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empower release notes

12/2/2016

 
  • Busway configurator now available in your Add New Item menu!  Configure Spectra & LowAmp Busway and Busplugs (including PTO devices), price and get drawings & publications. 
  • 3-Phase Padmount Transformer configurator now available in your Add New Item menu!  Configure & price padmount transformers today!  
  • Elevator Disconnect configurator now available in your Add New Item menu!  Configure, price, get drawings & publications and order our newly launched Mersen Fusible Shunt Trip Switches.   
  • Quote Attachments now available!  Just click the 3-dot “hamburger” menu on the Quote Details bar, then select Attachments.  Then, select your file(s) to attach, then edit the file name if you wish, then click Done.  
  • You now have the ability to add Marks and Quantity at the “top-level” of Multi-Line Catalog items, which will then apply to each of the catalog numbers within that multi-line item.  Just add your first catalog number via catalog search.  Then, click the 3-dot “hamburger” menu on that line item, then select Add Catalog.  Then, add your second catalog number.  Now the line item becomes a multi-line catalog item.  Click the 3-dot “hamburger” menu on the “top-level” item, then select Edit.  Then, edit the Quantity and Marks that you want applied to each of the catalog numbers within the multi-line.  
  • Marks are now displayed in the summary BOM screen & download (i.e. when you uncheck Details).  
  • Item Price on the BOM screen & download will now just show the total price for each line item versus all the pricing, even for the sub-items within a line item.   
  • Item Marks are now displayed on the Notes page for you to manage your notes more easily.  
  • Created By/Last Changed added to the Edit Item details page (access via the pencil icon) so you will have visibility to the person who created the line item and who last modified the line item.   
  • You now have the ability to enter a higher Total Net Price or a Disc Mult > Auth Mult.  
  • Fixed a bug specific to the Accessorized Breaker configurator where it was not opening to the correct breaker line item for you to edit. 
 

 
11/15/2016
Panel Update
  • Branch circuit monitoring ready (BCM-Ready) panels are available for A-Series. By selecting the option “Submetering Ready (No meter included)” the panel will include sub-metering provisions and space required to add a meter kit and CTs any time after installation.  Field installation kit will available in a future release.
  • Assembly Center scope is now available
  • OEMs A-Series panels are now available
  • Automation of modification ZRD for OEM and LOEM to indicate the use of new channel rails, eliminating old tray design
  • 100A 2 pole THQD with incorrect catalog number fixed
  • Automation of required modifications associated with NYCS - New York City School Construct
  • Correction on drawings to display correct quantities of rating plugs and lugs for grouped breakers
  • Logic correction to achieve "skin tight" envelopes for Spectra panels
  • Multiple fixes to breaker catalog numbers for Pro-Stock panels
  • EntellEon main breaker location fine tune on front view drawings to display the horizontal main breaker at the exact circuit on bottom feed panels
  • Fix on the XML output to correct wrong bus type on pro-stock panels
  • Automation of required modification B61 - Box Painted ANSI61 for NYCS panels
  • Fix of missing fuse catalog number on drawings for ADS panels
  • Fix of Specified Layout for Spectra panels where breakers were not snapping into place during drag & drop 

 
11/7/2016
Enhanced UI:  Added the ability to press the enter button on pages instead of clicking the mouse 
 
 Order Tracking
New Feature:  Shipment Tracking is now available for most carriers
New Feature:  Added the ability to download/export an excel file of PO Order Details  
Fixed a bug where the order export email was received without the attached excel file
 
Price & Availability
Fixed a bug where SPAs could not be selected in mobile/small screen mode
Fixed a bug where SPAs and Quantity Contracts were missing 
 
Order Submission
New Feature:  Estimated delivery dates are displayed during check-out  
Added United Parcel Service as an option for Collect orders
Added messaging when the submission of large orders takes an excessive amount of time
Fixed a bug where the wrong ship method was applied for Will Call/Customer Pick Up orders
Fixed a bug where orders were not coded as unit ship / ship complete 
 
Enrollment
Fixed a bug where the add account pop-up did not work properly in mobile/small screen mode
Fixed a bug where the sold-to address was not displayed on the approval notification email
Fixed a bug where enrollment request emails were not being sent for users with special characters in their name
Fixed a bug where approval notifications were not sent if the admin’s default language was not English
Fixed a bug where German language account request confirmation emails were missing information  
 
