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Telford Dorr

Telford Dorr received a BSEE in both electrical and electronic engineering from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona in 1973.Dorr is involved in the industrial process control industry as part owner and VP of engineering of Flowcon, which specializes in computer controlled batch weighing equipment. He is also owner of Microtron, which specializes in custom control (sequencing and fading) for neon signs / lighting. Currently, Dorr is a member of the International Neon Association and is the chair of the INA Technical Committee. He may be reached via email at TMJDORR@


Determining Proper Loading for Neon Sign Transformers

Neon sign transformers differ from most other types of transformers one is likely to encounter. Unlike a more conventional transformer, for normal operation a neon sign transformer is specified to operate a minimum, as well as a maximum load. Why is this? To understand this requirement, we must look at what makes a neon sign transformer different from other types.