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5 Most Common Motor Load Types

Load profile (speed range, torque and power) Certain load types are characteristic in the industrial world. Knowing the load profile (speed range, torque and power) is essential when selecting a suitable motor and frequency converter for the application. Some common load types are shown. There may also be combinations of these types. Constant Torque Quadratic […]

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Basics of Built-in Motor Protection for Beginners

Why is motor protection necessary? In order to avoid unexpected breakdowns, costly repairs and subsequent losses due to motor downtime, it is important that the motor is fitted with some sort of protective device. This article will deal with built-in motor protection with thermal overload protection to avoid damage and breakdown of motor. The built-in […]

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Motor Connection for Clockwise and Counterclockwise Direction of Rotation

Star-delta (Y-Δ, wye-delta) starting Star-delta (in North America the designation “wye-delta” is commonly used instead) starting is the simplest method for reducing the starting current of a motor. The technique can be used with all squirrel-cage induction motors that are delta-connected for normal operation and whose windings ends are individually connected to terminals. The reduction […]

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Field Data Interface Devices as Eyes and Ears of a SCADA System

It’s all about information // Field data interface devices form the “eyes and ears” of a SCADA system. Devices such as reservoir level meters, water flow meters, valve position transmitters, temperature transmitters, power consumption meters, and pressure meters all provide information that can tell an experienced operator how well a water distribution system is performing. […]

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Comparison of Motor Speed Control Methods

Why motor speed control? It is often desirable to control the motor speed, usually for reasons process control for such variables as flow or pressure. Such applications as fans and pumps often have varying output requirements, and control of the motor speed is more efficient than mechanically limiting the process output with such devices as […]

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When to Buy Premium Efficiency Motors?

Reducing Operating Costs Using premium efficiency motors can reduce your operating costs in several ways. Not only does saving energy reduce your monthly electrical bill, it can postpone or eliminate the need to expand the electrical supply system capacity within your facility. On a larger scale, installing efficiency measures allows electrical utilities to defer building expensive new generating plants, resulting in lower […]

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PLC Implementation Of Forward/Reverse Motor Circuit With Interlocking

Forward/Reverse Motor Interlocking Figure 1 illustrates a hardwired forward/reverse motor circuit with electrical and push button interlockings. Figure 2 shows the simplified wiring diagram for this motor. The PLC implementation of this circuit should include the use of the overload contacts to monitor the occurrence of an overload condition. The auxiliary starter contacts (M1 and […]

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Characteristics And Work Principles of Switched Reluctance (SR) Motor

SR Motor Characteristics The Switched Reluctance (SR) motor is very different from the other polyphase machines described because both the stator and the rotor have salient poles. The motor can only be used in conjunction with its specific power converter and control, and consequently only overall characteristics are relevant. The intuitively straight forward principle of […]

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Automation Migration Strategy in 3 Phases

Evolving the manufacturing systems Owing to competitive pressures in the marketplace, a company often needs to introduce a new product in the shortest possible time. The easiest and least expensive way to accomplish this objective is to design a manual production method, using a sequence of workstations operating independently. The tooling for a manual method […]

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14 energy-efficiency improvement opportunities in pumping systems

Detailed energy assessment Pump systems consist of pumps, driver, pipe installation and controls (such as ASDs or throttles) and are a part of the overall motor system. Below some of the energy efficiency opportunities for the pumping system are presented. Also, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has published a standard that covers the assessment […]

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