Electrical Apparatus magazine, December 2013

Electrical Apparatus magazine, December 2013

Featured Articles

Energy storage and the Smart Grid

Expansion turbine (foreground) and generator at the McIntosh CAES plant in Alabama. —Dresser-Rand Co. photo

The Smart Grid – Turning wind into wind: Energy storage for the Smart Grid  By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor 

Wind turbine gearboxes, featured in the December 2013 Electrical Appartus

Wind turbine gearboxes: The gearbox test stand at the NREL Wind Technology Center at Boulder, Colo. —National Renewable Energy Laboratory photo

The wind turbine’s weak link Gearboxes remain problematical, but promising technologies are under development.  Read an online summary.  By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor

Accounting Controlling inventory: Systematic ways to reduce carrying costs By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor
The year in electrical safety, featured in the December 2013 Electrical Apparatus

Welding can emit fumes that contain toxic metals, including nickel, chromium, manganese, zinc, and cadmium. The content will depend upon the material being welded. Workers should take the appropriate precautionary measures. —Electrical Apparatus photo by Richard Nailen

Safety  2013: The year in review –  What we’ve learned about safety and health over the past 12 months By Joseph S. Hoff, EA Associate Editor

Motor technology for non-engineers, featured in the December 2013 Electrical Apparatus

At a recent three-day course in Des Plaines, Ill., non-engineers learned about the fundamentals of electrotechnology. The instructor was Keith Klontz, president and CEO of Advanced MotorTech of Pinellas Park, Fla.

Training & Education  Hands-on course introduces non-engineers to motors: An electrical machine design engineering firm provides a foundation of electrical principles By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor

Fast Forward  The do’s and dont’s of Web design: Creating a Web site is easy, but doing it the right way is another story By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor
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Publisher’s Comment  In this issue:  Wind turbines and weak links… A year of safety & health… Tips for building a Web site… Coming next month:.. - Elsie Dickson
Let’s Solve Your Problem  In this issue: ASD motor needs overload protection in bypass mode…What happened to ANSI paint color standards? …Why the extra connections in multi-pole motor winding? …Can a 760 volt motor use 600 volt insulation? …The term ‘Waterproof’ versus ‘Watertight’ …Removing Rotor bars to change slot combination? …End rings may not be same material as cage bars… Edited by the EA staff Edited by the EA staff
Associations, societies & government activities Recyclers’ group Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League is invited to sit on Canadian Canadian Standards Association committee … Electrical Apparatus Service Association’s repair accreditation plan moves forward on schedule… Underwriters Laboratories is accredited by the U.S. Dept. of Energy to test efficiency of small motors… American Wind Energy Association reports that the U.S. wind industry is ending the year on a positive note …New Power Transmission Handbook is released by the Power Transmission Distributors Association …A new standards guide is published by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association… Members of the National Electrical Contractors Association wrap up their annual convention… Edited by the EA staff
World's largest Falk Ring Gear, featured in the December 2013 Electrical Apparatus

A 250,000 lb. gear is fit for a gold mine Rexnord of Milwaukee, a manufacturer of industrial machines and components, has completed the manufacture of its largest Falk Ring Gear in weight and horsepower—250,000 pounds and 24,000 horsepower (18 MW). The six-part ring gear will be used to refine material in a gold mine in the southwestern U.S. With manufacturing beginning in April 2012, nearly 100 Rexnord associates took part in making the giant gear a reality. “From engineering, through the foundry and the machine shop, Rexnord associates have worked efficiently with the customer to produce a high-quality, high-power gearing solution,” said Dave Olson, director of commercial operations, mill products. —Rexnord photo

Business briefs  In this issue:  KJ Electric buys the electric motor and repair divisions of Electro-Mech Systems Group…Regal buys Italian hazardous-duty motor maker Cemp, s.r.l.,… Rexnord of Milwaukee completes the manufacture of its largest Falk Ring Gear – “a250,000 lb. gear fit for a gold mine”… EIS acquires Wisconsin distributor Tekra Corp … New Mexico contractor Summit Electric Supply buys Texas firm Central Electrical Supply … Longo Electrical-Mechanical earns NETA certification from the InterNational Electrical Testing Association…WEG increases production in China and Mexico… Toshiba International Corp. provides transformers to Toronto…     Edited by Kevin Jones

Utilities  In this issue:  Consumers Energy breaks ground for Michigan Cross Winds Energy Park wind park…Florida Power & Light Co. donates poles to build artificial reef… Utility Workers Union of America reaches five-year labor agreement with Consumers Energy…. Duke Energy builds new solar power project… Tucson Electric Power wins the Emerson Process Experts 2013 Reliability Program of the Year award for predictive maintenance … Edited by Kevin Jones
Preparing students for industrial careers at the University of Arizona, featured in the December 2013 Electrical Apparatus

Prof. Young-Jun Son holds a group meeting each week with students. During the meeting, one student usually presents his research. Pictured in the photo, on the left in the middle, is Young-Jun Son, joined by graduate students and post-doctorate students. —University of Arizona College of Engineering photo

