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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Forge A New Path

ForgeNow is looking for skilled trade workers, no strings attached A new initiative from Dallas-based skilled trades academy ForgeNow is working to reskill returning veterans, formerly-incarcerated adults and recent immigrants for roles in HVAC and electrical repair. The LLC, which has programs for HVAC, medical coding, and electrician prospects, was approved by the Texas Workforce […]

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Climate Control

Danfoss names new VP of sales for its Climate Solutions business in US and Canada Danfoss has named Vikas Anand as vice president of sales in North America for its recently formed Climate Solutions business segment. The fact that a pump manufacturer with a longstanding hard-industry presence has formed a “Climate Solutions” division is a telling […]

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Colonial Pipeline Hack

Pipeline hack exposes infrastructure security weak points Friday news is bad for this newsletter, because we can’t include it until six days later. It’s especially unwelcome when that news is negative. It’s decidedly morale-crushing when it has a direct effect on our readers, such as the May 7 hack on the Colonial Pipeline that occurred […]

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Nothing Too Heavy

Memphis equipment company’s electric motor repair division acquired Howard Acquisitions, Inc., is prepared to do some Heavy lifting. It has acquired the electric motor repair division of Heavy Machines, Inc., of Memphis, Tennessee, per a company email to Electrical Apparatus May 12. There’s nothing too heavy for this repair operation, which specializes in cranes and […]

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R2R: Ringing Endorsement

FTC report “shows they took our testimony very seriously” says TRA On May 6, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a long-awaited report on how manufacturers limit product repairs. Back in 2019, The Repair Association (TRA) participated alongside the folks at U.S. PIRG, iFixit, etc. in a “Nixing the Fix” workshop hosted by the FTC. […]

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Connected to Safety

ESFI’s theme for National Electrical Safety Month in 2021 May is National Electrical Safety Month, and the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is launching its annual effort to help reduce electrically-related fatalities, injuries, and property loss. This year’s campaign theme is “Connected to Safety,” which educates consumers on the emerging technology that ensures their homes […]

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A Patent on the Back

Helwig’s “BPK-Probe” shaft voltage detecting device no longer pending In the video below, absorb everything you can except the words “patent pending” which no longer apply. Helwig Carbon’s shaft voltage detection device, otherwise known as the “BPK-Probe”, received an official United States patent this month, EA has learned via e-mail from Helwig. The device is […]

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EPA Moves On HFCs

Department calls proposed rule on hydroflourocarbons “among the most significant environmental laws in recent years” In an announcement that could have a major impact on the HVAC/R industry, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is officially proposing its first rule under the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act of 2020 to phase down the production […]

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Intervala-dation

Pittsburgh electromechanical manufacturer acquires NeoTech assets in Ohio Intervala, a full-service manufacturer of precision electronic and electromechanical products, announced Monday the acquisition of “certain assets” of NEOTech Inc.’s manufacturing business in Mason, Ohio. The acquisition perceivably expands Intervala’s customer base “through the addition of several top-tier customers in the medical device and industrial markets,” said […]

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Chinese Checkers

The nation navigates good and bad trends in its quest for energy dominance Competition with China is omnipresent in American headlines, political discourse, and the outlook for industry flashpoints such as onshore manufacturing, trade, and supply chain logistics. It’s become nearly impossible to avoid. For those of us wary of the hyper-productive industrial behemoth, well, […]

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