Electrical Apparatus March 2016Featured Articles

Recycling with the

Recycling with the “green machines”. Photo by Bill O’Leary

Innovation at Work - Innovation Roundup: Emerging technologies and creative thinking are changing motor shops By Elizabeth Van Ness, EA Publisher, and Joseph S. Hoff, EA Associate Editor

-Toner Power: How innovative practices have enabled a Kentucky resource recovery company to thrive By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor

Using the senses in maintenance. Electrical Apparatus file photo

Using the senses in maintenance. Electrical Apparatus file photo

Maintenance – Stop, look, and listen: The importance of a trained eye – and ear – in electric motor maintenance. With trilingual summary By Richard L. Nailen, EA Engineering Editor

Accounting – Tax-saving ideas for U.S. businesses: Tax credits, deductions, incentives, and other tools to reduce your tax bill By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor
Emergency preparedness —Photo by Jeanette Ortiz-Osorio, American Red Cross

Emergency preparedness —Photo by Jeanette Ortiz-Osorio, American Red Cross

Safety & Health – Why emergency preparedness can make the difference: Some steps for protecting your workforce against unexpected hazards By Joseph S. Hoff, EA Associate Editor

The majority of the R&D is performed at Prüftechnik’s headquarters in Ismaning, Germany, although there are satellite operations across that country as well as in Poland. The Ismaning lab currently contains huge granite tables (about 35 feet long), where a device put on it can be moved in any direction with incredible precision. That type of instrumentation is used to test equipment, and if R&D has to detect how much a piece of equipment can be rotated, these tables can be used.—Prüftechnik photo

The majority of the R&D is performed at Prüftechnik’s headquarters in Ismaning, Germany, although there are satellite operations across that country as well as in Poland. The Ismaning lab currently contains huge granite tables (about 35 feet long), where a device put on it can be moved in any direction with incredible precision. That type of instrumentation is used to test equipment, and if R&D has to detect how much a piece of equipment can be rotated, these tables can be used.—Prüftechnik photo

Fast Forward – R&D is the place to be: Research and development can pave the way for innovation By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor

An exhibit for

An exhibit for “Modernizing the Grid” at DistribuTECH 2016 in Orlando, Fla. – Photo by Bill O’Leary

Conferences- Visiting DistribuTECH 2016:  Utilities look to the future at this year’s show in Orlando By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor

FABTECH conference in Chicago, Ill. - Photo by Charlie Barks

FABTECH conference in Chicago, Ill. – Photo by Charlie Barks

-Innovation on display: Attendees at a Chicago conference learn what’s new in metal fabrication By Charlie Barks, EA Assistant Editor

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Editor’s Comment   In this issue: Innovation: The unseen engine…Practicing what we preach…Kevin Jones
Let’s Solve Your Problem  In this issue: Insulation resistance for random windings? … Varying location of rotor bar cracks … Inrush current: motor vs. transformer … Which is the better temperature sensor? … Why does our fan drive’s rotor ‘drift’ at startup?… Edited by the EA staff
IMTS 2014 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. —AMT–The Association for Manufacturing Technology photo

IMTS 2014 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.
—AMT–The Association for Manufacturing Technology photo

Associations, societies & government activities   In this issue: ACHRI and the National Resources Defense Council issue joint letter on refrigerants… Pair of marketing tools rolled out by EASA, documents available for download to members at  www.easa.com… American Society of Safety Engineers grants go to three universities — Murray State U., East Carolina U. and University of Wisconsin, Whitewater … IMTS registration now open… The Electrical Generating Systems Association will offer an advanced generator course at Texas conference – find out more at www.egsa.org/spring/NEMA praises trade deal … Edited by Kevin Jones

Leadership lectures sponsored by the Weidman Center for Global Leadership feature respected industry leaders who share leadership principles and insights with the center’s students, faculty, and staff. —Weidman Center for Global Leadership photo

Leadership lectures sponsored by the Weidman Center for Global Leadership feature respected industry leaders who share leadership principles and insights with the center’s students, faculty, and staff. —Weidman Center for Global Leadership photo

