NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 26, 2012) – Pumps & Systems returned today from the Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA) Convention & Exhibition where more than 183 exhibitors showed off the latest and greatest products and services from the electromechanical industry. With an emphasis on motors, drives and related equipment, 27 companies exhibited at EASA for the first time this year. The event was held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort.
Pumps & Systems has exhibited and attended this event for at least the past 10 years. This was the most well attended EASA event that our team can remember. Many exhibitors we talked with felt the same way, describing the large crowd of attendees as steady, active and inquisitive.
We attended impressive customer appreciation events presented by Baldor, Regal and WEG and appreciate the opportunity to be included in these celebrations. We also had great conversations with our friends at Ludeca, Schenck-Trebel, Nachi America, Amtech Drives, TECO-Westinghouse, Armstrong Pumps, PdMA, Techtop, Bartlett Bearings, JM Test Systems, Age Alert and all the companies mentioned below with some of the news, notes and industry buzz from the showroom floor.
Nidec Motor Corporation and NEMA Present Report on Motor Standards
Rob Boteler of Nidec Motor Corporation and Chairman of the NEMA Energy and Marketing Committee, made an informative presentation on premium efficiency motors. The report referenced several motor regulations, test standards, a coalition strategy and options for expanding a product scope. Some of the key conclusions included:
- Two decades of cooperative development of new motor standards have delivered significant energy savings.
- The greatest future energy savings opportunity lies in expanding product scope.
- Expanded scope approach is supported by a broad coalition of motor manufacturers and efficiancy proponents.
More information can be found at www.nema.org.
Electro Static Technology Presentation
Adam Wilwerth presented useful information on “Measuring VFD-Induced Shaft Voltage on AC Motors” which included sustainable technology best practices and practical advice on how to protect motors from electrical bearing damage. The new AEGIS SVP Shaft Voltage Test Kit includes a Conductive Microfiber Probe that is used with the Fluke 190 Series II ScopeMeter to measure VFD induced shaft voltages directly on a rotating shaft. The two products work together to determine if the motor is subject to potentially damaging bearing currents.
Regal Beloit Rebrands to Become Regal
Regal Beloit announced at EASA 2012 that it has changed its name and corporate logo to Regal. The change was made as part of a vision to simplify every aspect of the company, regardless of geographic location. The legal corporate name will remain Regal Beloit Corporation, but will now be referred to as Regal.
Toshiba Launches P9 Drive
Toshiba unveiled its revolutionary new adjustable speed drive for the pump industry, the P9. This new ARRA-compliant drive, with its cutting-edge capabilities, has completely optimized pumps and pump systems to dramatically reduce pressure buildup and energy consumption, thereby maximizing efficiency, energy savings and the life of pumping equipment.
SKF Launches Surveyor DX Software
SKF Condition Monitoring Center - Fort Collins (formerly known as Baker Instrument Company) launched a new software product that allows users of the Baker DX electric motor analyzer to view a range of reports from data acquired by the analyzer. The product, called Surveyor DX, is designed for use on Windows-based desktop or laptops, and produces motor test reports.
Fluke Redefines Vibration Screening
Fluke presented information on its new Fluke 805. Make go or no-go maintenance decisions with confidence using the Fluke 805 Vibration Meter. Fluke’s vibration screening device is available for frontline mechanical troubleshooting teams that need repeatable, severity-scaled readings of overall vibration and bearing condition. This meter measures overall vibration as well as specific variables like bearing condition and temperature, to provide a more complete picture.
Cascade MVS Announces New Vibration Monitoring Platform
Cascade MVS releases its vibration monitoring platform. Cascades E-volution continues with route-based and online monitoring products. Cascade MVS vibration monitoring systems are designed for the convenience of technicians, engineers and consultants who require the use multiple applications without having to carry numerous instruments to site. The platform allows the user to not only collect typical route-based data, but gives the flexibility of full post-processing of data to ensure nothing is missed in the collection process.
Toolmex Shows Off New Elektrimax Premium and Rolled Steel Motors
Toolmex Corporation displayed new European Engineered Elektrimax Premium and Rolled Steel motors alongside a full range of definite purpose motors. “Customers are very excited about our new Elektrimax Premium motor line,” said Klaudius Kielb, Vice President of Commercial Operations, Toolmex Corporation. “The line represents our uncompromising commitment to exceptional quality with the value and savings motor buyers expect.”
More information on the following news items can be found in this month’s Pump Industry Insider.
GE and REP Holding Sign Deal for Assembly of 28 Gas Turbines in Russia
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (June 26, 2012) —GE and REP Holding, a Russian power engineering company, have signed a contract to assemble an additional 28 GE MS 5002E gas turbines at REPH’s Nevsky Zavod manufacturing facilities. The deal is the third to be covered under a technology transfer and licensing agreement signed by GE Oil & Gas and REPH in March 2008. A contract for the assembly of the first 19 units was signed in 2008, and a second contract for 10 units was signed last year.
ABB Wins $75 Million Order to Reinforce Transmission Grid in Iraq
ZURICH, Switzerland (June 26, 2012) – ABB, a power and automation technology group, has won an order worth around $75 million from the Ministry of Electricity of Iraq to extend an existing transmission substation in the Southern part of the country. The 400/132 kV (kilovolt) Amara substation will connect a new 500 megawatt (MW) gas based power plant as well as smaller power stations, presently under construction, to the grid.
