May 2017 Electrical Apparatus

May 2017 Electrical Apparatus

Featured Articles

Conventions & Trade Shows

Let’s get technical: An EASA convention conference heavy on tech will also touch on issues of regulation, accreditation, and international commerce By Kevin Jones, EA Senior Editor

Meet me in Tampa: This city on a bay, site of next month’s EASA Convention, offers many things to see and do By Charlie Barks, EA Assistant Editor

Caution: robot crossing: Automate2017 – a show with robots so advanced, when they dance, they “do the human” By the Electrical Apparatus staff

Service Shops Ramp it up: Southeastern service company EMA Drives and Automation has secured a place in repairing medium-voltage VFDs By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor
Motors & Generators What makes insulation ‘sealed’? Even the leading standards-writing organizations have failed to reach a consensus By Richard L. Nailen, EA Engineering Editor
Accounting Preparing for new penalties on imports: It’s smart to have plans in place for whatever restrictions may appear By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor
Safety & Health Hurricane relief: How precautionary measures can help mitigate the damage By Charlie Barks, EA Assistant Editor
The Smart Grid Smart Grid projects: What are we learning? Money is pouring in, but will the investment be worth it? By Richard L. Nailen, EA Engineering Editor
Electrical Manager Be considerate toward your elders: Age discrimination isn’t just wrong—it can blind managers to the usefulness of experienced employees By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor
Fast Forward Let’s have a (virtual) meeting! Digital meeting services are convenient but not always appropriate By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor
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Editor’s Comment   In this issue: The American Southeast is adaptable—and so is Electrical ApparatusKevin Jones
Let’s Solve Your Problem  In this issue: Be careful when you’re revarnishing …What is a flash test? …Three ways in which IEC standards may be revised… How tight should bolts on motor bases be? … What happens when power factor is better than 100%? … Does ‘severe duty’ have a standard meaning?.. Edited by the EA staff
Associations, societies & government activities   In this issue:  National Electrical Contractors Association to observe Electrical Safety Month with keynote speakers Carl Potter of The Safety Institute; James Dollard, safety coordinator for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98; Bill Sims of Green Bean Leadership; and Dale Lesinski, vice president at DiVal Safety. More info at EASA elects officers Lenwood Ireland of Ireland Electric Co., Gary Byars of Heavy Machines, Inc.,Brian Larry of Larry Electric Motor Service Ltd. Tim Bieber of D-Electric, Inc., and Jerry Gray of Sloan Electromechanical Service & Sales … American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ E-Fest West, featuring Dale Dougherty, of Maker Media; John Rogers of Local Motors; and motorcyclist Eva Hakansson, sponsored by Siemens, Autodesk, ANSYS and others …Edited by Kevin Jones
Letters When motor control centers trip motor circuit protectors, from David Bredhold Sr. power and controls designer C&I Engineering Louisville, Ky.
Calendar briefs  In every issue and updated on the web. See our online calendar for current offerings.
Know your industry A monthly look at the associations that shape your business world.  In this issue: the Electrical Generating Systems Association is exclusively dedicated to onsite power generation.   By Charlie Barks
Training briefs Video-based motor training available from Convergence TrainingHydro, Inc. to host summer pump sessions  – see … Graduate engineers’ training course available from SKF  – Edited by Bill O’Leary
Business Briefs   In this issue: SKF introduces a new condition monitoring system for the marine industry. … Trane to carry AEGIS bearing protection rings… Toshiba appoints Marshall E. Campbell Co. as new Michigan distributor … EIS acquires Michigan wire and cable distributor Empire Wire and Supply… Edited by Kevin Jones
Utilities   In this issue: Duke Energy Foundation names Cari Boyce senior vice president of stakeholder strategy and president… Ten Consolidated Edison engineers win EPRI awards from the Electric Power Research Institute…. Xcel launches its largest Midwestern wind project in Minnesota, the Dakotas, and Iowa… Edited by Kevin Jones
Renewables In this issue: Kentucky Coal Mining Museum, owned by Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, switches to solar power to save money… Cities of Portland and Chicago set goals for renewables… SunEdison has sold at least $1 billion of renewable energy assets to NRG Energy, Greenko Energies Pvt., BCPG, Actis LLP, the U.K.’s Forest Green Rovers Football Club Ltd. ( owned by the clean-energy supplier Ecotricity Group Ltd.) , and Brookfield Asset Management, Inc.Edited by Charlie Barks
Standards   In this issue:   U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia grants motion for summary judgment requested by NEMA, ANSI, UL, IEEE, and others against, an organization that had been making copies of published standards freely available on the Internet…. National Electrical Manufacturers Association offers online AFCI Unwanted Tripping Report form at still working on Guide for Induction Machinery Maintenance Testing and Failure Analysis document after 11 years… American National Standards Institute (ANSI) seeks comments on insulation test standard… NEMA revises NEMA MG 10, Energy Management Guide for Selection and Use of Fixed Frequency A-C Squirrel-Cage Polyphase Induction Motors. Edited by the EA staff
Reader Profile   In this issue: Don Reese, general manager at B&B Electric Motor Co. in Wichita, Kansas, has lived an influential life of movement that also includes family and military service.  …By Charlie Barks, EA Assistant Editor
Pumps   In this issue: Pump Systems Matter honors Ray Hardee, cofounder and chief engineer at Engineered Software, Inc…. Pentair pump lines earn NSF Standard 61 approval from NSF International …Wilo  acquires pump manufacturers Weil Pump Co., Inc., and Scot Pump Co., as well as the component manufacturer Karak Machine Corp. … SJE-Rhombus introduces a solar-powered tank alarm Edited by the EA staff
Names & faces In this issue: Ted Wagner of Lutze, Inc…. April Pelletier of Newington Electric Co…. Dynamatic/Drive Source International’s Keith Plowman … Huffman Engineering, Inc.’s Stephen Beck … Taylor Dynamometer’s Alan Brown… Zweig Group’s Chad Clinehens, Jamie Claire Kiser and Mark Zweig… Bison Gear & Engineering’s John Burch and Marcus J.S. Bours… Parker Hannifin’s Chad Collins… Ametek, Inc.’s Tony Ciampitti… Aclara Technologies’ Aaron Merkin … Edited by Bill O’Leary
Puzzle  In this issue: “Coming to you live”— letters from related to electrical safety and electrical hazards will spell out some more good advice for electrical workers.  … The Editors
Direct and Current  In this issue:  A rollback of the Clean Power Plan…Westinghouse files for bankruptcy …Texas 7-Elevens will go green … Alconex to build new facility in Ft. Wayne, Indiana… 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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