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Sorry, Just Venting

A little HVAC/R therapy to even out your Thursday temperature Following our AHR Expo item from last week—but preceding the full show report in the March issue of EA—we’re here to keep you up to speed on news from the HVAC/R world. HVACR in our March issue! Multipage @AHRexpo report, inside @alabamapower & @bevillstate's “One […]

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A Few Good Linemen

PG&E drama showing ripple effects as far as Georgia While Pacific Gas & Electric received positive news this week regarding its ongoing legal troubles, lesser-known entities maneuvered to counteract the situation’s surprisingly far-reaching effects. As California recruits electrical workers to fix its disasters, the GA city of Marietta wants to keep skilled linemen in town […]

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Laron Joins OTC

Second Arizona outfit in as many months acquired by growing service provider Ohio Transmission Corporation, the industrial equipment service provider and distributor headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, has acquired Laron Inc., a leading service provider of mechanical and electric motor repair and engineering in the southwestern U.S., the companies announced January 21. Laron’s headquarters in Kingman, […]

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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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When is an engineer not an engineer?

When he works for himself? A customer was annoyed when electrical engineer Greg Mills raised the estimate he’d quoted for a job, after the customer mentioned that certain additional features would be necessary. The customer complained to the Arizona Board of Technical Registration, and from there, things got worse for Mills — much worse. The […]

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Right to repair

Back to the legislature, or, if needed, the ballot, in Massachusetts (video from March 2019) For more than a year, the Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition has been organizing to fight what it calls a “loophole” in the state’s Right To Repair Law.  And the coalition  is fighting back. In 2012,  Massachusetts voters chose overwhelmingly […]

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Gearbox grounds gondola

What a difference a part makes What a difference a part makes. When vibration caused a main gearbox to fail in a resort’s new gondola, tech experts from three countries worked day and night to get the equipment back on track. The lift is made by Austria’s Doppelmayr Garaventa Group, an international manufacturer of ropeways […]

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Battery Life

It takes more than 100 times the energy to make an alkaline battery than it’s able to produce during its lifespan… … and that’s not the half of it. Do you know where your AA battery’s been? Writing for Medium’s One Zero, journalist Sarah Emerson takes a very deep dive into a “fiercely secretive” saga  […]

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Out of this world electrical repair

First all-female NASA spacewalk team aces a repair job in orbit — and makes history Space fans around the globe were cheering Christina Koch’s and Jessica Meir’s first all-woman spacewalk — but we at Electrical Apparatus were even more excited by the work they were doing out there – and yes, we’re talking electrical repair. Specifically, […]

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