November 2017 Electrical Apparatus

November 2017 Electrical Apparatus

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Conventions & Trade Shows

  • Energy-efficiency is so last year: Speakers at this year’s CWIEME conference turned their attention from motor efficiency to electric vehicles and the Internet of Things By Kevin Jones, EA Senior Editor, and Selena Cotte, EA Editorial Assistant
  • Helping the young to build their dreams: Weftec’s keynote speaker told an inspiring story about disadvantaged youths overcoming long odds By Kevin Jones, EA Senior Editor
  • A glimpse of the future of water: Weftec attendees offered some themes of their own By Charlie Barks, EA Associate Editor
Service & Sales Companies  Diverse interests: How Tennessee’s Vaughn Electric Co. came to offer a broad range of services from three locations By Kevin Jones, EA Senior Editor
Motor Performance When voltage varies: Standards writers are nowhere near a consensus on dealing with variations in motor circuit voltage With trilingual summary By Richard L. Nailen, EA Engineering Editor
Accounting – Why companies underperform: Six things you can do to improve your company’s performance By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor
Plant Life –  It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas: The holiday rush affects industrial companies as much as it does retailers By Selena Cotte, EA Editorial Assistant
Electrical Manager To pay or not to pay: Studies show that unpaid internships may not be effective; here’s how to get the best out of your paid interns By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor
Safety & Health  OSHA’s stricter ruling on ‘dangerous dust’: The mandate could prove difficult for some to comply with By Charlie Barks, EA Assistant Editor
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Editor’s Comment   In this issue:  System optimization and the art of the tweak…  livestreaming diagnoses and repairs … Kevin Jones
Let’s Solve Your Problem  In this issue: Finding cracked rotor bars …How much power is needed for acceleration? … Ground versus earth… Three kinds of current? …  What’s the difference between a VFD and an ASD? New test for ‘air-over’ motors.. Edited by the EA staff
Business Briefs   In this issue:  ABB’s strategic acquisition of General Electric Co.’s Industrial Solutions business …  Schneider adds industrial component to EcoStruxure industrial software platform…Manufacturing recovery continues, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Report from the Association of Manufacturing Technology …. Edited by Kevin Jones
Standards   In this issue: Global concerns raised about cybersecurity… Testing technician standard is up for revision … Transfer switch standard has been revised … Molded-case breaker standard harmonized… Edited by the EA staff
Pumps   In this issue:  Colfax sells its fluid-handling business to CIRCOR International…Pump companies continue their response to flooding, including Flowserve, Tencarva, and Aermotor WindmillMetso signs distribution agreement with Eco Consult d.o.o. of Zagreb, Croatia…  $1.4 billion pool savings claimed by Pentair since 2005 …Edited by the EA staff
Associations, societies & government activities   In this issue:  Tips for dealing with flood-damaged HVAC gear from the Air-Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute… course videos from the Association of Electrical and Mechanical Trades … Professional Electrical Apparatus Reconditioning League announces April 2018 Electrical Safety, Reliability, and Sustainability Conference & Exhibition details … American Society of Safety Engineers is re-accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training … U.S. wind energy Apex Clean Energy, Blattner Energy, Duke Energy, EDF Renewable Energy, EDP Renewables, Enel Green Power North America, Inc., E.ON, and the American Wind Energy Association pledge $1 million to Habitat for Humanity’s Habitat Hammers Back initiative for Hurricane Harvey repair and rebuilding … . EASA sends out 2017 Member Needs Survey… Edited by Kevin Jones
Know Your Industry   In this issue: the American Bearing Manufacturers Association  … by Charlie Barks
Utilties   In this issue: Adding to Puerto Rico’s woes: Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s bankruptcy… Applications being accepted for Southern California Edison‘s Edison Scholars awards… Utilities fear takedowns by cyberattacks, according to Accenture Transmission and Distribution… Exelon contributes $250,000 to disaster relief …Edited by Kevin Jones
Renewable energy  In this issue – Elon Musk wants to rebuild Puerto Rico’s electrical grid… Environmental Protection Agency reverses Clean Power Plan…  A win for Suniva and SolarWorld: the International Trade Commission determines imported solar panels to be a threat  …Edited by Charlie Barks
Training – In this issue:  Bearing and maintenance courses from SKF …Training for solar professional certification from Solar Energy InternationalPureflow offers water treatment training programs…Edited by Bill O’Leary
Calendar briefs  In every issue and updated on the web. See our online calendar for current offerings.
Reader Profile –   In this issue:  James Reynolds, 18, is currently working an internship at Kentucky Service Co. in Lexington, Ky. … By Charlie Barks, EA Assistant Editor
Safety   In this issue: OSHA’s stricter ruling on ‘dangerous dust’  …By Charlie Barks, EA Assistant Editor
Names & faces In this issue: Shermco Industries’ Lailone Vidal… AEMC Instruments‘ Brent McKinley… Flowserve Corp.’s David Wilson and Tom Pajonas… General Electric‘s Jamie Miller,  Jeffrey Bornstein, Beth Comstock and John Rice… Edited by Bill O’Leary
Deaths In this issue: Remembering Garland “Bill” Webster Randall, 94, founder of Electric Motor Repair at Nelson Center, Ohio … and Mike Bowers, foreman at Vallejo Electric for 53 years  … Edited by Charlie Barks
The Smart Grid  In this issue: The ‘newest new thing’: intra-grid sensors: Plans to deter the theft of power on the Smart Grid … by Richard Nailen, EA Engineering Editor
Puzzle  In this issue: A crossword based on words from the September and October issues of Electrical ApparatusThe Editors
Direct and Current  In this issue: A LEGEND DIES. Charles Knight, former CEO of Emerson Electric Co…. RESHORING AWARD. Mitchell Metal Products recognized by the Reshoring Initiative and the Precision Metalforming Association….PLANT CLOSINGS A 140-year-old Venator Materials pigment plant, two Del Monte foods plants… EATON TO LIGHT UP ARENA at the United Center, home of the NBA’s Chicago Bulls and the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks…. DAIMLER to invest $1 billion to expand Mercedes- Benz plant in Alabama. … The Editors
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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