WEG Motors Chosen for Largest Desalination Plan in Sub-Saharan Africa
(June 25, 2012) WEG will supply 62 self-monitoring motors for the recently- opened 55,000 m3/d Trekkopje sea water desalination plant in Namibia.
The project at the Trekkopje desalination plant follows other recent successes by WEG in supplying motors and systems to desalination projects in Algeria and Dubai, and also the HNSS Project in Andhra Pradesh, India, one of the largest irrigation projects in the world. The plant is the largest of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa and is a vital water supply asset in a country where 98 percent of the land is considered arid or semi arid. The WEG motors, ranging from 18.5kW to 750kW, drive pumps that are considered crucial to the plant’s reliable operation.
SKF Announces Five-Year Contract With Fibria
(June 25, 2012) - SKF, a global supplier of bearings, seals, mechatronics, lubrication systems and services, signed a five-year contract with Fibria, a Brazilian company with a strong presence in the global forest products market, to establish a partnership with Integrated Maintenance Solutions (IMS). SKF will supply its machinery and services, which include technical support, maintenance and reliability services, engineering consulting and training. They also provide the maintenance of the equipment.
Siemens Launches Recycling and Environmental Education Project
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (June 22, 2012) - In partnership with the Z-13 Fishermen Community, Sindieco and the Pares Institute, the "Our Lagoon is for Fish" Project is looking to contribute to environmental education and the recuperation of the lagoon, as well as generating income for the local community.
Siemens, in a partnership with the Z-13 Fishermen Community, Sindieco (the Union of Environmental Clean-up and Waste Management Companies of the State of Rio de Janeiro) and the Pares Institute, is launching the project, "Our Lagoon is for Fish". The initiative plans to collect PET bottles and aluminum cans, encourage their correct disposal in the collection points that are all around the Lagoon and develop an environmental education program for those people who have an interest in the location. All the material will be collected by a specialist company, properly licensed, which will recycle the bottles and cans. If they are collected it will ensure they do not end up in the water, disturbing the fish and polluting the environment, and all the proceeds from the sale of recyclable will be fully reverted to the Z-13Fishermen Community.
Year-to-Date Orders Show Impressive Gains
(June 18, 2012) - March U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled almost $496 million, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report from the Assn. for Manufacturing Technology (AMT). This is down slightly from the almost $503 million in orders in March 2011, but up more than 11 percent from February, the association reported.
The year-to-date total for manufacturing technology orders reach more than $1.35 billion in March, putting 2012 up almost 13 percent over 2011. "Manufacturing is expanding with no clear signal of a downturn in sight," said Douglas Woods, AMT's president. "Manufacturing added 34,000 jobs in March, capacity utilization is just shy of 80 percent, and USMTO order growth confounds experts as it climbed 12 percent over 2011 levels."
A closer look at the various regions around the U.S., shows that only the Midwest's orders fell from February, by more than 8 percent to $152 million. The region is also down close to 20percent compared with March 2011. Nonetheless, year-to-date orders there are up almost 12 percent, comparable to the national rise.
The Midwest accounts for more than 30 percent of the nation's orders, but is offset by the Central region, which also accounts for just over 30 percent of the total. There, March orders of $149 million were up close to 14 percent over February and almost 18 percent compared with March 2011.
The South fared the best in March, with its $71 million in orders representing a 34percent increase over February and a 16 percent increase over March 2011. The region's year-to-date total of $167 million also showed a close to 12 percent gain over 2011.
Obstacles remain, however, for future manufacturing investment in the U.S., Woods said, including a lack of access to credit, global supply issues, encroaching industry regulations and taxes, and overall political uncertainty.
Littelfuse Acquires ACCEL
CHICAGO (June 1, 2012) – Littelfuse, Inc. has acquired ACCEL AB, based in Vänersborg, Sweden, in a cash transaction. ACCEL is a manufacturer of advanced electromechanical products, including sensors and switches, primarily for the automotive industry. ACCEL had 2011 revenues of approximately €16 million.
“The acquisition of ACCEL gives us an initial foothold in the growing automotive sensor market and is consistent with our strategy to expand beyond circuit protection into adjacent, complementary technologies,” said Dieter Roeder, Vice President and General Manager of the Littelfuse Automotive Business Unit.
Nidec Completes Acquisition of Ansaldo Sistemi Industriali S.p.A.
(June 1, 2012) - Nidec Corporation announced that it completed the acquisition of Ansaldo Sistemi Industriali S.p.A. on June 1, 2012 (May 31, 2012, Italian time) from HVEASI Holding, B.V. (Netherlands), a privately-owned company affiliated with Patriarch Partners, LLC. As a result, the Acquired Business, now consisting of the foreign companies listed below, became Nidec’s subsidiaries.
Outline of the New Subsidiaries
· Italy: Ansaldo Sistemi Industriali S.p.A.
· Italy: Answer Drives S.r.l.
· France: Ansaldo Sistemi Industriali SA
· Germany: Ansaldo Sistemi Industriali GmbH
· USA: Anselectric LLC
· China: Asi Industrial Systems Beijing Co. Ltd.
· Romania: Ansaldo Sistemi Industriali RO S.r.l.
· Russia: A/O Ansaldo VEI