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What To Check When Commissioning Variable Speed Drives

The purpose of commissioning VSDs The main purpose of commissioning VSDs is to ensure that: The AC converter and motor have been correctly installed and meet the wiring and safety standards such as IEC 60364 or Australian standard AS 3000. The power and motor cables are correctly sized, installed and terminated. All power cable shields […]

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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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The Most Common LV/MV Motor Starting Devices

Two-state ON-OFF device The most common motor starting device is the low voltage motor-starting contactor. A contactor is defined as “a two-state ON-OFF device for repeatedly establishing and interrupting an electric power circuit.” Contactors are designed for optimum performance and lifetime when switching loads; they are not designed for interrupting short-circuit currents and therefore motor circuits require separate […]

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4 Types of DC Motors and Their Characteristics

Characteristics As you already know, there are two electrical elements of a DC motor, the field windings and the armature.The armature windings are made up of current carrying conductors that terminate at a commutator. DC voltage is applied to the armature windings through carbon brushes which ride on the commutator. In small DC motors, permanent […]

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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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8 NEC Basic Feeder Circuit Sizing Requirements

Feeder circuit loads Once the branch circuit loads are calculated, the feeder circuit loads may be calculated by applying demand factors to the branch circuit loads. General Lighting Loads (Article 220.42) Show window or track lighting (Article 220.43) Receptacles in other than dwelling units (Article 220.44) Motors (Article 220.50) Fixed Electric Space Heating (Article 220.51) […]

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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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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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Energy Efficiency Aspects of Electric Motors

Load Efficiency Three-phase squirrel-cage induction motors comprise a considerable percentage of the electrical load in the United States. Design, operation, and maintenance of these machines is well described in some of the articles already published. This technical article focuses on their energy efficiency aspects. Induction motors typically range in full load efficiency from about 87% […]

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