December 2011 Electrical Apparatus

December 2011 Electrical Apparatus

Featured Articles

Reader Profile – Donald Riffey, superintendent of public works for the town of Middletown, Va. By Joseph S. Hoff, EA Associate Editor

Codes and Standards – The IECEx Scheme: A look at the international standards governing apparatus for hazardous areas With trilingual summary. (Read an online summary) By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor

Motors & Generators – Dealing with problems in motor ventilating fans: The second of two articles about motor cooling mechanisms By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor

Safety & Health – Industrial fires: How prepared are you? Steps you can take to prepare for the unthinkable By Joseph S. Hoff, EA Associate Editor

Accounting – Seven keys to business success: A step-by-step guide to profitability and financial security By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor

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Editor’s Comment Readers’ comments are the best gifts … Reminder that we’ve moved our offices … What’s coming in January, including the Five-Year Index of Articles:… by Horace B. Barks, Editor and Publisher

Let’s Solve Your Problem Does code restriction bar standard motor usage?… Why such long rotor bar extensions? … No-load current exceeds full-load; why?… How much cooling air for apparatus in general?… What makes a standard ‘standard’? … Edited by the EA staff

Associations, societies & government activities U.S. supports partnership between the American National Standards Institute and the former Soviet Republic of Georgia’s Georgian Accreditation Center … Dates and venue announced for Electrical Manufacturing & Coil Winding Expo 2012 – May 9-10 at the Frontier Airlines Convention Center in Milwaukee – for more information, see … Online advice for energy-efficient schools available as a free download from ASHRAE – search for Advanced Energy Design Guides at … Electrical Apparatus Service Association’s pump and vibration specialist Gene Vogel helps EASA members solve pump problems. One member needed help with the orientation of angular contact bearings for a submersible pump. …PEARL Professional Recyclers network helps member expand business into medium-voltage work….The Women’s Peer Group of the National Electrical Contractors Associ – ation holds second annual roundtable discussion … Comments sought on pump standard by the Hydraulic Institute Edited by Kevin Jones

Letters Penalty for low power factor? from Ed Kwiatkowski, President, Staco Energy Products Co., Dayton, Ohio …Power factor in brush motors? from Robert Gibson, Aurora, Ill…. ‘Ring fire as explosion hazard? from Bharat Mistry, P.Eng, GE Energy-Canada, Peterborough, Ontario ….Edited by Kevin Jones

International Trade Shows A rundown of trade shows scheduled around the world for Spring and Summer, 2012: Mechanical Electrical Electronic Technology, New Brunswick, Canada … PCIM Europe and SMT/HYBRID/PACKAGING, Nuremberg, Germany … … China International Electric Power & Electric Engineering Technology Exhibition, Shanghai … Lyon Eurexpo —Equipville, Inlight Expo, and Lumiville … Asian Elenex Hong Kong … Electrical, Electronics, and Energy Expo and Conferences, Coimbatore, India. ….Edited by the EA Staff

Business briefs Wood Group enters into alliance with Pratt & Whitney Power Systems … New Graybar facility opens in Lafayette, IN … WEG acquires GE’s Electric Machinery unit … SKF opens factory extension in Brazil … Orion Fans makes distribution agreement with interconnect distributor Heilind Electronics  ...Edited by Kevin Jones

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

Standards New National Electrical Safety Code – Order by going to and searching for “2012 National Electrical Safety Code.” … IEEE and IEC create new kind of standard, PAS, for “Publicly Available Specification” …A step forward for electric vehicle technology with a new standard for Batteries for Use in Electric Vehicles…. NEMA expresses concern over trade barriers Edited by the EA staff Utilities Siemens opens wind turbine project warehouse in Wichita, KS … Dominion Virginia Power proposes solar project …Boulder voters narrowly defeat Xcel Energy and will create a municipal utility … Arizona utility sued over clean air laws Edited by Kevin Jones

Engineering Education Scientists such as Dr. Jingbi You at UCLA are working to show how the incorporation of gold nanoparticles can improve the efficiency of an organic solar cell… By Joseph S. Hoff

Names and Faces Leviton’s Scott Wilson …Ranbar Electrical Materials’Sean Mahaffey and David Maglitto … Jeffrey Burkhardt and Nick Shkordoff of Ideal Industries… Peter Elkas, Tom Moore, and Steven Horst  of Graybar … Edited by Bill O’Leary

Deaths Walter L. Corbin, former president of Scherer Industrial Group, Indianapolis… by Josh Hoff

Training Briefs Announcements of workshops, seminars and instructional materials. In this issue – EASA seminars cover negotiating and selling … Advanced MotorTech LLC, offers a two-and-a-half-day course, “Induction Machine Design—Taking Theory to Practice: … Edited by Bill O’Leary

Direct and Current Manufacturing technology orders double over year …Business conditions stabilized in September….Electricity inflation index rose in September … Manufacturing expands yet again…Manufacturing jobs continue to go begging ...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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