A match made in motors and drives

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media October 1, 2018

Optimal selection based on the M-n characteristic field of the drive system. Courtesy: LenzeShould matching motors and drives be as simple as matching socks? Chris Moskaites of Lenze Americas offers that view this month, writing that the idea of getting your motors and drives from the same equipment manufacturer means instant compatibility. "With one manufacturer for the motor and drive, the capabilities of each and the suitability for the application are automatically cross-checked while going through the selection process," Moskaites said. "There’s no need to double check calculations and the selection process is significantly faster." That strategy extends not just to the initial purchase, but also to maintenance. "One service team for the motor and drive means there is no passing the buck when technical assistance is needed," Moskaites added. "Whether it’s a repair, update, or a complete motion control system overhaul, carefully consider the motor and the drive and the ultimate goal before deciding where to source the components."

Bob Vavra, content manager for Plant Engineering, CFE Media, bvavra@cfemedia.com.