Electrical Apparatus – September 2007

Electrical Apparatus – September 2007

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Trade Shows – Motor application dominates manufacturing, insulation show: The use and maintenance of rotating machines take a prominent place at next month’s conference in Nashville. By Kevin Jones, EA Senior Editor

Trade Shows – Nashville, where past and future intersect: Many attractions await those attending next month’s electrical insulation and manufacturing expo. By Joseph S. Hoff, EA Associate Editor

Trade Shows – The EASA Show in photos: Another look at last June’s convention of the Electrical Apparatus Service Association in Minneapolis. By Elizabeth Van Ness, EA Internet Editor

Codes and Standards – New horses in the motor efficiency derby: As some distinctions among global motor standards disappear, others emerge By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor (Read an online summary)

Safety and Health – Workplace injuries and illnesses require quick medical response… And smaller companies needn’t settle for lesser care. By Richard B. Elsberry, EA Contributing Editor

Accounting – Audits of private companies held to new standards The good news is that the process has become more effective to execute. By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor

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Editor’s Comment In this issue – An engineering failure – and a century-old success – in Minneapolis … What are engineering schools doing about curricula? … This months cover – a salute to insulation … And after the cover, a particularly strong package of editorial information … by Horace B. Barks, Editor and Publisher

Let’s Solve Your Problem The longest-running and one of our most popular features, Let’s Solve Your Problem answers real questions posed by people in plants and service shops around the U.S. and abroad. Selected Q&A’s from this column are available in our popular Let’s Solve Your Problem books. In this issue – Motor current: up or down when voltage decreases? … Does BIL mean anything for motors? … Can ASD determine a motor’s efficiency? … What limits apply to contact resistance? … Does soft starting mean less demand? … Effect of service factor loading not clear …Edited by the EA staff

Letters Comments and questions from readers of Electrical Apparatus. In this issue – A question inspired by the July article “What determines motor end play?” from Brian Inman, Inman Electric, Inc., LaSalle, Illinois …

Trade associations, professional societies and government activities  In this issue – the National Electrical Manufacturers Association is pleased with energy legislation … The National Association of Electrical Distributors will study product liability … Austin Bonnett wins the EASA achievement award from the Electrical Apparatus Service Association … RSES, the HVACR Training Authority, group sessions are approved for credit … the American Society of Safety Engineers will offer online seminars to address safety issues … The Association for Facilities Engineering moves its corporate headquarters to Washington D.C. … Edited by the EA staff

Business and financial briefs News of expansions, relocations, annual reports, and more, about companies serving the electrical mechanical industries. In this issue – John C. Dolph Co. bought by Von Roll USA … Motion Industries buys Northwest distributor Gerrish Bearing Co … New Zealand firm Commtest Instruments Ltd. and Pittsburgh Electrical Insulation each open offices in Beijing … GE Motors wins supplier award from Flowserve Pump Division of Irving Texas … Johnstone Supply Inc launches Las Vegas distribution … Strong quarterly reports from Lincoln Electric, A.O. Smith, Emerson Electric Co., Baldor Electric Co., ABB Ltd., Regal-Beloit Corp and Tyco Electronics … Corrections re: Adwel International and Iris Power Engineering from July Business briefs – Iris Power Engineering produces partial discharge test equipment for insulation conditioning monitoring on rotating electric machines …Edited by Kevin Jones

EA reader at ease … Stories featuring unusual or interesting avocational interests of our readers. In this issue – The featured Reader at Ease in the September 2007 Electrical Apparatus is Roy Corbitt, service manager at Houma Armature Works and Supply, Houma, Louisiana. Roy owns a Harley Davidson Night Train and rides on a regular basis.

Utility Briefs News of the utility industry. In this issue – Nanotechnology fights theft of copper wire for Dallas-based Oncor Electric Delivery … Dominion Resources moves forward with wind farm development plans, in partnership with Shell WindEnergy, Inc. … Plans for coal-fired plants are put on hold throughout the country … Large power users say they are misunderstood re: deregulation … Edited by Kevin Jones

Say It Right The popular column about language in the workplace. In this issue – What’s the effect of ‘effective’? Often as not, confusion … by Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor

Standards Briefs Updates of standards and related information. In this issue – Gabon is the 76th nation to join the International Electrotechnical Commission’s Affiliate Country Program. The IEC also recently published new standards and publications … The National Electrical Manufactures Association issues guidelines on conduit and lamps … The American Society of Safety Engineers issues a package of construction/demolition site safety standards. … Edited by the Electrical Apparatus staff.

