The latest in apparatus service and repair
A sampling of what will be on display at this year’s convention of the Electrical Apparatus Service Association in St. Louis June 26-28By the Electrical Apparatus staff
The annual convention of the Electrical Apparatus Service Association, scheduled to be held this year at America’s Center in St. Louis June 26-28 with special pre-convention events June 24 and 25, typically draws around 2,000 attendees and exhibitors for several days of education, networking, socializing, and sightseeing. An accompanying conference features speakers and panels discussing many aspects of the business of servicing and selling rotating machines and related apparatus.
In last month’s Electrical Apparatus, we previewed the conference side of the convention, which appears set to be dominated by the engineering side of electromechanical service and repair, with technical matters accounting for more than half of the educational sessions. Rounding out the program will be sessions on marketing, sales, and management. There will also be networking and social events and several side trips to local attractions.
This month, as Electrical Apparatus does most years — the exception being June 2020, when the convention went virtual — we look at a number of companies that have reserved space in the exposition hall and see what they’re planning to feature. The exhibitors you see on the following pages constitute a snapshot of the industry. They’ll be showing and demonstrating the products and services that matter most to members of the association, from new motors and custom laminations to testing and maintaining systems in operation.
Each year we invite all exhibitors to contribute to this feature, following up with e-mails and even phone calls, but for various reasons we don’t hear back from all of them. The ones who do respond, with descriptions and photos of what they plan to exhibit, provide a good idea of what the exhibits at the EASA Convention are going to be all about. This preview can be used to help attendees plan their visit, but it should also be of interest to readers who aren’t planning to attend but want a glimpse of where the industry’s priorities lie these days.
This year, the convention — which has been held as far afield as Boston and San Diego — returns to St. Louis, the headquarters of EASA itself and the heart of the industrial Midwest. Electrical Apparatus will be there too, at Booth #419, and we invite you to drop by, say hello, and let us know what your company is up to these days.
A new motor said to offer several benefits
The folks at Nidec Corp. are inviting attendees to talk with its experts in Booth 616 “to learn how U.S. Motors brand products are bringing innovative solutions to an energy-efficient world.” Representatives will show visitors the new SynRA variable-frequency motor, which is said to provide the starting benefit of an induction motor, the operating benefit of a pure synchronous reluctance motor, and suitability benefit from the simple volts/ Hz drive. Visitors are also invited to check out Nidec’s full line of electronically commutated motors, which the company says offer “up to 75% better energy efficiency.”
Meanwhile, Nidec Avtron Encoders has developed a new HS35X magnetic encoder, “and we’ve got them available for you,” Nidec tells us. The same rugged features as the company’s heavy-duty encoders are now available in a 3.5O model. Encapsulated electronics and self-diagnostic LEDs provide the user with the durability and reliability the application needs. “The new Avtron Encoders HS35X will meet your target price and it will be available,” Nidec says.
Nidec will also be marking the 100th anniversary of the vertical HolloShaft motor, which is “still the go-to product for agricultural, industrial, and municipal pumping needs,” according to Nidec, which adds, “So join the celebration!”
Meet lamination supplier’s owner and manager
Laser Laminations of Warrior, Ala., has been serving the electric motor community for over 20 years, and the company says it always makes the customer’s schedule its priority. Laser Laminations is inviting EASA attendees to stop by Booth 930 to catch up with the company’s owner, Richard Dutton, and the company’s manager, Danny Watson, otherwise known as Mr. Wonderful.
Commutators, slip rings, shafts, and more
This year will mark the first time Industrias Kirkwood SA de CV will be present at the EASA Convention. Industrias Kirkwood is located in Toluca, Mexico, and has a sales office in Nashville. For more than 45 years the company has served the auto, OEM, aftermarket, aviation, ATV, maritime, and tools industries. The company’s line of commutators, slip rings, and shafts have been used by some of the most demanding customers, “and we are proud of our accomplishments,” the company says.
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2022 EASA Convention Exhibitors
Learn more from our June advertisers who are exhibiting at the EASA Convention:
ABB Motors US: Ad on Back Cover, www.baldor.com.
