May 31, 2005 A PRIMEDIA Property Vol. IV, No. 10




CONTENTS
IEEE to Revise "Red Book" Standard for Electrical Distribution in Industrial Plants

Ohio Grants Extension on Fuel Cell Initiative

Fluor Moves Headquarters To Dallas/Ft. Worth

Nevada Department of Transportation Recruits Bidders for On-Call Electrical Work

California Lottery Seeks Electrical Contractors for Long-Term Electrical Services Contract

Eye on Safety

Electrical Apparatus Service Association 2005 Annual Convention & Expo

PEDAC 2005

West Coast Energy Management Conference

Thermal Solutions 2006 Call for Papers


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    Around the Circuit
    IEEE to Revise "Red Book" Standard for Electrical Distribution in Industrial Plants
    When industrial plant engineers design and analyze the electrical power distribution systems in their facilities, they often turn to the IEEE "Red Book" for guidance. This resource addresses basic electrical system considerations and recommends practices for planning power distribution, including criteria to ensure preservation of property, and information on voltage considerations, short-circuit current calculations, and grounding and harmonics. To ensure this reference reflects the latest technology, the IEEE is revising 16 chapters of the Red Book, also known as IEEE P141, "Recommended Practice for Electric Power Distribution for Industrial Plants." The updated standard will reflect the latest practices and technologies, such as new fusing, breakers and other protective elements, control systems, and communication and monitoring methods. Discussion of these items will include their advantages and disadvantages under various conditions. For more information, visit the Web site.


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    Ohio Grants Extension on
    Fuel Cell Initiative

    Ohio Governor Bob Taft recently announced a three-year extension of the Ohio Fuel Cell Initiative at the 2005 Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition (OFCC) Symposium. This extension comes on the heels of two new Fuel Cell Initiative awards, worth a total of more than $2 million. Created in 2002, the Ohio Fuel Cell Initiative is a $103 million program that aims to position Ohio as a national leader in the growing fuel cell industry and help spur economic growth and job creation in the state. To date, more than $38 million in Fuel Cell Initiative funds have been awarded to projects across the state.

    The Initiative is an integral part of Governor Taft's Third Frontier Project, a $1.1 billion program designed to create jobs and bring new products to market. This group recently approved $1.6 million in operating funds for the Wright Fuel Cell Group, Ohio's Wright Center of Innovation for fuel cells led by Case Western Reserve University. Also receiving funding through the Fuel Cell Initiative is Mound Technical Solutions (MTS), located in Miamisburg, Ohio. MTS received a $600,000 Third Frontier Action Fund award by the Commission to develop, manufacture, and market the next generation modular Comprehensive Fuel Cell Test System.

    Fluor Moves Headquarters
    To Dallas/Ft. Worth

    In an effort to put executives closer to customers in central and eastern parts of the country, Fluor Corp. will relocate its corporate headquarters from Aliso Viejo, Calif. to the Dallas/Ft. Worth metropolitan area as early as 2006. According to Alan L. Boeckmann, chairman and CEO, this announcement reflects the company's strategy to improve operational efficiency and position it more effectively to serve global clients. "While we highly value our West Coast clients, most of our North American customers are clustered in Texas and on the East Coast, which can be more efficiently accessed from the central time zone," he said. "In addition, the Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport provides optimal travel connections to customers in all other global locations."

    The company currently has 490 employees at its California headquarters. Of these, 210 will be reassigned or relocated locally. Approximately 80 employees will be reassigned to other Fluor locations. About 100 will be relocated to the company's new headquarters in Texas, and it’s anticipated that as many as 100 employees will leave the company. Fluor expects to hire about 70 employees at its new location. A final decision on location within the Dallas/Ft. Worth metropolitan area will be made in the next several weeks. For more information, see the original report.


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    Project Watch
    Nevada Department of Transportation Recruits Bidders for On-Call Electrical Work
    The Director of the Nevada Department of Transportation, Carson City Headquarters, located at 1263 South Stewart Street, Carson City, NV 89712, is calling for bids on the "District 1 Electrical On Call" project. The scope of work will include electrical site inspection, troubleshooting and new installation of electrical equipment, including security alarm, fire alarm, and local area network installations at various department locations in District 1 (Clark, Esmerelda, Eureka, Lincoln, and Nye Counties). Sealed bids must be received by 2:30 p.m. PST on June 9. To view the bid document for this project, which is estimated at $300,000, click here.

