The Industry Data Exchange Association Inc. (IDEA), Arlington, Va., announced that more than 50 electrical manufacturers have now achieved the group's Industry Data Warehouse (IDW) Platinum Band of Excellence. These manufacturers have helped increase the marketing content available to their trading partners through the IDW by more than ten times in the last six months.

The “Bands of Excellence” rating system measures each manufacturer's completion percentage for providing robust marketing content to their trading partners through the IDW. To achieve the Platinum Band of Excellence, the product marketing content for specification documents, attributes, images and descriptions all have to be populated for 75%-100% of the manufacturer's stock products in the IDW.

“This milestone demonstrates the industry's commitment to making the IDW the preferred place to send and receive accurate product marketing data direct from the manufacturer. I challenge every manufacturer that's not on this list to make it a goal for their company to achieve the Platinum band in 2013,” said Steve Sokolow, IDEA chairman, and chairman of the board, Leviton Manufacturing Co., Melville, N.Y.

The Platinum manufacturers are: Allied Moulded Products Inc.; American Polywater Corp.; Anamet Electrical, Inc.; Anamet Canada, Inc.; Bridgeport Fittings Inc.; Cantex Inc.; Cooper Industries subsidiaries: Cooper B-Line, Cooper B-Line Canada, Cooper Bussmann, Cooper Bussmann Canada, Cooper Crouse-Hinds, Cooper Lighting, and Cooper Lighting Canada; EGS Electrical Group; EiKO, Ltd.; Electri-Flex; Federal Signal Corp.; Hubbell divisions: Burndy, Bryant Electric, Columbia Lighting, Dual-Lite, Hubbell Canada LP, Hubbell Lighting, Hubbell Power Systems, Hubbell Premise Wiring, Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems, Killark, Progress Lighting, Raco and Wiegmann; ILSCO; JMC Steel Group brands: Picoma Industries, Inc. and Wheatland Tube Co.; Legrand brands: Cablofil, Pass & Seymour, and Wiremold; Leviton Manufacturing Co. Inc.; Osram Sylvania; Pentair Technical Products; Perma-Cote; Philips Advance; Philips Lighting; ProSoft Technology; R-K Electronics; RAB Lighting, Inc.; Robroy Industries; Schneider Electric; Southwire Co.; Specified Technologies, Inc.; Thomas & Betts; Thomas & Betts Canada; Universal Lighting Technologies and Veolia ES Technical Solutions LLC.