October 2009 Electrical Apparatus

October 2009 Electrical Apparatus

Featured Articles

Service & Sales Companies – What’s new in maintenance software: How the latest integrated computer programs are aiding electromechanical service By Elizabeth Van Ness, EA Internet Editor

Insulation – What is ‘insulation’ anyway? Exploring the wide range of dielectric materials available With trilingual summary. (Read an online summary) By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor

Safety & Health – Programs to keep employees healthy: How ‘wellness’ provides a good return on investment By Richard B. Elsberry, EA Contributing Editor

Accounting – Bringing outsourced work back in-house: Times are changing, and ‘insourcing’ may make sense By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor

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Editor’s Comment Technology in the shop, and how it has changed… Insulation: in print and on trade show floors … Is outsourcing ‘out’ and insourcing ‘in’?… by Horace B. Barks, Editor and Publisher

Let’s Solve Your Problem How can material of shaft best be identified? … Watch the voltage when drying winding with d-c … Non-rotating load— more than just inertia … How important is rotor temperature under load?… Stator temperature as starting protection? … Can induction generator produce ‘reactive power’? …Edited by the EA staff

Business and financial briefs John Wood unit Mustang International LP acquires a majority interest in energy engineering firm Al-Hejailan Consultants of Saudi Arabia … UL certifying Underwriters Laboratories certifies motor rebuilds under IECEx …MISCOR reports loss, sees ‘stabilization’… Four Siemens U.S. entities consolidate under a new corporate entity named Siemens Industry, Inc. … Baldor service will identify power savings … Nordex USA, Inc. breaks ground on new Arkansas $100 million manufacturing facility … Thermacore, Inc.acquires k Technology of Langhorne, Pa … Peerless Electric selects motor sales agency PTS LLC for Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and southern Illinois representation .. Orion Fans adds Anxo Components as Mexico sales rep … WEG Brazil to begin $100 million expansion … WEG plans new production line in Linhares, Brazil (In photo, WEG representatives greet visitors to their booth at the June EASA Convention in St. Louis.)…Leviton Manufacturing Co moves headquarters to Long Island (pictured) Edited by Kevin Jones

Say It Right What is ‘good design’? The phrase is unlikely to be useful By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor

Trade associations, professional societies and government activities Plans in place for CWIEME Chicago 2009 (www.coilwindingexpo.com) – Photo is from last year’s event… Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League recyclers participating in breaker panel … Online training for wind generator repair from the Electrical Apparatus Service Association (www.easa.com – Members Only section) … Society of Manufacturing Engineers survey reveals manufacturers’ recovery plans … Power Transmission Distributors Association introduces Customized Solutions Selling Tool Kit (www.ptda.org) … Motor Technology is the theme of SMMA Motor & Motion Association 2009 Fall Technical Conference (www.smma.org) …new International Electrotechnical Commission website for Smart Grid standards (www.iec.ch/zone/smartgrid/) … American Society of Safety Engineers establishes new safety engineer doctoral fellowship (www.asse.org/foundation) Edited by Kevin Jones

Calendar In every issue and updated on the web. See our Calendar page for current offerings.EA reader at ease Jeffrey “J” Hager serves as international sales manager for Martindale Electric in Cleveland, Ohio, and moonlights as a trumpet player and music director for the Travis Haddix Band. By Joseph Hoff, EA Associate Editor

Utility Briefs American Wind Energy Association, representing the wind energy industry, welcomes federal grants … Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy says Boulder is ready for Smart Grid … Tampa Electric completes new peaking power units … Edited by Kevin Jones

Standards New international fuse requirements from the International Electrotechnical Commission … Updates, errata, and news from the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (www.nema.org/) Edited by the EA staff

Web Briefs Environmental & Energy Study Institute— www.eesi.org … NEI Engineering— www.neiengineering.com … Morgan Carbon www.morganhungary.hu/technicalsupport/mountingbrush … Global Wind Energy Council— www.gwec.net … Hammond Power Solutions— www.hammondpowersolutions.com …Federal Emergency Management Agency— www.fema.gov/library … Wearee Instruments Ltd.— www.instrumentationguide.com … Corrosion Doctors— www.corrosion-doctors.org Edited by the EA staff

Trilingual summary For our international readers, each month one featured topic is presented in French, Spanish and German. In this issue – “Apparatus Ratings at High Elevations”: Leistungsdaten von Geräten in großen Höhen…Caractéristiques assignées des appareils à hautes altitudes …Regímenes de aparatos en elevaciones altas (read an online English summary)

Books Reviewed in this issue: ISO 9001:2008 Explained, By C.A. Cianfrani, J.J. Tsiakals & J.E. West

Product Briefs Controls, from WEG Electric Corp. and Adalet … Tools, from Hilti, Wiha Quality Tools, Bondhus Corp., and Makita USA, Inc. … Motors & Gearmotors, from Bodine Electric Co., Bison Gear & Engineering Corp., and ICM Controls Corp. … Power Transmission, from Baldor Electric Co … Switching Devices from Cooper Bussmann and APEM Components, Inc. … Interconnections from Richco and Douglas Electrical Components, Inc. Edited by the EA staff

Names and Faces David Atehortua of Ludeca’s Alignment Division … Cecil R. Thomas of Powertec Industrial Motors, Inc (above left)…. Stahlin Non-Metallic Enclosures’s Craig Mitchell (above center)… Drives LLC’s Tony Mann … Frank DeLattre (above right) and Vatche Artinian of Vycon Edited by Bill O’Leary

Training Briefs Announcements of workshops, seminars and instructional materials. In this issue – Servo motor training from Quality Solutions Co. Also – Cooper Bussmann begins a two-year Productivity Through Protection Tour with customer training events scheduled at U.S. and Canadian distributor branches and industry trade shows through the end of 2010. Edited by Bill O’Leary

Direct and Current Electroindustry index signals improvement … Power transmission distributors more confident… Manufacturing recovery forecast for 2012 … Energy agency enters utility grid fray …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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