Electrical Apparatus August 2015

Electrical Apparatus August 2015

Featured Articles

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Matt McShan (center) talks to employee Antoine Brazil. Lone Star Armature employees pride themselves in their willingness to accommodate customers.

Service Shops – A partnership moves forward: How a San Antonio service company leverages past successes for growth By Joseph S. Hoff, EA Associate Editor

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Fast Forward – Cloud Control: Computer services have transitioned off-site, and that’s good and bad news By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor

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EASA Convention. Electrical Apparatus photo by Bill O’Leary

Conventions 

- An international gathering: The Electrical Apparatus Service Association’s recent convention in San Antonio took the global view By the Electrical Apparatus staff

- Scenes from the exhibit floor: The 2015 EASA Convention in print By the EA staff

- Question of the show: We ask EASA Convention attendees: “If you had money to invest in your business, what would you spend it on?” By the EA staff

- Thinking outside the (water) box: Innovations and solutions at AWWA’s ‘Uniting the World of Water’ conference By Nicolas Weinstock, EA Reporter/Photographer

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Samantha Dietz is the first woman Meter Madness National Champion.

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Hydraulic systems such as this one are used in forklifts. Overloading a forklift can result in equipment failure and, possibly, injury. -Colin Bonner photo

Safety & Health – Recognizing hydraulic hazards: Why an investment in training might be a life-saving idea By Joseph S. Hoff, EA Associate Editor

Managing Accounting – Funding a start-up: Four steps to financing a new business venture By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor
Codes & Standards- Electrical safety standard continues to evolve:  A look at recent changes to the NFPA’s influential guidelines By Richard L. Nailen, EA Engineering Editor
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Editor’s Comment   In this issue: Safety: The job that will never be completed…Kevin Jones
Let’s Solve Your Problem  In this issue: Why the difference in rotor laminations? … A problem with two motors in tandem … Why the slits in rotor bars? … Repairs to old explosion-proof motors … In motor assembly, how tight is tight? … Ways of defining ‘life’… Edited by the EA staff
Associations, societies & government activities   In this issue: Safety engineers renew their alliance with OSHA… New EASA chairman looks to upcoming year… AEMT reports a successful Berlin coil show … Edited by Kevin Jones
Letters   In this issue: Infrared thermography keeps improving in price- from John Voitl, ITC Level III Thermographer, MillerCoors, Golden, CO… Super puzzle solver- from John Boyd, Consultant, Akron, OH
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PTDA Canadian Conference: Rahmat Rahnumah (from left) and Robert Beaudry, both of Wajax Industrial Components, along with Christian Caron, SKF Canada Ltd., take in the Power Transmission Distributors Association’s Canadian Conference, June 3-5. Taking place at the Four Seasons Vancouver, Vancouver, B.C., the conference included networking and face-to-face meetings between channel partners. -PTDA photo

Calendar briefs  In every issue and updated on the web. See our online calendar for current offerings.

Business briefs   In this issue:  NovaTorque appoints Electric Motor Repair Co. of Baltimore as Mid-Atlantic distributor…ELANTAS named in top workplace category by St. Louis Post-Dispatch for third consecutive year…Shermco‘s headquarters earns VPP Star status…Oil industry struggles force Baldor layoffs… Edited by Kevin Jones
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Mary Palkovich

Utilities   In this issue: Consumers Energy executive Mary Palkovich earns Maverick Award from Midwest Energy Association… FirstEnergy offering several education grants for 2015-16 school year – www.firstenergycorp.com/STEM … Pacific Gas & Electric running air patrols to detect wildfires… NextEra Energy Resources installs solar array to power New York college… Edited by Kevin Jones

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PG&E spotter plane

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College’s solar array

 

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Dale Olson, a business owner who’s fully engaged with his community. -Janice Nadeau photo

EA reader profile   In this issue: Dale Olson, owner of Montana Electric Motors, Inc. (Butte, MT) helps to make a good town better  By Joseph Hoff

The Smart Grid   In this issue:  Smart Grid security a growing concern: Because the grid is ‘smarter’, it’s also more vulnerable to attacks By Richard L. Nailen, EA Engineering Editor
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Chris Keyser

Names & faces In this issue:  Baldor Electric’s Chris KeyserBob MacDonald, CEO of Wood Group Kenny (WGK)Wood Group‘s Robin Watson, Steve Wayman, and Ali GreenEdited by Bill O’Leary

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William Yeadon

Deaths  William ‘Bill’ Yeadon, 69, owner of Yeadon Engineering Services, of Iron River, MI.

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Sulzer Saudi Pump Co.

Pumps  In this issue: Hydraulic Institute publishes guide to wastewater pumps- download the PDF version here – http://estore.pumps.org/Guidebooks/WW.aspx – will hold first Pump System Optimization course August 27 in North Charleston, S.C. with Excel Apparatus Services, Inc., and WEG Electric Corp. - more info at http://estore.pumps.orgBlackmer (Grand Rapids, MI) introduces new lines of reciprocating gas compressors… Hydro, Inc. of Chicago opens new pump service center, Hydro Richards, in British Columbia… Sulzer buys stake in Saudi pump company… Edited by the EA staff

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Craig Banadyga (left) at Skills Canada. -ICP photo

Training Briefs   In this issue: Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) provides guidance for youths – visit IDCareers.org for job search assistance… Big Beacon calls for change to engineering education – www.bigbeacon.orgEdited by Bill O’Leary

Direct and Current  In this issue: Historically high number of unfilled jobs… North American electroindustry outlook improves… U.S. manufacturing technology orders slip… Europe investing in energy infrastructure… The Editors
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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