Electrical Equipment

There is a new Industrial Revolution on the horizon, one that promises to turn the current state of manufacturing as we know it on its head. This new future blends information, technology and human intelligence in a way that will fundamentally shift the way products are made, sold and delivered. In its simplest definition, Smart…

When he’s not casting from his fishing boat at midnight on Smith Mountain Lake, Brian McDonaldson is likely monitoring operations at one of Rockingham County’s largest manufacturing plants – from his smart device. McDonaldson is the reliability manager at WhiteWave Foods, makers of Horizon Organic milk, Silk Soy milk, International Delight coffee creamers and other…

The traditional manufacturing business model – making products and selling them for a profit — is increasingly on its way out, given rapid advances in smart technology and changing consumer demands. Instead of just accepting what’s mass produced out of the factory – as we have done for the last century – with converged technologies…

Much of America’s electrical infrastructure is somewhere between end of life and obsolescence. In fact, $65 billion worth of legacy automation systems are reaching end of life, according to a 2011 ARC Strategy Report. Take a sip of your coffee and let that information roll around in your mind for a minute. The thought process of many plant managers…

In our last post of this series on starting a condition-based maintenance program, we interviewed our Program Manager of Reliability Services Mike Rathbun, an integral part of the group that got this effort off the ground. Recently, Rathbun and his team conducted a training session around using the CBM worksheet that we reference throughout this…

The 2016 tED Best of the Best Awards were presented on Wednesday August 10th in Chicago. Every year tED Magazine sponsors the marketing contest for both distributors and suppliers serving the electrical industry. There are 13 categories in each of three different ranges of distributors. EECO won awards in four categories including: Website – Motor…

Interesting fact: The concept of the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) was born on New Year’s Day in 1968. For nearly 50 years, the PLC has been crucial to the advancement of manufacturing globally. From the earliest Modicon models to the latest Allen-Bradley components, PLCs have given manufacturers the ability to increase proficiency and market value. “There was…

It is an honor to announce that EECO was awarded the Siemens Industry 2015 Distributor of Excellence Eagle Award for growth in the motor distribution category. According to Kristen Alexander, regional channel manager at Siemens, this is the most prestigious channel award and the highest honor a Siemens distributor can receive. The Eagle award is…

Recently we published a series on condition-based maintenance (CBM) for motors, which is a core area for EECO. We wrote this series based on extensive feedback we’ve received as well as recommended textbooks. Our goal was to produce some condensed insights on maintenance and reliability. During this process, we also developed an eBook on CBM…

RALEIGH, NC – July 18, 2016. Electrical Equipment Company (EECO) today announced a plan to invest in the digital transformation of operations and services, beginning with a change in the leadership structure. Jeff Knight assumes the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) effective June 1, 2016. Knight will report to Mark Holmes, who is…

OVERVIEW Join Electrical Equipment Company for the 2nd Annual EECO Has Heart Sporting Clay Tournament, benefiting the American Heart Association and the Triangle Heart Walk. Come on out and enjoy the food, fun, prizes, raffles and more at the beautiful Drake Landing! EVENT SCHEDULE Wednesday, November 9, 2016 10:00 AM – Registration 10:30 AM – Safety Session (mandatory) 11:00…

MODERNIZATION Representing a major capital investment, automation components, software, and systems are instrumental to the success of any manufacturing company. But no technology, regardless of how innovative, can last forever. To address product maturity without negatively impacting productivity, you need to rely on forward-looking suppliers who can help you modernize and prepare for the demands…

RALEIGH, NC. Feb 11th, 2016.  Electrical Equipment Company (EECO) announced Jack Lawson, President and CEO since January 2001, has decided to retire on June 30, 2016.  Mark Holmes, formerly Senior VP of Sales, will assume the role of President and CEO. Lawson’s decision to retire will bring to a close a successful career spanning 33…

The Rockwell Allen-Bradley® Bulletin 857 motor and feeder protection relay contains the essential protection functions needed for protection of feeders, and motors in medium/high voltage distribution networks. Protection relays should be an integral part of your motor protection solution because 75% of motor failures can be prevented by appropriate protection measures. The Rockwell Bulletin 857

Vibration monitoring has been around for a while and is widely accepted as a ‘first-line’ diagnostic tool to assess the health of critical motors. The usual method for collecting vibration data has been to use portable equipment or hard-wired, networked monitoring solutions, both of which have their advantages and limitations. Collect data too often using portable equipment and you…

Thermal management is gaining recognition as a ‘best practice’ for customers who are confronting the reality of overheating in their power and control panels. The arrival of warmer weather combined with heat producing electronics such as VFDs creates overheating problems in control panels causing a number of problems with VFDs, power supplies and other electronics.…