Motors & Motion
February 6, 2014 - Designed to help identify equipment fatigue and simplify preventative maintenance, the Eaton Ampgard XP3 motor control centre boasts superior contactor-fuse coordination to quickly clear faults and minimize equipment damage.
February 3, 2014 - Weg Electric has introduced its new line of rolled steel motors, which come in both high efficiency (EPAct) and NEMA Premium models and in frame sizes NEMA 56 to 254/6T.
January 30, 2014 - A 36-page, colour handbook—the Aegis Shaft Grounding Ring Motor Repair Handbook—explains how to diagnose electrical bearing damage caused by variable frequency drives (VFDs), also known as inverters.
December 16, 2013 - Weg Electric has expanded its product offering to include soft starters ranging from 3 HP to 4500 HP—more than any other supplier in the industry, it says.
September 30, 2013 - Weg Electric offers a three-phase, wound rotor, induction motor with motorized/manual brush lifting system to the mining market, claiming they are suitable in applications involving high-inertia loads and torque, along with low starting currents.
July 2, 2013 - The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) says it has redesigned its website, making it cleaner and easier to navigate than ever before. Search tools have been added to help users find relevant industry information and locate distributors and manufacturers throughout North America and beyond. A mobile-optimized design makes the site accessible for tablets, cell phones or desktops. The site offers industry-specific content, and while some of it is accessible only to members, a majority of the information is publicly available, says PTDA.
June 27, 2013 - The ACS 2000 from ABB, now available with higher power capabilities up to 3,000 HP, is ideal for general-purpose applications where a medium voltage installation is required. The ACS 2000ʼs direct-to-line connection results in a small footprint for space-sensitive applications. ACS 2000 design provides near sinusoidal current and voltage waveforms making the drive compatible for use with standard NEMA rated motors, says the company. The ultra low harmonic (ULH) design meets the requirements for current and voltage harmonic distortion per IEEE 519 and IEC 61000-2-4 standards.
May 27, 2013 - Baldor Electric Company has introduced its new Super White Washdown duty motor designed for humid and moist environments in the food and beverage industry where motors receive sanitary washdowns on a regular basis. The autophoretic autodeposition exterior surface preparation method makes the white epoxy finish coat of this motor five times more resistant to corrosion and chipping than previous methods, says the company. The shaft, hardware and nameplate are constructed from 300 series stainless steel to help minimize rust and corrosion. The line of motors also includes labyrinth seals on each end of the motor, enhanced sealing around the lead exit, same size bearings on each end, and a moisture resistant insulation system, says Baldor. The motors are NEMA Premium efficient and are available from 1 to 20 HP, 56C through 256TC.
May 16, 2013 - Eaton is introducing the XT motor control centre (MCC), which employs 24vdc control power for commercial, industrial and OEM applications. Communications-enabled versions of the XT MCC allow customers to configure, control and monitor their systems so that maintenance and operations personnel can address problems before they cause downtime or excessive energy waste. Customers can select from ethernet/IP and Modbus TCP communications protocols. Additionally, a gateway can be added to enable communications with external devices using other network protocols. To help protect personnel and equipment from the dangers of arc flash, arc-preventive FlashGard technology can be incorporated into the XT MCC. FlashGard enables units to be disconnected and reconnected to the vertical bus with the unit door closed, maintaining a dead-front barrier during maintenance operations increases operator safety.
April 30, 2013 - SOR Inc.—a manufacturer of pressure, level, temperature, flow and nuclear products—released its updated SOR Product Guide, which shows standard products that can be manufactured to precise specs with the kind of quick delivery, boasts SOR, that rivals off-the-shelf suppliers. The company serves the nuclear power generation, oil & gas and power generation industries.
April 15, 2013 - ABB says its new AC drive portfolio ushers in “a new era in control panel design”, featuring a high contrast/resolution control display, enabling easy navigation. Numerous data visualizations—including bar charts, histograms, trend graphs—help users to analyze processes, with assistants available to simplify set up. An integrated USB port allows connection to the PC tool. “The introduction of a drive that allows for users to learn a single platform, and apply it simply and seamlessly across any market or industry, sets the future for motor control,” said Cliff Cole, global product portfolio manager for the company’s Drives & Controls business unit. As the full product portfolio is released, a customer will be able to use a single operator panel to program any of the drives within the family.
April 5, 2013 - All Russelectric on-site power control systems are equipped with dual PLC controls for automatic generator set starting and stopping, status and alarm annunciation, synchronizing, and priority load control. A primary PLC controls system operation with a backup PLC running the same program as the primary, so if the primary PLC fails, the backup PLC assumes operational control. If both PLCs were to fail, a manual control system allows operating personnel to synchronize and parallel the generators onto the bus, as well as to add and shed load. LCD touchscreen operator interface is included. Custom system integrating SCADA and simulation are available as options. All systems are UL listed and are designed and built in accordance with ANSI, IEEE, and NEMA standards.
March 27, 2013 - Eaton has released the H-Max Series variable frequency drive (VFD), which claims to increase energy savings, lower utility costs and reduce emissions in commercial buildings. According to Eaton, customers whose HVAC systems do not yet use adjustable frequency drives to control motors can realize energy savings up to 45% over their current control method. Meanwhile, those already using an adjustable frequency drive solution can realize an additional energy and emissions savings of up to 10% by switching to an H-Max drive, it says. The H-Max series features insulated gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs), a real-time clock and calendar, and Active Energy Control, which helps customers design and operate HVAC systems. Users can see additional cost savings by tapering system requirements during off hours, weekends, and holidays.
October 9, 2012 - Cooper Wiring Devices has introduced its line of X-Switch motor controllers and disconnects to ensure needs of safety, reduced downtime and code compliance are met. Ideal for harsh environments, the X-Switch is designed to excel where standard switches are most susceptible to failure, it adds. The series includes various input/output options, including breather drains and pre-drilled holes. All products are cULus listed to UL508, CSA C22.2 no. 14, file no. E135083.COOPER WIRING DEVICES
July 12, 2012 - Eaton hopes to prevent unscheduled downtime with its smartMCC technology, by retrofitting existing MCCs (motor control centres) with monitoring and preventive maintenance alerts, event logging, communication and local and remote annunciation capabilities. According to Eaton, it provides the most comprehensive and flexible MCC solutions in the market today, ranging from basic solutions to those that include PLCs, HMIs and custom programming.EATON
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