Electrical Apparatus October 2013

Electrical Apparatus October 2013

Featured Articles

Fast Forward – Case in point: Equipment for rugged environment is giving field service engineers fewer headaches By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor

Service & Sales Companies – Customization is king: Suppliers in niche markets find that customers are willing to pay for products made to order By Joseph S. Hoff, EA Associate Editor

Maintenance – Shaft seals: one problem, many solutions …Understand the conditions under which your motor is operating before specifying seals (Read an online summary) By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor

Accounting – Selling abroad: How even small players can perform on the world stage By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor

Safety & Health – Working in high places Common-sense guidelines for using ladders and scaffolds By Joseph S. Hoff, EA Contributing Editor

Anniversaries – Volland Electric Equipment Corp. commemorated seventy years of business on June 12, 2013 By Kristine Weller, Publisher’s Assistant

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Publisher’s Comment In this issue: Welcome to CWIEME, The Coil Winding Insulation & Electrical Manufacturing Exhibition coming to Rosemont, IL this month … Customers like customization … Seals take center stage …. How to go global …by Elsie Dickson

Let’s Solve Your Problem In this issue: What’s behind so many AFCI complaints? … What efficiency at service factor load? … Retaining ring material can affect performance … What makes an insulation test ‘destructive’? … When fuses ‘blow’ on an unfaulted circuit .. Edited by the EA staff

Associations, societies & government activities In this issue: Seattle mandates electrical reconditioning standards developed by the Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League … National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) takes stock of electrical technical and policy concerns, 10 years after US East Coast blackout …Electrical Apparatus Service Association invites nominations for EASA 2014 Exceptional Achievement Service Award ( at www.easa.com ) .. ‘New look’ promised for Chicago coil show- Information at www.coilwindingexpo.com … Hydraulic Institute publishes new pump guide – available at http://estore.pumps … Gene Haas Foundation gives $1 million in manufacturing scholarships to the SME Education Foundation … National Association of Electrical Distributors of St. Louis offers a three-hour course entitled “Bottom Line Basics” to help distributors improve profitability … Edited by Kevin Jones

Business briefs In this issue: Toshiba completes its acquisition of Elettra Technology, Inc.,. Graybar opens Illinois and Alabama branches… W.W. Grainger modifies its corporate structure… Revere Electric Supply Co. buys BJ Electric Supply… ABB installs North Sea converter station… Houghton Int’l granted patent for test process (pictured)… Edited by Kevin Jones

EA Reader at Ease In this issue: Trap shooter Gene Moir Jr. of Motors & Drives in Freehold and Atlantic City, N.J.,…By Josh Hoff

Utilities In this issue: . Dominion Virginia Power wins lease for 112,800 acres of federal land off the coast of Virginia… Oklahoma utility challenges EPA ruling Oklahoma Gas and Electric recently challenges EPA authority to impose a federally mandated plan on the state… Alliant Energy Corp. intends to sell Minnesota electric and natural gas distribution businesses Jersey Central Power & Light and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers create partnership …. Edited by the EA staff

Electrical Manager In this issue: Do your customers like you? .. Edited by the EA staff

Anniversaries In this issue: Atlas Electric of Walton, Kentucky, celebrates 20 years in business …By Kristine Weller

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

Standards In this issue: DOE issues final transformer efficiency rule … International Electrotechnical Commission calls for new committees and technical activity… American National Standards Institute approves Smart Grid interoperability standard … Smart Grid and wiring documents now online at the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, www.nema.org … Edited by the EA staff

New Books In this issue: . An updated guide for linemen: The Lineman’s and Cableman’s Handbook. By T.M. Shoemaker & J.E. Mack. McGraw-Hill Book Co… All about cable engineering: Electrical Power Cable Engineering. Third edition, 2012. Edited by William Thue. CRC Press How to keep compressors running; Compressors: How to Achieve High Reliability & Availability. By H.P. Bloch & F.K. Geitner. McGraw-Hill Book Co. -RLN

Names and Faces In this issue: Wes Pringle and Barbara Hulit of Fluke Corp … Gefran, Inc.’s Matt Overhulse, Mick White and John Rylands … Steve Rudinec of Integrated Power Services … The Hydraulic Institute’ Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, David McKinstry …EFC International’s Matthew Dudenhoeffer and Dave Jones… Stahlin Non-Metallic Enclosures’ Doug Hill Edited by Bill O’Leary

Deaths In this issue: Arthur Jerome Gale, former owner of Lackore Electric Motor Repair, Inc., in Winona, Minn… Edited by the EA staff

Product Briefs In this issue: Fractional hp brushless d-c motors from Crouzet … a-c line regenerative systems from Magnetek … washdown duty motor from Baldor Electric Co … Pluggable DC DIN Rail surge protection devices are designed for photovoltaic applications from ABB Low Voltage Products … Digital a-c drives, fractional through 5 Hp, from KB Electronics, Inc…. Cable diagnostic testing tan delta bridge from High Voltage, Inc…. XIHNS investment-cast 316 stainless steel explosion-proof instrument housing from Adalet… fan-guard/filter assemblies from Keystone Electronics Corp….10-Gig termination Kit from Platinum Tools… “High Voltage” power terminal blocks from Marathon Special Products …SB two-pole Smart Connector from Anderson Power Products… 1LX explosion-proof emergency exit sign from Larson Electronics…VibConnect RF wireless condition monitoring system from LUDECA, Inc… Edited by the EA staff

Training Briefs Announcements of workshops, seminars and instructional materials, in every issue and updated on the web. See our Training page for current offerings. In this issue – Electric Motor Technology- October 9-11 at the Hilton Garden Inn Chicago O’Hare in Des Plaines, Ill. A three-day course that will provide a foundation of technical principles used for electric motor design, construction, and operation. The purpose is to present a solid understanding of the characteristics of electric motors to support activities important to providing high-quality sales and customer service to the end-user. Offered by: Advanced MotorTech, 4951 71st Ave. North, Pinellas Park, Fla. 33781- 4428; (727) 412-8200; www.advancedmotortech.com . … Protection System Operation Dec. 17, is intended for wind and conventional power generation facilities personnel and workers in facilities that have similar system protection devices, such as circuit breakers, grounding systems, battery systems, instrument transformers, and protective relays. Offered by Shermco Industries, 2425 E. Pioneer Dr., Irving, Tex. 75061; (888) 743- 7626; www.shermco.com/training … . … Motor Circuit Analysis Dec. 2-4 at the Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas., prepares attendees to troubleshoot all types of electric motors, coils, and windings. The course will also show attendees how to improve the reliability and uptime of their plant. It is appropriate for supervisors and technicians. All-Test Pro LLC, P.O. Box 1139, Old Saybrook, Conn. 06475; (860) 399-4222; www.alltestpro.com Edited by Bill O’Leary

Direct and Current In this issue: Labor productivity increased in second quarter … European industrial production slipped in July… Power transmission industry expansion slows… U.S. semiconductor sales hit high point for 2013… Manufacturing expanded in August… 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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