addressing the evolving COVID-19 related issues, workforce shortages, and training a new (workforce) generation. ECs are revitalizing their safety management systems. The focus on field training (including safety integration) and having functional safety programs is more essential than ever before. NECA shares the concerns and challenges electrical contractors must address in sharing the safety responsibilities and Milwaukee Tool can provide tool safety insights about how they assist in helping shift safety culture in the right direction. The theme of NECA Live (Five Es) would be integrated into the program as appropriate. Presenters: Michael Johnston, NECA Executive Director, Safety and Standards; Wes Wheeler, NECA Director of Safety; Raffi Elchemmas, Milwaukee National Manager, Health & Safety


11:50am - 11:55am    Product Demonstration #11 - Milwaukee Tool


11:55am - 12:25pm    TS#10 - High Voltage Safety - Greenlee

The session will focus on understanding electric fields in a utility environment. These energy fields surround line workers on a daily basis. It is important to be equipped with tools that can warn the user of their presence to prevent accidental contacts and injuries. Presenter: Youssef Takhchi, Greenlee


12:25pm - 12:30pm    Product Demonstration #12 - Davis Multi-Plug
The Davis Multi-Plug is a 4 prong, straight-blade, industrial electrical plug that does NINE NEMA configurations-all in 1 package! We want to guarantee you will always have the / right configuration for the job without wasted supply runs or crowding up your toolbox. Features include UL Listed, 9 plugs in 1, one tool assembly, heavy duty construction, strip free cord clamp, and Made in. USA.  30, 50, 60 Amps-125, 208, 250 Volts-Single Phase/Three Phase.


12:30pm - 1:00pm     TS#11 - How Digitalization and IoT Intelligence is Driving More Reliable Power Systems by Eaton
Learn how to innovate in new ways to drive efficiency, reliability and safety using digitalization and IoT intelligence. We will examine how today’s intelligent power management solutions can create a platform for accurate, actionable data and highlight the importance of pulling the right data to help end-users optimize power system performance. You will also discover how embracing digitization can create value-added business for electrical contractors while taking the complexity out of equipment commissioning and ongoing monitoring. Presenter: Manny Alexander, Product Manager, Pow-R-Line Xpert, EATON


2:00pm - 2:30pm      TS #12 - Break into Prefab & Digitized Procurement without BIM or Upfrong Costs - Graybar

This session will discuss a way for small and medium contractors to automatically generate comprehensive Bill of Material from your 2D blueprints. This new service can save you time, deliver the pre-fabricated assemblies that you need, and eliminate the upfront cost of hiring and training BIM modelers. Presenter: Quintinus Henry, Graybar


2:30pm - 2:35pm      Product Demonstration #13 - iTool


2:35pm - 3:05pm     TS #13 - Creative Payment Solutions in Unique Times - Paymentus
Rural telecommunication companies are facing new challenges and seeking creative solutions to help customers digitally and encourage self-service. 
Join us to explore innovative cloud-based technology solutions  to drive adoption of self-service channels and contactless payments. Now, is the time to provide your customers accessible digital channels from a single unified cloud-based solution ensuring they can make quick, safe and secure monthly telecom bill payments. Presenter: David Maddox, Paymentus


3:05pm - 3:10pm     Product Demonstration #14 - TriBuild Construction Management Software by McCormick Systems
Increase your profits by easily managing your construction projects with our all in one solution! TriBuild Construction Project Management software puts access to real time project information at your fingertips, anywhere and anytime. The ability to track time on the project, standardize company-wide processes, and organize project data are key - and our technology is the solution. TriBuild Construction Project Management software is what your company needs to turn your project into a win!


3:10pm - 3:40pm     TS #14 - Estate Planning: Why Now is More Important than Ever - Federated Insurance

You may belive that only the very wealthy need planning. Not true! Anyone who owns a property and cares about who will get that property needs estate planning. Although designing a plan to meet your needs can seem overwhelming, this discussion will give you some ideas on how to get started and what business owners do to successfully leave their legacy. Presenter: Husch Blackwell preenting for Federated Insurance


3:40pm - 3:45pm     Product Demonstration #15 - Graybar


3:45pm - 4:15pm     TS #15 - Why Intelligent Systems are the Next Chapter of ConTech for Electrical Contractors - Procore Technologies, Inc.
Disjointed, disconnected solutions prevent teams from effectively communicating and managing workflows between the field and office. Building a SMART jobsite bridges that gap with a single source of reliable information that is updated in real time allowing you to manage projects for greater profitability. In this session you will learn about the different types of technology, what it means to have an INTELLIGENT system, and how that will drive profitability for you and your team. Presenter: Michelle Turner, Procore Technologies, Inc.


4:15pm - 4:20pm     Product Demonstration #16 - ABB


4:20pm - 4:50pm     TS #16 - VFD Cables: Essential or Overkill - Southwire
What is a VFD cable and why VFD cable constructions differ so much; Issues VFD cables can help to address; Why high-frequency PWM waveforms create problems that don’t exist with 60 Hz; Radiated EMI and how VFD cable can reduce it; Electromagnetic coupling and how VFD cable can reduce it; Why common mode current is a problem; How VFD cable can reduce undesirable effects of common mode current; The importance of proper shield termination; The dangers of using THHN cables between an inverter and motor; Reflected Waves and Corona Inception Voltage; The NFPA 79 and what it says about drive cable; 600V, 1000V, and 2000V rated cable, what you need; Cost differences between VFD cable and standard cable and Various VFD cable constructions on the market. Presenter: Steve Wetzel, Southwire


4:50pm - 4:55pm     Product Demonstration #17 - FSR


4:55pm - 5:00pm     Product Demonstration #18 - Greenlee


Thursday, Oct. 8

11:15am - 11:20am     Product Demonstration #19 - Trimble SysQue 
Trimble SysQue empowers detailers, engineers, and fabricators to work in tandem to build constructible, real-world, digitized models in AutoDesk Revit.


