April 2018 Electrical Apparatus

April 2018 Electrical Apparatus

Featured Articles

More Than Motors What’s current in wind: A brief look at the wind energy industry—and some of the service opportunities it’s poised to create By the Electrical Apparatus staff
Codes & Standards 

Current affairs: Electrical equipment is subject to many regulations, but it’s not easy for even a business-friendly administration to tweak them to the industry’s advantage By Pan Demetrakakes, EA Special Correspondent

Are motors being properly repaired? A look at who sets repair guidelines—and who confirms that the guidelines are followed With trilingual summary By Richard L. Nailen, EA Engineering Editor

Plant Life The thing about the Industrial Internet of Things As if life weren’t complicated enough, we now have the opportunity to digitalize everything By Selena Cotte, EA Assistant Editor
Service & Sales Companies  Poised for growth: How Georgia’s Industrial Repair Service manages its expansion and its employees’ expertise By Charlie Barks, EA Assistant Editor
Accounting Mergers and acquisitions under the new tax law: What are the implications of the new law for buyers and sellers of businesses? By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor
Electrical Manager The cost of competition: How to establish a competitive price premium in the marketplace By Bill O’Leary, EA Managing Editor
Conventions & Trade Shows Shooting the breeze at Windpower 2018: At next month’s conference, it won’t be who you know; it’ll be who you get to know By Kevin Jones, EA Senior Editor, and Matt Raebel
Fast Forward The inside looking in: Company review sites like Glassdoor give power to the employees. But can it be abused? By Bill O’Leary, EA Managing Editor
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Editor’s Comment   In this issue: Not your grandfather’s electromechanical industry .. Coming in May: OEM’s on the move …Kevin Jones
Let’s Solve Your Problem  In this issue: Sizing a motor supply transformer… What is ‘power house’ insulation?… What about the efficiency of d-c motors?… Starting current a function of load?… What’s the life span of sleeve bearings?… Rotation vs. phase sequence… Edited by the EA staff
Letters   In this issue:  Shaft grounding brushes in explosion-proof motors, from Adam Willwerth, Electro Static Technology, Mechanic Falls, Me., and  Bill Lockley, Lockley Engineering Calgary, Alberta, Canada … Acquisition of Toshiba business unit, from Dwight Hopkins, sales manager, Robertson Electrical & Mechanical, Van Buren, Ark. [Editor’s clarification: Nidec bought the motor appliance business of Toshiba in 1998 and eventually shaped it into Nidec Technomotor. The chart should have listed “Toshiba motor appliance business” instead of “Toshiba motor division” as the acquired business. —Editor ]… Edited by Kevin Jones
Business Briefs   In this issue: Baldor Electric’s name is changed to ABB … Flanders acquires Alabama service company Alabama Electric Motor Services, Inc…. EIS becomes a group within Motion Industries… Edited by Kevin Jones
Calendar briefs  In every issue and updated on the web. See our online calendar for current offerings.
Associations, societies & government activities   In this issue: The U.S. Dept. of Energy is ordered to publish an energy conservation rule… HVAC/R manufacturers oppose steel tariffs … American Society of Safety Engineers convenes working group on active shooters… Edited by Kevin Jones
Know your industry  In this issue:  The World Wind Energy Association Headquarters: Bonn, Germany  By Charlie Barks
Renewable energy  In this issue: FERC opens the floodgates for energy storage… Members of the University of Iowa’s American Society of Mechanical Engineers club at the school’s College of Engineering build a solar car for the American Solar Challenge race… Bright idea: solar EV charging Germany-based solar and storage provider IBC Solar AG to make EV charging systems… Proposed EPA cuts for second year in a row …Edited by Charlie Barks
Pumps   In this issue: British Pump Manufacturers Association lays out its position on Brexit … by Kevin Jones
Utilities   In this issue: ABB, Cisco, Eaton, GE, S&C, Schneider Electric, Infosys, Siemens, and Sentient Energy developing  the self- healing grid Edited by Kevin Jones
Training In this issue: Root cause analysis and motor repair training from the Electrical Apparatus Service Association … Two-day course in Texas on the electric grid from Research and MarketsEdited by Bill O’Leary
New Books  In this issue:  Energy-Efficient Electrical Systems in Buildings. By Dr. Moncef Krarti. CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group… ...Transmission, Distribution, and Renewable Energy Generation Power Equipment. By Bella H. Chudnovsky. CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group —Richard Nailen
Say it Right  In this issue: How not to say it right …Richard Nailen
Reader Profile   In this issue: Frederick McMullen designs and builds lamps and other objets d’art  …By Charlie Barks
Names & faces In this issue: The National Electrical Manufacturers Association‘s  David Nord… Helwig Carbon Products‘ Harold Katz and Pawn Meksyphet… JRI Holdings, Inc.’s Rhonda Wright … EEMSCO, Inc.’s Tom Mathias … Edited by Bill O’Leary
Deaths In this issue: Donald ‘Turbo’ Pratt, Wilbert Boepple, Ruey-Wen LiuEdited by Charlie Barks
Puzzle  In this issue: Insulation calculation word search … The Editors
Direct and Current  In this issue:  … The Editors
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)!