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Power Quality April 29, 2022

Lithium’s narrow paths limit batteries

Rice University study suggests stress among misaligned particles in typical cathodes limits flow.

By Mike Williams
Power Quality January 16, 2022

Next-generation batteries propelled by sodium ion enhancements

Duke University researchers have developed insights into the atomistic dynamics of emerging solid-state batteries to speed their evolution and move beyond lithium.

By Ken Kingery
Power Quality March 18, 2021

Evolving environmental policies will have big impact on power generation industry

Policies and regulations support shift from fossil fuels to clean energy

By Maggie Estrada and Rick Spurlock
Power Quality March 10, 2021

How to find your missing power factor

Not addressing power quality issues like low power factor and harmonics can hurt

By Jason Axelson
Power Quality June 3, 2020

COVID-19 emergency support for safety circuits, VFDs, vision, PLC power quality, SCADA

System integrators can provide emergency support for automation troubleshooting to shorten or prevent downtime, improve quality and save money as manufacturing restarts or continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Matt Ruth
Power Quality January 31, 2020

Wearable electronics powered by flexible batteries

Stanford University researchers have developed an experimental device designed to provide a comfortable power source for technologies that bends and flexes with the human body.

By Tom Abate
Power Quality September 17, 2015

2015 Engineering Leader Under 40: Sean Mascarenhas, 33

Senior Engineer, Autopro Automation Consultants Ltd.; Calgary, Alberta; B.Eng. Electrical Engineering, McMaster University

By Amanda Pelliccione, Project Manager and Director of Research
Power Quality November 28, 2012

Make your plant floor time productive

The amount of time spent working the floor and what is accomplished is not always proportional to each other.

By Kimo Oberloh
Power Quality April 20, 2011

AME event: Culture. Empowerment. Creativity – Unleash your innovation ability

Workshop: May 5, 2011; Morton Grove, IL

By Source: Association for Manufacturing Excellence
Power Quality April 12, 2011

Electrocuting a fully engulfed fire

Imagine the scary scenario: Flames halt firefighters trying to rescue a family inside a burning home.

Power Quality March 21, 2011

In-stock shipping program

Guaranteed In-Stock Partner program offers ready-to-ship inventory levels for up to 50 difference industrial vibrator products

Power Quality February 21, 2011

Electric lift trucks

The ERC-VA series is among the most productive and highly durable electric lift trucks on the market. New features and updates include: newly designed, industry-leading operator compartments and comfort, 16% more floor space, relocated multifunction displays that ensure enhanced visibility and precise pallet control, improved brake pedal layout and auto Deceleration Systems which reduce operator fatigue. Yale www.yale.com.

Power Quality February 21, 2011

Air-powered vacuum

The Model 860/02 is perfect for managers who want to eliminate drum handling, and collect and discharge their powders in a safe, dust-free & convenient way. The Model 860/02 uses an air-powered vacuum cover with manual pulse-jet filter cleaning and non-stick filtration that captures 99.9% of particles as small as 0.5 microns. The rugged portable frame includes a collection hopper with automatic discharge valve and polybag loading accessory.

Power Quality October 12, 2010

Electrical inspections using thermal imaging

While many electrical problems are mistakenly blamed on “loose electrical connections and terminals,” sometimes they really are the problem. Loose connections do result in higher resistances. High resistance connections do create heat, which is one of thebiggest causes of electrical fires.

Power Quality September 17, 2010

IMTS 2010: Mitsubishi Electric Interview at IMTS with Sloan Zupan

Sloan Zupan from Mitsubishi Electric speaks with Peter Welander about the technological advances in machining control at the International Manufacturing Technology Show at McCormick Place Convention Hall in Chicago, Illinois on Sept. 16th. For more information about machine control topics, please visit the machine control channel.

Power Quality September 9, 2010

California officials head to Asia to bring manufacturing to the U.S.

Trade missions to China, Korea, Japan designed to put economic value of state up front

Power Quality February 10, 2010

Mitsubishi Electric Automation e-F@ctory adds Oracle capabilities

Oracle Manufacturing Operations Center monitors production performance in real-time, integrated with Mitsubishi Electric Automation's e-F@ctory manufacturing solution for all industries

By Source: Control Engineering
Power Quality January 14, 2010

Teachers need to connect math and science with career opportunities

ASQ study finds teachers aren't linking class work to engineering jobs

By Bob Vavra
Power Quality January 1, 2010

An endorsement for neutrality

Impartiality is (or should be) one of the first lessons editors learn. While it is fundamentally important for every journalist to maintain neutrality, it is a vital tenet to those of us who serve the technical trades. However, deliberately detaching ourselves from industry conflicts or debates in no way precludes us from taking a stand on challenging topics.

By Jack Smith, Editor
Power Quality November 20, 2009

Miniature wireless thermocouple connector

This wireless thermocouple connector is available in standard J-, K-, T-, E-, R-, S-, B-, C- or N-type calibration. Readings are displayed on a PC screen in real time using the free provided software.

Power Quality October 16, 2009

ARC India Forum is Nov. 13-14

Event focus will be business transformation strategies

By Bob Vavra
Power Quality August 1, 2009

Solid-state relays

The panel-mount Zelio SSRP and the DIN-mount Zelio SSRD solid-state relays meet equipment specifications for vibration resistance and increased reliability. The panel-mount version includes models capable of switching up to 125 A. DIN-mount models provide ready-to-go solutions with an integral heat sink.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality July 13, 2009

RF connectors now available

Recently introduced, four new RF connector designs are available: QMA that mates with SMA; 75-Ohm BNC; SMA field receptacle; and RF multi-port connectors.

Power Quality June 5, 2009

The hardest job in America to fill?

No surprise. It's engineer -- again

By Bob Vavra
Power Quality May 15, 2009

Fluke milliamp clamp meters save time, money for electricians

New product launch makes troubleshooting easier

Power Quality May 1, 2009

The effective ‘manufacturing’ of water

We don’t think of water that something we manufacture. Water is something that’s always there -- coming out of our taps, providing beauty through magnificent fountains, or simply covering two-thirds of the Earth Bill Wood of Orlando’s Iron Bridge Regional water reclamation facility sees the process of water in a different way, and one quote from this month’s cover story ...

By Jack Smith, Editor
Power Quality May 1, 2009

Fuses

Cooper Bussmann’s expanded Low-Peak CUBEFuse line includes a non-indicating Low-Peak CUBEFuse available from 1A through 100A and an indicating version available from 6A to 100A. Both offer a high 300kA interrupting rating with a voltage rating of 600Vac/300Vdc. It meets Class J time-delay electrical performance for UL/CSA.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality March 20, 2009

Fiberglass utility covers

An alternative to concrete utility trenches and concrete containment systems commonly used in electrical substations, the UTILICOVER is a fiberglass FRP cover.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality March 1, 2009

Recovering from crisis

The United States may not be able to automate its way out of the recession, but along with eliminating waste, automation's a big part of the plan.

By Jack Smith, Editor
Power Quality January 27, 2009

Next generation PAT application

This software helps life science industry manufacturers implement quality by design throughout the entire pharmaceutical product lifecycle – from drug discovery through development to production.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality January 26, 2009

In a slump? Manufacturers’ practice report shows not all are hitting the panic button

It’s easy to assume that when the economy is in a recession, businesses will make major cutbacks to survive. But according to the American Society for Quality’s latest Quarterly Quality Report, many manufacturing companies are not in the crisis mode one would expect.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Power Quality January 9, 2009

White paper: Portable welding on the shop floor made easy

Portable welding equipment makes sense for both spot welds and for operating in tight spaces. Effective use of such equipment can save time and transportation of larger welding carts through the plant floor, as this white paper from Miller Electric describes.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality December 16, 2008

Spinning out of control: Auto industry bailout may be too little, too late

As the U.S. Senate continues to debate whether to grant multibillion-dollar bridge loans to the major U.S. automakers, many longtime industry observers argue that the U.S. auto industry is incapable of making the fundamental changes necessary to ensure its long-term survival.