11:20am - 11:50am     TS#17 - Using 3D Capture for Remote Inspections by Trimble
This session will focus on the current industry trends for using 3D capture technology for remote inspections of construction sites. We will look at the available technology using 3D laser scans, 360 photography, 3D construction models, and project documentation. At the end of session, you will understand how this information is shared among project stakeholders to create a living document of the site conditions to promote communication and collaboration among project teams. Presenter: David Burczyk, Trimble


11:50am - 11:55am    Product Demonstration #20 - Regal / Telesteps


11:55am - 12:25pm    TS#18 - Arc Flash Safety: Building Organizational Resilience and Best PPE Practices - Westex

From using uncomfortable FR/AR garments that turn daily wear clothing programs into task-based clothing programs, to taking short cuts and failing to wear appropriate PPE, a number of comfort and error precursor obstacles can jeopardize organizational safety, but they can be addressed and countered. Implementing change to improve safety culture begins with a few key workers: field leaders who adopt best practices and influence others to do the same. This session will discuss how you achieve buy in to a FR/AR PPE program best practices by engaging field leaders. Presenter: Scott Francis, Westex


12:25pm - 12:30pm    Product Demonstration #21 - Arc Quenching Switchgear by Eaton
Eaton Arc Quenching Switchgear reduces incident energy to a level where the switchgear will survive an electrical arc flash event, while providing enhanced safety and minimal equipment downtime. Arc Quenching switchgear meets and exceeds the arc-resistant testing requirements of C37.20.7 by demonstrating acceptance even when breakers are removed, doors are open, covers are removed, and without the need for ducts, plenums or special enclosure construction.


12:30pm - 1:00pm     TS#19 - How COVID - 19 is Impacting the Real Estate Market - National Real Estate Advisors
National Real Estate Advisors discuss the real estate market leading up to the pandemic and the impacts of COVID-19 to date. What's next for real estate investing? Tune in to find out his predictions! Presenter: Jeffrey Kanne, President and CEO National Real Estate Advisors


2:00pm - 2:30pm      TS #20 - ServiceTitan


2:30pm - 2:35pm      Product Demonstration #22 - 3M


2:35pm - 3:05pm     TS #21 - Evolution of the Industry -  Transform Industry Challenges into Profitable Opportunities - Schneider Electric

It’s time to rethink the way we design electrical distribution systems. IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) and the shortage of skilled labor are two trends facing the industry today. While these major trends have introduced new challenges, they have also forced us to rethink traditional business models and electrical system designs. The result is what we call the “New Electric World.” In the “New Electric World,” building systems are connected, occupants are safer from hazards and electrical fires, power is greener, and operations are more efficient. In this session, you’ll learn how to overcome these industry challenges to expand your business. Presented by: Mike Montanari, Schneider Electric, Square D


3:05pm - 3:10pm     Product Demonstration #23 - Zinsco Commercial Bolt-on Circuit Breakers by Connecticut Electric
Connecticut Electric manufactures new replacement breakers for many obsolete panels.  We have recently added the commercial bolt-on version to our Zinsco replacement series.  There has not been a new option for these panels since they became obsolete over thirty years ago.  We will be demonstrating these new breakers and the options electricians now have when they are confronted with these older panels.


3:10pm - 3:40pm     TS #22 - Accelerating Digital Transformation - industry forces and insights through the COVID-19 pandemic by GoCanvas
Join Stuart and Catherine from GoCanvas for an informative Q&A exploring the specific industry and market themes and insights GoCanvas has observed and obtained from working with organizations large and small before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear the findings of recent surveys and how they reinforce and indeed accelerate the need for and path to digital transformation for Electrical Contractors. Presenters: Stuart Kelly and Catherine Baumann, GoCanvas


3:40pm - 3:45pm     Product Demonstration #24 - Ugly's Electrical Reference


3:45pm - 4:15pm     TS #23 - The Importance of Strategic Business Planning by 3M
This course will cover the importance and practices of strategic business planning. Learn about the balance and relationship of long-term and short-term execution plans. Presenters: Eric Lood, 3M


4:15pm - 4:20pm     Product Demonstration #25 - My Leviton App
The My Leviton app delivers single app control of the Leviton Load Center’s smart circuit breakers and the Decora Smart® Wi-Fi® product lines to seamlessly manage load center activities and home lighting from anywhere.  


4:20pm - 4:50pm     TS #24 - Sanveo


4:50pm - 4:55pm     Product Demonstration #26 - Legrand


4:55pm - 5:00pm     Product Demonstration #27 - Total Control by United Rentals
Total Control is a cloud-based worksite management solution that helps you make the most of your equipment fleet— rented and owned—saving you time and money. 
Whether you manage construction projects or industrial sites, Total Control brings value to your projects and makes life easier for your business. Let Total Control help you use your assets better and cut your annual rental costs by a third.


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NECA 2020 LIVE
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Tues. Oct. 6 - Thurs. Oct. 8, 2020
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