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Roller coasters, Hollywood sets, and more!

October 2012

Dorney Park

Do you ever wonder what it would be like to be an electrician at an amusement park, working on roller coasters and animatronic dinosaurs?

Or to work on a Hollywood studio set, with a major motion picture in process?

We’ve brought you these stories, and much more, in the new Fluke Electrical News, Volume 11, Number 1.

How they keep the fun going at Dorney Park

Whether it’s barreling down the thrilling twists and turns of a roller coaster, skimming down waterslides, or mingling in the forest with life-size dinosaurs, Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom attracts fun seekers of all ages. It is one of the largest amusement parks in the northeastern United States, with more than 50 rides (including 6 roller coasters) and a spectacular water park with 11 waterslides. Mostly it is just an incredibly fun way to spend a day. The year-round electrical crew tells us about their work.

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Lights, camera, action! Fluke goes to the movies

IATSE Local 728

When a feature film or TV show comes on the screen, one element the audience rarely considers is the lighting. However, lighting is every bit as critical to the production as the camera. Behind the scenes of any show, lighting technicians blend art and science to make the magic appear.

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Moving a production line: An electrical system checklist

noisy waveform

Moving or reconfiguring a production line can disrupt a complex and finely tuned system. When you move a line, electrical distribution systems, variable frequency drives (VFDs), programmable logic controllers (PLCs), lighting, communication circuitry, controls, and emergency stop systems are susceptible to unanticipated changes ranging from glitches to outright failures. Our electrical system checklist can serve as a map, an agreement, and a memory aid.

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Troubleshooting premature motor failures: A case of excessive ground currents

Troubleshooting premature motor failures

One failure is a happenstance; twice is a coincidence; but the third time it happens you figure there’s something else afoot. Follow Linamar’s Advanced Systems Group as they uncover the clues, detect high ground current, and test the suspected cause.

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Why are those infrared images blurry?

Infrared autofocus

The Tech Tips for this issue answers the question, “Why are those infrared images blurry?” It’s important to find out. If the images are blurry, your data and analysis of the situation might be inaccurate. Discover how to get good focus with your thermal imager.

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