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 2006
Recently, a PQ consulting expert sent me some interesting data from a facility he monitored. The data was the result of periodic PQ monitoring that is conducted at the facility’s service entrance. There wasn’t a report of problems in the facility, though the resulting data shows several potential problems that may cross that “threshold of pain” in the future. READ MORE
April 2006
When setting out to monitor any power system, it is very important to determine what type of wiring configuration is used before making the connections. The primary and secondary sides of transformers are often different wiring configurations, as can be the loads from the source. This affects not only how you would connect the voltage and current probes, but also what you will see in the data. READ MORE
February 2006
Frequently, power quality (PQ) phenomena that result in changes to the voltage waveforms aren’t noticeable without specialized instruments. For example, a power factor capacitor switching transient isn’t likely to make the lights dim or flicker, yet it may cause the adjustable speed drive (ASD) to trip off line. READ MORE
January 2006
Reading through some electrical engineering textbooks written in the 1930s, the term “frequency” is used to describe what is now referred to as the “fundamental electric power frequency,” also known as 60 Hertz (Hz) in North America and some other parts of the world. In the 1930s, there was only one frequency on the electrical wires, so it didn’t need extra adjectives to define it. READ MORE
December 2005
At a recent National Electrical Code taskforce meeting dealing with mission-critical facilities relative to scenarios proposed by the Department of Homeland Security, the main concern seemed to be “you can’t test critical facilities. READ MORE
November 2005
Though the rules of Kirchoff's and Ohm's Laws are always the same, the emphasis on power quality (PQ) changes throughout a facility's life cycle and equipment within. The electric utility system, which is still feeling the effects of deregulation and distributed generation, can provide a different quality of supply. READ MORE
October 2005
Keeping the voltage and currents balanced in a facility is not just a power quality concern, it can also affect energy consumption and equipment life, especially with electric motors. A recent Department of Energy publication states “Voltage unbalance is probably the leading power quality problem that results in motor overheating and premature motor failure. READ MORE
September 2005
When sport teams begin their training camps, they usually start with a return to the basics. For football, it is blocking and tackling. READ MORE
August 2005
As the summer approaches, so does the lightning season. Lightning is one of the sources of power quality phenomena, which can manifest as high frequency transients and/or rms variations, including sags and interruptions, depending on where the lightning strikes and the “electrical location” of the facility relative to the lightning strike. READ MORE