Electrical Apparatus, February 2014

Electrical Apparatus, February 2014

Featured Articles

Say It Right – “You know what I mean . . .”   Learn the difference between these similar-sounding words   By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Contributing Editor
Efficiency upgrades in the shop, featured in the February 2014 Electrical Apparatus

Extreme distortion of coils in the “raised throw” stage of winding, as well as manufacturing tolerances, must be recognized in choosing design “allowances” for slot fit. —Richard L. Nailen photo

Motor Performance – Are efficiency upgrades practical for the service center? Don’t count on improvements from recommended upgrades.  (Read an online summary)    By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Contributing Editor

Ergonomics and workplace productivity, featured in the February 2014 Electrical Apparatus

Improper lifting of heavy objects is one potentially dangerous activity that can be corrected through proper training in ergonomics. —©AlexKZ/Shutterstock

Safety & Health – Ergonomics: A key factor in workplace productivity. Employers and employees working together can help prevent injuries.  By Joseph S. Hoff, EA Associate Editor

Accounting – Tax-saving strategies for 2014: Five steps for keeping your business’s tax liabilities under control.   By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor
Repairing or replace shop equipment? Featured in the February 2014 Electrical Apparatus

A lathe from the 1940’s that Center Electric continues to use in its Tacoma, Wash., shop. —Center Electric photo

Fast Forward – To repair or replace shop equipment? That is the question: New is not always best when dealing with faulty machines.  By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor

Smart Grid interoperability, featured in the February 2014 Electrical Apparatus

The interconnection between a gas engine-driven generating plant in this shopping center (left) and the local utility grid (right). Rapid growth in such on-site generation means system operations within and between utilities must uniformly handle increasingly complex energy flows. —Electrical Apparatus file photo

The Smart Grid -  Interoperability: a Smart Grid requirement –  Coordination of the system’s components is a work in progress. By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor

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Publisher’s Comment   In this issue:  Technical articles lead the rest… Subscribers say the kindest things… Coming next month, the EMBR update…Elsie Dickson
Let’s Solve Your Problem  In this issue: Reliability of ‘premium’ motors still uncertain? …What surface finish for babbitt bearings? …Temperature vs. time after motor shutdown …Rotor slots more or less than in the stator? …Question about rotor vent alignment …How long does fungicide last? … Edited by the EA staff
Scott Snow, president of Manassas Electric Motor Co., featured in the February 2014 Electrical Apparatus

Scott Snow (top row, second from right) trains Olympic hopefuls in taekwondo. His three sons, Andrew, Ben, and Tim, are members of the national team. In the photo, Andrew is on the far left, Ben is third from the right in the second row, and Tim is on the right in the front row. —Mae Snow photo

EA reader profile   In this issue: Scott Snow, president of Manassas Electric Motor Co., Inc., Manassas, VA, trains Olympic hopefuls in taekwondo. His three sons, Andrew, Ben, and Tim, are members of the national team.  By Joseph Hoff

Business briefs   In this issue:  Emerson buys remaining share of EGS Electrical …Lincoln Electric partners with Ohio’s Tri-Rivers Career Center, Marion Technical College, and The Ohio State University at Marion… Grainger buys Ohio safety-products distributor Safety Solutions, Inc ,,, Shermco completes acquisition of Canadian firm Magna Electric Corp…. B&M Machinery wins federal drives contract… Superior Essex Communications’ name goes global    Edited by Kevin Jones
Associations, societies & government activities   In this issue:  OSHA renews Electrical Transmission & Distribution Partnership with the Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Edison Electric Institute, and the National Electrical Contractors Association… Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League prepares certification exam… American Wind Energy Association applauds extended eagle ‘take’ permit… Hydraulic Institute partners with Empowering Pumps… Electrical Apparatus Service Association will conduct a new performance survey… Association for Manufacturing Technology announces student manufacturing summit for next September’s IMTS… Safety engineers in China and Taiwan from China Occupational Safety and Health Association, and the Industrial Safety and Health Association to collaborate…   Edited by Kevin Jones
Utilities   In this issue:  West Texas A&M and UL open wind test facility in Canyon, TX … Hawaii solar park goes Online… Approval of Montana hydro facilities purchase is sought by NorthWestern Corp … PG&E unveils a new gas control center… Dayton Power & Light awards community grants… San Diego Gas & Electric wins federal funding for Smart Grid… Dominion solar projects enter service in Indianapolis area… by Kevin Jones
Calendar briefs  In every issue and updated on the web. See our online calendar for current offerings.
Standards   In this issue:  Revised UL Standard for Transfer Switches is adopted by ANSI despite delay… IEEE Industry Applications Society’s power system standards development faces difficulty… Energy management certification is accredited by the American National Standards Institute … Efficiency test guidelines for ASD motors issued by the International Electrotechnical Commission…  By the EA Staff
The Power Transmission Handbook, reviewed in the February 2014 issue of Electrical Apparatus

