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December 2023 Electrical Apparatus


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In the December 2023 EA!

Say It Right

16 Cracking the code  

Be careful when using acronyms or ill-defined phrases

By Richard L. Nailen, EA Engineering Editor

20 Griddle me that  

Three new interregional U.S. transmission lines will create jobs, the U.S. Dept. of Energy says

By Charlie Barks, EA Managing Editor

19 Novi novelties  

The Battery Show marks its final year in the Michigan suburbs with immense growth and the snags that come with it

By Charlie Barks, EA Managing Editor 

Electrical Manager
22 Get smart about setting goals

Team member buy-in is essential for reaching your articulated objectives

By Bill O’Leary, EA Contributing Writer

Conventions & Trade Shows

24 A world of water   

Here are a few of the friendly faces we encountered at Weftec 2023, the premier North American event for people who manage and process water

By the Electrical Apparatus staff

More Than Accounting

32 Getting started with cost accounting

It’s fundamental: You need to know how much you’re spending before you can figure out whether you’re profitable

By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor 

Electric Avenue    

26 Early adopters  

Where in the U.S. electric vehicle manufacturing is concentrated — and what may lie on the road ahead 

By Maura Keller, EA Contributing Writer

Product Development  

29 From concept to customer

Following the progress of the typical new product from conception to delivery to the user

By Bill O’Leary, EA Contributing Writer

Technical Standards  

33 Why get involved with standards?   

Opportunities for career advancement abound for people willing to volunteer and help out

By John Malinowski, EA Contributing Writer

More Than Accounting  

36 China’s standing post-pandemic   

The nation is staggering to its feet economically, hobbled by a zero-Covid policy and broken supply chains

By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor

Pump It Up  

42 A tale of two pumping stations   

A pair of case studies shows the consequences of replacing a water-treatment system all at once versus doing so over time

By Kevin Jones, EA Senior Editor

Training & Education  

44 Gen-Zeal    

Younger generation’s training modules look different but still yield enthusiasm

By Chelsea Fisher, EA Contributing Writer

The Editor's Comment -  The new products we all rely on       

Let's Solve Your Problem -  Answers to questions about motor application and maintenance

Business -  An autumn harvest of financial reports from electrical suppliers

Associations The new products that vied for AEMT award recognition

Calendar  - Upcoming events on HVAC/R, pumps, testing, energy, and more  

Know your industry - The Precision Machined Products Association: That’s so metal! 1

Utilities  -  One utility executive’s lessons from the pandemic 

Speaking of . . .  The U.S. releases first regulations on artificial intelligence  

Names & faces  -   ‘ Personnel changes at Xcel Energy, TrueBlue, and Verizon

Deaths  -   ‘ Albert ‘Al’ Waid, field tech and shop owner

EA reader profile  -  Andrew Eklind is the very model of a modern marketer 

Product showcase  - What’s new in robotics, tools, batteries, and ceramics

Plant happenings  -  Energy firm backs out of wind projects; UAW strike ripples 
Classified advertising  - Your monthly marketplace for equipment, businesses, and more

Cy’s Super Service  - The electrical service industry’s most prominent curmudgeon

EA puzzle  -  A word search puzzle about engineering acronyms 

Moe, Genny & friends - The surreal world of an anthropomorphized motor and generator

Direct & current  -  Regal Rexnord to sell motor and generator businesses to WEG

Advertising index  - Who’s who—and who’s where—in this issue of Electrical Apparatus


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