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

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 – Motor diagnostics from All-Test Pro … Servomotor training from Quality Solutions Co … Arc-flash protection from American Trainco … Welding from the Lincoln Electric Company … UPS’s and batteries from Ametek Solidstate Controls … Embedded networks from CAN in Automation … Power quality from PowerCET Corp …Pumping Systems from Pumping Machinery LLC … Motor & drive application from Baldor Electric … Drives and controls from Bosch Rexroth Corp .. High-voltage maintenance from Ox Creek Energy … Professional certification from the Association for Facilities Engineering … Infrared thermography from Snell Infrared … Edited by Bill O’Leary

Engineering Education A glimpse into today’s engineering classroom in a quarterly feature which reports on college and university courses relevant to expanding electromechanical activities, as well as pre-college programs. In this issue – Corrosion College to partner with Purdue University … Stahlin sponsors members of high school robotics team … The most recent Katrina victim – Tulane University’s computer science, electrical, mechanical and civil engineering programs … $100 million gift to University of Illinois to fund science and engineering initiatives on campus … By Josh Hoff

Trilingual summary For our international readers, each month one featured topic is presented in French, Spanish and German. In this issue – New horses in the motor efficiency derby (read an online English summary)

International Trade Shows Information and calendar for upcoming shows around the globe. In this issue – Tips for exhibiting at trade shows … The GCC Cigres Exhibition in Abu Dhabj… the BIEL Light_Building Buenos Aires … The Power& Energy Forum in Kiev … Productronics in Munich .. Electra Mining India in New Delhi … Semicon Japan … Elecrama in Mombai, India … International Exhibition on Electric Power Electrical Engineering in Wenzhou, China .. Edited by the EA Staff

Literature Announcements of guides, catalogs, brochures, product specifications and other literature. In this issue – Linear motors and stages from Baldor Electric Co … Welding equipment and materials from Lincoln Electric Co … Canned hermetic motors from Peerless Electric Motors … Guide to power factor and harmonics from Staco Energy Products Co … Hand tools from Wiha Tools … 2007 test tools catalog from Fluke Corp … High amerage single pole connectors from Leviton Mfg. Co … Edited by the EA staff

Automation Briefs High-tech products of use to the industry. In this issue – Pushbuttons from EAO … Servo controllers from QuickSilver Controls … Soft starters from ABB … Sensors from Phoenix America and Macro Sensorts … Flash drives from Cyber Research. Edited by David P. Tryling

Product Briefs Photos and announcements of new products. In this issue – Interconnections from Heyco Products and Galvan Industries … Controls from Eaton-Cutler Hammer … Enclosures from Vortex/ITW Air Management .. Safety from Hubbel Wiring, Capital Safety and Seaward Group USA … Software from Vector Fields, Inc. … Switching Devices from EAO and Electroswitch Corp … Test Equipment from Slaughter Co, Inc. , E.O. Schweitzer fg. Co and B&K Precision … Tools from Wright Tool Company, Bondhus Corp, and LoggerHead Tools LLC …Edited by the EA Staff.

Names and Faces News and photos of industry people on the move and in the news. In this issue – Kirk Graham of Volland Electric Equipment Corp … Jack Hasson of John C. Dolph Co. … Carla Russo of Eleantas PDG, Inc. … Mark Williamson of Darby Electric Co … Enrique Santacana of ABB, Inc. … Scott Mann of Brooks Meter Devices … and Mark Wicks of Gamewell-FCI …Edited by the EA Staff

New Books Recently published books, reviewed by our editors. In this issue, Photovoltaic Systems, by J. Dunlop, American Technical Publishers, Inc.

Deaths Obituaries of industry people. In this issue – Julian Thomas ‘Tommy’ Wood of North Georgia Electric Company

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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