Advanced Rotors, Inc.: Ad on page 13, www.advrotors.com.
AEGIS / Electro Static Technology: Ad on page 9, www.estaegis.com.
AKARD COMMUTATOR OF TENNESSEE: Ad on page 31, www.act-inc.com.
Alabama Laser: Ad on page 14, www.alspi.com.
BAE Wire & Insulation: Ad on page 71, www.baewire.com.
Bartlett Bearing Co., Inc.: Ad on page 7, www.bartlettbear ing.com.
Dreisilker Electric Motors, Inc.: Ad on page 8, dreisilker.com.
EIS – Engineered & Industrial Solutions: Ad on page 21, www.eis-inc.com.
Elantas: Ad on page 19, www.elantas.com.
Electric Materials Co: Ad on page 35, www.elecmat.com.
Electrom Instruments: Ad on page 55, www.electrominst.com.
Helwig Carbon Products, Inc.: Ad on page 33, www.helwig carbon.com.
High Voltage, Inc.: Ad on page 6, www.hvinc.com.
Hipotronics: Ad on page 10, www.hipotronics.com.
Inpro/Seal: Ad on page 53, www.inpro-seal.com.
Jasper Electric Motors, Inc.: Ad on page 27, www.jasperelectric motorsinc.com.
Lafert NA: Ad on Inside Front Cover, www.lafertna.com.
Laser Laminations, Inc.: Ad on page 55, www.laserlamina tions.com.
Martindale Electric Co.: Ad on page 34, www.martindaleco. com.
Morgan Advanced Materials: Ad on page 65, www.morgan advancedmaterials.com.
Phenix Technologies, Inc.: Ad on page 32, www.phenixtech. com.
Pittsburgh Electrical Insulation: Ad on page 57, www.peipitts burgh.com.
Schaeffler Group USA, Inc.: Ad on page 8, www.schaeffler.us. Siemens Industry, Inc.: Ad on page 11, www.usa.siemens. com/motors.
Spring Point Solutions: Ad on page 12, springpt.com.
TECO-Westinghouse Motor Co.: Ad on page 15, www.teco westinghouse.com.
Toshiba International Corp.: Ad on page 3, www.toshiba. com/tic/.
Vaughen’s Price Publishing Co., Inc.: Ad on page 68, www. vaughens.com.
Von Roll USA, Inc.: Ad on page 51, www.vonroll.com. WEG Electric Corp.: Ad on page 23, www.weg.net/us.
Worldwide Electric Corp.: Ad on Inside Back Cover, www. worldwideelectric.net.
Explaining the use of grounding rings
Electro Static Technology of Mechanic Falls, Me., the manufacturer of AEGIS motor shaft grounding rings, plans to show how static discharges can damage motor bearings and how its grounding rings can “protect bearings, and ultimately your motors, from these discharges.” VFD-induced shaft voltages discharge through motor bearings and can destroy them in as little as three months, the company points out. Motor repair shops are often blamed if the problem recurs after a motor has been repaired. Motor manufacturers also suffer blame since motor users often do not understand the connection between VFDs and electrical bearing damage, believing it to be the result of mechanical wear rather than electrical discharge machining, the company points out. “At the EASA show,” says Electro Static, “we show you exactly how this damage happens and how our products make you the reliable choice for your customers by protecting motors for the L10 life of their bearings.”
More motors running on VFDs
Motor, generator, and drive manufacturer ABB plans to focus on what it calls the “mega-trend of the industry”: more motors running on variable-speed drives. There are many reasons customers are using VFDs more often, according to the company, including improved energy efficiency, reduced power consumption, and protection of equipment. ABB is inviting visitors to “swing by to find out how Baldor-Reliance Inverter Duty motors can help keep money in your business!”
New highly efficient motor/drive packages
Lafert North America of Mississauga, Ontario, tells us that its people are looking forward to attending the EASA convention and reconnecting with customers and partners. Attendees are invited to come visit the company at Booth 903 for giveaways and to meet new people at the company. This year Lafert will be bringing a few first-timers who are said to be “eager to jump in headfirst and see what EASA and St. Louis have in store.” Lafert will be showcasing its recently launched product, HP Combi, a new range of highly efficient motor and variable-frequency drive packaged solutions. HP Combi combines industry-leading permanentmagnet synchronous motor technology with dedicated drive platforms engineered to deliver maximum energy cost savings and system performance across three application categories: pumps and fans (Combi Flow), automation and motion (Combi Plus), and general-purpose (Combi Smart).
