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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Fraximum Exposure

“Electric fracking” sees its first major contract, in Texas Baker Hughes debuted the term “electric fracking” to scattered mockery almost a year ago. The industrial conglomerate was referring to a new project in Texas’ Permian Basin, one of the world’s most sought-after oil sites. A lot of commentary focused on the undesirable title for the […]

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It’s Always SUNY in the Smart Grid

Herkimer College the latest to start a program for utilities of the future For those doubting the legitimacy of the Smart Grid, here’s a nugget: Smart Grid investments have risen each year since 2010 and are expected to reach $13.8 annually in 2024. A major part of that is state-commissioned technical projects, which often collaborate […]

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Mitsubishi Hacking Scare

Electric division confirms information leakage; suspects Chinese hacking group Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, one of Japan’s biggest defense and infrastructure contractors, confirmed this week it was victim of a hack that divulged sensitive information in those realms—by way of an employee’s compromised account, no less— in the summer of 2019. The Tokyo-based electrical corporation says it […]

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Code Check

ICC projects an EV-filled future; NECA, NEC both make updates The International Code Council recently made some telling changes to building standards that indicate the probability of more households having electric vehicles. Earlier this month, the ICC voted to approve a motion dating back to its preliminary October 2019 hearings in Las Vegas that will […]

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Danfoss Acquires Eaton’s Hydraulics Unit

Amalgamation of two European industrial giants creates potential powerhouse In an amalgamation of two European industrial mammoths, power management company Eaton announced in a press release January 21 it has entered into an agreement to sell its hydraulics business to Danfoss A/S, the Danish industrial company, for $3.3 billion in cash. The deal combining Dublin-based […]

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Copper thieves

Thefts around the country call attention to an ongoing problem Copper wiring can be sold as scrap, so public infrastructure can an attractive incentive for thieves.  When the theft is from a farm, utility, or transportation system, there’s also the possibility of collateral damage of repairs, downtime, and unpredicted service disruptions. Here is an assortment […]

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EVs , cities and costs

Greenercars.org can help you calculate your car costs We tip our hat to Jim Gorzelany, Senior Contributor Cars & Bikes at Forbes – his January 14 article, “Here’s What It Costs To Run An Electric Car And Its True Environmental Impact In Five U.S. Cities” had our attention from the moment we saw the title. […]

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EMCW moves to Florida

February show will be co-located with Magnetics 2020 and Motor & Drive Systems 2020. Following the October death of Richard Duke, long-time president of the Electrical Coil Winding & Manufacturing Association (EMCWA), the organization has decided to relocate this year’s EMCW Conference and Expo to Orlando The show will be co-located with Motor & Drive […]

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Remembering Richard Duke

Known and respected throughout the electrical manufacturing industry We were saddened to learn via EMCWA (The Electrical Manufacturing & Coil Winding Association) that Richard Duke, who served as the association’s president, died October 21, 2019. In an obituary from the Eddy Funeral Homes, Dick is remembered as a man of many talents, who “pursued a […]

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Distributor M and A’s

Wajax, Wesco, Power Grid Component and Sonepar make major moves Lots of action from distributors this month! Here’s a rundown. Wajax acquires NorthPoint TS.  In a big move for NorthPoint Technical services, the company has been acquired for $18 million. Wajax’s announcement mentions NorthPoint’s skilled workforce and technical expertise as key incentives for the buy. […]

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