Electrical Apparatus March 2015

Electrical Apparatus March 2015

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David Jones (left), electronics design engineer, and Chris Gammell, analog electrical engineer, host The Amp Hour podcast. Jones, located in Sydney, Australia, and Gammell, Cleveland, have never met in person.

David Jones (left), electronics design engineer, and Chris Gammell, analog electrical engineer,
host The Amp Hour podcast. Jones, located in Sydney, Australia, and Gammell, Cleveland,
have never met in person.

Fast Forward – You gotta hear this! – Ready your headphones for these insightful engineering podcasts By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor

The temperature of the ventilating air entering this large vertical motor is lowered by circulating cold water through external coils in the air stream. Although of limited effectiveness, this is a simple measure requiring no modifications to the motor itself.

The temperature of the ventilating air entering this large vertical motor is lowered by circulating cold water through external coils in the air stream. Although of limited effectiveness, this is a simple measure requiring no modifications to the motor itself. —Electrical Apparatus file photo

Motor Performance When air-cooling is not an option: Depending on a motor’s size and application, liquid-cooling may be the better choice Read an online summary By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor

Accounting Financial due diligence in acquisitions: Know what to look for before buying a company By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor
Nearly 12,000 people from 67 countries attended the DistribuTECH 2015 conference and trade show in San Diego. Featured in the March 2015 Electrical Apparatus

Nearly 12,000 people from 67 countries attended the DistribuTECH 2015 conference and trade show in San Diego. – Electrical Apparatus photo by Christopher Wachter

Trade Shows  The future of power distribution: Theorists and practitioners meet in San Diego to plan for tomorrow By Christopher Wachter, EA Special Correspondent

Precautionary measures may be taken to minimize damage to businesses as a result of floods. Shown in this photo is the aftermath of floods and tornadoes in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 2008.

Precautionary measures may be taken to minimize damage to businesses as a result of floods. Shown in this photo is the aftermath of floods and tornadoes in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 2008. —Marty Robey / American Red Cross photo

Safety & Health  Preparing for the rains: Some pointers for protecting against floods and flooding By Joseph S. Hoff, EA Associate Editor

Say It Right  What do we mean by ‘premium’ quality? The word has definite meaning in some contexts and no meaning in others By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor
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Pumps are the focus of a new Electrical Apparatus department.

Pumps are the focus of a new Electrical Apparatus department. -EASA photo

Editor’s Comment   In this issue: Bringing small motors into the efficiency fold … Pumps are the focus of a new Electrical Apparatus department …Kevin Jones

Let’s Solve Your Problem  In this issue: Effects of a ‘skim cut’ on rotor O.D. … Are ASD motors more efficient than others? … Ambient temperature not as simple as we might hope… How to make a ‘hot vibration’ test? … What’s involved in motor reconditioning?  Edited by the EA staff
Math groups issue organizations have produced a poster designed to increase awareness of the opportunities for careers using mathematics.

Math groups issue organizations have produced a poster designed to increase awareness of the opportunities for careers using mathematics.

Associations, societies & government activities  American Society of Safety Engineers expands reach in India …American Mathematical Society, American Statistical Association, Mathematical Association of America and Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics gear up for Math Awareness Month  - www.mathaware.org… Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League announces keynote speaker from Shermco Industries – www.pearl1.org … National Electrical Contractors Association adds manufacturing partner Southwire Co. LLC to its other partners Federated Insurance, Graybar, Milwaukee Tool, Schneider Electric, Thomas & Betts, and Westex …Power Transmission Distributors Association publishes new digital version of power transmission handbook – www.ptda.org … National Electrical Manufacturers Association updates surge protection website – www.nemasurge.org

Letters   In this issue: Inverter-duty versus standard motors, from James Nasby, Product Design Engineer, Columbia Engineering, Skokie, Ill.
TECO-Westinghouse Supplier Award went to Bradleys Motors, featured in Electrical Apparatus

TECO-Westinghouse Supplier Award went to Bradleys Motors

Business briefs   In this issue:  Georgia electrical firm Wilson Electric Co. in eminent domain fight … SKF expands electric motor repair network …Arizona shop Bestway Electric Motor Service breaks ground on expansion … Bradleys earns TECO-Westinghouse award … Schneider ranks 9th globally in ‘sustainability’ … Sonepar’s Canadian operations Osso Electric Supplies and SescoSonepar merge …Motion Industries to acquire Florida distributor Miller Bearings, Inc. …ABB collaborates with Swiss train manufacturer Stadler Rail…Edited by Kevin Jones

New VFD guide from the Hydraulic Institute

New VFD guide from the Hydraulic Institute

Pumps   In this issue: Flowserve buys Netherlands pump maker SIHI Group B.V. … New VFD guide from the Hydraulic Institute… SPX opens new pump service center in Aberdeen, Scotland… Wilo USA is recertified to ISO 9001 Pump maker SPP Pumps receives funding for R&D center … Taco, Inc, to collaborate with Italian pump maker Askoll

Clemson University of Clemson, S.C. gives students the opportunity to work closely with automotive companies. In addition to developing software to reduce machine chatter (described below), students have worked with representatives from industry on automotive design. In the photo above, Clemson University automotive engineering graduate student Sandeep Movva (at right) and William Evans of PRETTL Electric Corp. (at left) map out existing wire harness designs in the Deep Orange vehicle development program.