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At Booth 835, Akard Commutator of Tennessee plans to showcase ACTually OEM- and mil-spec-compliant commutators and slip rings “backed by science.” They’ll also be discussing the benefits of the company’s ACTive G-Force certification versus compression processing without quantitative testing. Company representatives will be on hand to explain how providing “ACTion! 24-7-365” can ensure consistent delivery of what the company claims are “the world’s fastest lead times” without cutting corners on quality. Representatives will also be available to explain how “quantitative testing always beats subjective guessing,” listing several benefits to the customer’s bottom line in addition to improved reliability and longevity. Akard will also hold drawings for Bristol NASCAR tickets and other prizes.
Automatic random winding machines
Samatic, the manufacturer of coil winding machines and digital motor testers, will feature one of the five automatic random winding machines the company is currently offering to repair shops. Starting with the popular Model Samatic 2780 and all the way to the Model Samatic 5780, each unit handles all the a-c and d-c winding needs of the shop, according to the company. The time savings and the “highest-quality winding with our patented tooling” amount to “a major money savings for the shops,” the company says. “Samatic has earned the highest reputation, with more than 3,500 shops using it daily,” according to the company, “but shops nowadays see bigger motors and bigger generators, so they move up in size and torque. This is why we tailored, and are offering, five different sizes.”
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Motors and condition monitoring explained
Siemens will be showcasing its latest low- and medium-voltage motors and predictive condition monitoring technology at the EASA Convention. Technology experts will be on hand to give demonstrations and to explain how the products “make life better for users.” What Siemens characterizes as one of the most robust standard TEFC medium-voltage motors in the industry, Advantage Series, will be on display. Representatives from the Norwood, Ohio, motor manufacturing facility will also explain to attendees about its extensive direct load testing capabilities. Motor design concepts will be demonstrated on a new 3D explorer application. A gift and a link for an online version of the app will be made available to select visitors.
Explaining the benefits of laser cladding
Alabama Laser of Munford, Ala., will be showing its laser cladding capabilities at Booth 1123. Laser cladding, the company explains, is a process used to deposit a layer of material onto a surface to repair shafts or keyways on electric motors. In comparison to heat inducing technologies (conventional plasma weld overlay, MIG, TIG, or Sub Arc welding), laser cladding uses low heat that’s said not to affect the concentricity or cause warpage of the shaft. After being clad, the repaired area may then be post-machined back to print specification, according to Alabama Laser. Unlike metalizing processes that produce a mechanical bond that can flake off, the durable clad produced with lasers is a metallurgical bond that will not flake off during assembly or in process, the company adds. Laser cladding also allows alloys to be added to strategic areas on the shaft to eliminate problems such as wear and corrosion.
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Insulation maker with a strong and reliable supply chain
The folks at ELANTAS — which is headquartered in St. Louis — say they’re “excited to have the EASA convention taking place in our own backyard this year.” Visitors are invited to stop by Booth 623 to schedule a virtual lab tour or to learn more about partnering with the insulation manufacturer. A member of EASA since 1975 and an innovator for more than 100 years, ELANTAS plans to demonstrate its “invaluable experience in addressing customer needs” and explaining to visitors how the company has managed through recent challenges. Having invested “a significant portion” of annual revenue in research and development, the company offers what it describes as “a broad range of competencies and capabilities,” including UL testing and certification. During the pandemic, when many customers were working from home, the company was developing live virtual R&D lab tours to showcase areas where the company was able to partner with customers in its “market-back approach to product development.”
In the midst of recent supply-chain problems, ELANTAS has had a global purchasing structure that has helped the company navigate through many of the raw material shortages.
