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November 2023 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 November 2023 EA!

Training & Education

10 Help or hindrance?  

Washington state law mandates electrician apprenticeship programs for new hires

By Chelsea Fisher, EA Contributing Writer r 

Conventions & Trade Shows 
14 Fabulous-tech  

Fabtech 2023 presented fresh ideas for all phases of metal forming and manufacturing operations 

By Kevin Jones, EA Senior 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 

Plant Life
24 Why AI?

Analyzing the truths and myths about the AI invasion

By Bill O’Leary, EA Contributing Writer r 

Motor Design & Maintenance

27 Memphis mosquitoes & machinery   

Maintaining century-old pump motors that protect part of Memphis — including a children’s hospital — from flooding

By Chase Fell, EA Contributing Writer r 

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    

34 Charging ahead  

Electrical vehicle charging stations are proving to be a great way for businesses to connect with consumers

By Maura Keller, EA Contributing Writer


38 Slant patterns

Pattern Energy’s wind-powered transmission project breaks ground

By Charlie Barks, EA Managing Editor

Pump It Up  

40 Pumping up the acquisitions   

Atlas Copco has spent the past two decades becoming a juggernaut of the industry

By Kevin Jones, EA Senior Editor


The Editor's Comment -  Workers: the lifeblood of industry       

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

Business -  Expansions for Bartlett Bearing and Eaton

Associations Associations offer advice about mental health 08 Know your industry

Calendar  - Upcoming events on manufacturing, HVAC/R, power, and more  

Know your industry - Meet the Association for Supply Chain Management

Utilities  -  Job growth in U.S. energy is bolstered by federal spending 

Speaking of . . .  Fork Farms’ partnership with Rockwell Automation  

Names & faces  -   ‘ Recognition for Kitt Butler of Advanced Energy

EA reader profile  -  Luis Berdecia’s skill at winding has brought him the good life 

Product showcase  - What’s new in tools, testing, and lighting 

Plant happenings  -  A Schneider plant in Texas; and Generac plans Wisconsin plant
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 September and October issues 

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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