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

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
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
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
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
December 2007
A recent trip to a Latin American country helped remind me of so much that we often take for granted in the United States. Their government requires all electric utilities to monitor the quality of the supply at the distribution substations, primarily as a flicker study, though also momentary and temporary sags and interruptions are to be counted each month. READ MORE
December 2007
The financial community probably exemplifies the digital economy more than any other indus-try. In the United States alone, the uninterruptible flow of electrons (or photons) in the data centers and communication systems of the stock exchanges, banks, insurance and credit card companies make nearly $100,000 per second. According to the U.S. READ MORE