By Sidney Hill, Jr. executive editor
Power Quality October 27, 2008

Trying times: Five reasons to embrace new product blueprinting

Industrial marketing specialist Dan Adams says the only way to win in tough times is through organic growth. Companies must consistently come up with differentiated new products customers want to buy—and that means finding clarity in the "fuzzy front end" of the process.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Power Quality October 22, 2008

Green fields: Key associations honor remote-service specialist Axeda

Axeda recently was named Recognized Innovator finalist by the Association for Services Management International ( AFSMI ) and the Service & Support Professionals Association ( SSPA ). Honored for “Innovation in Eliminating Onsite Visits” in the annual award program, Axeda enables service and support teams to identify, diagnose, and repair product performance issues remotely—reducing the need to roll trucks, and translating into less CO2 emissions and significant cost savings."This year, SSPA and AFSMI Research focused on a topic that’s becoming common boardroom conversation today: how companies can shrink their corporate carbon footprint through "green" initiatives,” says John Ragsdale, VP of technology research for SSPA. “While the primary focus of most corporate green projects has been reducing electric consumption, these awards center on processes and technologies specific to support—including virtual support operations, reductions in field service visits, and field service schedule optimization.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Power Quality October 15, 2008

Chuck Nochumson remembered

The Nochumson family, Eaton Corp. and the electrical industry sustained a loss in Sept. when Chuck Nochumson passed away. Nochumson began his career with Westinghouse/Eaton in 1965. Most recently, he was senior national applications engineer. Much of Eaton’s technical success can be tied to his expertise and dedication to continuous improvement.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality October 9, 2008

Heat tool kit

The UT-100-TC Ultratorch professional heat tool kit features a portable, butane-powered, multi-functional tool for use as a soldering iron, flames heat tool, hot knife and brazing torch. The kit includes three soldering tips, a hot-knife tip, a torch tip, and a hot air tip, along with a heat-shrink reflector, a wire cutter, needle nose pliers, a roll of 60/40 solder, a sponge, a cap and stand. The torch features adjustable temperature control for torch temperatures up to 2372 F, soldering temperatures up to 932 F and hot air temperatures up to1202 F.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality October 6, 2008

Automation lab dedicated at NIU

The College of Engineering and Engineering Technology at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL has a new automation lab, thanks to the generosity of AutomationDirect. There is also a named professorship.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality September 15, 2008

10 dumb things smart people do when testing electricity

Anyone who makes their living by working with electricity quickly develops a healthy respect for anything with even a remote chance of being “live.” Yet the pressures of the getting a job done on time or getting a mission-critical piece of equipment back on line can result in carelessness and uncharacteristic mistakes by even the most seasoned electrician.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality September 8, 2008

Plant Engineering, ISA partner on YAPFEST

Magazine helps young engineers take the spotlight at ISA Conference in Houston.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality September 3, 2008

NEMA wiring devices

Clamp-Lock wiring devices include two fast-travel assembly screws; long, deep funnels for precise wire insertion; and a self-centering external cord grip for faster assembly.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality July 17, 2008

Pet project: Mars finds an SPC legacy system successor in InfinityQS software

Pet food products maker Mars Inc. will use InfinityQS ProFicient software from Infinity International in certain North American sites to systematically improve product quality.Mars' intended objective was to leverage a real-time statistical process control (SPC) solution that would provide the necessary tools for executing process improvement initiatives in a flexible and user-friendly format.Mars chose InfinityQS software for greater depth and breadth of functionality than found in Mars' legacy SPC system. Because ProFicient is built on a relational database structure, users can quickly manage thousands of parts in a single setup—or "project"—as opposed to the hundreds and thousands of data files that other systems require users to configure.The database structure allows Mars to conduct comparative analysis of any part running across any process (machine).

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Power Quality July 15, 2008

Torque arm

The pneumatically assisted torque arm features a pneumatic cylinder to assist movement of heavy tools. The torque arm maintains tool location while facilitating smooth movement of assembly tools in both up-down motion and 180-degree, side-to-side motion. The arm’s design absorbs torque, and the torque arm accommodates inline pneumatic or inline electric drivers with maximum weights of 10 ...

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality July 10, 2008

Clutch brake positioning control

The 3590 clutch brake position control works with packaged clutch brakes used in luggage pusher equipment.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality June 15, 2008

Put your KPIs where you can see them

Virginia Beach, VA-based Hermes Abrasives, a global manufacturer of industrial coated abrasive products, has always had a strong culture and excellent efficiency numbers but the need to improve its throughput-to-capacity ratio drove it to seek out tools to improve – without making capital purchases, and working within the space constraints of its current facility.

By James A. Feltman
Power Quality June 1, 2008

GM to close truck, SUV plants

Strategic shift away from gas-guzzlers a look into auto's future?

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality May 6, 2008

Schneider Electric introduces the Relay Competency Center

Schneider Electric Relays recently announced the Relay Competency Center (RCC), a centralized, coordinated team of experts who offer customer assistance, application development and relay design for Square D brand and Telemecanique brand plug-in relays.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality May 2, 2008

Plastic sheeting

Torlon PAI shapes are economical and offer stability in applications up to 500 F.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality March 25, 2008

Emerson to provide integration services to Finesse customers

Emerson Process Management has entered an agreement with Finesse Solutions to provide integration and process automation services.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality March 15, 2008

Electromagnetic clutch/brake modules

Gen 2 packaged electromagnetic clutch/brake modules provide increased heat dissipation and better input-to-output axis alignment when compared to previous designs. Custom mounting bolts allow the conduit box to be located directly on top of a unit, and optional cover kits convert vented units into fully enclosed modules.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality March 15, 2008

Pressing tool

The RP 330 pressing tool comes in corded and lithium-ion battery-powered versions. The tool’s jaw rotates 270 degrees, and its flattened top makes it suitable for use in confined areas. It presses 1/2- to 4-inch joints and is compatible with all standard RIDGID pressing jaws; a three- or six-jaw kit is offered with both tool versions.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality February 15, 2008

Power converter

The C/B 2700 series of 3U dc/dc and ac/dc converter modules and battery chargers’ designs use industrial grade components for applications in industries such as communications equipment, oil/gas processing and others. The series topology delivers up to 600 W at any dc input from 18 to 380 Vdc, with six input range choices.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality February 15, 2008

IR imager

The Ti25 and Ti10 thermal imagers provide a thermal imaging solution for maintenance of electrical installations, electro-mechanical equipment, process equipment, HVAC/R equipment and other industrial and electrical equipment. The images feature IR Fusion that integrates infrared and visual images in full-screen or picture-in-picture views.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality February 15, 2008

Flow transmitter

The DFT series flow transmitter uses a segmented wedge differential producer to measure flow rates as related to pressure to monitor process fluids, providing a restriction for sensing flow as related to pressure differential.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality February 8, 2008

Humidification system

The HygroMatik direct-injection humidifier is designed for use in processing facilities and other commercial structures.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality January 31, 2008

North American business confidence indexes tumble in January

NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Confidence Index for current North American conditions fell sharply in January, dropping nearly 18 points and reaching its lowest level since December 2006.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality January 16, 2008

Trane Parts Centers changes name

Trane announced Monday that its 210 parts centers, located throughout North America, will now be known as Trane HVAC Parts & Supply.

By Staff
Power Quality December 15, 2007

‘Collaborative production system’ a unifying plant floor strategy: ARC

The ARC Advisory Group's new Collaborative Production System model, unveiled at GE Fanuc's Discover 2007 user group event in St. Louis in October, pushes the manufacturing world closer to a unified strategy that enables disparate plant floor systems to talk to each other.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality November 20, 2007

ARC debuts ‘collaborative production system’ at GE Fanuc forum

Model's goal is to improve asset and equipment reliability, information delivery

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality November 15, 2007

Automation is the future for manufacturing growth

We can discuss the signs that manufacturing is picking up speed and gaining ground in America. There are plenty of numbers to point to. According to the National Council for Advanced Manufacturing on Federal Policies and National Trends in Manufacturing, 80% of large, and 79% of small manufacturers are eyeing a positive business outlook for the second quarter.

By Patrick Gouhin, ISA executive director and CEO
Power Quality November 15, 2007

Cold air gun

The high-power cold gun incorporates a stainless steel vortex tube that converts ordinary supplies of compressed air into cold air. The air gun produces a stream of 20 F air to reduce heat buildup from laser cutting, and a flexible ball-and-socket hose holds its position to direct the cold air to the point where the heat is generated.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality November 15, 2007

2007 Finalists Product of the Year

For 20 years, PLANT ENGINEERING’s Product of the Year award has been among the most coveted honors in manufacturing. One reason for that is the award is chosen by our readers. You have that opportunity again to choose from entries in 18 categories to determine the best new products of 2007.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality October 24, 2007

Discrete transmitter added to wireless family

Wireless discrete transmitter installs and commissions quickly, and delivers previously unavailable data for improved plant performance and safety.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality October 24, 2007

Yokogawa marks 50 years in North America

Yokogawa Corp. of America celebrated 50 years of business in North America at its Newnan, GA headquarters on Oct. 18.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality September 30, 2007

Plasma cutters

Pro-Cut plasma cutting systems 25, 55 and 80 incorporate Vortech technology torches and Parts-in-Place torch safety features, which prevent the torch from operating when sensing parts are not in proper position. The Pro-Cut 25 weighs 29-½ pounds and generates 25 A of cutting current. The Lincoln Electric Co.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality August 31, 2007

Current conditions EBCI slides for second month

While the Electroindustry Business Confidence Index for current North American conditions slid for a second month in a row, the six-month outlook continued to remain optimistic.

