Electrical Apparatus - August 2008

Electrical Apparatus – August 2008

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Codes & Standards – Motor efficiency in the U.S.: the next step Why standards makers are having difficulty finding direction By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor (Read an online summary)

Trade Shows – The state of the industry: Attendees at the convention of the Electrical Apparatus Service Association find a sense of where we are and where we’re headed By the EA Staff

Safety & Health – Leg cramps may signal poor blood circulation: Never dismiss leg pain as ‘something that just happens’ By Richard B. Elsberry, EA Contributing Editor

Accounting – Corporate tax breaks for the little guy : It’s not just the large manufacturers who stand to benefit By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor

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Editor’s Comment In this issue – Readers do read in summer – and they want EA on time! …Back to tradition: EASA Show in Print and more … Mastering clean energy: The French turn attention to the electric automobile … by Horace B. Barks, Editor and Publisher

Let’s Solve Your Problem In this issue – Does rotor VPI increase safe locked rotor time? …Proper bake temperature following steam cleaning?…Why such long arcs across such short air gaps? …Who’s responsible for arc flash studies? …What surface finish is suitable for slip rings? …What do international grounding codes mean? …What’s the problem with silicone in d-c machines? …’Tropicalization’: what the treatment involves …Edited by the EA staff

Letters Comments and questions from readers of Electrical Apparatus. In this issue – NEMA versus ANSI: Which one applies? From Gerry Engardio, Motors & Drives Specialist, Gexpro, Naperville, Ill.

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

Business and financial briefs News of expansions, relocations, annual reports, and more, about companies serving the electrical mechanical industries In this issue – Dykman buys Hampton Power Denver … KJ Electric awarded Dutchi distributorship…Ferraz Shawmut buys stake in China supplier Zhe­jiang Mingrong Electrical Protection … Lincoln Electric to build China facility in the newly developed Jianjning Science Park… Siemens opening Illinois plant amid job cuts… W.W. Grainger buys Canadian distributor Excel Industriel of Granby, Quebec, and expands its operations in the U.S. Gulf Coast region… Analyst for UBS anticipates ‘green craze’ benefit for Cooper Industries Ltd. and Baldor Electric Co.  Anniversary briefs Rea Magnet Wire Co. of Fort Wayne, Ind., is observing its seventy-fifth anniversary … Galvan Industries is observing its fiftieth anniversary…  Retirement brief: Idleness not in the cards for industry retiree Joe “Klim” Klimaszewski – Joe “Klim” Klimaszewski of Port City Cabinet Works (pictured in the issue with company CEO Frank Hvizdos) retired at the end of July but doesn’t plan to sit still for long. He has served the electrical manufacturing industry since 1959, when he held the position of “heavy helper,” an instructor of steam clean motors training for GE. He was later coil manufacturing operations manager for ABB Corp. and became corporate sales manager for Houston-based Port City in 1999. Joe plans to consider a position as a consultant but wouldn’t mind becoming a professional blackjack player, as he claims a love for “the casino life.” – Profile by Bill O’Leary, department 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 – National Association of Electrical Distributors offers new certification, “Certified Electrical Professional”… Pump Systems Matter endorses the U.S. Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency’s “Superior Energy Performance” partnership… Electrical Apparatus Service Association issues guide to specifying form wound coils… IEEE electromagnet honors Werner Wiesbeck with the 2008 IEEE Electromagnetics Award… ASTM International presents its Arnold H. Scott Award for outstanding achievement in the science of electrical insulation to Lawrence Ingram … Power Transmission Distributors Association receives donations from manufacturers for its Industrial Careers Pathway educational initiative…Edited by the EA staff

Electrical Manager …A potpourri of news and features, selected and edited for maintenance and service managers. In this issue – Thinking the unthinkable: Could my bank fail? … The wise use of classified advertising … Small biz sees no benefit from ‘stimulus’ checks …

Say It Right … The popular column about language in the workplace. In this issue – How often is ‘frequently’? … by Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor

Utility Briefs News of the utility industry. In this issue – Maryland utilities surpass minority goals… Air pollution rule struck down by U.S. Court of Appeals… Electric Power Supply Association spends $220,000 on lobbying activities… Environmentalists seek to block nuclear plants… SoCal Edison customers install more than one million energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamps, saving nearly $27 million… Edited by Kevin Jones

Standards briefs Updates of standards and related information. In this issue – NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) and the Electrical Equipment Manufacturers Association of Canada unite on wire packaging… The International Electrotechnical Commission approves Electro­magnetic Compatibility (EMC) and Uninterruptible Power Systems (UPS) standards… Public comments solicited by the American National Standards Institute… Edited by the Electrical Apparatus staff.

EA reader profile Spotlighting members of the electromechanical industry. In this issue – Ken Guido, president of Pwrco, Castlegar, British Columbia By Josh Hoff

Training Briefs Announcements of workshops, seminars and instructional materials, in every issue and updated on the web. In this issue – Fire systems, from Fire Lite Alarms, www.firelite.com … Ultrasonics, from Herrmann Ultrasonics, Inc., www.herrmannultrasonics.com … Relays and substation, from Megger, www.megger.com/us …Welding, from The Lincoln Electric Welding School , www.lincolnelectric.com … Plant maintenance, from All Test Pro LLC, www.alltestpro.com … Corrosion prevention and testing, from Corrosion College, www.corrosioncollege.com , and from ASTM International (formerly the American Society of Testing and Materials), www.astm.org …  Edited by Bill O’Leary

New Books Recently published books, reviewed by our editors. In this issue – Electrical Power System Essentials. By P. Schavemaker & L. van der Sluis. John Wiley & Sons, 111 River St., Hoboken, N.J. 07030. $80 (hardbound). 325 pages.

Names and Faces … News and photos of industry people on the move and in the news. In this issue – From A.O. Smith Electrical Products Co., Daniel Drexler, Steve O’Brien, Douglas Johnson, Michael Metzler, James Mosman, Erik Nordquist, Randal Oyster, Troy Rybicki, and Richard Zajchowski … from Leviton, Rob Ende … from The U.S. National Committee to the IEC, Dr. Brent Segal … Brian Perry of Ansell  … Dan Throne of the Bosch Rexroth Corporation …Edited by Bill O’Leary

Automation High-tech products of use to the industry. In this issue – Device monitor, from Cooper Bussmann… Vibration transmitter, from Balmac, Inc… Industrial router, from Insys Microelectronics… Limit controller, from Omega Engineering… Proximity switch, from Contrinex… Optical encoder, from Posital of Germany … By David P. Tryling

Direct and Current Breaking news of interest to the industry. In this issue – Electrical distributor profits remain strong, as broader industry indices remain in the red… Power transmission and motion control sales slip… U.S. small wind turbine market continues to grow .. 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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