December 2016 Electrical Apparatus

December 2016 Electrical Apparatus

Featured Articles

New Products

Visions of shop equipment – Readers tell us at year-end what new products they have on their minds By Kevin Jones, EA Senior Editor

From concept to customer –  How a new motor comes to market By Richard L. Nailen, EA Engineering Editor

Holiday product showcase – What’s on your wish list this season? By the Electrical Apparatus staff

Self-balancing scooters receive the UL thumbs-up  – From up in flames to certified in one calendar year By Charlie Barks, EA Assistant Editor

Service Shops

Growth through diversification –  How Shermco Industries brightened its future by investing in growth By Joseph S. Hoff, EA Special Correspondent

How Shermco got started in servicing wind turbines —Joseph Hoff
A look at Shermco Industries’ customer training —Bill O’Leary
The company you keep: A look at Shermco’s many partnerships —Charlie Barks

Motor Performance What’s next in a-c motor improvement? Refinements in design, materials, manufacturing methods, and testing can be expected—but don’t look for changes in fundamentals With trilingual summary  By Richard L. Nailen, EA Engineering Editor
Accounting –Time to change your accounting? ‘Lean’ operations call for a new approach to finances  By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor
Fast Forward Block party: Companies across the globe are implementing website blocking software By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor
Electrical Manager Find your bottleneck(s): Every process has its slowest step; here’s how to take advantage of it  By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor
Safety & Health – Getting a grip on hand protection There is now a glove designed for virtually any use you can imagine By Charlie Barks, EA Assistant Editor
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Editor’s Comment   In this issue: Our gift to you this holiday season … With this issue: The 2017 EMBR …Kevin Jones
Let’s Solve Your Problem  In this issue:your problem What’s the meaning of ‘rewind material classes’?… ‘Raceway’ versus ‘wireway’… Is there any end to the efficiency race?… At what point is a motor safe to restart? …Locked-rotor current versus torque .. Edited by the EA staff
Business Briefs   In this issue: Lafert expands Italian manufacturing plant… Schneider Electric offers ‘continuous efficiency… Graybar reports record net sales for quarter…Motion Industries acquires Braas CoWEG buys Vermont wind turbine businessb Northern Power SystemsBaldor and American Red Cross install smoke alarms … Edited by Kevin Jones
Associations, societies & government activities   In this issue: Mechanical engineers’ group American Society of Mechanical Engineers redesignates a historic pump …  American National Standards Institute onference sought to make standards cool  with help from well known leaders from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Accenture, Microsoft, United Technologies Climate, Controls, and Security, and Deere & Co…. “Repair or replace?”Electrical Apparatus Service Association presentation poses the eternal question …Kenneth Hooper, president and CEO of the National Electrical Manufacturers Representatives Association, cites benefits of joining multiple associations in a blog post at the Manufacturers’ Agents National Association … Edited by Kevin Jones
EA reader at ease In this issue: Tony Gutierrez, a loss control engineer at Xcel Energy volunteers as an “English as a Second Language” teacher with Intercambio Uniting Communities… By Alexandra Olsen
Know Your Industry   In this issue: Underwriters Laboratories  … by Charlie Barks
Training Briefs   In this issue: Brithinee Electric offering three-phase classes …Northeast Tech Center receives equipment grant from the Oklahoma Dept. of Career and Technology Education …TPC Trainco offering VFD training seminars… Edited by Bill O’Leary
Utilities   In this issue: Southern Co. Louisville Gas and Electric Co. Kentucky Utilities, PPL Corp., PPL Electric Utilities, and the Tennessee Valley Authority partner to enhance preparedness… Consolidated Edison, Inc., names Smart Grid Solutions a smart meter provider …Dominion seeks scholarship applicants …Honeywell to provide smart meters in Minnesota … Edited by Kevin Jones
Pumps  In this issue: Hydro Middle East passes oil industry audit by American Petroleum Institute …  Metso receives valve order for Finland plant jointly owned by Neste, Borealis, and Veolia …Grundfos expands a pump motor line … Patterson Pump donates project demo model to Louisiana State University… Franklin Electric reports a quarterly sales increase … SJE-Rhombus names Loving and Associates, Inc.  southwestern sales rep … Xylem opens its first plant in the Middle East… Edited by the EA staff
Engineering Education   In this issue:  The Ivies may not be the best engineering school picks…Gallogly family gives $2.5 million to U. of Colorado… Professors awarded at TECHCON conference…Newly formed Arconic funds new generations of engineers…An online tool for education from ARMARM Educational Media. …Edited by Selina Cotte
Renewable Energy   In this issue: Harmonized certification for wind energy from the International Electrotechnology CommissionSiemens and Duke Energy in wind partnership …   Tesla’s Musk unveils SolarCity solar and storage plan… Morocco conference plans action on climate at the 22nd Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, …By Charlie Barks, EA Assistant Editor
Names & faces In this issue: John Malinowski, Baldor Electric Co., recognized with the MS’16 Award at the 2016 Motor Summit in Zurich (an event sponsored by Impact Energy) … Phillip Hawkins of Darby ElectricPower Transmission Distributors Association elects 2017 board of directors and manufacturer council including Thomas R. Clawser of Brown Transmission & Bearing Co., and Mike Power, of Lovejoy Inc…. Brehob Corp’s Bryan Smither… Physik Instrumente’s Stéphane Bussa …Graybar’s Stephen Cray and Kirk Snure … Edited by Bill O’Leary
Standards Comments sought on ANSI (American National Standards Institute) adoption of IEC standards , including Power Producing Wind Turbines, issued by American Wind Energy Association… EMF assessment methods issued by the IEC … Nothing efficient about efficiency policy… Edited by the EA staff
Calendar briefs  In every issue and updated on the web. See our online calendar for current offerings.
Puzzle  In this issue:  Common cause… Look for the solution at  The Editors
Direct and Current  In this issue:  … Westside Electric, of Jacksonville, Fla., helps save the city’s Skyway…Official opening of the Unit 2 reactor at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in eastern Tennessee is the first US nuclear power plant opening in 20 years… Rexnord to move 350 production jobs from its Indianapolis bearings division to Monterrey, Mexico and Texas …Columbus McKinnon offers a special training program for riggers and hoist maintenance professionals in the entertainment industry ... The Editors
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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