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Electrical January 23, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: January 16-22, 2023

The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered arc flashes, pumps, electrical safety, control systems and IIoT. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Christina Miller
Electrical August 26, 2022

Optimize control cabinet construction with standards

Standards and standardization improve safety when it comes to control cabinet construction.

By Weidmüller
Electrical July 20, 2022

White paper highlights electric vehicles’ future, technology advances

A white paper created by the STLE highlights current trends and predictions for the EV market and how its impacting the tribology and lubrication engineering field.

By Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE)
Electrical March 7, 2022

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles Feb. 28- March 6, 2022

Articles about why short circuit current matters, no two greases are the same, what’s in store for Industry 4.0, and more were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Feb. 28- March 6, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Electrical February 28, 2022

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles Feb. 21-27, 2022

Articles about why short circuit current matters, no two greases are the same, what’s in store for Industry 4.0, and more were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Feb. 21-27, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Electrical February 16, 2022

Why short circuit current matters

Short circuit current analysis is an essential part of the design and safe operation of electrical systems and obtaining the right equipment is a crucial step.

By Sam Fopma
Electrical December 27, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles Dec. 20-26, 2021

Articles about how to perform a safer and smarter LOTO procedure, cybersecurity and IT/OT convergence, industrial oil filtration, and more were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Dec. 20-26, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Electrical December 21, 2021

How to perform a safer, smarter, and more productive LOTO procedure

Failure to perform proper mechanical or electrical lockout/tagout (LOTO) can lead to electrocution, electrical shock, arc-flash, and other hazards.

By Nick Schiltz
Electrical December 3, 2021

Global semiconductor equipment sales reach record high

SEMI reported record semiconductor equipment sales for the fifth quarter in a row as strong demand fuels industry.

Electrical October 5, 2021

Semiconductor fabrication facility receives grant

The National Science Foundation granted almost $18 to the University of Arkansas to build and operate a national silicon carbide research and fabrication facility.

By Matt McGowan
Electrical September 25, 2021

Nanoscale discovery could help prevent overheating in electronics

Researchers at CU Boulder have learned why some nano sources cool when bunched together, which could help companies develop electronics that overheat less.

By Daniel Strain
Electrical September 16, 2021

Carbon nanotubes could replace silicon in transistors

Engineers have worked out a method to make orderly sheets of 2-dimensional carbon nanotubes by aligning them between layers of water and a solvent “ink.”

By Jason Daley
Electrical July 27, 2021

Technique for recycling nanowires developed

A technique for retrieving nanowires from electronic devices that have reached the end of their utility and then using those nanowires in new devices has been developed by North Carolina State University researchers.

By Matt Shipman
Electrical July 26, 2021

Manufacturing group names new CEO

Debra Phillips will be the next president and CEO of NEMA, succeeding Kevin Cosgriff, who is retiring at the end of 2021.

By National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
Electrical July 22, 2021

Changing a 2D material’s symmetry can help improve optoelectronic devices

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) materials scientists and engineers have created a novel optoelectronic phenomenon, which could improve optoelectronic devices.

By Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
Electrical July 7, 2021

Safer, smarter and more productive electrical maintenance

Regularly checking critical assets' operating temperature and other key functions pays a huge return on investment (ROI) by preventing unexpected shutdowns.

By Nick Schiltz
Electrical June 1, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles May 25-31, 2021

Articles about augmented reality transforming manual labor, how to test for absence of voltage, how to engage employees through plant optimization and more were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 25-31, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Electrical May 19, 2021

How to test for absence of voltage

NFPA 70E and CSA Z462 harmonize absence of voltage testing requirements.

By Rachel Bugaris
Electrical May 18, 2021

How to properly size surge protective devices

To specify an SPD, understand the ratings associated with its application.

By Mark Dziedzic
Electrical May 13, 2021

Manufacturer invests in Florida electrical equipment facility

Integrating latest design technology and adding new jobs to build on nearly 50 years of growth in Florida.

Electrical April 8, 2021

Install medium-voltage cables in petrochemical plants

How to ensure code requirements for hazardous environments are satisfied

By Garrett Nariman, PE
Electrical February 18, 2021

Annual electromechanical expo theme focused on industry growth

EASA's annual convention in June 2021 in Fort Worth, Tex., will focus on the theme of “Keeping industries moving.”

By Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA)
Electrical February 11, 2021

Nanowire could provide a stable superconducting transistor

The cryoyton is a superconducting transistor, inspired by decades-old MIT research, which could boost quantum computers and other superconducting electronics.

By Daniel Ackerman
Electrical February 5, 2021

Industrial electronics distributor appoints CEO

Allison Sabia, Galco Industrial Electronics president, COO, named as Galco Industrial Electronics CEO starting February 1.

By Galco Industrial Electronics
Electrical November 5, 2020

Fab spending expected to increase worldwide

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a surge in fab spending and is expected to continue over the next several years, according to a report by SEMI.

Electrical October 29, 2020

Tailoring 2D materials to improve electronic and optical devices

Altering thin 2D materials atomically and physically for applications in many optical and electronic devices allows them to enhance light emission and increase signal strength.

By Sarah Small
Electrical September 9, 2020

Wet electrostatic precipitators are proven for emission control and gas cleaning

Two case studies illustrate the point

By Gary Siegel
Electrical August 24, 2020

Electronics market steady in first half of 2020

Revenues in the electronic components market for the first half of 2020 are better than expected in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are supply chain concerns.

By Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA)
Electrical August 12, 2020

Develop a cable gland strategy for hazardous environments

Tips on how to get maximum benefit from cable glands

By Matt Ogden
Electrical August 10, 2020

Electrically-injected laser developed

An electrically-injected laser made with germanium tin has been developed and is used as a semiconducting material for circuits on electronic devices.

By Matt McGowan
Electrical June 1, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles May 25-31, 2020

Articles about prevention through design, COVID-19 safety standards, electrical safety programs, safer ventilator sharing and high-tech warehouses were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 25-31, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical May 1, 2020

SACE air circuit breakers by ABB

The SACE Emax 2 air circuit breakers are rated up to 6,300 amps and have been designed to increase efficiency.

Electrical May 1, 2020

Single-phase disconnect switch by Eaton

The D-73 distribution-class, single-phase disconnect switch provides a durable and dependable switch for line sectionalizing or isolating equipment

By Eaton Corporation
Electrical April 28, 2020

Electronics group releases COVID-19 survey results

Results from the sixth survey conducted by the Electronic Components Industry Association show a growing sense of concern for supply-chain impacts and end-market destruction.

By Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA)
Electrical February 3, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles January 27 to February 2

Articles about cut-to-length cable, control panel safety, system integrator relationships, safety procedures, and service robots were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 27 to February 2. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical December 3, 2019

How to specify cut-to-length cable

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), end users, and system integrators seeking to improve manufacturing and fabrication flexibility can purchase cut-to-length cables to save time and money.

By Jim Krebs
Electrical May 15, 2019

Overcurrent protection technologies change the calculations for PPE

NEC Section 240.87 provides guidance for safety, maintenance teams.

By Thomas Domitrovich, P.E., LEED AP
Electrical May 1, 2019

Entelleon by General Electric

EntellEon low-voltage power panel offers an array of innovative features that help to streamline stocking, ordering, installation and maintenance processes

Electrical May 1, 2019

RTS series by Russelectric

The RTS series senses the voltages of both power sources and, by means of easy-to-see LEDs, indicates switch position and source availability

By Russelectric
Electrical May 1, 2019

TMC 8 series by Phoenix Contact

These UL 489-listed circuit breakers provide required fundamental branch circuit protection.

By Phoenix Contact
Electrical December 9, 2018

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles December 3-9

Articles about the Product of the Year finalists, NFPA 70E standard changes, three phases of industrial digital transformation, linear motion considerations, and sensor communication were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 3-9, 2018. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical September 17, 2018

2018 Engineering Leaders Under 40

The 2018 CFE Media Engineering Leaders Under 40 are in a class by themselves, but they also have plenty of experience in a class. These 30 manufacturing professionals are by far the best educated group we've recognized since the program began almost a decade ago. They've taken that formal education and turned it into groundbreaking improvements on their plant floor and in patented product development.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Electrical May 22, 2018

Gaining efficiency from hydronic boilers

Hydronic systems are gaining popularity due to their ease of installation, quiet operation, and safety compared to other heating technologies.

By Gas Technology
Electrical May 18, 2018

Advances in dryer design

Industrial dryers are overcoming unique challenges and making improvements in energy efficiency, process control, and drying uniformity.

By Gas Technology
Electrical March 19, 2018

Know the score about SCCR

Short-circuit current ratings is a number you need to heed.