By Staff
Power Quality August 15, 2007

Find 2007 Product of the Year, Top Plant applications on line

September is the entry deadline for the 2007 Product of the Year and Top Plant awards, and applications for both awards are now available at www.PlantEngineering.com. Top Plant honors the outstanding manufacturing facilities in the U.S. Editors will review the applications and schedule plant visits among the finalists.

By Staff
Power Quality August 15, 2007

HVLS ceiling fan

PowerfoilPlus high-volume/low-speed ceiling fans use patent-pending hybrid airfoil technology that redirects airflow away from the floor, creating a more widespread air pattern capable of passing over obstructions. Instead of pushing air straight down, the upturned length at the end of the airfoil pushes air out at an angle.

By Staff
Power Quality August 3, 2007

Top Plant deadline extended to Sept. 1

Take your shot at joining past winners BMW Manufacturing Co., Schneider Electric/Square D, Toyota, Daimler-Chrysler, S&C Electric and Hewlett Packard as a Top Plant winner.

By Staff
Power Quality June 29, 2007

PTDA Foundation makes Russell executive director

Phyllis Russell to oversee fundraising and relationship development in support of the foundation’s workforce development initiative and to work to improve awareness of industrial distribution as rewarding career choice.

By Staff
Power Quality June 11, 2007

Auxiliary switch

The Auxiliary Switch from Electroswitch was designed for use in electrical utilities and offers unidirectional 90-degree indexing.enclosed decks, double wiping contacts, and the ability to perform even under extreme conditions of shock and vibration, the Auxiliary Switch has its contacts enclosed in molded phenolic insulating disks, with the stationary contacts / connecting terminals extending outside the disks to minimize resistance and heating. Non-shorting contacts are a standard feature, and shorting contacts are available on order. Rotation is unlimited and continuous in either direction but can be limited by request. Electroswitch www.electroswitch.com.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality June 7, 2007

Air filtration module

Featuring a taper fit closure, the 2nd generation MediaPAK module offers a quick-connect, positive mechanical seal.

By Staff
Power Quality May 18, 2007

Ivara acquires rights to reliability technologies

Ivara Corporation has entered into agreements with Andrew Jardine of the University of Toronto and the Centre for Materials and Manufacturing to acquire the rights to reliability technologies developed by Jardine and commercialized by the CMM. The technology offers customers statistical capabilities that enable them to make more informed decisions regarding asset repair, replacement and preventative maintenance strategies and will be embedded into Ivara’s reliability solution, Ivara EXP. This isn’t the first time that Ivara, Jardine — a professor of industrial engineering and an authority in the fields of maintenance and reliability —mobile and fixed assets and help determine the best option in repair versus replace situations. PM optimization technology uses information about a component’s failure and operating cost history and applies reliability trend and Weibull analyses to identify failure patterns and determine theoptimal replacement policy.

By Staff
Power Quality May 15, 2007

Globalization the focus of ARC Forum June 25-27

Globalization means manufacturers must adopt innovative strategies that incorporate globally-available resources throughout their design, manufacturing and distribution processes. They must also empower their people with a more collaborative culture and best practices for driving teamwork. Learn how leading manufacturers achieve best-in-class performance across all operations at ARC Advisory Gr...

By Staff
Power Quality May 15, 2007

Are you on the right side of technology adoption?

Many manufacturers today are getting caught on the wrong side of a technology adoption wave that is quickly gaining momentum, according to a recent study by the Aberdeen Group that PLANT ENGINEERING readers participated in. Of the more than 200 surveyed manufacturers, 54% are planning on adopting Manufacturing Intelligence systems within the next 24 months.

By Staff
Power Quality May 10, 2007

2007 Top Plant application available

Is your plant a Top Plant? Enter now for 2007 award

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality May 9, 2007

Welding-type selector

Smart Selector is a new online tool that uses an intuitive graphic interface to facilitate welding product selection for plant engineering and other applications. Recommendations are based on customer requirements. Smart Selector uses patent-pending software to make customer recommendations for MIG, stick, TIG, engine-driven and plasma-cutting products.

By Staff
Power Quality May 4, 2007

Klein Tools founder enshrined in hall of fame

Mathias Klein, founder of Klein Tools, Inc. , Lincolnshire, IL, is to be enshrined as one of the inaugural inductees of the International Lineman’s Hall of Fame. A blacksmith, Klein forged the first-known U.S.-made pliers in Chicago in 1857.

By Staff
Power Quality April 6, 2007

Wire/cable pulling lubricant brochure

Velocity, an ultra-low-friction cable pulling lubricant, is highlighted in a recent brochure. Velocity helps contractors achieve pulls in electrical, telecommunications and data applications. The brochure also features Aqua-Gel, ClearGlide and Yellow 77.The guide’s “Select-A-Lube” enables electricians to select the right lubricant for their application, based upon the type of job, construction, indoor or outdoor location, temperature and length of pull.An interactive, on-line version of Select-A-Lube, featuring a lube quantity calculator, is available online at https://ideal.sdafiles.com/ . Ideal Industries, Inc.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality March 13, 2007

OSHA final rule on electrical installation subject of Webcast

In a Webcast Tuesday, March 6, Gerald Woodson,Linda Wereley,changes to the rule and what organizations must do to comply with it. You can view the Webcast here . Registration is required, but non-members can register for a free, 30-day trial with full access to the Website, with no further obligation.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality March 1, 2007

Square D employees get a peek at Top Plant award at event

The formal presentation of the 2007 Top Plant awards comes on April 2 at the Plant Engineering Manufacturing Summit, but Square D employees in Lincoln, NE got a sneak peek at the trophy during an event Feb. 8 to recognize the award. Plant Engineering publisher Jim Langhenry and editor Bob Vavra presented the award to Square D plant manager Jamie McDonald at a luncheon at the facility.

By Staff
Power Quality February 23, 2007

Engineering grads lack knowledge of gas turbines

Do today’s engineering school graduates possess the necessary technical and managerial skills to meet the job requirements of gas turbine manufacturers? The answer is generally no, according to Sheenu Srinivasan, chairperson of the Education Committee of the ASME International Gas Turbine Institute in Atlanta. “Engine manufacturers have been saying that young engineers out of college, while bright in a broad range of engineering, in many cases lack the knowledge and aptitude specific to gas turbine technology and the gas turbine business,” said Srinivasan. Srinivasan has organized, “Training Gas Turbine Engineers for Optimum Productivity,” one of several panel sessions in the Technical Congress at ASME Turbo Expo 2007 , May 14-17 at the Palais des Congres in Montreal. Rolls-Royce , GE , Pratt & Whitney , and Alstom , will describe their experiences and challenges in bringing early-career engineers up to speed on gas turbine technology. The problem, Srinivasan commented, has nothing to do with the overall quality of engineering education in the United States, but with emerging industry needs demanding a newer skills set for young engineers entering the gas turbine field.nd training. Although educators may not be able to incorporate all of industry’s recommendations and ideas into general engineering curricula, Srinivasan believes a happy medium can be achieved through ongoing information exchange. “Ideally, education in the disciplines relating to gas turbine technology should focus on achieving a balance between the theoretical and the needs and expectations of the engine manufacturers,” he says.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality February 14, 2007

Voltage surge suppressors

The Surge-Trap transient voltage surge suppressor product line features a patented, thermally-protected metal oxide varistor that does not require the use of additional overcurrent protection. The line offers IP-20 grade protection and mounts on a DIN rail to safeguard electrical system components from the effects of transient overvoltages. The surge suppressors are suitable for system voltages from 120 to 480 V and are MCOV-rated from 150 to 550 V, with a 100 kA interrupting rating and 40 kA 8/20- Ferraz Shawmut www.ferrazshawmut.com.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality February 6, 2007

Next generation cable lubricant

Velocity is an ultra-low friction cable pulling lubricant that is designed to help electrical workers pull electrical, telecommunications and data wire and cable. The lubricant is designed to provide a uniform coating on multiple cable jacket materials in environments from 25 to 140 degrees F, and to dry slowly, maintaining lubricity for several months. The cream colored gel is non-toxic, non-flammable and non-corrosive.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality January 1, 2007

Understand the manufacturing problems before selecting the right tool to fit it

Most all companies are determined to improve their performance and become ever more competitive. Most try various tools for improving their performance, but typically have only limited success. The tools applied may initially succeed, but then not be sustained. This article begins a discussion of this issue characterizing many companies’ performance and behavior.

