Electrical Apparatus - November 2007

Electrical Apparatus – November 2007

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Trade Shows – New time and place for manufacturing show – and a few new faces, too… New exhibitors join established ones in offering “solutions, not just products” at National Manufacturing Week. By Elizabeth Van Ness

Electrical Maintenance Departments – Operations and maintenance in a unique museum setting: The Milwaukee Art Museum’s electrical system, monitoring and control and automation are as sophisticated as you’ll find anywhere. By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., Engineering Editor

Digital Electronics – The NEC’s stealth provision on control panel inspection: Although it’s been with us for nearly three years, many are unaware of this requirement of the 2005 National Electric code. By David P. Tryling, EA Electronics Editor

Motor Performance – A closer look at voltage drop: Customary ways of looking at the resistance found in conduction don’t tell the whole story. By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor (Read an online summary)

Safety and Health – Eye safety and sun safety should be a top priority: There’s more to protecting one’s vision than meets the eye. By Richard B. Elsberry, EA Contributing Editor Accounting – Where to go for private lending: Exploring the alternatives to conventional bank loans. By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor

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Editor’s Comment In this issue – This month’s cover story – a different kind of plant … The NEC, 2005 and 2008 … Just around the corner – the 2008 EMBR … by Horace B. Barks, Editor and Publisher

Let’s Solve Your Problem In this issue – How much energy does vibration waste? … What’s known about arc blast? … Efficiency difference: generator vs. motor .. Why isn’t bearing insulation effective? … Locked-rotor current: is ‘600%’ accurate? … Why no visible build from VPI process? … Using capacitors with a solid-state starter … Cooling the drive end of a TEFC motor … Edited by the EA staff

Letters  In this issue – The meaning of effective grounding, from George R. Estabo, CPE, American Electrical Testing Co., Canton, Mississippi … Check with utility soft starting, from James R. Johnson, Willamette Area Engineer, Pacific Power, Albany, Oregon … Can’t see the cover for the mailing label, from Paul Tabone, Patchogue Electric Motors, Inc., Patchogue, New York … Kind words, from Michael Mimnagh, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Machinery Research and Silencing Division, Greenville, Delaware …

Trade associations, professional societies and government activities News of non-profit government, and other organizations serving the electrical mechanical industries. In this issue – Special PEARL meeting addresses counterfeiting … EASA reverses decision to cut telephone support … Metric labeling postponement is cheered by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association …Planning for corrosion is topic of Florida ASTM International meeting … Electrical Distributors receive education grant from Hunzicker Brothers, Inc. … Lack of support is top threat to safety, say safety engineers … New CD-ROM covers structured home wiring, from the Cooper Development Association of New York … Edited by the EA staff

Business and financial briefs News of expansions, relocations, annual reports, and more, about companies serving the electrical mechanical industries. In this issue – Volland Electric Equipment Corp forms joint veture with On The Road Machining .. Schneider Electric buys Brazil manufacturer Atos Automacoa Industrial Ltd., … Leeson Electric and Lincoln Motors consolidate gear reducer marketing … Advanced Rotors moves to larger facility … Cooper Industries partners with Nature Science and Technology Co of Zhejiang province, China … Emerson Electric acquires Motorola unit … New England Walco opens Mexico office …Edited by Kevin Jones

EA reader at ease Stories featuring unusual or interesting avocational interests of our readers. In this issue – The featured Reader at Ease in the December 2007 Electrical Apparatus is marksman Terry Hatfield, retired from HECO Inc. (His three sons have taken over the company.)

Utility Briefs News of the utility industry. In this issue – Outsourcing of nuclear plant review questioned … TVA seeks license for nuclear plant ..Utilities disclose recent lobbyist hires … Three former executives of Dynegy, Inc., agree to pay fines for role in accounting fraud without admitting or denying guilt … Edited by Kevin Jones

Say It Right The popular column about language in the workplace. In this issue – Motor curves: Which ones do you want? Different specifiers might mean different things … by Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor

Calendar In every issue and updated on the web. See our Calendar page for current offerings.

Trilingual summary For our international readers, each month one featured topic is presented in French, Spanish and German. In this issue – A closer look at voltage drop – Customary ways of looking at the resistance found in conductors don’t tell the whole story (read an online English summary)

Training Briefs Announcements of workshops, seminars and instructional materials, in every issue and updated on the web. In this issue – Machine alignment from Machine Dynamics, Inc. … Servomotor training from Quality Solutions Co … Arc-flash protection from American Trainco … UPS’s and batteries from Ametek Solidstate Controls … Welding from the Lincoln Electric Company … Embedded networks from CAN in Automation … Power quality from PowerCET Corp … Motor & drive application from Baldor Electric …Drives and Controls from Bosch-Rexroth Corp … High-voltage maintenance from Ox Creek Energy ….Edited by Bill O’Leary.

Names and Faces  In this issue – Charles Jirek of Dreisilker Electric Motors … Charles Fisher (left) of Rea Magnet Wire Co….Vince Guillory, Linda Scott (second from left) and Scott Rosendahl (center) of Johnstone Supply… Katherine Morgan, Teresa Cendrowska and Jeff Grove of ASTM International … John McKenna, of Ashcroft, Inc. and Nagano Keiki Co. Ltd. …Marc Amato (second from right) and Michael Ursillo of Walco … Peter Baka (right) of Lincoln Electric Co ….Edited by the EA Staff

Web briefs Selected websites for the electromechanical specialist, annotated with details of especially valuable content. In this issue – Danish Wind Industry Association— www.windpower.org/en/core.htm … The Solar Guide— www.thesolarguide.com … SolarEnergy.com— www.solarenergy.com … Advanced Energy Group— www.solarpower.com … Monachos— www.monachos.gr/en … MGE UPS Systems Inc.— www.mgeups.com … Magnet Sales and Manufacturing Co., Inc.— www.magnetsales.com … National Institute of Standards and Technology— http://standards.gov … Techkor Instrumentation— www.techkor.com … Edited by the Electrical Apparatus staff.

Standards briefs Updates of standards and related information. In this issue – Underwriters Laboratories (UL) presses forward with harmonization … Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) revises Gold Book … International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) extends its global influence … UL revises two standards pertaining to cables and introduces a new one … National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) publishes new efficiency and safety guidelines … American National Standards Institute (ANSI) announces adoption of three standards from the National Electrical Contractors’ Association (NECA)… Edited by the Electrical Apparatus staff.

Literature Announcements of guides, catalogs, brochures, product specifications and other literature. In this issue – arc welding guns from Lincoln Electric … principles of meter mix dispense systems from Sealant Equipment and Engineering … brushless d-c motor/driver packages from Oriental Motor USA Corp … Fall protection and rescue from Capital Safety …. Plastic fastening components from Richco, Inc. … Power lifting and handling equipment from Interthor, Inc. … Edited by the EA staff

Product briefs Photos and announcements of new products. In this issue – Adhesives and sealants from Epoxies Etc. … Interconnections from Bridgeport Fittings, Inc. and Richco, Inc. … Lighting from Hubbell Building Automation … Measuring Equipment from Flir Systems and Amprobe Test Tools …Edited by the EA Staff.

Deaths In this issue – Herbert Bert Magney, founder of Magney Electric Motors, Lancaster CA and Tempe AZ, and Harold Leviton of Leviton Manufacturing, Little Neck, NY

Direct and Current Breaking news of interest to the industry. In this issue – Electroindustry confidence stabilizes … Sales of power transmission products fluctuate … Weak dollar continues to fuel exports … Pace of economic growth is slowing … Importers unfazed by China quality scares … 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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