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Toepel, M. G.; Kuehn, Hazel L. (ed.) / The Wisconsin Blue Book
(1956)

Wisconsin state government and business,   pp. [69]-220 PDF (46.6 MB)


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       WISCONSIN STATE GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS                  215
Engineering Experiment Station, the Public Service Commission
and the Industrial Commission of the state of Wisconsin and are
under the direction of a director who is an associate professor of
Electrical Engineering and of the Engineering Experiment Station.
                      Facilities and Services
  The Standards Laboratory is equipped and staffed to provide for
all routine and special testing of rotating standard watthour meters,
indicating instruments, bridges, current and potential transformers,
etc. Secondary standards of resistance, current voltage and capa-
citance are maintained. These standards are periodically sent in
to the National Bureau of Standards for calibration checks. Facili-
ties are also available for the testing of linemen's rubber goods such
as gloves, blankets, hoods, etc. Safety tests on electric fence con-
trollers and electrical appliances are also made.
   The staff and equipment are available for consulting and special
investigations to assist state industries. Such projects are usually
handled through the Engineering Experiment Station if they meet
certain requirements as to scope and do not compete with estab-
lished commercial organizations within the state.
   The Instrumentation Laboratory is equipped and staffed to handle
special problems in instrumentation, particularly if electronic in
nature. Although primarily concerned with problems arising within
the university, this laboratory is available to state industries through
the Engineering Experiment Station of the College of Engineering if
certain requirements as to scope of the proposed investigation are
met.
   The laboratories perform a public service in cooperation with the
 Public Service Commission and the Industrial Commission in keep-
 ing a watchful eye over many electrical standards and protective
 devices which affect the pocketbooks and safety of Wisconsin
 citizens. An example of the importance of the accuracy of electrical
 standards is to be found in the portable rotating standard watthour
 meters used by utilities in calibrating the watthour meters found
 in homes and factories to determine the electrical energy used by
 the customer. If a uniform error of only one per cent existed in these
 portable standards, more than 750,000 meters could be affected and
 could cost the people of the state more than $500,000 a year. The
 safety of many workers and the public is safeguarded by the tests
 of linemen's rubber goods, electric fences and other electrical ap-
 pliances.
                 To Whom is the Service Available?
   Most of the requests for assistance come from industry. A public
 utility which has purchased rubber gloves for its linemen may
 desire to have them checked to determine if they are safe and if
 they meet the manufacturer's specifications. A local public utility
 may desire to have a portable rotating standard watthour meter


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