Manage Users
New Feature:  Action buttons added to revalidate, inactivate and delete users
Enhanced UI:  Maintain sorting selection while navigating between screens
Fixed a bug where the add account function did not work properly in mobile/small screen mode
Fixed a bug where the checkbox displayed incorrectly when searching for users in mobile/small screen mode
 
Notifications
Fixed a bug where the release notes were not displayed when clicking on the link

 


 
11/01/2016
  • Quote Share feature now available!  Open your quote, then click on the hamburger menu on the Quote Details header and select Share.  Type the name of the GE user or your colleague that you want to share your quote with, then click Add, then Save.  Use the Account share to make your quote Private (to all users) or to provide Can Edit or View Only access to all users with access to the account.  Further details coming soon!  
  • "Marks” column added to the Itemized Price Report.  Download the pricing report to Excel to upload to your ERP system (i.e. Job Management in Eclipse) to create your purchase order.    
  • In the Documents tool, product publications are automatically included in the Submittals for key products (Switchboards, Panelboards, Safety Switches, Motor Control Center Fastrac Units, and Definite Purpose Rated Contactors).  More products to be added in future releases!
  • MEG Products Now Added to Modular Metering Configurator – All MEG approved Meter Mod III Meter Stacks and Mini Mod III units are now in Empower!  Simply click the “MEG Approved” checkbox and the correct part #, BOM and list price will display.
  • TMQV Breakers Now in Modular Metering Configurator – All TMQD breakers have been replaced with the equivalent TMQV breaker in the Modular Metering configurator.  Also, we now have a 2P & 3P option for the 60A TMQV breakers as well as a 2P & 3P option for the 110A TMQV breakers that we didn’t have before.
  • (Switchboards) Misc AddOns  for “RELT” - changed cycle flag to “Normal” cycle
  • (Switchboards) Kirk Locks are now an available accessory for EntelliGuard G devices
  • (Switchboards) ZTS – Zenith Transfer Switch is now available with EntelliGuard G devices
  • (Switchboards) EntelliGuard G devices require RELT with ETU MV or PM programmers
  • (Switchboards) Front/Rear access is now available for Evolution Series lineups
  • (Switchboards) HPCII list price increase for 2000A, 2500A, 3000A, 4000A with programmer options A, AM, APM, IA, IAM, IPM, IG, IGM, IGPM, G, GM, GPM

10/10/2016

  • Indicator added to the Notes link to indicate when there are Notes on a quote as well as the quantity of notes.
  • Increased idle timeout to 4 hours.  
  • Account field and User No. field now active – just click anywhere in the search bar on the field (vs. the magnifying glass) to open the list.   
  • Catalog No. now displayed on the BOM and Pricing screens when input for a Miscellaneous item.  
  • New Spec Sheets now pulled from new Product Selector (replaced e-catalog).
  • Within each configurator, you can use the hamburger menu to the left of the product configurator name to add multiple items to a configurator without exiting back to the main screen.  This table has been widened so that the catalog no. as well as the description and marks are visible.  
  • In the Documents tool for Submittals and Proposals, drawings and publications can be annotated (i.e. users can highlight, circle, draw shapes, insert comments, etc. directly on the drawing or publication).
  • In the Documents tool, there is a new document type /template, called “Drawings Only”, which includes just the drawings of all of the items in the quote in one document.
  • In the Documents tool, for Quixtra users, there are Proposals in multiple languages.

10/08/2016

Account Management

  • New feature - Favorite/Frequently used accounts 
  • Enhanced  usability - switched Search and Reset buttons on Account Management page

Order Tracking

  • Fixed a bug where the order details PDF shows the wrong shipment tracking number
  • Fixed a bug where the order status of equipment orders was being displayed incorrectly

Price & Availability

  • New feature - added PDF export for Price & Availability
  • Fixed a bug preventing the use of quantity contracts for EMEA orders
  • Fixed a bug when uploading products with SPAs for Price & Availability
  • Fixed a bug where replacement items were not being displayed correctly

Order Submission

  • Fixed a bug where the order value is not displayed in the shopping cart icon
  • Fixed a bug where the shopping cart symbol is not updated when Non-CCC products are removed
  • Fixed a bug where Will Call orders were not being held for pick-up

