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March 2011

  • EPA finalizes ruling, exempts burn-off ovens: Member efforts play critical part in educating regulatory agency
  • Chairman Howlett's Message: Recruiting and retaining employees: the challenge continues
  • Skip-pole or adjacent-pole: Does jumper selection really matter?
  • Focus on Safety: Prevent accidents: Safety program should include employees, equipment and facilities
  • Tech Tip: Determining poles of a generator exciter rotor
  • Marketing Solutions: Develop a strategy to market your pump repair strengths
  • April webinars will focus on "Advanced Inside Sales Techniques," "Belt Loads"
  • New "Fundamentals of Pump Repair" seminar scheduled for May 6-7 in St. Louis
  • Recent Death: Rowland Walker O.B.E, EASA's International President/Chairman in 1980-81

February 2011

  • U.S. federal judge rejects EPA request for extension: Motion denied for a 15-month delay for final rules that affect burn-off ovens
  • Chairman Howlett's Message: Use leadership skills to help when coping with a personal or business-related crisis
  • Effect of voltage variation on induction motor characteristics: Interrelations of voltage with various motor performance parameters
  • Focus on Safety: A speeding violation can cost your company more than a ticket
  • On-site troubleshooting of eddy current press drives: Questions to ask in order to avoid unnecessary rmoval of large device
  • March webinars will focus on motor and pump shafts
  • Tech Tips: Power quality quick check; rotor testing
  • Don't miss out on upcoming seminars taught by EASA experts

January 2011

  • Numbers point to Awareness Campaign's success: More than 39 million media "impressions" since program launched in 1998
  • Chairman Howlett's Message: Challenges of the past year; aspiring to leadershipnow and beyond
  • Mike DuPuis elected to second term as director of Region 8
  • Pinning down possibilities for pump problems: Troubleshooting should start by looking at the pump, the fluid and the system
  • February webinars will focus on "Inside Sales," "DC Theory"
  • Management Solutions: Getting control of gross margin and payroll
  • Tech Tip: DC motor testing without a load
  • Tech Note 46 available

December 2010

  • Potential progress seen following EPA, DOE meetings
  • Chairman Howlett's Message: "Aspire to Leadership" and success by attending EASA events and functions; there's "nothing like being there"
  • The importance of root cause failure analysis: Follow Recommended Practice, seminar resource manual to ensure best service
  • 2011 EASA Webinar lineup announced
  • Tech Tip: DC armatures
  • Reason for full coil pitch
  • Board of Directors meeting scheduled
  • Index of 2010 Currents articles
  • Free training session focuses on "Competitive Advantage"

November 2010

  • U.S. DOE reviewing whether to increase mandated motor efficiency levels further; considers repair for first time
  • Chairman Howlett's Message: EASA chapter and regional meetings demonstrate leadership
  • DC testing tips to make life easier: Help for even the most experienced, well-trained technician
  • Lenwood Ireland elected new director for EASA's Region 2
  • Management Solutions: An overview of financial performance in distribution
  • Tech Tip: DC armature equilizers "even out" current in parallel paths
  • Technical Encore: Avoiding high no-load amps on rewound motors

October 2010

  • EASA's Recommended Practice re-approved as American National Standard: Revised version is designated as ANSI/EASA AR100-2010
  • Chairman Howlett's Message: What qualities and skills are necessary to be a good leader?
  • "Expand Your Business: Benchmark Customers' Motors" is newest online training session for "Members Only"
  • The quest to find the "perfect" bearing fit: Measuring is critical to the reliability of rotating equipment
  • Upcoming Webinars focus on "Vertical Bearing Systems," "Vibration Problems"
  • Tech Tip: Making sure that multiple thrust bearings are set up correctly
  • Member receives help in determining if pump application is overloading motor
  • Focus on Safety: Make safety part of you overall work "culture," daily routine
  • Marketing Solutions: Options and considerations for selling your products online
  • Follow EASA on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
  • Update on CSA C392 standard