Engineering Education   In this issue: Launching global leaders in engineering and technology… A bridge between the classroom and the workplace… By Joseph S. Hoff, EA Associate Editor

The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans will host the 2016 Electric Power Convention & Exhibition, a networking event for power generating professionals, April 18-21. —Morial Convention Center photo

The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans will host the 2016 Electric Power Convention & Exhibition, a networking event for power generating professionals, April 18-21. —Morial Convention Center photo

Calendar briefs  In every issue and updated on the web. See our online calendar for current offerings.

Jim Reilly of GHX Industrial LLC assisting in the Industrial Careers Pathway booth during CareerTech VISION 2015. —ICP photo

Jim Reilly of GHX Industrial LLC assisting in the Industrial Careers Pathway booth during CareerTech VISION 2015. —ICP photo

Training briefs   In this issue:  Distributor volunteers from Allied Bearing, GHX Industrial attend educators’ meeting; assist Industrial Careers Pathway… PG&E launches a new STEM scholarship program… Future of Education Technology Conference in Orlando… Shermco offers online enrollment for training…  Edited by Bill O’Leary

Letters   In this issue: Design life in nuclear plants, from Jerome Brabant, Inside Sales Representative, Baldor Electric Co….Pump inertia and starting, from James Nasby, President, Columbia Engineering

 

Baldor Electric Co.’s Fort Smith motor plant.—EA photo by Kevin Jones

Baldor Electric Co.’s Fort Smith motor plant.—EA photo by Kevin Jones

Business briefs   In this issue: Schneider Electric, MSC Industrial Supply Co. in distribution deal… Baldor Electric Co.‘s Forth Smith motor plant achieves safety milestone… Open Systems, Inc. begins new partnerships with SouthWare Innovations, Inc. and AvidXchange… Regal-Beloit’s 2015 sales were up 8%… Edited by Kevin Jones

Know your industry  In this issue:  AWEA: The American Wind Energy Association By Charlie Barks, EA Assistant Editor
Clint Nuzum —Photo by Mary Nuzum

Clint Nuzum —Photo by Mary Nuzum

EA reader profile  In this issue:  An expert in his field: Clint Nuzum, General Manager, Jeff Warfield Electric Co., Fenton, Mo….Joseph Hoff

Utilities  In this issue: PG&E pledges $1 million in scholarships in Oakland… FirstEnergy invests in Ohio Edison infrastructure… Arizona utility APS invests
$10 million in nonprofits… DTE Energy Foundation awards $15 million in grants… Edited by Kevin Jones
Nidec IE4 motor

Nidec IE4 motor

Sulzer Ahlstar process pump

Sulzer Ahlstar process pump

Wilden pump

Wilden pump

Pumps  In this issue: New Nidec motor is electronically commutated… Sulzer to provide pumps for Fibria Celulose SA Brazilian pulp mill… New line of double-diaphragm pumps from Wilden… Edited by the EA staff

Names & faces   In this issue: Randy Breaux, Tony Cefalu, and Kevin Storer of Motion IndustriesHeather Green of Appleton GroupRockford Construction‘s Tom McGovern and Shane NapperShermco IndustriesDoug PittmanChad Dugas and George Vlachos of AEMC Instruments Edited by Bill O’Leary
Deaths Thomas Hannon, 86, business executive, Chairman of the Board of The Hannon Co., Canton, Ohio.
Standards     In this issue: NEMA announces formation of Globally Harmonized Global Motor Energy Efficiency Program (GMEE) in cooperation with International Electrotechnical CommissionANSI seeks public comment on standards… IEC publishes trio of new standards… Edited by the EA staff
Direct and Current  In this issue: “Hacktracking” for variable frequency drives… Habitat for you Manatees at Florida Power & Light‘s new Manatee Lagoon… Clean Power Plan on hold… Burglaries at Georgia motor shop… Navigating OSHA‘s new web portal… The Editors
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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