Clemson University of Clemson, S.C. gives students the opportunity to work closely with automotive companies. In addition to developing software to reduce machine chatter (described below), students have worked with representatives from industry on automotive design. In the photo above, Clemson University automotive engineering graduate student Sandeep Movva (at right) and William Evans of PRETTL Electric Corp. (at left) map out existing wire harness designs in the Deep Orange vehicle development program. —Clemson University, Ashley Jones photo

Engineering Education In this issue: Research underway in Tennessee from the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation could bring new, stronger materials to numerous industries… Bringing the customer closer to the design process at the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering department at Iowa State University’s College of Engineering, a tier 1 partner in the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII)… Exchanging data to reduce machine chatter at Clemson University  By Josh Hoff

Employees of Darby Electric in Anderson, S.C., took part in fi re extinguisher training last December. The safety class was conducted by Jermaine Galloway, Richie Earl, and Casey Schronce, Station 1 members of the Anderson City Fire Department.

Employees of Darby Electric in Anderson, S.C., took part in fi re extinguisher training last December. The safety class was conducted by Jermaine Galloway, Richie Earl, and Casey Schronce, Station 1 members of the Anderson City Fire Department. —Darby Electric photo

Training Briefs – In this issue:  Motor testing training available from All-Test Pro – www.alltestpro.com … EASA offering seminars on electric motor repair – www.easa.com/education Wind project siting seminar coming to Texas – www.awea.org … 16 ELECTRICAL APPARATUS / MARCH 2015 03trn.indd 2 2/18/2015 3:02:17 PM 2015 FIRST Robotics Competition for high school students – Nearly 75,000 high school students on approximately 3,000 teams at 107 venues around the globe joined the kickoff event … Galvan Electrical Products offers training video for ground rod certification – www.galvanelectrical.com. … American Trainco to hold motor and maintenance planning seminars in Houston – www.americantrainco.com … Edited by Bill O’Leary

Utility briefs  In this issue: New software from Electric Power Research Institute helps devices respond on grid … Kansas City Power & Light Co. to install EV charging stations, partnering with Nissan Motor Co. … Florida Power & Light Co. to install more than 1 million solar panels… DTE Energy offers incentives for agriculture efficiency …Edited by Kevin Jones
EMBR update  Updates to the Electro Mechanical Bench Reference 2015, the annual buyers’ guide supplement to the December 2014 issue of Electrical Apparatus.… By the EA Staff
Standards   In this issue:  Changes in transfer switch requirements Underwriters Laboratories Standards lapsed, withdrawn, or put forward for comment by the American National Standards Institute… ‘Neat and workmanlike’ explanation is retained by National Electrical Contractors Association … International Electrotechnical Commission publishes tests for motors which are fed from voltage converters… Revised GFCI standard announced by National Electrical Manufacturers Association and Underwriters Laboratories … By the EA Staff
Students in the RTE program pose in the EMS lab space donated by Pat and Sandy Illig. The lab is located in the company’s repair and remanufacturing building in Altoona. In providing room for the lab, the Illigs honored the philanthropic legacy of Electric Motor & Supply founder Ralph Force and his wife, Helen. The Illigs bought the company from Ralph Force in March 2004.

Students in the RTE program pose in the EMS lab space donated by Pat and Sandy Illig. The lab is located in the company’s repair and remanufacturing building in Altoona. In providing room for the lab, the Illigs honored the philanthropic legacy of Electric Motor & Supply founder Ralph Force and his wife, Helen. The Illigs bought the company from Ralph Force in March 2004. —Penn State, Marissa Carney photo

EA Reader Profile   In this issue:  Pat Illig, CEO and general manager at Electric Motor & Supply, Altoona, Pa., is a life-giving force, as demonstrated by the roles that he undertakes both on and off the job. … By the EA Staff

Marc Barmeier of Elantas PDG, Inc., featured in the March 2015 Electrical ApparatusMarc Barmeier
ABB and Baldor Electric Company’s John Malinowski, featured in the March 2015 Electrical Apparatus
John Malinowski
Ronald J. Ebelhar, of Terracon, and chairman of the ASTM International Board, featured in the March 2015 Electrical Apparatus
Ronald J. Ebelhar
Names & faces In this issue:  Marc Barmeier of Elantas PDG, Inc., … Volland Electric Equipment Corp. ‘s Thomas Balmer, Pat Gruenauer, and Corey Abdulla … Integrated Power Services (IPS)’s Mark DuBose … ABB and Baldor Electric Company’s John Malinowski … Excellon Technologies, Inc.’s Greg Milentis … National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED)’s Mick Leibold, of Broken Arrow Electric Supply, Ronald J. Ebelhar, of Terracon, named chairman of the ASTM International Board … Shermco Industries’s Brandon Scott  Edited by Bill O’Leary
Vaughan Bradley, remembered in the March 2015 Electrical ApparatusVaughan Bradley
Jesse WIlliams, remembered in the March 2015 Electrical Apparatus
Jesse Williams
Deaths In this issue:  Remembering two key team members of Bradleys, Inc., Gregory Texas: Co-founder Vaughan Bradley and supervisor Jesse Williams
Calendar briefs  In every issue and updated on the web. See our online calendar for current offerings.
Direct and Current  In this issue: Growth in power transformer market expected… $59 million investment in solar announced… Energy consumption in EU drops to 1990s levels… Growth in non-manufacturing activity accelerates… Manufacturing technology orders increase…
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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