By Ron Moore, The RM Group, Inc.
Power Quality December 22, 2006

NEMA hails end-of-year trade agreement, bills

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association yesterday applauded U.S. and Panamanian trade officials on the successful completion of their negotiations on a promising new free trade agreement and urged Congress to ratify it as soon as possible. The agreement features the elimination — most of it immediately upon implementation — of Panamanian tariffs on NEMA members' electrical equipment exports. "This agreement is an excellent one for the electroindustry, especially given the recent vote by the Panamanian people to approve the Panama Canal widening project," said NEMA president Evan Gaddis.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality December 13, 2006

Blog! Five Fast Things for December 12, 2006

1. The fallout from immigration raids: Six Swift meatpacking plants around the country were raided Monday in a concentrated federal effort to find workers with stolen or fraudulent documentations. The immigrants rounded up in the raids are believed to have bought or stolen their documentation. There are two issues here.

By Bob Vavra, Editor, Plant Engineering
Power Quality December 7, 2006

Blog! Five Fast Things for December 7, 2006

1. Worker shortage gets more press: It’s nice to know that our humble little communications machine here can spot trends and let you know about them, just in time for the big guys to jump all over them. What is important about USA Today’s story Monday on the worker shortage in manufacturing is that they devoted more than eight inches of copy to it (it was a significant cover story in their Money section).

By Bob Vavra, Editor, Plant Engineering
Power Quality November 15, 2006

The 2006 Yokogawa Technology Innovations Fair & User Conference, Hilton Americas in Houston, TX, Nov. 29–Dec. 1

Explore a world of possibilities and discover the innovations of Yokogawa R&D in aerospace, biological micro-technologies, gene diagnostics, industrial automation and wireless and digital broadcasting. Yokogawa Electric President and CEO, Isao Uchida, will head a list of distinguished speakers at this year’s event that include Matt Arcy, Chevron, Chairman of the Steering Committee; and David Johnson, President & COO, Yokogawa Corp. of America. For more information, or to register, visit: https://www.yokogawa.com/us/is/usergroup/us-ykgw-conference.htm.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality November 10, 2006

Web exclusive: Safety research for plants

Click on the titles to view the below pdfs: Get some sound advice on hearing conservation Safety Seminar Arc-Flash Analysis—Utility System Parameters Critical for Accurate PPE Worksite Safety The North American Electrical Safety System, Changes affecting Industrial Control Panels.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality November 8, 2006

Multipurpose thermometer for HVAC professionals

The 561 HVACPromultipurpose thermometer combines both infrared and contact temperature measurement functions in a single tool for HVAC professionals. It gives users the option of deciding which temperature measurement method — contact or noncontact (IR) — is most efficient and best suited for the application.HVAC professionals can use the it in infrared mode to instantly scan hot, moving, electrically-energized and hard to reach objects safely and conveniently without shutting down equipment.Contact and ambient temperature measurements can be taken by connecting the included Velcro pipe probe or any industry-standard K-type mini-connector thermocouple. The thermometer is lightweight and portable, with a temperature range optimized for HVAC/R applications (-40 to 1022 degrees F/ -40 to 550 degrees C), has single-point laser sighting in the infrared mode that guides users to the approximate center of the target area for more accurate measurements.It features MIN, MAX and DIF functions designed for quick and efficient diagnosis, an adjustable emissivity selector with three settings and includes an HVAC/R measurement section designed to maximize productivity in the users guide. Fluke Corp. www.fluke.com.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality November 1, 2006

Electronic flow controller

The user-friendly EFC electronic flow control for compressed air is designed to minimize compressed air used on blowoff, drying, cooling, conveying and static elimination operations. It combines a photoelectric sensor with a timing control that limits compressed air use by turning it off when no part is present.

By Staff
Power Quality November 1, 2006

Cooling system

The UL-listed Vortex A/C cooling system for electrical enclosures runs at about 62 dBA, a noise level 93% less than conventional, vortex-type cabinet coolers. Available in models providing 900, 1,500 or 2,500 BTUH of refrigeration, the patent-pending design features an integral thermostat to maintain enclosure temperatures ranging from 80 degrees F to 90 degrees F.

By Staff
Power Quality November 1, 2006

DAQ measurement platform

CompactDAQ is a new platform for sensor and electrical measurements on the benchtop, in the field and on the production line. It features USB connectivity with flexible modular instruments, eight-slot chassis that accepts I/O modules capable of measuring up to 256 channels of electrical, physical, mechanical and acoustic signals in a single system.

By Staff
Power Quality October 1, 2006

E-Smart tools

The company has introduced a complete line of 'E-Smart’ tools for use with electrical equipment. Screwdriver blades are machined from European chrome/molybdenum/vanadium steel and heat-treated to the highest possible hardness levels. Each tool is individually tested to 10,000 V to ensure the integrity of the insulation and is certified to 1,000 V.

By Staff
Power Quality October 1, 2006

High-temperature heaters

Ceramacast 646N is a high temperature ceramic potting compound that can be used for encapsulating and potting high-temperature, electrical resistance heaters used in consumer and industrial appliances to 3,000 F (1,650 C). It is supplied in powder form and, when mixed with water, sets hydraulically in 16 to 24 hours at room temperature.

By Staff
Power Quality September 29, 2006

EBCI for North American business conditions declines in September

On the heels of an extraordinarily strong burst of activity over the last 12 to 15 months, current North American business conditions declined for a second straight month in September, according to NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI).s from a month ago to 26. September EBCI indicators for each of the other three world regions included in the survey pointed to both current and continued growth.  The recent deterioration of the North American index should be viewed in the context of a heretofore booming electroindustry, NEMA said.. electrical equipment manufacturing sector of close to 94 percent by late summer 2006, the highest in more than 30 years. U.S.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality September 29, 2006

Fabtech-AWS students compete for gold at welding olympics

Sparks will fly at the 2006 SkillsUSA Weld-Off, an "olympic" event in student welding. The weld-off, a component of the SkillsUSA Competition, will highlight the 2006 Fabtech International & AWS Welding Show, taking place on Oct. 31 through Nov.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality September 21, 2006

Protected Ethernet cable

CAT5E cordsets and reinforced cable is said to be super strong yet flexible for easy routing. It’s designed to resist UV rays, water and microbial penetration. Double-shielded RJ45 plugs with gold-plated contacts prevent electromagnetic interference while providing electrical contact and corrosion resistance.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality September 1, 2006

C-cores

C-Cores offer better electrical characteristics than stacked lamination cores, the company says. C-cores are bobbin-wound, a faster process than winding toroidal cores, they eliminate stacking of laminations. Alpha-Core www.alphacore.com

By Staff
Power Quality August 31, 2006

Deadline for Top Plant 2006 extended

PLANT ENGINEERING ’ s Top Plant Award annually honors outstanding manufacturing facilities whose excellence keeps them ahead of the curve in a competitive global market. That excellence is reflected in our past winners — S&C Electric and Hewlett Packard in 2004 and DaimlerChrysler in 2005. The entry deadline for the 2006 Top Plant Award has been extended to Sept. 30.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality August 3, 2006

A Summary of the PCIC’s Impact on Electrical Safety

Click here for: A Summary of the PCIC's Impact on Electrical Safety White Paper Registration Policy By agreeing to register to view this white paper, you agree that we may share your registration information with the white paper sponsor. We do not permit this company to use your personally identifiable information without your permission for any purpose other than to send you information about their own products and services.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality August 1, 2006

Process optimization and training market poised for explosive growth, ARC finds

The real-time process optimization and training market is expected to grow by nearly 10% per year over the next five years. The market was about $670 million in 2005 and is forecasted to reach more than $1 billion in 2010, according to a new study by the ARC Advisory Group, “Real-time Process Optimization and Training Worldwide Outlook”.

By Staff
Power Quality August 1, 2006

Early Top Plant entries earn a timely bonus

PLANT ENGINEERING’s Top Plant award annually honors outstanding manufacturing facilities whose excellence keeps them ahead of the curve in a competitive global market. That excellence is reflected in our past winners – S&C Electric and Hewlett Packard in 2004 and DaimlerChrysler in 2005.

By Staff
Power Quality August 1, 2006

Turbine solution

The XM-121A absolute shaft module measures turbine shaft vibratory motion relative to free space. The modular, open design of XM machine condition monitoring and protection technology allows users to expand the XM-121A system to include other modules or to link the device into a broader system. The XM-442 voted EODS relay module is the final piece in the Allen Bradley XM EODS.