Static and dynamic motor testers
In Booth 602, Megger Baker Instruments of Fort Collins, Colo., will be displaying and demonstrating static and dynamic motor testers used in manufacturing, predictive maintenance, and repair. Megger will be showcasing a wide range of tough, high-quality hand-held instruments used to test electrical wiring and other components in domestic, commercial, and industrial facilities and other general business operations.
On the leading edge of motor diagnostics
MDS of Berthoud, Colo., is on the leading edge of motor diagnostics and will be at Booth 235 to share the latest information about its motor diagnostic systems. Senior applications engineer Gene Smiley has held forth on the “Electrification of Everything,” particularly the adoption of e-mobility, which Smiley says “is accelerating the rate of previously unanticipated applications for small and medium electric motors, especially replacing pneumatic, hydraulic, internal combustion engines and other ‘prime movers.’” Thanks to the expansion of e-mobility, motors with much higher power density than traditional induction motors are becoming widely available, and owing to supply chain disruptions, there is a rush to set up R&D centers and manufacturing facilities in North America. In short, “times are good” for a supplier like MDS, the company says, “and the customer base is expanding nicely. It’s a great time to be an EASA member!”
Brushes and holders made of special materials
Morgan Advanced Materials of Greenville, Ind., is a manufacturer of specialized products, including seals and bearings, made from such materials as carbon, advanced ceramics, and composites. This year the company is sending Donny Morrison, Mike McCormick, and Adriane Russi to the EASA Convention, where they will be displaying brushes and holders. The company is working on ceramics and thermals for future shows. This year “we’re planning for a good show and a great turnout,” the company says.
A motor manufacturer that continues expanding
Motor and drive manufacturer WEG is enthusiastic about the convention and business conditions overall. “2022 has been an outstanding year for all our business units, and we are very appreciative of our partnerships with EASA members,” the company tells us. “WEG continues investing in expanding our manufacturing capacity globally,” including the U.S., Mexico, and Brazil. The company will be distributing digital copies of its new 2022 Stock Catalog, which features new products for washdown, farm-duty, industrial refrigeration, fin fan motors, and IE3 Haz Location motors. Also showcased will be WEG’s new Data Viewer app in which users can obtain all performance documents, test reports, and drawings. The company will also be demonstrating its Motion Fleet Management platform. Never one to overlook the fun side of the convention, WEG will be hosting its popular hospitality event on Monday evening.
Inventory growth and new products
The goal of Rogers Equipment Sales at this year’s EASA convention, the company tells us, is to network with new potential customers and build relationships with existing customers. Rogers Equipment Sales will be addressing changes within the company in the past year, highlighting the growth of the company’s inventory and changes in product lines, and discussing goals for the future.
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Stator, rotors, and load testing explained
Jasper Electric Motors, Inc., of Jasper, Ala., is inviting attendees to come by Booth 917 while in St. Louis. The company says it appreciates all that EASA members stand for and would like to take time to discuss how Jasper Electric can help motor shops with new stators and rotors along with load testing and VPI work. In a typical job (as shown in the above photo), a frame is received and the lamination fit is line-bored for new laminations. A new core is mounted in the subassembly, which has been core tested. Then it’s mounted in the main base. Upon completion of the job, it’s shipped to the customer for rewind and VPI. “Please let us know any issues we may help you with or problems we can help you solve,” the company says. “Again, we want to take the time to thank EASA and all EASA members for their patronage.”
Form-wound coils and winding supplies
The folks at Universal Coil tell us they’re looking forward to this year’s convention to see customers they haven’t seen since Covid and renewing the relationships. The company will be featuring, at Booth 830, its a-c and d-c form-wound coils as well as its winding supplies offered with coil sets. Universal Coil prides itself on customer satisfaction, quality, and service.
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2022 EASA Convention Exhibitors
A comprehensive suite of software products
Spring Point Solutions of Portland, Me., will be showcasing what it regards as the industry’s most comprehensive suite of products “designed for the industry, from within the industry.” Products include MotorBase (job shop ERP), QM Wizard (quality management for shop floors), CRM (sales tool), EM (equipment/asset and storage manager), CWP (customer web portal), EIS Direct Connect, Payments Connect (service first processing integration), Sensor Connect, Storefront Connect (e-commerce) and the launch of the long-anticipated Pricing Analyzer at Sunday’s New Product Showcase. Visitors are invited to come and meet CEO Troy Locke and CIO Jamie Stultz; developers John and Jasmine; resident QM Wizard Mike; and implementation and support specialist Sara.
