Electrical Apparatus October 2014

Electrical Apparatus October 2014

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The Smart Meter fire hazard fallacy, featured in the October 2014 Electrical Apparatus

Although many believe otherwise, there is no proof that meters like this one have been responsible for any electrical fires. —Photo illustration by Electrical Apparatus original photos Talbott/NIST and Trevor T. McBride/USAF

The Smart Grid – Are Smart Meters a fire hazard? Don’t fall for the fallacy that because a fire occurred after a meter was installed, the meter caused it   By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor

Manufacturing expo in Chicago, featured in the October 2014 Electrical Apparatus

Huge exposition proves manufacturing is alive and well Lessons about service also found at International Manufacturing Technology Show. —Electrical Apparatus photo by Kevin Jones

Conventions & Trade Shows – Huge exposition proves manufacturing is alive and well: Lessons about service also found at International Manufacturing Technology Show
By the Electrical Apparatus staff

IMTS 2014 in photos: Scenes from the recent manufacturing show in Chicago
By the Electrical Apparatus staff

3-D printing, featured in the October 2014 Electrical Apparatus

Once expensive and large pieces of machinery, 3-D printers are now cheaper and available in a variety of sizes. —Electrical Apparatus photo by Bill O’Leary

Fast Forward   In this issue:  3-IndeeD –  Manufacturers are using 3-D printers for development and repair, but is it the wave of the future or a fad? By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor

Bearing lubrication questions answered, featured in the October 2014 Electrical Apparatus

This outdoor motor is equipped with automatic grease lubricators, which must be adjusted to a desired flow rate. Also, continuous drain provision is required. —Electrical Apparatus photo by Richard Nailen

Bearings & Lubrication – Relubricating with grease: Is there a right way? The answer seems simple enough— until you begin trying to quantify it. (Read an online summaryBy Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor

Preparing for the safety inspectors, featured in the October 2014 Electrical Apparatus

Inspecting for the inspection Steps to take to be prepared for a visit from the safety regulators

Safety and Health – Inspecting for the inspection: Steps to take to be prepared for a visit from the safety regulators By Joseph S. Hoff, EA Associate Editor

Accounting – Simplifying estates for tax purposes How to avoid probate and prevent exposure to other tax liabilities  By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor
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Publisher’s Comment  In this issue: Technology and greasable bearing lubrication… Technology at IMTS… Technology in the service shop… 2015 EMBR is now in production …Elsie Dickson
Let’s Solve Your Problem  In this issue:  What does ‘arc resistant’ really mean ? … Temperature variations in ‘identical’ motors Should sticking brushes be ‘shaved’ ? … Add or subtract weight for balancing Why use thermostats in a motor winding ? … Replacing just one fuse not a good idea…… Edited by the EA staff
Associations, societies & government activities   The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation receives $250,000 pledge to fund Impact Scholarships… Electrical Apparatus Service Association survey reveals management search practices… Two members of the board of the Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League spread the word about remanufacturing via their concurrent service on the board of the Remanufacturing Industries CouncilHydraulic Institute enters training partnership with Iwaki America, Inc (info at www.pumps.org ) …Power Transmission Distributors Association publishes directory (info at www.ptda.org/directory) … National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s submetering group holds inaugural meeting… Edited by Kevin Jones
New Dykman facility, featured in the October 2014 Electrical Apparatus

The new 30,000-square-foot building under construction by Dykman Electrical at its campus in Boise, Idaho. —Dykman Electrical photo

New ABB Wisconsin facility, featured in the October 2014 Electrical Apparatus

Ron Tucker, Aaron Aleithe, and Greg Scheu (left to right) cut the ribbon at ABB’s new offi ce facility in Wauwatosa, Wis. —ABB photo

Business Briefs  In this issue:  Illinois Electric Works and Shermco Industries earn EASA certification… Baldor Electric Co. Foundation awards $171,000 in scholarships to children of Baldor employees… Dykman Electrical adds a building in Boise, and will be adding warehouses in Seattle and in the Tri-Cities area of Washington State… Graybar earns award for hiring veterans… Ribbon-cuttings at Wisconsin ABB facilities constructed by general contractor Huntzinger …Ron Tucker, Aaron Aleithe, and Greg Scheu cut the ribbon at ABB’s new office facility in Wauwatosa, Wis. —ABB photo … Edited by Kevin Jones

