January 2020 Electrical Apparatus
January 2020 Electrical Apparatus


  • When employees become owners : Employee stock ownership plans, or ESOPs, can be the solution when no heir steps up to take over the family business By Selena Cotte, EA Managing Editor
  • The reshoring revolution:Automation, trade, and education converge into a veritable hotbed of policy issues as America fights to maintain its manufacturing base By David Miller, EA Associate Editor
Conventions & Trade Shows

  • What’s cool in HVAC/R An optimistic industry will gather in Orlando next month when the AHR Expo holds its annual meeting By the Electrical Apparatus staff
Motors & Generators

  • Good, better, best A year-end look at the latest tools for servicing power and control systems and managing industrial facilitiesDon’t be deceived by figures and descriptions that purport to show which motor is best for an application. With trilingual summary By Richard L. Nailen, EA Engineering Editor
Index of Articles

  • Annual five-year index of articles Major articles that have appeared in EA over the past half-decade By the Electrical Apparatus staff
More Than Accounting

  • Repair or replace? The financial principles behind a decision that’s often based only on engineering and design considerations By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor
Fast Forward

  • Keeping up with new tech The key is to remain open to new ideas—and to the examples of the young By Selena Cotte, EA Managing Editor
Pump It Up

  • Pump firms lead in workforce development There are plenty of options for obtaining training in pump application and maintenance By Kevin Jones, EA Senior Editor
Plant Life

  • Welcome, our new robot coworkers Cobots stand ready to become our productive and reliable assistants in the workplace By Selena Cotte, EA Managing Editor
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Departments and Columns

The editor’s comment Starting off the new year with a look at the workforce
Let’s solve your problem Questions about starting and load current, and equivalent load
Associations, societies & government activities Looking forward to a year of meetings and expositions
Utilities A survey provides a snapshot of the energy sector workforce
OEMs on the move Plants close in Arizona and Georgia, and a shared space in Portland
Business Manufacturers find a need to expand their services—and their plants
Renewables Renewables in the Midwest, and carbon labeling for life cycle analysis
The Smart Grid It turns out that some smart devices could increase energy use
Training & education Technical colleges are enjoying the generosity of donors
Know your industry The Electrical Training Alliance: workforce development for contractors
EMBR update Keep your print directory up to date with these revisions
Speaking of . . . Electrical engineer Greg Mills takes the state licensers to court
Calendar Upcoming events about manufacturing, HVAC/R, and automation
Names & faces Personnel changes at California Utilities Commission, XL, and Emerson
EA reader profile How Barry Ryan of Cincinnati’s EMT practices patience and discipline
PuzzleA crossword puzzle based on EA’s November and December issues
Direct & current Right to repair in Massachusetts, and a million-mile EV battery?
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 John D’Acunto) and Cy’s Super Service (illustrated by Tim Oliphant)!