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

April 2015
This month, we honor perhaps the most notable person in the history of the power quality (PQ) industry, often called the father of PQ monitoring: Abraham I. Dranetz. Some of us knew him as Abe, and others knew him as Mr. Dranetz. He would have been 93 this May, yet he never stopped contributing to the industry and the world in so many ways. READ MORE
March 2015
The categories or labels used to describe the plethora of power quality phenomena that can occur on electrical systems have not changed much in the past decade or two. Measurement methods and acceptable limits for most systems have changed. READ MORE
February 2015
Last month, we looked into positive, negative and zero-sequence components, also known as symmetrical components, with virtually no math involved. READ MORE
January 2015
In attempting to explain to a colleague why we care about negative sequence components, I tried to follow the guidance that Bob Lawrie, another member of the NFPA 70B Electrical Equipment Maintenance committee, offered to me many years ago: never use a formula in an article. While engineers may take joy in formulas and math, the general public typically does not. READ MORE
December 2014
In preparing to write my next article, I often review the topics I have covered in the past year or so, and I consider the issue’s theme. Being a sometimes overly analytical engineer, I keep track of just about everything in a spreadsheet, from the topics of ELECTRICAL­ CONTRACTOR articles, to budgets to my home’s utility bills. READ MORE
  • Damaged dog-fence power source
November 2014
Lightning is the biggest cause of damage and destruction of electrical and electronic equipment in industrial facilities, commercial buildings and homes, as stated in the 2008 report by the U.S. National Lightning Safety Institute. READ MORE
October 2014
NFPA 70B, Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance, has championed the importance of an electrical preventative maintenance (EPM) program for years. Beginning in 1968 with requests to the National Electrical Code (NEC) committee for maintenance recommendations, 70B has more than 300 pages of valuable information on how to create and carry out an effective EPM program.
  • Dranetz Model 606 was introduced in 1975.
September 2014
The importance of monitoring the quality of the electrical supply has increased with the ongoing push to boost uptime, productivity and profits. When carrying out business 24/7, having a process or operational interruption can negatively affect of the bottom line. If a customer can’t instantly purchase what they want from one company, a competitor is just a click away. READ MORE
August 2014
While spaghetti adorned with one of the dozens of different sauces that are served in the small, off-the-beaten path restaurants in the Italian countryside is “splendido,” wiring that looks like spaghetti is just the opposite.