Enrollment

  • New feature - Manufacturer rep admin role
  • Enhanced usability - default to MM/DD/YYYY date preference for North America users when registering
  • Fixed a bug when registering with a pre-authorization code using IE browser
  • Fixed a bug where registration emails are not being sent to the user and admin

Manage Users

  • New feature - Download list of pending user requests
  • Enhanced feature - Invite User type ahead account search
  • Fixed a bug where checkboxes are not displayed correctly when paginating through Manage Users list

Notifications

  • Fixed a bug in the bell icon when more than 99 notifications are pending
  • In the Documents tool, for Quixtra users, there are Proposals in multiple languages.
  • In the Documents tool, for Quixtra users, there are Proposals in multiple languages.

 

9/15/2016

  • Definite Purpose Rated Contactor configurator now available in your Add New Item menu.  Configure DP Rated Contactors, get drawings and pubs, price and order today.  Check out the enhanced Bill of Material and drawings for DP Rated Contactors!  
  • Quick Ship applicable to AS panels!  If your AS panel is Quick Ship eligible, the delivery truck icon in the panel configurator will indicate 5 day lead-time, cycle will automatically be set to Q for Quick Ship and your panel will ship in 5 days at $0 premium.  No action required by you!   
  • New keyboard shortcut now available in the feeder breaker summary grid in the panel configurator.  Add feeder breakers quickly via your keyboard (vs your mouse!) using the new hotkey (i.e. Insert key).  On the Feeders grid, just input your quantity, then tab to the Quick Entry field (type in Trip Amps No. of Poles), then hit Insert on your keyboard to add a new breaker row.  
  • Updated user interface for the header bars in the configurators.  No more guessing which tab you are on while quoting panels, switchboards, etc.  The name of the tab (i.e. Feeders) that you are on will be highlighted.  
  • Items “Marks” are now displayed to the right of the Item number in the header bar within each configurator.   No more wondering which item you are working on!  
  • New Total Net $ column added to the itemized pricing summary report!
  • The Add New Item menu has been maximized to the full length of your screen to minimize scrolling.  Just search for the product configurator you need (sorted alphabetically) and select it.  
  • Quote No. and Quote Name are now hyperlinks in the header bar on each page.  No need to click on the left arrow to get back to the All Items main screen, you can now click on the Quote No. or Quote Name!  
  • The Download Document banner, “your PDF is being processed”, will now remain on the screen until the PDF download is complete. You will be notified when your download is ready.  Updates were made to significantly improve download times.
  • Arrows added to each column title on the All Quotes page for you to easily sort the columns – just like you can do in empower!  
  • Informational text added to the Catalog Search screen to remind you that the detailed BOM, Drawings, Spec Sheets, and Publications are not available for items added via Catalog Search. To get these documents, please add items via the configurator.
  • For Rebates, the Rebate Name field is now limited to a max of 25 characters to prevent SPA failures.  Remember that this field is automatically populated with the Quote Name, but you can edit this field (i.e. PO # 12345) up to 25 characters, which will print on the SPA Excel file emailed to you.
  • Updated look & feel of the Notifications view to match Notifications look & feel in empower.  
  • There are now placeholders for Quote Notes and Line Item Notes so that if you access the Notes link (without adding a note first) you will be able to Add notes to the Quote or to each line item quickly all in one spot.      
  • Fixed a bug where Panel Box Ahead was not scheduling the Boxes in SAP with 5 days (vs. 10 days). 
  • (Switchboard) Service exception error fix for Individually mounted feeders above 1200A
  • (Switchboard) Allow Zenith Transfer Switches for EntelliGuard
  • (Switchboard) Allow meter sockets for Rocky Mountain power in Commercial Metering
  • (Switchboard) 5000A Bussed pull section depth fix​
  • Accounts are now synced between empower and empower-Quote!  If you are approved for an account in empower, then you will be approved for that account in empower-Quote.  Remember that you have access to all quotes created for your approved accounts and you can create project quotes for your approved accounts.  Note that if you are approved for multiple account locations, you will need to click on the magnifying glass to search for the correct account in order to create a new quote.

