Electrical Apparatus - December 2007

Electrical Apparatus – December 2007

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Codes & Standards – A sneak peek at the 2008 National Electrical Code: Theme parks and electrified parking spaces are among concerns that are new to the Code. By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor

Controls & Control Systems – After a quarter century, the Nola device continues to play a role in electrical energy conservation. By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor (Read an online summary)

Associations, Conventions & Trade Shows – Solid leads, new technology: A report from the October Electrical Manufacturing and Insulation Expo in Nashville By the EA Staff

Safety and Health – Joint replacement can eliminate aches and pains: Nowadays, there’s no reason to be hobbled by knee injuries. By Richard B. Elsberry, EA Contributing Editor

Accounting – Avoiding tax pitfalls when buying a business: How not to trigger unexpected expenses. By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor

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Editor’s Comment In this issue – Wrapping up the year – two magazines as one … Reviewing the NEC – a two part story … Small businesses flourishing … by Horace B. Barks, Editor and Publisher

Let’s Solve Your Problem  In this issue – Power factor not a factor in sizing of motor wire .. How much cooling do capacitors need? … Longer starting time: Is it the motor’s fault? … Vertical vs. horizontal bus – how much cooler? … Welding vs. barzing in a motor’s rotor cage … Older motor insulation better with inverters? … Is current unbalance a problem in idle motor? … More on inverter bypass contactor rating … Does ‘inverter duty’ mean extra-thick insulation? … Edited by the EA staff

Business and financial briefs News of expansions, relocations, annual reports, and more, about companies serving the electrical mechanical industries. In this issue – MISCOR Group Ltd. acquires Ideal Consolidated, Inc … Motion Industries moves into process pumps … Emerson purchase of Motorola unit okayed … Flir acquires Extech Instruments … PowerTran Co is bought by ABB …Edited by Kevin Jones  

International Trade Shows Information and calendar for upcoming shows around the globe. In this issue – Middle East Electricity in Dubai … International Exhibition on Electric Power Electrical Engineering in China … SMT/PCB and Nepcon Korea in Seoul … PCIM China and Electronica and Productronica China in Germany … Wire in Germany … Electricita Sicura in Italy .. Hannover Messe in Hannover Germany … Elektro Brno in the Czech Republic .. Edited by the EA Staff  

Trade associations, professional societies and government activities  In this issue – Report by the Power Transmission Distributors Association reveals costs of inventory returns … EASA seeks award nominations … American Society of Safety Engineers promotes its organization to students … Association for Facilities Engineering offers certification for Plant Maintenance managers … National Electrical Manufacturers Association offers job search packages … National Association of Electrical Distributors receives grant from Revere Electric Supply … Reports from Manufacturers’ Agents National Association will now be free … International Electrical Testing Association issues publication covering maintenance testing … Edited by the EA staff

EA reader at ease Stories featuring unusual or interesting avocational interests of our readers. In this issue – The featured Reader at Ease in the December 2007 Electrical Apparatus is Douglas Schleisman, general manager at Electric Motor Repair, Minneapolis. Doug is an ice fisherman who finds that fishing not only yields nourishment but also renews the spirit, providing both fun and relaxation. By Josh Hoff 

Utility Briefs News of the utility industry. In this issue – Studies show that deregulation costs more … Diary waste is being used to make energy … Survey shows little support for deregulation … Missouri court halts electricity rate hike … Edited by Kevin Jones

Engineering Education  A glimpse into today’s engineering classroom in a quarterly feature which reports on college and university courses relevant to expanding electromechanical activities, as well as pre-college programs. In this issue – Teaching engineers entrepreneurship at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University … Boeing is again number one for engineering students … Museum of Science, Boston, and Key Curriculum Press publish new high school science and engineering curriculum. By Josh Hoff 

Standards briefs Updates of standards and related information. In this issue – U.S. appoints standards representative to European Union … ANSI and NETA consolidate testing standards … Underwriters Laboratories issues updates and revisions … Transformer requirements are combined by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers … International Electrotechnical Commission announces new publications dealing with lightning, explosive atmospheres … 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 – Motor Control a la Nola – a durable technology. After a quarter century of ups and downs, the Nola device continues to play a role in electrical energy conservation. (read an online English summary)

New Books Recently published books, reviewed by our editors. In this issue – electric power for neophytes is the topic of S.W. Blume’s Electric Power System Basics, published by IEEE Press/Wiley Interscience.

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

Automation Briefs High-tech products of use to the industry. In this issue – brushless motors from DynaMotors and Applimotion … Gateway module from Saelig Co … Electronic controller from Sevcon, Inc. … miniature servo drive from Elmo Motion Control…

Web briefs … Selected websites for the electromechanical specialist, annotated with details of especially valuable content. In this issue – Gilbert Electrical Systems and Products— www.gilbertelectrical.com … Diesel Service & Supply, Inc.— www.dieselserviceandsupply.com … Mackay Pump School— www.practicalpumping.com … Pro Fuse International— www.profuseinternational.com … Tribology-abc— www.tribology-abc.com … AuCom Electronics— www.aucom.com … CUKY— http://cuky2000.250free.com … Master Control Systems, Inc.— www.mastercontrols.com … SKM Systems Analysis, Inc.— www.skm.com … Cerro Wire & Cable Co.— www.cerrowire.com … Arc Advisor— www.arcadvisor.com … Institution of Engineering & Technology— www.iee.org … Longo Industries— www.elongo.com … Power & Systems Innovation, Inc.— www.psihq.com … Nokian Capacitors Ltd.— www.nokiancapacitors.com Edited by the EA staff

Names and Faces … News and photos of industry people on the move and in the news. In this issue – Robert Wilemski and Zach Tester of Volland Electric Equipment Corp … Jeff Riestenberg (pictured, above left) of Robroy Industries … Andrew D’Andrea and Drew Merck of Carolina Insulation & Wire … Mark Roy of Amrel … Jeff Blackman (center) of Bosch Rexroth Corp … and Rose Farris (right) celebrates her 50th anniversary with Interstate Electric Corp, Sand Springs, Oklahoma ….Edited by the EA Staff

Training Briefs Announcements of workshops, seminars and instructional materials, in every issue and updated on the web. See our Training page for current offerings. In this issue – Corrosion testing from ASTM International … Machine alignment from Machine Dynamics, Inc. … Servomotor training from Quality Solutions Co … Welding from the Lincoln Electric Company … Arc-flash protection from American Trainco … UPS’s and batteries from Ametek Solidstate Controls … Power quality from PowerCET Corp … Motor & drive application from Baldor Electric …Drives and Controls from Bosch-Rexroth Corp … High-voltage maintenance from Ox Creek Energy …. Infrared Thermography from the Electrical Apparatus Service Association .. Professional certification, from the Association for Facilities Engineering. Also – Carolina Energy’s welding school in South Carolina expands. Edited by Bill O’Leary 

Product briefs Photos and announcements of new products. In this issue – Drives and inverters from ABB and EPC … Measuring equipment from Seaward Group USA, Chromalox, Inc., and Flir Systems … hand cleaners from Klein Tools … Shaft grounding ring from Electro Static Technology … Sweet function generators from B+K Precision Corp … Silicone gel vibration mounts from Advanced Antivibration Components … Motors & Gearmotors from Oriental Motor … Power quality from Staco Energy Products and Raycap .. Safety power and data access ports from Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems …Edited by the EA Staff.

Direct and Current Breaking news of interest to the industry. In this issue – Sales of controls edge up in third quarter … 59th consecutive month of export growth … OSH to report to the European Union? … Falling US dollar hurts Canadian exports … Small business loans for military veterans .. 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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