By Paul Avery, Yaskawa
Electrical January 12, 2018

Gain lubrication insight by looking a little deeper

Understand how metals and lubricants will interact.

By Helmut Seubert, Klüber Lubrication
Electrical November 17, 2017

Answering the big question: ‘What If?’

Over the past 30 years, Plant Engineering's Product of the Year award has highlighted the innovative companies who dare to ask the tough questions.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Electrical November 3, 2017

Four reasons why electric motors overheat

Increases in the temperature of an electric motor reduce its lifespan. By knowing the reason why electric motors overheat, users can develop a preventive maintenance strategy to combat inefficiencies.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Electrical October 30, 2017

The benefits of using high-efficiency motors

The use of high-efficiency, electric motors can lead to significant drops in energy use, as well as significant savings in cost. There are other factors, such as the difference in material quality and higher upfront costs, that need to be considered as well.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Electrical October 18, 2017

The six fault zones key to proper maintenance

A proper maintenance program goes beyond a visual inspection; instead it uses the proper tools and equipment necessary to check the six fault zones of a motor.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Electrical October 2, 2017

Encoders with mechanical, electro-optic technologies

The F58 encoders combine certified Ethernet/IP support with patented mechanical and electro-optic technologies that ensure accuracy and reliability.

By Kuebler
Electrical September 27, 2017

Coal-fired power plant slashes maintenance time

Damper bearing upgrade solves lock up issue at a North American plant.

By Eric Ford, Graphite Metallizing Corp.
Electrical September 14, 2017

2017 Engineering Leader Under 40: Tyler Robertson, 33

Robotics Engineer, Taylor Guitars, El Cajon, Calif.

By CFE Media
Electrical August 22, 2017

The benefits of upgrading to LED lighting

LED lighting uses up to 80% less energy than a standard incandescent bulb.

By David Manney
Electrical August 18, 2017

The basics of industrial motor power surge suppression

Power surges can be very damaging to electronic equipment in various ways, making it important to take precautionary measures in order to avoid them.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Electrical August 18, 2017

Large engine-generator sets keep getting better

Engine-generator sets come in all sizes for many applications. Large stationary units, in particular, are especially attractive for many electric power applications.

By Gas Technology
Electrical August 14, 2017

Low-voltage switchgear

The ReliaGear UL 1558 low-voltage switchgear features circuit breakers with embedded logic capabilities that make the switchgear safer and more compact, flexible, and reliable.

Electrical August 14, 2017

Voltage testers

The ET60 and ET250 voltage testers use standard replaceable test leads and can test GFCI-protected circuits.

By Klein
Electrical May 9, 2017

Flat-plate battery for industrial applications

The Marathon FPX flat plate battery is designed for medium-to heavy-duty industrial use and opportunity charging applications.

By Exide
Electrical May 1, 2017

Take back your steam energy

Great opportunities exist in making major improvements in steam and hot water distribution systems, which can save money for companies.

By Gas Technology
Electrical March 8, 2017

HVLS basics: Balancing the air temperature

Destratification creates more comfort and lower costs for plants throughout the entire year.

By Andy Olson, Rite-Hite Fans
Electrical February 6, 2017

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, January 30 to February 5: Improving power factor, energy efficiency advice, VFD best practices, more

Articles about improving power factor, energy efficiency tips, VFD efficiency best practices, 2017 manufacturing technology predictions, and keeping DC motors healthy were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, January 30 to February 5. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical December 19, 2016

Why is short-circuit current rating important?

It is important to verify and improve short-circuit rating to remain in compliance.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Electrical December 7, 2016

Transformers are key for safety in any electrical system

Proper installation and maintenance of an electrical system’s components help keep the working environment safe while extending the life of the equipment.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Electrical November 16, 2016

Voltage/continuity tester

The Vol-Con Elite is a voltage/continuity tester that is designed with low impedance, a vibration mode, advanced safety capabilities, and higher test accuracy.

By IDEAL Electric
Electrical November 14, 2016

Power backup systems for uninterrupted power

The CTEC, C-TEC P, and AC-C-TEC power backup systems enable energy storage, microcontroller-based charging and discharging, and extended energy release up to 55 minutes.

By Altech Corp
Electrical November 10, 2016

Optical rotary torque sensors

The TorqSense ORT 230/240 Series of optical rotary torque sensors are designed for low torque and high bandwidth applications with a rotary and static torque measurement up to 100Nm and bandwidth up to 50kHz.

