Electrical Apparatus magazine, January 2014

Electrical Apparatus magazine, January 2014

Featured Articles

Motor efficiency tests, featured in the January 2014 Electrical Apparatus

The only test method recognized as a basis for federally mandated efficiency ratings is a dynamometer test per IEEE 112 Method B—the ultimate in “intrusive” procedures. —Electrical Apparatus file photo

Energy Efficient Motors – How useful are efficiency estimates? Evaluating the efficiency of a motor in the field requires an understanding of certain test limitations  (Read an online summary)
By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Contributing Editor

Index of Articles   –  Annual five-year index of articles, covering 2009-2013: Listing major articles that have appeared in Electrical Apparatus over the past five years  By the EA staff
When to update your business’s hardware and software,  in the January 2014 Electrical Apparatus.

Taking the next step by upgrading computer hardware and software is incredibly important to maintain an efficient infrastructure. — ©Corepics VOF / Shutterstock

Fast Forward – The next step: When to update your business’s hardware and software
By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor

Working with hazardous materials, in the January 2014 Electrical Apparatus

Safe management of hazardous industrial materials is a matter of asking the right questions and knowing which resources to turn to for advice. — © mikeledray/Shutterstock

Safety & Health – Dealing with hazardous materials: Why asking the right questions is the key to addressing their storage and disposal
By Joseph S. Hoff, EA Associate Editor

Accounting –  Reducing state and local tax liability: Steps you can take to control your company’s taxes   By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor
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Publisher’s Comment   In this issue: Looking back and looking ahead…Elsie Dickson
Let’s Solve Your Problem  In this issue: Low PI on rewound motors: Is it a cause for concern? … Effect of rotor/shaft weight on critical speed … What temperature limit for drying wet motor winding? … A reconnection may avoid rotor ‘rub’ … Is lamination steel really changing that much?… Edited by the EA staff
Associations, societies & government activities   In this issue:  Roving CEO’s will ‘learn, connect, partner, and succeed’ with EASA in 2014 … Certification for VFD’s and datacom cooling equipment is introduced by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute … American National Standards Institute holds workshops on U.S.- China standards conformity in cooperation with the Electrostatic Discharge Association … The Center for Safety and Health Sustainability (a collaboration of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the American International Health Alliance, and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) welcomes OSHA plan for transparency …Representatives of the Eurasian Economic Commission and the International Electrotechnical Commission sign a Memorandum of Understanding to ease Eurasian electrotechnical trade … Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League white paper supplements NEMA sustainability report … Governors of eleven states call for certainty in federal wind policy …Power Transmission Distributors Association white paper gives information on optimizing supply chain… Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute and 15 North American HVACR will cosponsor the HVACR & Mechanical Conference for Education Professionals in March… Hydraulic Institute to hold meeting in February … HVACR Training Authority sets deadline for director declarations… Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute teams up with the United Nations Environmental Program’s Regional Office of West Asia to launch ARAMENA, an association of manufacturers of the air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration products and components in the Middle East and North Africa…  Edited by Kevin Jones
Precision Electric Motor Works open house, featured in the January 2014 Electrical Apparatus

Precision Electric Motor Works, Inc., of Clifton, N.J., holds an open house for suppliers and customers to inaugurate the company’s new 40,000-square-foot building. —Precision Electric Motor Works photo

Business briefs   In this issue:  Lafert North America receives green building award… Troy Industrial buys B&J Electric Motor Repair… WEG recognized by Brazilian finance magazine Época Negócios 360°… Megger supports training at Univ. of Buffalo… ABB wins $80 million Canadian solar order from Canadian Solar Solutions… Emerson to buy remaining stake in EGS Electrical… Eaton invests about $6 million in U.K. plant… Motor & Drive Systems 2014 and Magnetics 2014 to cover motors, drives, and magnetics… Graybar opens two Texas branches … New sales representatives for CW Industries (Quality Sales, Inc.) and PowerLink Electrical Sales ( Betafence USA)…  Precision Electric Motor Works, Inc., of Clifton, N.J., holds an open house to celebrate its expanded New Jersey shop    Edited by Kevin Jones

Lucas Beggs of Electric Motor Coils, featured in the January 2014 Electrical Apparatus

Lucas Beggs founded Electric Motor Coils in 2001. The company manufactures coils for traction motors for railways. Its customers include Montreal and Toronto Transit. The company also serves the oil, gas, and mining industries.

EA reader profile   Lucas Beggs, president and owner of Electric Motor Coils in Barrie, Ontario, enjoys SCUBA diving    By Joseph Hoff

Utilities   In this issue: U.S. Dept. of the Interior extends permits for accidental eagle deaths… Tucson Electric Power grants $100,000 to nonprofits … We Energies biomass plant begins operation in Wisconsin… Pacific Gas and Electric Co. begins daily helicopter flights to help prevent gas line damage… by Kevin Jones
Standards  In this issue:   American National Standards Institute adopts revised panelboard and switchboard standards , Standard for Safety for Armored Cable… New publications about the 2014 National Electrical Code … Two circuit breaker publications issued by The National Electrical Manufacturers Association… American Society of Safety Engineers releases new Fall Protection Code … Transfer switch standard being revised by Underwriters Laboratories…
Calendar briefs  In every issue and updated on the web. See our online calendar for current offerings.
Siemens AG's Sunil Mathur, featured in the January 2014 Electrical ApparatusSunil Mathur
Siemens China's Lothar Herrmann, featured in the January 2014 Electrical Apparatus
Lothar Herrmann
Shermco Industries' Shane Franklin, featured in the January 2014 Electrical Apparatus
Shane Franklin
Names & faces   In this issue:   Siemens AG, ‘s Sunil Mathur, Armin Bruck, and Mei- Wei ChengHoughton International‘s Hodi MirafsariDorothy Heckle of Ideal IndustriesAlpha and Omega Semiconductor Ltd‘s Mary L. Dotz and Yifan LiangShermco IndustriesJohn Chaney and Shane FranklinWood Group PSN‘s David Kemp and Duncan SkinnerU.S. Electrical Staffing‘s Mike Waseity   …
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 – 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  …. Maintenance Planning and Scheduling  – -offered at SKF local and regional offices, or, alternatively, a customized program can be arranged at a client’s site. Covers the basic principles for planning and scheduling of maintenance work. Offered by: SKF USA, Inc., Corporate Center, 890 Forty Foot Rd., P.O. Box 352, Lansdale, Pa. 19446; (267) 436-6000; www.skfusa.com . … Also- RSES announces agreement with the Pennsylvania State University affiliate, Pennsylvania College of Technology for RSES training courses toward a Bachelor of Science major in Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Design Technology from its School of Construction & Design Technologies…. Coyne College awards Women in the Tradesscholarships to Giselle Gomez and Veleska Novorolsky for instruction and hands-on career training for HVAC and refrigeration, electrical construction and maintenance, and electrical construction and planning… Houghton International recruits new apprentices for Tyne North Training Center with South West Trains … Edited by Bill O’Leary
Direct and Current  In this issue: Economic growth expected to continue in 2014… Small business optimism rises slightly… Non-fatal injuries declined slightly in 2012… Whistleblowers can now report online… New measures help veterans get business loans…    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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