February 2018

Electrical Apparatus February 2018

The Tax Reform Act of 2017 What’s new in the new tax law? Key points you need to know about in the sweeping new revision of the federal tax code By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor
Pumps Rapid growth in solar pumps forecast: Strong growth is seen especially in Africa and Asia By Kevin Jones, EA Senior Editor
Efficient Buildings Loyola LEED buildings: The Chicago university practices what it teaches in sustainable living By Selena Cotte and Charlie Barks, EA Assistant Editors
More Than Motors LEEDing questions: What are ‘green’ buildings, and what’s in them for you? By the Electrical Apparatus staff
Motor Performance The influence of rotor bar materials: Examining the many factors on which choosing the right material depends With trilingual summary By Richard L. Nailen, EA Engineering Editor
Electrical Manager Resourcefulness and value: The key to efficiency may lie under your very roof. Here’s how to find it. By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor
Plant Life Origins of the efficient factory: A brief history of the assembly line By Selena Cotte, EA Assistant Editor
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Editor’s Comment   In this issue: Efficiency is for buildings and much more … A fond farewell to EA’s Circulation Director, Kathleen Shannon – a circulation pro who’s transitioning to a well-deserved retirement …Kevin Jones
Let’s Solve Your Problem  In this issue: ASD versus VSD… Insulation resistance isn’t the whole story… Wound-rotor motor as induction generator? … Motor temperature versus motor load… Tighter core fit is not necessarily helpful… ‘Certified’ means what? .. Edited by the EA staff
Business Briefs   In this issue:  Bartlett Bearing opens Missouri facility … U.S. manufacturers show ‘continued optimism’ per the National Association of Manufacturers…. Schneider Electric commits to sourcing 100% renewables… Edited by Kevin Jones
Know your industry   In this issue: Efficiency First: America’s Building Performance Trade Association advocates for more efficient buildings  … Edited by Charlie Barks
Associations, societies & government activities   In this issue: National Electrical Manufacturers Association organizes Congress briefing on post-storm rebuilding, from Schneider Electric, ABB and others… U.K.’s Association of Electrical & Mechanical Trades holds inaugural awards dinner… Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute launches online directory of HVAC/R products at www.ahridirectory.orgEdited by Kevin Jones
Letters   In this issue: Thanks for the article about hurricane recovery,   [“Dispatch from a hurricane disaster area,” January EA page 45.] from Bill Overton, Electrical & Mechanical Resources, Inc. Richmond, Va.
Renewable Energy   In this issue: Conscious Hotel line of Dutch hotels powered entirely by wind … U.S. agencies DOI and FERC push for hydrocarbon development  …By Charlie Barks, EA Assistant Editor
Utilities   In this issue: Electric utilities mobilize to aid Puerto Rico recovery – participants include Edison Electric Institute, Federal Emergency Management Agency, American Public Power Association, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority. American Public Power Association, Florida Power & Light, NextEra Energy, PPL Electric Utilities Louisville Gas and Electric, Kentucky Utilities,Ameren Corp. Duke Energy Dominion Energy, CenterPoint EnergyEdited by Kevin Jones
Pumps  In this issue: Rapid growth in solar pumps is forecast by Research and Markets. This month’s department features Technavio, Futurepump Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund, and Practical Action, along with a 1.3-acre farm near Kisumu town, in Kenya, where a 24-yearold university graduate in management named Oliver Bill is cultivating tomatoes with the help of a solar pump. … Edited by the EA staff
Training Briefs   In this issue: New HVAC/R training books released by RSES and the ESCO GroupDanfoss, Penn State collaborate on workshop, with presentations by representatives of ProtoGen Energy. Ice Energy, QCoefficient, and Temporal PowerElectrical Apparatus Service Association offers April courses on motor repair and sales skills… Edited by Bill O’Leary
Calendar briefs  In every issue and updated on the web. See our online calendar for current offerings.
EA reader profile   In this issue: Theresa Lehman of Miron Construction in Ninah, Wis., is a LEED Fellow  By Charlie Barks
Smart Grid   In this issue: Smart Grid concepts are not always clear:  Ironically, a tangle of jargon bedevils a discipline intended to facilitate communication  …By Richard L. Nailen, EA Engineering Editor
Names & faces In this issue:  Randy Breaux, Kevin Storer and Mark Stoneburner of Motion Industries, Inc. (Genuine Parts Co.) … Edgar Suarez and Pamela Roccabruna of the Hydraulic InstituteGraybar’s Bill Hoyt …Klauber Machine & Gear’s Steven Travis… Edited by Bill O’Leary
Standards In this issue:  Several standards are revised by ANSI … Switch standard is renamed by UL… Edited by the EA staff
Puzzle  In this issue: a word search with the theme, Alternating current eventsThe Editors
Direct and Current  In this issue: Ford Motor Company moves from Model T to EV…. Lighting pioneer Shuji Nakamura wins the 2018 Zayed Future Energy Prize’s Lifetime Achievement award… Booths become bunkers at the Consumer Electronics Show when the power fails…. Hubbell widens scope with acquisition of smart infrastructure company Aclara TechnologiesCisco study The IoT Value/Trust Paradox contends that consumers don’t trust the Internet of Things and believe it puts their data at risk. … 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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