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Insulation supplier with a new warehouse
After 22 years of success, BAE Wire & Insulation, Inc., of Bradenton, Fla., is announcing the opening of its second warehouse, in Swisher, Iowa. BAE stocks what it considers to be the highest quality materials from top manufacturers in the industry. The company’s focus is customer satisfaction; orders are expertly reviewed, double-checked for accuracy, packaged correctly, and shipped on time “every time,” the company says. BAE is exhibiting at the EASA convention in order to add new customers to its growing list of “satisfied end users.” Says the company, “We promise service, and we deliver!”
Publisher presents an updated price guide
Our friends at price-guide publisher Vaughen’s tell us they’re looking forward to seeing everyone in St. Louis. Late last year the company went live with its new website. Visitors are invited to stop by to let them know what they think of the improvements made to Vaughens.com. During 2022, the company will be releasing additional improvements to the website. Those who don’t already have a Vaughens.com subscription can learn of all the pricing tools available on the site. Also on display will be the new 2022 Price Guide Book. Both the book and the online subscription come with 30-day risk-free trials. Don Lammers (pictured in the photo above), owner and publisher, and Jason Lammers, project manager, will be on hand to take orders and answer questions. “Hope to see you in St. Louis,” the company exclaims, “and remember to use Vaughen’s to ‘Put More Profit in Your Price’!”
Repair and replacement of specialty machines
Dreisilker Electric Motors, Inc., of Glen Ellyn, Ill., is exhibiting once again because the company wants to remind everyone that it has the special parts for variable-speed commutator motors and other special brands that the company represents (German and other European brands). These motors are commonly used in the printing, converting, and plastics industries. The special parts include (but are not limited to) Binder brakes, brush holders, cable sets, control assemblies, slip rings, and pilot motors. Dreisilker will also be showcasing shaft current mitigation for bearings through CoolBlue induction absorber rings.
Automated lubrication for industrial plants
Schaeffler Technologies, the German bearing manufacturer with U.S. operations headquartered in Fort Mill, S.C., will be highlighting its CONCEPT1 single-point automatic lubricator, which is designed to simplify complex lubrication management in industrial plants. The system provides maintenance personnel with information on all connected lubricators, according to Schaeffler; targeted maintenance of relubrication systems, meanwhile, “eliminates the need for periodic, route-based checks.” The system employs the OPTIME app, a web-based dashboard, or a software tool of the user’s own to give the user an overview of all lubricators that have critical fill levels or lubricant supply problems. Also indicated are all lubricators that are running at elevated temperatures.
Making commutators better every day
ICC International of Maryville, Tenn., tells us it grows by dedicating resources to improvements in materials, process, and design that complement and support the refinements being made in motor repair and design. “It means identifying segments of growth in both large and small motors, across many industries,” the company says. “Our customers are making d-c better every day by improving rotors, stators, windings and all else.” The company considers its job is to do the same for the commutators. “People first is a culture, and people dedicated to a shared vision of industry leadership make better products,” the company adds. “Welcome to ICC.”
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Several new motor lines to be on display
WorldWide Electric Corp. of Rochester, N.Y., sees the EASA Convention as an opportunity to meet with longstanding business partners face-to-face and to make new friends and business acquaintances. The company’s booth (1003) will house mostly new product launches, like WorldWide’s most recent IEC motor release and its TEFC/TENV stainless-steel motor. The company’s gearing product portfolio brings with it new power lock bushing options to its existing K-series helical bevel gears. “And yes,” WorldWide says, “there will be a Louis Allis Specialty motor on display as well!”
WorldWide Electric continues to expand both its company and its product portfolios. The “WorldWide family of brands” now encompasses Athlon generators, Georator frequency conversion products, Gleason-Avery gear motors, and Louis Allis specialty motors. At this year’s show, the company will again highlight its new singleand double-bearing generators from Athlon, a new TEFC motor line rated up to 500 hp and nameplated under the Louis Allis brand, plus a line-up of controls, including both soft-starts and variable-frequency drives.
