Electrical Apparatus magazine, June 2015

Electrical Apparatus magazine, June 2015

Featured Articles

Our friend the robot, featured in the June Electrical Apparatus.

Our friend the robot. —Electrical Apparatus photo by Bill O’Leary

Fast Forward – My robot and me In the future, robots won’t replace us; they’ll be our co-workers By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor

PEARL apparatus recycling conference, featured in the June 2015 Electrical Apparatus

PEARL apparatus recycling conference—Electrical Apparatus photo by Samah Assad

Conventions

— Energized for San Antonio 2015: EASA exhibitors gear up with deals, “deets,” and diversions By the EA staff

— Safety and sustainability: transformed PEARL conference attendees find confidence to move the electrical industry forward By Samah Assad, EA Special Correspondent

—Improving technology together: Milwaukee EMCW manufacturing expo provides opportunities to meet and collaborate By Joseph S. Hoff, EA Associate Editor

Misconceptions about motors featured in the June 2015 Electrical Apparatus

Wiring and connections inside any motor terminal box are outside the jurisdiction of the National Electrical Code (or similar standards). —Richard Nailen photo

Motors & Generators — True or false? Clarifying some common misconceptions about electric motors, with trilingual summary Read an online summary By Richard L. Nailen, EA Engineering Editor

Rosie's Girls, featured in the June 2015 Electrical Apparatus

Rosie’s Girls learn welding, carpentry and other trades under the supervision of experienced city employees —William Short photo

Municipalities — All-in with the trades: In Santa Monica, California, municipal programs produce training, jobs, and unanticipated benefits By Elizabeth Van Ness, EA Publisher

Accounting - U.S. incentives for businesses: Learn where to look for ways to pare down your company’s tax bill By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor
Safety at conventions, featured in the June 2015 Electrical Appparats

You can ensure your visit to a convention or trade show is a safe and healthy one provided you keep a few simple guidelines in mind. —Photo of the 2014 EASA Convention by Bill O’Leary and copyright 2015 by Barks Publications, Inc.

Safety & Health — Familiarity breeds success: How to stay safe and healthy at conventions and trade shows By Joseph S. Hoff, EA Associate Editor

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Editor’s Comment   In this issue: Richard Nailen: Fifty years of writing about electrotechnology…Convention season kicks into high gear…NAED guests evoke familiar EA imagery; band reminds us of our own Motorhead and Generatorhead …Kevin Jones
Let’s Solve Your Problem  In this issue: Does premium efficiency affect a motor’s starting duty?…What’s a ‘turndown ratio’?…’Right way’ to connect motors?…Are short-time hipot tests valid?…Is there a generic thermal damage curve?…Is a megohmmeter test destructive? … Edited by the EA staff
VolturnUS 1:8, featured in the June 2015 Electrical Apparatus

VolturnUS 1:8 is a 65-foot-tall floating turbine prototype that is 1/8th the scale of a 6 MW, 450-foot rotor diameter design. -University of Maine photo

Engineering Education   In this issue: Forging bonds between classroom and industry at Old Dominion’s Batten College of Engineering & Technology – www.odu.edu/eng …Harnessing the power of offshore wind at the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center – https://composites.umaine.edu …Using technology in the classroom at the University of Idaho’s Doceo Center – www.uidaho.edu/ed/academics/Doceo-Center …by Joseph Hoff

Associations, societies & government activities   In this issue: NAED supports proposed law designed to protect ‘innocent sellers’…House passes bill for Energy Efficiency Act, NEMA reports…Underwriters Laboratories to open California lighting test lab…PTDA releases 2015 directory – www.ptda.org/DirectoryMTConnect Student Challenge announced – www.challenge.gov/challenge/mtconnectstudentapps/EASA webinars now available for sale…American Society of Safety Engineers to host conference in India…HVACR conference to be held in Rosemont, IL… Edited by Kevin Jones
Letters    In this issue: A compliment that’s down to earth, from Eddie Mayfield, President, EMA Inc., Norcross, GA
Gina Stafford, featured in the June 2015 Electrical Apparatus

Accepting the award on behalf of Baldor was Gina Stafford. —United Way of Fort Smith Area photo

Dreisilker Electric, featured in the June 2015 Electrical Apparatus

Henry Dreisilker stands front and center with members of the Glen Ellyn, Ill. company he established in 1955. —Dreisilker Electric Motors photo

