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 We’re Reading This Week

August brings the heat…in the form of nationwide infrastructure projects –Bridge loan: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Daniel Moore digs into specifics of a $3.3 billion grant for bridges in the Steel City. Yinzers deserve this. Hopefully, this is the first of many rejuvenating infrastructure projects facilitated by Congress. –Show me…repurposing! A St. Louis foundry construction project […]

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Fatal Gas Explosion in Kentucky

Mobile home community impacted by blast and ensuing fire A gas pipeline exploded overnight near the Moreland trailer park in Lincoln County, Kentucky, fatally wounding at least one person and injuring others. Five people are in critical condition and others are reported missing as of early Thursday. The cause of the explosion, which occurred at […]

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The Hard Nacelle

GE unveils 12 MW turbine component; forms solar and energy storage “powerhouse” with BlackRock GE-whiz! The resilient brainchild of Edison and J.P. Morgan sure does announce news in bunches. General Electric and BlackRock, a major New York City investment firm with trillions of dollars in assets under management, have agreed to build what the companies […]

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Adventech in Alabama

New manufacturer, new plant, new “disruptive” technology A manufacturer of electric motor-generators held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday to open its new facility in northwestern Alabama, local economic development officials announced. Adventech’s plant in Florence, Alabama, will initially produce the MaxEff complex motor-generator, which the company said is primarily used in pump drives, cooling tower fan […]

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Miller Electric Hosts Celebs

Pence & Ivanka make appearance at NECA event in Jacksonville The National Electrical Contractors Association said it was honored to participate in an event at Miller Electric Company in Jacksonville, Florida July 26 that included three recognizable members of the U.S. government. NECA officials met with Vice President Mike Pence, who would later speak to […]

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WEG/Arkema Deal

High efficiency, low voltage motors expected to supply EV market & more As our engineering editor Dick Nailen points out in the upcoming August issue of EA, everything has a limit—and not even motor efficiency is not exempt from this principle. The term took on a life of its own around the 1990s, and should […]

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Arizona Wildfire

“Museum” fire outside Flagstaff forces evacuations, state of emergency Update, 12:00 PM Thursday 7/25: Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey declared a state of emergency Tuesday evening in Coconino County. The governor tweeted that the declaration would ensure that emergency officials have the necessary resources to fight the blaze, according to the Weather Channel. The mandatory evacuations […]

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Madhouse in Madison

Ignition on the isthmus as substation explodes; no injuries A transformer substation exploded July 19 in Wisconsin’s capital city, causing multiple fires and leaving at least 13,000 without power. City workers from Madison Gas & Electric (MGE) worked to rectify the damage, ensure safety, and restore service within the same day. No one was injured. […]

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EVs Flex Some Muscle

Popular American pickup has an all-electric prototype The most popular pickup truck on the American market has an all-electric prototype, and its manufacturer put on quite a demonstration to showcase its power: A couple of things here, right off the bat. Most of us only have patience for hyper-excessive corporate branding if the product in […]

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