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Research: Motors, drives important to plant engineers
In this 2023 study on motors and drives, product quality was the most important factor for selecting a product
Your questions answered: Motors and drives: Advantages of using adjustable speed drives
Advantages of using adjustable speed drives vary, and different applications may require different options.
Energy management with variable speed drives, Part 1
Scott Sullivan walks through the basics of motors and safety, variable frequency drives, the three sections of a drive and how pulse width modulation works.
Benefits of repairing versus replacing a motor
Significant savings can be made by upgrading old motors to more efficient modern alternatives, but sometimes it isn't always possible, which can lead to companies repairing the motor instead.
Your questions answered: The impact of power quality events on motor driven equipment
What power quality events are, how they happen, and what to do
Acquisitions reveal motor supplier strategies
The top three suppliers of low voltage ac motors made waves in the motor and drives space with a string of acquisition announcements in early August. First, WEG announced its acquisition of Gefran’s motion control business.
About engines and motors
The present and future for a most ubiquitous of technologies
Integrated stepper motors trim accurate metal forming costs
Backgauges are motorized multi-axis reference edges on press brakes and use smart steppers to reduce system complexity and improve the overall design.
Direct-drive servo tutorial, application update
Solving low speed rotary servo applications with direct-drive motors avoids hidden initial costs, while saving money over the life of the machine. Example shows $73,000 annual savings on a widget-making machine.
Questions answered to demystify servo sizing
Extra questions about servomotor sizing are answered here, from a May 17 webcast, archived for a year. More help includes related services and software, more servomotor sizing errors and information needed for servomotor sizing.
Heat engine with no moving parts designed
MIT researchers have design a heat engine with no moving parts, which could help enable a fully decarbonized power grid in the future.
Evaluate noise in electric motors
Determining the source can be more difficult than correcting it.
Your questions answered: Motor management and troubleshooting techniques for ac induction motors
Best practices and tips for motor management included advice on variable frequency drives (VFDs), motor efficiency, motor standards and more.
Picking the right motor condition monitoring system
A motor condition monitoring system is integral to sustainably maintain energy savings and extending motor life expectancy. A 100-hp motor/load consumes 795,118 kWh of energy in a year at 85% efficiency. At 95%, the same motor uses only 691,579 kWh. That’s $48,411 in annual savings at $0.07 per kWh.
Intro to setting up, tuning a PM motor with a VFD
A permanent magnet (PM) motor requires a variable frequency drive (VFD) to operate effectively. See motor comparison table, induction motor vs. PM torque curve, and VFD programming and tuning advice.
How drives can help with predictive maintenance
Modern low-voltage drives are able to offer predictive diagnostic capabilities for manufacturers and reduce downtime.
VFDs from the inside out
Variable frequency drive (VFD) vocabulary words: These 50 terms can help properly apply VFDs.
Growth expected for motor, industrial gear markets
Pent-up demand due to challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic are expected to result in strong growth for the motor and industrial gear markets in the next few years.
Decoding your motor’s nameplate
The most relevant information of a motor should be recorded on the nameplate, which includes frame size, voltage, power and more.
Trends in the LV drives market
Market research shows three trends influencing the drives market: functional safety, predictive maintenance and efficiency regulations.
Trends in the LV drives market
Market research shows three trends influencing the drives market: functional safety, predictive maintenance and efficiency regulations.
How variable speed drives save energy for manufacturers
Using a variable speed drive (VSD) can help save money and the environment in many different manufacturing applications.
Differences between NEMA and IEC electric motors
NEMA and IEC motors are similar but have different usual practices; take care when managing a facility with a mixed population
Choosing linear servo motors for the right application
There are several types of linear servo motors and knowing the strengths and weaknesses of each, along with the application they’re best-suited for, is critical.
Motors & Drives: Tips and tools for efficient motor management, Part 4
Michael Lyda, motor and drive engineer with Advanced Energy Corp., explains tips and tools for efficient motor management in this transcript from a December 2020 webcast.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles Aug 2-8, 2021
Articles about tips and tools for efficient motor management, upcycling plastic waste into high-performing mechanical lubricant's, surge protective devices, and more were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Aug 2-8, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Motors & Drives: Tips and tools for efficient motor management, Part 3
Michael Lyda, motor and drive engineer with Advanced Energy Corp., explains tips and tools for efficient motor management in this transcript from a December 2020 webcast.
Motors & Drives: Tips and tools for efficient motor management, Part 2
Michael Lyda, motor and drive engineer with Advanced Energy Corp., explains tips and tools for efficient motor management in this transcript from a December 2020 webcast.
Motors & Drives: Tips and tools for efficient motor management, Part 1
Michael Lyda, motor and drive engineer with Advanced Energy Corp., explains tips and tools for efficient motor management in this transcript from a December 2020 webcast.
US Department of Energy issues final rule for testing small electric motors
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has issued rulemaking on test procedures for small electric motors for more than a decade.
Your webcast questions answered: Troubleshooting techniques for AC induction motors
Over their operating lives, most AC induction motors exhibit common problems, from transients to voltage imbalances and single phasing.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 22-28, 2021
Articles about motor and generator service conditions, smart manufacturing, smart pneumatics, asset maintenance and digital transformation trends were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 22-28, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Recognize service conditions for motors and generators
It is important to understand the differences between the usual service conditions most motor designs assume and unusual service conditions that lead to unreliable operation and costly shutdowns
Improved stepper motor systems support more applications
Stepper motor systems deliver more precision than standard variable-speed motors without the expense and complexity of servo motors, and newer high bus voltage options provide additional flexibility. See 5 motor technologies, common uses.
Direct drive vs. geared rotary servomotor: A quantification of design advantage: Part 3
Direct-drive servomotors are becoming more common as range and availability expands for use in many machine and motor applications.
Your questions answered: Motors and drives: Tips and tools for efficient motor management
Webcast presenter answers additional questions on motor management tips and tools.
Direct drive vs. geared rotary servomotor: A quantification of design advantage: Part 2
Testing a direct drive and geared rotary servomotor shows there are some significant differences between the two when actually put into practice.
Grant given to design ultrahigh temperature tolerant alloys
A team of Texas A&M University researchers are investigating a class of metals, called refractory high entropy alloys (RHEAS), that can withstand higher operating temperatures.
Direct drive vs. geared rotary servomotor: A quantification of design advantage: Part 1
A geared servomotor can be useful for rotary motion technology, but there are challenges and limitations users need to be aware of.
Motor, industrial gears market expected to recover quickly from COVID-19 impact
In spite of the losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the geared motors market is expected to have a period of sustained recovery and growth over the next few years.
How to match drives (VFDs, VSDs) to the motor
Size a variable-speed drive (VSD) for the application, and ask if a general-purpose drive will do or if more embedded intelligence is needed. Do you need a VSD, variable frequency drive (VFD) or adjustable speed drive (ASD)? (Trick question)
Motor repair standard approved
Standard describes industry best practices for ac and dc motors and generators reliability and efficiency.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles September 7-13, 2020
Articles about 3-phase squirrel cage motors, effects of low energy prices, virtual commissioning, global manufacturing outlook and grab sampling systems were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 7-13, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.
How to field test 3-phase squirrel cage motors
Maintenance of critical machines depends on the diagnostic electrical testing of installed 3-phase squirrel cage motors, interpretation of results and key points of physical inspection
Motor repair answers via Virtual Training Day
Motor repair advice about applications, a motor detective story, and a common misconception about motor designs are among additional answers available after a motor repair educational course.
Top 10 ways to protect your VFD investment
Variable speed drives offer savings, if used properly
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles August 3-9, 2020
Articles about VFD parameters, CMMS success, robotic software, industrial lubrication and predictive analytics were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 3-9, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles July 27 to August 2, 2020
Articles about VFD parameters, PPE production, predictive analytics, wearable devices and manufacturing accidents were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 27 to August 2, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles July 20-26, 2020
Articles about predictive maintenance value, manufacturing accidents, reusable masks for COVID-19, tungsten's value to manufacturers and the manufacturing index tips were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 20-26, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Top 5 VFD parameter changes explained
Programming variable frequency drives (VFDs) to fit most industrial applications require only the most basic settings to operate the motor. Understand these 5 VFD parameter changes to optimize VFD programming to fit most motor-drive applications.
10 essential maintenance and troubleshooting tips for VFDs
A properly maintained variable frequency drive (VFD) can provide decades and cost-effective service. Making VFD inspections and maintenance part of facility oversight can improve outcomes.
Your questions answered: Troubleshooting techniques for ac induction motors
Webcast presenters answer questions on troubleshooting techniques for ac induction motors
High-performance motor designs
Motor innovations: Advanced motor technologies influence motor form factors, performance, and efficiencies. Examine how these technology advances can help with your next set of applications.
Your questions answered: Right-sizing pumps with variable speed drives
Webcast presenter Eugene Vogel answered questions on variable speed drives (VSDs), variable frequency drives (VFDs), and their value for manufacturers.
How to deal with wet or flooded motors
Saltwater becomes a major problem.
Electromechanical show announces 2020 event
EASA's June 2020 Convention & Solutions Expo will focus on how companies can "gain the advantage" from everything to knowledge and information to relationship development.
2019 Motor Drives Study research
Five trends on buying and, specifying motor drives for industrial automation applications.
Motors, fans, pumps, compressors: IIoT avoids downtime
Think Again: Remote monitoring, sensors, analytics and real-time intelligence is helping those who manufacture, use, and repair motors and attached critical assets to avoid downtime with prescriptive maintenance technologies, says EASA and Plant Engineering research.
Use of variable frequency drives in injection molding saves money
Variable frequency drives (VFDs) improves process cooling optimization and pump efficiency.
Integrated motors offer flexibility with fewer components
Integrated motors save space compared to separate motor and drive components by reducing the number of components in the system, simplifying cabling and reducing costs over conventional solutions.
Three steps to size motors
Proper motor sizing precludes equipment failures, ensures efficiency and reduces maintenance issues.
Industrial market growth a boost to low-voltage motors and drives
The worldwide market for low-voltage motors and drives grew in 2018 thanks to a continued resurgence in the heavy industries such as metal processing, mining and oil & gas.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles April 15-21
Articles about the Product of the Year winners, packaged boilers, IEEE 1584-2018, energy monitoring, and successful integration project tips were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 15-21. Miss something? You can catch up here.
