Electrical Apparatus - December 2008

Electrical Apparatus – December 2008

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Motor Performance – Some tips for evaluating motor operating cost: Examining the many factors that come into play in determining what it costs to run a motor By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor (Read an online summary)

Trade Shows – Chicago coil and insulation show lives up to its promise: Photos from the recent Coil Winding, Insulation and Electrical Manufacturing Exhibition in Chicago By Elizabeth Van Ness

Insulation – Another look at insulation resistance: Understand what the insulation test can and cannot do By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor

Safety and Health – Looking back at the year in workplace safety Federal safety and environmental agencies receive poor ratings By Richard B. Elsberry, EA Contributing Editor

Accounting – Simply breaking even Tools for measuring profitability in challenging times By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor

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Editor’s Comment Perspective on current and upcoming issues. In this issue – Looking back at 2008 .. Repair or replace, another matter of economics …. Did EA scoop 60 minutes re: toxic e-waste? … by Horace B. Barks, Executive Editor

Let’s Solve Your Problem In this issue – Metric vs. English terms for inertia … What IR test limit for a rotor winding?… Does induction generator need any special winding? … Cooling air: one size fits all … Must surge protection be connected at the motor?… Effect of overvoltage on motor insulation life 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 -Regal Beloit buys Dutch distributor Dutchi Motors BV of Arnhem, the Netherlands … Leviton opens distribution center in Lebanon, Tenn. … Ferraz Shawmut buys Canadian supplier R-Theta Thermal Solutions, Inc., of Mississauga, Ontario … Von Roll settles lawsuit against Craig Wire Products … Wood Group opens new facility in Bogota, Colombia … GE wins London distribution contract from EDF Energy Networks of London, England … Rockwell Automation, Inc. closes its Allen-Bradley manufacturing plant in Manchester, N.H. … Quarterly financial reports from Baldor Electric Co., Fort Smith, Ark…. Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. … A.O. Smith… W.W. Grainger … Littelfuse, Inc. … ABB …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 – Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League releases new reconditioning standards …New crane standards from The American Society of Safety Engineers … Electric Motor Education & Research Foundation of South Dartmouth, Mass., initiates a Motorized Ability Design Awards competition for undergraduates …‘State of the Industry’ session available online for members of the Electrical Apparatus Service Association …HVAC educators are recognized at Indianapolis September conference …Call for papers on wire technology by Expo Productions, Inc., of Hartland, Wis., producer of the Electrical Wire Processing Technology Expo … The Association for Facilities Engineering of Reston, Va offers Certified Plant Maintenance Manager course online Edited by the EA staff

EA reader profile Stories featuring Electrical Apparatus readers on the job. In this issue – Jeanne Jobe, President of Houston Motor and Control (HMC) By Joseph Hoff.

Web briefs Selected websites for the electromechanical specialist, annotated with details of especially valuable content. In this issue – Michael Bluejay www.michaelbluejay.com/electricity/cost.html …Suntech Power Co. Ltd. www.suntech-power.com …PLCS.NET, LLC www.plctalk.net/qanda … Vestas Wind Systems A/S www.vestas.com …Tri-State Generation & Transmission Associates, Inc. http://tristate.apogee.net … Industrial Wind Action Group www.windaction.org … Cerro Wire www.cerrowire.com … Physics Forum www.physicsforum.com … Encore Wire Corp. www.encorewire.com … Association for Maintenance Professionals http://maintenanceforums.com … Power Solutions www.power-solutions.com … Maintenance Tips http://maintenancetalk.com …Power Systems & Controls www.pscpower.com Edited by the Electrical Apparatus staff.

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 – iLabs elevate science education … Making engineering relevant to women … Scientists await particle collider data … Bison Gear hosts guidance counselors By Josh Hoff

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

International Trade Shows Information and calendar for upcoming shows around the globe. In this issue – the Syrian International Power & Electricity Exhibition … Elektro Brno … China E-Power … 8th China International Electric Power & Electric Engineering Technology Exhibition … Wire Russia … Power Industry & Electrical Engineering … Equipville … FIIEE Minas Gerais 2009 .. .. Edited by the EA Staff Names and Faces News and photos of industry people on the move and in the news. In this issue – Garlock Sealing Technologies’ Chris Hicks and Bruce Stratton … William Bland of Hisco, Inc…. Sylvia Wetzel and John Morehead of Bison Gear & Engineering Corp. … from The National Association of Electrical Distributors, Tom Naber, Michael Martin and Misty Byers …Edited by the EA Staff

New Books Recently published books, reviewed by our editors. In this issue – Automation for the neophyte: A review of Industrial Electronics: Devices & Systems. By D.R. Patrick & S.W. Fardo. Fairmont Press, Inc., 700 Indian Trail, Lilburn, Ga. 30047; (770) 925-9388. $125 (hardbound). 671 pages. Reviewed by Richard Nailen, who concludes that “This is a valuable reference for anyone involved in design, operation, troubleshooting, or servicing of industrial electronics.”

Automation Briefs High-tech products of use to the industry. In this issue – Electronic hygrotherms from Omega Engineering … Potentiometer sensors from Macro Sensors … Fan trays from Orion Fans… new software capabilities for logging multimeters from Fluke Corporation Product briefs Photos and announcements of new products. In this issue – TEST INSTRUMENTS from B&K Precision Corp., Extech Instruments, and QuadTech … TOOLS from Klein Tools, Wright Tool, Makita , CS Unitec, Inc., Ridgid, Streamlight, Inc., and Seatek Co., Inc. 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 – Electrical safety, from Cooper Bussmann … Arc flash, from American Trainco … Fire systems, from Fire-Lite Alarms… Ultrasonics, from Branson Ultrasonics Corp, and from Herrmann Ultrasonics, Inc. … Relays and substations, from Megger … Welding, from The Lincoln Electric Welding School … UPS’s and batteries, from Ametek Solidstate Controls … Corrosion prevention, from Corrosion College… Edited by Bill O’Leary

Direct and Current Breaking news of interest to the industry, 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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