June 2017 Electrical Apparatus

June 2017 Electrical Apparatus

Featured Articles

Fast Forward Ocular rift: Computer eye strain is a real hindrance that can have long-term effects on your vision By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor
Safety & Health Automation safety: Choosing the best protection for use around automated machinery By Charlie Barks, EA Assistant Editor
Conventions The latest in electromechanical service, repair, and replacement: Products and services on display at this month’s convention of the Electrical Apparatus Service Association By the Electrical Apparatus staff

Powerful connections: Chicago’s Electric Power Expo brings ideas, solutions, and leaders together By The Electrical Apparatus staff

Manufacturing Broad horizons How Minnesota manufacturer Safety Speed is expanding through acquisitions and by optimizing its product lines and distribution By Kevin Jones, EA Senior Editor
Motors & Generators  Another look at the conventional synchronous motor: There’s still much to learn about this well-established motor design With trilingual summary By Richard L. Nailen, EA Engineering Editor
Accounting Strategies for structuring your business: Dividing your company into multiple entities might have its advantages, but don’t overlook the costs By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor
Electrical Manager Branding 101: Set your company apart with these branding tips By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor
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Editor’s Comment   In this issue: There’s always a better way to run a business … our trade show coverage — not only for members, attendees and exhibitors …Kevin Jones
Let’s Solve Your Problem  In this issue: Confusion about 600 volt insulation… Influence of moisture on insulation resistance… Terminology for IEC standards revisions… Load vs. life for sleeve bearings… Adding surge capacitors to existing an motor… How far does Design B go? ….. Edited by the EA staff
Know Your Industry   In this issue: the International Society of Automation … Edited by Charlie Barks
Associations, societies & government activities   In this issue: Record attendance expected for American Society of Safety Engineers June safety conference …American National Standards Institute, in collaboration with John Deere, to hold standards competition for students next October …Delegates from China’s Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society visit headquarters of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers… ‘Recyclers’ change their name—and their image: Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League will now be the Professional Electrical Apparatus Reconditioning League…… Edited by Kevin Jones
Engineering Education In this issue: Toyota USA Foundation and Toyota Motors help to give Alabama girls a shot at STEM… Texas State University associate dean Robert Habingreither receives education award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers… The All India Council of Technical Education and Stanford University have surveyed Asian universities to determine the quality of education…  Researchers developing programs that encourage Native Americans and Native Hawaiians to become engineers have published a new book about Native American education, The PEEC Experiment: Native Hawaiian and Native American Engineering Education. The book can be downloaded for free from http://openprairie.sdstate.edu/cvlee_book/1/  Makers of the popular online game Oregon Trail are set to release a new web portal, “Re@l Experiences at Life,” which aims to immerse students in STEM subjects. Edited by Selena Cotte
Training In this issue: Ecotech Institute offers wind energy degree, www.ecotechinstitute.com …Fluke announces finalists for student contest…Fall customer education courses available from Baldor, www.baldor.com Edited by Bill O’Leary
Business Briefs In this issue: ABB and Schneider Electric vying for GE industrial solutions division… Emerson completes purchase of Pentair valves and controls business… Schneider opens vocational training center in Abidjan, Ivory Coast…  According to the Institute for Supply Management‘s  Report on Business, U.S. manufacturing continues to expand … Edited by Kevin Jones
Pumps In this issue: Hydraulic Institute works with the Northwest Regional Technical Forum, the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy to create new labels to specify the efficiency of pumps… John Crane opens new Mideast seal service facility, Abu Dhabi Oilfield ServicesSJE-Rhombus chooses Sales Service Plus, Inc. (active in the Association of Independent Manufacturers’ Representatives, Michigan Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association, American Society of Plumbing Engineers, and National Ground Water Association) as new Michigan sales rep… AESSEAL reports record monthly sales …Edited by the EA staff
Renewables In this issue: Houghton International secures coal-to-biomass contract …U.S. Dept. of Energy orders 60-day review of power gri;  American Wind Energy Association, Solar Energy Industries Association and Advanced Energy Economy call for public process…. Houston: No problem with renewable growth, per Engineering.com; Houston generates 90% of its power from renewable sources… Apple backing renewable energy projects in Oregon…Texas IKEA going solar… Edited by Charlie Barks EA Assistant Editor
Utilities In this issue: Canadian power company Alectra Utilities Corp. reports Earth Hour usage decline …State of California’s California Public Utilities Commission seeks to make energy conservation cool …Ohio utility Dayton Power and Light Co., a subsidiary of AES Corp., gives tree-planting grants Edited by Kevin Jones
Calendar briefs  In every issue and updated on the web. See our online calendar for current offerings.
Reader Profile   In this issue:  Bob Fritz – the former president and CEO of Avtron has written a book, started his own investment company, assembled ancillary businesses, and won prestigious awards. …By Charlie Barks, EA Assistant Editor
Names & faces In this issue: Siemens Power Generation Services’ Darren Davidson and Graham Hartley… The Gund Co.’s Michael Cooper… Taylor Dynamometer’s Alan Brown … LA ProPoint’s John Torres and John Williams … Motor Diagnostic Systems’ David Clark – formerly associated with the Chinese Wind Energy Association, Irish WindEnergy Association, and American Wind Energy Association … Keith Howard of AuCom North America   … Edited by Bill O’Leary
Deaths In this issue:  Remembering Sam Stamson, of Electric Coil Services … Carl Mueller, one of the original EIS salesmen when EIS began as a family-owned business …  August “Augie” Sunnen, owner of Sunnen Products Ltd. and the Canadian division, Guspro Inc., including Blademaster, Ice King, and Bayco.
Standards In this issue:  Code cycle remains a source of contention at the National Fire Protection Association… Comments are solicited on several new standards by the American National Standards InstituteANSI adopts a number of new and revised standards… Has the IEEE begun fighting a losing battle with its Standards Education program?… NEMA corrects one standard, initiates another…by the EA Staff
Puzzle  In this issue:  “Getting your bearings” … 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)!