9/12/2016

  • New Copy/Paste functionality for Price & Availability
  • Secondary warehouse availability details are displayed for EMEA material
  • Account Manager registration by sales office / sales engineer code
  • Email/download of order details
  • Email/download of PO details
  • Email/download of Product Availability
  • Actual Ship date now listed in order details front page
  • Price privilege – ability to hide price information
  • Ability to include spa # on Price & Availability upload
  • Downloadable Bill of Lading document
  • PO Details additional information displayed
  • Enhanced shopping cart icon
  • Bell icon alerts are displayed
  • Removed line limit on order entry
  • Edit for non-CCC materials for China orders
  • Fixed a defect when requesting an account where Asia region is auto-selected and not changeable
  • Ability to save shopping cart
  • Fixed a defect where Price & Availability reminder alert is not displayed

8/9/2016

  • ADS Fusible PowerPanels now available!
  • Delta Hi-leg panel voltage now available!
  • Specified Layout for Spectra panels now available!​

8/2/2016

  • Motor Control Fastrac Unit configurator now available in your Add New Item menu!  Configure MCC Fastrac units, get drawings and pubs, price and order today!
  • Mounting hardware now available for feeder breakers in Spectra Bolt-On PowerPanels. 
  • On the All Quotes screen, “Created By” column will now display last name, first name to be consistent from quote to quote.  
  • On the All Quotes screen, the Quote Name is now a hyperlink so you can access a quote via Quote Number or Quote Name. 
  • On the Notes screen, “Created By” has been added to each note so that you will know who added each note making collaboration with your colleagues that much easier. 
  • On the Itemized Pricing Report (saved to Excel), a column has been added to break out the catalog number into a separate column making importing into your ERP system even easier.  
  • A unique PO # will now be automatically generated for each rebate SPA request submitted so that you can import the .csv file into EliteNet with no issue. 
  • Total Net Price will now include MISC items during price appeal process.  So, when you price appeal a quote which includes Miscellaneous (non-GE) items, input the Total Net Price you need including these Misc items.  Pricing will then review and authorize correctly with Misc items accounted for in Total Net Price returned. 
  • If multiplier returned from pricing tool is blank, empower will now show 1.00 Auth Mult rather than 0.00 Auth Mult.
  • Fixed a bug where user couldn’t edit email address once copied/pasted into Rebate Specialist email field in the Rebates screen.
  • Fixed a bug where warning indicator on the Pricing link was not being triggered for line items added via Catalog Search. 
  • Fixed a bug where Marks were getting overlapped with first line of item in the BOM-PDF report.
  • Fixed a bug where Unit Price for Miscellaneous items was getting converted incorrectly if user included a comma.

 

6/27/2016

  • Catalog number order entry ... add to cart from price & availability, saved lists, build order 
  • 3 step check-out process
  • Price & Availability - enter multiple lines for same material
  • Fixed a bug where direct ship items were not showing availability
  • Added warning message when pricing is different than the selected contract #
  • Removed pagination from the product list
  • Order tracking fixed a bug in the PO order search where the "select all" box was not working
  • Order tracking fixed a bug where the date range filter was not working for European date formats
  • Order tracking fixed a bug where the PO Search results "next" button was not clickable
  • Saved lists fixed a bug where you could not create a new list from the saved lists page
  • Saved lists fixed a bug where you could not create a new list from the Price & Availability page
  • Added Help link to view site documentation