Utilities   In this issue: Michigan utility Consumers Energy accelerates Smart Meter installations… TECO Energy completes New Mexico utility acquisition… Hawaii utilities meet to plan future of services… Dominion Virginia Power expands solar demonstration site…
EA reader profile   In this issue: Robert Pierce, owner of Pierce Sales & Service … By Joseph Hoff
Calendar briefs  In every issue and updated on the web. See our online calendar for current offerings.
Standards   In this issue:  UL publishes new standard for photovoltaic wire … Transformer and capacitor standards approved by ANSI … Comment on circuit protection standards sought…… By the EA Staff
Klein Tools’ Thomas Klein Jr., Thomas R. Klein Sr., Mathias Klein III, and Mark Klein , featured in the October 2014 Electrical ApparatusThomas Klein Jr., Thomas R. Klein Sr., Mathias Klein III, and Mark Klein
Lynne Russell, featured in the October 2014 Electrical Apparatus
Lynne Russell
Lafert NA's Matthew Temple
Matthew Temple
Michelman's Richard Yang, featured in the October 2014 Electrical Apparatus
Richard Yang
Names & faces In this issue:  Klein Tools’s Mathias Klein III, Thomas R. Klein Sr. , Mark Klein, and Thomas Klein Jr…. Tom Jaros  of Solcon USA,… DeWAL Industries’ Lynne Russell Circuit Breaker Sales  and Group CBS, Inc’s John Namnoum Lafert North America’s Matthew Temple … The Hydraulic Institute’s  Robert K. Asdal and  Gregg Romanyshyn,… Michelman’s  Richard Yang Edited by Bill O’Leary
William N. Hopkins, of Huntingdon Electric Motor Service, remembered in the October 2014 Electrical Apparatus

William N. Hopkins, of Huntingdon, Pa.-based Huntingdon Electric Motor Service went to work for his family’s business at an early age and rose to become vice president of the company.

Deaths In this issue:  William N. Hopkins, vice-president of Huntingdon, Pa.-based Huntingdon Electric Motor Serviceby Josh Hoff

Training Briefs   Announcements of workshops, seminars and instructional materials, in every issue and updated on the web. In this issue – Motor testing – A five-day training workshop on the latest and most advanced techniques in both de-energized and energized motor testing. Offered by: All-Test Pro LLC, P.O. Box 1139, Old Saybrook, Conn. 06475; (860) 399-4222; ce@alltestpro.com ; www.alltestpro.com . Where and when:Dec. 1-5 at the Golden Nugget Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev….BLDC and interior permanent magnet motors – A three-day course, titled “Brushless DC & Interior Permanent Magnet Motor & Generator Design—Taking Theory to Practice,” Offered by: Advanced MotorTech LLC, 4951 71st Ave. North, Pinellas Park, Fla. 33781-4428; (727) 412-8200; www.advancedmotortech.com Where and when: Nov. 18-20 at the Hilton Garden Inn, DFW Airport South, Irving, Tex. …Induction machine design – A three-day course titled “Induction Machine Design—Taking Theory to Practice” that provides an up-to-date, practical foundation of induction machine design techniques to produce accurate, low-cost, and realistic design results based on the electrical, magnetic, mechanical, and thermal interactions. Offered by: Advanced MotorTech LLC, 4951 71st Ave. North, Pinellas Park, Fla. 33781-4428; (727) 412-8200; www.advancedmotortech.com Where and when: Oct. 22-24 at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort in Lincolnshire, Ill…. Also: NAED offers new product training courses….Educational sessions at Hydraulic Institute fall meeting … ABB’s Safety Lead Competency Centre (SLCC) and Engineering Safety Consultants (ESC) launch new e-learning training course ….PdMA Corp. to host motor shop assessment workshop … International Society of Automation (ISA) announces third edition of its Tuning of Industrial Control Systems book  Edited by Bill O’Leary
Direct and Current  In this issue: Mixed signals in industrial supply….Electroindustry improvement continues…Power transmission business is strong…Non-manufacturing industrial sector grows….Canadian industrial capacity utilization rises…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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