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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Shermco Gets Ready

Acquires specialty engineering business based in Washington state, Canada Shermco Industries, Inc., announced January 12 it has acquired Ready Engineering, the specialty engineering business based in Alberta, Canada and Olympia, Washington and a provider of electrical,controls and industrial information systems. “The combination of Shermco and Ready immediately provides the firm’s collective customers with a unique […]

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From DC to D&C

A startup focused on all-electrified smart grids and sustainability Schneider Electric, the French industrial-tech conglomerate, continues to focus on expansion in 2021. The company recently acquired DC Systems, a Netherlands-based company with a focus on grid modernization and sustainability methods. “DC” is a start-up specializing in active AC/DC microgrids, DC power conversion, and a comprehensive […]

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Rees Scholarships Awarded

AHRI, ACCA foundation hands out 44 grants for HVAC/R technicians The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), announced its annual scholarship awards January 7. The grants totaling $83,000 went to 44 students, including five […]

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Sakor Values

New units released from Michigan dynamometer maker When it comes to testing and measuring equipment, a few names come to mind immediately. Megger, creators of the megohmmeter. Ametek, the aersopace specialist that’s been around since 1835. Kahn, the Connecticut manufacturer. All of the above are companies with a strong industry presence, but there are many […]

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Day One Decisions

Keystone XL pipeline to be canceled, Paris Agreement rejoined In one day, newly inaugurated U.S. President Joe Biden is attempting to undo at least two major environmental-related decisions incurred by his predecessor. Both have long been the subject of debate between energy producers and climate activists, state legislatures and the blue-collar workforce. Both are also […]

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Signs of Promise for Renewables

Batteries cheaper than ever, wind power prevalent abroad Even in a year where their widespread usage plummeted, renewable energy sources continue to show signs of progress in vital areas—namely affordability, implementation, and in their public perception. While reminding ourselves that the reporting of renewable energy “records” has proven to be somewhat of an imprecise science […]

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Virtual Coil Show

Familiar exhibitors, new faces set to converge next week Mark your calendars now for next Thursday, January 21st. A new trade show debuts that day, and it’s likely of interest to everyone from wire and insulation repair companies to the renewable energy workforce. To accommodate overseas time zones, VCS kindly converted session start times for […]

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Survey Says…Manufacturing is Back

Give your input on how to rebuild the supply chain! You may recall a report from early December featured in this newsletter, simply because it brought welcome news about American manufacturing. Those numbers were encouraging, but the International Manufacturing Technology Show and the Reshoring Initiative aren’t satisfied. Now they’d like to build on recent success […]

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Motion Passed

Major American operation adding facility, jobs near its headquarters Motion Industries, the Birmingham, AL maintenance and repair company, is well-known to those in electromechanical repair and automation alike. Here’s something they (or you) might not know: the company has a fresh location in its home state. Motion recently held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site […]

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Hillenbrand Sells Abel

Indiana industrial company will divest pump manufacturer Major news from the pumps and fluid systems world. Hillenbrand, Inc., the Batesville, Ind., pump manufacturer, announced this week that it has reached a definitive agreement to sell Abel Pumps, L.P., and certain of its affiliates to IDEX Corporation. The sale follows Hillenbrand’s previously announced intent to exit […]

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