Electrical Apparatus, July 2014

Electrical Apparatus, July 2014

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Etheredge Electric, LLC, featured in the July 2014 Electrical Apparatus

Brad Bennett, Dennis Etheredge, Mike Etheredge, and Allen Findley have all contributed to the success of Etheredge Electric. —Etheredge Electric photo

A Team at Work – Growth spurt: A service company with facilities in Texas and Louisiana has undergone a seismic shift since its founding
By Joseph S. Hoff, EA Associate Editor

Apprenticeship programs, featured in the July (Training) 2014 issue of Electrical Apparatus

Florida Electrical Apprenticeship and Training (FEAT) in Orlando, Fla., provides education for future electricians with courses on industrial wiring, the National Electric Code, and d-c fundamentals. —FEAT photo

Training – The paths of apprenticeships: In the overall training field, apprenticeship programs provide direct, focused experience
By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor 

Solar power's ups and downs, featured in the July 2014 Electrical Apparatus

A PV array being completed on a public library roof in Northern California. —Sustainable San Mateo County photo

Energy – Solar power: boom or bust? Many problems remain to be solved before photovoltaics can become an economical energy source  (Read an online summary)    By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Contributing Editor

elearning, featured in the July 2014 Electrical Apparatus

The kind of experience that leads to practical, marketable skills comes from a variety of sources. E-learning might be one of several sorts of experience some students need. —Image © Macrovector/Shutterstock

Fast Forward – E-volving: Once considered a rare option, e-learning is steadily becoming a fixture of education By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor

Breathing safely in hazardous locations, featured in the July 2014 Electrical Apparatus

Different types of hazardous atmospheres demand different types of respirators. Requirements and recommendations are spelled out by insurance companies and OSHA. — © Steven Frame / Shutterstock.com

Safety & Health – Breathing easy: After evaluating the work environment, it’s time to choose the respiratory equipment  By Joseph S. Hoff, EA Associate Editor

Accounting – Due diligence in business acquisitions:  Why it’s essential to look—and look closely—before you buy  By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor
Controversies around smart meters, featured in the July 2014 Electrical Apparatus

Smart Meters could greatly improve the efficiency of the national power grid infrastructure, but their adoption is being slowed by controversy. —Electrical Apparatus file photo

The Smart Grid – How smart is the Smart Meter? Controversy surrounds the latest metering technology
By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor

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Publisher’s Comment   In this issue: Want to hire and expand? Ever consider apprenticeships? … “What’s the subject of Mr. Nailen’s technical article?” …Coming next month .. Elsie Dickson
Let’s Solve Your Problem  In this issue: Service Factor overload: How often is it possible? … Does temperature affect bearing life? … What’s causing end ring distortion? … How much machining is necessary for slip rings? … Vibration may have torsional origin … Why is smaller internal wiring permitted? …Edited by the EA staff
Letters  In this issue: Clarifying an item about vertical vibration, from Paul K. Gray, Gray’s Electric & Pump Services, Wenatchee, WA … A brief word about brevity, from Gary Weidner, GW Technical Services, Inc., Dubuque, Iowa … Edited by the EA staff
Standards  In this issue: Public comment being solicited by American National Standards Institute (ANSI) …New standard on rechargeable cells and batteries from NEMA … Edited by the EA staff
ABB supports Marbles Kids Museum, featured in the July 2014 Electrical Apparatu

Greg Scheu, CEO of ABB North America, speaks on behalf of ABB at Marbles Kids Museum. —ABB photo

Business briefs   In this issue:  Nidec to open a manufacturing plant in India … Emerson buys plant reliability consulting firm Management Resources Group, Inc. … Regal Beloit to close two Kentucky plants… ABB funds children’s exhibit at Marbles Kids Museum … WEG Mexico named a ‘place where people want to work’ by CNN Expansión magazine … Edited by Kevin Jones

Engineering students solve problems in Belize, featured in the July 2014 Electrical Apparatus

Engineering students from the University of Arkansas are trying to address some of the challenges related to water and drainage in More Tomorrow, Belize. The community has access to three hand pumps, one of which is pictured here. —Kimberly Cribbs photo

Engineering Education In this issue: College of Engineering students at the University of Arkansas address water scarcity and quality in More Tomorrow, Belize… Award-winning team from the University of New Hampshire’s College of Engineering and Physical Sciences and the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics receives top prize at a National Environmental Engineering Competition… By Joseph Hoff

