Electrical Apparatus - November 2008

Electrical Apparatus – November 2008

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Trade Shows – Curtain falls on long-running manufacturing conference: National Manufacturing Week is absorbed into a larger trade show By Elizabeth Van Ness

Power Systems – Circuit resistance: a not-so-simple property: Many more factors come into play than first meet the eye By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor (Read an online summary)

Digital Electronics – Getting REAL: A technologist’s guide to navigating choppy economic waters By David P. Tryling, EA Electronics Editor

Safety and Health – Lockout-tagout requirements re-emphasized by OSHA: A document intended to clarity a document that preceded it By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor

Safety and Health – Is epoxy resin the latest health hazard? There seems to be no proof one way or another – yet By Richard B. Elsberry, EA Contributing Editor

AccountingBy William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor

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Editor’s Comment In this issue – Converting inventory into a “cash defensive” … Paying for technology on tighter budgets … Electrical Apparatus advertising rates stay in place for 2009 … by Horace B. Barks, Editor and Publisher

Let’s Solve Your Problem In this issue – Let’s solve your problem How to protect motors on an unbalanced system…How much do screens reduce ventilation?…Critical speed: above or below normal RPM?…How much ‘off time’ will compensate for overload?…What voltage ranges are ‘medium’ and ‘high’?…Do mechanical problems affect motor efficiency?…Power supply connection: Does the motor really care?…How is motor current related to motor load? …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 – Industrial services provider MISCOR Group Ltd. of South Bend, Ind. acquires Visalia Electric Motor Shop … Megger buying Swedish instrument supplier Pax Diagnostics … Delta Automation of Richmond, Va., is certified startup specialist and repair services provider for Dan Foss and Cutler-Hammer variable-frequency drives … Cleveland-based Avtron Industrial Automation, Inc., acquires Admotec, Inc. … Grainger opens Panama City branch… Polymer maker Ticona, of Florence, Ky., is building a Chinese facility … Wood Group enters a joint venture with WG Amesa of Venezuela to provide wellhead equipment … Swedish drive maker Emotron AB earns UL approval… A.O. Smith plans India heater headquarters… Edited by Kevin Jones

Letters Comments and questions from readers of Electrical Apparatus. In this issue – Some down-to-earth talk about grounding, from Alan Gottlieb, Electrical Consultant, Con Edison, Great Neck, NY, and from Joseph Couturier, P.E., Electrical Engineering Manager, Orbital Technical Solutions, LLC, Toledo, Ohio

EA reader profile Spotlighting the off-work activities and interests of members of the electromechanical industry. In this issue – Gordon “Flash” McDaniel of McDaniel Electric Motor Repair, Farmingdale, NY, is featured and describes his business.

Calendar In every issue and updated on the web. See our Calendar page for current offerings. Utility Briefs News of the utility industry. In this issue – Federal agency U.S. Government Accountability Office doubts deregulation claims… New York State Gas and Electric Corp. awards Garlock Sealing Technologies a facility upgrade grant … Duke Energy draws $1 billion from credit line… Ocean Power receives $2 million U.S. Dept. of Energy .. Edited by Kevin Jones

Trade associations, professional societies and government activities News of non-profit government, and other organizations serving the electrical mechanical industries. In this issue – Philippines joins the Geneva-based International Electrotechnical Commission … EASA Convention attendance up from previous year … RSES: The HVACR Training Authority partners with Elsevier to produce online courses on heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration …. American Society of Safety Engineers sponsors poster contest …. Pumps Systems Matter of Parsippany, N.J welcomes four sponsors … St. Louis-based National Association of Electrical Distributors and the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors offer combined health insurance program……Edited by the EA staff

Training Briefs Announcements of workshops, seminars and instructional materials, in every issue and updated on the web. In this issue – Arc flash, from American Trainco … Fire systems, from Fire-Lite Alarms, www.firelite.com …Ultrasonics, from Branson Ultrasonics Corp. and Herrmann Ultrasonics, Inc. … Relays and substations, from Megger … Welding, from Lincoln Electric Co. … Corrosion prevention, from Corrosion College … Plant maintenance, from All-Test Pro LLC … Drives and controls, from Bosch Rexroth Corp…. Servo motors, from Quality Solutions Co … UPS’s and batteries, from Ametek Solidstate Controls … Power quality, from PowerCET Corp.  Edited by Bill O’Leary

Standards briefs Updates of standards and related information. In this issue – More international photovoltaic guidelines from International Electrotechnical Commission … No more ‘trial use’ standards from The American National Standards Institute ( ANSI ) … Wiring device dimensions retained by The National Electrical Manufacturers Association ( NEMA ) … Underwriters Laboratories publishes first edition of the various standards for general-purpose machines, not for hazardous locations Edited by the Electrical Apparatus staff.

Trilingual summary For our international readers, each month one featured topic is presented in French, Spanish and German. In this issue, Circuit resistance, a not so simple property: Stromkreiswiderstand: Die nicht ganz einfache Eigenschaft … La résistance des circuits électriques: une propriété pas si simple … La resistencia de los circuitos eléctricos–una característica no tan sencilla

Safety and health in the workplace How companies and their employees can guard and enhance their health and safety. In this issue – Lockout-tagout requirements re-emphasized by OSHA … By Richard B. Elsberry, EA Contributing Editor

Literature Announcements of guides, catalogs, brochures, product specifications and other literature. In this issue – Test and measurement catalog from Protek Test & Measurement … Catalog listing Baldor/Dodge Quantis Gold C-face energy-efficient gearmotors from Baldor Electric Co. … Brochure from Hallmark Industries outlining an a-c and d-c motor product line and other offerings … Enclosure program overview brochure from Fibox Enclosures … Edited by the EA staff

Names and Faces … News and photos of industry people on the move and in the news. In this issue – Ramzi Nassif of Leviton  … Günter Retkowski, from EFC International … Fire-Lite Alarms’ David Pakech .. from MISCOR Group Ltd., Mike White and Frank Larkin … Jens Decker and Tim Hurley of Stellar Materials, Inc. … Mary Maul of the Hydraulic Institute … Michael Faulkner of Garlock Sealing Technologies … Carlos Blum of the Wood Group ESP/ John Wood Group PLC, and Edmund-Hugo Lunde of John Wood Group PLC … from Penn-Union Corp., Michael Smith … Malcolm B. Kinnaird of A.O. Smith Corp. … The International Electrical Testing Association and Power Systems Testing Co.’s David Huffman …Edited by Bill O’Leary

Product briefs Photos and announcements of new products. In this issue – Drives & Inverters from Electro Static Technology and Bodine Electric Co. … Enclosures from Fibox Enclosures … Adhesives & Sealants from Master Bond and Epoxies, Etc. … Miscellaneous flat pad for single-phase transformers from Highline Products … removable brushholder system from Cutsforth Products, Inc. … Transformer oil circulating pumps from Unifin International … Protective enclosure for a-c plug-in transformers from Honeywell Power Products … Synthetic labels from Badger Tag & Label Corp. … Fused selective coordination panelboards from Ferraz Shawmut … Motors & Gearmotors from Baldor Electric Co. and Bison Gear & Engineering Corp…. Power Quality from Raycap, Inc…Edited by the EA Staff.

Direct and Current Breaking news of interest to the industry. In this issue – Guidance on water-damaged equipment issued …. France second in European renewable …. GE and Google partner in grid management …. Power transmission sales retract slightly …. Europeans unaware of recycling regulations …. OSHA hearing on personal protective equipment 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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