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May 2013

  • Join us for Town Hall on EASA accreditation program: Forum in Las Vegas will provide preview and opportunity for feedback
  • Chairman Gray's Message: Building "Strength through Association" for members with a proud past, bright future
  • Board of Director elections are held for EASA Regions 1 and 8
  • Squirrel cage motors: Three most common starting methods
  • Safety Tip: Special care when lifting material
  • EASA 2013 Convention and Exhibition mobile app filled with great information for all
  • June 12 EASA Webinar: "Vibration on Belt Driven Machines"
  • Tech Tip: Properly surge testing armature depends on consistency of winding Connections on AC electric motors under 600 volts

April 2013

  • Industry Awareness Campaign success continues; Articles support EASA's image as "The ElectroMechanical Authority"
  • Chairman Gray's Message: Learning from other members is a major "Strength through Association"
  • Kevin Krupp elected director of EASA's Region 3
  • Flashover: Causes and cures for damage to brushholders, commutators
  • Don't forget: Training videos are available on Web site
  • Tech Tip: Special care when removing rotor in permanent magnet motors
  • EASA 2013 Exhibitors (to date)
  • May Webinar: "Drilling Down into DC Design"
  • Safety Tip: Push, don't pull when using hoist, crane
  • Trials and tribulations of split case pump seals

March 2013

  • Ken Gralow to become 2013-2014 EASA chairman
  • Other officers, Executive Committee members elected by Board
  • Actions by the Board of Directors
  • Chairman Gray's Message: EASA's mission drives efforts to provide tools and resources for member success
  • Stator I2R loss: Considerations for rewinds and redesigns
  • Three-part Webinar series in April will focus on "Improving Productivity in the Repair Process"
  • Tech Tip: Winding change considerations
  • Safety Tip: Use the right tool
  • Seminar to focus on "Sales Professional Training Camp"

February 2013

  • Gather "Strength," knowledge at 2013 EASA convention
  • Chairman Gray's Message: Convention planning starts years in advance
  • Steve Moffett re-elected director of EASA's Region 6
  • Understanding end play and its impact on axial alignment
  • Nancy Kemper replaces retiring Judy Cox
  • Tech Tip: Slot liner insulation
  • Safety Tip: Keep work area clean and orderly
  • We found out there is a friendlier side of OSHA
  • Share your special achievements through EASA social media outlets
  • Convention preview
  • March Webinar: "Enhance Your Market Position Using EASA's Recommended Practices"
  • Considerations for selecting an adjustable speed drive in a constant torque application

January 2013

  • Marketing & Industry Awareness Committee reviews accomplishments, looks to future successes
  • Chairman Gray's Message: Resolve to gain "Strength through Association" in 2013 by taking advantage of EASA's many products and services
  • Converting vibration units not difficult if data is available
  • 2013 EASA Convention preview
  • February Webinars: "Economy 2013: Where From Here?" and "Repair Tips for Submersible Pumps"
  • EASA steps to improve quality at your service center
  • Tech Tip: Redesign to change motor design letter designation
  • Safety Tip: Some simple precautions to take when working on a ladder

December 2012

  • Two new online training sessions focus on profits
  • Chairman Gray's Message: Appreciation for hard-working chapter volunteers; all members benefit from "Strength through Association"
  • Motor nameplate ratings: How precise are they? Correct interpretation of five operating parameters for NEMA.
  • IEC induction motors
  • Tech Tip: Determining if motor is running hot
  • Safety Tip: Fire Prevention
  • 2013 Convention preview
  • January Webinar: "Handling Partial Discharge Issues"
  • Index of Currents articles for 2012
  • 2013 Seminars
  • Board of Directors meeting scheduled

November 2012

  • EASA's Technical Manual goes online
  • Chairman Gray's Message: Sometimes it takes an outsider's perspective
  • Wound rotor motor tips for failure analysis, repair and testing
  • December Webinar: "Motor Lubrication Cautions & Tips"
  • Tech Tip: Help with stuck end bracket
  • Safety Tip: Wear proper clothing
  • "Mechnical Repair Fundamentals of Electric Motors, 2nd Edition" scheduled for January 25-26

October 2012

  • Mike Howell hired as technical support specialist: Newest staff member has extensive experience to meet member needs
  • "AC Motor Verification & Redesign" (Version 3) launched
  • Chairman Gray's Message: EASA adds technical resources for members; committees meet to support goals of new Strategic Plan
  • How to properly test AC stator and wound rotor windings
  • EASA Award nominations
  • November Webinars to focus on shaft alignment, machinery foundations and bases
  • Safety Tip: Welding cautions
  • Tech Tip: Cable sealing
  • Tech Notes 48, 49 available to download

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