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February 2024 Electrical Apparatus


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Electrical Apparatus is the monthly magazine and virtual community for electromechanical professionals who design, specify, use, sell, operate, maintain and repair electrical equipment.

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In the February 2024 EA!

Pump It Up

18 Pump ratings adopted by federal and California agencies

How the Hydraulic Institute’s pump Energy Rating program is being folded into government-run incentive plans

By Kevin Jones, EA Senior Editor 

Plant Life 
24 A fresh look at IoT   

The Internet of Things has steadily made its way into manufacturing plants, distribution facilities, utilities, and repair shops

By Bill O’Leary, EA Contributing Writer 

Training & Education

26 The self-directed learner  

Find the resources you need to take charge of your own career development

By Bill O’Leary , EA Contributing Writer 

Service & Sales Companies 

27 House calls are their specialty   

A newly established mobile, two-man operation out of Salem, Wis., is redefi ning the word business

By Charlie Barks, EA Managing Editor 

Motors & Generators 

33 Spark arrestors

How compensating windings are used in d-c machines to help reduce brush arcing and associated wear

By Chase Fell, EA Contributing Writer 

More Than Accounting  

37 Saving taxes at business sale 

What every sixty-something business owner needs to know when formulating an exit plan

By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor 

Electric Avenue  

42 Can you hear me now?   

Noise technology is being added to today’s electric vehicles as a safety measure

By Maura Keller, EA Contributing Writer 

The Editor's Comment -  Getting down to business — however you might define it        

Let's Solve Your Problem -  Let’s solve your problem Answers to questions about motor application and repair 

Business -  ‘Electrical suppliers take part in a UN climate meeting

Associations Better business through accreditation

Calendar  - Upcoming events on wiring, pumps, testing, and more  

Know your industry - The U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Utilities  -  Some business customers are displeased with electric utilities 

Speaking of . . .  Digital fraud takes a diabolical turn  

Names & faces  -   ‘ Changes at ECM PCB Stator Tech and Mitsubishi

Deaths  -   ‘ Paying tribute to Robert Bozich and Randy Klontz 

EA reader profile  -  The fortune of Ivor de Souza and his country 

Product showcase  - What’s new from Jenkins Electric, WEG, and others 

Plant happenings  -  Three new plants — and a much-hoped-for closing
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 based on this month’s cover article 

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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