Agent spotlight: EMMCO is one of the leading agencies serving south Texas for MGM

In 2019 Emmco celebrated the milestone of 40 years in business in the South Texas market and their 21st year representing MGM. We are proud to have been associated with them since 1998 and continue to look at a bright future working mutually to increase market share in that South Texas market.


Located in Houston, EMMCO serves their customer base from a 30,000 sq. Ft. warehouse and Headquarters facility where they stock MGM inventory for their local market and offer stock assistance to nearby trade areas. Along with an inventory of complementary products, EMMCO reinforces the agent model of bring increased value to their distribution base with a multitude of products and services.


With a staff of fourteen, Six outside salespeople. Six inside sales and two running all the logistics of the warehouse. EMMCO has a very large presence in the south Texas market.


Under the direction of Principles Rick Faught and Greg Pulido on the outside and Operations manager Tim Smith on the inside EMMCO continues to be recognized for their strong pre and post-sale activities.


If you have chance, check them out at or shoot Rick or Greg an e-mail.

MGM makes transformers for solar applications

Scientists have high confidence that global temperatures will continue to rise for decades to come, largely due to greenhouse gases produced by human activities. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which includes more than 1,300 scientists from the United States and other countries, forecasts a temperature rise of 2.5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit over the next century. Increasing the supply of renewable energy would allow us to replace carbon-intensive energy sources and significantly reduce US global warming emissions. One such source available for us is Solar energy.

At MGM we have identified this need and have been supplying transformers for application in Distributed Photovoltaic (DPV) Power Generation Systems – aka, Solar Energy. In DPV Power Generation Systems electrical power is generated by converting solar radiation into direct current (DC) electricity using semiconductors that exhibit photovoltaic (PV) effect. Photovoltaic power generation employs solar panels comprising a string of photovoltaic modules (cells) containing a photovoltaic material, often made of silicon. The PV module can typically generate a combined dc voltage of up to 1100V (DC).

The generated DC voltage is then converted to a three-phase AC voltage using a three-phase inverter. The inverter is subsequently connected to a DPV system inverter transformer for distribution of alternating current (AC) energy.

Below are Transformer Selection Parameters:
1. Rated output kVA:
• Based on inverter output ratings, load diagram, harmonic content, weather patterns and unusual service conditions
2. Nominal Voltage:
• Designed for Inverter Transformer to be compatible with Pulse voltage shape of inverters
3. Winding connection diagram and vector group:
• Inverter operation is not affected by vector group like Dy1, Dy5 or Dy11
• No Neutral required on Primary LV side
• Isolated neutral point on Secondary HV side transformer
4. Electrostatic Shield (ES):
• Recommended installation of ES between primary and secondary windings to minimize potential transfer of high frequency voltage disturbances (harmonics, pulses, surges) from primary to secondary
• Windings typically connected to inverter circuits are ungrounded

MGM fully complies with C57.159 – 2016 IEEE Guide for application in DPV Power generation Systems.

MGM Transformers installed at US Steel

When US Steel needed to find a transformer manufacturer that could design and build a transformer to provide clean power for an existing mill that was being fitted with upgraded drives they turned to MGM Transformer. US Steel recently put into service an upgraded rotary rolling mill which makes hollow seamless tubing. The process for creating U.S. Steel seamless pipe begins with continuous cast round billets heated in a rotary hearth furnace where temperatures exceed 2,300°F. The preheated billets are then processed through two piercing mills and a plug rolling mill to increase both diameter and length. This process also reduces wall thickness. Pipes larger than 16” OD are reheated and sent through a rotary rolling mill, which uses large discs to expand the hot tubes increasing the diameter. Rotary rolling can produce pipe as long as 45 feet.


This picture shows the probe that is driven through the super-heated steel rod to produce a seamless tube as part of the milling process at US Steel in Loraine OH.


