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Electrical Apparatus
Featured articles April 2014

  • Defendong against computer viruses, featured in the April 2014 Electrical Apparatus Fast Forward - Digital Defense 101: Many options are available to protect against online identity theft and viruses
    By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor



  • Coordinating the Smart Grid, featured in the April 2014 Electrical ApparatusThe Smart Grid - Making the Smart Grid a complete grid: Coordinating efforts among projects will be essential (Read an online summary)   
    By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Contributing Editor



  • Renting equipment for business growth, featured in the April 2014 Electrical ApparatusBusiness Growth - Expanding business through equipment rental: There are several factors to consider before pursuing this opportunity.
    By Joseph S. Hoff, EA Associate Editor



  • Milwaukee manufacturing conference, featured in the April 2014 Electrical ApparatusTrade Shows - The state of the art in electrical manufacturing: Next month’s event in Milwaukee will combine four related expos
    By Kevin Jones, EA Senior Editor



  • No-load tests: problems and solutions, featured in the April 2014 Electrical Apparatus Testing & Measuring - Determining full-load motor temperature from no-load tests: The drawbacks of various testing methods — and some solutions. With trilingual summary (Read an online summary)   
    By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor


  • Accounting - Measuring key performance: Quantifying performance can help a business succeed.
    By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor
  • Safety & Health - Finding the right gloves for the job: What factors should you consider when choosing hand protection?
    By Joseph S. Hoff, EA Associate Editor

Departments and Columns

  • Publisher's Comment  In this issue: -    Winter a lemon? Pass the lemonade!...Coming next month ...Elsie Dickson
  • Let's Solve Your Problem  How is ‘high’ vs. ‘low’ motor voltage defined? ...How much can motor air gap vary? ...What minimum starting voltage is allowed? ...Does thicker insulation make winding run hotter? ...Explain formula relating torque and horsepower ...Industrial versus commercial service ...Voltage unbalance effect on motor starting torque    ...Edited by the EA staff
  • ABB’s newest Brazil plant, featured in the April 2014 Electrical Apparatus Business briefs  Littelfuse buys controller maker SymCom... Metal fabricator MEP Technologies acquires design and assembly firm Artmetco ... Emerson completes purchase of EGS Electrical ... ABB opens its fifth plant in Brazil (pictured)... Integrated Power Services (IPS) in distributor agreement with Mita-Teknik... Toshiba International realigns Motors & Drives Division ...  Edited by Kevin Jones
  • Associations, societies & government activities  American Society of Mechanical Engineers of New York adds social networking features to its Web Site... New PTDA Foundation award honors power transmission pioneer Wendy B. McDonald of BC Bearings Engineers Ltd... Senate introduces Legislation to promote greater motor efficiency, supported by National Electrical Manufacturers Association... Nanotech could be key to solar energy storage, per International Electrotechnical Commission and Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI Study... Industry Data Exchange Association (National Association of Electrical Distributors of St. Louis and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association) narrows focus …National Electrical Contractors Association establishes college chapter … Electric Power Research Institute launches study on the integrated electric grid (http://epri.co/3002002733) ... Registration opens for Hydraulic Institute meeting... InterNational Electrical Testing Association starts new Corporate Alliance Partnership Program for power systems industry... Edited by Kevin Jones 
  • Todd and Don Davis, President of Electric Motor Sales & Service, featured in the April 2014 Electrical Apparatus EA Reader Profile Todd Davis, President of Electric Motor Sales & Service in Columbus, MS, and his father, Don, volunteer their time for the Salvation Army and other charities. By Josh Hoff 



  • Calendar briefs  In every issue and updated on the web. See our Calendar page for current offerings.  
  • Electricity from Sunlight, by Dr. P. A. Lynn, reviewed in the April 2014 Electrical Apparatus New books - Solar power Electricity from Sunlight. By Dr. P.A. Lynn. John Wiley & Sons, Inc  Edited by the EA staff 




  • Eric Hanson of DeWAL Industries, featured in the April 2014 Electrical Apparatus Shermco Industries' Kevin Alewine, featured in the April 2014 Electrical Apparatus Names & faces   Matt Barrett and Terry Stevens,of Ideal Industries, Inc... Eric Hanson of DeWAL Industries (pictured, left)... Sylvia Wetzel and Christi Brazener of Bison Gear and Engineering... Shermco Industries’ Paul Idziak and Kevin Alewine (pictured, right)... Kenneth R. Hutton and John Buckley of the Industrial Supply Association... Wood Group PSN’s Andrew Stewart...
  • Utilities   Utilities Center for Strategic Economic Research report details PG& E’s economic contributions... NextEra Energy is No. 1 on Fortune magazine list... FirstEnergy to invest $110 million on upgrades... Xcel Energy announces plan to boost solar resources... GE invests in cloud-based grid monitoring provider Power Generation Services, Inc ... AEP River Operations division of American Electric Power of Columbus, Ohio, enters the liquid transport business... DTE Energy customers are warned about ‘Green Dot’ scam... Pepco goes live with GRIDiant Corp’s analytic grid software, GRIDplan Reliability... By Kevin Jones
  • Product briefs Circuit interrupters from ABB Low Voltage Products... Controls from Toshiba International Corp. ... Drives & Inverters from Magnetek, Inc. ... Interconnections from Keystone Electronics Corp… Measuring equipment from Allestec Corp ... Power supply from SL Power Electronics ... AEGIS Shaft Grounding Ring Motor Repair Handbook from Electro Static Technology... Test instruments from Saelig Co., Inc ... By the EA staff
  • 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. Electric Motor Technology for Non-Engineers - 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: May 7-9, 2014, at the Embassy Suites Baltimore, BWI Airport, Linthicum, Md. Fundamentals of Drives - three-day course Offered by: Baldor Electric Co., 5711 R.S. Boreham Jr. St., P.O. Box 2400, Fort Smith, Ark. 72901; (479) 646-4711; www.baldor.com . Where and when: April 22-24 in Los Angeles; June 17-19 in New Berlin, Wis.; Aug. 12-14 in Atlanta; and Oct. 14-16 in Fort Smith, Ark. www.baldor.com Also in training - Shermco enters alliance with Delaware Valley Safety Council (DVSC)... PTDA Foundation raises $156,000 for recruitment for sales and customer service in industrial distribution, - www.industrialcareerspathway.org/Support
  • 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 -  Chief executives become more confident... Non-manufacturing activity expands more slowly... Industrial production dips slightly... Construction employment is up year-over-year... Canadian building permits rose in January…   from The Editors of Electrical Apparatus.

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