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

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.
July 2014
Fixing or mitigating the problem of equipment malfunction or misoperation due to incompatible power supply isn’t much more complicated than diagnosing the power quality problem. As May 2014’s article showed from Table 2 of IEEE Std 1159 2009, Recommended Practice for Monitoring Electric Power Quality, there are seven basic types of power quality phenomena. READ MORE
  • Fatal Four

May 2014
You are probably thinking this is yet another lecture about electrical safety. While focusing each May on safety is important, we should care about it every day. Unfortunately, preventable injuries and fatalities often occur when people fail to practice electrical safety.
May 2014
Once a year, I focus on the latest trends and changes in power-quality monitors, standards and mitigation equipment. This article initially focused on the latter, but after researching several dozen of the newer products on the market, one thing became apparent. Customers often send me data from power quality monitors that seem to defy the laws of physics. READ MORE