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The industries where drives are usually installed and operated include oil and gas, power, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, metals and minerals, marine and turbocharging. Key customer benefits include improved asset productivity and energy savings.

Theory and practical technical guides to drive systems
Theory and practical technical guides to drive systems

ABB drives is a reference for drives users the world over that signifies reliability, simplicity, flexibility and ingenuity, throughout the lifecycle of a drive.

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Softstarter Handbook

Modern electrical motors are available in many different forms, such as single phase motors, three-phase motors, brake motors, synchronous motors, asynchronous motors, special customized motors, two speed motors, three speed… Read more

May 26, 2013

Softstarter Handbook - ABB

Guide to extruders in AC drives

Most end products of the plastics industry are manufactured in a single machine and there is no process flow in the usual sense of the term. The raw material in… Read more

Oct 03, 2010

Guide to extruders in AC drives

Functional safety

The national laws of the European Union require that machines meet the Essential Health and Safety Requirements ( EHSR) defined in the Machinery Directive and in the harmonized standards under… Read more

Oct 03, 2010

Guide to motion control drives

This guide aims to give users an overview of high performance drives and motion control. Although written in a simple style to make it relevant to most applications, readers need… Read more

Oct 03, 2010

Electrical Braking

This guide continues ABB’s technical guide series, describing the practical solutions available in reducing stored energy and transferring stored energy back into electrical energy. The purpose of this guide is… Read more

Oct 03, 2010

Guide to dimensioning of a drive system

Dimensioning of a drive system is a task where all factors have to be considered carefully. Dimensioning requires knowledge of the whole system including electric supply, driven machine, environmental conditions,… Read more

Oct 03, 2010

Technical guide No. 7 - Dimensioning of a drive system

Guide to Harmonics with AC Drives

This guide continues ABB’s technical guide series, describing harmonic distortion, its sources and effects, and also distortion calculation and evaluation. Special attention has been given to the methods for reducing… Read more

Oct 03, 2010

Guide to Variable Speed Drives

This guide continues ABB’s technical guide series, describing different variable speed drives (VSD) and how they are used in industrial processes. Special attention has been given to electrical VSDs and… Read more

Oct 01, 2010

Guide to Variable Speed Drives

Direct Torque Control

Direct Torque Control – or DTC – is the most advanced AC drive technology developed by any manufacturer in the world. The purpose of this Technical Guide is to explain:… Read more

Oct 01, 2010


  1. Joko Sriwahyu Krisbudiyanto
    Aug 25, 2020

    what is the advantage of DTC comparing with PWM motor driver speed control in AC induction or PSMS motor

  2. md.shahin Akter
    Oct 23, 2018

    I want to learn about hydrolic operating mechanism of hv sf6 circuite breaker.

  3. Mangala Nand
    May 02, 2016

    What is the difference between VCB and SF6 Circuit breaker on high voltage system?

    Feb 19, 2016

    i´m from Portugal and working in Angola, i need any technical support or help. We have this type of ABB drives 3HAB8101-6/08A and now we don´t have any other to change, but the customer have 3 used ones in warehouse but with diff. ref.
    He have these in store:

    can you please help me to understand the differences between these and the demaged one ?
    Or maybe you have some documentaions about this drives ?!

    Thank you very much

  5. kojo yerenchi
    Dec 06, 2015

    how can i download that

  6. Aditya Sharma
    Nov 08, 2015

    Can i download all these file in a single zip file if yes how?

  7. RAGHU
    Sep 04, 2015

    I am particularly inquisitive for learning about ABB products

  8. Arjun
    Jun 21, 2015

    Dear Admin,

    Could we have an option to download all the files in single zip file

  9. Kajar
    Jun 20, 2015

    hi, guys i like this site since i am electrician trying to get better on circuit troubleshooting.

  10. Zubair
    Aug 26, 2014

    I studied the whole topics of electrical engineering portal this is best website ever i have seen this is best for learning

  11. Ayegbo Phillips
    Aug 17, 2014

    Thanks for the details ,

    I am a maintenance \engineer, I want to develop my capacity for PLC programming and troubleshooting

  12. felix sandoval
    Jul 06, 2014

    Awsome information. Thanks a lot, it will be very useful

    Jan 30, 2014


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