December 2017 Electrical Apparatus

December 2017 Electrical Apparatus


  • A quarter-century of EPAct —The Energy Policy Act was passed 25 years ago. Has it accomplished what its authors intended? By Pan Demetrakakes, EA Special Correspondent
  • Are we there yet?’ Electrical power predictions from the past half-century that we’re still waiting to see come true  With trilingual summary By Richard L. Nailen, EA Engineering Editor

  • Accustomed to transforming: When making custom transformers for military, transportation, and medical uses, attention to detail is paramount at DYCO Electronics By Charlie Barks, EA Associate Editor

  • Evaluating lines of a business: Not all activities in the typical repair shop are created equal By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor
Plant Life

  • What goes into a plant: Taking the first steps toward full automation By Selena Cotte, EA Editorial Assistant
Electrical Manager

  • Taking ownership: Employee stock ownership plans can be a win-win for everyone involved, but there are caveats By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor
Metal Fabrication

  • Blacksmithing in the 21st century: An ancient craft that’s more common than you may think By Selena Cotte, EA Editorial Assistant
  • Metalwork: FABTECH 2017 drew thousands involved in metal forming, fabricating, and welding to Chicago’s McCormick Place By the Electrical Apparatus staff
New Product Showcase

  • Investing in tomorrow today: Electrical Apparatus readers tell us about products they’ve recently bought, and we look at new products leading the way to the future By the Electrical Apparatus staff
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Departments and Columns

Editor’s Comment   In this issue: Taking stock at the end of the year …Kevin Jones
Let’s Solve Your Problem  In this issue: The meaning of ‘load factor’ … .Variation in no-load tests … .Code compliance for an odd horsepower… Different terms for ‘out of balance’… Which motor connection is dominant?  Edited by the EA staff
Business Briefs   In this issue: SKF plans to close a plant in Kansas… Global motor market expected to hit $145.8 billion by 2027… ABB reports solid continuing growth… Three trends driving global winding wire market  … Edited by Kevin Jones
Associations, societies & government activities   In this issue: Reports paint a rosy picture of HVACR industry… Can EASA help crack the training conundrum?… Missouri association honors Nidec…  ASHRAE Winter Conference Jan. 20-24 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. … Edited by Kevin Jones
EA reader profile   In this issue: Jerry Bowen,   engineering manager at Meter-Treater of Lake Park, Fla., brings lessons of science fiction to life…By Charlie Barks
Know Your Industry   In this issue: Smoothing the path from supplier to distributor: The Industrial Supply Association … by Charlie Barks
Training Briefs   In this issue: U. of Illinois online program for tech courses …Plant maintenance courses from TPC Trainco … Online controls training from Tooling U-SME …Edited by Bill O’Leary
Power   In this issue:

  • Renewables: Utility-scale project said to be Ontario’s first… Call it ‘good PR’ for those helping Puerto Rico… Waterpower Week 2018…Edited by Charlie Barks
  • Utilities:  A public relations nightmare for PG&E following fires … GE and the New York State Power Authority partner to create digital utility … Essense Partners of New York ranks utilities by brand …Edited by Kevin Jones
Pumps  In this issue:   Studies optimistic about pump and filtration markets   …Edited by Kevin Jones
Engineering Education   In this issue: Prof given grant to study gender in engineering… India court revokes online engineering degrees… White House pledges computer science support  …By Selena Cotte, EA Editorial Assistant
Names & faces In this issue:  AMETEK Solidstate Controls’ Michelle Cleveland… Dyson Ltd’s Jim Rowan… Electric Motor Repair Co. (EMR)’s Caroline Kauffman-Kirschnick… Nidec Motor Corp.’s Tim Schamel… Edited by Bill O’Leary
Deaths In this issue: Remembering Myron Toney, service company founder, and John Adkison, electric utility engineer …
Calendar briefs  In every issue and updated on the web. See our online calendar for current offerings.
Puzzle  In this issue:  “Mothers of invention” word search … The Editors
Direct and Current  In this issue: Siemens to cut 6,900 jobs worldwide…GE details a grand restructuring… U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 261,000 jobs created in October… semiconductor manufacturer Broadcom International  to re-domicile to the US … SCANA Corp. announces departure of CEO andchairman Kevin Marsh … 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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