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A leader in providing power distribution products and services, Circuit Breaker Sales NE Inc., formerly Diversified Electrical Services, Inc., has been serving commercial, industrial, municipal, and utility customers in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic for more than 22 years.

Extra! Extra! The May 2017 Breaker Buzz Is Here!

Extra! Extra! The May 2017 Breaker Buzz Is Here!

Group CBS Breaker BuzzGroup CBS is off to a lightning start in 2017, and the Q2 issue of Breaker Buzz shows you why: new locations, new products, custom solutions, and above all, the people who make it happen. In this issue, you'll find:

  • CBS expands into the Midwest, Florida for better service across North America
  • CBS ArcSafe introduces SecureConnect™ Remote Operator in collaboration with Rockwell Automation
  • AEAMC launches e-commerce website to record traffic
  • Follow the evolution of the circuit breaker
  • A new column honors longtime GCBS employees
  • And much more...

I hope you enjoy this issue of Breaker Buzz. Feel free to share it around the office. As always, thanks for your confidence, trust, and business!

Sincerely,
Randy Roumillat, COO, Group CBS

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Extra! Extra! The 2016 Q3 Breaker Buzz Is Here!

Extra! Extra! The 2016 Q3 Breaker Buzz Is Here!

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Check out the latest successes, news stories, announcements, awards, events, and milestones. In this issue of Group CBS’ Breaker Buzz, you’ll find:

  • High-voltage testing lab opens at Vacuum Interrupters, Inc.
  • Group CBS to launch Electrical Training Institute in Fall 2017 for next-gen techs
  • AEAMC’s custom circuit breaker kit lowers cost, downtime
  • Korean power plants turn to CBS ArcSafe following deadly arc flash
  • Stop committing sales sins
  • And much more…

I hope you enjoy this issue of Breaker Buzz. Don't be shy about sharing it around the office and, as always, from our family to yours, thanks for your confidence, trust, and business!

Sincerely,
Bill Schofield, Vice President of Group CBS

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Extra! Extra! The Latest Breaker Buzz Is Here!

Extra! Extra! The Latest Breaker Buzz Is Here!

In this special IEEE T&D preview issue, you can read about Group CBS' biggest trade booth ever and the surprises that will be inside. Plus, check out the latest successes, announcements, events, and milestones. In the Q2 issue of Group CBS' Breaker Buzz, you'll find:

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A Devotion to Disruption

A Devotion to Disruption

Investments in research and systems and a willingness to embrace the market’s changes show why Group CBS may be the most interesting business in the electrical industry.

Oct 1, 2015 Doug Chandler | EWWEB

Bill Schofield is taking a huge chance. He has made the decision to take a risk and the ball is rolling, one that will significantly affect his business and may change the entire segment of the industry he’s part of. He’s excited, but also wary.

Schofield, president, runs Group CBS, Gainesville, Texas, a company that is no stranger to making waves. It has thrived and grown over 34 years on the controversial margins of the electrical industry, buying, refurbishing, remanufacturing and reselling used and surplus electrical equipment. That end of the market is still reviled publicly by most manufacturers and traditional distributors, characterized as a haven of dusty warehouses stacked with dark piles of dangerous junk sold with a wink. But most of those manufacturers and distributors do business with him, Schofield says.

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Visit Group CBS at the IEEE PES T&D Show in Dallas May 2-5

Visit Group CBS at the IEEE PES T&D Show in Dallas May 2-5

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Circuit Breaker Sales Northeast Acquires Sertec Relay Services

Seymour, CT, March 8, 2016 – Circuit Breaker Sales Northeast, Inc. (CBS Northeast), a Group CBS company and a leading provider and servicer of new and used circuit breakers, switchgear, and related components, is pleased to announce its acquisition of the assets of protective relay specialist service company Sertec, LLC (Wallingford, CT). Sertec specializes in buying, selling, and repairing protective relays and other specialty electrical equipment and will operate as a division of CBS Northeast.

