Growth pace slows for industrial supply index

The February ISA Economic Indicator Report (EIR) from the Industrial Supply Association indicated that growth slowed in January for both manufacturers and distributors. The ISA Manufacturer Index decreased from 61.3 in December to 58.9 in January, while the ISA Distributor Index fell from 66.6 in December to 57.8. “While both Indexes decreased for the month, […]

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Business conditions index for electroindustry grows slightly

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) for current conditions in North America was largely steady in February, inching upward to 57.9 from 57.5 in January. In contrast, the survey’s measure of the mean degree of change in current North American conditions softened in February, retreating to +0.2 from +0.4 a month […]

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April issue preview: MARCON 2015 Conference

Special Correspondent Jane Campbell attended the 2015 Maintenance and Reliability Conference (MARCON) in Knoxville, TN this week. Full coverage of the exhibits, speeches, and interviews with attendees, students, presenters, and more will appear in the April 2015 issue of Electrical Apparatus magazine, which will mail April 1st. Below are some photographs of the conference. Kristine […]

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EASA offering motor cleaning webinar

The Electrical Apparatus Service Association is providing a webinar titled Proper Motor Cleaning: Avoiding Damage to the Motor and the Environment. This session examines features, benefits, and drawbacks of both conventional and alternative methods of cleaning electric motors. Methods covered include: immersion tanks steam cleaning parts-washing machines pressure washers abrasives ultrasonic devices Environmental options for handling […]

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NEMA’s Distribution Automation Section to release first white paper

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), on behalf of its Distribution Automation (DA) Section, is scheduled to release its first white paper focusing on the importance of incorporating distribution automation into the grid, its cost justifications, and a recommended call to action so the benefits of DA equipment and systems can be fully utilized. According […]

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March EA preview: Podcasts for engineers

Fast Forward the March issue of Electrical Apparatus Magazine will feature engineering podcasts. The ability to subscribe and listen to an episode at your discretion gives podcasts the leg-up over traditional radio. It’s this convenience factor that has allowed podcasting to flourish, providing entertaining and informative content to listeners on their work break or during their […]

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Upcoming ElectroMechanical and related industry trade shows and conventions

February 23-26 MARCON (Maintenance and Reliability Conference), Knoxville, TN (http://marcon.utk.edu/) April 13-17 Hannover Messe, Germany (http://www.hannovermesse.de/en/exhibition/facts-figures/) April 21-23 Electric Power, Rosemont, IL (http://www.electricpowerexpo.com/) April 24-27 Electrical Safety, Reliability and Sustainability Conference & Exposition, Cleveland, OH (http://www.pearl1.org/annual_conference.htm) May 7-10 National Manufacturing Week (NMW), Chicago, IL (http://www.nationalmanufacturingweek.com.au/) May 13-14 Electrical Manufacturing & Coil Winding Expo (EMCW) Milwaukee, […]

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Power transmission industry anticipates growth in 2015

The PTDA Business Index for the fourth quarter of 2014 indicates slowing but continued positive growth, according to the Power Transmission Distributors Association. However, manufacturers reported more positive growth in new orders, employment, supplier deliveries and inventories for this quarter than distributors, a notable change from second and third quarters of 2014. Despite this upward swing, the […]

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GE teams up with The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

General Electric and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon have teamed up for a segment called “GE Fallonventions” where young inventors showcase their innovations. Some of the inventions the young inventors have created are Power Paws–a device that charges a battery–and Steth IO, a digital stethoscope that clips onto a smart phone. At the end […]

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Bridgeport Fittings, Legrand-Wiremold among companies to receive high level of data compliance

The Industry Data Exchange Association, Inc. (IDEA), an Arlington, Va., technology service provider and eBusiness standards body of the electrical industry, has announced the first manufacturers to achieve a high level of data compliance within its Data Certification Program, designed to measure the item-level completeness and quality of data available within the Industry Data Warehouse (IDW) . Bridgeport Fittings, Inc., […]

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