VFD: Swap it or upgrade?
There’s a lot to know behind the process of replacing a drive.
Serial Command Language (SCL) by Applied Motion
Programmers can stream SCL commands to one or more motor axes at a time.
D3 dryve by igus motor control systems
The D3 control system is suitable for all standard dc motors.
ATO47-1684A stepper motor by ATO Inc.
The ATO47-1684A motor are 2-phase and 3-phase 1.8/1.2 degree Nema 17 , Nema 23 , Nema 24, Nema 34 , Nema 42 stepper motors with different current 0.4A to 8A.
Allen-Bradley PowerFlex 755T AC drives by Rockwell Automation
The Allen-Bradley PowerFlex 755T AC drives now offer an expanded power range, from 10 to 6,000 HP.
WEG CFW300 by AutomationDirect
The WEG CFW300 variable frequency drive is a high-performance VFD for three-phase induction motors.
Diagnosing motor health: Start with the basics
Temperature, power quality, and torque all are strong indicators of a motor's health.
Repair Best Practices to Maintain Motor Efficiency: Your Questions Answered
Webcast presenter Tom Bishop answered questions about topics such as measuring efficiency of installed motors, common difficulties, and power factor (PF).
Picking the right motor size
Finding the right size is crucial for choosing a motor as well as balancing torque, speed, and inertia for optimal application performance.
Eight factors to consider when implementing a linear motion application
When implementing and specifying a linear motion application, users should consider many aspects including the required accuracy, speed, and the duty cycle to ensure the best possible performance.
Maintenance, installation guidelines for linear motion applications
Consider these installation, maintenance, and operating tips and advice for a linear motion system.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles November 19-25
Articles about the important parts of a nameplate, five modern warehouse innovations, five ways data can improve assembly, digital twin collaboration, and the beginning of the digital journey were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 19-25, 2018. Miss something? You can catch up here.
What’s in a nameplate?
Information helps the selection of the right motor regardless of application.
Applied Motion Products’ Si Programmer version 2.5.14 supports seven Si-compatible stepper drives, including the new STAC6 drive, as well as three Si-compatible servo drives. Si Programmer provides out-of-the-box use with integrated tuning for intuitive programming and a point-and-click graphical interface that combines motion, I/O and operator interface functionality for simple machine s...
The PM6 3330 LED and PM6 3320 incandescent lights are constructed of an engineering-grade polymer. The lights weigh 3.45 ounces. The PM6 LED use high-output batteries to drive a one-watt Luxeon LED, producing 41 lumens of light output for up to 20 hours. The PM6 incandescent is engineered with heavy-duty lithium batteries and a high-intensity Xenon bulb that drives 74 lumens of light.
Kaeser Compressors’ Omega G Series gas-tight rotary blowers feature double piston ring, hardened-steel gas and oil seals for reliable sealing and long service life. Seal vents may be piped back to suction or purged for single envelope, gas tight operation. The input shaft double lip seals with oil barrier prevent air ingress as well as fugitive gas emissions.
VFDs: six benefits, energy efficiency
Drives: A growing emphasis on boosting energy efficiency and meeting energy requirements are increasing demand for variable frequency drives (VFDs).
2018 Engineering Leader Under 40: Nicole Dyess, 35
Director, Client Solutions; ValuD Consulting & Motors@Work, Dallas, TX, United States
Six common reasons why electric motors fail
A number of reasons can cause an electric motor to fail. Six reasons are discussed.
Siemens exec to keynote GAMS conference Sept. 12
Hannover Messe extends to U.S. for IMTS Show.
Building a smarter actuator
Electric devices provide a better connection to smart maintenance systems.
How slow roll runout works in electric motors
Vibration measurement a requirement on API motors.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, October 2-8: shocking effects of arc flash, the next generation of RCM, energy-based condition monitoring, and more
Articles about shocking effects of arc flash, the next generation of RCM, energy-based condition monitoring, improving data management, and Lean management and RCM program cooperation were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, October 2-8. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, August 7-13: motor testing, preventative maintenance, index testing, more
Articles about motor testing, preventative maintenance, index testing, augmented reality, and operational improvement were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, August 7-13. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Motion control stepper products
The integrated controller/drive and drive/stepper motor units save space and money, and simplify installation by combining multiple components into a single unit.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, April 3-9: Product of the Year, LED mistakes, HVLS basics, more
Articles about the 2016 Product of the Year winners, mistakes to avoid when upgrading LEDs, HVLS basics, ac induction motors, and permanent magnet motors were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, April 3-9. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, March 27 to April 2: Permanent magnet motors, automation transforming a brewery, manufacturing’s melting pot, more
Articles about permanent magnet motors, automation transforming a brewery, manufacturing's melting pot, the 2017 Maintenance Survey findings, and arc flash causes were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, March 27 to April 2. Were you out? You can catch up here.
Understanding ac induction motor basics
Knowing how magnetism and electromagnetic induction work are crucial to understanding how an ac induction motor works and functions.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, February 6-12: Preventive maintenance mistakes, optimizing facility energy, permanent magnet motors, more
Articles about avoiding preventive mistakes, optimizing a facility's energy consumption, understanding permanent magnet motors, why CMMS implementations fail, and mobile safety strategy were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, February 6-12. Were you out? You can catch up here.
How does motor current analysis help motors?
Motor current analysis provides information on existing issues such as loose connections, burned windings, and grounded windings.
Importance of motor winding analysis in a facility
Motor faults and failure can cause disruptions to business operations and lead to loss of productivity and reduced profits.
Why online motor testing is a great PdM tool
Although offline or static testing is an important part of a routine maintenance program, dynamic testing of motors can be done more frequently and, in many cases, with greater benefit.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, May 30-June 5: Digital transformation and IoT, benefits of using soft starts on ac motors, improving system efficiencies, more
Articles about digital transformation and IoT, benefits of using soft starts on ac motors, improving system efficiencies, finding value in KPI lifecycle, and Big Data were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, May 30-June 5. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.
Extended range for synchronous reluctance technology
Siemens has now extended the lower power range of synchronous reluctance technology from 5 down to 0.55 kilowatts (kW). The synchronous reluctance drive systems from Siemens now cover the complete power range from 0.55 kW to 30 kW.
Integrated Drive Systems Webcast
A Holistic Approach to Energy Savings.
2015 Engineering Leader Under 40: Jeff Poirier, 39
Senior Controls Engineer, RedViking; Plymouth, Mich.; BS Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan
A systematic approach to ac motor repair
ANSI/EASA AR100 provides best practices for mechanical repair, electrical repair including rewinding, and testing that help apparatus rebuilders maintain or enhance the performance, reliability, and energy efficiency of ac and dc motors and generators.
Drill tap tool kit
This kit consists a set of six tap sizes tools plus two extra of the most commonly used bits.
FAQs on motor repair accreditation program
The creation of a motor repair accreditation program through the Electrical Apparatus Services Association (EASA) will help bring more information about motor repair techniques to benefit both the end user and the service centers. EASA officials prepared a series of frequently-asked questions about the program.
EASA launches motor repair accreditation
Service centers will be audited on best practices, industry standards.
The pace of change depends on where you sit
If you are simply observing change, it must seem as if everything is moving past you rapidly. Getting up to speed requires you to stop observing and get into the race.
Choose the correct roller housed unit
Take a step-by-by-step approach to analyzing the right unit for the application.
Keeping it simple: Steps to determine motor’s actual load
Oversized motors cost more to operate—sometimes a lot more. Fortunately, there’s a simple procedure for determining the actual hp required by a load, without expensive equipment or engineering.
Compact modular valves
The NITRA compact modular valves valves are designed for performance, flexibility and modularity.
Correcting induction motor power factor
Low power factor can drain generation capacity, waste energy, and increase maintenance costs with excessive heating of equipment.
Schneider Electric accelerates its transformation
Oil and gas, data center markets are core growth areas, says new North American CEO Laurent Vernerey
Industrial automation finally ready to accelerate growth, IHS reports
Improving global economy will drive market to $185.3B in 2014
Determine if a VFD is right for your application
Variable frequency drives can reduce energy consumption, improve real-time control, and lengthen motor life. Selecting the right one for your application requires asking the correct questions.
Operating NEMA Premium motors above rated load cuts efficiency
The operating load of any motor depends on a number of factors and it can have a major impact on its efficiency
New natural gas resources spark domestic industry
Industry expert describes developments
CNG Refueling Networks Are Expanding
An Increasingly Important Option
Machine vision sales jump 23% in 3rd quarter
Third straight quarter of growth shows no sign of slowing
VFDs: The path to prolonged life
Proper maintenance and attention to detail can stretch productivity
2013 Product of the Year finalists: Electric Motors & Drives
Finalists in the Electric Motors & Drives category for the Plant Engineering 2013 Product of the Year competition.
Servo motors with larger external mass inertias
The AM8500 servo motor series has four sizes and three lengths with standstill torques from 1.38 to 29 Nm
Motor base support and alignment
A basic understanding of frame construction can help minimize motor vibration.
Dosing and transfer pump
The PD01 series ¼-in.” pump is designed for dosing applications where accurate and repeatable dosing is integral to the process being performed
Motors for axial fans
High inertia motors for driving large axial fans that can withstand the increased temperature rise during start and stall conditions
Making the case for pneumatic pick-and-place
In making the right choice, consider operational costs and project complexity.
Stirling engines show promise
Remote sites, unattended operation
Market for GaN, SiC power semiconductors set to rise by factor of 18 from 2012 to 2022
Worldwide revenue from sales of SiC and GaN power semiconductors is projected to rise to $2.8 billion in 2013.
Belt drive actuators
The MSA Series Belt Drive Actuators can carry loads up to 500 lb and have a repeatability of +/-25 µm or better
ABB’s Hogan to resign as CEO
Joe Hogan, has decided to resign from ABB after five years as the company's CEO
Motor repair and replace by the numbers
Calculating your efficiency will point the way to the right decision
U.S. manufacturers can benefit from global machine tool market growth
EMO officials tout American importance at September trade event in Germany
EMEA revenue growth for hazardous area equipment to halve in 2013
Revenue in 2013 for hazardous area equipment is forecast to reach €2.67 billion, growing at 5.2%, just half the rate of 2012.
