Regular maintenance and wiring inspection are crucial for VFD health and longevity

SPONSORED CONTENT from WORLDWIDE ELECTRIC by David Wagman   A regular maintenance schedule is important to keep a variable frequency drive (VFD) operating efficiently and effectively. Cost-effective maintenance starts early in the design phase by ensuring that the right type of VFD is selected for the job. For outdoor applications such as oil and gas […]

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Filling the motor capability gap

SPONSORED CONTENT from LAFERT NA by Matthew Temple, P. Eng — Outside Sales, Lafert NA   PM Motors for Motion Applications Permanent magnet motors are ideal for automated equipment applications where induction motor performance falls short of the mark, or servo motor cost and complexity is impractical. We at Lafert have developed a series of […]

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Most Common Causes for Preventable Premature Commutator Failure

SPONSORED CONTENT Most Common Causes for Preventable Premature Commutator Failure by Mike Akard AKARD COMMUTATOR OF TENNESSEE Overheating Kills Commutators Prematurely Premature commutator failure due to being severely overheated during the winding process is entirely too common yet completely avoidable given proper care taken during the winding process to prevent heat build-up. One often overlooked […]

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What Does Efficiency Really Mean for Your Power Consumption?

SPONSORED CONTENT What Does Efficiency Really Mean for Your Power Consumption? by Blake Bailey designmotors Efficiency is an incredibly important topic in our age for end users, manufacturers, and others involved in the electric motor industry. From lifecycle cost implications to debates over human impact on climate change, conversations about energy efficiency are everywhere. Industry […]

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E-Reuse Conference

Takes place in Chicago in early November, COVID-pending As Covid uncertainty continues to swirl—with vaccine mandates either enacted or under consideration across much of the country—one upcoming trade show is taking a cautious approach. The E-Reuse Conference, which focuses on electronics recycling and like-minded initiatives, is currently offering dual options…for both in-person and remote attendees. […]

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Power Press

OSHA seeking information to update mechanical standard The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published a Request for Information seeking information and public input as the agency considers updates to its mechanical power presses standard. OSHA first issued the mechanical power presses standard in 1971, based on the American National Standards Institute industry consensus standard. ANSI […]

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Artful Dodgers

Under Rosengren, ABB sells mechanical power transmission business to RBC Bearings It’s official: ABB has inked a deal to sell its mechanical power transmission business to RBC Bearings. Whispers of an impending deal began as early as last week, when Bloomberg reported the two sides were in discussion. As that article indicated, the move was […]

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From Arlington to Zinc

Zinc die cast fittings are this PA company’s specialty Whether you’re a customer looking for zinc die cast fittings, or a skilled worker looking for a job, consider this Pennsylvania company that’s been an industry staple for over 70 years. The company has over 300 employees, but opportunities remain for further hiring. Current job listings on […]

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Single Phase, Triple Power

Cincinnati company partnering with NC utilities for charging stations Single Phase Power Solutions (SPPS) of Cincinnati has partnered with North Carolina Electric Cooperatives to provide three-phase power solutions to rural areas where it is not available, and/or cost prohibitive to bring in, Electrical Apparatus has learned. SPPS manufactures the 1-to-3 power source, which features a […]

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Gearmotor Heads

Time to Maxon, maxoff again Maxon’s new IDX compact integrated servo gearmotor + drive combines a powerful, brushless EC-i motor and an EPOS4 positioning controller, which can be complemented with a maxon planetary gearhead when required.  This integrated motor stands out for its high torque density, high efficiency, maintenance-free components, and a high-quality industrial housing […]

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Moving Underground

PG&E announces initiative to move at least 10,000 miles of power lines beneath the surface Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced a major new initiative to expand the undergrounding of electric distribution power lines in High Fire Threat Districts (HFTD) to further harden its system and help prevent wildfires. The new infrastructure safety initiative, […]

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Motor Misconceptions

Know your sizes before starting a motor management program From his upcoming technical article on motor management programs, EA Engineering Editor Richard L. Nailen offers some useful reminders on motor categorization by size. Dick writes that a valid offering of motor management programs can be predicated on—among other things—knowledge of motor sizes, which are a […]

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Into the Sunset

DYCO’s Georgek retiring after 35 years Greg Georgek, President of DYCO Electronics, is retiring effective July 31, 2021, after 35 years with the company. Georgek (pictured below, right) joined DYCO in 1985 to assist his father in running the company after having several successful business ventures of his own. At DYCO he ultimately became sole […]

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Flow With Visuals

Breaking down Machine Product Corp’s flagship product Machine Products Corporation, of Dayton, Ohio, specializes in one area: fluid flow monitoring equipment for pumps systems. Specifically, MPC’s bag is the visual flow indicator. The “Visual Flow Indicator” is coined as being both “unique in design and essentially maintenance free.” Here are some of the product specs: A solid […]

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