September 2010

  • EASA opposes proposed EPA rule on burn-off ovens: Rule would have potentially devastating effect on U.S. members
  • Chairman Howlett's Message: Talking and listening at upcoming chapter/regional meetings
  • Motor vibration: Is it electrical or is it mechanical?
  • Tech Tip: Placement of non-magnetic shims affects interpole strength
  • Seminar to focus on "The Four Pillars of the Sales Profession"
  • Management Solutions: Asset reduction programs: Chopping versus pruning
  • Replacing aluminum conductors with copper conductors in power and distribution transformers up to 10 MVA (Part 2 of 2)
  • "Mechanical Repair Fundamentals of Electric Motors, 2nd Edition" now available; order by September 30 for special price
  • Please complete and return "Yearbook/Web Listing Survey"

August 2010

  • 2010 convention results add up to success! Active member firm representation, exhibitors, attendance up
  • Chairman Howlett's Message: Life's experiences provide foundation for leadership
  • Magnet wire conversions and combinations: Tips and resources to provide help when making these changes
  • Tech Tip: Testing vibration when motor not seated on durometer pads
  • 2010 Convention exhibitors
  • Jasper Fisher receives EASA's Exceptional Achievement Service Award
  • Convention snapshots
  • Action's of EASA's Board of Directors
  • Replacing aluminum conductors with copper conductors in power and distribution transformers up to 10 MVA (Part 1 of 2)
  • Convention health care session available at www.easa.com

July 2010

  • 2010-2011 officers, Executive Committee installed during Annual Business Meeting at EASA Convention: Sandi Howlett becomes first woman Chairman of the Board
  • Chairman Howlett's Message: "Aspire To Leadership" selected as theme for new administrative year, convention
  • A review of major pump vibration standards
  • Management Solutions: Beating the recession: Profit performance in a down year
  • 2010 Operating Performance Survey reports distributed to participants
  • Tech Tip: Simple rule to follow when replacing equipment in multiple pump systems
  • Canadian Standards Association proposes standard on motor testing

June 2010

  • Jim Bryan joins technical support team
  • Update on proposed U.S. federal rebates on NEMA Premium motors; Mandated premium efficiency levels go into effect in December
  • Chairman Griffin: Keep "Meeting the Challenge Together" for future success
  • Cutting out damaged coils from large, low-speed machines: An emergency repair to keep your customer operating with minimal disruption
  • Problem solvers: Our service technicians are also our salesmen
  • Technical encore: Proper use of the core tester
  • Tech Tip: Use VFD to harness energy by matching pump speed to flow rate
  • Michael Tate re-elected Region 10 director
  • EASA AR100-201x "Report on Comments" available for review

May 2010

  • Participate in important, short industry survey: Member input will add value to sessions on industry, opportunities
  • Thoughts (and questions) about whether to bring family into the business
  • Taking winding connection data on alternators: Properly gathering, recording information will pay off in the long run
  • Chairman's message: Upcoming convention highlights; memorable chapter meeting
  • Tech Tip: Pump "specific speed" actually refers to general shape of impeller
  • Focus on Safety: EASA Vo-Tech "Safety" volume is a valuable training resource
  • Steve Moffett elected as new director of EASA's Region 6
  • July Webinar will focus on "Rewinding Tips for Premium-Efficient Motors"

April 2010

  • Sandi Howlett to become 2010-2011 chairman: Other officers, Executive Committee members elected by Board
  • Chairman Griffin: Appreciation for those volunteers who serve EASA
  • Expand your capabilities: Start welding aluminum (Part 2 of 2)
  • Safety drives excellence: To be the best means being the safest
  • Technical Support Spotlight: Member receives help in determining correct flow rate in submersible pump
  • May Webinar will focus on "Pump Cavitation"
  • Member rebuilds after catastrophic fire in service center
  • Tech Tip: A really fast and practical way to remove broken bolts

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