August 2009 Electrical Apparatus

August 2009 Electrical Apparatus

Featured Articles

Service & Sales Companies – Keeping busy when business is slow. A company prepares for the coming recovery by expanding, reorganizing, and improving work flow By Kevin Jones, EA Senior Editor

Insulation – Insulation test standards. A review of procedures recommended by various sources (Read an online summary) By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor

Associations, Conventions & Trade Shows – Preparing for the unexpected: Convention attendees face with confidence what’s being thrown at them By the EA staff

Associations, Conventions & Trade Shows – Question of the show: Is there anything you’ve purchased recently that was absolutely worth the investment? By Elizabeth Van Ness, EA Internet Editor

Associations, Conventions & Trade Shows – The view from the EASA exhibit hall Photos of exhibitors at the recent convention of the Electrical Apparatus Service Association By the EA staff

Safety & Health – Don’t take chances with skin rashes. Learn to guard your body’s protective layer against industrial hazards By Richard B. Elsberry, EA Contributing Editor

Accounting – Tips for buying a business. What to watch out for when daring to take the plunge By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor

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Editor’s Comment A good time to expand? How about right NOW? … How do readers say they read EA? … And what do EA readers continue to purchase? … by Horace B. Barks, Editor and Publisher

Let’s Solve Your Problem Doesn’t heavy load mean more starting current? …How does rotor bar size affect starting current? … Temperatures in-slot versus under-the-wedge … Special rotors for multi-speed motors? … Replacing small motors: Will it be a problem? …Is motor winding PI related to rated voltage? …Does this drop test show multiple faults? …Edited by the EA staff

Business and financial briefs Precision Quincy Corp. forms strategic alliance with Pollution Control Products Co. (More information is available at  and ) ..Helwig Carbon buys SGL Carbon in St. Mary’s, PA … British firm Kirkby Lindsey Electrical Engineering Ltd. attains IECEx certification… Shermco Industries renews certification… Record sales for Orion Fans …Edited by Kevin Jones

Trade associations, professional societies and government activities National Electrical Contractors Association invites contractors’ comments on landmark energy legislation … U.S. Commerce Dept.’s National Institute of Standards and Technology releases Smart Grid report, developed by Electrical Power Research Institute (ERPI) (available online at ) … Power quality service available from Underwriters Laboratories (more information at ) … Electrical Apparatus Service Association board chairman David Griffin calls for industry optimism … National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) urges changes to lamp energy standards … American Society of Safety Engineers approves new training standard … National Association of Electrical Distributors receives $200,000 in pledges for NAED Education & Research Foundation. Edited by Kevin Jones

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

Standards National Electrical Manufacturers Association harmonizes welding equipment standard, revises two cable standards, announces new publications … … International Electrotechnical Commission IEC reissues voltage standards Edited by Kevin Jones

EA reader at ease John Hinkel, semiretired and part-time worker for Lewis Electric Motors, Eureka, Missouri, collects ink bottles with original paper labels By Joseph Hoff

New Books Power Markets and Economics. By B. Murray. Consulting engineer Dr. Barrie Murray of Electricity Market Services Ltd., following decades of management experience with Britain’s Central Electricity Generating Board and its successor National Grid, details the implications of utility restructuring on pricing and marketing of electrical energy. – RLN

Web briefs … Roy Beardmore— … Steel Conduit Committee— …Centers for Disease Control— … Circuit Magic, Inc.— … Geothermal Energy Association— … Solderman’s Basic Electronics— … U.S. Army Corps of Engineers— … Toshont Power Products— … Oil Maintenance— …Prometheus Institute— Edited by the Electrical Apparatus staff

Utility Briefs Wave power developer Ocean Power Technologies sees losses increase … Smart Grid meters for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co… Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri okays energy rate increases … Consumers resist Georgia nuclear plant financing Edited by Kevin Jones

Trilingual summary For our international readers, each month one featured topic is presented in French, Spanish and German. In this issue – Insulation test standards – Standards der Isolationsprüfung —ein Überblick …Une revue des normes de test d’isolation…Un repaso de normas para prueba de aislamiento (read an online English summary)

Names and Faces Longo Electrical Mechanical’s Dominic DiClementi (pictured, above left) and Jeff Cowie (center) … Sheila Zenner of MTE Corp. … The Organization for Machine Automation and Control’s Rick VanDyke (right) … Electrical Apparatus Service Association honors David Walters, OBE, with the EASA Exceptional Achievement Service Award Edited by Bill O’Leary

Product Briefs LED spotlight bulb from LEDtronics … K-type pipe clam thermocouples from Fieldpiece Instruments Edited by the EA staff

Training Briefs Announcements of workshops, seminars and instructional materials, in every issue and updated on the web. In this issue – Motor tech repair service from Advanced MotorTech LLC … Servo motor training from Quality Solutions, Inc…. Edited by Bill O’Leary

Direct and Current Department of Energy finalizes smart grid program .. Canadian chemical plant showcases smart grid … Power transmission product sales mixed … Labor Department “back in the enforcement business” …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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