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Electrical Apparatus
Featured articles July 2014

  •  A Team at Work - Growth spurt: A service company with facilities in Texas and Louisiana has undergone a seismic shift since its founding
    By Joseph S. Hoff, EA Associate Editor
  • Apprenticeship programs, featured in the July 2014 Electrical ApparatusTraining - The paths of apprenticeships: In the overall training field, apprenticeship programs provide direct, focused experience
    By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor 



  • Solar power's ups and downs, featured in the July 2014 Electrical ApparatusEnergy - Solar power: boom or bust? Many problems remain to be solved before photovoltaics can become an economical energy source  (Read an online summary)   
    By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Contributing Editor


  • Fast Forward - E-volving:  Once considered a rare option, e-learning is steadily becoming a fixture of education
    By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor
  • Breathing safely in hazardous locations, featured in the July 2014 Electrical ApparatusSafety & Health - Breathing easy: After evaluating the work environment, it’s time to choose the respiratory equipment
    By Joseph S. Hoff, EA Associate Editor



  • Accounting - Due diligence in business acquisitions:  Why it’s essential to look—and look closely—before you buy
    By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor
  • Controversies around smart meters, featured in the July 2014 Electrical ApparatusThe Smart Grid - How smart is the Smart Meter? Controversy surrounds the latest metering technology
    By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor



Departments and Columns

  • :Publisher's Comment  In this issue: Want to hire and expand? Ever consider apprenticeships? ... "What's the subject of Mr. Nailen’s technical article?" ...Coming next month ...Elsie Dickson
  • Let's Solve Your Problem  In this issue Service Factor overload: How often is it possible? ... Does temperature affect bearing life? ... What’s causing end ring distortion? ... How much machining is necessary for slip rings? ... Vibration may have torsional origin ... Why is smaller internal wiring permitted? ...Edited by the EA staff
  • Letters  In this issue: Clarifying an item about vertical vibration, from Paul K. Gray, Gray’s Electric & Pump Services, Wenatchee, WA ... A brief word about brevity, from Gary Weidner, GW Technical Services, Inc., Dubuque, Iowa ... Edited by the EA staff 
  • Standards  In this issue: Public comment being solicited by American National Standards Institute (ANSI) ...New standard on rechargeable cells and batteries from NEMA ... Edited by the EA staff 
  • Greg Scheu, CEO of ABB North America, at Marbles Kids Museum, featured in the July 2014 Electrical Apparatus Business briefs   In this issue: Nidec to open a manufacturing plant in India ... Emerson buys plant reliability consulting firm Management Resources Group, Inc. ... Regal Beloit to close two Kentucky plants... ABB funds children’s exhibit at Marbles Kids Museum … WEG Mexico named a 'place where people want to work' by CNN Expansión magazine ...  Edited by Kevin Jones
  •  Addressing water and drainage in Belize, featured in the July 2014 Electrical ApparatusEngineering Education In this issue: College of Engineering students at the University of Arkansas address water scarcity and quality in More Tomorrow, Belize... Award-winning team from the University of New Hampshire’s College of Engineering and Physical Sciences and the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics receives top prize at a National Environmental Engineering Competition... By Joseph Hoff
  • Associations, societies & government activities  In this issue: Council on Women in Energy & Environmental Leadership division of the Association of Energy Engineers holds Middle East meeting ... National Association of Electrical Distributors presents Women in Industry award to Tammy Livers, vice president of sales for Eaton’s Residential and Wiring Devices Division ... Dept. of Energy updates motor energy conservation rule (read text here) .... HVAC/R group challenges energy conservation rule... Second China firm Shanghai Better Electric Motor Co. Ltd. becomes an EASA associate member... Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League accepts online applications for reconditioning certification - see www.PEARLTechnicianCertification.com ... Edited by Kevin Jones 
  • Utilities  In this issue: New utility ITC Holdings Corp wins approval in Wisconsin... Xcel Energy surpasses emissions reduction goal... Oklahoma utility’s haze appeal is rejected U.S. Supreme Court denies petition filed by Oklahoma Gas and Electric to review a Regional Haze decision ... Michigan’s Consumers Energy funds new bike trail projects... ... By Kevin Jones
  • Calendar briefs  In every issue and updated on the web. See our Calendar page for current offerings.  
  •  Plant and Shop Equipment  In this issue: Ludeca's bearing heater models... Exair Corp's new technical guide... electric inert atmosphere batch cabinet oven from The Grieve Corp... Southwire Co.'s "Smart Tensiometer"...  From the Editors 
  • Baldor Electric Co.'s Galen Burdesha., featured in the July 2014 Electrical ApparatusNames & faces  In this issue: Baldor Electric Co.'s Galen Burdeshaw.... The National Electrical Manufacturers Association's Ryan Franks... Volland Electric's Shawn Johnston, Lisa Thompson, and Garrett Gallagher ... Edited by Bill O'Leary



  •  Rodney Ray Fisher, founder of Fisher's R.P.M. Electric Motor Services & Sales., remembered in the July 2014 Electrical ApparatusDeaths  In this issue:  Rodney Ray Fisher, founder of Albany, Ore.-based Fisher’s R.P.M. Electric Motor Services & Sales,... Edited by Bill O'Leary




  • Training Briefs Announcements of workshops, seminars and instructional materials, in every issue and updated on the web. See our Training page for current offerings.  In this issue - Motor & Generator Rewinding - Three-and-a-half-day Seminar. Offered by: EPRI, TECO-Westinghouse. Contact Jarsco Engineering, 18901 State St., Corona, Calif. 92881; (951) 735-5239. Where and when: TECO-Westinghouse facilities, Round Rock, Tex., July 15-18... Switched Reluctance Machines - three-day course Offered by: Advanced MotorTech LLC, 4951 71st Avenue North, Pinellas Park, Fla. 33781-4428; (727) 412-8200; www.advancedmotortech.com . Where and when: October 8-10, 2014 in Raleigh, N.C. ...Vibration analysis - a course that is recommended for plant personnel requiring an introduction to vibration analysis techniques and technologies used in a condition predictive maintenance program. Offered by: SKF USA, Inc., 890 Forty Foot Rd., Lansdale, Pa. 19446; (267) 436- 6000; www.skfusa.com . Where and when: and regionally. Alternatively, a customized program can be arranged at a client’s own site. Visit www.skf.com  for more information   ...Balancing operations - a two-day intensive hands-on training course Offered by: Schenck Corp., 535 Acorn St., Deer Park, N.Y. 11729; (631) 242- 4010; www.schenck-usa.com  Where and when: Visit www.schenckusa. com for more details   ...Also: ISA announces training courses for safety symposium, October 7-9, 2014, in Houston. Courses include: IC39C—Introduction to the Management of Alarm Systems; IC32C—Introduction to Industrial Automation Security and the ANSI/ISA99 (IEC 62443) Standards; ; EC50C—Introduction to Safety Instrumented Systems;IC85C—Industrial Wireless Systems: Course. Visit www.isa.org  for more information
  • Classified Advertising  Equipment, jobs, businesses, business opportunities and services.
  • Cy's Super Service, Motorhead and Generatorhead Comic strips featuring characters from our favorite cartoonists. 
  • Direct and Current In this issue -  Non-manufacturing activity in the U.S. grows... First-quarter productivity declined at 3.2% rate... European gross domestic product rises... Revision in definition of small wholesaler proposed…   from The Editors of Electrical Apparatus.

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