September 2012 Electrical Apparatus

September 2012 Electrical Apparatus

Featured Articles

Trade Shows Visiting Design & Manufacturing Midwest: Suppliers and manufacturers of engineering technology bring the production marketplace to Chicago. By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor

Drives & Inverters Can tests prove ASD motor efficiency? First there must be agreement on test procedures and efficiency definitions With trilingual summary (Read an online summary) By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor

Codes & Standards How useful is the IEEE Motor Maintenance Guide? Inconsistencies, oversights, and errors mar a publication for which a demand clearly exists. By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor

Accounting – Best practices for controlling costs How to quantify a product or service for maximum profitability . By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor

Safety & Health The first line of defense: Basic emergency training that can save a life By Joseph S. Hoff, EA Associate Editor

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Let’s Solve Your Problem What causes insulation resistance fluctuation? … What limit for winding resistance unbalance? …What’s the proper length for an RTD?…What extremes apply to ball bearing life? … Any benefit from reducing a-c hipot voltage? …Energy reduction of 30%; too good to be true? …Edited by the EA staff

Associations, societies & government activities Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League elects a new board…American Society of Safety Engineers urges OSHA to enforce fall protection safety rule … National Electrical Contractors Association of Bethesda, Md., and Construction Financial Management Association announce financial benchmarking effort…National Association of Electrical Distributors offers members new benefits via partnership with Electrical Distributors Credit Bureau – see www.naed.org . …The National Electrical Manufacturers Association joins Coalition for Current Safety Codes – see www.coalition4safety.org … Hydraulic Institute broadens membership eligibility – see www.pumps.org … Measurement, Control & Automation Association joins Automation Federation … American Society of Safety Engineers sets up UAE, Mexico branches … The Industrial Supply Association of Philadelphia releases 2012 North American Industrial Markets Report – See http://access.isapartners.org/pages/ECommerce/2012-Industrial-Markets-Report.php … Frank Leonard given EASA achievement award …Edited by Kevin Jones

Engineering Education Scientists at the University of Illinois explore how heat flows across an interface between two materials … Researchers at M.I.T and Georgia Tech collaborated to study automation and the inner workings of the brain … Edited by Kevin Jones Business briefs Bartlett Bearing adopts new ‘green’ initiatives… SKF chief sees ‘weaker demand,’ future strength… Houghton fields record inquiries from EASA convention … WEG introduces new line of power factor correction products … Franklin Empire buys Ontario distributor Electra Supply … Cooper Power expands Smart Grid sales to Omaha Public Power District and Northern Indiana Public Service Co. … Shermco enters coatings deal with Caterpillar … Financial briefs from ABB and MISCOR Group Ltd…. Edited by Kevin Jones

EA Reader Profile Jade York, the driving force behind York Repair’s “RepairZone Man,” also is known for his recently started a salsa and hot sauce line, “Smoked Heat”… By Joseph S. Hoff

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

Standards National Electrical Manufacturers Association concerned about delays affecting adoption and enforcement of the most current electrical and building codes. … Hydraulic Institute has announces the publication of ANSI/HI-2012, Rotodynamic Submersible Pumps for Hydraulic Performance, Nydrostatic, Pressure, Mechanical, and Electrical Acceptance Tests. – see http://estore.pumps.org … Motor protection standards revised by Underwriters Laboratories – See www.ul.com … American National Standards Institute issues new and revised standards and invites comment on others… Edited by the EA staff

Web Briefs Featured this month – Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) — www.bascap.com …Interactive Mathematics — www.intmath.com …Energy Star — www.energystar.gov … Vacuum Interrupters Ltd. — www.vil.org.uk … Industrial Automation & Mechatronics Portal — http://ia mechatronics.com … Zensol Automation, Inc. — www.zensol.com/en/zensol-s-knowledge … Counterfeit Kills — www.counterfeit-kills.co.uk … Arc Fault Breaker Safety — www.afcisafety.org … American Electronic Resource, Inc.— www.aeri.com … S.D. Myers, Inc. — http://sdmyers.com … Gas Machinery Research Council — www.gmrc.org … Edited by the EA staff

New Books Reviewed in this issue: Pump User’s Handbook: Life Extension, Third Edition. By H.P. Bloch & A.R. Budris … Electrical Power Equipment Maintenance and Testing. By Paul Gill. …—RLN

Utilities Fewer power plants built in first half of 2012 … Battle lines form in Duke-Progress controversy…JPMorgan denies utility market manipulation…Nevada’s first wind power project is on line…Georgia Power launches solar power information site – see www.georpower.com/solar … Edited by the EA staff Names and Faces Paul Idziak of Shermco Industries … Mark Baker (far left) and Vincent Buonanno of Tempel …Robert Bosch GmbH board members Siegfried Dais, Rudolf Colm, Uwe Raschke, and Stefan Asenkerschbaumer … Leviton’s Rob Spragis … Palmer Wahl Instrumentation Group’s Cheryl Garcia (center left), Gary Lux (center right) and Randy Cutrara (far right) … John Wood Group PLC’s Ian Wood, Allister Langlands, and Bob Keiller … Edited by Bill O’Leary Product Briefs Drives & Inverters, from KB Electronics, Siemens Industry, Inc., and ABB Low Voltage Drives … Enclosures from Adalet and from Appleton Electric … Safety products from Electroswitch, Kimberly-Clark Professional, Magid Glove & Safety, and Fabrico … SOFTWARE from Infolytica Corp., Caterpillar , and Cooper Power Systems … Switching Devices from APEM Components, Inc., CW Industries, and Russelectric ..Edited by the EA staff

Training Briefs Announcements of workshops, seminars and instructional materials. In this issue – 2012 NFPA 70E Update, from Shermco Industries, 2425 E. Pioneer Dr., Irving, Tex. 75061; (888) 743-7626; www.shermco.com/training . … Vibration Analysis, from Machine Dynamics, Inc., 1021 Commercial Dr. SE, Rio Rancho, NM; 505-884-9005; www.machinedyn.com. … Balancing, from Machine Dynamics, Inc., 1021 Commercial Dr. SE, Rio Rancho, NM; 505-884-9005; www.machinedyn.com . … Alignment, from Machine Dynamics, Inc., 1021 Commercial Dr. SE, Rio Rancho, NM; 505-884-9005; www.machinedyn.com … Protection System Operation and Maintenance, from Shermco Industries, 2425 E. Pioneer Dr., Irving, Tex. 75061; (888) 743-7626; www.shermco.com/training … Motor Design, from Advanced MotorTech LLC, 4951 71st Ave. N, Pinellas Park, Fla. 33781-4428; (727) 412-8200; www.advancedmotortech.com … Also – news about an updated version of a motor verification and redesign application, from EASA… Edited by Bill O’Leary

Direct and Current U.S. economy expanded slightly in July, while manufacturing contracted slightly… Business confidence index declined in July… Distributors could benefit from bank settlement… Manufacturing orders up 8.8% year-over-year… 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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