By Staff
Power Quality July 7, 2006

Brady Corporation acquires Carroll Australasia Pty. Ltd. in Australia

Brady Corporation, a leader in identification solutions and specialty materials, announced recently that it has acquired Carroll Australasia Pty. Ltd., Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Carroll is a supplier and distributor of identification products for the electrical industry, with a line of wiring accessory products that includes prepared wire and cable markers, termination and connection supplies, wire-bundling materials and electrical circuit protection products.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality April 24, 2006

Director

Job Type: Regular full time Business Unit: Bremner Location: Princeton KY Relocation Provided? Yes Job Description The successful candidate will provide planning, direction, and leadership for all engineering and technical activities in the Bremner and Nutcracker business units. Management of the capital strategy, contractor management, and audit follow-up regarding financial considerations are key responsibilities. The Director is also responsible for Packaging Engineering activities and supporting new product initiatives with third party co-pack customers. Job Qualifications BS in Mechanical, Electrical or other related Engineering discipline. A minimum of 7 to 10 years Engineering management experience with a proven track record of progressive responsibilities. Strong leadership and communication skills Strong PC skills to include Microsoft office Capital Plan administration and control Strong background in Operations, Plant Maintenance, Safety and Quality Multi-plant responsibilities highly desired. To learn more about this position and to apply on-line see www.ralcorp.com .

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality April 14, 2006

ARC offers WebForums on manufacturing, wireless

As part of its second quarter WebForum series, ARC Advisory Group will highlight recent research findings in the manufacturing and supply chain industries. Each WebForum will be presented by an ARC senior analyst and will be followed by an interactive question and answer session. “Improving Plant Performance through Design, Operate, Maintain Interoperability” will be aired May 18 at 11 a.m. EST.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality March 1, 2006

IR cameras

FLIR Systems has introduced three new infrared imaging models. The InfraCAM features a large, easy-to-read 3.5-inch LCD screen to highlight even the smallest of issues to be accurately located and displayed. A lightweight, long-life lithium-ion battery guarantees uninterrupted inspections for up to seven hours on a single charge.

By Staff
Power Quality February 10, 2006

Ex-Baldor chairman Boreham dies

Roland S. Boreham, Jr., CEO of Baldor Electric Company from 1978 to 1981 and Chairman from 1981 through 2004, passed away on Sunday, February 5. Mr. Boreham began his career with Baldor in 1947, working for his father, who was a Baldor grinder representative in Los Angeles.He moved to Fort Smith, Arkansas, Baldor’s Corporate Headquarters, in 1961, and became Vice President of Sales in 1962.He was instrumental in developing Baldor’s network of District Offices and Warehouses, still in effect today, and one of Baldor’s major competitive advantages. He developed Baldor’s Value Formula, which combines Quality and Service, and Cost and Time.This Formula is the center of Baldor’s day-to-day operations and defines our goal to create the most value available in the industry for our customers by increasing quality and service and decreasing cost and time. In a release, the company said Mr.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality December 1, 2005

Skilled worker shortage ‘acute’, NAM report finds

The serious shortage of qualified employees that a vast majority of U.S. manufacturers are now experiencing is taking an increasingly negative toll on America’s ability to compete in the global economy, according to a survey report released today by the National Association of Manufacturers, the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte Consulting LLP. “The survey exposes a widening gap between the dwindling supply of skilled workers in America and the growing technical demands of the modern manufacturing workplace,” explained NAM President John Engler. ortage of qualified skilled production employees including machinists, operators, craft workers, distributors and technicians. Engineers and scientists are also in short supply, with 65% of respondents reporting current deficiencies. “Manufacturers face the additional challenge of poor skill levels among “The talent shortage is not a theoretical or distant problem — 83% of respondents indicated these shortages are currently affecting their ability to meet customer demands, with more than half reporting difficulty achieving necessary production levels and 43 percent reporting difficulties increasing productivity,” Kleinert said. “We need a bold agenda of shared responsibility between government, business and educators to increase the priority given to human capital,” Engler said, “while improving the quality and performance of our education and training system. The 2005 Skills Gap Report is based on responses from more than 800 manufacturers of all sizes nationwide and is the first new comprehensive survey about the American manufacturing workforce in four years.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality November 1, 2005

Thermography camera for electrical systems

HotShot infrared thermography camera is designed specifically for industrial inspection of high-voltage electrical systems, production machinery and buildings. Features include an articulating thermal camera head, ergonomic design integrated data logger functionality, icon-based user interface, 3.5-inch LCD touch screen with on-screen control buttons, Compact Flash accessory port, USB port and ...

By Staff
Power Quality November 1, 2005

Make tools theft proof

Theft Protection System is an electronic way to reduce the risk of electric tool theft. The system consists of a Company Card activation key and an electronic module inside the tool. A company specific theft protection code is set in each tool. Authorized users receive an activation key with the same code.

By Staff
Power Quality November 1, 2005

Newsletters delivered to your desktop

PLANT ENGINEERING offers its readers a number of ways to get the best information in the industry quickly. Besides our award-winning monthly magazine and the latest daily information at www.plantengineering.com, there are four newsletters distributed right to your email that bring the latest news and product information.

By Staff
Power Quality November 1, 2005

Welding fume extractor

The Mini Flex welding fume extractor is a portable, high-vacuum, low-volume system designed for the removal and filtration of welding fume. It features a four-stage filtration system that had a filtration capacity of 99.9% and requires less frequent filter maintenance. The Mini Flex can be used in confined spaces and other areas where a larger unit would not fit.

By Staff
Power Quality November 1, 2005

Lubrication program guides users

Lube-It Version 4 increases operational efficiency by simplifying the management, planning and execution of industrial lubrication. Users quickly create a practical lubrication program. Lubrication points and tasks are documented and lubricant products and procedures are standardized. Defined tasks are arranged into manpower-efficient, step-reducing routes assigned to appropriate personnel.

By Staff
Power Quality October 1, 2005

Hurricane Katrina help online

As recovery efforts from the effects of Hurricane Katrina continue, the best resources for the latest news and information on how to help and how to stay safe can be found on www.plantengineering.com. The Website features resources such as what can be done to help in the recovery effort, what industry leaders are doing to assist their clients, employees and the region in the recovery, and ways ...

By Staff
Power Quality June 1, 2005

Collaboration a message at ABB user forum

Integrating products is one key for an automation company's success. Another, as speakers at the 2005 ABB Automation World Conference noted, is to find collaboration between companies working to find integration solutions. That was the message at the April 19 event in Houston, as keynote addresses highlighted the opportunities and challenges of such collaborations.

By Jack Smith
Power Quality December 10, 2004

2004 Top Plants

PLANT ENGINEERING proudly presents the first plants to receive our Top Plants Recognition, Hewlett Packard Caribe BV and S&C Electric John R. Conrad Industrial Complex. Objectives of the PLANT ENGINEERING Top Plants Recognition Program are to: Each plant entering the program submits a rigorous questionnaire on its organization, operations, and accomplishments.

By Staff
Power Quality October 3, 2003

Maintenance work: Part 1

By Donald H. Decker, PE, Principal The Hayo Consultants ( www.hayoconsultants.com ) So you want to know how to measure the work of a maintenance mechanic or technician? Many people would wish you good luck and walk away. Others might say they know exactly what “work” is and sell you on an idea or system to measure “work." The definition of maintenance “work” for your crew(s) is in your hands.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality June 12, 2003

AK-225 offers viable alternative to Freon

AK-225, or HCFC-225, is being recognized by industry as the preferred replacement for CFC-113 in precision cleaning and degreasing applications. AK-225 belongs to a new generation of solvents that achieve high performance while abiding by strict environmental rules. Produced by Asahi Glass Co. Ltd. of Japan and distributed in the U.

By Staff
Power Quality May 19, 2003

Clean solvents for precision cleaning applications

AK-225 offers viable and cost-effective alternative to Freon

By Plant Engineering Staff
Power Quality September 15, 2002

Solutions – 2002-09-15 – 2002-09-15

Spinning nuts fast • Problem: Running nuts on threaded rods by hand can be a time-consuming task, especially when suspending many fixtures or the threaded rod is dirty. Is there a better way to run nuts onto threaded rod? • Solution: Convert a hand drill into a labor-saving device by wrapping 3 to 6 layers of black electrical tape around its chuck. Be sure to wrap the tape sticky side out.

By Staff
Power Quality September 15, 2002

Returns on investment

Everywhere the complaint is the same: "I don't have time." Time to think, time to learn, time to relax, time to enjoy, time to read. We may not be able help you much with the rest of them, but we can help with the last — time to read. And with this issue, we're doing just that. Our redesign may not make national news like the Wall Street Journal, but it's every bit as important to you, ou...

By Richard L. Dunn Editor
Power Quality May 13, 2002

Simple Solutions – 2002-05-13

No more rusty tools Problem: Many toolboxes, especially metal ones, develop condensation or allow moisture to enter. When this happens the tools inside rust. How can tool rust be prevented? Solution: To help absorb moisture and prevent tools from rusting, place a briquette of charcoal in the toolbox.

