Electrical Apparatus
Featured articles December 2014

  • Conventions & The Smart Grid -  Can smart meters make you sick? The public imagination runs wild in searching for EMF hazards  
    By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor

  • Training with virtual reality, page 17, featured in the December 2014 Electrical Apparatus
  •  Fast Forward  - Who Needs Reality? Virtual reality training is making inroads in manufacturing fields such as welding; is electromechanical engineering next?
    By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor  



  • Motor foundations and installation, featured in the December 2014 Electrical ApparatusMotors & Generators - Motor installation depends upon foundation design No easy solution to a challenge that’s been around as long as motors themselves
    With trilingual summary (Read an online summary)
    By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor
     

  • The year in safety, in the December 2014 Electrical ApparatusSafety & Health - Looking back on 2014: A review of safety topics covered in Electrical Apparatus over the past year
    By Joseph S. Hoff, EA Associate Editor



  • Accounting - Cross-border acquisitions Buying a business in another country isn’t just for the big players anymore
    By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor
  • Trade Shows - Electrical contractors gather in Chicago: Annual convention offered expanded focus on safety, cabling, and controls
    By the Electrical Apparatus staff

Departments and Columns

  • Publisher's Comment  In this issue: Looking back and looking ahead...Elsie Dickson
  • Let's Solve Your Problem  In this issue: Does casting temperature harm rotor laminations? ... Do ‘risk’ and ‘hazard’ mean the same thing? ... Does ‘inverter-duty’ imply a higher IR value? ... Which high-torque motor design is right? ... How many rewinds are typically possible? ... Why allow the close stator-rotor clearance? ... Effect of steel expansion on fan centerline... Edited by the EA staff
  • Green Energy Challenge Team of  Youngstown State University, featured in the December 2014 Electrical ApparatusEngineering Education  In this issue: Taking the Green Energy Challenge at Youngstown State University’s Dept. of Engineering Technology (pictured, left) -  http://www.electri.org/content/green-energy-challenge-competition   ... Preparing students to join the workforce at the University of Arizona College of Engineering - www.ece.arizona.edu 
  • Associations, societies & government activities  In this issue: Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League certifies its first technician... U.K. Association of Electrical & Mechanical Trades revamps Web site, www.aemt.co.uk  EASA seeks nominees for 2015 service award - www.easa.com  ... Record attendance at this year’s Coil Winding, Insulation, and Electrical Manufacturing Exhibition - www.coilwindingexpo.com/chicago/  ... Hydraulic Institute unveils free simulation software - www.pumps.org  ... National Association of Electrical Distributors launches annual education campaign - www.naed.org/AnnualCampaign  ... Edited by Kevin Jones 
  • Horner Industrial Group, featured in the December 2014 Electrical ApparatusBusiness briefs   In this issue: WEG acquires Colombian panel manufacturer ... Toshiba UPS earns Energy Star qualification ... Horner Industrial Group expands (pictured, left) ... Schneider Electric signs battery R&D agreement with AREVA ... ABB to join UN network promoting efficiency ... Group CBS buys Electric Control Equipment Co. ... Microgrid Solar and U.S. Bank boost Solar installations for St. Louis non-profits ... Von Roll to close plant in Düren, Germany ... Environmental Entrepreneurs reports more than 18,000 clean energy jobs in quarter… Quarterly financial reports from A.O. Smith and W.W. Grainger … Edited by Kevin Jones
  • Utilities  In this issue: Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and Florida Power & Light Co. sign mutual aid agreement ... Michigan utility employs vast underground gas storage... New Jersey Central Power & Light apps assess damage after storms... Ohio Edison renews training partnership with Stark State College ... PG&E opens new Fresno control center .. and an article by Richard Nailen, "Are utilities threatened by renewable energy?"
  • Richard Dutcher of Motor & Gear Engineering, featured in the December 2014 Electrical Apparatus  EA Reader Profile  In this issue: Richard Dutcher, engineering manager at Motor & Gear Engineering of Doraville, Ga By Joseph Hoff




  • Calendar briefs  In every issue and updated on the web. See our Calendar page for current offerings.  
  • Standards   In this issue: UL publishes new standard for photovoltaic wire ... Transformer and capacitor standards approved by ANSI ... Comment on circuit protection standards sought...
    By the EA Staff
  • Horner Industrial Group's Terry Thorne, featured in the December 2014 Electrical Apparatus   Eaton's Marie Smith, featured in the December 2014 Electrical Apparatus  SMU's Leanne Ketterlin-Geller, featured in the December 2014 Electrical Apparatus Engineered Material Handling's Jeff Larouche, featured in the December 2014 Electrical Apparatus
     
  • Names & faces  In this issue: Klein Tools’ Thomas Klein Jr., Thomas R. Klein Sr., Mathias Klein III, and Mark Klein (pictured, l to r, at left) ... Tom Jaros of Solcon USA ... DeWAL Industries’ Lynne Russell (pictured)... Circuit Breaker Sales NE, Inc. and Group CBS, Inc.’s John Namnoum … Lafert North America’s Matthew Temple (pictured) ... The Hydraulic Institute’s Robert K. Asdal and Gregg Romanyshyn... Michelman’s Richard Yang (pictured) Edited by Bill O'Leary
  • the robotics laboratory at the University of Arkansas at Ft. Smith,, featured in the December 2014 Electrical ApparatusTraining 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 - Electric Motor Technology - A three-day course that presents an understanding of the characteristics of electric motors to support activities important to sales persons, customer service staff, purchasers, and users of electric motors. Offered by:Advanced MotorTech LLC, 4951 71st Ave. North, Pinellas Park, Fla. 33781-4428; (727) 412- 8200; www.advancedmotortech.com  .Where and when: Jan. 14-16 at the Tampa Airport Marriott, Tampa, Fla.... BLDC and interior permanent magnet motors - A three-day course, titled “Brushless DC & Interior Permanent Magnet Motor & Generator Design—Taking Theory to Practice,” Offered by: Advanced MotorTech LLC, 4951 71st Ave. North, Pinellas Park, Fla. 33781-4428; (727) 412-8200; www.advancedmotortech.com  Where and when: Nov. 18-20 at the Hilton Garden Inn, DFW Airport South, Irving, Tex. ..  Motor Testing -An intensive, five-day training workshop on the latest and most advanced techniques in both de-energized and energized motor testing.. Offered by: All-Test Pro LLC, P.O. Box 1139, Old Saybrook, Conn. 06475; (860) 399.4222; ce@alltestpro.com ; www.alltestpro.com . Where and when: Dec. 1-5 at the Golden Nugget Hotel in Las Vegas and Feb. 23-27, 2015 in San Antonio, Tex., venue to be determined.....Also: Bison Gear partners with public library ... Publishers learn about training collaboration (pictured, left)... ...
  • 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 growth continues... Exports down and imports up in September... No clear direction in small-business hiring... Canadian employment continues to recover...

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