September 2009 Electrical ApparatusFeatured Articles

Trade Shows - The future of machine design: Coil winding and coatings expo in Nashville to examine emerging trends By Kevin Jones, EA Senior Editor

Trade Shows – They came, they saw, they “commerced” : Hopeful signs seen at EASA Convention By Elizabeth Van Ness, EA Internet Editor

Insulation – Apparatus ratings at high elevations: How to predict dialectric breakdown based on air pressure. With trilingual summary. (Read an online summary) By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor

Engineering Education – MIT and the Arab Republic of Egypt collaborate in fellowship program … “Ideas to Innovation Learning Laboratory” at Purdue changes how students learn… University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks role in nuclear comeback … By Josh Hoff, EA Special Features Editor

Safety & Health - Workplace safety is everyone’s ‘general duty’: Sharing the responsibility of keeping workers safe By Richard B. Elsberry, EA Contributing Editor

Accounting – Navigating the banking world : Before working with a lender, learn to think like one By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor

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Editor’s Comment Technical articles are reader favorites … Workplace safety – everyone’s duty … Coils take the spotlight this month and next … by Horace B. Barks, Editor and Publisher

Let’s Solve Your Problem Probable cause for inter-turn shorts? … Skewed rotor versus skewed stator …How long to accelerate a ‘high inertia’ load? … What justifies size of motor leads?…How important is RTD orientation? … Right way to connect a motor’s terminals?… Is removing bearing seals a bad idea? … European Standards for U.S. products? …Edited by the EA staff

Letters Seeking information on surge arresters, from Neville Sachs, P.E. Sachs, Salvaterra & Associates, Inc. Syracuse, N.Y. … Kind words, from James Kulwicki, P.E., C.P.E. Dearborn, Mich.

Business and financial briefs ABB’s Automation Products Rolling Road Show brings its products to customers on the road (pictured) … KJ Electric forms partnership with Industrial Electronic Services of Mississauga, Ontario … Jury finds Breakers Unlimited, Inc., guilty of buying and selling counterfeit Square D circuit breakers … Workers attack Molex manager at factory in southwestern France … Rockwell Automation positions for Smart Grid… Eaton expands Middle East operations via joint venture in the United Arab Emirates with SEG Middle East Power Solutions & Switchboard Manufacturer LLC … Wood Group enters Colombian joint venture with RWD Technologies de Colombia … Lincoln Electric completes acquisition of Jinzhou Jin Tai Welding and Metal Co. Ltd…. Hubbell agrees to buy the electrical business known as Burndy from FCI group of Versailles, France… Dynapar appoints North American Wind Service Alliance as wind service distributor… Chicago-based Nordex USA, Inc. will build first U.S. manufacturing plant in Jonesboro, Arkansas … New Core builds ‘green’ school bus by Bill O’Leary and Kevin Jones; edited by Kevin Jones

Trade associations, professional societies and government activities Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers meets to discuss ways to make the Smart Grid a reality … American Society of Mechanical Engineers will present “engineering-based approaches” to clean energy and environmental sustainability – see www.asme.org … American Society of Safety Engineers to host Proactive Safety Management symposium – more information at www.asse.org … American National Standards Institute prepares for World Standards Week 2009 – schedule posted at www.ansi.org/wsweek … National Association of Electrical Distributors raises more than $143,000 in gifts for education, training, and research – more information at www.naed.orgEdited by Kevin Jones

Utility Briefs Reduced demand for electricity across the U.S. lowers power prices … Underwriters Laboratories expands solar testing lab in San Jose, CA … Duke Energy plans carbon storage study … Edited by Kevin Jones

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

Standards American Society for Testing & Materials sets arc protective blanket safety criteria … UL revises general motor standard … Adoptions and revisions from ANSI … Arc welding equipment standards harmonized by NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) … Edited by the EA staff

EA reader at ease Ben Doyle of Hamilton Electric Motor Repair in Saginaw, Michigan shares his love of camping and the outdoors with his family, including daughter Savannah. By Joseph Hoff

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)

Names and Faces DynaMotors, Inc.’s Bill Merkel …Darrell Struss of Encorp …John Wood Group PLC’s Nigel Pollard … Dr. Thomas E. Neal, honored with the ASTM International Award of Merit for Work on Protective Clothing and Equipment Standards … HBD/Thermoid, Inc.’s Michael V. Craven  and Bryan Orick ..Miscor Group Ltd.’s Michael Topa Edited by Bill O’Leary

Product Briefs Interconnections – ground rod clamps from Galvan Industries, cable clamps and fasteners from Richco, Inc., heat shrink terminal product line from FCI-Burndy/Del City, resin-oated fiberglass loom from Leviton Mfg. Co., Inc., prefabricated commercial wiring assemblies from Meltric Corp. … Controls – – modular enclosed motor starters from Moeller Electric Corp, explosion-proof motor control enclosure systems from Adalet … Drives & Inverters – PMDC motor speed controls from Bodine Electric Co.. Test Instruments – protective DMM cases from Fluke Corp.,4-in-1 electrical safety tester from the Slaughter Co., insulation and continuity testers from Megger, non-contact a-c circuit identifier from Extech Instruments, partial discharge detector from No Outage Electrical Testing, Inc., and an insulation tester from Protek Test & Measurement Edited by the EA staff

Training Briefs Announcements of workshops, seminars and instructional materials. In this issue – “Motor Technology for Repair Service Managers & Sales Staff. from Advanced MotorTech LLC, … Servo motor training from Quality Solutions Co. Also – BlueVolt and Klein Tools offer “Klein Tools University” online resource for tradesmen By Bill O’Leary

Direct and Current Motor shipments decline again for quarter … Green shoots in the broader industrial sector? … Canadian and U.S. transmission product sales diverge …Offshoring by U.S. companies surging ….New wind farm in southwestern Pennsylvania ……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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