NEMA, What is NEMA?
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) is the association of electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers. They were founded in 1926 in Rosslyn, Virginia.

The manufacturers involved also create a diverse set of products including power transmission and distribution equipment, lighting systems, factory automation and control systems, and medical diagnostic imaging systems. They also provide a forum for the development of technical standards that are in the best interests of the industry and users.

The History Behind NEMA

NEMA was created by the Electric Power Club and the Associated Manufacturers of Electrical Supplies. As a result, they combined together to create the National Electrical Manufacturers Association. The organization has also made numerous contributions to the electrical industry.

They also can do this by shaping public policy development and operating as a central confidential agency for gathering, compiling, and analyzing market statistics and economic data. In addition, their mission for this association is to expand market opportunities, remove business barriers and reduce manufacturing costs. In addition, they can do this through development and delivery of consensus-based standards and other intellectual property, effective advocacy, and decision-quality business information and analytics.

Why Join NEMA?

NEMA has many benefits to being a part of this association. Membership is available to any enterprise actively engaged in the manufacture of any electrical product.

They have three criteria they follow:

1) Developed and designed for sale and use in the United States,

2) Commercially available and sold in the United States

3) Be within the NEMA Product Scopes.

They also want to promote competitiveness among the members of the Association. In addition, the development of technical standards that promote fair competition by defining products and processes. They can also promote accurate and timely customized research, data collection, analysis, and forecasting to key decision-makers.

Two Types of Memberships:

Full Membership: Corporations, firms, or divisions of companies that manufacture and/or design electrical products are eligible for full membership.

Associate Membership:  Firm or entity that do not qualify for Full Membership and are industrial suppliers; wholesalers/distributors or associations.

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