The M12 Fuel 5/8” SDS Plus Rotary Hammer provides efficient run-time and up to 75% more speed and SDS Plus bit capacity
Demand surges for medium-voltage MCCs, soft starters from oil, water industries
Revenue for MCCs and soft starters used for oil and gas extraction, manufacturing and transportation will rise to $287 million in 2016.
More machine builders turn to direct-drive torque motor modules
Market growth will return in 2013, driven by the growing number of applications which will be more than matched by the increasing number of suppliers.
Hannover Messe: U.S. driving global growth; Innovations deliver manufacturing efficiency
The 2013 Hannover Fair has brought industrial automation and manufacturing experts from around the world to showcase the latest innovations and assess the state of the global manufacturing economy. See new products for engineering design, energy efficiency, power protection, and industrial networking.
Training programs focus on lubrication, MRO, steam boilers
Several symposium and conferences focus on training in the manufacturing industry, specifically on lubrication and MRO
Cordless drill/driver series
The D5140 1/2 drill/driver is designed with a 16-position clutch that allows the user to apply the right speed for any surface area including metal, wood and plastic.
Staying Ahead of the Curve: Five trends in mechatronics
First in a series of articles on automation's evolution
Heavy-duty dry vacuum
The 110 Gallon Premium Heavy Duty Dry Vac System is engineered to vacuum high volumes of dry material including abrasive materials like metal chips and sand
Efficient case packer
The 939EZ Versatron Case Packer can operate up to 30 cases per minute and features rugged and durable change parts for easy and consistent changeover.
Ford to start $773 million plant expansion in Michigan in 2013
Six facilities to get new equipment, technology; 2,350 jobs created
Precision gearbox market growth depends on Eurozone, China growth rates
Sharp increase in sales in 2012 could reverse if global economy falters
EISA anniversary time to take stock of motor efficiency
Almost always, no matter the industry or application, there is an electric motor at work. The challenge for engineers, and one of the keys to American energy independence is simple: Do more with less.
Schneider Electric, Kaman Industrial Technology forge distribution deal
Schneider Electric will become KIT’s primary line of AC drives, sensors, low voltage controls and automation, encompassing more than 75 percent of its sales in these areas.
PTDA names 2013 board, Manufacturer Council
Chris Bursack of ISC companies to lead association in 2013
2012 POY Finalists: Electric Motors and Drives
Finalists in the Electric Motors and Drives category for the Plant Engineering 2012 Product of the Year competition.
Avoid over-specifying inverter-duty motors
When combining a motor and inverter, the application should tell you what type of motor fits best. If you follow these guidelines, you can avoid more than is necessary.
U.S. a bright spot in sluggish global drives market
IMS study finds China, Eurozone economies will slow growth in sector
Permanent magnet motors outperform induction motors in many applications
Permanent magnet synchronous motors offer significant advantages on high-energy-consuming and high-dynamic applications, compared to induction motors. See table, photo gallery.
IMTS 2012: Okuma demonstrates machining center, OSP
Okuma had open demonstrations for 15 of their machines and motors, with their 5-axis machining center, the MU-10000H, as the centerpiece of their presentation.
With IMTS 2012 just a few weeks away, here's a preview into some of the products that will be shown at this year's show in Chicago.
ABB touts energy savings from drives
Company says 310 MWh of power saved in install base in 2011
Take a step-by-step approach to system troubleshooting
Troubleshooting is a step-by-step procedure whose purpose is to quickly and easily identify a problem in a system or process.
Atlas Copco acquires screw compressor company
Turkish manufacturer will strengthen company’s position in region
Acquisition to change face of industrial fractional HP motors market
AMETEK, Inc. finalized the acquisition of the German small motor company Dunkermotoren GmbH on May 21, 2012.
2015 legislation impacts variable speed drives market now
After watching the initial adoption of the ErP directive in the motors market, the question arises “how will the traditionally strong variable speed drives market be affected as these products are introduced in the 2015 phase of this legislation?”
The possibilities, limits of VFDs
The scope of product use has expanded beyond energy efficiency.
Chinese medium voltage drive market will exceed $1.3 billion by 2015
Sales of medium-voltage drives in the Chinese market are forecast to grow at an average of 16.6% per year from 2010 to 2015, according to a recent IMS Research report The Chinese Market for Medium Voltage Motor Drives – 2012 Edition.
Chinese market for low voltage ac, dc motor drives enters period of steady growth
According to a recent IMS Research study, The Chinese Market for Low Voltage Motor Drives - 2012 Edition, revenue growth in this market slowed considerably in 2011 from an abnormally high 2010. Revenues from motor drives (excluding software and services) are projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 13.7% from 2010 to 2015.
Asia Pacific outpaces Americas in fractional HP sales into medical industry
While America leads fractional horsepower (FHP) motors sold in medical applications, the Asia Pacific region, especially China, is closing the gap because of their growing and aging population.
March ISM report: Full speed ahead on growth
Manufacturing winning streak hits 34 months as economy continues steady growth
Production of industrial motor controls shifting to emerging markets
Both 2010 and 2011 set record growth levels in the industrial motor controls market, with shipments in 2011 increasing 22.3%.
Find the right cable for VFD systems
Cable quality and usage are factors in making the best choice during installation.
VFDs align energy consumption to power needs
Variable frequency drive technology has evolved and improved over the years to reduce energy consumption, improve reliability, and extend equipment life.
Server upgrade for maintenance, operations
The KEPServerEX 5.8 has ben upgraded with drivers and security tools to improve operations and performance.
Gallium nitride power semiconductor market to exceed $1 billion by 2021
The emerging market for Gallium Nitride (GaN) power semiconductors is forecast to grow from almost zero in 2011 to over $1 billion in 2021, according to a new report from IMS Research.
Servomotor production to be accelerated
Siemens is accelerating its manufacturing line for its Simotics 1FK7 servomotors with a configurable menu that will allow customers to design their motor to their specifications.
Medium voltage ac drives market expected to grow in 2011
A study by ARC Advisory Group suggests increased global demand in growing markets as well as steady growth in mature, established markets will be the main driving force for the market's growth in 2011.
The European Union’s transition to IE2 efficiency low voltage motors
The EU's transition to IE2 efficiency low voltage motors has been challenging because of the EU's inability to force compliance.
Variable speed drive expansion
The GSV Variable Speed Drive Rotary Screw Compressors portfolio has been expanded to include 75HP and 100HP models.
The PerfectSpeed EC Motor is a PSC motor designed for use in fans and blowers for individual HVAC units.
Figure out the benefits of NEMA Premium motors
Are NEMA Premium motors always better than their non-Premium predecessors?
PV inverter market achieves record for 2011
IMS Research reports that the PV inverter market exceeded 26 GW in shipments for the first time ever thanks to surging sales in Asia and the Americas, which made up for sluggish sales in Europe.
The I700 Servo Inverter by Lenze Americas is designed for multi-axis applications and features short cycle times and 32-bit signal resolution for demanding environments.
Linear motors in a Catch-22 market
The linear motor market is set for a recovery, but the recovery may lead to yet another downturn by the end of 2012.
The 2012 AHR Expo took place Jan. 23-25, 2012 in Chicago. Among the new products introduced at the show were:
Direct drive torque motors are replacing gears. But is this statistically significant?
Direct drive torque motors have a greater presence in the marketplace, but overall their impact and potential threat to gearboxes is limited.
AMT’s Woods: Manufacturing growth in 2011 leads to positive outlook
While challenges still remain, manufacturing technology orders grew 80.5% from 2010 to 2011.
Integrated brushless DC motors becoming major competitors for AC servo integrated motors
The DC motor market are becoming a major competitor because of their overall functionality, which was shown by reaching an estimated record high of $360.6 million in 2011.
PLC interface systems to assist in classrooms
Fifteen PLC interface systems from ABB have been donated to assist at Milwaukee technical school
Oil, gas industry leads the charge for medium-voltage motor drives
IMS Research discusses growth potential in the medium-voltage market and its impact on manufacturing worldwide with CFE Media.
Motor circuit analysis
During routine operation of a coal-fired steam plant within a corn milling facility, a 100-hp motor that drives one of the two coal pulverizers was tripping offline shortly after start-up.
Assessing the impact of thailand flooding on 2012 DVR sales
Record floods in Bang Pa-in, Thailand, severely damaged several major HDD assembly facilities, and HDD production capacity is unlikely to reach pre-flood levels for at least one year.
Motor suppliers shouldn’t overlook automotive innovations
Innovation is becoming more and more important for the automative industry as power/performance differentials become smaller and smaller for vehicles.
Milwaukee technical school gets donation from ABB
The 15 PLC interface systems will assist in student instruction
Siemens sees acceleration in global markets
Company rebrands motors line, focuses on security and productivity.
ABB, Baldor combine sales force
ABB and Baldor plan to combine their U.S. sales forces selling low- and medium-voltage industrial drives and electric motors.
Oil, gas industry powers sales for medium voltage motor drives market
Medium voltage drives sales into the oil and gas industry will outplace the market in 2011, according to a new study from IMS Research.
2011 POY Finalists: Electric Motors and Drives
Finalists in Electric Motors and Drives in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition
POY Finalist: Motor control centers
Finalist in Electric Motors and Drives in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition
POY Finalist: IEC motors
Finalist in Electric Motors and Drives in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition
POY Finalist: Overload relays
Finalist in Electric Motors and Drives in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition
POY Finalist: Pump drive
Finalist in Electric Motors and Drives in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition
OEMs under pressure over tire monitoring systems
Impending legislation in Europe has forced OEMs to fit direct or indirect tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) on new passneger car models by 2012 and on new passenger cars by 2014. Both direct and indirect systems, however, have distinct advantages and disadvantages.
Global linear motion market faces growth, dynamic change
IMS report shows new markets emerging in consumables, PV
Yaskawa tops 1 million inverters manufactured
Company calls it 'a major milestone' to have made 1 million inverters in the U.S.
Chinese wage inflation opens market for linear motion products
With wages increasing in China, Chinese factories are turning more to automation to keep costs down and increase productivity
Post-hurricane tips to repair, restart electrical equipment
In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, Schneider Electric offers some electrical safety tips for those affected by the storm
Promise of profits, productivity to expand adoption by European packaging industry
Market earned revenues of $266.4 million in 2010 and is set to reach $393.8 million in 2017 – Energy efficiency and awareness raising strategies will be critical to maximizing uptake.
