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September 2012

  • Online training session covers "Safety/OSHA Compliance"
  • NEMA peititions for new energy-efficiency electric motor standards; EASA represented at DOE public hearing
  • Chairman Gray's Message: Web site keeps members informed, trained and knowledgeable
  • Tips for improving performance of pump packing: Proper installation and maintenance will maximize packing life
  • More snapshots from the 2012 Convention
  • October Webinar: "Taking Three-Phase Winding Data"
  • How to determine the correct center distance for spur gears
  • Tech Tip: Converting Celcius, Fahrenheit temperatures
  • Safety Tips: Use special care when working with ladders
  • EASA Award nominations being accepted

August 2012

  • Positive numbers point to successful convention; Active member firm attendance up by more than 26 percent in Nashville
  • Convention session on economic update available at
  • Chairman Gray's Message: Board busy with actions; approves
  • Strategic Plan for 2012-2015 Identifying rating information of motor without nameplates
  • 2012 Convention snapshots
  • Frank Leonard receives EASA's Exceptional Achievement Service Award at convention
  • Actions of EASA's Board of Directors at meetings in Nashville
  • Tech Tip: Testing submersible pump cable
  • Safety Tip: Be extra cautious in unfamiliar surroundings
  • Three-part Webinar series in September will focus on "AC Motor Redesign"
  • Seminar to focus on "Sale Professional Training Camp"
  • "Fundamentals of Pump Repair" seminar scheduled November 9-10 in Pittsburgh

July 2012

  • Convention in Nashville marks beginning of 2012-2013 terms for officers, Executive Committee; Bill Gray installed as new EASA Chairman at Annual Business Meeting
  • Chairman Gray's Message: "Strength Through Association" selected as theme for 2012-2013 administrative year, convention
  • Improving designs in motors with multiple windings; Concentric or a conventional half-slot lap winding will help
  • Tech Tip: Testing motor vibration
  • Management Solutions: Understanding the new drivers of profitability
  • 2012 Operating Performance Survey reports distributed to participants August
  • Webinar: "Root Cause Failure Analysis Methodology"
  • Safety Tip: Cutting or trimming with a knife Identifying different types of temperature detectors
  • Oldies but goodies: Training videos now available on Web site

June 2012

  • Upcoming Webinars, seminars offer valuable training: Three-part September Webinar series will focus on "AC Motor Redesign"
  • Chairman Toor's Message: Looking back, looking ahead: Keep "Moving Industry Forward"
  • Ronald D. (David) Bailey elected as new director of Region 3
  • Vertical motors: Bearing configurations and oil leaks
  • Safety Tip: Grinder precaution
  • Technical Encore: No-load current basics: Practical guidelines for assessment
  • July Webinar: "The FFT (aka Spectrum): What It is and Ways to Use It"
  • Tech Tip: Keep stator, rotor core clear of salt water

May 2012

  • Watch for convention and exposition mobile "app"
  • Chairman's Toor Message: Growing trade show, attendee registrations reflect improving economy
  • Is failing bearing causing the vibration? Tips and methods to help you come to the correct conclusion
  • Tech Tip: Coil pitch as a clue to speed
  • Safety Tip: Protect eyes when working with grinder
  • EASA membership: Your opportunity to build a "trusted" alliance network
  • Convention session will focus on "social networking" opportunities
  • EASA 2012 Exhibitors
  • June Webinar: "Repair Best Practices to Maintain Efficiency"
  • A Case Study: Repairing two-pole vertical motors: A success story
  • Learn more about the Roving Chief Executive (RCE) program

April 2012

  • Bill Gray to become 2012-2013 EASA chairman
  • Chairman Toor's Message: Members share knowledge in meeting presentation forums
  • Tech Tip: Test run procedure for non-standard frequency motors
  • Identifying the most appropriate shaft repair method
  • Convention Education Preview: EASA members to share experiences in "Great Ideas" sessions
  • Remember to take advantage of EASA's "trading" opportunities
  • EASA 2012 Exhibitors
  • May Webinars to focus on selling to different personality types, bearing analysis and failure modes
  • Practical service center tips to work more efficiently
  • Safety Tip: Use common sense on ladder to avoid a fall
  • "Pump Repair" seminar scheduled May 18-19 in Atlanta
  • Members of the Management Services Committee encourage you to participate in the 2012 EASA Operating Performance Survey