By Saelig Company
Electrical November 9, 2016

Welding power source for stick, TIG applications

The Maxstar 161 series welding power source is designed with a digital meter for precise control for stick and TIG applications.

By Miller Electric Mfg. Co.
Electrical October 31, 2016

Close circuit coolers

The eco-LSWE and eco-LRWB forced draft coolers available are designed to replace existing forced draft equipment of the same box size and fan motor horsepower.

By Evapco
Electrical October 28, 2016

Dual mode LED tube

The Duluxe LED Tube is designed for long-term maintenance and runs at 18W and provides up to 122 lumens per watt.

By HyLite LED Lighting
Electrical October 20, 2016

Self-adjusting crimping tools

The self-adjusting crimping tools are designed for insulated and non-insulated ferrules, and adjust to wires sizes from 26 to 8AWG.

By AutomationDirect
Electrical October 10, 2016

How to properly operate a three-phase motor using single-phase power

There are several methods to operating a three-phase motor using single-phase power to make what would be an otherwise expensive and arduous process a little easier.

By Chuck Yung, EASA
Electrical August 17, 2016

Motor connection tips for avoiding costly mistakes

The following tips apply to common connections on machines with one speed at power frequency.

By Mike Howell, EASA
Electrical July 27, 2016

Protect your ball bearings: 8 common problems

Identifying the primary reason for premature motor failure is as easy as looking at the bearings.

By David Manney
Electrical July 18, 2016

Retrofill circuit breaker for smaller spaces

The 26-inch Wide Retrofill circuit breaker provides a cost-effective solution to address switchgear applications with space restrictions.

By Schneider Electric
Electrical July 13, 2016

Model 4750 sit-down counterbalanced truck

The Model 4750 sit-down counterbalanced truck features an open view mast design and integral sideshift on 4,000 and 5,000 pound trucks with three stage mast and full free lift.

By Raymond Corporation
Electrical June 20, 2016

Lithium EP grease for lubrication

The CorrLube VpCI Lithium EP grease offers longer lubrication with corrosion protection on electrical connections.

By Cortec
Electrical June 16, 2016

Helical gearboxes for line of motor products

AutomationDirect’s IronHorse line of motor products now includes helical gearboxes which provide quiet startup and smooth operation in applications such as conveyors, packaging machines, rotary tables, and more.

By AutomationDirect
Electrical May 27, 2016

The efficiency of a new vs. repaired electric motor

Although you may make every effort to ensure that a motor has a long life, there will come a time when it eventually needs to be repaired or will need to be replaced. At this point, one common question that is going to be asked is in regards to the benefits of repairing the motor versus replacing it with a new one.

By David Manney
Electrical May 27, 2016

What’s involved in an energy audit?

There are many considerations for saving both money and energy at a facility. To ensure that you are moving in the right direction, however, it may be necessary to have an energy audit conducted.

By David Manney
Electrical May 23, 2016

Sigma-7 family of servo motors and amplifiers

Sigma-7, a line of rotary, linear and direct drive servos and amplifiers that bring a new level of operating efficiency to automated equipment.

By Yaskawa
Electrical April 19, 2016

Siemens launches control system with integrated fieldbus diagnostics

With the Active Field Distributor Simatic AFDiSD which features extended fieldbus diagnostics, Siemens is the first supplier to offer fully integrated and extended fieldbus diagnostics for PROFIBUS PA in the process control system Simatic PCS 7.

By Siemens
Electrical April 19, 2016

Intuitive operation and efficient engineering of process plants

To meet the ever growing demands of automation, the Simatic PCS 7 process control system has been further developed by Siemens. Version 8.2 comes complete with a range of new functionalities.

By Siemens
Electrical March 23, 2016

Work area blasting gun

BLG-LEDBLT-HGL-X24I is light equipped with a polycarbonate handle, a quick-change lens system, and a step down transformer for low voltage operation.

By Larson Electronics
Electrical March 21, 2016

Cutting AEC costs down with high definition laser scanning webcast: Your questions answered

Webcast speaker Jon Sever answered additional questions about topics such as technology services, reducing costs, and how detailed a scan needs to be.

By Jon Sever
Electrical February 29, 2016

Predictive maintenance showcase a new pavilion at Hannover Messe

The integration of predictive maintenance (PdM) and the data generated through the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is expected to pinpoint impending outages before they occur, speed up overhaul processes and avoid production outages.