"The addition of this one-of-a-kind specialty protective relay and electronics service facility further complements Group CBS' strong technical commitment to the industry," says Bill Schofield, senior vice president of Business Development at Group CBS. Sertec's facilities and inventory in Wallingford, CT, were included in the acquisition. Financial details of the deal were not released.

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Extra! Extra! The December 2015 Breaker Buzz Is Here!

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Please accept our sincerest wishes that you and your families have a happy and safe Holiday season! May 2016 be filled with opportunities for all!

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Check out the latest successes, news stories, announcements, awards, events, and milestones. In the Q4 issue of Group CBS' Breaker Buzz, you'll find:

  • Group CBS announces formation of Advanced Electrical & Motor Controls, Inc.
  • PD Alert adds layer of safety to remote racking, switching.
  • Group CBS supports Fukushima FLEX emergency power initiative.
  • Small idea, big payoff.
  • Back Buzz - a look at the Group over the years.
  • And much more
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Extra! Extra! The Latest Breaker Buzz Is Here!

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Check out the latest successes, news stories, announcements, awards, events, and milestones. In the Q3 issue of Group CBS' Breaker Buzz, you'll find:

  • Group CBS' GE PowerVac encapsulated pole replacement passes ANSI testing.
  • Circuit Breaker Sales NE's power control division goes to church.
  • The constitution is coming! The constitution is coming!
  • Group CBS sells Sentinel Power Services to employee group.
  • Back Buzz - a look at the Group over the years.
  • And much more
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Extra! Extra! The Latest Breaker Buzz Is Here!

BreakerBuzz-May2015Check out the latest successes, news stories, announcements, awards, events, and milestones. In the latest issue of Group CBS' Breaker Buzz, you'll find:

• CBS' quick thinking helps customer avoid millions in downtime

• CBSNE opens new training facility and christens it with sold-out seminar

• PEARL's ANSI electrical reconditioning standard and technician certification

• NETA's new ANSI/NETA ECS-2015 standard

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Extra! Extra! The Latest BreakerBuzz Is Here!

breaker-buzz-oct-2014Check out the latest news stories, announcements, and video tutorial. In the Q3 issue of Group CBS's Breaker Buzz, you'll find:

• Group CBS acquires Electric Control.

• Circuit Breaker Sales NE names John Namnoum general manager.

• Vacuum Interrupters announces new CBT-1201 circuit breaker timer, new rigid magnetic coil for MAC-TS4, and embedded pole replacement for PowerVac breakers.

• Read how CBS ArcSafe's trips to the Middle East are making the region safer.

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Group CBS Acquires Electric Control Equipment Company, Inc.

Group CBS Acquires Electric Control Equipment Company, Inc.

November 5, 2014 (Addison, Texas) – Group CBS, Inc. (GroupCBS.com), with commercial interests in electrical supply, field service, and engineering throughout North America, is pleased to announce the acquisition of electrical equipment supplier and service provider Electric Control Equipment Company, Inc., located in Norwalk, Conn. Electric Control provides electrical equipment, repair, remanufacturing, and life-extension services to industrial and commercial customers worldwide. The company will be integrated into Group CBS's Circuit Breaker Sales NE Inc. affiliate formed in April with the acquisition of Diversified Electric Services, Inc. (Seymour, Conn).

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Electrical Supply, Service Company Circuit Breaker Sales NE Inc. Names John Namnoum General Manager

Electrical Supply, Service Company Circuit Breaker Sales NE Inc. Names John Namnoum General Manager

Group CBS, Inc. (GroupCBS.com), with commercial interests in electrical supply, field service, and engineering throughout North America, is pleased to name John Namnoum general manager of the group's newest affiliate, Circuit Breaker Sales NE Inc. (CircuitBreakerSalesNE.com, Seymour,Conn.).

At his last position as a financial manager for a local manufacturer of electrical distribution equipment, Namnoum instituted a new job-costing system that improved service delivery and productivity while reducing change orders; initiated the company's first comprehensive employee review process; and reduced customer returns and improved billing transparency, which reduced outstanding commitments by 20%.