IMS: Developing countries leading rebound in medium-voltage motors
Slow growth in U.S., Europe dims optimism in sector against rising economies in Asia, South America.
Baldor to offer line of ABB industrial electric motors, generators
Baldor Electric Company is now responsible for selling and supporting the complete line of ABB low- and medium-voltage industrial electric motors and generators.
Industrial motors and drives markets poised for strong growth in 2011
Increased activity from businesses as well as strong growth in regions like China suggest a rebound is in store for the industrial motors and drives market in 2011.
Manufacturing plant shares its history
Siemens' Norwood, Ohio, manufacturing plant, winners of Plant Engineering's 2009 Top Plant award, released a video detailing the plant's history.
How not to install a high efficiency motor
It takes more than just the motor to deliver an efficient outcome.
Toyota plant up and running in U.S.
Toyota has reopened their plant in Buffalo, WV making engines and transmissions.
IN DEPTH: Packaging industry spurs growth in servo motor market
The latest report from IMS Research shows continued accelerated growth for integrated motors sales around the world, driven by a huge need in the packaging industry.
Siemens Industry Inc. names new president of Drive Technology division
Industry veteran Doug Keith has been promoted to lead Siemens Industry's Drive Technologies Division
2006 Top Plant winner celebrates 25th anniversary
The Toyota assembly plant in Georgetown, Ky. has faced recent setbacks, but continues to push forward.
GM announces $2 billion investment in U.S. plants
The automaker aims to save or create more than 4,000 jobs at 17 of its facilities in the U.S.
DXL Series Compact Scissor Lifts feature a smaller footprint than standard lifts while offering a full 2,000 lbs of lifting capacity
Festo US names new chief executive officer
Richard J. Huss has been named the Festo US CEO.
Energy, safety themes fuel manufacturing market optimism
Energy and safety have been the central themes of automation suppliers at the 2011 Hannover Messe, with many companies introducing products to specifically address current issues.
Optimism for economic growth in the near future
91% of manufacturing executives are optimistic about the growth of their company in coming months
Antivirus tools no match for different attack vectors
Depending on the attack vector, there are some antivirus products that fail to detect malware that tries to infect a computer.
3-pole contractors, thermal overload protection relays
Cost effective and reliable 3-pole contactors and thermal overload protection relays are available from Electrotech Direct
CNC improvements deliver powerful change to the shop floor
The CNC is the singular most powerful influence in how any shop will fully capitalize on its laser investment, and you need to get the most out of it
Smart efficiency theme as global event debuts new technology
With 13 international trade fairs scheduled – and with the hope of no volcanic interruptions this year – the 2011 edition of Hannover Messe will take place April 4-8, 2011 in Hannover, Germany.
Ford Blue Oval Scholarships support STEM education for San Antonio students
Ford Blue Oval Scholarships are being made available to high school students in Bexar County, Texas to support workforce development through STEM education and the pursuit of degrees in engineering or technology-related programs.
Manufacturing company to expand Buffalo plant, a $64 million investment
Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia will be expanding its Buffalo plant, adding an additional $64 million investment in the facility bringing with it 40 new jobs
Hard to purge flash drives of delicate info
Computer files stored on solid state drives are sometimes impossible to delete using traditional disk-erasure techniques
Industrial AC variable frequency drives
Hitachi American updates its line of AC variable frequency drives for fans, pumps, conveyors
Online cross-reference guides provide power solutions backlighting OEM LCD panels
Endicott has updated its online cross-reference guides to make finding the proper inverter, driver solution for backlit LCD panels
VHT Sleeve for dust collector valve offers innovative power handling
New high-temp sleeve adds versatility to original Vacu-Valve Dust Collector Valve from Aerodyne
White Paper: Easy Arm White Paper by Gorbel
Gorbel’s Easy Arm Intelligent Lifting Device has helped a turbine motor overhaul improve their work flow, decrease injuries, and increase their productivity by 25%.
New Faces of Engineering honors 14 young professionals
The 2011 Class highlights manufacturing's future as part of National Engineers Week
Proper cabling a critical choice for VFD systems
By integrating some logical steps into choosing the correct VFD cabling system, you can ensure many years of trouble-free service for your drives. The selection criteria for the proper cable system for VFD applications need to be understood in order to ensure a proper installation and operation.
Portable Oscilloscopes engineered for harsh environments
Fluke’s ScopeMeter 190 Series is a family of four-channel scopes designed to meet growing need for portable oscilloscopes in harsh environments
Shaft grounding bearing isolator
The Garlock SGi seal offers maintenance-free, reliable bearing protection by preventing bearing contamination, lubrication loss and electrical damage.
Ford to add 7,000 jobs, begin national recruitment drive
Automaker to expand at Louisville facility for Escape launch
Centralized systems can deliver proper lubrication
Many small problems can arise from improper or lack of lubrication. Proper lubrication is critical in helping to reduce component wear, minimize lubricant consumption, and sustain the performance and reliability of machinery.
Understanding the impact, upgrade requirements of the 2007 EISA
Motion Industries, Baldor and U.S. Motors have launched a website to assist users in understanding the impact and upgrade requirements of the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, effective December 19, 2010.
Malware Report: USB Devices Trigger Attacks
From the mighty blast of Stuxnet to just an everyday cyber infection, it is abundantly clear USB flash drives are a potential danger to a system. That is why a new report emanating from Europe reinforces that concept as one in every eight malware attacks occurs via a USB device, often targeting the Windows AutoRun function, according to a new report released in Europe. Czech security vendor Avast Software reported of the 700,000 recorded attacks on computers in its user community during the last week of October, 13.5% came via USB devices such as flash drives. https://www.isssource.com/malware-report-usb-devices-trigger-attacks/.
Hand-held diagnostic tools expand diagnostic line
RIDGID has expanded its diagnostic equipment line with laser distance meter, combustible gas detector, infrared thermometer
EISA’s impact on manufacturers, energy, and dust collection
Congress passed the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA). This law requires that all general purpose, three-phase AC industrial motors from 1 to 500 horsepower that are manufactured for sale in the United States Dec. 19, 2010 and later will need to meet mandated efficiency standards. Are you ready? (See tables.)
Line of compact, lightweight reactors offering flexibility, performance
The complete line of RLW Reactors from MTE Corporation was designed with OEM’s, System Integrators, and Panel Builders in mind; for peak performance in a compact lightweight design.
GM offering early retirement to skilled workers
Welding, fabrication. machine, tool-and-die and electrical workers sought for lump-sum payments, and qualified medical benefits
Variable speed drive to reduce panel space, maximize performance
Ultra-Slim Altivar 32 Drive from Schneider Electric optimizes panel space, reduces wiring, adds functionality to save time and money
Portable DC welders
The Thermal Arc Portable DC Welder Series offers from 95 Amps to 200 Amps of welding power, suitable for several industries and applications.
SPS Show: Beckhoff drives its way into motor business
Fertig Motors GmbH to develop servomotors for Beckhoff drive technology
2010 POY Finalists: Compressed Air
Plant Engineering's 2010 Product of the Year finalists featured in the Compressed Air category.
2010 POY Finalists: Electrical Power
Plant Engineering's 2010 Product of the Year finalists featured in the Electrical Power category.
2010 POY Finalists: Manual Material Handling
Plant Engineering's 2010 Product of the Year finalists featured in the Manual Material Handling category.
Bentley 500 lists world’s top infrastructure owners
First global compilation puts private ownership well ahead of public infrastructure.
With focus on STEM growth, SME names new Education Foundation board
Board members represent business, industry and academia
Video: 2010 IMTS: Yaskawa talks servo motors
Content Manager Bob Vavra talks servo motors with Yaskawa Product Marketing Manager Chris Knudsen during a booth visit at the 2010 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago.
GM to invest $500 million in Saturn plant
Spring Hill was once the idyllic home of GM's quirky brand. Now it's the new site for its engine plant
Shuttered auto plant gets a new life
Electric car maker Tesla revives GM plant in Fremont, CA, preparesd to ramp up production
IMTS 2010: Yaskawa sees strength in merger
Merger with Motoman to form Yaskawa America Inc. driven by "recovering" global economy
Harley staying in Wisconsin after wage, benefits deal
Two-tiered wage program helps Milwaukee keep iconic plant, as rumored move to Kansas City is idled
Multi-stage pumps can deliver efficiency gains
Steps taken to improve the efficiency of pumping systems would result not only in operating cost savings, but in reduced energy consumption and reduced load on electrical energy supply sources.
Baldor offers brochure on motor efficiency
An 18-page energy savings brochure offered by Baldor Electric Company discusses the company’s motors and how NEMA premium motors can help meet new efficiency standards.
As welder shortage looms, training becomes a critical issue
According to the American Welding Society, more than 500,000 welders are employed in the United States. This is not enough to meet the increasing demands of industry. Also, more than half of the existing welder workforce is approaching retirement. By 2010, the AWS predicts demand for skilled welders will outstrip supply by 200,000.
Drain cleaning machines
The K-45 manual and K-45AF AUTOFEED drain cleaning machines feature optimized power up to 600 RPM. The drain cleaners are designed for 3/4- to 2 1/2-inch drain lines. Cable is offered in three sizes of 1/4, 5/16, 3/8 inches, each in varying of lengths of up to 50 feet.
Flexible axis controller
This single- to six-axis controller unit complete with drives, power supply, I/O, enclosure, onboard computer and 10-inch touch screen. The controller card and modules communicate via the CAN bus for a modular design.
Permanent magnet dc motors
These permanent magnet dc motors are suitable for conveyors, turntables and other applications where adjustable speed, constant torque, dynamic braking and reversing capabilities are needed.
Solid-state overload relay
This solid-state overload relay provides enhanced motor protection and motor energy consumption information, helps users improve energy efficiency and protect electric motor investments.
Imbedded parameter chip
The embedded parameter chip stores pertinent mechanical and electronic motor data for servo, synchronous and torque motors. Stored data includes such information as serial number, type, parameters and manufacturer specifications, making the entire power transmission system clearly identifiable in the application program.
