Electrical Apparatus August 2014

Electrical Apparatus August 2014

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The 2014 EASA convention, featured in the August 2014 Electrical Apparatus

Entertainers, experts and support specialists were before capacity audiences during the 2014 convention in Boston. —Electrical Apparatus photo by Bill O’Leary

Trade shows –    Question of the Show:  Attendees at the EASA convention discuss, “What is more challenging: Hiring, or training?”    By Elizabeth Van Ness, EA Associate Publisher, and Joseph S. Hoff, EA Associate Editor

The EASA Show in photos:  Photographs from the trade show floor at the recent convention
By the Electrical Apparatus staff

A rebranded association rolls out an accreditation program: Major developments are unveiled at the annual convention of the Electrical Apparatus Service Association

The DOE energy efficiency rule, featured in the August 2014 Electrical Apparatus

Is the die-cast copper squirrel cage rotor needed to meet the DoE Final Rule of 2014? Not necessarily. And whereas die-cast aluminum rotors have been successfully manufactured up to at least 2,000 hp, copper casting is rare above 20-30 horsepower. —Copper Development Association photo

Energy Legislation – Is this finally the final Final Rule? The Dept. of Energy says this is its last word on efficiency, but we’ve heard that tune before.(Read a summary)
By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Contributing Editor

Accounting – State income tax strategies: How to avoid being tripped up by tax laws that vary from state to state
By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor
Safe practices for machine workers, featured in the August 2014 Electrical Apparatus

Safety is an essential part of training in the use of any kind of machine. —Photo © nata-lunata/Shutterstock

Safety & Health   In this issue:  Stressing machine safety for workers: Regulatory guidelines to help prevent injuries and the costs that injuries incur.  By Joseph S. Hoff, EA Associate Editor

What’s new in engineering apps, featured in the August 2014 Electrical Apparatus

Mobile apps are computer programs geared specifically for smartphones and tablets. —Image © decade3d/Shutterstock

Fast Forward - App attack: Important engineering tasks can now be performed in the palm of your hand  By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor

2014 NECA convention, featured in the December 2014 Electrical Apparatus

Attendees and exhibitors at the 2014 convention of the National Electrical Contractors Association, featured in the December 2014 Electrical Apparatus. —Electrical Apparatus photo

Trade Shows – Electrical contractors gather in Chicago:  Annual convention offered expanded focus on safety, cabling, and controlsBy the Electrical Apparatus staff

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EASA's Linda Raynes and Dale Shuter featured in the August 2014 Electrical Apparatus

EASA Meetings & Expositions Manager Dale Shuter and President and CEO Linda Raynes at the 2014 EASA Convention —Electrical Apparatus photo by Elizabeth Van Ness

Publisher’s Comment   In this issue: Teamwork in Boston …The 2014 EASA Convention  … Technical article schedule change … Correction: We regret that a caption appeared in error (page 54, June 2014 issue of Electrical Apparatus) below a product photo that accompanied the description of what would be shown at Stimple & Ward Co.’s exhibit at the EASA Convention. The correct caption should have been “Reactor coil”.…..Elsie Dickson

Let’s Solve Your Problem  In this issue:  Why the odd coil grouping?… Joint in rolled end ring: Is it safe?… Double-cage rotors: one end ring or two?… What’s the NESC all about?… What about the arc blast effect?… Will current monitoring prevent starting damage?… Why isn’t PI a good test for random windings?… Edited by the EA staff
Associations, societies & government activities  In this issue: ANSI is signatory to Pacific emissions agreement… Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League meets with NEMA to discuss standards… International Electrotechnical Commission renews agreement with Euro-Asian Council for Standardization, Metrology, and Certification… Electric Power Research Institute announces its first greenhouse gas offset, based on validation and verification methodology developed by EPRI and Michigan State University… Results of counterfeit products survey released by the Electrical Safety Foundation International- view complete results at www.esfi.org  … UL opens a new test lab in Shanghai… National Association of Electrical Distributors’ report examines ‘disruptive technologies’ –click here to view  … Edited by Kevin Jones
Standards    In this issue: National Electrical Manufacturers Association dry-type transformer standard has been reinstated – find Info and download here … More changes in efficiency test procedures from the International Electrotechnical Commission… American National Standards Institute seeks comment on UL controller standard. Download copy from www.comm-2000.com ; send comments (with copy topsa@ansi.org ) to Mitchell Gold at (847) 664-2850 (Mitchell.Gold@ul.com ). … Edited by the EA staff
Letters  In this issue: Loss of expertise with d-c machines, from Richard D. Hall, Erie, Pa.
Business briefs   In this issue:  Regal buys drive manufacturer Benshaw… Solomon Corp. acquires Electrical Apparatus Service Co. (EASCO) of Grand Junction, CO …, WEG signs United Nations Global Compact… Grainger to open Northeast distribution center… Nidec to establish motor technology award to encourage the development of motor-related technologies… Houghton Int’l launches redesigned Web site at www.houghton-international.com… Baldor plant marks accident-free milestone- 10 million hours without a losttime accident… India utility Tata Power to use natural esters in transformers… Edited by Kevin Jones
Calendar briefs  In every issue and updated on the web. See our online calendar for current offerings.
Jerry Finnegan of Gem State Electric Co, featured in the August 2014 Electrical Apparatus