Engineering Education  In this issue:  Young-Jun Son of the University of Arizona College of Engineering prepares students for industrial careers… Moble Benedict, assistant research scientist at the Clark School’s Dept. of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland, develops technology for maximum efficiency from wind turbine generators Edited by the EA staff

Say It Right  In this issue:  Describing ‘pre-owned’ equipment –  Be careful how you refer to equipment that isn’t factory-new By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor
Web Briefs  In this issue:  Measurlogic— www.measurlogic.com  … Lazar’s Power Electronics Guide—  www.smps.us … Systems Analysis, Inc.— www.skm.com … Zero Surge Inc.— www.zerosurge.com … Electrical Technology— www.electricaltechnology.org …Technology Transfer Services— www.techtransfer.com  …Pump World— www.pumpworld.com  …ATCO Emissions Management— www.atcoem.com/Resources/Documents/Noisecontrolhandbook.pdf  … Aerovent— www.aerovent.com  …Philips Lumileds Lighting Co.— www.philipslumileds.com  …Welding Information Center— www.weldinginfocenter.com  Edited by the EA staff
 Gregory Lyn of Potomac Electric Power Co, featured in the December 2013 Electrical Apparatus

For Gregory Lyn, fishing is a lifelong pursuit as much about sustenance and restoration as it is a quest for a prize. —Nneka Lyn photo

EA Reader at Ease  In this issue: Fisherman Gregory Lyn, a lead engineering associate at Washington, D.C.-based Potomac Electric Power Co. (Pepco),….By Josh Hoff

Calendar briefs  In every issue and updated on the web. See our online calendar for current offerings.
Standards  In this issue: Continuing changes in IEEE Standards format… Energy management gets attention from NECA …Wiring device standard is updated by NEMA …Photovoltaic fuse publication is modified by Underwriters Laboratories …Motor condition monitoring is subject of a new International Organization for Standardization standard …the IEC gets down to earth about ground, issuing two standards… Adoptions of international standards continue at the American National Standards Institute   Edited by the EA staff
Anniversaries   In this issue: Foster Electric Motor Service and Arizona Pump celebrates 50 years in business by Kristine Weller
Handbook of Energy Audits, reviewed in the December 2013 Electrical Apparatus

Handbook of Energy Audits

Machinery Vibration & Rotordynamics, reviewed in the December 2013 Electrical Apparatus

Machinery Vibration & Rotordynamics

New Books  In this issue –  Monitoring the quality of energy: Handbook of Energy Audits. Ninth Edition. By A. Thumann, T. Niehaus & W.J. Younger … A study of rotor behavior: Machinery Vibration & Rotordynamics. By J. Vance, F. Zeidan & B. Murphy. John Wiley & Sons Inc.-RLN

Fred Kletrovets, owner and president of Shoemaker Industrial, featured in the December 2013 Electrical ApparatusFred Kletrovets
All-Test Pro's Mike Schneider, featured in the December 2013 Electrical Apparatus
Mike Schneider
Names & faces In this issue: Fred Kletrovets of Shoemaker Industrial Solutions… Richard Haines of Lafert NA … Greg Scheu of ABB … Shealy Electrical Wholesalers’ Don Masters … All-Test Pro’s Mike Schneider … Border States Electric’s Jason Stein… Edited by Bill O’Leary
Training Briefs Announcements of workshops, seminars and instructional materials, in every issue and updated on the web. In this issue – Industrial Career Pathway (ICP) connects with young people at career fairs… Electrical Safety for Unqualified Workers- Dec. 3 in Houston, Tex.; Dec. 13 in Tulsa, Okla.; Dec. 16, March 17, June 23, and Sept. 15 in Dallas, Tex.; and Dec. 10 in Boston, Mass., Sweetwater, Tex. and Greensboro, N.C. A one-day course designed to meet the training requirements in NFPA 70E Section 110.2(D)(2). Offered by: Shermco Industries, 2425 E. Pioneer Dr., Irving, Tex. 75061; (888) 743- 7626; www.shermco.com/training  …. Permanent Magnet A-C Machine Design  A three-day course to help attendees understand the technical and practical design of brushless d-c motors & interior permanent magnet. Offered by Advanced MotorTech LLC, 4951 71st Ave. N., Pinellas Park, Fla. 33781; (727) 412-8200; www.advancedmotortech.com  … Mechanical Repair Fundamentals of Electric Motors, 2nd Edition March 21-22 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Houston Intercontinental Airport in Houston, TX  A two-day seminar addressing the basic mechanical aspects of motor repair.  Offered by Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA), 1331 Baur Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. 63132; (314) 993-2220; www.easa.comEdited by Bill O’Leary
Direct and Current  In this issue: Electroindustry conditions show improvement … Wholesale sales continue to increase… Economic activity continues to expand moderately… Trade deficit increased slightly in August… Workplace injuries and illnesses declined in 2012…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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