January 2015 Electrical Apparatus

January 2015 Electrical Apparatus

Featured Articles

Electric vehicle charging stations, featured in the January 2015 Electrical Apparatus

Kenneth Adams, charge station salesman at Cole Electric, with a single pedestal EV charger and “all electric” 2010 Toyota Prius. The company converted the Prius hybrid to be chargeable by installing a 5 kW battery. —Cole Electric photo

Electric Vehicles   Charge me up: Electric vehicle charging stations could be a boon for motor manufacturers and shops By Bill O’Leary, EA Associate Editor

Determining the cause of motor failure,  featured in the January 2015 Electrical Apparatus

When a rewind is necessary, finding out why the winding failed is the key to forestalling another failure. —Electrical Apparatus file photo

Motors & Generators  Root cause analysis: methodology or mythology? There’s more to determining the cause of a motor failure than meets the eye.  Read a summary   By Richard L. Nailen, P.E., EA Engineering Editor

January 2015 Electrical Apparatus

January 2015 Electrical Apparatus

Index of Articles  Annual five-year index of articles, covering 2010-2014:   Listing major articles that have appeared in Electrical Apparatus over the past five years By the Electrical Apparatus staff

Accounting A closer look at U.S. limited liability companies: Know the tax benefits and risks that come with the corporate entity of choice   By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor
Handling pallets safely, featured in the January 2015 Electrical Apparatus

Manual pallet jacks are best suited for moving small loads short distances. —Lisa Mensah photo

Safety & Health Evening out your load: Some tips for working safely with pallets   By Joseph S. Hoff, EA Associate Editor

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A new website for Barks Books, featured in the January 2015 Electrical Apparatus

This month we unveil two new Web sites: the site you are visiting now – www.barks.com – and our companion site, www.barksbooks.com.  Both sites include information about our books as well as Electrical Apparatus and the Electro- Mechanical Bench Reference.

Publisher’s Comment   In this issue: Ringing in the New Year with website and magazine design updates, an enhanced Training features section, and our always renewed commitment to quality magazine content …Elsie Dickson

Let’s Solve Your Problem  In this issue: How to specify minimum motor life … Does oven-stripping change magnetic properties?… Comparing IEC and NEMA motor starters… What tightness for assembly hardware?… Creepage distance versus strike distance… How important is the length of an RTD?… Edited by the EA staff
Associations, societies & government activities   In this issue:  Registration opens for March HVACR conference  … Power Transmission Distributors Association sets a fundraising record …Safety engineers announce kids’ art and video contest  … IEEE collaborates with Harvard’s edX to offer massive open online courses (MOOC’s) ….  National Electrical Manufacturers Association publishes 2015 edition of Electrical Standards & Products Guide, available for free at www.NEMA.org/espg. PEARL apparatus recyclers to convene in Cleveland … NETA to host testing and safety conference …  EASA’s Kyle Fritz of Northwest Electric touts advantages of the EASA Accreditation Program … RSES:The HVACR Training Authority introduces final title of geothermal manuals … National Association of Electrical Distributors‘ Education & Research Foundation has receives  $15,000 from Consolidated Electrical Distributors…
Letters   In this issue: Clarifying the words ‘risk’ and ‘hazard’ – from Dave McDonald, Automation Systems Estimator, Integrity Integration Resources, Plano, Texas
STAR Technology's small-business award, featured in the January 2015 Electrical Apparatus

STAR Technology wins small-business award STAR Technology of Waterloo, Ind., a supplier of resins for adhesive, potting, and encapsulation compounds, was recently given the Small Business of the Year Award by the DeKalb Chamber Partnership of Auburn, Ind. Nominations were presented to the partnership’s board of directors and the winners were selected based on criteria that included impact in the community, growth over the year, and innovation. STAR Technology president Joe Zimmerman and operations manager Melissa Eshbach accepted the award during a formal ceremony Nov. 13 at Country Heritage Winery in LaOtto, Ind. —STAR Technology photo

Business Briefs   In this issue: United Industrial Group receives 2014 Governor’s Award for Safety Excellence in Pennsylvania … Emerson Process Management to automate Azerbaijan gas project … WEG acquires German motor manufacturer Antriebstechnik KATT Hessen GmbH …Shermco Industries buys EMS of St. Paul …   Schneider Electric SE buys Turkish wire device …Nidec acquires German automotive pump manufacturer Geräte- und Pumpenbau GmbH  and assets of a Chinese switched reluctance motors and drives manufacturer.. ABB joins Industrial Internet Consortium … Von Roll Holding will sell transformer business…  Edited by Kevin Jones