Business briefs   In this issue: AEGIS and Electro Static Technology recognize top distributors of 2014- Bartlett Bearing Co. given Top Distributor Award; Motion Industries named Top Distributor to the Power Transmission Market; Mulcahy Co., Inc. atop HVAC market; Midpoint Bearing receives Best AEGIS Regional Motor Repair Distributor; Morgan Advanced Materials awarded International Distributor of the Year for third time…Baldor Electric Co. earns United Way award…WEG buys South African transformer business, TSS Transformers (Pty) Ltd.Toshiba International Corp. adds Stowers Power Systems of Tennessee to its network of UPS distributors…Dreisilker Electric celebrates 60th anniversary… Edited by Kevin Jones

Kit Carson Electric award, as featured in the June 2015 Electrical Apparatus

Kit Carson Electric Cooperative of Taos, N.M., recently received the 2015 Utilities Telecom & Technology APEX Award at the organization’s annual UTC Telecom & Technology awards banquet in Atlanta. During the ceremony, Jason Griffith (left) presented the award to Luis Reyes of Kit Carson Electric. The Apex award recognizes the role of information and communications technologies in delivering energy and water services to communities throughout the world. —Kit Carson Electric Co-Op photo

Utilities   In this issue: Dayton Power & Light partners with food bank…Fluor Corp. wins Virginia utility contract from Dominion Virginia Power, of Richmond…New York Energy Week to be held later this month, powered by EnerKnol - find more information at http://nyenergyweek.com … Florida Power & Light Co. stages hurricane drill…New Mexico co-op Kit Carson Electric wins 2015 Utilities Telecom & Technology APEX Award…Vietnam power plant fires up six months early, AES announces…Michigan consortium comprised of DTE Energy, Domino’s Farms, and Ford Motor Co. to build two solar arrays as part of SolarCurrents program… Edited by Kevin Jones

EA reader profile   In this issue: John Schady’s balanced approach epitomizes the philosophy of Central Armature Works in Washington, D.C. …By Joseph Hoff
Calendar briefs  In every issue and updated on the web. See our online calendar for current offerings.
Pumps    In this issue: Searchable database now available from Eaton - www.eatonpowersource.comSPX Corp. awarded contract by Midfield Group for dairy powder plant in Australia… Sulzer acquires French electrical service company, Matis Interventions SARLFluid Sealing Assocation takes lead in environmental compliance… WEFTEC water-quality convention next September in Chicago – www.weftec.orgSJE-Rhombus acquires control systems manufacturer ICS Healy-Ruff, will position them within PRIMEXSPP Pumps earns European quality award…By the EA Staff

Standards   In this issue: A tribute to the complexity of the NEC? National Fire Protection Association holds second annual challenge…NEMA revises magnet wire standard, with major changes – www.nema.org …Underwriters Laboratories seeks busway committee members…Electrical testing standards updated and now available from International Electrical Testing Association… Edited by the EA Staff
Graybar's Tammy Livers, featured in the June 2015 Electrical Apparatus

Tammy Livers

CBS Group, Inc.'s Bill Teets, featured in the June 2015 Electrical Apparatus

Bill Teets

Names & faces     In this issue:

Graybar‘s Tammy Livers…Bill Teets and Cristy Crews of Group CBS, Inc.‘s Circuit Breaker Sales & Service, Inc.…The Hydraulic Institute‘s Michael Michaud and Robert Asdal…AEMC Instruments’ Chris Glowacki and Tim Cowgill…Wood Group‘s Michele McNichol, Steve Knowles, and Dave Stewart…Bosch Rexroth Corp.‘s Paul Cooke, Berend Bracht, and Dr. Karl Tragl…Shermco Industries’ Mike Hancock, Mark Pustejovsky, and Jason Greer…IDEA‘s Susan Streich…Edited by Bill O’Leary

Bosch Rexroth Corp., U.S.'s Paul Cooke, featured in the June 2015 Electrical Apparatus

Paul Cooke

Bosch Rexroth Corp., U.S.,'s Berend Bracht, featured in the June 2015 Electrical Apparatus

Berend Bracht

North American Technician Excellence (NATE), featured in the June 2015 Electrical Apparatus

North American Technician Excellence (NATE) conducts certification programs for HVAC technicians. —NATE photo

Training Briefs    In this issue: North American Training Excellence (NATE) offers certification tests for HVACR technicians – www.natex.orgPdMA offering motor shop assessment training – www.pdma.com…Thermography course for new infrared camera users offered at Infrared Training Center - www.infraredtraining.comNational Association of Electrical Distributors announces winner of training video competition…AMT opens technical center at University of Brazil…Edited by Bill O’Leary

Direct and Current  In this issue: Economic growth expected to continue through year…Nearly $10 million awarded for lighting development…construction unemployment falls to 14-year low…Canadian building permits rebounded in March…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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