April 2014 Electrical Apparatu

April 2014 Electrical Apparatus

Featured Articles

Protecting against online threats, featured in the April 2014 Electrical Apparatus

Anti-virus software like AVG should be your “go to” when trying to
identify and remove viruses from your computer.

Fast Forward – Digital Defense 101: Many options are available to protect against online identity theft and viruses
By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor

The Smart Grid, featured in the April 2014 Electrical Apparatus

Transmission lines on New York’s Staten Island. —U.S. Environmental Protection Agency photo

The Smart Grid – Making the Smart Grid a complete grid: Coordinating efforts among projects will be essential    By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Contributing Editor

Renting equipment, featured in the April 2014 Electrical Apparatus

Businesses have demonstrated how to prosper as suppliers in the market for equipment rental. —Vadim Ratnikov/Shutterstock photo

Business Growth – Expanding business through equipment rental: There are several factors to consider before pursuing this opportunity.    By Joseph S. Hoff, EA Associate Editor

Milwaukee, site of the EMCWE, featured in the April 2014 Electrical Apparatus

Milwaukee’s RiverWalk, just blocks from the Wisconsin Center, where four expos are being held concurrently in May, offers many choices of restaurants and other attractions for visitors. —Photo, VISIT Milwaukee

Trade Shows – The state of the art in electrical manufacturing: Next month’s EMCWE event in Milwaukee will combine four related expos.   By Kevin Jones, EA Senior Editor

Water-absorption dynamometer , featured in the April 2014 Electrical Apparatus

A water-absorption dynamometer typical of units in the 1,000-
2,000 hp range. —Electrical Apparatus photo by Richard Nailen

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
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Publisher’s Comment   In this issue: Winter a lemon? Pass the lemonade!…Coming next month …Elsie Dickson
Let’s Solve Your Problem  In this issue:  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

ABB of Zurich, Switzerland, the power and automation technology group, recently opened its fifth factory in Brazil. The new plant is part of a $200 million investment to expand ABB’s technology development and production capacity. —ABB photo

Business Briefs   In this issue: 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 … Integrated Power Services (IPS) in distributor agreement with Mita-Teknik… Toshiba International realigns Motors & Drives Division …

Associations, societies & government activities   In this issue:  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 of Electric Motor Sales & Service, featured in the April 2014  Electrical Apparatus

Todd and Don Davis of Electric Motor Sales & Service volunteer their time for the Salvation Army and other charities. —Salvation Army photo

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 online calendar for current offerings.
Solar power Electricity from Sunlight. By Dr. P.A. Lynn, reviewed in the April 2014 Electrical Apparatus

Solar power 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 ApparatusEric Hanson
Kevin Alwine of Shermco Industries, featured in the April 2014 Electrical Apparatus
Kevin Alewine
Names & faces In this issue:  Matt Barrett and Terry Stevens,of Ideal Industries, IncEric Hanson of DeWAL Industries … Sylvia Wetzel and Christi Brazener of Bison Gear and EngineeringShermco IndustriesPaul Idziak and Kevin Alewine  … Kenneth R. Hutton and John Buckley of the Industrial Supply AssociationWood Group PSN’s Andrew Stewart..  Edited by Bill O’Leary
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. In this issue –  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  Edited by Bill O’Leary
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.
And, in every issue:  Classified Advertising (Equipment, jobs, businesses for sale, business opportunities and services), Advertising Index, and your favorite cartoons, Motorhead and Generatorhead (illustrated by Mark Ziemann) and Cy’s Super Service (illustrated by James Estes)!
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