Electrical Apparatus – October 2007

Electrical Apparatus – October 2007

Featured Articles

Trade Shows – What’s on display at this month’s manufacturing and insulation show: Products, services, and materials for both electrical manufacturers and servicers can be expected. By the EA Staff

Service & Sales Companies – Cast wide the net: A West Virginia shop, Halls Electric Motor Service, diversifies across a broadening market. By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor

Codes and Standards  – A new standard for large drives: The IEEE steps up with directions for matching drives with motors in the upper size range. By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor (Read an online summary)

Power Systems – Why all those current ratings? How the proliferation of upstream devices has made them unnecessary. By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor

Safety and Health – Disaster preparedness requires an early response plan: Nothing ensures survival in an emergency like forethought. By Richard B. Elsberry, EA Contributing Editor

Accounting – Better inventory records: Perpetual records and cycle counting can greatly improve control. By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor

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Editor’s Comment In this issue – Successful small business in a small city in a small state – Husband and wife team Kenneth and Sue Hall have seen their company grow well beyond the potential in Morgantown, West Virginia … When thinking inventory, consider cycle counting … Drives and currents engage our readers in the “Letters” column … by Horace B. Barks, Editor and Publisher

Let’s Solve Your Problem  In this issue – Are there tests for surge protection devices … Renumbering of IEC standards causes confusion … Power factor not a factor in sizing of motor wire … Four VPI treatments: Are they better than two? … What hipot voltage for temperature detectors? … Is arc flash a problem for low-voltage circuits? … Confusion about coil pitch or span …Edited by the EA staff

Letters Comments and questions from readers of Electrical Apparatus. In this issue – Is current remedy different with drives? From Dale Hamil, President, Illinois Electric Works, Granite City, Illinois … Using a-c or d-c to dry out winding – From Richard Nabuda, Chief Electrician, USS Hornet Museum, Alameda, California … Damping vibration in larger machines – From David Harrison, Market Research Analyst, Dawnbreaker, Inc., North Chili, NY …

Trade associations, professional societies and government activities News of non-profit government, and other organizations serving the electrical mechanical industries. In this issue – Sales force management to be taught at two-day class by the Manufacturers’ Agents National Association … Lean manufacturing the focus of Association for Manufacturing Excellence … Electrical Apparatus Service Association halts phone support … American Society of Safety Engineers adds two new international chapters … Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League (PEARL) will hold 2008 convention in Costa Mesa, California … Power Transmission Distributors Association sponsors pavilion at International Exposition for Power Transmission… … Edited by the EA staff

Utility Briefs In this issue – Ohio governor advocates ‘de-deregulation’ … Flood of nuclear power licenses expected … KeySpan acquired by British utility … James Robison, lineman first class at the New Hampshire Electric Co-op, wins ‘hero’ award from Huskie Tools … Edited by Kevin Jones

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

Business and financial briefs News of expansions, relocations, annual reports, and more, about companies serving the electrical mechanical industries. In this issue – Motion Industries acquires Meier Transmission of Cleveland, Ohio … Regal Beloit buys Jakel, Inc., HVAC motor supplier … The Primary Controls Index of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association his a seven-year high … City Machine Technologies, Inc., makes Inc’s 5000 fastest growing companies list … Klein Tools affiliate buys Heritage Cutlery, Inc. … Moulthrop Sales to be California distributor for Knight Electronics …Edited by Kevin Jones

EA reader at ease … Stories featuring unusual or interesting avocational interests of our readers.

Trilingual summary For our international readers, each month one featured topic is presented in French, Spanish and German. In this issue – A new standard for large drives (read an online English summary)

Web briefs … Selected websites for the electromechanical specialist, annotated with details of especially valuable content. In this issue – Danish Wind Industry Association— www.windpower.org/en/core.htm … The Solar Guide— www.thesolarguide.com … SolarEnergy.com— www.solarenergy.com … Advanced Energy Group— www.solarpower.com … Monachos— www.monachos.gr/en … MGE UPS Systems Inc.— www.mgeups.com … Magnet Sales and Manufacturing Co., Inc.— www.magnetsales.com … National Institute of Standards and Technology— http://standards.gov … Techkor Instrumentation— www.techkor.com … Edited by the Electrical Apparatus staff.

Training Briefs Announcements of workshops, seminars and instructional materials, in every issue and updated on the web.  In this issue – Motor diagnostics from All-Test Pro … Welding from the Lincoln Electric Company … Servomotor training from Quality Solutions Co., LLC … Arc Flash protection from American Trainco … UPS’s and batteries from Ametek Solidstate Controls … Embedded networks from CAN in Automation … Motor & drive application from Baldor Electric … Edited by Bill O’Leary

Names and Faces … News and photos of industry people on the move and in the news. In this issue – Donna Poll of ETCO, Inc. … Barbara Ross and Thomas Hesse of Drives, Inc. …Robert Dent of Commtest Instruments, Ltd. … Dave Leonard, Dan Steinbrunner, Robert Hazenfield and Bill Stenger of Radix Wire … Phyllis Russell of the Power Transmission Distributors Association Foundation …Edited by the EA Staff

Deaths – Obituaries of industry people. In this issue – Jimmie L. Williams Sr., former owner of Bradleys, Inc., Corpus Christi, Texas

Direct and Current Breaking news of interest to the industry. … 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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