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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NECA-nomics

Association is offering a bundle of online classes FREE for a limited time This is an offer you can’t refuse. Minus the sinister, mob-related implications. NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association) announced it is currently offering an array of online training courses and webinars free of charge to all employees of its members. The courses usually […]

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ABB: Essentials at Stake

A reminder of the difficult decisions involved in the current workforce dilemma ABB released additional information Thursday after an employee at its Rogersville, Tennessee facility tested positive for COVID-19. The company had initially notified workers of the situation last week. CEO Bjorn Rosengren had also laid out a summary of the company’s efforts to aid […]

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A Window For Solar

California company Ubiquitous Energy makes, and converts, solar windows. Instead of using the power of a magnifying glass to burn something, these California kids saw the energy behind the science. Ubiquitous Energy, the Redwood City, Ca., developer of transparent solar technology, installed what it deems the world’s first “truly transparent solar window façade” at its […]

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Siemens: Supplies to the Front Lines

Siemens makes changes at the top as it heads the effort on the front lines Seemingly encircled on Europe’s coronavirus map, Siemens’ Munich, Germany headquarters are currently working on an engineering initiative to combat the rapidly spreading pandemic. Only the company won’t just be helping its home country or neighbors; it’s launching a full-scale, worldwide […]

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Allied Leadership

Allied Electronics names three new women to executive positions As part of its commitment to hiring high-performing, diverse, and experienced leaders, Allied Electronics & Automation recently named three new executives to lead the company’s finance, human resources, and marketing functions: Manisha Kadoche as Chief Financial Officer, Katie Cartwright as Vice President of Human Resources, and […]

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Executive Games

Former IBEW president and exec charged in Arkansas; EV battery manufacturer in hot water Our preferred approach at Electrical Apparatus is to counter bad news with good news. In unfamiliar times, however, sometimes a refreshing alternative is to counter bad news with…justified, not-as-bad news. Take fraud and embezzlement, for example; transgressions that union members—and judges—do […]

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Companies Fighting COVID-19

Rea Magnet Wire, Coil Partners among those providing direct material for aid It’s true that tough times bring out the best in some people. That has held true for businesses too, of late. Take Rea Magnet Wire and Coil Partners, who are among those companies familiar to EA readers that have made pledges to help […]

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Half-a-Million Dollar Man

Arizona engineering professor teaching computers to diagnose diseases While folks worldwide struggle to grasp the new realities of coping with the coronavirus pandemic, some of our core industries and learning pools are needed more than ever. University of Arizona electrical and computer engineering assistant professor Gregory Ditzlerhas received a five-year, $500,000 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career […]

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Open For Business

CMT, Eldec among companies exempt from stay-at-home orders Despite repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic on businesses in practically all industries, it has been some consolation to see familiar companies deemed “essential” from the manufacturing and service sectors. These include, but are not limited to, City Machine Technologies of Youngstown, Ohio, a regular EA advertiser; and […]

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Senate Approves $2 Trillion Stimulus Plan

Relief at last for millions of Americans, businesses; critics fear incentivized layoffs The U.S. Senate passed a record stimulus plan Tuesday (to be finalized with passage in the House on Friday) of over $2 trillion in relief funding to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The package is historic by numerical and political measures. In a dire situation, […]

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