April 2019 Electrical Apparatus

April 2019 Electrical Apparatus

Energy

  • Mining the sun: How a pair of West Virginia organizations is turning the ingenuity and resilience of Appalachia toward developing solar energy By David Miller, EA Special Correspondent
  • From waste to fuel: Students at Loyola University’s Searle Biodiesel Laboratory learn to make usable fuel from oil waste By Selena Cotte, EA Associate Editor
  • Does the U.S. have an energy strategy? Attempts to pull together a national plan have so far seen only limited success With trilingual summary By Richard L. Nailen, EA Engineering Editor 
  • Where’s new with solar? The bright renewable is providing power in some surprising places By the Electrical Apparatus staff
Associations, Conventions & Trade Shows

  • Something in the wind: Wind energy players meet in Houston next month to talk basics— and to strategize By Kevin Jones, EA Senior Editor
  • Heating Up Atlanta: The AHR exhibit hall was full of excitement By Kristine Weller and Bill O’Leary, EA Managing Editor
More Than Accounting

  • The diagnostic plant tour: A simple walk around the plant floor can uncover a facility’s weak points By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor
Plant Life

  • What happens when the power goes out? With the right precautions, serious losses can be avoided By Selena Cotte, EA Associate Editor
Say It Right

  • Does that product ‘make the grade’? Don’t be fooled—The word ‘grade’ appears to carry with it a precision it doesn’t have By Richard L. Nailen, EA Engineering Editor
Electrical Manager

  • My boss, my friend? Being friendly with those you manage can pay dividends—but only if you’re sincere and don’t overdo it By Bill O’Leary, EA Managing Editor
Fast Forward

  • Energy waves: Hydropower may not be as glamorous as solar and wind energy, but it carries more of the renewable energy load By Bill O’Leary, EA Managing Editor
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Departments and Columns

The editor’s comment Getting smart about our energy use By Kevin Jones
Let’s solve your problem Answers to questions about starting, connections, and more. In this issue: Difference between motor voltage and line voltage… Efficiency as output/input… Wye vs. delta motor windings… Connection tightness… Starting duty versus motor size Edited by the EA staff
Business  Recent partnerships link motors to the IIoT-  Kevin Jones 
Calendar Upcoming meetings about automation, manufacturing, and HVAC/R  …See our online calendar for current offerings, with upcoming events on safety, coil winding, manufacturing, and more Edited by Bill O’Leary
Associations, societies & government activities Don’t look now, but convention season is in full swing
Renewables “Flower power,” and Japan considers geothermal energy
Utilities Entergy is fined $5 million for an “astroturf” campaign
Know your industry The Nuclear Energy Institute’s mission to improve an industry’s image
Pumps The consolidation of pump manufacturers continues
Speaking of . . . Developments in 3D printing and electric vehicle charging
EA reader profile Mark Veary of Fusion EMS goes after the big fish
OEMs on the move Solar power for Florida, and Honda moves plants to North America
New books Occupational health and safety for everyone
Training Nidec and a St. Louis technical college invest in students
Names & faces Changes at ICC International, Dykman Electrical, EMR and Lafert
Standards An insulation standard revision and a shift in efficiency focus
Puzzle  In this issue: A word search about motor and generator standards.
Direct & current A growing motor repair market and big strides in noise abatement 60 Advertising index Who’s who—and who’s where—in this issue of Electrical Apparatus – Charlie Barks 
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 James Estes)!