Jerry Finnegan rests during a backpacking trip along the Idaho Centennial Trail. He is high atop the Idaho/Montana state line. —Bev Pressman photo

EA reader profile   In this issue: Jerry Finnegan, owner and president of Gem State Electric Co. in Garden City, Idaho …

Utilities   In this issue: Wisconsin Energy to acquire Integrys Energy… Texas utility El Paso Electric Co. on track to be coal-free by 2016… Solar installation dedicated at Old Dominion University… By Kevin Jones
All-Test Pro, LLC,’s Shane Franklin, featured in the August 2014 Electrical ApparatusShane Franklin
Ohio Electric Motors’ Randall Snyder, featured in the August 2014 Electrical Apparatus
Randall Snyder
Baldor Electric Co’s Greg Hewitt, featured in the August 2014 Electrical Apparatus
Greg Hewitt
Names & faces In this issue:  In this issue: All-Test Pro, LLC,’s Shane FranklinOhio Electric MotorsRandall SnyderTim Graff of Appleton Group division of Emerson Industrial Automation.. Also from Appleton, Mike Winter has been appointed the 2014 chairman of the National Association of Electrical DistributorsBaldor Electric Co’s Greg HewittBartlett Bearing Co’s Vic McDevitt, Jr. …Edited by Bill O’Leary
Product Briefs   In this issue:   Motors & Gearmotors – rolled steel frame motors from WEG Electric Corp. of Atlanta … Brushless d-c Gearmotors from Bodine Electric … Power Quality – power protection device from ABB-Power Conversion … Power Transmission – ” motor brakes from Force Control Industries … Safety -  impact protection gloves from Magid Glove & Safety of Chicago… 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 – Switched reluctance machines – three-day course titled “Design of Switched Reluctance (SR) Machines and Drive Application” Offered by: Advanced MotorTech LLC, 4951 71st Ave. North, Pinellas Park, Fla. 33781-4428; (727) 412-8200; www.advancedmotortech.com  Where and when: Oct. 8-10, 2014, in Raleigh, N.C…. Root Cause Failure Analysis – Two-day seminar which will focus on common as well as unusual types of failures Offered by: Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA), 1331 Baur Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. 63132; (314) 993-2220; www.easa.com  Where and when: Oct. 24-25, 2014 at Hilton Garden Inn Detroit Metro Airport in Romulus, MI …Professional Sales Training – A two-and-a-half-day course, “The Four Pillars of the Sales Profession” Offered by:  Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA), 1331 Baur Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. 63132; (314) 993-2220; www.easa.com   Where and when: Nov. 11-13 at the Drury Inn & Suites Dayton North in Dayton, Ohio…. …Also: The Industrial Careers Pathway (ICP) has published How-to-Guide: Establishing Your Company’s Internship Program, which assists industrial distributors and manufacturers in setting up internship programs. Download for free here  …Technical Sales and Consulting adds two product training modules for the electrical industry to its “Training to Go” Series, products featured are circuit breakers and motor starters.  More information at http://tsandc.com/elearning/ .
Direct and Current  In this issue: U.S. industrial production continues to rise … Manufacturing sector continues expansion… U.S. trade deficit widens slightly… Electroindustry business conditions remain steady… OSHA rules on construction standards and PPE… 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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