By Bob Vavra
Electrical February 3, 2016

Cool facts about cooling electric motors

Whether it's an old or new design, the process of lowering motor temperatures is based on same principles.

By Chuck Yung
Electrical January 14, 2016

Stainless steel comfort panel

The TP1900 HMI INOX comfort panel is designed with a stainless steel front making it ideal for food and beverage, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, fine chemical applications, and other hygienic-intensive areas.

By Siemens Corporation
Electrical January 6, 2016

Compact LED solution for demanding environments

The DMW2 LED solution that provides application versatility and energy saving control options for demanding applications where moisture or dust in a concern.

By Acuity Brands
Electrical January 6, 2016

Low-resolution analog modules

Productivity2000 programmable controllers are low-resolution analog modules are designed for cost-conscious applications.

By AutomationDirect
Electrical January 4, 2016

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, December 28 to January 3: Preventive maintenance program, why preventive maintenance fails, IIoT technologies, more

Articles about preventive maintenance programs, how to fix preventive maintenance when it fails, IIoT technologies, the 2015 Product of the Year Finalists, and Obama to open Hannover Messe were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, December 28 to January 3. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Erin Dunne
Electrical December 14, 2015

2015 Top Plant: Phoenix Contact USA

Phoenix Contact USA is a manufacturing success story.

By Bob Vavra
Electrical September 24, 2015

Servo motors with winding techniques and magnetic materials

Cyber dynamic line servo motors with winding techniques and magnetic materials that increase output power by 47%.

By Wittenstein
Electrical September 22, 2015

Right-angle cable assemblies

Sixteen low profile, right angle, high performance flexible cable assemblies are designed for Type-N, TNC, and SMA cables and cover frequency ranges to 26.6 GHz.

By Fairview Microwave
Electrical August 20, 2015

Fueling greater efficiency with modular, on-demand boilers

Efficiency, cost savings a key benefit to oil and gas transportation issues.

By Doug MacMaster
Electrical July 30, 2015

How to choose the best lighting for a food facility

When selecting LED or fluorescent lighting for a food facility or warehouse, understand that each type is better suited for some areas rather than others.

By Jud Walker, Stellar
Electrical July 20, 2015

Three ways to prevent food plant electrical system malfunctions

The electrical system is sometimes overlook at food processing facilities. Here are three ways to maintain the plant's electrical well-being and prevent potential malfunctions and safety hazards.

By Jud Walker, Stellar
Electrical July 8, 2015

Contrast sensor

The KTM contrast sensor is a high-performance contrast sensor enclosed in a small, IP 67-rated housing that can be easily mounted and integrated into machines.

Electrical June 18, 2015

Green power adaptors

These power adaptors meet both the Energy Independence and Security Act’s new EISA 2007/DoE Level VI standard.

By Sunpower
Electrical April 13, 2015

Relationship of torque and shaft size

A rudimentary understanding of how shaft sizes are determined can be helpful to anyone who works with pumps, fans, elevators or any other motor-driven equipment. Engineers often design using an ample safety factor, but consider modifying a shaft only with good engineering support. The greater the consequence of failure, the more generous the safety factor should be.

By Chuck Yung
Electrical March 4, 2015

Measure motor efficiency to understand VFD’s value

Multi-phase ac induction motors have traditionally dominated the electric motor industry. The industry has improved overall motor efficiency in each subsequent NEMA-MG 1 motor standard revision. To make sense of motor efficiency, one must understand what efficiency losses are attributed to.

By John Yoon, PE, LEED AP
Electrical January 13, 2015

Webcast Q&A: How Lakeland Electric Maintains Production Efficiency, Lowers Cost, and Conserves Fresh Water With Reuse of Reclaimed Water for Cooling: Questions and Answers

Ken Riddle and Kevin Milici answer your questions from the Plant Engineering Webcast, "How Lakeland Electric Maintains Production Efficiency, Lowers Cost, and Conserves Fresh Water With Reuse of Reclaimed Water for Cooling."

By Ken Riddle and Kevin Milici
Electrical November 19, 2014

LED fixtures

The EVERLINE LED Retrofit Kit serves as a fluorescent lighting replacement kit, reducing energy consumption and maintenance costs.

