November 2012 Electrical Apparatus

November 2012 Electrical Apparatus

Featured Articles

Codes & Standards IEC motors: understanding the standard Similarities and differences between U.S. and international standards By Joseph S. Hoff, EA Associate Editor

Motors & Generators Keeping idle motors dry: How to determine the appropriate method and amount of heating (Read an online summary) By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor

Conventions & Trade Shows High-quality leads at Chicago coil show: The crowd at the CWIEME show may not have been overwhelming, but those who attended were ready to do business. By Elizabeth Van Ness, EA Associate Publisher, and Kevin Jones, EA Senior Editor

Safety & Health In step with the wind: Teaching federal safety inspectors about safety in the wind energy industry By Joseph S. Hoff, EA Associate Editor

Accounting – Financial planning in uncertain times: In times like these, it pays to focus on the factors over which you have control. By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor

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Editor’s Comment OSHA safety inspectors train for wind energy service… Chicago Coil Show to return in two years… Space heating is subject of major technical article…

Let’s Solve Your Problem Is nameplate efficiency a guaranteed value? … How much can individual V-belt tensions vary? … What does a ‘spark test’ indicate? … Does ‘Classified’ mean ‘Hazardous’? … Besides an ASD, what can cause shaft currents? … Punched vs. laser-cut stator laminations …Edited by the EA staff

Associations, societies & government activities AMT-The Association for Manufacturing Technology’s International Manufacturing Technology Show will return to Chicago’s McCormick Place through 2020 … National Association of Electrical Distributors expand the Branch Management University … Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League distinguish between words reconditioned, rebuilt, and remanufactured… Electrical Generating Systems Association names new directors … UL and IBEW Underwriters Laboratories to offer UL’s Photovoltaic Installer Certification to members of IBEW and the National Electrical Contractors Association… Newly revised ANSI Z10-2012 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems Standard is available through the American Society of Safety Engineers (go to and search for Z-10-2012 …Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute refutes New York Times article … American National Standards Institute of New York seeks participants for standards collaboration … National Electrical Manufacturers Association issues public statement to 2012 presidential and Congressional candidates… EASA seeks nominations for lifelong service award (see for details and instructions ) …Edited by Kevin Jones

Letters Relationship between ASD speed and power, from Paul Wiseman, Plant Manager TAW Augusta Service Center, Augusta, Ga.

Standards A new edition of UL motor standard ANSI/UL 1004-1, Standard for Rotating Electrical Machines … Comment solicited on revision of fuse usage guide for the Application, Operation, and Coordination of High-Voltage (>1000 V) Current-Limiting Fuses. Request a copy of BSR/IEEE C37.48.1-201x ($115 PDF, $140 printed) from IEEE at (800) 678-4333 or at . Send comments by Nov. 27 to cc:  … Edited by the EA staff

Business briefs Insulation manufacturer Hilec is sold to Delfingen Industry SA … Generac Holdings raises outlook for 2012 … New Siemens geared motor plant in S.C. … GE’s Digital Energy in distributor agreement with MaxPower Corp. … Avtron Industrial Automation sold to Nidec… Shermco Industries expands into San Antonio… ABB funds smart grid exhibit at Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh, N.C  Edited by Kevin Jones

Anniversaries Darby Electric celebrating its 65th year in business Edited by the EA staff

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

EA Reader Profile Travis Bush of Casa Grande Electric Motor Service in Casa Grande, AZ By Joseph Hoff

Utilities War of words between Exelon and wind group over the renewal of a tax credit for providers of wind power… Retiring coal plants could cost $144 billion…ing the number of coal plants to retire… Louisville Gas and Electric Co. to shut three coal units earlier than planned … American Electric Power in development deal with Utilidata, Inc … Edited by the EA staff

New Books Reviewed in this issue: Power distribution- Transmission and Distribution Electrical Engineering. By Dr. C.R. Bayliss & B.J. Hardy. Elsevier-Newnes…—RLN

Names and Faces Mike Howell of the Electrical Apparatus Service Association (above, left)… the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)’s Frans Vreeswijk and Ronnie Amit …Brent Ekissof Fabrico,EIS (center)… Bridgeport Fittings’ Wayne Beach … John P. Nelson, honored with the IEEE Richard Harold Kaufmann Award (right) … EGS Electrical Group (div. Emerson Industrial Automation)’s Jim Wagner … Edited by Bill O’Leary

Deaths  Thomas E. Bartlett, co-founder of Philadelphia-based Bartlett Bearing Company, Inc. … Arne Flolo, part owner of Bensenville, Ill.-based Flolo Corp.  By Joseph Hoff

Product Briefs Two part silicone potting/encapsulating compound from Epoxies, Etc. of Cranston, R.I. –…miniature “mini-pad” SMT test point from Keystone Electronics Corp… AEGIS SGR shaft grounding ring from Electro Static Technology … PHR series of high-rate UPS batteries from Power-Sonic Corp … turbine ignition transformers from Foster Transformer … circuit location and analysis instruments from General Tools & Instruments Co. … OVR DIN rail surge protective devices from ABB Low Voltage Products … polymer surge arrester from Cooper Power Systems… SMP filter chokes for use with wind turbine inverters from Sintermetalle Prometheus GmbH & Co. KG, through Westendorf Associates Edited by the EA staff

Training Briefs Announcements of workshops, seminars and instructional materials. In this issue – “Troubleshooting Electrical Generators and Voltage Regulating Systems,” from Power-Tronics, Inc., P.O. Box 291509, Kerrville, Tex. 78029; (830) 895-4700; Fax: (830) 895-4737; ; . Dec. 2 at the Inn of the Hills, Kerrville, Tex. … “Basic Electrical Fundamentals” from Shermco Industries, 2425 E. Pioneer Dr., Irving, Tex. 75061; (888) 743-7626; Nov. 5, March 4, May 6, and Aug. 12 in Dallas and April 15 and Oct. 14 in Austin, Tex. …”Maintenance Reliability” – free, one-day seminar produced and sponsored by ALL-TEST Pro, CTC, IRISS, SOLTEC, and UE Systems, from ALL-TEST Pro LLC, P.O. Box 1139, Old Saybrook, Conn. 06475; (800) 952-8776; for information, to register – Nov. 6 at the Radisson Davenport in Davenport, Iowa, and Nov. 7 at the Holiday Inn Joliet in Joliet, Ill. Also – Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) has released a national action plan, “Workforce Imperative: A Manufacturing Education Strategy,” which calls for manufacturers, educators, professional organizations, and government to coordinate and standardize efforts for preparing a skilled workforce for the high-tech manufacturing jobs of today and in the future. The white paper can be downloaded at Edited by Bill O’Leary

Direct and Current from The Editors of Electrical Apparatus.

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