Electrical Apparatus - January 2006

Electrical Apparatus – January 2006

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Installing Machinery Achieving connection tightness Reliability depends upon the integrity between conductors With trilingual summary. (Read an online summary ) By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor

Index of Articles Annual five-year index, 2001-2005 Listing articles that have appeared in EA over the past five years. Compiled by the EA staff

Power Systems The significance of transformer impedance And why there is a rating By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor

Associations, Conventions & Trade Shows Automation conference stresses safety, security Numerous innovations were on display at the ISA Expo in Chicago. By the EA staff

Digital Electronics To PC or not to PC Control system specifiers face the sometimes difficult choice between computers and programmable logic controllers. By David P. Tryling, EA Electronics Editor

Safety & Health Winning the battle of the ‘cold’ war What you can do to prevent colds or minimize their discomfort. By Richard B. Elsberry, EA Contributing Editor

Accounting Is doing business in China for everyone? While potentially lucrative, the Chinese market presents risks. By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor

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Editor’s Comment Perspective on current and upcoming issues… In this issue: We start off the year with a look at the past … Katrina won’t be over for a long time … Updating your EMBR listings (update online @ http://barks.com/embr.html) by Horace B. Barks, Executive Editor

Let’s Solve Your Problem In this issue: How transformer banks can cause voltage unbalance .. What is maximum contact temperature? … Arc flash publicity proves confusing … Why two bearing sizes in a standard motor? … Are removable motor feet a service problem? … Why the variety in sight gauge connections? … How is belt pull location determined? … Can equalizers add heat to an a-c motor winding? … What is the cause of erratic vibration readings? … Neutral conductor sizing can be important … What grounding connection is suitable for larger motors? Edited by the EA staff

Letters In this issue: About soft starting, from James R. Johnson, PacifiCorp-Pacific Power, Albany, Oregon … Dry ice blasting, from Everton Nunes dos Santos, Sincon Manutencao Industrial, Brazil … Kind words from Edward M. Hurley, G.E. Service Shop, Saltsburg, Pennsylvania

Trade associations, professional societies and government activities In this issue: Malcolm O’Hagan retires as president of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association … Electronic Resellers Association International and White Horse Strategic Solutions will inspect Chinese parts … Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League (PEARL) to hold conference in February … New agreement for the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers … Fluke Corp pledges $250,000 to National Association of Electrical Distributors education foundation … Refrigeration Service Engineers Society has added catalog requests to its website @ www.rses.org … Power Transmission Distributors Association reports gains in year to date sales of power transmission products … National Education & Research Foundation launches its annual fund campaign … Edited by the EA staff

Business and financial briefs In this issue – Phelps Dodge sells magnet wire business to Rea Magnet Wire Co., Inc. … ETL Semko Division of Intertek Group plc acquires International Approvals Laboratories … Bosch Rexroth acquires motion control firm Nyquist BV … New Shanghai plant for Method Network Bus Products …Edited by Kevin Jones

EA reader at ease  In this issue – Kevin Toor, President of Birclar Electric & Electronics in Romulus, Michigan, coaches a travel hockey team. By Joseph S. Hoff, EA Special Features Editor

Standards In this issue – British Department of Trade and Industry and the British Standards Institution say standards boost the economy … States begin adoption of latest National Electrical Code … The Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers revises IEEE 336 …National Electrical Manufacturers Association revises transformer test standard … Revised fuse standards adopted by ANSI … … Edited by the Electrical Apparatus staff.

Training In this issue: Corrosion testing, from ASTM International, www.astm.org … Maintenance Management, from New Standard Institute … Power Quality, from PowerCET Corp., www.powercet.com/download/courscat.pdf … Motor & drive application, from Baldor Electric … Motor service and repair, from the Electrical Apparatus Service Association, www.easa.org … High voltage maintenance, from Ox Creek Energy, www.corona-technology-course.com …Professional certification, from the Association for Facilities Engineering, www.afe.org … Infrared thermography, from the Infrared Training Center … Edited by the EA staff

Trilingual summary  In this issue – “‘Achieving (and maintaining) electrical connection tightness” (read an online English summary)

Electronics (Automation briefs) – In this issue – To PC or not to PC? Edited by David P. Tryling

Accounting for management In this issue – Doing business in China … By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor and author of Steps to a Successful Service Shop.

Safety and health in the workplace In this issue – How to prevent a common cold … By Richard B. Elsberry, EA Contributing Editor

Calendar Briefs – Upcoming trade shows, symposia, and events… Edited by the EA staff

Names and Faces … In this issue – Jerry Black  of Air Products and Controls … Brett Brenner of the Electrical Safety Foundation International … Richard DePaulis of the Eraser Co., Inc. … Jon Elmendorf and Bob Esker of Wood Group Light Industrial Turbines, Inc. … Rick Thompson of Interconnect Devices, Inc. …Edited by the EA Staff

Deaths – Peter ‘Pete’ Walker, association staff engineer for the Electrical Apparatus Service Association of St. Louis

Literature In this issue – catalog of meter mix dispense systems for adhesives, sealants and lubricants, from Sealant Equipment & Engineering, Inc. … a transportation products catalog from Cooper Bussmann … Fiber-optic cables from Alpha Wire Co. … Arc Flash Study Performance Specifications from ESA … welding end prep tools and abrasive saws from ESCO Tool … the 2005 NEC Code Change Book … power systems disruptions solutions brochure from Bryant Electric (Hubbell) … energy-savings brochure from Baldor Electric Co … Power quality catalog from Sola/Hevi Duty Products … end to end hardware communications devices selection guide from Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems … Edited by the EA staff

Product briefs  In this issue – Circuit interrupters from System Pro M … Insulation tape from Mocap Inc…. Measuring Equipment from Brooks Utility Products Group, AEMC Instruments, and Extech Instruments … Power factor improvement capacitors from Staco … Self-contained shock/vibration data logger from Hoyt Electrical Instrument Works, Inc. … Motors & Gearmotors from Leeson … Safety itesm from EGS Electrical Group and Magid Glove and Safety … Switching devices from Electroswitch, Automation Systems Interconnect, Inc., Leviton Mfg. Co., Tyco Electronics and Intermatic … Test instruments from Ideal Industries, Schaffner EMC and Megger … Edited by the EA Staff. 

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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