November 2009 Electrical Apparatus

November 2009 Electrical Apparatus

Featured Articles

Trade Shows – Choices in a changing competitive landscape: Two coil shows, two approaches By Joseph S. Hoff, EA Associate Editor

Service & Sales Companies – Consistent service in a changing market : A Michigan service provider weathers the storm by continuing to do what it does best By Kevin Jones, EA Senior Editor

Starters & Starting– A close look at the autotransformer starter: How it has evolved alongside the induction motor itself With trilingual summary. (Read an online summary) By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor

Safety & Health – New safety concerns: Many threats aren’t covered by federal regulations By Richard B. Elsberry, EA Contributing Editor

Accounting – Avoiding disputes when buying a business: Disagreements can be costly for both buyer and seller By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor

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Editor’s Comment More from Michigan about managing in a recession …‘Help Wanted’ advertising tops all other categories …Reporting the two coil winding shows …by Horace B. Barks, Editor and Publisher

Let’s Solve Your Problem Should rotor IR be as high as the stator? …Why no shielding on motor leads? … Why motor and line voltages don’t match … Shims in switchgear bus joints: for what purpose? … Who says there’s no ‘industry standard’? … Is load rating the same for ‘identical’ bearings? …Does uprated motor need new thermostats? …Edited by the EA staff

Business and financial briefs ELANTAS PDG wins business award from the city of St. Louis (pictured left) …Leviton Cooper B-Line sponsors student-led team from the University of Arizona in the 2009 Solar Decathlon… A.O. Smith Mexico plant wins third Lloyd B. Smith President’s Safety Award …Emerson to buy Avocent Corp. ….Wood Group buys Baker Energy …W.W. Grainger takes a stake in MonotaRO Co. Ltd. … ABB buys Canadian energy services provider Sinai Engineering Corp. … Rockwell Automation seeking R&D aid from the federal government …Siemens Energy wins six wind turbine orders … Edited by Kevin Jones

Trade associations, professional societies and government activities Electrical Manufacturing & Coil Winding Association receives contribution from the VFW French-Bartlett Post … Federal energy funds allocated to seven states and territories … Wind energy industry reaps more federal money …Smart Grid standards development accelerated( report available at …. Global challenge of renewable energy outlined in address by Jacques Regis, International Electrotechnical Commission president … National Electrical Contractors Association forms women’s group… Edited by Kevin Jones Standards New wireless automation standard adopted by the International Society of Automation … Adoptions, revisions, and a call for comment from the American National Standards Institute … New publications available from the International Electrotechnical Commission. Edited by the EA staff

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

EA reader profile Don Block. president of NorthEast Electrical Distributors, Canton, Mass., has spent 37 years in the electrical distribution business. By Joseph Hoff, EA Associate Editor

Trilingual summary For our international readers, each month one featured topic is presented in French, Spanish and German. In this issue – “A close look at the autotransformer starter”: Anlassspartransformatoren – eine nähere Betrachtung … Un examen attentif du démarreur à autotransformateur … Un examen cuidadoso del autotransformador de arranque (read an online English summary)

Books Reviewed in this issue: Wind Energy Generation: Modelling and Control, by O. Anaya-Lara, N. Jenkins, J. Ekanayake, P. Cartwright & M. Hughes. John Wiley & Sons

Names and Faces Truland Systems Corp.’s Steven Wencis (above left) … Frank De Castro of Solvay Chemicals (center)… Starla Bickerstaff of Corrosion College (right) … John D. McDonald of GE Energy’s transmission and distribution business Edited by Bill O’Leary

Utility Briefs Duke and Allegheny Energy cut rate hikes …Southern Power plans to build biomass power plant in Texas … Florida Power & Light pays $20million to U.S. Treasury for power outage … Lookheed Martin signs commercial engineering services agreement with Ocean Power Technologies … Smart Grid to be tested on Maui … Edited by Kevin Jones

Product Briefs Motors and gearmotors from Bison Gear & Engineering and Wayne Products … Adhesives and sealants from Epoxies, Etc. … Circuit interrupters from Del City and Cooper Bussmann … Interconnections from Cooper B-Line, Molex, Inc., and Adalet… Safety products from Capital Safety USA and Magid Glove & Safety … Hammerdrills from DeWALT … Ventilating fans from Orion Fans … Stainless-steel ground rods from Galvan Industries, Inc. … Current diversion ring from Inpro/Seal Co. … Digital accelerometer and mini-datalogger from Saelig Co…. Towable engine-generator set with multiple features from Caterpillar Inc….Water- and chemical-resistant marking labels from Nameplates for Industry … Edited by the EA staff

Training Briefs Announcements of workshops, seminars and instructional materials. In this issue – Pump system optimization training session from Darby Electric and Baldor Electric Co. (pictured) … Servo motor training from Quality Solutions Co. … Canadian HVAC group co-sponsoring conference …Edited by Bill O’Leary

Direct and Current U.S. transmission/distribution sales are up …China complains over EU anti-dumping duties…Copper prices rise on weak U.S. dollar …India still dominates global outsourcing …Europe looks to triple clean-energy spending …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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