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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Students of the Screen

With students at home, K-12 “blended learning” platforms are needed This month, we’ve discussed some of the larger organizations’ shift to virtual learning platforms in the wake of stay-at-home orders and the like (be sure to watch out for a sidebar on this topic in our June issue!). Here, an advance look at an organization […]

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Gamesa, Set, and Match

SGRE unveils record-setting 354-foot turbine blades, taller than the Statue of Liberty, for VA project As we mentioned two weeks ago, apropos of a Vestas “record”, renewable energy benchmarks can be both confusing and a bit fickle when it comes to how they are defined. It all comes down to parameters. This one seems a […]

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Electric Bill Madness

Residential usage spikes 20%, while commercial/industrial lags You walk out your door, heading to work in the morning. You shut off the lights. You check to make sure unnecessary appliances are off, or in sleep mode. You turn off the television. Until recently. Ever since you-know-what, millions of Americans are working from home. First, it […]

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Scrape Off The Rust

Small-town Minnesota company offering big-time metal maintenance While the world is slowly becoming active again, the financial implications of COVID-19 remain. In particular, construction projects have ground to a halt due to safety concerns for workers, supply chain issues, the tabling of state financing incentives, and rising municipal bond rates. Luckily, one American company makes […]

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EMS Grand Rapids

Solo program engineer from auto tech industry acquires service shop In recent years, ownership of service shops has generally shifted to large corporations and industrial-tech conglomerates. It’s a breath of fresh air to hear the opposite: that a long-running Michigan shop was acquired by an individual investor with experience in a related industry and a […]

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Explosive Engineering

Enerpac unveils new line of tools for combustible atmospheres Enerpac announced a complete suite of ATEX-Certified Tools for engineers working in potentially explosive atmospheres on May 9. Suitable for zones 1 and 2 gaseous atmospheres and zones 21 and 22 dust atmospheres, the range includes hydraulic torque wrenches, air pumps, flange spreading tools, hydraulic sealed […]

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SKF Scientist Awarded Honorary Post in London

Visiting professorship at Imperial College’s Mechanical Engineering department Guillermo E. Morales-Espejel, a principal scientist at bearing manufacturer SKF‘s research and technology development department, has been awarded an honorary professorship by Imperial College in London, one of the world’s leading science and engineering universities. The visiting professorship puts Morales-Espejel in charge of the topic of tribology […]

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OSHA Revisions for Reopening

Adoption of revised enforcement policies designed to ensure protective environment The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has adopted revised policies for enforcing OSHA’s requirements with respect to coronavirus as economies reopen in states throughout the country. Throughout the course of the pandemic, understanding about the transmission and prevention of infection […]

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Breaker, Breaker

ELCBs see jump in demand; promise for future markets As the economic dust begins to settle, market reports are predicting a downturn in practically every arena one can think of. But ELCBs (Earth leakage circuit breakers) are already seeing a major jump in demand, and expected to skyrocket further. Why? An Earth-leakage circuit breaker (ELCB) […]

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Tom Tom Club

Tener joins Shermco from TECO; Kennedy transitions into new role at company Keep your ‘Toms’ together on this one: Shermco Industries announced May 11 that Tom Tener will be joining Shermco as VP, National Accounts, effective May 4, 2020. Mr. Tener takes the place of Tom Kennedy, who will remain at the company and begin […]

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