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October 2023 Electrical Apparatus


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In the October 2023 EA!

Electrical Manager

18 The kaizen value stream  

How a management exercise drawn from the Lean Six Sigma playbook can help teams sharpen their focus and improve their productivity

By Bill O’Leary, EA Contributing Writer 

Pump It Up 
22 The global pump picture  

A close reading of recent financial reports reveals that global dynamics are affecting pump suppliers unevenly

By Kevin Jones, EA Senior Editor 

24 Amazon prime  

WEG Electric Corp. and FLSmidth & Co. demonstrate the power of an energy partnership

By Charlie Barks, EA Managing Editor 

Training & Education

28 Help is on the way   

The World Bank pledges aid to one of the more distressed and impoverished countries in the world: Bangladesh

By Charlie Barks, EA Managing Editor 


29 The Teutonic way In automation and robotics

Germany continues its proud tradition of leading the way in electrical engineering

By Charlie Barks, EA Managing Editor 

Transmission & Distribution    

35 Power for package loads  

Taking advantage of the several benefits of constructing a prepackaged power and control system off-site

By David Bredhold, EA Contributing Writer

Training & Education  

37 Expanding opportunities in training

More and more training programs are incorporating automation and robotics

By Charlie Barks, EA Managing Editor

More Than Accounting  

40 How did your company perform in the global crisis?   

Unlike pre-pandemic, recent history no longer provides a baseline for forecasting future financial performance

By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor

Electric Avenue  

44 Caution: uneven EV road ahead

Adoption of electric vehicles is varying from country to country

By the Electrical Apparatus staff


The Editor's Comment -  A broad look at a shrinking world       

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

Business -  WEG invests in a pair of plants, and an acquisition for HECO

Associations The internationalization of U.S. trade associations

Calendar  - Upcoming events on energy, manufacturing, and HVAC/R  

Know your industry - How the WTO maintains the mechanisms of international trade 

Utilities  -  The North American electric grid is a study in contrasts 

Speaking of . . .  Rockwell Automation to build an indoor hydroponic farm  

Names & faces  -   ‘ Personnel changes at Bohr Electronics and Bunting

EA reader profile  -  Education gives Herbert Brandstätter freedom to move 

Product showcase  - What’s new from Megapro, Klein Tools, SABIC, and Pasternack 

Plant happenings  -  ABB opens a facility in Virginia, and an accident in Texas
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 power for package loads

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

Direct & current  -  Ground broken on California wind project; worker morale on the rise

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


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