Sizing up your motor strategy
With more emphasis than ever about how energy is produced and managed in a manufacturing plant, the focus turns to the intelligent management of motors and drives. Plant Engineering discussed these trends with Jim Clark, a 25-year veteran of the low voltage and frequency drives business and the director of ABB’s low voltage motor operations in the United States, and Mark Kenyon , who is p...
Severe duty motors
Super-E Duty Master motors are designed for severe operating conditions and are available in TEFC and WPII foot-mounted configurations. Standard voltages are 2,300/4,000 V, 60 Hz. three phase Stock motors are available in 3,600, 1,800 and 1,200 RPM. and 200 through 1,500 hp,. Motors feature form coil vacuum pressure impregnated construction, high-pressure die cast aluminum rotors, all cast iron...
Motor control center – 2010-03-01
The IntelliCENTER 2.0 motor control center makes it easier to add components and make other hardware configuration changes. The new drag-and-drop function used to add or remove devices saves time and simplifies hardware changes on an existing MCC. IntelliCENTER 2.0 features new ActiveX controls that allow the software to be readily accessed by a variety of HMI software packages, as well as Web ...
Modular power distribution connection system
This pluggable quick-disconnect modular wiring system includes a series of cordsets, T-taps, in-line reducers, receptacles, locking clips and closure caps. The system is comprised of factory-applied connectors over-molded onto cable to provide 25 A feeder and 15 A branch power distribution circuits up to 600 Vac.
Potentiometer control increases inverter flexibility
The ability to use potentiometer control is useful in hands-on applications where speed must be ramped up/down such as material handling or food/beverage processes.
Share the load, reap the benefits
Load sharing provides multiple advantages, but care must be taken in design
PositionServo drives with suffixes “ES” and “RS” now include a safety circuit that disables the drive output to the motor so that the drive cannot generate torque in the motor. This safety function, termed “Safe Standstill,” meets the requirements of ISO 13849-1 Safety of machinery – Safety-related parts of control systems – Part 1: General princi...
Ford’s new better idea: Turn a profit
Automaker to reverse losses, earn $2.7 billion
A new generation of motor management
Electric motor driven systems represent close to 90% of electrical costs in some process industries. Efficiency upgrades represent the most cost effective method of energy conservation. What will drive your strategy in the new year?
Motor control efficiency
Renewed industry focus on energy efficiency and energy costs is prompting plant managers and engineers to take a closer look at integrating efficient technologies such as variable frequency drives and soft starters into their plants. Successfully controlling peak current, which local utilities use to establish charges, can save energy and reduce operational costs.
Soft motor starter line
These soft starters are available in 5 A to 40 A sizes, are overcurrent protected and feature two DIN-rail mountable frame sizes: 45 mm and 55 mm. The microprocessor-based starters have an operating voltage range of 208 Vac to 460 Vac.
CANopen extension module
This module provides CANopen connectivity to Siemens automation and control systems, and Profibus and Profinet protocols.
Understanding motor rewind advantages
A documented best practices rewind performed by a highly qualified service provider can lead to significant improvements in a motor's power density and reliability
Rockwell Automation touts smart, safe, sustainable manufacturing solutions
Plant-wide optimization, machine-builder performance, and sustainable production are among highlights from Rockwell Automation at 18th annual customer and partner event, Automation Fair.
Portable welding machines
This portable welding machine features advanced inverter technology and a compact design with an impact-resistant polymer and aluminum casing. The control panel presents all welding parameters in an easy-to-understand layout.
New issue of Global Plant Engineering focuses on H1N1 virus
The latest issue of Global Plant Engineering , the award-winning international ebook from the editors of Plant Engineering, focuses on the H1N1 pandemic and what international manufacturing leaders need to do to ensure the health and safety of their workers.Global Plant Engineering readers also will get a look at trends in sustainable manufacturing, hydraulic safety and variable speed ac drives. Industry leaders also discuss the global water crisis and ways to bridge the gap between your engineering and IT department. Global Plant Engineering has received a 2009 General Excellence award from the American Society of Business and Professional Editors.
Phase, motor rotation testers
The compact phase rotation meter is designed to identify phase rotation on 3-phase systems, as well as live and open or de-energized phases.
This double-conversion UPS is designed to IEC standards and uses PWM and fiber optic technologies.
Honeywell and Toyota Motor Europe partner to increase the energy efficiency of European paint operations
Technology Application is the First of Its Kind in the Automotive Industry
Network module for drives
EtherNet/IP and other network protocol capabilities have been added to ac drives for communication between devices from different manufacturers.
Simplified temperature control
These temperature controllers combine simplicity, performance and value, and have the ability to interface with solid-state relays, electromechanical relays, PLCs, VFDs and HMIs.
Saturn is latest GM nameplate to vanish
Deal with Penske falls through; GM halts production
Simple solutions can prevent premature damage
Most motor failures stem from damaged bearings or stator windings. Lack of lubrication, over lubrication, misalignment and bearing (shaft) currents often dramatically shorten bearing life. The culprits responsible for premature failure of stator windings include mechanical or thermal overload, poor ventilation and transient voltages from variable-frequency drives.
Manufacturing’s recovery seen as ‘modest and fragile’
As signs continue to emerge that the U.S. economy is improving, a recovery from the worst recession since World War II is likely to be "modest and fragile", according to a new report. The Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI Quarterly Economic Forecast predicts that inflation-adjusted gross domestic product will decline 2.
Fan speed control
The P266 condenser fan speed control offers more features and application flexibility. The P266 is a fan speed control for single-phase Permanent Split Capacitor motors used in outdoor low-ambient refrigeration and air conditioning condenser applications. Compact, cost-effective and energy efficient, the P266 product highlights include: a stainless steel electronic pressure transducer that prev...
Manufacturing recovery ‘modest and fragile’
MAPI report shows slow, steady emergence from recession
Toyota launches diesel lift truck
Toyota Industries Corporation has launched world's first internal combustion hybrid lift truck. Sales of the Toyota diesel hybrid lift trucks will begin in the Japanese market this December.The Geneo-Hybrid 8,000 pound counterbalanced lift truck combines a 2.5-liter diesel engine, electric motor and nickel-metal hydride battery. Company officials said the lift truck would reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 50%."Toyota has been a leader in hybrid development for years with the very popular Prius vehicle," said Brett Wood, president of TMHU.
IEC contactors, overload relays
The XT line of IEC contactors and overload relays are designed with a compact modular frame for applications up to 40 A, and 3-phase motor applications up to 25 hp at 575 V. The series includes non-reversing contactors, overload relays and a variety of related accessories. The contactors have positively-driven contacts between the integrated auxiliary contact modules as well as within the auxil...
Safety Relays vs CAT 4; Comments on Safety, Redundancy, Risk
July 20, 2009 Recently I visited a manufacturing company to discuss their machine guarding strategy for the control system on automated palletizer machines. After some discussion, I asked for a plant floor tour to see these machines being manufactured. During the tour they showed me a CAT 4 application mitigated by applying a CAT 4 rated safety relay.
Product Exclusive: Soft starter technology matches profiles, loads
Reduced-voltage starters have been autotransformers, wye/delta or part winding electromechanical starters that reduce inrush line current vs. across-the-line starting. The ASTAT XT soft starter uses advanced digital technology to do the same thing, and to protect and better control motors.
General Motors’ 39-day odyssey through bankruptcy is over
The new GM is smaller, leaner -- and executives promise it's better
White paper looks at benefits of VFDs
A new white paper in the Plant Engineering Resource Center examines the benefits of Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) and special considerations that must be given to their design, installation and operation. The paper also reviews and evaluates the various cable types typically used in VFD systems and conditions affecting their performance such as radiated and common-mode noise. The white paper is sponsored by Belden , and can be found in the Plant Engineering Resource Center or by clicking here . .
Soft starter technology matches profiles, loads
GE Consumer & Industrial (www.geelectrical.com) announced its latest soft starter. The ASTAT XT soft starter is designed to reduce mechanical wear and tear, and lower peak energy charges associated with motor loads for pumps, fans, compressors, material handling, blowers, chillers, conveyors and machine tools.
Six keys to sustainable manufacturing
The federal government estimates that manufacturing uses about one third of the energy consumed in the U.S.; so, manufacturing companies can play an important role in building a sustainable future. The good news is that engineers – especially design and manufacturing engineers – are already stepping up to the plate.
Outside Detroit, U.S. manufacturing shows its muscle
International challenges forced manufacturers to get smarter, faster, Leaner
Noise, vibration, audio signal processing
These analysis and signal processing tools are designed for measuring noise, vibration and harshness (NVH); machine condition monitoring; and audio test applications.
Time for some fundamentally good ideas
Juggler and comedian Michael Davis used to start his act by taking a single red rubber ball and tossing it straight up and down in his hand. It wasn't much of a trick, but that was the idea. “I do one thing,” Davis would tell the audience, “and I do it very well.” From there, his act involved juggling chainsaws, axes and bowling balls – simultaneously – but t...
The Hannover buzzwords: ‘Pleasantly surprised’
Attendance is up and spirits are high at 2009 Hannover Fair.
Report from Hannover: Seeking an attendance bump at Hannover Fair
On location at Hannover Fair Control Engineering editorial director David Greenfield, Consulting-Specifying Engineer editor Michael Ivanovich, and Plant Engineering editor Bob Vavra will be reporting from Hannover Messe this week on the new ideas and new technologies from the 2009 event. Hannover, Germany — Day 2 at the 2009 Hannover Fair could be a pivotal one for this year’s event. Day 1 attendance, while impressive by just about any other standard in the U.S., was down noticeably from last year. That show preceded the sharp drop in the economy which has fueled so much concern at this year’s event.
A new line of NEMA Premium efficient motors offers users a choice between aluminum and copper rotors. They are available in general purpose, severe duty, IEEE 841, modified and custom-built motor configurations. Siemens Energy & Automation www.sea.siemens.com
Two-stage stationary air compressors
Electric two-stage, vertical-tank stationary air compressors provide 175 PSI and displace between 9.1 and 43.6 cfm. With 16 models available, each compressor is equipped with a two-stage cast-iron pump and a powder-coated, ASME-certified tank. A large flywheel accommodates extra cooling; a directional air shroud helps reduce pump temperatures; and a thermal-overload protection feature prevents ...