By Staff
Power Quality February 15, 2002

Understanding intelligent motor control centers

Lately, there has been a lot of interest in the use of "intelligent" motor control centers (MCCs). But defining intelligence is not as easy as it sounds. To answer the question of intelligence, first take a look at traditional MCC technology.

By David Ray, Square D Co., Seneca, SC
Power Quality August 1, 2001

A model training resource

On most plants, a dedicated training department is something on the wish list. At R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company's (RJRT) manufacturing facility in Tobaccoville, NC, it's a reality. In fact, it could be considered a model. Here's why. "At RJRT, learning is seen as a process not a project," says Sharon Robertson manager of Operations Technical Training (OTT).

By Richard L. Dunn, Editor
Power Quality July 1, 2000

Simple Solutions – 2000-07-01

Making a substitute Problem: If the appropriate size socket or nut driver isn't readily available, can a makeshift approach be used, rather than waiting for the right tool to arrive or taking time to run back to the storeroom to fetch it? Solution: Create an impromptu substitute using the appropriate size socket head capscrew (SHCS). Lock a double nut on its threaded section for applying torque, and drive the bolt home. Contributor: Roy Avery Machine Shop Supervisor, Kane Manufacturing Corp., Galeton, PA Hanging tapes Problem: Loose rolls of various types of electrical, duct, etc. tape are lying all over the storeroom or work place.

By Staff
Power Quality March 1, 2000

Access control system

An 8-p catalog describes the e.Primus access control system designed to operate hardwired door hardware, such as electrified panic or fire exit hardware, electric strikes, electromagnetic locks, and other electrified locks.

By Staff
Power Quality March 1, 2000

Reduce roof wear and tear

Pipe Pier supports steel and copper pipe and electrical conduit on roof or floor surfaces and reduces installation time by eliminating onsite cutting, drilling, and measuring.

By Staff
Power Quality March 1, 2000

Plasma cutting system

Powermax 6000 portable plasma cutting system is the topic of a 45-p brochure. An illustration shows how the design enhances cutting speeds and cut quality.

By Staff
Power Quality March 1, 2000

Bitumen roofing has code approvals

POWERply modified bitumen roofing systems offer tear and tensile strength, along with FM and UL code approvals. The system offers flexibility in application with hot or cold adhesive options.

By Staff
Power Quality March 1, 2000

Spec tanks fast

Are you trying to meet deadlines for a project that includes oil/water separators, aboveground and underground tanks, and pressure vessels? A comprehensive, easy-to-use CD contains information on the company's product lines, plus alterable drawings and specifications. The free disk is not dependent on access to an AutoCAD system and can be used with Windows 95. Areo-Power Unitized Fueler, Inc. www.areotank.com Circle 252.

By Staff
Power Quality March 1, 2000

Honey, I shrunk the tubing

Heat Shrink Tubing Selection Guide offers an at-a-glance reference to a broad range of products.

By Staff
Power Quality March 1, 2000

Sign and label maker

PowerMark lets users create a wide range of safety signs, hazardous waste labels, pipe markers, maintenance labels, and more at an affordable price, and without the delays associated with ordering custom signs. Up to four colors can be printed.

By Staff
Power Quality March 1, 2000

Thermometer transmits data

Twin-Temp thermometer offers the convenience of using only one access point for both local and remote readings.

By Staff
Power Quality March 1, 2000

Electric fork lifts

A 6-p brochure outlines features of a new series of battery-powered, cushion-tire fork lifts in the 3000-6000-lb load capacity range. The literature lists specifications, battery/compartment information, load charts, and technical data.

By Staff
Power Quality March 1, 2000

Tape electrically insulates

MOX family of self-fusing, silicone rubber tapes provide superior electrical insulation in harsh service environments. They form a cohesive barrier that resists moisture, oxygen, ozone, and corona over a temperature range of -65-500 F.

By Staff
Power Quality March 1, 2000

Instrument prices on the rise

After falling 0.9% in June 1999, prices for products made by the process control instruments (SIC 3823) industry rose 0.7% in December 1999. This increase was the largest monthly hike since November 1997.

By Staff
Power Quality February 1, 2000

Electric fork lift

An 8-p brochure highlights the features and benefits of a new line of 36-V, three-wheel, electric fork lifts.

By Staff
Power Quality February 1, 2000

Maintenance and repair

This expanded 208-p guide is a handy source for many hard-to-find maintenance items. The catalog includes replacement casters and wheels, electrical products, hand tools, floor maintenance equipment, and signage.

By Staff
Power Quality February 1, 2000

Industrial vehicles

Full-line brochure offers information on a line of vehicles designed to handle any job. The literature describes a wide variety of products, from hand pallet trucks and electric warehousing trucks to single and double reach trucks.

By Staff
Power Quality February 1, 2000

Meter locates static electricity

Model 7905 meter allows easy one-hand operation for finding the source of static electricity. Sensitive and responsive, the meter indicates surface voltage and polarity on charged objects up to ±20kV at a spacing of 1 in. from the surface.

By Staff
Power Quality February 1, 2000

Analyzer handles seven flue gases

Lancom Series II portable flue gas analyzer features up to seven flue gas measurements, weighs 13.2 lb, and has straightforward operation.

By Staff
Power Quality February 1, 2000

Keeping electrical components dry

Problem: How do you keep electrical components dry in a wet manufacturing environment? Even NEMA 4 enclosures have a habit of getting moisture inside them.

By Staff
Power Quality December 1, 1999

Air gun removes static and dust

Ion Air Gun combines incredibly fast static decay rates with low compressed air consumption. It removes static, contaminants, and dust from three-dimensional parts. The shockless gun neutra- lizes static electricity and cleans at distances of 15 ft.

By Staff
Power Quality December 1, 1999

Seminarfest

Seminarfest is a week-long event of 35 seminars offered in one location for the environmental, safety, and health professional. Technical, management, and skill development seminars range in length from 1/2-3 days.

By Staff
Power Quality December 1, 1999

Get it clean and ungreased

A complete line of cleaners and degreasers is available for all industrial and electrical applications.

By Staff
Power Quality November 1, 1999

Portable winch lifts and pulls

Atlas Construction Winch is capable of lifting and pulling up to 2000 lb.

By Staff
Power Quality November 1, 1999

Boots provide protection from extreme heat and flame

Inferno boots are constructed of heat and flame-resistant leather combined with Kevlar and Nomex heat-resistant stitching and a heat-resistant sole.

By Staff
Power Quality November 1, 1999

Network bridge provides Ethernet-based DAQ solution

Ethernet bridge connects anything using standard Modbus protocol to plant local area networks using Ethernet, TCP/IP, and Modbus/TCP protocols.

By Staff
Power Quality November 1, 1999

Flashlights use dual on/off pushbutton switch

ProPolymer series of alkaline battery-powered flashlights are offered in three versions: 3C, 2AA, and 4AA.

By Staff
Power Quality November 1, 1999

Articulating boom maneuvers in narrow aisles

E300 Series of electric articulating boom lifts features an ultra-compact width of less than 48 in. for operation in congested or narrow aisles.

By Staff
Power Quality November 1, 1999

Plasma cutter handles 3/8-in. thick metal

Pro-Cut 25 plasma cutting system generates a tight cutting arc with excellent speeds and low dross levels. The system cuts through 3/8-in thick metal, and weighs only 35 lb.

By Staff
Power Quality November 1, 1999

Wash water recycling system is highly economical

Model CL-304 is an aboveground, self-contained, wash water recycling system. The unit handles wastewater flows of 1-5 gal./min and is compact, yet large enough, to handle the typical flow of a single pressure washing operation.

By Staff
Power Quality November 1, 1999

Cord reel equipped with ratchet lock

RI-50 electric cord reel features cable lengths from 35-50 ft, open drum for smooth tension adjustments, removable hub cover for easy maintenance, corrosion resistant housing, and ratchet lock that can be engaged and disengaged.

By Staff
Power Quality October 1, 1999

Does discrimination — like life — begin at 40?

Under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), age 40 is the threshold at which protection begins.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Power Quality September 1, 1999

Metal fabrication

Metal fabrication application guide includes a process selector chart for choosing the right welding or cutting process based upon metal type and operator skill level.

By Staff
Power Quality September 1, 1999

Order pickers

Three 3000-lb 24 and 36-V electric order pickers are presented in a new brochure. Ergonomic design innovations are explained and illustrated, and options are listed. Caterpillar Lift Trucks www.cat-lift.

By Staff
Power Quality September 1, 1999

1999 NEC

Overview of the 1999 NECw Code Changes highlights the most significant differences related to electrical wiring devices. The booklet is arranged in numeric order by NEC section number for quick reference.

By Staff
Power Quality September 1, 1999

One-stop shopping

This 1999 General Catalog contains 496-pp of products to fulfill nearly any need. Products include casters, wheels, fasteners, electrical supplies, plumbing supplies, and more.

