November 2013 Electrical Apparatus

November 2013 Electrical Apparatus

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Chicago's CWIEME coil show, featured in the November 2013 Electrical Apparatus

Exhibitors at CWIEME display what’s new in electrical manufacturing

Associations, Conventions & Trade Shows – What’s new in electrical manufacturing: Attendees at Chicago CWIEME learn about new technologies and the global marketplace.  By Kevin Jones, EA Senior Editor

Workers repairing a pump at Liberty Island, featured in the November 2013 Electrical Apparatus

First the storm, and then the shutdown. – Workers install a pump at Liberty Island. Circumstances inspired the patriotic color scheme.

Service & Sales Companies – Serving the government sector: Opportunities are there, but first you need to understand the process.
By Joseph S. Hoff, EA Associate Editor

Determining torque value, featured in the November 2013 Electrical Apparatus

Factory test equipment used to plot a large motor speed-torque curve. —Electrical Apparatus file photo

Motor Performance – Don’t be too sure of those torque values! The shortcomings of tests conducted during acceleration must be taken into account. (Read an online summary)   By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor

Fast Forward –  Manual Override: End-users have all kinds of options when it comes to installation and repair guides.  By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor
Accounting  –  Sharing value with key employees: Not all plans are created equal; find the one that’s best for you.  By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor
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Publisher’s Comment   In this issue: CWIEME …Torque and testing … Safety and Hurricane Sandy … Manuals, online and off … Coming next month…Elsie Dickson
Let’s Solve Your Problem  In this issue: Is 460 volt insulation good for 600 volts? …Is there a safe humidity limit? …What current unbalance to expect? …What’s the meaning of ‘intermittent duty’?… Edited by the EA staff
Letters  In this issue: Thanks for critique of the Motor Primer, from Jim Oliver, Jarsco Engineering Corp., Corona, CA … How to check dual-element fuses, from Jim Rogers, Cincinnati, OH … Edited by the EA staff
Rewiring a governor's mansion, featured in the November 2013 Electrical Apparatus

The challenge of rewiring a governor’s mansion Electrical Contractor Kaiser Electric of Fenton, Mo., recently completed a three-month project to wire the Missouri Governor’s Mansion in Jefferson City. The scope of the work included furnishing and installing a 300 kW backup generator for the entire power system, replacing an outdated natural-gas 20 kW generator that powered only the security system. The neo- Renaissance structure was built in 1871 on the bluffs of the Missouri River, so finding an inconspicuous area in which to place the new generator proved challenging. —Kaiser Electric photo

Business briefs  In this issue:  WEG announces acquisition of the transformer and substation manufacturing business of Hawker Siddeley Electric Africa (Pty) Ltd. in South Africa …Wisconsin solar firm Helios USA files for receivership …Siemens to lay off 4% of its global workforce…Molex being acquired by Koch Industries …Graybar changes Massachusetts sales operations … Kaiser Electric of Fenton, Mo., completes three-month project to wire the Missouri Governor’s Mansion  …    Edited by Kevin Jones

Associations, societies & government activities  In this issue:  Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League achieves ANSI developer accreditation … … National Electrical Manufacturers Association offers documents translated into Spanish … Electrical Apparatus Service Association chairman urges business owners to partner with employees … , … Industrial Supply Association’s “Industrial Careers Pathway supply Ambassador” from Ashburn Chemical leads field trips to introduce students to distribution and manufacturing… Edited by Kevin Jones
Calendar briefs  In every issue and updated on the web. See our online calendar for current offerings.
Utilities  In this issue: Pacific Gas and Electric Co. plans targeted rate cuts to spur employment …Florida Power & Light announces solar initiative … American Electric Power Ohio files to expand Smart Grid technology … .. Edited by the EA staff
Michael Sollenberger of of S&S Electric Motors, Tools & Equipment, featured in the November 2013 Electrical Apparatus

Michael Sollenberger, co-owner of S&S Electric Motors, Tools & Equipment in Chambersburg, Pa., enjoys sharing his passion for astronomy. —Michael Sollenberger photo

EA Reader at Ease  In this issue: Michael Sollenberger, co-owner of S&’S Electric Motors, Tools & Equipment in Chambersburg, Pa., enjoys sharing his passion for astronomy….By Josh Hoff

Staco's Mary Marshall, featured in the November 2013 Electrical ApparatusMary Marshall and supervisor Paul Heiligenberg
Leviton's Thomas Morgan, featured in the November 2013 Electrical ApparatusThomas Morgan
Shermco's Damien Williams, featured in the November 2013 Electrical ApparatusDamien Williams
Shermco's Vicki Rine, featured in the November 2013 Electrical ApparatusVicki Rine
Shermco's Eric Fontenot, featured in the November 2013 Electrical ApparatusEric Fontenot
Names and Faces    In this issue:  Mary Marshall of Staco Energy Products… Alexandria Industries’ Steve Schabel and Chris Flemming … Leviton’s Meir Blonder and Thomas Morgan … EGS Electrical Group’s Andy Schwegel, Jim Anderson, Kerry Nedic, Dan Douglass, Humberto Nunez, Diane Fleming, Heather Green, Hernan Solis, and Brian Thompson… Lisa Bucki of Saf-T-Gard International…Shermco Industries’ William Ford, Damien Williams, Eric Fontenot and Vicki Rine  … Robert Reynolds, Burt Schraga, and Roger Vaught, honored by the National Association of Electrical Distributors… Fahad Haq of Lafert NA…
Edited by Bill O’Leary
Schneider Electric receives award at training conference, featured in the November 2013 Electrical Apparatus

From left: Bill Mansfield, Graybar vice president of marketing; Chris Curtis, president and CEO, North America operations, Schneider Electric; Kathleen Mazzarella, Graybar chairman, president and CEO; and Bill Snyder, vice president of channel development at Schneider Electric. —Graybar photo

Training Briefs Announcements of workshops, seminars and instructional materials, in every issue and updated on the web. In this issue – Siemens Energy opens new, state-of-the-art wind service training center in Orlando, Fla. (Watch a video) …Schneider Electric receives award at Graybar National Training Conference (pictured) … Bison Gear and Engineering contributes to Gail Borden Public Library’s new Manufacture Your Future Exhibit…. Fundamentals of Pump Repair- Nov. 8-9, 2013, at the Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel in Indianapolis A two-day seminar covering the common repair procedures for centrifugal pumps, including submersible pumps, vertical turbine pumps, single-stage end suction pumps and split-case pumps. Offered by: Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA), 1331 Baur Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. 63132; (314) 993-2220; www.easa.com …. D-C Operation and Repair January 24-25, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza St. Louis Airport Hotel in Bridgeton, MO  A two-day seminar will cover d-c machine theory and operation, as well as repair tips.   Offered by Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA), 1331 Baur Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. 63132; (314) 993-2220; www.easa.comEdited by Bill O’Leary

Direct and Current  In this issue: NEMA Motor Index retreats for quarter … E.U. and U.S. interoperability center inaugurated… Manufacturing expands for fourth consecutive month… Study finds drop in U.K. power quality… 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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