6/21/2016

  • Small Projects-Same Day program now available for you to fulfill negotiated projects from your stock!  Click the new Rebates tab to create a new Special Pricing Agreement (SPA) in the GE system for you to create the SPA in your system.   
  • Pro-Stock Panels now available!  Just select the new “Pro-Stock Compatible” checkbox on the panel Lineup screen.  To view the Pro-Stock catalog numbers for your configuration, view the BOM in the panel configurator or select the new Catalog No. checkbox on the main BOM.               
  • You can now add/copy multiple panels and switchboards without exiting the configurator back to the main screen. Check out the new table now available via the hamburger menu in the upper left next to the product configurator name.  Also, note that this option has been updated for the component configurators.  Click the hamburger menu in the upper left next to the product configurator name to see the updated user interface.  Press + to add a new line item or use the copy icon on an existing line item. 
  • Validation added for required fields during Order Entry and will prompt you before moving to the next screen if invalid.
  • Pricing options moved to new Pricing button at top right next to Download button.  Reminder:  In order to enable the Appeal Pricing option, you need to type in a lower Total Net Price or a Disc Mult < Auth Mult.
  • Help guides now available via drop-down menu in upper right next to your name
  • Catalog Number now displayed (on All Items screen, on BOM, on Pricing) for catalog search/multi-line catalog items
  • If you have access to more than 1 account, the Account field will default to blank and you will search via magnifying glass for the correct account when creating a new quote
  • Total Price checkbox added to BOM options. You can now include or not include the Total Price (Net or Sell) and/or Itemized Pricing (Net or Sell) on the BOM download.  
  • You can now adjust the Total Sell Price rounded to even dollars to print on your BOM download and Proposal Documents 
  • Panel UX enhancement: 10 rows of breakers displayed in breaker summary before need to scroll
  • Advanced Protection (RELT) is now available for main breakers in Spectra Bolt-On (SBO) panels
  • New “Save” button added to product configurators to save and remain on the page.  Continue to use the “Done” button to Save and close.  
  • Show by Item (vs. by Product) is now the default for the pricing screen since this view includes Marks and Lead Time
  • Fixed a bug where line items were sorting incorrectly once resequenced 
  • Fixed a bug where quote status was changing to Submitted (and date could not be cleared) if user input a Submit Date regardless of what the date was 

5/24/2016

  • Advanced Protection now available for Spectra main breakers
  • EPM Meters now available for Spectra
  • SPD (Externally Connected) now available for A-Series Panels 
  • New offering of Branch Circuit Monitoring of up to 84 poles with Main Lugs and 66 poles for Main Breaker panels (split core configuration ONLY)
  • Now retaining specified layout of branch breakers with change of panel feed direction
  • Added 22 KAIC rating 3P4W service for 480/277 Voltage for AE/AS Panel type
  • Enhancements to UI:  Moved Incoming Service to new tab, combined Bus & Enclosure into single section, enlarged the BOM screen
  • Fixed a bug where compression and pressure lugs were not available for quantity larger than 1
  • Fixed a bug where users were not able to move breakers in layout specific to A-Series panel with top feed, horizontal main with combination of breaker and breaker space devices
 

5/9/2016

  • Ability to select shorter cycle (where eligible) for Switchboards.  Just select “Show by Item” on the pricing screen to see available cycles 
  • Lead-time indicator added to switchboard configurator which will display shortest available cycle and lead-time (in days) based on your switchboard configuration

5/8/2016

  • Feedback button now available on all empower screens  
  • Ability to download pricing report to PDF, Word, Excel or Text
  • BOM view now defaults to Sell Price (vs. Net Price)  
  • Order screens reordered to enable further order enhancements.  In addition, the Ship Method (i.e. Ground, 2nd Day Air, NDA) you select on the Shipping & Billing screen (now in step 1) will impact your Estimated Delivery Date and thus Requested Delivery Date
  • City added to Account on All Quotes screen to decipher between multiple accounts/branch locations  
  • Fixed a bug where Archive function wasn’t removing the quote from the list of All Quotes

4/28/2016

  • Fixed a bug where the bill-to address was displaying for customer accounts instead of the sold-to  
 

4/25/2016

  • Added system downtime alerting 
  • Added price & availability optimization for excel upload files
 

4/23/2016

  • Ability to select date preference (mm/dd/yyyy  vs.  dd/mm/yyyy)
  • Feedback button available in English 
  • Price & Availability – ability to view inventory in multiple warehouses
  • Order Search Results – ability to export/email  search results in pdf, excel, or CSV
  • User Management – introduced new roles/privileges for admins
  • Added saved lists functionality allowing the saving of frequently-used materials for checking price, availability, and adding to shopping cart.s  
 

 


5/9/2016

  • Ability to select shorter cycle (where eligible) for Switchboards.  Just select “Show by Item” on the pricing screen to see available cycles
  • Lead-time indicator added to switchboard configurator which will display shortest available cycle and lead-time (in days) based on your switchboard configuration

5/9/2016

  • Ability to select shorter cycle (where eligible) for Switchboards.  Just select “Show by Item” on the pricing screen to see available cycles 
  • Lead-time indicator added to switchboard configurator which will display shortest available cycle and lead-time (in days) based on your switchboard configuration

 


10/08/2016


 
11/01/2016
  • Quote Share feature now available!