New to the company is Dan Read, vice president of business development at Louis-Allis. Dan joined Louis Allis this past January, coming from ABB, where he recently served as national OEM business development manager for motion. Visitors are invited to stop by and meet him, to let him know what their special motor needs are, or simply to meet any of the many WorldWide Electric employees.
“At WorldWide Electric, our vision is to be the most responsive supplier providing electromechanical solutions, and our mission is to provide a great customer experience by delivering industry leading products and solutions with a focus on service and a shared sense of urgency,” the company says. “We will see you on the show floor!”
Expanded tape manufacturing and catalog
Pittsburgh Electrical Insulation of Munhall, Pa., will be exhibiting at EASA in Booth 1109. Two years ago PEI significantly expanded operations with the acquisition of Fibertek’s Electrical Products division. The acquisition expanded PEI’s existing inhouse manufacturing of banding tapes, banding films, edging tapes, armor tapes, and b-stage surge rope lines. PEI also added to its manufacturing catalog a new line of UL-certified, standard and high-temperature (Class H), solvent-free DMD flexible laminates and wedges. The company plans to bring samples of all of these product lines to the show for comparison.
Laser-cut laminations and cores
Superior Services of Hanceville, Ala., plans to showcase its various products and services, which include laser-cut electric motor and generator laminations and cores. The company stocks a wide range of electrical steel, mild steel, and aluminum. Principal products include stators, rotors, armatures, pole pieces, and transformer laminations. Attendees are invited to visit the company at Booth 129 on Sunday, June 26, for a chance to win a $100 gift card. “One business card gives you three chances to win,” Superior Services says, adding, “Visit our booth again on Monday for a chance to win a Yeti Tundra Haul Hard Cooler.”
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Insulation and a table taping machine
NipponRika, a manufacturer of high-quality insulation materials, along with its subsidiaries NRVI (coil/bar forming equipment), MicaMation (coil/bar taping machines and heat presses), and NipponRika Bartech Machinery (coil/bar taping machines using robot technology), is looking forward to exhibiting at EASA 2022. The company’s representatives are inviting everyone to join them at Booth 1034 as they demonstrate the company’s MicaMation MI-303XL table taping machine. The machine is used to tape coils “and would be a great addition to OEMs, coil shops, and motor repair shops,” NipponRika tells us. On hand will be team members from the company’s U.S., Mexico, and Europe locations.
Harmonic filters explained by experts
The folks at Mangoldt tell us they’re excited to offer power quality education for customers, distributors, and sales reps. The convention “will provide a great opportunity to meet the Mangoldt team and learn about power quality and our standard stock products that solve these problems,” the company promises. In addition, visitors will have the chance to ask questions and get feedback from the company’s engineers.
Mangoldt input harmonic filters are said to be capable of reducing ASD input harmonic current distortion to 5%, 8%, 12% or lower. The company’s PolyGap sine wave filters convert PWM voltage to a sine wave, and PolyGap L-C-L filters reduce PWM harmonic current and voltage associated with grid tied (active front end) PWM inverters. Mangoldt reactors and filters are designed to provide the highest level of protection against power quality problems.
“We hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about our products and how they can benefit your customers,” Mangoldt says. “Our team of experts is ready to assist you in finding the right solution for your application.”
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2022 EASA Convention Exhibitors
A rugged new magnetic encoder
Having trouble getting encoders? Avtron Encoders has developed a new HS35X magnetic encoder, which the company will be featuring at Booth 1229. “The same rugged features as our renowned heavy-duty encoders are now available in a 3.5O model,” the company says. “Our encapsulated electronics and self-diagnostic LEDs provide you with the durability and reliability your application needs.” Avtron Encoders says that the new HS35X “will meet your target price and it will be available.”
Tools and equipment for motor repair
Martindale Electric will have its representatives from sales, manufacturing, and management in its booth this year. They will be on hand to speak with visitors about the company’s line of abrasives, tools, machinery, and equipment for the repair and maintenance of electric motors. “Many of our products have been around for generations,” Martindale says. “We look forward to speaking with all of our customers who may be new to us, as well as those who have been with us for some time!”
