December 2012 Electrical Apparatus

December 2012 Electrical Apparatus

Featured Articles

Emergencies Dispatches from a super storm: In the wake of Hurricane Sandy By Kevin Jones, EA Senior Editor

Say it Right When is an “emergency” really an emergency? When used in reference to generators, the word has a very specific meaning By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor

Fire Protection Arc blast: still on a learning curve – Safeguards in electrical equipment against arc blast are still woefully inadequate. (Read an online summary) By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor

Motors & Generators Victim of controversy: Fifty years on, a unique generator faces an uncertain future—and its downfall could be political By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor

Safety & Health Hiring the disabled: Why accommodating workers with special needs makes good business sense By Joseph S. Hoff, EA Associate Editor

Accounting – Protecting your assets: Steps for avoiding risks and minimizing tax liabilities By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor

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Editor’s Comment In this issue: EA’s writers contribute positive analyses of what might seem like negative news … Having an anniversary? Let us know about it … Kristine Weller joins the EA full-time staff … Coming in January: The ABC’s of Acronyms (Breaking the Code) … our Five-year index of articles … Elsie Dickson

Let’s Solve Your Problem Maintaining integrity of explosion-proof flame paths …Will explosions damage explosion-proof motor? … Will more ventilation allow for more starts? … How does fan noise vary with a motor’s speed? … Unfamiliar grounding system technology …The meaning of ‘duty factor’ …Confusion about voltage drop at motor …Edited by the EA staff

Associations, societies & government activities Power Transmission Distributors Association discusses “Big Ideas to Steer Your Business” at annual conference drew about 700 participants … Study from the National Association of Electrical Distributors examines partnership options between energy services companies and distributors (download from the NAED Learning center at or telephone (888) 791-2512 … Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League joins with Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association to offer members discounted business services … RSES: The HVACR Training Authority grants three specialist certificates … ASTM International introduces initiative to evaluate environmental impacts… EASA’s Technical Manual is now online: More information is available at … National Electrical Manufacturers Association publishes 2013 edition of its Electrical Standards and Products Guide (download from …Edited by Kevin Jones

Business briefs ABB installs its first U.S. vehicle charger … Shareholders approve Cooper-Eaton merger… Siemens quitting the solar energy business… Regal rises in market cap ranks… Emerson invests $33 million in Dubai HQ… Von Roll sees ‘weak development’ in 2012 quarter 3 … Schneider Electric cuts energy consumption 25%… Graybar offering energy-saving Graybar PowerSmart system… Midpoint Bearing named distributor for Timken… Grainger reports third-quarter sales increase… Rexel acquires U.S. efficiency specialist Munro Distributing Co. … Thomas & Betts joins Graybar Electric Co., Milwaukee Electric Tool Co., Westex Inc., Federated Insurance and Schneider Electric/Square D and Federated Insurance as NECA Premier Partner … Johnstone Supply to open new distribution center in Joliet, IL … ABB sees ‘steady orders and higher revenues’ … Edited by Kevin Jones

EA Reader at Ease Tyler Gaerke, product engineer at Siemens Industry, Inc., Norwood, OH, is a home remodeler and brewmeister By Joseph Hoff

Anniversaries Brithinee Electric celebrates 50 years in the motor industry by Kristine Weller

Engineering Education Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania make an all-optical nanowire switch … graduate students at the University of Missouri judged “Most Creative” at RevCon Challenge By Joseph Hoff

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

Names and Faces Neil Yingling and Joanne Hooper of DeWAL Industries … Kaiser Electric’s Kevin Smegner …Chris Decesare of Bridgeport Fittings … Robroy Industries Conduit Division’s Ken Plasterer … Clinton E. Childress, Phil Barringer and Dee Brown of Tampa Electric Co. (TECO) …Shermco Industries’ Douglas Nunley … Barbara J. Ross of Timken Drives, honored by Power Transmission Distributors Association … Edited by Bill O’Leary

Deaths Kenneth R. Wallace, owner, McGilvra Electric, Beloit, WI

Product Briefs Test instruments – Baker DX static motor analyzers… FTR-Birdie self-contained electrical test and fault-finding logger from Saelig Co…. 801 Series high current d-c power supplies from Hipotronics… Tools – Impact drivers and wrenches from Hilti … cordless 7/16-in. hex impact wrench from Makita Corp. … stubby multi-bit screwdriver/ nut driver from Klein Tools … Circuit interrupters – midget fuse holders fromt Keystone Electronics … Safety – Switchgear arc flash protection from ABB LV Products … A.R.C. rubber insulating gloves from Magid Glove & Safety … Switching devices – Ultra-miniature reed relays from Meder Electronic … doublepole, three-position switch from CW Industries … Miscellaneous – Sitop PSU100D switchmode power supply from Siemens Industry … 40 to 175 kW diesel generator sets is being from Caterpillar Electric Power Division Edited by the EA staff

Training Briefs Announcements of workshops, seminars and instructional materials. In this issue – interactive course “Troubleshooting Electrical Generators and Voltage Regulating Systems,” Dec. 1-2, Inn of the Hills, Kerrville, Tex. Contact: Power-Tronics, Inc., P.O. Box 291509, Kerrville, Tex. 78029; (830) 895-4700; Fax: (830) 895-4737;; … Darby and Baldor to help with motor training … Thomas & Betts present product display boards …Hands-on training in ‘green’ technology from IBEW, NECA and Chabot College… Bison Gear & Engineering hosts local middle-school educators for National Manufacturing Day … Edited by Bill O’Leary

Direct and Current 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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