Richard P. Bingham

Power Quality Columnist

Richard P. Bingham, a contributing editor for power quality. He can be reached at 732.287.3680.

Articles by Richard P. Bingham

June 2008
Though not known as one who dwells in the past or the "good ol' days" mentality, this column happens to mark the silver anniversary of my contributions to Electrical Contractor. It also comes on the heels of a recent meeting with the editor and associate editors to discuss ways to better serve the readership. READ MORE
May 2008
Though it wasn't the result of watching any “Star Trek” reruns, the concept of phasors (or phasers to Trekkies) has been raised in a couple of recent discussions. The first was relative to using a phasor diagram to verify the proper connection of the voltage and current sensors to a power quality-monitoring instrument to get the correct value for all power parameters. READ MORE
May 2008
Though not the most common power quality disturbance in most locations, the transient, or rather, the source of the transient, can be one of the loudest. Transients—also called spikes, surges or impulses—can be generated when lightning strikes electric power or telecommunications lines, a building, or an object close enough to either of those. READ MORE
April 2008
Though some rules can be overlooked without consequence, some are simply too important to not follow. Two rules, in particular, are at the fundamental analysis of all power systems: Ohm’s Law and Kirchoff’s Law. A month rarely goes by when someone doesn’t send me data from a power quality monitor that, if taken at face value, would discredit these two long-standing and proven rules. READ MORE
April 2008
Continual improvements in life expectancy and reduced infant mortality are a result of dedicated healthcare workers and, in part, the array of sophisticated electronic equipment used. READ MORE
March 2008
As a sequel to the discussion of adjustable speed drives (ASDs) in last month’s column, it seems appropriate to show how ASDs are a classic example of the often-quoted line from IEEE 1100 (also known as the Emerald Book). READ MORE
February 2008
In a recent article, we briefly discussed the concepts of efficiency and effectiveness with regards to power consumption. It was timely with all the press coverage lately about being “green,” reducing one’s carbon footprint, lessening global warming effects and the like. Being green-conscious isn’t just about the environment. READ MORE
February 2008
Being a member of the Technological Committee for my local school district since its 1994 creation, I have seen first hand the exponential increase in the number of computers, servers, printers, white boards, digital cameras and other technology tools for faculty and students to access each other and the world. READ MORE
January 2008
At a recent training session in Washington, DC, we plugged a power quality monitor into a baseboard outlet to get data to illustrate the different parameters and characteristics of voltage and current waveforms. As is true in most office complexes, the top of the voltage waveform was flat topped—a sort-of “Mount St. Helens effect.” READ MORE

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