News & Events


Technology Trends: Where is My Wi-Fi?

As we depend more and more on Internet access to accomplish simple tasks and connect with peers, family and business contacts in our daily lives, the demand for 24/7 access to wireless Internet is inevitable. However, Wi-Fi isn’t everywhere yet. This week we bring you articles on some struggles and triumphs in wireless access.

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Did You Know? IDW Supports Excel Files

The Industry Data Warehouse (IDW) now supports native Excel file formats for any data that was previously only able to be loaded via EZView/PIPE, making it even easier to load data into the IDW. Previously, manufacturers needed to know…

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Changes to Format of Material Safety Data Sheets

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) will now be published as Safety Data Sheets (SDS) as part of an effort to align the US’ Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). The…

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Press Releases

NetPricer Service Integrates Certified Contractor Price Updates with ConEst IntelliBid

NetPricer, an online material price update service that provides access to your distributors' material pricing, along with ElectricSmarts Network and IDEA announced that ConEst has successfully integrated their IntelliBid estimating software with IDEA's Industry Data Warehouse (IDW), for updating the List/3rd column price. ConEst has also added the capability to import items directly from ElectricSmarts' online catalog, Smart eCat, into the IntelliBid database.

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Registration Opens for 2014 IDEA E-Biz Forum

Registration is now open for the 16th annual IDEA E-Biz Forum -- the only eBusiness event dedicated to B2B leaders in the electrical supply chain. This year's event, themed "Full Steam Ahead: Moving Forward Together," will be held September 24-26 at the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel in Long Beach, California. To make it even easier for attendees to register and connect, IDEA launched a redeveloped E-Biz Forum website ( The new site offers a user-friendly, contemporary design with streamlined registration, agenda and session details, and easy-to-access resources from past Forum events.

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IDEA in the News

NEMA press release - NEMA Endorses IDEA as Sole Preferred Source for Member Company Product Data

  • 10 Mar 2014

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) recognized the Industry Data Exchange Association’s (IDEA) recent milestone accomplishments during NEMA’s annual meeting, Illuminations Weekend, held November 8-9. IDEA is the electrical industry’s preferred source for timely, synchronized manufacturer-supplied product data for the electrical products supply channel.

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IDEA E-Biz Forum 2014

September 24-26, 2014 - Long Beach, CA - More info

NEMA Illuminations 2014

November 6-8, 2014 - The Grand Del Mar Hotel and Resort, San Diego, CA - More info

NAED AdVenture

August 4-6, 2014 - Renaissance Chicago Downtown, Chicago, IL - More info