March 2012

  • Make plans to attend EASA's 2012 Convention
  • Chairman Toor's Message: Chapter officer training is our investment in EASA's future leadership
  • Resin curing issues and preventing future problems: Sample tank resin regularly and follow manufacturer's corrective suggestions
  • A Case Study: Pump repair project demonstrates technical capabilities
  • Seminar to focus on "Sales Professional Training Camp"
  • Participate in the confidential 2012 EASA Operating Performance Survey
  • April Webinar: "Advanced DC Testing"
  • Tech Tip: Alternative materials for vertical turbine pump line shaft bearings
  • Dissolved gas analysis for oil filled transformers: An overview of the more common techniques and methods

February 2012

  • Particpate in 2012 EASA Operating Performance Survey
  • Chairman Toor's Message: Why you should particpate in the 2012 Operating Performance Survey
  • Johan De Coster elected as new director for EASA Region 9
  • The interaction of turns and pitch: How they react affects the performance of a motor
  • Tech Tip: DC armature equalizers balance current in parallel paths
  • Three-part Webinar series in March will focus on "Electrical Testing of Three-Phase Motors"
  • Dynamometer and test stand considerations: Upfront analysis and planning can save time, money on purchase, installation
  • Safety Tip: Maintenance of abrasive wheels

January 2012

  • EASA launches "Trading Post" at
  • Board of Director elections are held for EASA Regions 5 and 10
  • Chairman Toor's Message: Make safety a top priority in 2012; EASA offers valuable resources to support your efforts
  • Importance of Best Efficiency Point (BEP): Understanding factors involved in determining a pump's performance
  • Management Solutions: Consider "outsourcing" your Human Resource needs to experts
  • "Private" Webinars offered to chapters, regions, and member companies
  • February Webinars to focus on pump repair tips, pump seals
  • Curious? Looking for a mentor? Just search the World Wide Web!
  • Tech Tip: Silicone space heaters protect motors, generators from condensation
  • Mark your calendars, register for two valuable EASA seminars scheduled for early 2012
  • Safety Tip: Don't risk hearing damage

December 2011

  • Industry Awareness Campaign update (Part II): Successful program also includes industry representation, presentations
  • Chairman Toor's Message: "Moving Industry Forward" in 2011, 2012 and beyond
  • Board of Director elections are held for EASA Regions 3 and 7
  • Aluminum-to-copper magnet wire winding conversions: Considerations for deciding whether wire area should be reduced
  • Tech Tip: Rectangular to round wire conversion
  • January Webinar to focus on "Secrets of High-Profit EASA Members"
  • Index of Currents articles for 2011
  • Board of Directors meeting scheduled
  • EASA members: Please pay your 2012-2013 dues by February 10

November 2011

  • EASA Industry Awareness Campaign update
  • Chairman Toor's Message: Membership consistently pays big dividends
  • Partial discharge: Understanding how it occurs, detecting its presence and corrective action
  • Tech Tip: Pump curve, system curve data needed to determine change in pump speed
  • Technical Encore: The (potential) pitfalls of parallel circuits
  • Technical Support Spotlight: Members receive help with pump assembly instructions, balancing problems
  • December Webinar: "Evaluating High No-Load Amps of Three-Phase Motors"
  • Gary Byars elected new Region 4 director 

October 2011

  • 2012 EASA Webinar training opportunities announced: Lineup for next year includes two three-part series for more in-depth training
  • Chairman Toor's Message: EASA events provide opportunities to network, learn, grow; committee members deserve recognition, thanks
  • Understanding three-phase motor connections: Choice of wye or delta connection, number of circuits play an important role
  • 2012 Convention preview
  • Please complete, sign, return "Web/Yearbook Listing Survey"
  • Tech Tip: Base speed and torque of DC motors
  • November webinar: "Drop Testing of Fields and Synchronous Poles: Tips to Interpretation" "
  • Principles of Large AC Motors" seminar scheduled for January 27-28 in St. Louis