Pit Boss air-operated diaphragm pumps are available in three discrete port sizes and handle solids and de-watering needs in a variety of applications. The pumps offer suction lift and flow rates up to 217 gpm (824 lpm), and feature a patented air motor design. A removable screened inlet prevents foreign particles from entering the pump, and a one-way exhaust check valve facilitates submersible ...
Thermal modeling protects motors without overtripping
Today’s modern microprocessor-based protection relays offer much more than the standard motor protection provided by electromechanical relays. Advanced features include motor-heating, time-to-trip and countdown-to-restart calculations — plus real-time diagnostics. Even with the calculating power of microprocessor-based protection, most relays today still attempt to provide motor protection just by measuring current. The various manufacturers’ models calculate motor heating by thermal capacity or thermal register, where 0% is completely cooled and 100% is the trip threshold. This thermal capacity is accumulated based on the measured current such that during motor starting, protection is essentially a function of the current squared multiplied by time (an I2t element), with maximum starting time dictated by the hot motor safe-stall time. Limits of accuracy While this type of protection dates back to electromechanical relays, the I2t model does not result in the most accurate motor protection, and limits true available horsepower.
Global OEM growth drives machine business
ARC report sees international expansion boosting production machinery automation market
Belt drive slide
The ZF1 belt drive slide is a lightweight unit and is driven by a 9-mm-wide HTD belt that is available in travels ranging from 6 to 112.3 inches.
Forget layoffs: Mine information to save jobs, gain competitiveness
It’s time manufacturers realize the potential in their information and understand that their own people are the key to unlocking it. Using Competitive Banding analysis, manufacturers directly tie component features to pricing and sourcing information to determine the drivers of competitiveness across all of their products.
PLC-based position controllers
These position controllers use a high-speed motion network to provide high precision control of 2, 4 and 16 axes to meet the growing need for fast throughput with reduced waste.
The redesigned Easy Arm Q/iQ intelligent lifting arm integrates the G-Force Q and iQ lifting technology and processor-controlled servo-drive system into an articulating jib design.
A 7-step process to solve VFD harmonic issues
Several options exist to mitigate harmonic problems in plants. Unfortunately, there is no one solution that fits all applications. Finding and choosing the correct option for your needs is the key. Otherwise, failure to reduce these unwanted electrical currents can result in problems ranging from overheating neutral conductors and transformers to inefficient operation of electronic equipment.
Moving toward manufacturing sustainability
We are nearing the tipping point where global awareness of the climate problem finally shifts to global action. To avoid severe environmental and human consequences, society must limit the increase in global mean surface temperature while conserving available resources. This will require a shift to a climate-driven, resource-efficient, low-emissions economy.
Choosing a control system: PLC or DCS
Today, the economic pressures facing us are at levels few have ever seen. These challenges make it all the more imperative to select the technology that is right for you. Focusing on the requirements of the application and of the key stakeholders should always be your guiding principle.
Sorter software module
The UniSort MXT software module is a patent-pending sortation subsystem for increasing sorter throughput.
Sine wave inverter fits in 1U rack
This 3 kVA pure sine wave inverter provides clean output power for sensitive loads and includes an automatic bypass switch.
The GM bailout plan: Fewer jobs, fewer cars, fewer plants, fewer nameplates, more loans
Automaker seeks another $9.1 billion, but is it good money after bad?
The SJ700 series of inverters expands on the performance, capabilities and functions of the SJ300. The sensorless vector control algorithm enables the drive to develop more than 200% starting torque at 0.3 Hz. It can develop 150% torque at 0 Hz, ideal for vertical lift applications. The auto-tuning process has been simplified and it has an EzSQ built in programming function, which in many cases...
See? Saw. Old-fashioned approach to motion control
Sawmill veteran shows that every solution doesn't have to be a modern one
The VPE-1 is a below-the-hook, self-contained vacuum lifter with an electric power station for handling heavy porous blocks and construction.
Change and innovation focus of EASA event
The Electrical Apparatus Service Association will hold its annual convention and exposition June 14-16 at the Renaissance Grand Hotel & America's Center in St. Louis. The 2009 convention theme is “Gateway to Innovation.”
General-purpose ac motors
General purpose industrial duty motors are available in multiple speeds and horsepower ratings.
Ultra-compact servo drives
These servo drives are easy to install and set up, have multiple configurations, copy-function keypad and have a small footprint.
Enhanced variable frequency drive
The MOVITRAC LTE B frequency inverter is designed to simplify control of asynchronous motors. The drive features dynamic braking, better low-speed motor control and embedded communications. Its power range has been extended to 15 hp for NEMA 1 units, and 10 hp for NEMA 12. Control algorithms improve low-speed motor control.
GM-Chrysler deal to lead to thousands of layoffs
Grant Thornton LLP, an automotive consultant company, reported that a merger of General Motors and Chrysler would result in thousands of layoffs.
The Sono-Trak Doppler ultrasonic flow meter measures fluids containing suspended particles or bubbles, including agricultural water, hazardous wastes, extremely viscous substances, reservoir outflows, raw sewage, paper pulp and slurries. Designed for pipe sizes from 2 to 100 inch, the flow meter calculates flow velocity with non-invasive, ultrasonic technology by sensing and measuring the frequency shift in motion from reflective materials within the liquid. The flow meter provides accuracy ratings of EMCO Flow Systems.
Study: Battery usage to grow steadily through 2012
Motor vehicles, communication devices to lead increase in market
GM to produce efficient engines at new plant
A new manufacturing plant in Flint, MI will produce efficient 4-cylinder engines.
The VWDIR line of fractional horsepower gearmotors is designed for a variety of commercial and light industrial applications.
Capable of handling a range of tablock case types, the continuous-motion slitter/sealer is designed for high-speed inline case handling in the food and beverage industry.
The SV series servo drives are programmable OEM servo drives that deliver up to 7.0 rms continuous or 14.0A rms peak output current from a 24-80 VDC power supply.
VFDs reach milestone
Siemens has achieved a new record with the world’s largest high-speed variable frequency drive.
Suitable for a range of liquids and solids including slurries and pelletized materials, the level-sensing element of the Vibration Smart level switch vibrates as it drives to the resonant frequency by piezo ceramic elements.
Chrysler seeks manufacturing alliance
Chrysler LLC is seeking manufacturing alliances with several automakers as it combats the effects of the downturn in it's U.S. auto sales.
Obama’s plan for the auto industry
Car manufacturing plants are already being restructured. Can a new plan return prosperity to American automotive companies and their workers?
HMI software grows along with the process industries
The HMI software and services market will grow 9% over the next five years.
‘Shaken not stirred’ at ABB event
L.A. earthquake provides one of many highlights at Low Voltage Power Roadshow
Nissan to offer employee buyouts at two of its Tennessee plants
Nissan Motor Co, Ltd will offer employee buyouts of up to $125,000 at two plants in Tennessee
A u-turn for VW; Tennessee picked for new U.S. plant
German automaker picks Chattanooga for site of new facility to open in 2011
Prius manufacturing headed to the U.S. for the first time
Toyota to shuffle line-up, move hybrid car manufacturing to Mississippi
Google over Microsoft: Consumers rank Corporate America’s reputation in Harris survey of 60 most visible companies
Not only has the stock market lost ground since last fall, but so has the reputation of Corporate America in the eyes of consumers. Seven out of 11 industries saw their reputation decline last year from 2006, and 16 of the companies with the worst marks fell even further, according to the Harris Interactive Reputation Quotient (RQ) survey. But despite a slide in Corporate America's image among consumers, the RQ found a strong statistical correlation between a company's overall reputation and the likelihood that consumers will purchase, recommend, or invest in a company or its products and services. The RQ surveys thousands of American consumers in a two-step process (online and telephone interviews) to first identify the 60 most visible companies, and subsequently rank these companies based on their reputation in six categories: Emotional Appeal, Products & Services, Social Responsibility, Vision & Leadership, Workplace Environment, and Financial Performance. While the RQ found that certain industry sector reputations—including airlines, consumer products, insurance/financial services, pharmaceutical, and retail—are perceived to have plummeted since 2006, the reputations of the most visible companies remained relatively stable. And while the overall the reputation of American companies continues to decline, a few companies are bucking the trend and building their reputations in this tough environment. The survey also provides a road map for what areas linked to corporate reputation have the most impact on consumers. According to Ken Powell, CEO, General Mills , "Reputation can be measured in recognition, employee recruitment and retention—even stock price multiple.
Solar-powered manufacturing plant opens in Las Vegas
Nevada is touted as a leader in “clean energy revolution” at plant opening.
The EcoSpin magnetic encoder is a modular, non-contact sensor system that’s designed for space-restricted rotational speed and angular measurement applications.
Accolift electric chain hoists are available in capacities of one to five tons.
Robots on the rise: Showing their metal mettle
Since the first programmable robot design in 1954, much has happened but little has changed. While the first industrial robots were used in 1962 at a General Motors auto plant in New Jersey to spot-weld and extract die castings, nearly a half century later robots are still performing welding and material handling tasks.
Infrared camera – 2008-06-15
The ThermoVision A320G infrared camera is compatible with the GigE Vision camera interface, which was developed using the Gigabit Ethernet protocol and facilitates fast image transfer using standard cables over long distances, and supports the GenICam protocol for integration with digital cameras and third-party software.
The SMVector inverter is now available with a polycarbonate plastic, NEMA 4X and IP-65-rated enclosure that protects the drive from dust, dirt, water and corrosion.
Sizing up Auto Safety
The 1,800-lb Smart Car places great emphasis on active, passive and designed-in safety features, but its hard to see how it would not suffer great damage if rammed by a Chevy Equinox.
Toyota Material Handling plants trees
Toyota Material Handling sponsored a tree planting at the Oso Lake Reservoir in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, on April 5.
The SIBAH HSD II features a variable-frequency drive for the vertical paddle belts and a servomotor for paddle positioning.
Selecting a single-point lubricator
Lubrication in today’s industrial landscape has changed the way manufacturing equipment is maintained and has undoubtedly lengthened the life cycle of machinery.
Advancements in modern VFDs
An ac variable speed drive system controls the speed of an ac motor by controlling the frequency of the power supplied to the motor.
Toyota to delay plant opening
Toyota Motor Corp. has decided to delay the launch of its SUV plant in Mississippi.
Winnebago pauses production lines
Motor-home manufacturer Winnebago Industries Inc. will shut down most of its production lines for a week beginning Monday.