By Staff
Power Quality August 1, 1999

Lift trucks – 1999-08-01

New 3000-5000 lb capacity electric counterbalanced stand-up end-control lift trucks are featured in a 12-p brochure. These new models combine ergonomic design with an easy-to-use multi-functional control handle to create a high-performance vehicle.

By Staff
Power Quality July 1, 1999

Contact repair

Electrical contact repair and fabrication capabilities are explained in a 4-p brochure.

By Staff
Power Quality July 1, 1999

Air tools

A wide variety of new air-powered tools and accessories is featured in a 28-p catalog supplement. Examples of new products presented include random orbital sanders, vacuum cutoff tool, and abrasive belt machine. Dynabrade, Inc. www.

By Staff
Power Quality June 1, 1999

Give it the right boot

Boots and Shoes 1999 Protective and Occupational Footwear features a complete line of electrical hazard, waterproof, and metatarsal guard boots and shoes. Users can quickly learn about the safety features workers require.

By Staff
Power Quality June 1, 1999

Lift truck matches operator’s requirements

BX Series electric lift trucks are available in capacities from 3000[-]6000 lb. A fully programmable controller can be set to the operator's requirements, and the compartment provides a tilting console and adjustable steering column. The seat has a 4-in.

By Staff
Power Quality June 1, 1999

Instruments – 1999-06-01

A 16-p catalog presents professional-grade instruments for field service. The full-color catalog offers a complete selection of heavy-duty instruments and accessories for HVAC, electrical, and electronic applications. Fieldpiece Instruments, Inc.

By Staff
Power Quality June 1, 1999

CD-ROM allows continual product updates

A CD-ROM uses graphics and video clips to present product information, data sheets, technical information, production specifications, and installation instructions.

By Staff
Power Quality June 1, 1999

Conference covers electric vehicles

New technologies is the theme of the second national conference on nonroad electric vehicles, "The Changing World of Industrial and Specialty Vehicles,'' August 18-20 in Orlando, FL.

By Staff
Power Quality June 1, 1999

Scissor lift moves quickly

Model 3246E2 electric scissor lift provides up to 32 ft of vertical reach within 60 sec. The lift measures 46-in wide and moves through standard double doors. A 45-in. turning radius increases maneuverability, and a 45 x 84-in.

By Staff
Power Quality June 1, 1999

Safety guard protects wide area

Rear-Guard blocks personnel from hazardous areas, which reduces exposure and potential worker injuries. The highly visible barrier expands across the opening from 17-in. compressed to 11-ft expanded.

By Staff
Power Quality May 1, 1999

Toxic gas monitor

Features and operation of a toxic gas monitor are described in a 4-p brochure. The monitor depicted is an ac-powered, wall mounted unit that detects buildup of combustible gases, presence of toxic gases, or oxygen deficiency.

By Staff
Power Quality May 1, 1999

Filter assemblies provide durability and reliability

The 500 and 520 Series hydraulic filter assemblies are designed to achieve a maximum flow of 150 gpm at an operating pressure up to 6000 psi.

By Staff
Power Quality May 1, 1999

Sweeper/scrubber

Informative 4-p brochure introduces a battery-powered sweeper/scrubber. Features include a 50-in. swath, 60-gal. solution tank that handles 140,000 sq ft/use, 4-sided rear squeegee, and "smart pedal" that allows scrubbing only when the pedal is depressed.

By Staff
Power Quality May 1, 1999

Can you discipline a worker for heroism?

Nobody messes with Joe Bolton and gets away with it," the swing shift guard bragged to coworkers after successfully overpowering a burglar during a robbery attempt and holding him at bay until the police arrived. Bolton was strutting like a peacock.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Power Quality April 1, 1999

Sensor monitors hard-to-reach equipment

ParaScan 7000 handles equipment once deemed inaccessible to ultrasonic monitoring because of distance or location.

By Staff
Power Quality April 1, 1999

Test instruments

Field test instruments for several trades are the subject of a 24-p catalog. The contents are grouped into leak detectors, scales, HVAC/R service items, gauges and hoses, temperature and airflow measurement, and electrical testers.

By Staff
Power Quality April 1, 1999

POWER TRANSMISSION

SKFPump bearing

By Staff
Power Quality March 1, 1999

Respiratory system

Powered air-purifying respirator system creates a positive atmosphere within the helmet that keeps out harmful welding particles and fumes.

By Staff
Power Quality March 1, 1999

Antistatic hoses

Antistatic hoses are constructed of a thermoplastic urethane material and fused without the use of solvents or adhesives.

By Staff
Power Quality March 1, 1999

Floor covering

PowerBloc industrial flooring acts as a sacrificial membrane to protect concrete floors. The product is composed of vinyl composite with nylon fiber reinforcement.Collins & Aikman Floorcoverings

By Staff
Power Quality March 1, 1999

Lifts

The 450 series of 45-ft articulating booms provides more horsepower, faster time-to-height, and less boom deflection. Maximum capacity is 500 lb.JLG Industries, Inc.

By Staff
Power Quality March 1, 1999

Basics of project contracts

Several potential pitfalls confront any company trying to outsource project services. - First, the firm doing the contracting may not have the expertise to manage the contract and to prevent mistakes or omissions in the contract specifications.

By Darren A. Traub
Power Quality March 1, 1999

Long-lasting battery

Optima Group 31 outperforms conventional flat batteries, with a life span 2-3 times longer than the competition. The battery uses high-purity lead plates layered with a glass mat to provide extremely high-powered, deep-cycle performance.

By Staff
Power Quality March 1, 1999

Gear and bearing pullers

Lightweight, self contained, portable, hydraulic gear and bearing pullers are available with 6, 8, and 11-ton pulling capacities.Power Team

By Staff
Power Quality March 1, 1999

Freezing system allows pipe repairs without draining

Arctic Polar system produces rapid pipe freezes to allow repairs which would otherwise require draining down the system. The kit can be operated completely without tools and is more compact than CO or electric systems.

By Staff
Power Quality March 1, 1999

Portable gas analyzer troubleshoots itself

Lancom Series II portable flue gas analyzer features seven measurements, accessible filters and water catchpot, complete system diagnostics, 8-hr battery-powered operation, and low maintenance.

By Staff
Power Quality February 1, 1999

Monitor lights indicate current flow

CR45 Series of electrical current ring indicators are an easy and low cost way to monitor electrical flow from 2-100 amps. The integral indicator light glows when current is flowing, and goes off when an interruption or failure of current flow occurs.

By Staff
Power Quality February 1, 1999

Get the iron out

A line of magnetic sweepers clears areas such as storage yards, plant floors, and parking lots. Lightweight, push-type and high-powered, electromagnetic sweepers are offered in suspended and towable models. O.S. Walker www.walkermagnet.

By Staff
Power Quality January 1, 1999

Recorder monitors voltage changes

Powerwatch voltage disturbance recorder is an economical, reliable diagnostic tool that identifies and records voltage fluctuations which can damage sensitive electronic equipment.

By Staff
Power Quality January 1, 1999

Safety signs

Fire and safety related signs are the subject of a 40-p catalog. Products include DOT placards, labels, pipe and electrical markers, bilingual signs, lockout products, safety mirrors, and all standard signage.

By Staff
Power Quality December 1, 1998

Tools and supplies

More than 8000 items are listed in a 380-p tool book. The book also offers a large selection of supplies -- abrasives, drill bits, saw blades, wet/dry vacuum filters, and similar items.

By Staff
Power Quality November 1, 1998

Paperless recorder provides data on process readings

Mini-Log B datalogger/indicator handles temperature, humidity, pressure, flow, level, and analysis values. Fully portable device records measured values to two inputs: one analog and one digital/discrete.

By Staff
Power Quality November 1, 1998

Material lift quickly moves 800-lb loads

Powered Superlift Advantage moves up to 800 lb nearly 20 ft within 2 min.

By Staff
Power Quality November 1, 1998

Data collector calculates equipment effectiveness

TPM Sport handheld OEE data collector calculates overall equipment effectiveness, availability, efficiency, and quality.

By Staff
Power Quality November 1, 1998

Static eliminator sweeps surfaces clean

Super Ion Air Knife removes static electricity from product surfaces where dust, tearing, jamming, or hazardous shocks are a problem. It also provides a balanced airflow across the entire surface to sweep away dust and dirt.

By Staff
Power Quality October 1, 1998

Put the pedal to the metal

A line of heavy-duty industrial foot switches includes momentary, maintained, two-stage with pressure point, and proportional output operating modes. A 6-p brochure provides descriptions, specifications, dimensions, and wiring diagrams.

By Staff
Power Quality October 1, 1998

Electric fork lifts provide precise maneuverability

The 6-Series of 3000-5000 lb capacity electric single reach, double reach, and straddle fork lift trucks feature excellent travel speed and advanced technology for optimum performance and maneuverability in narrow aisle applications.