Integrated Mill Systems, who was managing the project for US Steel, was aware they needed a partner that could meet the engineering challenges and demanding specifications of US Steel. The transformers of MGM, integral in the process to provide even power loads, were designed and built to US Steel exacting specifications, to power the drives that control this process. Once the designs were completed and the transformers were manufactured, tested and delivered, US Steel was very satisfied with the delivered product and the decision to choose MGM Transformer.


Kevin Wingard of Integrated Mill systems checks the status of the MGM manufacturing process, while Dave Schmidt of US Steel inspects one of the three coils contained in the US Steel transformer.

A team of MGM engineers shows Kevin Wingard of IMS and Dave Schmidt of US Steel the testing procedures that their transformers will go through.


MGM Transformer Company is the largest transformer company in the western United States, offering a complete line of transformers (both dry type and liquid filled) with a product range is from 10kVA to greater than 10MVA. Please contact us at 323-726-0888 for more information.

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Check out our new corporate video showing our various product offerings and our entry into new market sectors such as motor drive isolation, electric vehicle charging, mining, solar power and data center power distribution.

Transformer market prices will rise due to a NOMEX price increase

Transformers are primarily made up of a pair of windings called primary and secondary and linked by a magnetic core.  Generally, 80% of a transformer price is determined by the core steel, wire and insulation materials.  One of the most widely used and best insulation materials in the market is “Nomex” which gives transformers a 220°C insulation level.  This material is manufactured by Dupont USA and complies with IEC 60216, IEEE98 and UL746B standards. The thermal index is limited by IEEE and UL to selected values such as: 130°C, 155°C, 180°C and 220°C. Nomex 410 has been assigned a thermal index of 220°C which is widely used in the industry.  One of the ingredients used in Nomex is called m-Phenylenediamine or in short MPD. This key ingredient is primarily manufactured in a factory in Eastern China.

On March 21st this factory had a major explosion which killed 64 people and injured hundreds more.  The blast occurred in an industrial park in the city of Yancheng, north of Shanghai, and it was one of China’s worst industrial accidents in recent years. The explosion created a crater and more than 900 firefighters were deployed to extinguish the fire that burned into the night.   As a result of this tragedy, the supply of MPD has been disrupted and resulted in other factories around the world making this ingredient to also raise their prices drastically. Dupont Nomex published and circulated a letter stating that Nomex prices will increase by at least 8.5%.

Most of us in the industry are familiar with unstable transformer prices because of recent copper, aluminum and core steel volatility.  This is also true with the upcoming Nomex price increase.  Typically, the amount of Nomex used in a transformer varies from 6% to 12% of its base cost.   Transformer prices are expected to increase by the same percentage.  It is important to note that this increase will be across all transformer manufacturers, not just MGM.

During the peak of the Gulf war there were some shortages of Nomex as that is a primary ingredient of Kevlar used in body armor.  At that time, it was addressed through allocations, so price increases were minimal. The explosion in China leaves the Nomex supply vulnerable to major cost increases and shortages. We will do our best to keep you and our customers advised on the situation. MGM recommends that you let your customers know about this situation, so they are not caught off guard by shortages or increases. Of course, the best strategy is always to get orders booked and into engineering so we can secure the materials needed before their prices go up or become unavailable.


Denmark puts 800 MW to 1000 MW offshore wind farm up for tender

Denmark’s government has put up the tender for the first of three wind farms, aimed at turning Denmark into a net-zero emissions society by 2050.

The wind farm, named Thor after the nearby village of Thorsminde, will be situated in the North Sea, approximately 20 km offshore in Jutland, and will be the biggest offshore wind farm in Denmark.

The wind farm will have a capacity of between 800 MW and 1,000 MW and will supply electricity to 800,000 households. The wind turbines at Thor are expected to have a wing diameter of 164 m and a capacity of 13 MW to 15 MW.

Thor will be tendered during 2019 and is expected to be connected to the grid between 2024 and 2027.

The winning tender will be responsible for developing and establishing everything from the wind farm to the transformer stations for connection to the onshore electricity grid. The state-owned Energinet will be responsible only for establishing and operating the onshore grid connection.

Source: International Law Office

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