Senator: R&D credit key to boosting U.S. jobs, innovation
Renewal and strengthening of the expired research and development tax credit, “is critical to maintaining the United States’ role as the most innovative country in the world,” Republican senator Orrin Hatch said this week.
Toyota joins organizations in tree planting
More than 100 volunteers helped plant trees during a Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc.-sponsored event that continues the company's environmental stewardship efforts.
Drive System Explorer (DSE) Lite 2.02 supports user-designed configurations and offers real-time monitoring and charting.
Vertical order picker
EKS 110 Vertical Order Picker facilitates order picking with four lift-height options.
Combination hammer, drill
The TE 40-AVR Combihammer features a 1,010-W motor.
The many flavors of energy efficiency
Remember when you were a kid, and you couldn’t decide which flavor of ice cream to get, so you chose Neapolitan: vanilla, chocolate and strawberry in one? It was the best! Energy efficiency also comes in many flavors – all of which create financial and energy rewards for you, and, through decreased energy use, rewards for the environment.
New Website focuses on electric motor efficiency
Power Efficiency Corp., a green energy company focused on efficiency technologies for electric motors, has launched its new Website at www.powerefficiency.com.
Talks resume in American Axle strike against GM
Six-week strike has slowed, stopped production at 30 plants
Cars, not jobs, go overseas
Detroit's auto makers are planning a bold move: Export more cars.
The resolver-based Model 941 PositionServo drive measures the position of the motor shaft within a revolution. The resolver has a scalable emulated encoder output, which scales the resolution back into the user’s controller and provides 15 options of positioning resolution.
The lightweight WSR 1000 reciprocating saw features a slim design that includes a 1,000-W motor, a rubber cladding grip, a constant-run switch that provides continuous cutting and a 1 1/8-inch stroke length. Its Kwik-Click chuck facilitates blade changes without tools.
The PRH series of plenum-rated heaters is designed for concealed and plenum space applications such as those found in bathrooms and in suspended ceilings. The heaters offer a blow delay feature and multiple heat selections, with heating ratings from 3 to 15 kW. Maximum outlet air temperature is 200 F at a static pressure of 0.
Motors shipments decline sharply to close out 2007
On a year-over-year basis, the index fell nearly 7% and has slipped in four of the last five quarters. Over the full calendar year, the index declined 3.5% after posting two consecutive years of double-digit growth.
A hands-on experience
How do you make engineering come alive for young people? Give them the tools to make their ideas come alive
The ELC logic controller is customizable, is available in four controller styles and features 1-, 4-, 8-, 16- and 32-bit instructions, remote communication, easy connectivity to drives and I/O and a built-in display. The controller is DIN-rail mountable, which facilitates the addition of modules. Choose from four, eight or 16 expansion modules to suit application needs.
ABB names Aleithe vice president and general manager
Aaron Aleithe has been named vice president and general manager of Low-Voltage Drives at ABB Inc., Automation Products
Chrysler’s $100K buyout plan
Automaker to cut workforce with payout package to hourly workers
Electric wire rope hoist
The CXT1 electric wire rope hoist is manufactured for 1- and 2-ton lifting applications.
Field calibration tools deliver efficiency
As plants strive for improved process quality and efficiency, ensuring these signals and variables are accurate is increasingly important.
The E24 is a 24-V live-roller technology designed for operations with frequent layout changes. The drive motors run only when needed, and in normal operation, the motors are rated at eight to 10 times the hours of traditional MDR motors. The device also dissipates heat. Hytrol Conveyor Co. Inc. www.hytrol.
High-pressure coolant pumps
The MP-B series features Hydra-Cell diaphragm pump technology. With a hydraulically balanced design, the fixed or variable volume high-pressure coolant pumps are built to handle abrasive particles found in machine tool coolant. Positive displacement allows users to adjust flow rate by changing the speed of the pump shaft.
The convergence of plant, IT still needs a little more work
The technology that drives plant-level knowledge to the enterprise level works, and so does the technology that drives enterprise expectations to the plant floor.
Siemens celebrates Ohio plant relaunch
After $30 million investment, global motors facility now "a center of excellence"
Hyundai to expand operations in Alabama
After sales slump, production to jump with new Sonata design
Motors shipments slip in third quarter
The NEMA Motors Shipments Index dropped between the second and third quarters of 2007 and was down 3.1% on a year-over-year basis.
The ST10-Q is equipped with eight digital inputs, four digital outputs and two analog inputs, with 24-80 Vdc input and output current to 10.0 A peak.
The AM3500 series of servo motors can eliminate a gear box in high-inertia applications such as rotary tables.
Long lead ball screws with a rotating nut design provide precise positioning and serve as compact solutions for linear-actuation applications requiring high speeds, low noise, and long strokes.
Electric walkie truck
Electric walkie pallet truck is designed for use in loading and unloading trailers and transporting loads of up to 4,500 pounds over short and medium distances.
Electronic motor circuit protector
PowerPact electronic motor circuit protectors include two dials to allow users to adjust settings based on motor characteristics. One allows Full Load Ampere adjustments across the range of the frame size; the other allows users to select the type of motor protection based on motor efficiency type – from eight to 13 times the selected FLA.
AC motor training software
Designed to train industrial manufacturing workers how to diagnose voltage problems; size overload protection properly; and specify the correct motor for the job; the interactive training program on three-phase ac motors is narrated and teaches maintenance skills in an easy-to-use format. Exercises in voltage unbalance analysis, understanding rated frequency and synchronous speed, and calculati...
NEMA 4X drive
The SMVector Drive has been enhanced by the addition of a NEMA 4X enclosure, which protects the drive to IP65. Features of the expanded drive include an electronic programming module that stores the drive's parameter configuration and simplifies initial setup, and multiple communication options which include RS-485 Modbus, CANopen and DeviceNet.
Configurable linear actuator
Single-Axis Actuators are available in 208 configured styles, are compatible with most servo motors and are designed to provide precision linear motion in general industrial assembly as well as automotive, packaging and medical manufacturing applications. Each unit has a ball-screw driven guided device; is built on an extruded 6063-T6 aluminum base with a black anodized finish and 1045 steel si...
The EasyPower 8.0 200 series offers an interactive user interface by removing batch setup and processing requirements. The interface allows the user to open or close beakers, fuses, switches, contactors and ATS. The series features integration of protective devices without additional data entry; synchronous motor starting with full sub-transient detail simulating actual saliency induced current...
The G9 series sever duty low-voltage adjustable speed drive has a 115% continuous current rating; 150% up to 120 seconds; and 280% instantaneous current. The drive has dual 32-bit processor controls, and a removable LCD display allows users to transfer parameter settings among drives. A built-in PID control loop provides regulation without the need for external devices.
Featuring aluminum Propell-Aire fan blades that vary in width and pitch angle, the Revolution high-volume, low-speed industrial fan is designed to provide consistent air circulation and ventilation. The fan’s rotationally-balanced blade-to-hub connection is constructed of a vibration-absorbing material to reduce stress.
Medium-voltage outdoor drive
MTX NEMA 3R MV medium-voltage adjustable speed drives can be used outdoors without a building. The drive is able to withstand extreme weather conditions. It has two enclosure types “married” together. The transformer section is convection cooled. There are no moving parts, and heat is eliminated through passive vents at the top of the drive.
The Ampgard SC 9000 medium-voltage adjustable frequency drive is designed for use with induction or synchronous motors at 2.4-4.1 kV up to 5,000 hp. It can be supplied as a stand-alone drive or directly connected to other Ampgard products such as motor starters, load break switches and main breakers connected via a common bus.
AC induction motors
The H-compact PLUS DH710 large ac induction motor has an output capability of up to 18,000 hp and shaft heights up to 710 mm. Features include highly conductive copper rotors and stator windings; a low-friction design; sleeve bearings; hazardous area protection in accordance with IEC, ATEX and NEC; low vibration levels; an available low-noise option; and blower-cooling options for full-range ad...
The G8000MM multi-module three-phase UPS system expansion or reduction can be done without UPS modification. The 100-750 kVA modules provide the scalability of using up to eight UPSs in parallel for a maximum of 6,000 kVA. Features include input power-factor correction, IGBT charger and inverter, 0.9 output power factor and three-year factory warranty on parallel UPS systems.
AC-powered lift trucks
Free of brushes and commutators, fully AC-powered lift trucks are designed to facilitate production and reliability.
GM goes green in the Chinese auto industry
GM plans to build an advanced corporate research center and new China and Asian-Pacific headquarters in the Pudong section of Shanghai.
High-performance cold-storage doors
FasTrax FR high-performance doors incorporate the Thermal Air system and the company’s R-4 InsulMax insulated curtain to achieve energy savings.
GM moves ahead of Toyota in global sales
After three-month absence, U.S. automaker gains a slight edge
Uninterruptible power supplies
TreStar P online double-conversion, three-phase uninterruptible power supplies are designed for use in critical loads. Up to eight modules can be installed in parallel for redundancy or additional capacity. The modules feature a digital control system that eliminates overloads, frequency variations, transients, flicker and blackouts in real time.
Orbital finishing sander
The FSR200 orbital finishing sander produces 11,000 orbits per minute at an orbit size of 1/16-inch. It uses heavy-grit sanding discs and is capable of removing wood and paint, but it is also suitable for wood finishing when equipped with a fine sanding piece. The sander has a 1.8-A motor, weighs 3.4 pounds and has a dust-sealed switch.
Are you tapping into funds to reward energy efficiency?
A series of state and federal programs exist that promote the purchase of energy efficient equipment in manufacturing operations. As an updated study of such programs conducted by the Boston-based Consortium for Energy efficiency (www.cee1.org), there are millions of dollars in state and federal grants designed to help promote premium-efficiency motors, motor management, motor systems optimizat...
Rotary continuous mixer
The Model 16-4SS sanitary rotary continuous mixer blends ingredients in ratios as small as one part per million regardless of disparities in bulk density, particle size or flow characteristics. It has a capacity range of 85-cubic feet/hour at one-minute residence time to 42-cubic feet/hour at two-minute residence time.
GM strike settlement means ‘no more excuses’ for automaker
The end of the GM strike could be just the beginning for the automaker and its union, and create a blueprint for other U.S.-based automakers. Or, historians will look on this strike as the beginning of the end of the importance of the American automobile in a global marketplace. Most experts agree on one thing: General Motors is out of excuses for being able to produce a financially competitive...