Motor control manufacturer is expanding
Benshaw, Inc., the Pittsburgh-based manufacturer of motor controls for mission-critical industrial applications, plans to highlight recently announced plans to further expand operations as well as the appointment of Fran Livingston as executive director. The expansion comes as a result of “substantial, ongoing investments in both production capacity and inventory,” making Benshaw “the fastest growing company in the electrical controls industry based on year-over-year sales.” Since joining the company, Livingston has supported Benshaw’s president, Pete Morgan, in the implementation of several initiatives: adding two new product lines to the company’s web store, doubling manufacturing capacity, and adding two dedicated manufacturing lines to increase on-hand inventory and reduce replenishment times. “All of these initiatives,” the company says, “are intended to support Benshaw’s overarching goals for best-inclass product quality, lead times and service across the company’s entire product range.”
Resins and potting compounds featured
Von Roll, the Swiss manufacturer of insulation systems and resins with U.S. operations based in Schenectady, N.Y., plans to share its “exciting solutions and developments” with its many existing customers while “reaching out to new prospects.” Among featured products will be the company’s XL Series of green resins and potting compounds.
A recently launched voltage-detection app
Helwig Carbon Products of Milwaukee will be demonstrating its newly launched DataLink mobile app for the BPK-Probe, a shaft voltage detection device. The DataLink mobile app will allow a user to pair their phone or tablet to the BPK-Probe so the user can easily view and organize shaft voltage test data and export it to an easy-to-read report to share with customers, according to the company. Helwig will also be showcasing Tefloncoated brush holders for acid fume environments, which have gained in popularity with steel mill pickling lines. A full suite of bearing protection products and popular innovations for brush and brush holder technology will also be on display.
Product demonstrations and giveaways
Advanced Rotors of Hanceville, Ala., the provider of rotor and stator repairs and made-to-order laminations, will be displaying its rotor, stator, armature, and pole piece manufacturing information along with a video of its shop. There will also be various giveaways. At the lamination booth, the company will be displaying its laser shop work, information, and lamination samples.
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At this year’s EASA Convention, Hipotronics of Brewster, N.Y., will be showing visitors the new HIPODirect Mobile App. Hipotronics tells us that the company’s engineers have been “working tirelessly to bring their industry-proven high-voltage test sets to the forefront of technology and embrace the growth of IoT.” The HIPODirect mobile app connects users safely and securely to such Hipotronics devices as d-c hipots and a-c- dielectric test sets using WiFi-Direct. “The App enables users to download reports from their devices wirelessly and without using insecure USB thumb drives as well as keep equipment updated by running the latest firmware,” says Matt Weintraub, a regional sales manager at Hipotronics. The HIPODirect mobile app is compatible with “a multitude of different Hipotronics devices” and is available at no charge on the Apple App and Google Play stores, according to the company.
Bearing isolators and shaft grounding
Inpro/Seal, the inventor of the bearing isolator, says it has been “the global leader in the design and manufacture of proven permanent bearing protection for over 45 years.” For EASA 2022, the company will be showcasing its line of bearing isolators and shaft grounding solutions and will have experienced representatives on-site to answer bearing protection questions. The company will also be highlighting Inpro/Seal Marketplace, a new online platform to place and manage orders. Live demos will be available, and visitors can register for an account at the booth. “Come see us at Booth 203,” the company says, “to learn how Inpro/Seal Bearing Isolators can increase motor and system reliability and significantly reduce downtime and high maintenance costs.”
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2022 EASA Convention Exhibitors
The 2022 EASA Convention at a glance
Below are listed the scheduled events for this year’s EASA Convention, which is being held at St. Louis’s America’s Center later this month. Some of the events listed here require separate registration; some require tickets. See the official convention directory at www.easa.com for details.
