March 2017 Electrical Apparatus

March 2017 Electrical Apparatus

Featured Articles

The Smart Grid Smart Grid, dumb standards? How standards development is lagging the grid’s evolution By Richard L. Nailen, EA Engineering Editor
Electrical Manager Concerted activity and social media policy: Telling your employees what they can and can’t post on social media may be harder than you think By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor
Manufacturing  Innovation afoot: How Vibram, the well-known maker of shoe soles, embraces new ways of doing things By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor
Power Systems  Innovations in battery technology: Power cells have moved far beyond the lead-acid battery of old, but further refinement is needed. With trilingual summary By Richard L. Nailen, EA Engineering Editor
Conventions & Trade Shows Striking a chord: Keynote speaker at San Diego’s DistribuTECH conference hits on themes that are on the minds of many in the power transmission and distribution field By Christopher Wachter, EA Special Correspondent
Accounting Accounting for innovation: An objective means of comparing risk with likely return on investment By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor
Fast Forward  Automation nation: Just how badly is labor losing to automated manufacturing processes? By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor
Safety & Health  Alternate realities: Virtual reality offers many benefits, but don’t overlook the safety considerations By Charlie Barks, EA Assistant Editor
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Editor’s Comment   In this issue: With innovation comes risk—but there’s always a way to deal with it … Keeping track of governmental affairs ….Kevin Jones
Let’s Solve Your Problem  In this issue: Metal vs. plastic for end turn support … The meaning of Hertz … Round wire for medium-voltage windings? … Rotor troubles: cast aluminum versus bar … Do copper bus joints require Belleville washers? … Induction causes a problem with fan … What’s the best way to tighten rotor bars?.. Edited by the EA staff
Business Briefs   In this issue: Houghton International hires American rep Paul Hicks … Vaughn Electric buys Tennessee Electric Motor … Regal donates $10,000 for earthquake relief to the Italian Red Cross … Manufacturing technology orders slip slightly, per the AMT–The Association for Manufacturing Technology  … Edited by Kevin Jones
Standards   In this issue: Comments on AFCI standard are being sought by the American National Standards Institute … New standards issued by the IEC International Electrotechnical Commission … ANSI adopts a new wind turbine standard … Edited by the EA staff

And — More delays for International Electrotechnical Commission (IEEE) standards appear likely …Richard Nailen  

Pumps  In this issue:   Grundfos takes steps to embrace ‘virtual’ tools … Taco, Inc. hot-water control wins innovation award … GIW Industries names Jonathan Samuel new sales & marketing VP, GIW Industries, Inc., Nerelge Corp. KSB Pumps Ltd.  … SJE-Rhombus introduces a new float connection system … Weir Group is moving its Delta Industrial valve operations to St. Louis … PLC,  by Kevin Jones
Associations, societies & government activities In this issue:   According to the American Wind Energy Association and the U.S. Dept. of Energy, wind is now the largest renewable source in U.S. … Apparatus recycler members of the Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League to hold conference in March  … the Electrical Manufacturing & Coil Winding Expo will take place in Milwaukee in May, in conjunction with the  Electrical Wire Processing Technology Expo  … More than 80 firms are now accredited by the Electrical Apparatus Service Association … News from federal agencies Department of Labor, Department of Energy, Occupational Health and Safety Administration, and Department of Commerce less available while departmental positions await confirmation … Edited by Kevin Jones
Letters    In this issue:  More thoughts on Bill O’Leary’s January 2017 virtual reality “Ride the Rift,” article, from  Dave McDonald, Automation Systems Estimator, Plano, TX … Kind words from reader Frank Chuff, Account Manager Precision Electric Co. Taylor, AZ.

Correction An article in the February Electrical Apparatus misidentified Baldor-Reliance, the Baldor Electric brand. Electrical Apparatus regrets the error.—Editor 

Know Your Industry  In this issue:  The Repair Association,  www.repair.org,  previously the Digital Right to Repair Coalition, was formed in 2013 to represent everyone involved in repair of technology—from do-it-yourself hobbyists and independent repair technicians to environmental organizations and the aftermarket … by Charlie Barks
Renewable energy  In this issue:  ENVIA Energy confirms a new gas-to-liquid plant in Oklahoma City… Report from the Environmental Defense Fund shows significant gains in wind and solar job growth … Lawmakers in Massachusetts float an ‘aggressive’ energy bill, phasing out fossil fuels and requiring renewable energy use .. Tesla, Inc., moves motorand gearbox production to Nevada… Edited by Charlie Barks
Training briefs  In this issue: Des Moines Area Community College offers motor classes … Hydro releases series on certified pump testing … Integrated Power Services (IPS) offers preventive maintenance training Edited by Bill O’Leary
Names & faces  In this issue:  Pedro Casanova of Ludeca … Oliver Gibbs of the U. S. Air ForceDarby Electric’s Paul Rollins and Zach Thompson …Advanced Energy’s John Tooley … a new executive board for RSES International: Michael Thompson, Nick Reggi, Steve Wright Sr., Michael Ralston, and Lori Schiavo,.. Edited by Bill O’Leary
Reader Profile In this issue: Jason Sieh, Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class, does motor rewinds and much more aboard the USS Iwo Jima. … by Charlie Barks
Engineering Education In this issue: How Warren Middle School, of Warren, New Jersey, makes science learning fun … GE’s plan to close the STEM gender gap … First class at Manchester Community College chosen for linework certificate program developed by the school, energy provider Eversource, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) … Edited by Selena Cotte
Calendar briefs  In every issue and updated on the web. See our online calendar for current offerings.
Puzzle  In this issue:  “Around the bend”…Look for the solution at http://barks.com/puzzles The Editors
Direct & current In this issue: Oroville Dam emergency: Repairs continue … Fountain refill: Kansas City, MO’s Seahorse Fountain at Meyer Circle undergoes repairs … De-planted: Confusion at Carrier Corp.; coal generation plant closing in Navajo, AZ; shuttering of Delta Industrial Valves’ Niles, Michigan plant by the end of June… Garden enshrinement: General Electric partners with the Boston CelticsPATCO trouble: Motor failures at the Port Authority Transit Corp. Speedline of New Jersey… Edited by Charlie Barks
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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