• Paper: Understanding Natural Gas Fuel Reliability for Backup Power

    Knowing you can rely on a backup power supply when you desperately need it eliminates one worry if the power supply to your facility is interrupted. For decades, the fuel of choice to run those backup power units has been diesel. However, some new kids on the fuel block have forced their way into the conversation. One great concern for those in charge is the reliability of the fuel supply. For all the benefits diesel fuel has provided, maintenance and delivery concerns have grown and the cost-effectiveness and reliability of the fuel have come into question. To shed some light on fuel a
    23 Apr
  • 2014 SME Minnesota Mining Expo

    If Cheese isn't your thing, or you're not anywhere near Milwaukee, swing by the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) and join use for the 2014 Society for Mining, Metallurgy, & Exploration (SME) Expo. This year's theme is "Minnesota Mining: Meeting the Global Challenge." If you run a mining operation, stop by our booth to see how L&S Electric can provide excellent service and new equipment to keep your plant running smooth and efficient.    
    21 Apr
  • Visit us at the Cheese Technology Expo

    If you are in the southeastern portion of Wisconsin Tuesday and Wednesday next week, come and visit us during the 2014 Cheese Technology Expo: In even-numbered years, Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association and Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research host cheese manufacturers and suppliers from across the nation and around the world. The #InternationalCheeseTechnologyExposition is an intensive combination of morning seminars, two full afternoons of uninterrupted trade show exposition and evening social affairs.  It is the world’s largest gathering devoted solely to the multi-billion dollar
    21 Apr
  • What Would You do to Prove the Value of Reliability?

    Sometimes, when you’re attempting to measure something that’s rather nebulous it becomes an effort similar to eating jello with a single chopstick. It’s difficult to grasp and harder to control. Like assigning a dollar value for reliability. Quantifying Reliability Using that analogy, trying to place a dollar value on reliability can be difficult. IDCON provides several methods to help you determine how much a 1% change in cost for #Reliability is worth in your plant. Reliability is most interesting to measure on current production bottlenecks. For some of you the bottlenecks shi
    21 Apr
  • Infograph: The Burgeoning Bakken

    The landscape of US oil production has been changing the past several years because of the ability to reach oil-rich shales that have been difficult, or impossible, previously. Shales in Texas, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, and of course, the Bakken in North Dakota have given the US an opportunity to reduce its dependence upon foreign oil. The #Bakken has been the object of many glowing reports because of the amount of oil produced and the trickle down effect it has with the local economy and jobs. From the Unconventional Oil & Gas Center website, is an infographic illustrating the burgeonin
    18 Apr
  • Quick ROI from Reliability

    We constantly post articles regarding the implementation of reliability services, such as predictive and preventative maintenance programs. The reason? Simply these programs put a spotlight on the health of your electro-mechanical equipment. Having a good idea on how your equipment is performing helps avoid those crushing catastrophic breakdowns. ROI for Reliability Anna Wells, at #IMPO, dedicates a post highlights the return on investment (ROI) of #Reliability services. When it comes to manufacturing equipment, reliability is more than just preferable — it’s required. With the cost of
    16 Apr
  • Predictive Maintenance from Afar

    Implementing a thorough predictive maintenance program can be a somewhat arduous task. Yet with that effort comes the benefit of knowing the health of your electro-mechanical equipment. Predictive maintenance tasks will take you all over your plant. However, in some cases, access to some of the nooks and crannies can be difficult if not dangerous. So, how would one keep an eye on the equipment? One solution would be to apply an online condition monitoring systems. Our friends from Ludeca explain: Condition monitoring is the process of monitoring machinery health or machinery condition,
    14 Apr
  • Fracking Turning US Into Powerhouse

    For those of us who are old enough to remember the long gas lines in most US cities during the tumultuous 1970s, the idea that our country could become a leading oil producer was ludicrous. A few decades later and that pipe dream may soon become a reality. The oft-maligned processing of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has pushed the United States into a conversation regarding the world's leading oil producers. David Usborne, writing for the Independent, explains how the role of the United States has changed because of fracking. Thanks to the success of engineers like Mr Gallegos in
    11 Apr
  • Efficiency drops when running an AC motor too fast

    If you were told you would be able to run your AC motor at 125% capacity without affecting efficiency, would you do so? Recently, electric motor manufacturers have begun to mark their motors with service factors (SFs) of 1.25 rather than 1.15. However, as #Baldor Electric's John Malinowski and Jack Zedek write, operating NEMA premium motors above rated load reduces efficiency. Although this may indicate a more robust motor, the actual torque capability is not enhanced. Operating at SF, the motor is well past its peak efficiency and power factor (PF) peak, will use more energy for the wor
    09 Apr
  • Failure Costs Rising: Save by Paying Attention to Your Bearings

    This may not come as a surprise to you, but the cost of doing business isn't getting any cheaper. Inflation, law of supply and demand, and repair costs are leading causes for the bump in expenses. Among the culprits may be something you hadn't thought of: your ball bearings. Failure of Bearings As we've said before, electric motors comprise 61% of the energy used in the USA industrial sector. When those motors aren't running efficiently, or break down, 51% of the time it's #Bearing related. Knowing what to look for in your bearings may help in preventing an unexpected motor failure: Why
    07 Apr
  • Upcoming Events

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    April 29, 2014 -
    April 30, 2014
    All Day

    Safety & Health Conference/Expo

    Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI
    Trade Show

    The Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells is the location for the Wisconsin Safety & Health Conference. Join L&S Electric along with dozens of other vendors to learn what's new.

    This Year's Conference Features


    • More Pre-Conference Professional Development Courses

    • Additional Educational Sessions

    • Ask the Experts Sessions and Roundtable

    • Advanced Safety Professionals Track

    • Special Corporate Safety Awards

    • Live Demos in the Expo Hall

    • Early Morning PiYo Fitness Class

    • Evening Networking Reception

    • Health Screens

    • More Grand Prizes than ever before!


     

    April 30, 2014 -
    April 30, 2014
    All Day

    Safety & Health Conference/Expo

    Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI
    Trade Show

    The Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells is the location for the Wisconsin Safety & Health Conference. Join L&S Electric along with dozens of other vendors to learn what's new.

    This Year's Conference Features


    • More Pre-Conference Professional Development Courses

    • Additional Educational Sessions

    • Ask the Experts Sessions and Roundtable

    • Advanced Safety Professionals Track

    • Special Corporate Safety Awards

    • Live Demos in the Expo Hall

    • Early Morning PiYo Fitness Class

    • Evening Networking Reception

    • Health Screens

    • More Grand Prizes than ever before!


     

    May 13, 2014 -
    May 14, 2014
    All Day

    CSWEA Annual Meeting

    Crowne Plaza St. Paul - Riverfront Hotel
    Trade Show

    CSWEA LogoThe Central States Water Environment Association (CSWEA) will be holding its 87th Annual Meeting at the Crowne Plaza – Riverfront in St. Paul, MN on May 12th through the 15th, 2014.

    CSWEA is comprised of water pollution control professionals including facility operators and managers, consulting engineers, regulators and educators from Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota. The Crowne Plaza - Riverfront is an excellent venue, and we have organized an exceptional technical program to accompany our exhibits.

    The CSWEA Annual Meeting provides a great opportunity for your organization to market your products and/or services to decision makers involved in all facets of the water pollution control field.

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