By Staff
Power Quality October 1, 1998

Temperature switches

A 4-p brochure presents a new line of stainless steel temperature switches. Units described have up to 50 ft of capillary tubing. Other characteristics are a -130-650 F adjustment range, ambient compensation, and optional armored cable.

By Staff
Power Quality October 1, 1998

Belt grinders

Air-powered abrasive belt machines are featured in a 12-p catalog. The tools are used on stainless steel, aluminum, sheet metal, nonferrous metals, and more. Applications include grinding weld seams, deburring, blending, finishing, and polishing.

By Staff
Power Quality September 1, 1998

Transient suppression

A 16-p brochure details a new line of selenium-enhanced electrical transient suppression filter systems. The material explains how selenium rectifiers are used as the first line of defense to protect MOVs from wear and tear and thereby extend their life.

By Staff
Power Quality September 1, 1998

Data logger monitors current and temperature

Enerlog 3300 is a compact and durable self-powered data logger suitable for any location and features a 10-yr battery, fast downloading, quality graphics, and bullet-proof, nonvolatile memory.

By Staff
Power Quality September 1, 1998

Lift trucks provide comfort and control

C 30/35 BX (cushion tire) and P 30/35 BX (pneumatic tire) lift trucks combine an ergonomic small lift truck design with a high performance gas/ LPG engine providing increased horsepower, faster lift and travel speeds, and gradeability.

By Staff
Power Quality September 1, 1998

Customized training

A full service training group specializes in standard and customized course design and technical program presentation and management.

By Staff
Power Quality September 1, 1998

Removing bushings

Problem: Is there an easy method for removing thin brass internal bushings from cylinders? Solution: Use rosebud torches for small cylinders or electric resistance blankets for larger sizes to heat the brass to 450-500 F.

By Staff
Power Quality September 1, 1998

Boots protect workers from water and electricity

Footrests insulated boots provide protection in hazardous environments where water or moisture are present.

By Staff
Power Quality September 1, 1998

Clutch and grab

A 132-p catalog presents a complete line of sprag and ramp and roller clutches. Updates include FSO OSHA cover kits, expanded service factors selection chart, and interchange chart for competitor models.

By Staff
Power Quality September 1, 1998

Speed reducers

A line of worm gear speed reducers is covered in an 8-p brochure. A wide selection of ratios is offered in single and double reduction models. Output speeds range from 0.5-500 rpm, and torques up to 20,000 in.-lb.

By Staff
Power Quality August 1, 1998

Using tests to determine promotion? Take care

The recommended basis for promotion is ability and proven performance. How to measure these qualifiers constitutes a common source of labor-management disagreement.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Power Quality August 1, 1998

Reeling in the big one

A 4-p brochure on CRH pedestal-mounted, spring-drive electrical cable reels includes photos and technical descriptions.

By Staff
Power Quality August 1, 1998

Who owns your brain?

For years, I've thought the concepts of artificial intelligence (AI) and expert systems (ES) were really good ideas -- especially in the face of a growing shortage of skilled workers coincident with increasingly complex industrial processes, equipment, and systems. Capturing the brainpower of your most knowledgeable people so that it could be passed along to assist others has always sounded like a good plan. But lately I've been having second thoughts. After all, who really owns that knowledge, and why should it be distributed -- usually without compensation. There are some difficult legal and ethical dilemmas involved here.

By Richard L Dunn
Power Quality July 1, 1998

Pin & sleeve connectors

A line of heavy-duty pin & sleeve wiring devices that conforms to UL1686C-1 is explained in a 12-p brochure. (The UL standard provides for interchangeable electrical connections between the products of various manufacturers.

By Staff
Power Quality June 1, 1998

Contact cleaner works quickly

Electro contact cleaner is a fast-penetrating, quick evaporating, no rinsing, nonresidue contact cleaner for electrical and electronic parts.

By Staff
Power Quality June 1, 1998

Thermal spray

Thermal spray technology and equipment for surface protection or restoration are the subject of a 24-p brochure. Coating methods explained use fuel combustion, plasma spray, or electric arc to deposit metallic, plastic, or combination coatings.

By Staff
Power Quality June 1, 1998

Narrow aisle fork lift combines functions

PMWS15 electric, 3000-lb capacity walkie stacker reach truck performs a variety of tasks, including those normally executed by a walkie stacker, walkie counterbalanced, and walkie straddle. The unit can maneuver in an aisle less than 9-ft wide.

By Staff
Power Quality June 1, 1998

Training services

A 4-p brochure summarizes training products and services for operations and maintenance personnel. Courses are listed in mechanical, electrical, and instrumentation maintenance, compliance, water chemistry, craft skills, and plant operations.

By Staff
Power Quality June 1, 1998

Workstation available in four configurations

FlexWorks FloorStand workstation complements existing workbenches or can be free-standing. It allows users to attach a variety of storage and work accessories, with shelves, bins, marker boards, and electrical outlet strips available.

By Staff
Power Quality June 1, 1998

Test drive an ac drive

Test Drive A Nextdrive program offers a free, 30-day, no obligation trial of the intelligent, adjustable frequency drive available in 1-20 hp ratings. At the end of that time buy the drive, or return it with no questions asked.

By Staff
Power Quality May 1, 1998

Fastening systems

A handbook details the full Rawl line of concrete and masonry mechanical anchors, adhesive anchoring systems, powder actuated fastening systems, roofing fasteners, carbide drill bits, and accessories.

By Staff
Power Quality April 1, 1998

Adhesive handles high temperatures

Thermeez 7030 high expansion adhesive bonds and protects steel, stainless, and aluminum up to 1800 F.

By Staff
Power Quality April 1, 1998

Laser aligns coupled rotating machines with horizontal shafts

V180 laser system measures and aligns coupled rotating machines with horizontal shafts quickly and easily.

By Staff
Power Quality April 1, 1998

Software tracks and manages truck batteries

RMS-100 IBM-compatible system reduces changeout time, getting electric trucks back to work faster. The system tracks 5-200 battery chargers, informing the operator which are ready and where they are.

By Staff
Power Quality April 1, 1998

Fume extraction

A 24-p catalog covers systems for welding fume extraction, from hand-carried to large stationary units serving multiple work stations.

By Staff
Power Quality April 1, 1998

Storage system optimizes ergonomics and logistics

Powerdrawer automated, vertical-lift storage system uses conventional drawers with a new twist: drawers are automatically delivered to a single access point or workstation.

By Staff
Power Quality April 1, 1998

Don’t sell safety short

A line of video training courses on all aspects of safety are short, attention-grabbing, and help reduce accident rates as much as 90%. A few of the topics covered include accident reporting, confined space entry, electrical safety, and head injuries.

By Staff
Power Quality April 1, 1998

What a welding website

This website visits many aspects of the welding industry, including information on new products, educational opportunities, and free, on-line ordering of catalogs and literature.

By Staff
Power Quality April 1, 1998

Portable welder handles both TIG and stick

Invertec V200-T is equipped with TIG and stick operating modes, with a welding range from 7-200 amps. The welder provides a wide range of operations on virtually any material thickness in a portable unit weighing 33 lb. Lincoln Electric Co. www.

By Staff
Power Quality March 1, 1998

Conveyor tracking system

Equa-liner 2000 Tracker is a 100% mechanically operated conveyor tracking system that senses belt location and makes necessary corrections. No pneumatic or electrical connections are required. The Servants, Inc. www.servants.com

By Staff
Power Quality March 1, 1998

Battery test system maximizes performance

Telepower IQfive NiCd and NiMH battery charge and test system has a real-time clock, cycle test, accessory printer, and optional data acquisition port. The test feature forms and tests new batteries while reporting results on a printer.

By Staff
Power Quality March 1, 1998

Electrical testers make measurements quickly

T2 Voltage and Continuity Tester and T5 Voltage, Continuity, and Current Tester provide basic electrical measurements quickly and easily. T2 automatically checks continuity and selects the ac or dc voltage measurement function.

By Staff
Power Quality March 1, 1998

Cord reels

Features, benefits, and specifications for a new line of electric cord reels are covered in a 6-p brochure. The reels feature steel construction, 300-V rating, and SJT cord rated at 15 A. Hubbell Wiring Device - Kellems www.hubbell-wiring.com

By Staff
Power Quality March 1, 1998

Treated electrical contacts

Repalloy process extends contact life and improves performance of all electrical contacts. Tests show that treated contacts outlasted the untreated by 2.68 times. Repco, Inc. www.repcoinc.com

By Staff
Power Quality March 1, 1998

Wrist rest fights carpal tunnel

PowerPaw wrist rest alleviates some discomfort from repetitive hand movements.

By Staff