Utilities   In this issue:  Dominion complains about EPA regulations …DTE Biomass Energy opens renewable energy plant in North Carolina … NextEra Energy Resources begins construction of two Southern California solar photovoltaic systems…  Metropolitan Edison partners with Reading Area Community College to reinstate utility-line worker training program …Mojave Abengoa Yield solar plant commences operation … Edited by Kevin Jones
Klein Tools honors teacher Roy Smith, featured in the January 2015 Electrical Apparatus

Klein Tools names instructor award winner Roy Smith as 2014 Head of the Class instructor of the year. Smith is a Utility Technology Program head instructor at Alpena Community College. During his tenure, he has almost quadrupled the yearly student enrollment as well as designed and developed a pole yard training lab. —Klein Tools photo

Bison Gear's Sylvia Wetzel, featured in the January 2015 Electrical Apparatus

Sylvia Wetzel, chief learning officer at Bison Gear & Engineering, spoke at the National Fluid Power Association’s (NFPA) annual regional meeting. —Bison Gear Photo

Training briefs In this issue:  Industrial Careers Pathway‘s research reveals how little millennials know about industrial distribution… Klein Tools names instructor award winner … Association For Manufacturing Technology donates a 3-D printer to Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School STEM program … International Manufacturing Technology Show and GIE Media donate funds to STEM school Austin Polytechnical Academy (APA)… Falcon Electric kicks off Lunch and Learn program… Bison Gear CLO Sylvia Wetzel spoke on retaining a workforce at the National Fluid Power Association’s (NFPA) annual regional meeting…  NETA offers online training courses … Edited by Bill O’Leary

Calendar briefs  In every issue and updated on the web. See our online calendar for current offerings.
Standards   In this issue: American National Standards Institute requests public comment and adopts IEEE standards… World Standards Week 2015 …Edited by the EA staff
Al DiMascio of Blanchard Electric, Waltham, Mass, featured in the January 2015 Electrical Apparatus

Al DiMascio sees teamwork as the key to his company’s success. —Al DiMascio photo

EA reader profile   In this issue: Al DiMascio, president and owner of Blanchard Electric, Waltham, Mass  By Joseph Hoff

Dick Geiken (left) with Leo Dreisilker, featured in the January 2015 Electrical Apparatus
Dick Geiken (left) with Leo Dreisilker
Chris Morgan of Stratasys Ltd., featured in the January 2015 Electrical Apparatus
Chris Morgan
Names & faces In this issue:  Dreisilker Electric Motors‘s Dick Geiken… Robroy Industries‘ Peter McIlroy, Rob McIlroy, David Marshall, Mike Deane, and Jeff McIlroy… The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED)‘s Allison Olden… Jamie Hyneman of Bimba Manufacturing… RSES awards, presented to Thomas J. Schaefer and Arthur T. Miller… PTDA Foundation honors Pat Wheeler of Motion Industries… Chris Morgan of Stratasys Ltd….Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) board members Brian Krzanich of Intel and Dr. Necip Sayiner of Intersil … The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)‘s board members Donald J. Hendler of Leviton, Maryrose Sylvester of GE Lighting, Michael W. Pessina of Lutron Electronics, Thomas Gross of Electrical Sector, Eaton, and John Selldorff of Legrand North America…  Also on NEMA’s Board, John Estey, S&C Electric, Robert Gilligan, GE Industrial Solutions; Susan Graham, Elantas PDG; Jess Hansen, OSRAM Sylvania, Robert McIlroy, Robroy Industries, Marcelo Mosci, GE Healthcare, Greg Scheu, ABB, Inc., D. Brent Schafer, Philips North America; and Laurent Vernerey, Schneider Electric North America…  Raj Batra of Siemens Digital Industry… Calumet Electronics Corp‘s Dr. Meredith LaBeau …  Shermco Industries‘ Lee Dawkins… Edited by Bill O’Leary
John A. Edwards II, president of Richmond Electric Co., Inc., of Wichita, Kansas, remembered in the January 2015 Electrical Apparatus

John A. Edwards II, president of Richmond Electric Co., Inc., of Wichita, Kansas, died December 3, 2014

Deaths   In this issue:  John A. Edwards II, president of Richmond Electric Co., Inc., of Wichita, Kansas

Direct and Current  In this issue: Continued economic growth expected in 2015 … Labor productivity increased in third quarter… Construction employment at five-year high… European unemployment steady at 10%… Canadian industrial capacity utilization rises
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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