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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Steelwork, Lightwork

USW flashes its “bat signal” endorsing Biden, Harris We know how the United Steelworkers are voting in the upcoming election. The union’s seventh district, which includes Indiana and Illinois, made its stance quite evident this past week when it shined a projection of a “Biden/Harris” campaign sign on the frontside of Chicago’s Trump Tower. USW […]

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Spring Hill Going Electric

General Motors invests $2 billion towards full EV production in Tenn. Last month’s announcement that California will ban production of all new gas-powered cars by 2035 offered an indication of the “EV timeline”—or how long it will be until electric vehicles truly begin to carve out a larger market share in the United States. More […]

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Drone Warfare

There’s a war going on. Can we control it? The undefined morality of drone warfare warrants attention The recent use of drones in a heated conflict raises questions about military application of technology. In the United States, despite current instability often characterized as “unprecedented”, we sometimes have a myopic view of our problems. A larger […]

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AR100 Revisions 2020

Update includes notes, additions, numbered tables AR100 is a document considered “essential” by many EASA members. Since its first issuance in 1998, the booklet has been revised a number of times (it is required by ANSI to be revised at least every 5 years), all of which are worth analyzing. EASA’s “Recommended Practice for the […]

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A Humdinger from Kundinger

Midwest co. launches electromechanical product line with Parker Hannifin Kundinger, the Wisconsin and Michigan-based fluid power, automation, and process control servicer, recently announced the launch of a new product line featuring products from Parker Hannifin’s electromechanical and drives division. The partnership “expands Kundinger’s industrial automation offerings to complement its hydraulic and pneumatic mechanical products,” per […]

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NOCTI Recognized

DOL praises collaboration with FANUC, Rockwell, APT Due to the skills gap, certification is arguably more important than ever, as it pertains to skilled trade industries. While nominal “certifications” have grown more common with the trajectory of niche organizations, truly measurable competency testing is scarce. That’s where NOCTI comes in. The National Occupancy Competency Testing […]

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Menlo Macro

Microsystems outfit receives big-time funding round Menlo Microsystems, Inc. (Menlo Micro) the company announced today the closing of its $44 million Series B funding round October 14, per a press release from the Irvine, Calif.-based company. Menlo considers itself the company “responsible for re-inventing the electronic switch with its Ideal Switch technology.” That innovation has, it claims, “created an […]

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The Golden State Gas Cap

Sales of new gas-powered cars banned in California by 2035 California’s state legislature made waves with an announcement two weeks ago banning the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035. California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order to do so might be welcome news to EV nuts…but it has not gone over well in other factions. […]

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Students Design Wastewater Solutions

2020 competition showcases growth in field Students from the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) and The Colorado School of Mines (Golden, Co.) came up with innovative wastewater solutions in a recent 2020 event, exhibiting promise for those in a field we’ve covered increasingly over the past five years. In the Water Environment category, Guelph was […]

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Fumesday

Clean power jobs take a massive hit 12,500 jobs were added to the clean energy sector in September. That might seem like a decent quota for a minority industry, until one sees the comparatives. That number means almost 14% of the sector’s pre-COVID-19 workforce is left unemployed, according to the latest analysis of federal unemployment filings prepared […]

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