February 2016 Electrical Apparatus

February 2016 Electrical Apparatus – photo by Christopher Wachter

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A shop designed for efficiency. —Electrical Apparatus photo by Christopher Wachter

Service Shops – Conserve, preserve, and serve: How a San Diego shop owner remodeled his business for energy efficiency By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor

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A primary disconnect is cleaned after spending half an hour in the tumbler. The tumbler is filled with porcelain media as well as a soap solution. Before being sent to an oven for drying, the soap is rinsed off. —Photo by Craig Peters, ROMAC Sales and Marketing Manager

Fast Forward – Recondition it: Have an end-of-life product? Recycle and reuse By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor

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Service in energy-efficient buildings. —Andrew Reams photo

Facilities Management – Efficient building management: At a Washington conference, “green” facility managers recognize “there’s work to be done” By Nina Kellerman, EA Special Correspondent  Efficiency in the motor shop: Tips from readers and other experts By Elizabeth Van Ness, EA Publisher, and William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor LEED-ing the way: Identifying opportunities for service and repair in energy-efficient buildings By Joseph S. Hoff, EA Associate Editor

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Using hand tools safely. —Photo by David H. Stoddard

Safety & Health – Getting a grip on hand and power tools: Tips on the safe use of saws, drills, grinders, and welders By Joseph S. Hoff, EA Associate Editor

Managing Accounting – Improving operational efficiency: How to overcome the cultural resistance that can keep a company from moving forward By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor
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IEEE’s insulation maintenance guide. —Electrical Apparatus photo

Motors & Generators- The Big Green Machine: The birth of the Green Motors Practices Group By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor IEEE’s insulation maintenance guide and its shortcomings: How a document written by committee became bogged down in confusion and contradiction By Richard L. Nailen, EA Engineering Editor

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Editor’s Comment   In this issue: Efficiency: Not just for electrical machines…A variable-frequency drive by any other name…Kevin Jones
Let’s Solve Your Problem  In this issue: The ‘design life’ question crops up again…Why do we find a discrepancy in starting duty? … Where to use corona protection… Unstable vibration
on a deep well pump… Why the variation in the use of flywheels? … Edited by the EA staff
Associations, societies & government activities   In this issue: AHRI praises DOE‘s new efficiency standards; Appliance Standards Awareness ProjectAmerican Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Natural Resources Defense Council involved in negotiations for drafting… American Society of Safety Engineers expresses disappointment with OSHAEASA survey to cover family business, leadership… NEMA finds a lot to like in appropriations bill… Edited by Kevin Jones
Know Your Industry   In this issue: PEARL: The Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League ensures credibility when reconditioning and remanufacturing… By Charlie Barks, EA Assistant Editor
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The Scandic Marina Congress Center in Helsinki, Finland will serve as the venue June 14-16 for the CIRED Workshop, an event that brings together business professionals in electrical networks and the Smart Grid. This year’s workshop, titled “Electrical networks for society and people,” will include events that take a look at business models and their technical solutions enabling smart distribution grids. Other sessions will emphasize the importance of smart use of innovative technical solutions to create a resilient network, matching new business models for all actors, and supporting regulation. —Visit Finland photo

Calendar briefs  In every issue and updated on the web. See our online calendar for current offerings.

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The new Integrated Power Services facility in Sulphur, La. —Integrated Power Services photo

Business briefs   In this issue:  Group CBS, Inc. (Addison, Tex.) combines Astro Controls, Inc., and Advanced Motor Controls to form Advanced Electrical and Motor Controls, Inc.Jay Electric changes name to Jay Industrial Repair, Inc.; adopts trade name Precision Coil and RotorIntegrated Power Services opens new Louisiana shop; acquires Higgins Electric of Dothan, Ala.… Edited by Kevin Jones

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Engineering students at Penn State University participate in a pump engineering project sponsored by the Hydraulic Institute and several member companies. —Hydraulic Institute photo

Training Briefs  In this issue: Welding students at Industrial Arts Institute (Onaway, Mich.) help build giant Salvation Army kettle in Petoskey, Mich…. HARDI organization joins Industrial Careers Pathway… Hydraulic Institute sponsors student projects at Penn State University with member companies KCF Technologies, Engineered Software, Flowserve, NidecEdited by Kevin Jones

 

As featured in the February 2016 issue of Electrical Apparatus magazine

The Thompsons sponsor this Chevy Super Sport. It raced in the American Canadian Series. —Dick Casey photo

EA reader profile   In this issue: In the driver’s seatKen Thompson, owner of Hancock Electric Motor Service, Quincy, Mass., and his son Scott Thompson By Joseph Hoff

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Chemistry Matters promotional video on
YouTube. —Georgia Public Broadcasting photo

Utilities   In this issue:  Southern Power buys California solar facility from Recurrent Energy of Canadian Solar Inc.Georgia Power supports educational video series from Georgia Public Broadcasting…FTC okays proposed Duke Energy acquisition of Piedmont Natural GasDominion Virginia Power plans $9.5 billion in upgrades…PG&E to donate $36 million this year… Edited by Kevin Jones

New books In this issue:  Wind power basicsPower qualityStructural stress  By Richard Nailen
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Artist’s rendering of the interior of U.S. Bank Stadium, for which Pentair plc has been named the official Sustainable Water Partner. —U.S. Bank Stadium image

Pumps   In this issue: Dept. of Energy releases ‘final rules’ for pumps; Hydraulic Institute to discuss at Tucson conference… Pentair to provide water for Minnesota Vikings stadium… Edited by the EA staff

The Smart Grid  In this issue: The language of the Smart Grid-  The grid may be ‘smart,’ but the language used to describe it sounds anything but… By Richard L. Nailen, EA Engineering Editor
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Edward Breen

Names & Faces   In this issue: DuPont‘s Edward Breen… Holly Damude, Eric Rodriguez, Olaf Stellberger, and Stefan Dubbledeman of Emco Wheaton… PTDA‘s 2016 Board of Directors includes LeRoy Burcroff of Bearing Service, Inc.Ajay Bajaj of Rotator Products, Ltd., and Lafert North America‘s Sean Hickey… Hill International appoints Simon Longley vice president… Crystal Jones of Ideal Industries… Nathaniel Lin of the NFPAAndrew Esce of NAED… Edited by Bill O’Leary

Direct and Current  In this issue: Demand for electric motors grows globally…U.S. industrial production declined 0.4% in December ’15…Investment to strengthen Canadian construction…European industrial production down slightly…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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