By Universal Lighting Technologies
Electrical October 17, 2014

Three-terminal GDT

Ultra-low capacitance and high surge energy withstanding provide more protection from lightning

By Littelfuse
Electrical October 14, 2014

Safety concerns for collaborative robots

At a daylong workshop on Collaborative Robots by the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), two main themes were expressed: worker safety and almost universal expectation for rapid deployment of collaborative robots.

By Frank Tobe, The Robot Report
Electrical October 6, 2014

Server module

The IEC 61850 Server Module to IEC 61850 gateway allows IEDs on an IEC 61850 network to communicate with PACs on an EtherNet/IP network.

By ProSoft Technology
Electrical August 4, 2014

The first and second quarter of 2014 robot sales are at their best

The North American Robotics Industries Association has announced that the first and second quarter robot sales have set a new sales record. 

By Frank Tobe, The Robot Report
Electrical July 31, 2014

Cable testers

The Scout Pro 2 series cable tester a multi-functional tester that tests voice, data and video connections.

Electrical July 15, 2014

Eight-channel thermocouple conditioner

The Sensor Connection has expanded its line of measurement and control instrumentation with 8 Channel Type K Thermocouple Amplifier Module.

By The Sensor Connection
Electrical July 7, 2014

First Chinese supplier breaks into top 10 LED rankings in 2013

China's investments have finally paid off as one of it's companies has joined the ranks as one of the top companies in LED manufacturing capacity.

By Source: IHS
Electrical June 9, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, June 2-8

Articles about the ISM error and the stock market impact, military robotics, energy monitoring trends, synchronizing industrial Ethernet networks, and electric motor power measurement were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, June 2-8. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Electrical June 3, 2014

Magnum DC switch

The Magnum DC switch provides DC disconnect and switching technology in a common power breaker platform to meet demanding industry standards.

Electrical May 6, 2014

Spark-resistant cables

When fully mated the cables are rated IP67 to ensure protection from liquids and debris.

Electrical February 12, 2014

To serve and to manufacture

Veterans are trained, disciplined, and task-oriented. They sound like just what manufacturing needs today. How do we get them into our ranks?

By Bob Vavra
Electrical January 9, 2014

Pitt’s new electrical lab looks to energy’s future

Eaton's equipment donation provides tools to study efficiency more effectively

By Bob Vavra
Electrical January 6, 2014

Cloud systems may be link in supply chain

Greater visibility seem as a key to smoothing out the process and reducing costs

By CFE Media
Electrical June 3, 2013

ISM index slides below growth threshold

Index of 49% is lowest since 2009; global slowdown gets much of the blame

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Electrical April 10, 2013

Fish and glow rods

Splinter Guard Fish and Glow Rods keep hands free from fiberglass splinters when wire pulling and come in a variety of flexibilities and lengths

Electrical February 10, 2005

Basics of tuned circuits

The tuned circuit is a fundamental building block among electrical and analog electronic circuits. Understanding how it functions provides insight to power quality, communications, controls, electronic equipment, and many other systems found in industrial manufacturing plants. This article provides a brief tutorial on tuned circuit theory and operation.

By Wendell S. Rice
Electrical December 10, 2003

A physical analogy for ac electrical power

Electricity cannot be seen physically; only its effects can be seen or felt. At times, some aspects of electricity can be difficult to understand. One such phenomenon is the presence of different types of power in ac electrical systems. This article presents a physical analogy of electrical power as a refresher to help you understand these concepts further.

By Shanmuga S. Pandian, Electrical Engineer, Design Services Division/PD&CD, Saudi Aramco, Ras Tanura, KSA
Electrical October 10, 2003

Basics of how to minimize harmonics

The August 14, 2003 blackout emphasized that power quality should not be taken lightly. The blackout was caused by, and affected the power grid — our nation's electrical infrastructure. The issues raised by this event should and will come under scrutiny. Just as the nation looks at its power quality issues, plant engineers must look at power quality issues inside the plant.

By Jack Smith, Senior Editor, Plant Engineering Magazine
Electrical March 15, 2003

Basics of low-voltage circuit breakers

A circuit breaker is designed to keep an undesirably large amount of current, voltage, or power out of a given part of an electrical circuit. Industrial circuit breaker categories tend to follow voltage classes, which are divided according to magnitude. The IEEE divides voltage systems into four classes listed in the table titled "IEEE voltage classifications.

By Jack Smith, Senior Editor, Plant Engineering magazine