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March 2024 Electrical Apparatus


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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EA Reader Profile

16 The self-made motor repairman

How Orvin W. Craley II learned the importance of listening, working hard, and earning one’s keep

By Colin Gregory-Moores, EA Contributing Writer

Plant Life 
20 The five types of plant maintenance   

Knowing which type is best for your situation — and when — is crucial for keeping operations running

By Bill O’Leary, EA Contributing Writer

AHR Expo 2024

22 Welcome to the Big Show  

Floor space, gargantuan products, attendance, massive demonstrations – AHR 2024 was a behemoth in every way

By Charlie Barks, EA Managing Editor

24 The AHR Expo in photos  

By Charlie Barks, EA Managing Editor

Training & Education 

26 The gender gap in STEM   

A recent survey found that significantly more Gen Z men than women expressed an interest in STEM careers

By Charlie Barks, EA Managing Editor

Service & Sales Companies 

27 HVACR plugged in

How Flolo Corp.’s HVACR division fits into the company’s larger service and sales operation

By Kevin Jones, EA Senior Editor


33 HVACR motor testing standards 

Temperature stabilization methods for air-over efficiency testing

By John Malinowski, EA Contributing Editor

35 A piping-hot energy transfer method 

Are heat recovery and thermal energy networks becoming financially practical?

By Charlie Barks, EA Managing Editor

Finance & The Workplace 

37 Creating a new hybrid workplace   

A few general guidelines for employers adjusting to the post-pandemic workplace

By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor

Electric Avenue  

40 The state of EV charging infrastructure   

For widespread EV adoption, charging station reliability is paramount 

By Maura Keller, EA Contributing Writer 

Pump It Up  

44 SEER, SEER on the wall . . .    

The updated Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating for heat pumps is a more refined measure than its predecessor By Bill O’Leary, EA Contributing Writer


47 Carbon, captured   

Several U.S. states have primacy, but oil and gas companies seek more influence over carbon capture projects

By Charlie Barks, EA Managing Editor

The Editor's Comment -  HVACR takes center stage        

Let's Solve Your Problem -  Answers to questions about motors, drives, and efficiency 

Business -  ‘HVACR industry granted relief in hydrofluorocarbon phasedown

Associations The top ten U.S. HVACR associations

Know your industry - Was the Global Cold Chain Alliance founded by snowmen?

Speaking of . . .  Worker complaints at a Frito-Lay plant  

Plant happenings  -  A Wabtec plant is derailed and Nestlé nestles in

Calendar  - Upcoming events on power, recycling, and HVACR  

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

Deaths  -   Personnel moves at Ideal Electric, NTN, and Daher 

Product showcase  - What’s new from Toshiba, EASA, and Emerson 

Utilities  -  A challenge to developers of cold-climate heat pumps 
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 crossword puzzle based on EA’s January and February issues 

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

Direct & current  -  Native tribes contest an energy plan, and a linear actuator is boosted

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


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