Associations, societies & government activities  In this issue: Council on Women in Energy & Environmental Leadership division of the Association of Energy Engineers holds Middle East meeting … National Association of Electrical Distributors presents Women in Industry award to Tammy Livers, vice president of sales for Eaton’s Residential and Wiring Devices Division … Dept. of Energy updates motor energy conservation rule (read text here) …. HVAC/R group challenges energy conservation rule… Second China firm Shanghai Better Electric Motor Co. Ltd. becomes an EASA associate member… Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League accepts online applications for reconditioning certification – see www.PEARLTechnicianCertification.comEdited by Kevin Jones
Utilities  In this issue: New utility ITC Holdings Corp wins approval in Wisconsin… Xcel Energy surpasses emissions reduction goal… Oklahoma utility’s haze appeal is rejected U.S. Supreme Court denies petition filed by Oklahoma Gas and Electric to review a Regional Haze decision … Michigan’s Consumers Energy funds new bike trail projects… … By Kevin Jones
Calendar briefs  In every issue and updated on the web. See our online calendar for current offerings.
Plant and Shop Equipment  In this issue: Ludeca’s bearing heater models… Exair Corp’s new technical guide… electric inert atmosphere batch cabinet oven from The Grieve Corp… Southwire Co.’s “Smart Tensiometer”…  From the Editors
Baldor Electric Co.'s Galen Burdesha., featured in the July 2014 Electrical ApparatusGalen Burdesha
Names & faces In this issue:  Horner Industrial Group’s Terry Thorne … Sullivan Solar Power’s Troy Hinds… John Costlow of the Sustainable Energy Fund… Keith Gainey of DeWAL Industries… Jeffrey R. Hughes of the Industrial Supply Association… Eaton’s Marie Smith, Bonnie Smith, and Ken Davis…Gautam Patel of Appleton Group…Leanne Ketterlin-Geller and  Delores Etter of Southern Methodist University’s (SMU) Caruth Institute for Engineering Education… 3D Systems Corp’s Ted Hull and Damon Gregoire… Jesse Francis Bingaman Jr., honored by The National Electrical Manufacturers Association – also retiring NEMA president and CEO Evan Gaddis… ASTM International’s Katharine Morgan and James A. Thomas… Engineered Material Handling (EMH)’s Jean-Francois (Jeff) Larouche  Edited by Bill O’Leary
 Rodney Ray Fisher, remembered in the July Electrical Apparatus

Rodney Ray Fisher got his start in the industry when he went to work for Schoen’s Motors, where he served as the foreman. Seeking new challenges in 1981, he established Fisher’s R.P.M. Electric, which served a wide variety of industries.

Deaths  In this issue:  Rodney Ray Fisher, founder of Albany, Ore.-based Fisher’s R.P.M. Electric Motor Services & Sales,… 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 –  Motor & Generator Rewinding – Three-and-a-half-day Seminar. Offered by: EPRI, TECO-Westinghouse. Contact Jarsco Engineering, 18901 State St., Corona, Calif. 92881; (951) 735-5239. Where and when: TECO-Westinghouse facilities, Round Rock, Tex., July 15-18… Switched Reluctance Machines – three-day course Offered by: Advanced MotorTech LLC, 4951 71st Avenue North, Pinellas Park, Fla. 33781-4428; (727) 412-8200; www.advancedmotortech.com . Where and when: October 8-10, 2014 in Raleigh, N.C. …Vibration analysis – a course that is recommended for plant personnel requiring an introduction to vibration analysis techniques and technologies used in a condition predictive maintenance program. Offered by: SKF USA, Inc., 890 Forty Foot Rd., Lansdale, Pa. 19446; (267) 436- 6000; www.skfusa.com . Where and when: and regionally. Alternatively, a customized program can be arranged at a client’s own site. Visit www.skf.com  for more information   …Balancing operations – a two-day intensive hands-on training course Offered by: Schenck Corp., 535 Acorn St., Deer Park, N.Y. 11729; (631) 242- 4010; www.schenck-usa.com  Where and when: Visit www.schenck-usa.com for more details   …Also: ISA announces training courses for safety symposium, October 7-9, 2014, in Houston. Courses include: IC39C—Introduction to the Management of Alarm Systems; IC32C—Introduction to Industrial Automation Security and the ANSI/ISA99 (IEC 62443) Standards; ; EC50C—Introduction to Safety Instrumented Systems;IC85C—Industrial Wireless Systems: Course. Visit www.isa.org  for more information
Direct and Current  In this issue:  Non-manufacturing activity in the U.S. grows… First-quarter productivity declined at 3.2% rate… European gross domestic product rises… Revision in definition of small wholesaler proposed…   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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