May 2018 Electrical Apparatus

May 2018 Electrical Apparatus

Featured Articles


For servos, there’s no place like home Both production of, and demand for, servomotors and related equipment are distributed globally—but tend to be executed locally By Pan Demetrakakes, EA Special Correspondent

More than motors: Servomotors Should you add this specialized repair niche to your service portfolio? By the Electrical Apparatus staff

Facility Management Play ball! Keeping the electrical systems running at Milwaukee’s Miller Park By Bill O’Leary, EA Managing Editor
Motors & Generators Motor air gap: a necessary evil — Guidelines for dealing with this phenomenon are few and far between.  With trilingual summary. By Richard L. Nailen, EA Engineering Editor
More Than Accounting Better budgeting: Measurement and control are the keys to moderating spending By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor
Conventions & Trade Shows

A city built on manufacturing Milwaukee—the city hosting this year’s EASA convention—has tooled up for everything from tanneries to digital controls By Richard L. Nailen, EA Engineering Editor

Exploring the ‘right way’ Several sessions at next month’s EASA convention will cover standards, compliance, and accreditation By Kevin Jones, EA Senior Editor

Renewables meet coal Fossil fuels and alternative energy shared the spotlight at the Electric Power Conference in Nashville By Jane Powell Campbell, EA Special Correspondent

Electrical Manager The art of negotiation: Understanding the other person’s point of view is an essential first step By Bill O’Leary, EA Managing Editor
Safety & Health Dangers lurking online: Threats unseen cause fear and uneasiness throughout industry By Charlie Barks, EA Assistant Editor
Plant Life Opioids on the job: A nationwide drug epidemic poses a particular danger in plants By Selena Cotte, EA Assistant Editor
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Editor’s Comment   In this issue: When all roads lead to Milwaukee … New features in Electrical Apparatus Kevin Jones
Let’s Solve Your Problem  In this issue: Multispeed motor efficiency? … What creates excitation in large wind generators?… TEFC motor with fan on the drive end …  Does efficiency change with age? …  Lower ambient: how much higher load? … The meaning of ‘grade’? … More than one ‘premium’?.. Edited by the EA staff
Calendar briefs  In every issue and updated on the web. See our online calendar for current offerings.
Business Briefs   In this issue: Dreisilker inaugurates new enterprise software from Rocket Software…  Knight Sleeves joins with Bearing Service of Livonia, Mich … Essex Magnet Wire lays cornerstone for Serbia plant … Edited by Kevin Jones
OEMs on the Move   In this issue:  RJR Headquarters moves to Phoenix … The Michigan Milk Producers Association expands the Middlebury Cheese Co. facility in Indiana … Riviana Foods expands its Ebrofrost frozen rice and pasta operations…  AeroStar plans to expand its Mobile, Ala., facility …  Electrolux plans for a $250 million Tennessee plant expansion are on hold because of tariff announcements … McLaughlin Body Co.  is consolidating facilities in Illinois….  Banker Wire opening new facility in the new Bear Industrial Park in Mukwonago, Wisconsin …. Edited by Selena Cotte
Know Your Industry   In this issue:  the Stadium Managers Associationby Charlie Barks
Associations, societies & government activities   In this issue: EMCWA to hold Electrical Manufacturing & Coil Winding Expo, colocated with the Electrical Wire Processing Technology Expo … the American Wind Energy Association praises the Trump Association for opening offshore areas to development  … National Electrical Manufacturers Association creates a Transportation Systems Division … Edited by Kevin Jones
Renewable Energy   In this issue: GE and its rail company Alstom unveil a new energy storage platform, “GE Reservoir.” …  Solar power saw a global boom in 2017 … Rain power – researchers from the American Chemical Society are using rainwater to generate energy from sunlight  …By Charlie Barks, EA Assistant Editor
Pumps  In this issue: Chris Rea of AESSEAL receives industry award… Sales of mechanical seals likely to sure, per research firms Technavio, Future Market Insights  and SpendEdge…. Edited by Kevin Jones
Utilities   In this issue: Rapid developments in grid-scale batteries… Edited by Kevin Jones
Standards   In this issue: Who’s to blame when the NEC isn’t adopted?… by Richard Nailen
EA reader profile   In this issue:   Sandy Jones,  an application engineer at Delta Sigma Co., of Kennesaw, Ga., makes the most of every moment — you have to read this profile to see what we mean!   By Selena Cotte
Smart Grid In this issue: ‘Let’s talk about it . . .’ An industry has emerged for talking about the Smart Grid  … by Richard Nailen
Names & faces In this issue: Baldwin Supply Co.’s Ron Herem… Graybar‘s Craig Hogan … Jay Industrial Repair‘s Randy Goins… Dynamatic‘s Jay Jensen… Edited by Bill O’Leary
Training Briefs   In this issue: Certificate training programs from the Hydraulic Institute …RSES offers HVAC e-learning courses..  Hands-on solar training from US Solar Institute  Edited by Bill O’Leary
Speaking of…   In this issue:  New news about KidWind and blockchain  …Edited by Selena Cotte
Puzzle  In this issue:  A crossword puzzle based on EA’s March and April issues … The Editors
Direct and Current  In this issue: OILGEAR SOLID. Texas Hydraulics acquires Oilgear…  MOTORS FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION. German researchers 3-D print an entire electric motor … SOUTHWEST ACCIDENT. Metal fatigue and inspection oversight were identified as causes in Southwest Flight 1380’s engine failure which resulted in a passenger fatality …NESTLÉ PUMPS UP. The Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality approved Nestlé’s plan to boost the amount of water it takes from the state… GARBAGE TIME. New research concludes that at least 79 thousand tons of ocean plastic are floating inside the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” … 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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