Electrical Apparatus May 2014

Electrical Apparatus May 2014

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EASA Convention, featured in the May 2014 Electrical Apparatu

Business is expected to be brisk on the trade show floor in Boston, as it was last year during the EASA
Convention in Las Vegas.—Electrical Apparatus photo by Bill O’Leary

Conventions – Boston smart: A broad assortment of educational sessions is lined up for next month’s convention of the Electrical Apparatus Service Association   By Kevin Jones, EA Senior Editor 

Boston, Massachuetts, featured in the May 2014 Electrical Apparatus

Boston, Massachuetts—Photo courtesy of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau

Conventions – A historic city that doesn’t stand still: Those visiting Boston for next month’s EASA Convention owe it to themselves to get out and explore
By Kevin Jones, EA Senior Editor 

Torsional vibration, Electrical Apparatus May 2014 Although this eight-inch crusher shaft didn’t break, severe torsional impact caused this keyway distortion. —Electrical Apparatus file photo Dealing with torsional vibration, featured in the May 2014 Electrical Apparatus

Although this eight-inch crusher shaft didn’t break, severe torsional impact caused this keyway distortion. —Electrical Apparatus file photo

Motor Performance – Dealing with torsional vibration in motor shafts: What the technical literature doesn’t tell you about this destructive phenomenon (Read an online summary)
By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Contributing Editor

Choosing the right battery, featured in the May 2014 Electrical Apparatus

The universal symbol of a battery running on empty. —Photo copyright siridhata/Shutterstock

Fast Forward – Running on empty: Battery life is a constant concern for equipment designers and engineers in the field
By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor

Assistant Secretary of Labor Dr. David Michaels, featured in the May 2014 Electrical Apparatus

Assistant Secretary of Labor Dr. David Michaels —Dept. of Labor photo

Safety & Health – Looking back on the past year: Assistant Secretary of Labor evaluates past performance and looks to the future   By Joseph S. Hoff, EA Associate Editor

Accounting – Saving money in manufacturing and distribution: Three areas you can concentrate on to streamline operations
  By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor
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Publisher’s Comment   In this issue: The EASA Show and Boston Strong … And not to overlook monthly favorites …Elsie Dickson
Let’s Solve Your Problem  In this issue: Safe stall time: hot versus cold Is weight the same as mass?… Relative efficiency of ball and sleeve bearings … The right way to conduct a knife test? … Arc flash a concern when compartments are closed? … Ampacity not a function of conductor area alone … Do sleeve bearings really last ‘forever’? … Edited by the EA staff
New EASA executive committee members, featured in the May 2014 Electrical Apparatus

The Electrical Apparatus Service Association of St. Louis has announced its new officers and executive committee members for the 2014-15 administrative year. They are (left to right): Ken Gralow of Gray Electric Co. in Schenectady, N.Y., immediate past chairman of the board; Mike Dupuis of Monelco Ltd. in Windsor, Ontario, vice chairman; Doug Moore of Kentucky Service Co., Inc., in Lexington, Ky., chairman of the board; Jim Smith of Advanced Electric Equipment Service, Inc., in La Crosse, Wis., secretary/treasurer; and Lenwood Ireland of Ireland Electric Co. in Virginia Beach, Va., and Gary Byars of Heavy Machines, Inc., in Memphis, Tenn., executive committee members. —EASA photo

Associations, societies & government activities  In this issue:  i2i report sees recovery in European coil industry… American National Standards Institute, International Code Council and the National Association of Home Builders collaborate on green building standard… Emirates Nuclear Energy joins Electric Power Research Institute nuclear program… Safety engineers ask OSHA to withdraw proposed regular-reporting rule… Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League announces Electrical expert Mike Lang as conference keynoter… National Electrical Contractors Association launches … Deadline for EASA performance survey approaches (Information is available at www.easa.com) … New executive board named by EASA  … Edited by Kevin Jones

