Electrical Apparatus - August 2007

Electrical Apparatus – August 2007

Featured Articles

Motors & Generators – Before you buy: a motor purchasing checklist: Being systematic will make the decision easier. By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor (Read an online summary)

Digital Electronics – Really small PLC’s : When it comes to programmable logic controllers, bigger may no longer necessarily be better. By David P. Tryling, EA Electronics Editor

Trade Shows – Twin City Tech: Recent Minneapolis convention of the Electrical Apparatus Service Association returned to basics. By the EA Staff

Trade Shows – New time and place for Manufacturing Week: Expo’s new management combining conference with shows on assembly and quality. By Kevin Jones, EA Senior Editor

Safety and Health – Indoor air pollution can sicken office workers: The silence of federal regulators doesn’t mean the problem has gone away. By Richard B. Elsberry, EA Contributing Editor

Accounting – Beating the big guys: Learn where you have the edge over larger companies – and then use that knowledge to your advantage By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor

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Editor’s Comment In this issue – Pictures from an exhibition – floor photos and Q&A from the EASA convention … Business at the EASA show … Back to business back home with a motor purchasing checklist … Small programmable logic controllers vs large, and Beating the big guys … by Horace B. Barks, Editor and Publisher

Let’s Solve Your Problem In this issue – How to disconnect motor starting capacitors … Time-current curve of transformer is questioned … How does air gap affect locked-rotor current? … Connecting d-c power to dry out a winding … How are capacitor contactors rated? …Edited by the EA staff

Letters Comments and questions from readers of Electrical Apparatus. In this issue – Condensation in ODP motors from Cam Weale, Standard Electric, Mississauga, Ontario … Home for visiting student is sought, from Lisa Lineal, Lineal Recruiting Services, Trumbull, Conn. … Looking for literature online from Richard Nabuda, Chief Electrician, USS Hornet Museum, Alameda, CA …

EA reader at ease … Stories featuring unusual or interesting avocational interests of our readers. In this issue – The featured Reader at Ease in the August 2007 Electrical Apparatus is Tom Frederick, of Electric Motor, Angola, Indiana. Tom and his wife Angie send gifts and donations to troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Members of each of the four branches of the service, plus the National Guard, benefit from the Fredericks’ generosity.

Business and financial briefs News of expansions, relocations, annual reports, and more, about companies serving the electrical mechanical industries. In this issue – Fasco operations being sold to Regal Beloit … A.O. Smith in China boiler venture … Tyco Electronics gains formal independence … Canadian substation contract for ABB … Figures show a rebound in manufacturing … Franklin Electric buys African pump maker .. Emerson wins China chemical plant contract … VaporLok Products teams up with Wal-Mart to place kiosks for safe disposal of compact fluorescent lamps and tubes (left)… Magid Glove and Safety Manufacturing Co holds an open house (right) …Edited by Kevin Jones

Trade associations, professional societies and government activities News of non-profit government, and other organizations serving the electrical mechanical industries. In this issue – the Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League of Aurora Colorado plans a safety conference … Used transformers deemed ‘useful products’ by Missouri court … Peter McIlroy, CEO and chairman of Robroy Industries, is photographed (second from right) with Medal of Honor recipients Bruce Crandall (Vietnam), Ronald Rosser (Korea), and Hershel Williams (WW II) … Electrical Insulation Conference names award winner .. Manufacturers from NEMA lecture on counterfeiting … Increase is seen in demand for safety pros according to the American Society of Safety Engineers … Four sessions added to HVAC conference… Edited by the EA staff

Calendar In every issue and updated on the web. See our Calendar page for current offerings.

Utility Briefs News of the utility industry. In this issue – Rates increase despite market deregulation … New wind farm opens in Pennsylvania … Vermont utility offers hybrid vehicle incentive … Energy Department research and development grants total $52 million … Edited by Kevin Jones

Training Briefs  In this issue – Motor diagnostics from All-Test Pro … Welding from the Lincoln Electric Co … Servomotor training from Quality Solutions Co … Arc-flash protection from American Trainco … UPS’s and batteries from Ametek Solidstate Controls … Pumping Systems from Pumping Machinery LLC … Embedded networks from CAN in Automation … Power quality from PowerCET Corp … Motor & drive application from Baldor Electric … Drives and controls from Bosch Rexroth Corp .. Professional certification from the Association for Facilities Engineering … Infrared thermography from the Electrical Apparatus Service Association and from Flir Systems… Edited by Bill O’Leary

Standards Briefs Updates of standards and related information. In this issue – China to speed electrical product standards … Motor efficiency requirements to be expanded … Safety practices given a second look … Arc flash sparks new testing standards … IEC modifying bilingual text format … Edited by the Electrical Apparatus staff.

Trilingual summary For our international readers, each month one featured topic is presented in French, Spanish and German. In this issue – Before you buy – A motor purchasing checklist (read an online English summary)

New Books Recently published books, reviewed by our editors. In this issue – Elements of Tidal-Electric Engineering, by Robert H. Clark.

Deaths – Obituaries of industry people. In this issue – Frank S. Caglia (right) – owner of Electric Motor and Supply, Fresno, California … T.R. ‘Ted’ Paul, founder and operator of Pittsburgh Electrical Insulation (left.)

Product Briefs Photos and announcements of new products. In this issue – Drives and Inverters from Leeson Electric and Baldor Electric …Edited by the EA Staff.

Direct and Current Breaking news of interest to the industry. … 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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