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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Exelon to Split Businesses

Utilities subsidiaries “Remain”, while power generation businesses “Spin” off Exelon Corp. announced yesterday that its board of directors has approved a plan to separate Exelon Utilities (RemainCo), comprised of the company’s six regulated electric and gas utilities, and Exelon Generation (SpinCo), its power generation and customer-facing energy businesses into two publicly traded companies. The move […]

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GM EVerything

Major ad campaign indicates automakers are all-in on EVs By now, you’ve probably seen General Motors’ new ad campaign for its electric vehicle battery platform. On February 3, General Motors released its big game ad during the Super Bowl starring Will Ferrell, who discovers Norway far outpaces the United States in electric vehicle adoption. In […]

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Stormy Weather

Stormwater sector falls short on funding; awaits infrastructure package When snow melts, who handles the runoff, drainage, filtering…who essentially cleans up the mess? As the country restores power and hope following a nationwide cold snap, folks in the stormwater sector await a federal infrastructure package with nervous stomachs. While higher-profile sectors get mass attention in […]

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Perseverance Leads to Touchdowns

NASA rover reached Mars last Thursday; successfully sending back live streams Nope, that’s not a Vince Lombardi quote. The latest Mars touchdown occurred last Thursday, just after our previous newsletter. We wanted to give NASA and its Perseverance crew their due in this week’s edition. The mission has been a major success thus far; not only did […]

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KFI Repairs the Air

St. Paul company acquires Cincinnati engineering firm, commits to air quality goals KFI Engineers, the St. Paul, Minn., process and facility infrastructure design, announced it has reached an agreement to acquire Fosdick & Hilmer Consulting Engineers, a Cincinnati-based mechanical, electrical, controls, and automation systems engineering firm. The parent company recently committed to air quality goals, […]

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A Greener Garden

N.J. establishes Office of Climate Action and the Green Economy, comprehensive goals If any state should be striving to be “green”, it’s the Garden State. From Newark on Tuesday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced an investment of more than $100 million in clean transportation projects aimed at improving air quality and reducing the effects […]

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Digital Breakdown

Comprehensive IBM/Manufacturer document can help your company’s transition As the “digital revolution” continues, manufacturing and technology continue to merge. The two realms also look to act together in order to make digital transition go smoothly. One example of this came out this week in the form of “The Digital Transformation Assessment 2021,” from IBM and […]

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Winter Storms Trigger Energy Crisis

Texas, other areas hit with snow; legislators call for ERCOT reform Consecutive winter storms, including Winter Storm Uri and a cold snap, blindsided nearly half the country over the past week. While multiple states dealt with unexpected, unseasonal weather, Texas remains the most harshly affected as it grapples with grid issues. From roughly February 11-15, […]

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Phase One

Single Phase, Yaskawa partner up on VFD converters Single Phase Power Solutions has partnered with Yaskawa America to incorporate the latter’s VFD (variable frequency drive) and digital single-phase converters within Single Phase’s engineered power systems. The move was announced in a February 16 press release e-mailed to Electrical Apparatus. “Application of these proven products enhances SPPS’ […]

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BSA Awards

Three industry companies win the 2020 BSA Excellence Awards The Bearings Specialists Association (BSA) released its 2020 Excellence Awards February 2. The organization’s president, Jim Scardina of Midwest-based Bearing Headquarters Company, announced three winners of the annual BSA Excellence Awards for outstanding service by bearing distributors and bearing manufacturers to end users during BSA’s annual […]

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