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February 2017 Electrical Apparatus

Featured Articles

Fast Forward Software sense and sensibility: The guide to knowing when and how to update your company’s motor shop management software By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor
 The Smart Grid A Smart Grid user’s manual? Beware of guidelines bearing separate explanatory texts. By Richard L. Nailen, EA Engineering Editor
Electrical Manager Poka-yoke Go: Some quality management routines to improve your production process By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor 
Inventory Control What’s in store? Lessons we can learn from Inman Electric Motors, a provider of motor-management services in LaSalle, Illiinois By Charlie Barks, EA Assistant Editor 
Circuits & Circuitry How important is terminal screw tightness? It might play a role in electrical fires, but no consistent guidelines exist By Richard L. Nailen, EA Engineering Editor 
Power Systems Pump speed variation: look beyond the ASD — Adjustable-speed drives are only part of the picture in pump applications By Richard L. Nailen, EA Engineering Editor 
Accounting Paid more for doing better: How to ensure that incentive pay rewards output that is truly productive By William H. Wiersema, EA Contributing Editor
Safety & Health  Wearable safety: The most practical use yet of wearable technology By Charlie Barks, EA Assistant Editor
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Editor’s Comment   In this issue: Boosting efficiency requires looking at entire systems…Kevin Jones
Let’s Solve Your Problem  In this issue: Okay to avoid half-size wire?… Motor starting current versus time… Are metric motors coming to the U.S.?… How do standards become ‘harmonized’?… Another question about metric motors … Should temperature of rotors be a concern? … Edited by the EA staff
Calendar briefs In this issue: Upcoming conferences on HVAC/R, wind energy, and more
Business briefs  In this issue: ABB scores mega transmission deal in India with Power Grid Corp. of India Ltd…. Shermco Industries, Walker Services, Toys R Us and WFAA participate in Christmas toy drive … . Graybar reports record third quarter sales … U.S. manufacturing activity continues to expand, per a report from the Institute for Supply ManagementEdited by Kevin Jones
Pumps   In this issue:  A Danish collaboration at an Illinois wastewater plant… Fluid Sealing Association appoints A.W. Chesterton Co ‘s Phil Mahoney as new president … . Gorman-Rupp shares profits for the eighty-second year … Danfoss co-hosts forum at European Parliament… LEWA opens new test room for pumps…By the EA Staff
Standards   In this issue:   Slow pace of Color Book publication acknowledged by IEEEIEC explains difference between ‘standard’ and ‘specification’… The hoverboard safety issue gets ANSI attention… The IEC offers ‘value-added products’…   … by the EA Staff
Know your industry   In this issue: Meet the Consortium for Energy Efficiency Edited by Charlie Barks
Associations, societies & government activities   In this issue:  Baldor engineer Roger Daugherty wins National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) innovation award… Electrical Generating Systems Association waives its initiation fees… EPRI data exchange specialist Patricia Brown wins IEC award… Electric Power Research Institute… National Association of Electrical Distributors offers online course to help sell automation products … Edited by Kevin Jones
Utilities  In this issue:  Washington Post report of utility hacking at Burlington Electric proves false… . Michigan meter upgrades are to be completed this year by Consumers EnergyDuke Energy sells its Latin American businesses… New Jersey utility Jersey Central Power & Light  helps protect ospreys Oklahoma Gas and Electric pays $7.5 million in incentives … Edited by the EA staff
Renewable energy  In this issue:   Dutch trains run on 100% wind power… Maryland Energy Administration begins waste-to-energy project… EDF Renewable Energy /Google wind power project is rolling, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration… China investing $360 billion in renewables …By Charlie Barks
New books   In this issue:   When a cultural anthropologist writes about the Smart Grid —The Grid. By Gretchen Bakke. Bloomsbury Publishing, $18 (paperback). 384 pages.  …Reviewed by Richard Nailen
EA reader profile In this issue:  Katelyn Blum, sales rep at Advanced Electrical in Conroe, Texas, combines enthusiasm for work with a passion for service… by Charlie Barks
Names & faces In this issue: Bartlett Bearing Co.’s Michael Pulley …Jonathan Stewart, of the National Electrical Manufacturers AssociationSwift Industrial Power’s Mike Hardy … Danfoss’ Lars Rasmussen … Roxann Laird of Southern Co. …… Edited by Bill O’Leary
Deaths  Remembering pioneer in welding Omer Blodgett and EASA engineer Dave Gebhart.

Training briefs    George Anderson named U.K. electrical industry’s Apprentice of the Year;pport provided by Ford Electrical and JLT Training … Students selected for Electrical Lineworker Certificate Program by Eversource, Manchester Community College, National Electrical Contractors Association, and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers … Franklin Electric awards
scholarships to two students: Cooper Anthony Hill and Dakota Rene Dawson …Metering and software course available in Michigan from Electro Industries… Edited by Bill O’Leary
Puzzle  In this issue:  Batteries up! …Look for the solution at http://barks.com/puzzles The Editors
Direct and Current  In this issue:  Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp. receives its largest automated stacking crane order to date for Port Of Virginia expansion… Need a lift? The Madrisa ski resort in the Swiss Alps, has a new wheelchair- accessible chairlift , using “energy-efficient” motors from ABB… Sears to sell its famous Craftsman tool brand to Stanley Black & Decker, Inc., for about $900 million…Harrington Hoists, Inc., of Manheim, Pa., celebrates 150 years in the crane and hoist business… Wyoming considers legislation to effectively outlaw wind and solar energy… … The Editors

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