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Group CBS Forms Circuit Breaker Sales NE Inc.

Group CBS Forms Circuit Breaker Sales NE Inc.

Group CBS, Inc., with commercial interests in electrical supply, field service, and engineering throughout North America, is pleased to announce the acquisition of selected assets of Diversified Electric Services, Inc. of Seymour, Connecticut. Diversified (DES) was a full-service electrical equipment supply, repair, and field service company serving utility, industrial and commercial customers in the North East region. Circuit Breaker Sales NE Inc. (CircuitBreakerSalesNE.com) will merge these assets with its existing resources to serve customers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

"Diversified has 22 years of market presence, a staff of more than 30, and has been a local leader in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic electrical marketplace," said Bill Schofield, vice president of Group CBS, Inc.

"With the addition of Group CBS information systems, equipment inventory, management, and modern technology, new and old customers can expect an even higher level of service from CBS Northeast."

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Before this acquisition, Group CBS had interests in 16 electrical supply, service, and engineering companies throughout the West and South. With the formation of CBS Northeast, Group CBS now has brick-and-mortar facilities to better serve its Northeast and mid-Atlantic customers.

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The View From Flight Level 410

The View From Flight Level 410

In the past, the Buzz has carried many of my words about our people at Group CBS and our desire to find, hire, and mentor the best people we can find.
This time, I take keyboard in lap at flight level 410 on an American Airlines flight to Chicago for the IEEE Power & Energy Society Transmission & Distribution Conference and Exposition.

Group CBS has many new and exciting things to talk about, but first let's get the message out that I have been harping on lately:

The definition of reliability seems to be the ability of a system or component to perform its required functions under stated conditions for a specified period of time. This is something we need to explore further.

The ability of a system or component to perform its required function under stated conditions—this is what we are all about. We take a system or a piece of equipment that has a useful life and either prove it can still function as needed, or upgrade, remanufacture, or develop products or services to extend their life if necessary. Take our core product: the lonely, ugly, oft-maligned, abused, and forgotten-until-it-causes-an- issue, sitting-in-the-dark-all-alone circuit breaker. It is asked to stand vigil over our most critical assets, to watch over them, carefully—for years and sometimes decades—without any service or attention until that instant when it is asked to "wake up quick like" in 30 milliseconds and save someone's ass.

The breaker's lubricants are taxed beyond design. Years of thermal terror and airborne particulates—from iron oxide to HCL gas—have taken their toll.

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Circuit Breaker Certification

Circuit Breaker Certification

Manufacturers change protection methodologies found in low- voltage power, insulated-case, and molded-case circuit breakers constantly. Some of these changes are in response to new requirements such as NFPA 70, NFPA 70E, UL, and other standards. Other changes are simply improved methods to help a manufacturer garner a larger market share.

Before discussing testing and certification techniques for low-voltage circuit breakers (Part II of this story), here is an overview of some common types—and some misconceptions.

I2t/I4t Response Type

By default, digital electronic devices have an on/off nature. For example, in a low-voltage breaker trip unit, when a short-time set point is reached, the trip unit goes into pickup, and the timing circuit starts the countdown to the trip time based on the short-time delay setting. The result is a very discrete and square time-current curve across all protective functions.

In setting a system with multiples of such digital devices, the task is fairly straightforward because all of the characteristic curves will have the same discrete shape and relatively narrow tolerance bands.

If, however, a protective device or power system component is present that has another characteristic curve shape, such as a thermal magnetic trip device with a smoother profile, the challenge is increased and requires "fitting" a discrete digital device to an analog device curve. This hurdle has been met by most, if not all, major manufacturers of low-voltage trip units by providing an option for inserting an algorithm into the longtime, short-time, and ground-fault protective functions to "shape" the time-current characteristic curve to more closely match an analog device or piece of equipment.

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