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September 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 September 2023 EA!

Conventions & Trade Shows

18 Batteries up!  

There will be plenty to do during this year’s Battery Show in Novi, Mich. — including seeing a Detroit Tigers game

By Charlie Barks, EA Managing Editor 

Electric Avenue 
21 New solar EVs on the horizon  

Two companies are developing solar-powered electric vehicles that push the limits of range and efficiency

By Carol Brzozowski, EA Contributing Writer 

24 Where innovation is cropping up  

At John Deere’s Harvester Works in East Moline, Ill., they’re embracing new ways of doing things across the operation

By Charlie Barks, EA Managing Editor 

Motors & Generators

29 When motors fail   

Diagnose the problem correctly so you can choose the right replacement

By John Malinowski, EA Contributing Writer 


33 Homegrown solar

With agrivoltaics, an energy sector innovation has taken off

By Charlie Barks, EA Managing Editor 

More Than Accounting    

35 Taking control through accounting 

When it comes to evaluating a business’s performance, evaluating numbers out of context can be misleading

By William H. Wiersema, CPA, EA Contributing Editor

Training & Education  

37 Expanding opportunities in training

More and more training programs are incorporating automation and robotics

By Charlie Barks, EA Managing Editor

Pump It Up  

40 Update on pump innovations  

We continue to see evolution, not revolution, in the development of industrial pump design

By Kevin Jones, EA Senior Editor 

Plant Life  

42 Who has an idea?

Want to encourage innovation? Start on the factory floor

By the EA staff



44 Epic fails  

When one is striving for improvement, failure is, in fact, an option

By Charlie Barks, EA Managing Editor 

The Editor's Comment -  The wide world of innovation      

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

Business -  U.S. Treasury Dept. reports a manufacturing building boom

Associations New members of NEMA display a spirit of innovation

Calendar  - Events about batteries, manufacturing, contracting, and more  

Know your industry - Building trust in the Industrial Internet of Things

Utilities  -  Mobile GIS: the latest innovation for electric utilities 

Speaking of . . .  Sulzer opens a new pump service center in Germany  

Deaths  -  Noah Hudgeons, senior vice president at Brandon & Clark

Names & faces  -   ‘ A new president for AEMT, and honors for Laura Lyke

EA reader profile  -  Ken Pecho goes from bending metal to bending chords

Product showcase  - What’s new from NewForge, Biele, LK Metrology, and Conta-Clip 

Plant happenings  -  Pfizer recovers after a tornado, and new life for a GM 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 July and August issues   

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

Direct & current  -  Rural co-ops oppose an EPA rule, and NASA preps a Moon mission

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


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