Friday, June 24
8:00 a.m. - noon: Board of directors executive committee meeting (by invitation only)
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration desk open
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Board of directors meeting (by invitation only)
6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Chapter leadership forum registration and reception
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Chapter leadership forum dinner
Saturday, June 25
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration desk open
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 a.m. Chapter leadership forum
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Optional tour: Meet Me in St. Louis Noon - 1:00 p.m. Chapter leadership forum lunch
1:00 - 4:50 p.m. Pre-convention education
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Past chairmen’s reception and dinner (by invitation only)
Sunday, June 26
7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Registration desk open
7:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Welcome, kickoff breakfast, EASA Award, and keynote
9:30 a.m. - noon Optional Tour: Sky High St. Louis Wheel & Aquarium
9:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Education sessions Noon - 12:55 p.m. Networking lunch
12:15 p.m. - 12:55 p.m. Guest registrants’ box lunch
1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Solutions Expo & New Product Theater
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Happy hour in expo hall
6:30 p.m. - ? Sunday night dinner and entertainment: comedian Jeff Civillico
Monday, June 27
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Registration desk open
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast and general session: State of the EASA Industry: Service Center Trends
9:15 am. - noon. Education sessions 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Solutions Expo and New Product Theater
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Optional Tour: Little Taste of St. Louis
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Past chairman’s reception (by invitation only)
Tuesday, June 28
7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Registration desk open 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Breakfast and annual business meeting 9:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. Optional tour: Beautiful blooms and historic homes
9:30 a.m. - noon. Solutions Expo and New Product Theater
12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Lunch with Speaker: The Post Pandemic Industrial Economy & How to Plan
2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Service Center Tour: Illinois Electric Works
2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Optional tour: Gateway Arch and Museum
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. EASA Night at the Ballpark: Cardinals vs. Marlins
9:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Chairman’s afterglow party (by invitation only)
Wednesday, June 29
8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Board of directors meeting
Bearing supplier promises highest quality
Since its inception in 1951, Bartlett Bearing Co., the Philadelphia-based national distributor, has represented the core values of integrity, compassion, and pursuit of continuous learning, the company says. These are the principles that Tom and Gladys Bartlett instilled as the foundational elements of the business, “and we’re proud to continue their legacy over 70 years later,” the company says. Today the company’s promise to its customers is to provide “the best quality and service to give you the Bartlett Bearing experience you’ve come to know over the years.” By providing continuous education to employees, the company aims to ensure that its staff is able to assist customers with virtually any need.
At this year’s EASA Convention, Bartlett Bearing plans to showcase these values “with an established team of Bartlett leaders and experts.” On hand will be the company’s president, Sarah Musser, newly promoted vice president of sales operations Mike Pulley, and a team of sales professionals, including John Conway, Vic McDevitt Jr., Matt Forret, and Mike Cooper. On display will be a brand-new booth and Bartlett Bearing brochure. Bartlett Bearing notes: “We’re thrilled to come back to our roots in the electromechanical repair industry and share our applications expertise with our friends, colleagues, and customers.”
Grab a seat at the New Solutions Theater
The New Solutions Theater is a corner of the EASA Convention exhibit hall set aside for 20-minute presentations by suppliers to the electromechanical service industry. (Shown in the photo above is the New Solutions Theater at last year’s EASA Convention in Fort Worth, Tex.) All presentations are carefully vetted by EASA. As this issue of EA was going to press, these were the presentations that had been scheduled:
Sunday, June 26
2:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. Megger Baker
Instruments: The Evolution of Static Motor Testing
2:40 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Siemens: Presentation title to be announced
3:20 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. Spring Point
Solutions: Presentation title to be announced
Monday, June 27
12:00 p.m. - 12:20 p.m. GE Industrial Motors, a Wolong Co.: Presentation title to be announced
12:40 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ABB: BaldorReliance Critical Cooling Motors: A Sustainable Solution for Improving Performance in Mission-Critical Facilities
1:20 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. ABB: ABB NXR US: Modified-To-Order Solutions for Large Machine Needs
2:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. Schaeffler Group USA, Inc.: OPTIME: Take Off into the New Era of Condition Monitoring
2:40 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Lafert NA: Presentation title to be announced
For more about this year’s EASA Convention, including instructions for attending and exhibiting, visit www.easa. com/convention