    California Lottery Seeks Electrical Contractors for Long-Term Electrical Services Contract
    The California State Lottery is looking for contractors to provide electrical services for its headquarters in Sacramento for a minimum of three years, with the option to extend the contract up to two additional years. With an anticipated start date of Sept. 1, 2005, this project is open to bidders that have a current C-10 electrical license from the Contractor's State License Board, have been performing commercial electrical services for at least the last five years, are able to provide electronic (AutoCAD) electrical engineering drawings, have staff electricians at journeyman level or above to work on the project, and have an office in California located near the Lottery Headquarters complex. The contractor and all workers will be required to pass a mandatory background check before work begins. All bids must be mailed or delivered to California Lottery Headquarters, Contract Services Section, Attn: Rose Marie Laplante-Olvera, 600 North 10th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 by 3 p.m. PST on June 15. For more information, call the contract administrator at (916) 327-1321, e-mail, or view the bid document.


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    Eye on Safety
    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced the recall of 69,000 circular saws made by Robert Bosch Tool Corp., Mount Prospect, Ill. The firm has received three reports of injuries, including one amputation, caused by malfunctioning lower blade guards. Users should stop using the circular saws immediately and contact Robert Bosch Tool Corp. to receive a repair kit, which includes hardware and instructions for installation.

    The circular saws involved in this recall include the Bosch CS10, CS20, and CS20-XC models, which can be identified on the product nameplate mounted on the top of the motor housing. The recalled models do not have an asterisk (*) in the serial number box. The circular saw uses a 7 1/4-inch blade and has a blue handle and motor enclosure, and a metal guarding system. The name "BOSCH" is printed on the blade guard. These tools were sold at Home Depot, Lowe's, and Menards nationwide, as well as independent hardware retailers and industrial distributors, from February 2004 through April 2005 for a price of between $120 and $150. Consumers should contact Robert Bosch Tool Corp. at (800) 856-9683 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the Web site for more information.


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    Shows and Events
    Electrical Apparatus Service Association 2005 Annual Convention & Expo
    Don't miss this year's EASA Convention, which is scheduled for June 26-29 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. Here's a sneak peak at the comprehensive technical education lineup attendees have to look forward to. (For the full conference schedule, view the conference program.) "Electrical Generator Troubleshooting & Repair" will cover common configurations of industrial generators, voltage regulation methods, and how to increase profit margins by replacing rotating DC exciters and saturable reactors with electronic static exciters. A session on vector drives will talk about what they are, how they work, and how they can be used as a regenerative drive with a dynamometer. In "Whose Fault Is It? Motor or Drive?" attendees will learn how to start determining where the "real problem" exists, rules of thumb in working with different motor and drive manufacturers on the same project, and how to deal with them during troubleshooting. Register online, download a registration form, or visit the Web site for more information.


    PEDAC 2005
    Some industry research suggests that the value of the power electronics used in distributed and co-generation (DCG) systems will exceed $5 billion annually within the next five years. For those following this trend, the Second Annual International Conference on Power Electronics for Distributed and Co-Generation, held June 27-29 in Detroit, is the place to be. This three-day international conference will serve an audience of decision-makers who are interested in learning about and contributing to the latest commercial advancements and anticipated future developments related to power electronics for DCG systems. Speakers will have an opportunity to present to top executives and technical professionals of leading DCG equipment companies, as well as key technical and management professionals in the power conversion and utility industries, and leading researchers from industry, academia and government laboratories. For more information, download the registration form, view the conference schedule, or visit the Web site.

    West Coast Energy Management Conference

    Touted by event planners as the largest energy conference and technology expo in California designed specifically for business, industrial, and institutional energy users, the West Coast Energy Management Congress (EMC) will be held June 28-29 at the San Diego Convention Center. Explore promising new technologies, compare energy supply and alternative energy options, and learn about innovative and cost-conscious project implementation strategies at this multi-track conference, sponsored by the Association of Energy Engineers and others. Conference registration includes free admission to the companion exposition, a copy of the conference proceedings, as well as tickets to the conference attendee luncheon functions. Free workshops on a variety of topics will also be held in the West Coast EMC exhibit hall. Review the conference agenda, or visit the Web site.


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    Thermal Solutions 2006 Call for Papers
    If you want to be part of the largest gathering of infrared thermographers in the world, Snell Infrared is looking for presenters for its 2006 Thermal Solutions conference, scheduled for Jan. 23-26, 2006 at the Hyatt on Sarasota Bay in Sarasota, Fla. Interested parties should submit a brief abstract (100 to 200 words) to the Conference Steering Committee by June 17, 2005 via mail at Thermal Solutions, P.O. Box 6, Montpelier, VT 05601-0006 or via e-mail. For submission details, click here, visit the Web site, or call (800) 636-9820.

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