Business Briefs   In this issue:  ABB sells Thomas & Betts’ HVAC business … Graybar awarded by Bechtel for performance … GE Industrial strengthens Canadian partners Houghton Int’l wins apprenticeship award … Schneider and Ramco form strategic partnership … Siemens teams with McAfee to provide cyber security … Superior Essex cable facility achieves 98% waste diversion rate… Curtiss-Wright opens new office near Munich…  Edited by Kevin Jones
 Sonny Ruston, owner of A.E. Ruston Electric  featured in the May 2014 Electrical Apparatus

Sonny Ruston, owner of A.E. Ruston Electric in Jackson, Ohio, has guided the company through many changes. —Photo by Leah Williams

EA Reader Profile  Alfred “Sonny” Ruston, owner of A.E. Ruston Electric in Jackson, Ohio, By Josh Hoff

Motion Industries’ Richard Burmester, featured in the May 2014 Electrical ApparatusRichard Burmester
Motion Industries'™ Austin Amos, featured in the May 2014 Electrical Apparatus
Austin Amos
 Stephen Anderson of Lafert NA, featured in the May 2014 Electrical Apparatus
Stephen Anderson
Bret Lussow of Harrington Hoists, Inc, featured in the May 2014 Electrical Apparatus
Bret Lussow
The Hydraulic Institute (HI)’s Lucian Dobrot, featured in the May 2014 Electrical Apparatus

The Hydraulic Institute (HI)’s Lucian Dobrot

Names & faces   In this issue:   Motion IndustriesRichard Burmester and Austin Amos … Stahlin Non-Metallic EnclosuresMegan Cox and William DunnAmerican Electric Technologies, Inc.’s Arthur Dauber and Peter MenikoffStephen Anderson  of Lafert NAMagnetech Industrial ServicesRonnie Weeks and Jerry HornerBret Lussow  of Harrington Hoists, Inc... Dustin Fox of Copperweld Bimetallics and ASTM InternationalAdam Spiering of Solcon USAThe Hydraulic Institute (HI)’s Lucian DobrotEdited by Bill O’Leary

Calendar briefs  In every issue and updated on the web. See our online calendar for current offerings.
Utilities   In this issue:  PG&E charged criminally for 2010 pipeline explosion… Wind farm developer Cape Wind wins several legal victories … Tucson Electric Power to reduce reliance on coal… Accenture to help roll out smart meters… By Kevin Jones
Standards   In this issue:  The latest from NEMA on panelboards and switchboards… American National Standards Institute seeks comments on UL substation standard… International Electrotechnical Commission: Motor efficiency standards continue to evolve… UL: Arcing Fault Interrupting Devices technology still playing catch-up… n Timing of IEEE and ANSI standards revisions could change … –  Edited by the EA staff
ABB delivers motor drives democases to technical college, featured in the May 2014 Electrical Apparatus

ABB delivers motor drives democases to technical college: Representatives of Waukesha County Technical College and ABB (left to right): Jesse Stuller, WCTC Automation Systems Technology Instructor; Denine Rood, WCTC Vice President—Learning; Robert Novak, WCTC Associate Dean—Manufacturing; Michael Shiels, WCTC Dean—School of Applied Technologies; Dennis Miller, ABB Sr. Technical Instructor; Aaron Aleithe, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Drives and Controls, USA; Keith Jurkowski, WCTC Automation Systems Technology Instructor; Barbara Prindiville, WCTC President; and James Schabowski, WCTC Automation Systems Technology Instructor.

Training Briefs   Announcements of workshops, seminars and instructional materials, in every issue and updated on the web. In this issue: ABB delivers motor drives democases to technical college …Educational opportunities at the Electrical Manufacturing & Coil Winding Expo… …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

Direct and Current    In this issue: Dept. of Energy awards $17 million to small businesses… Motor shipments declined in fourth quarter… European unemployment rate remains stable… Gains in U.S. wages remain mixed… Employment in Canada continues to rise…  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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