The Power Transmission Handbook, a comprehensive primer on the products, technology and concepts that move industry, published by the Power Transmission Distributors Association

New Books  In this issue: Richard Nailen reviews the Power Transmission Handbook, published by PTDA, the Power Transmission Distributors Association.

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s Phallan K. Davis, featured in the February 2014 Electrical ApparatusPhallan K. Davis
 Eriks Zvaigzne ,  retiring as senior electrical engineering consultant for the Association of Electrical and Mechanical Trades (AEMT) , featured in the February 2014 Electrical Apparatus
Eriks Zvaigzne
RSES’s Mark Lowry, featured in the February Electrical Apparatus
Leanne Ketterlin-Geller
Names & faces In this issue:  The National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s Phallan K. Davis and George Vorwick Jr.Eriks Zvaigzne, retiring as senior electrical engineering consultant for the Association of Electrical and Mechanical Trades (AEMT)Gefran, Inc.’s Ruben SalinasWood Group PSN’s Mitch Fralick, John Glithero and Derek BlackwoodRSES’s Mark Lowry … Graybar’s Scott Neubauer, Steven Schooley, and David BenderRobroy Industries Conduit Division’s Kyle Gregory  …  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 – Electrical Machinery Diagnostics  – February 24-28, 2014 at the Hotel Indigo San Antonio, San Antonio, Tex   Attendees will learn how to improve motor performance and maintenance routines with the goal of increasing their plant’s electrical efficiency.. Offered by: All-Test Pro, LLC, Old Saybrook, Conn. 06475; (800) 952-8776 www.alltestpro.com .. …Induction Machine Design  – March 12-14, 2014 at Sheraton Sand Key, 1160 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater Beach, Fla. 33767 A three day course covering how to design induction motors and generators, induction machine stator and rotor options, choosing core steel materials, nonlinear magnetic analysis, how to achieve performance specs, choosing poles and slot combination, coil design principles, computer models and using them to evaluate options, how to maximize efficiency or power density, testing and measurement methods, and the role of FEA and CAE software Offered by: Advanced MotorTech LLC, 4951 71st Ave. N., Pinellas Park, Fla. 33781; (727) 412-8200; www.advancedmotortech.com  ….  Principles of Large A-C Motors  -April 4-5, 2014, at the Hilton New Orleans Airport in Kenner, La.    Attendees will learnHow to design induction motors and generators, induction machine stator and rotor options, choosing core steel materials, nonlinear magnetic analysis, how to achieve performance specs, choosing poles and slot combination, coil design principles, computer models and using them to evaluate options, how to maximize efficiency or power density, testing and measurement methods, and the role of FEA and CAE software. Offered by: Electrical Apparatus Service Association, 1331 Baur Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. 63132; (314) 993-2220; www.easa.com     Root Cause Failure Analysis   – May 16-17, 2014, at the Crowne Plaza St. Louis Airport in Bridgeton, Mo.  A two-day seminar intended for anyone interested in understanding motor failures, and those who want to serve customers by addressing the cause of failure rather than the symptom. Offered by: Electrical Apparatus Service Association, 1331 Baur Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. 63132; (314) 993-2220;www.easa.com . ..Also- Pump Systems Matter offers a three-part webinar series intended to help participants identify pump systems energy savings and increase systems reliability.  Seewww.PumpSystemsMatter.org/Webinars
Direct and Current  In this issue:  Improvement in electroindustry continues .. Non-manufacturing growth continues for 48th month … Small business owners split on minimum wage… Comprehensive tax guide released by the IRS…    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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