GM strike seen as ‘a defining moment’
Union, automaker will keep talking as pickets go out for second day
Air Products, Siemens extend automation alliance
Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. has entered into a global alliance extension with Air Products, a supplier of hydrogen and producer of industrial gases and chemicals for high growth markets.
Exclusive white paper: The next generation of belts
Gates report studies the improvements in synchronous belt drive systems
The word of the day: Lean has become an end-to-end business process
Aamer Rehman, VP of Lean Solutions & Services, with supply chain management software supplier i2 Technologies, says Lean’s expansion beyond the shop floor is a natural response to global economic forces that are putting pressure on manufacturers to do more with less.
In 1912, Practical Engineer helped plant managers improve
While 2007 is the 60th anniversary of Plant Engineering magazine, it’s not as if the idea of publishing a practical periodical guide for the plant engineer was invented in 1947. Plant Engineering was founded by Kingsley L. Rice, president of the Technical Publishing Company of Chicago. Technical Publishing’s history in manufacturing publishing dates back to 1896, when the first issu...
Varied HVAC systems to be featured in sustainable ASHRAE headquarters
Forging ahead on its path to sustainable operations, ASHRAE is renovating its Atlanta-based headquarters. The facility will feature two separate HVAC systems among its new features, all of which are designed to allow the facility to serve as a living lab. Level one of the building will feature air-cooled, multi-split, variable refrigerant flow-fan coil units with zoned, inverter-driven outdoor...
STEEL-IT anti-rust, stainless-steel polyurethane coating provides the user the ability to brush or spray onto motor mounts, drive components and brackets without breaking down a production line.
NAM: Washington fiddles while jobs disappear
The National Association of Manufacturers criticized Congress after a recent Department of Labor report showed a heavy loss of jobs.
Device level, systems level harmonic mitigation solutions
Rudy Wodrich of Square D explains the differences between device level and system level harmonic mitigation solutions, their characteristics, their pros and cons and why you should understand them.
The heavy-duty K-400 drain cleaner features a portable design incorporating a fully-integrated wheeled cart and an integrated stair-climbing frame.
Single-axis actuators come in 208 configured styles.
Industrial controls shipments surge to seven-year high
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s Primary Industrial Controls Index increased 7% between the first and second quarters of 2007.
New data confirms manufacturing expanding at accelerated rate
The Federal Reserve reports that industrial production rose 0.3% in July, the third such increase in the past four months
Counterbalanced lift truck
The Model 4400 three-wheel, sit-down electric lift truck is attachment-ready and has lift capacities ranging from 3,000 to 4,000 pounds. Counter-rotating motors on the drive wheels give the truck a tight turning radius. Features include an easy-access operator compartment with a semisuspension seat that can be adjusted for back tilt, operator weight and lumbar support.
The Model 8720 intelligent servo card can achieve scan rates between 1,000 to 2,000 scans per second. It has advanced diagnostic capability and can be operated in single, dual or triple-modular redundant configurations, providing end users with increased machine availability. The card includes two LVDT inputs, two ±100ma outputs and four digital inputs.
An alternative to manual lubrication, Streamliner grease dispensers provide variable feed rates and can feed up to eight lubrication points.
NEMA publishes revision of 2007 safety standard and guide
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association has published MG 2-2001 Revision 1, 2007 Safety Standard and Guide for Selection, Installation, and Use of Electric Motors and Generators.
NEMA: motors rebound, predicts mixed conditions
For the second straight quarter, shipments of fractional-horsepower motors have increased. However, gains and projections are meager.
IEEE energy efficiency forum in Baltimore
ENERGY STAR success stories highlighted at conference Oct. 22-23
Siemens set to track assets and people over Wi-Fi networks using Ekahau RTLS
Siemens Communications remains on the lookout for ways to get more out of the network. Its latest endeavor involves a partnership with Ekahau to offer wireless real-time location system (RTLS) capabilities as another integrated service for Siemens' global customers. The plan is to deploy the Ekahau Site Survey (ESS) tool; Wi-Fi RFID tags; and the Ekahau Positioning Engine (EPE) in conjunction w...
…Another predicts more growth
“With machinery orders increasing in two of the past three months, this sector is showing a stable path to growth with demand picking up,” said David Huether, chief economist for the National Association of Manufacturers.
Getting energy efficiency ‘a seat at the table’
Energy efficiency is a hot topic for plant managers, but affecting change in energy policies at the plant level isn’t always easy. Panelists at the Plant Engineering Manufacturing Summit: Fred C. Schoeneborn of FCS Consulting Services, John Malinowski of Baldor, Bob Baker of Atlas Copco Compressors and John L.
KPIs from a Lean perspective: Achieve goals, reduce waste
Sir Francis Bacon, the 16th century English philosopher, wrote: “Knowledge is power.” He was right of course – but with an important caveat. Knowledge becomes truly powerful when it leads to change. Knowledge gained from real-time plant floor Key Performance Indicators can unleash powerful forces of change that result in significant improvements within your manufacturing opera...
With power capabilities of up to 25 hp, NEMA 1 SMVector drives include four modes of operation.
Compact drive system
The IndraDrive Fc uses three-phase induction motors, and its compact frequency converter is supplied in four different sizes with a power range of 0.25 to 7.5 kW.
Motor starter with solid-state protection
The motor starter can reduce machine downtime and decrease troubleshooting with its self-diagnosis capabilities. It provides operators with direct access to important motor starter information.
SKF acquires Baker Instruments
SKF has acquired Baker Instruments Co., Ft Collins, CO, a manufacturer of test and diagnostic instruments for electric motor assessment.
Automation transforms the plant, and is transformed in return
Not only has automation changed the way we manufacture goods, it has also changed the way we view the manufacturing process. In 1947, Yardeny Laboratories introduced the pulsing drive, which controlled the speed, direction and position of electric motors. Material was moved using overhead trolleys, belt conveyors and chain conveyors.
Small engine test system
The VersaDyne, an integrated, turnkey system for testing small two-cycle and four-cycle engines, is available in sizes ranging from 5 to 30 kW. It features the versatility of a regenerative ac motoring dynamometer in a package that converts to horizontal or vertical configurations. Equipped with flux vector technology, the VersaDyne’s ac motoring dynamometer offers precise speed and torque control.
A brochure on canned hermetic motors outlines their benefits and provides illustrations to assist customers in determining a suitable motor design for their application.
Oil skimming guide
A technical guide on oil skimming equipment includes detailed engineering drawings and covers motor types and belt selection for the company’s line of oil skimming products.
Industrial strength inverter
The E220 Series DC-AC inverter combines up to 12 watts of output power with a vacuum-encapsulated design to ensure CCF lamp ignition for LCDs used in outside, cold storage or other low-temperature environments.
Getting energy efficiency “a seat at the table”
Energy efficiency is a hot topic for plant managers, but affecting change in energy policies at the plant level isn’t always easy.
Match the motor to the load for maximum efficiency
When electricity was cheap, efficiency was not necessarily top of mind for many. However, current energy prices force manufacturers to further analyze where they use energy and how they spend their energy dollars. According to NEMA, electric motor and generator driven systems account for nearly 70% of the electricity consumed in the U.
Collaboration, growth mark Automation World
Guests enjoyed dinner while watching colorful and acrobatic circus-style performers at the opening reception of ABB’s 2007 Automation World in Orlando. The troupe wowed the large crowd with a vivid display of ornate costumes and graceful, athletic maneuvers that set the pace for a high energy week of collaboration.
HVLS technology drives efficient ways to keep the air moving
High-volume/low-speed (HVLS) fan technology is the unsung hero of un-ducted circulator fan design. Through careful application of aerodynamic design principles and characteristics, un-ducted circulator fans can find large scale applications in manufacturing and warehousing facilities as remarkably effective and energy-efficient HVLS fans.
The IndraLogic PLC platform is a universal control system that features DeviceNet and EtherNet I/P connectivity. Users can choose the dominant field bus with minimal engineering changes. Uniform DeviceNet connectivity is available as a scanner in Rexroth motion and PLC controllers; the company’s panel-mount Inline I/O and IP67 Fieldline I/O systems; and in its IndraDrive servo and spindle drive platform.
Siemens names Sadlowski to head energy and automation division
Sadlowski will succeed retiring Aubert Martin in top spot of growing Siemens division.
Cable line for motion control applications
The new Motion Series cables are flat and encapsulated in 'glass-clear' silicone. The series cable is available in three designs for 1, 2 or 3 axes of servo motion. Each of the three configurations is further available sized for 1KW, 2KW and 3KW servomotors.
Driving electrical reliability in power quality solutions
Reliable electronic system performance in the industrial environment requires an initial inspection of the wiring and grounding system. Once the integrity of the wiring is established, power conditioning products can be effectively applied to protect critical equipment and processes. This effective power quality strategy will result in the best return on power quality investment.
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Micro and nanomanufacturing conferences come to Chicago March 14-15
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers will feature micromanufacturing and nanomanufacturing conferences March 14-15, at the Marriott Chicago Northwest in Hoffman Estates, IL. The event will include a keynote by Papu Maniar, embedded systems research, corporate technology, Motorola . Maniar will speak about the “Changing Ecosystem from Micro to Nano Manufacturing,” to drive future innovations in mobile devices. Whether the challenge is creating micro features on micro parts or on macro parts, participants in the MicroManufacturing Conference & Exhibits will be looking for ideas to improve their process.
Toyota heads to Mississippi
As Ford and General Motors struggle with sales and capacity, Toyota Motors Corp. announced this week it was continuing its aggressive expansion into the U.S. manufacturing market.
Optical commutation encoder
The RCML15 is a compact optical encoder with a low profile design that provides signals for brushless motor commutation as well as incremental position feedback. Encoder frequency response reaches 500 KHz, and supply voltage is +3.3 VDC,ors.A custom LED and CMOS sensor arrangement are included. Renco Encoders, Inc. www.renco.com.
Servo motor control card
The PCM-3240 is a PC/104 four-axis stepping/pulse-type servo motor control card that simplifies stepping and pulse-type servo motor control, providing added motor performance. It has been modified to fit into a standard PC/104 board, eliminating the chance of mechanical interference in the embedded controller.
Online registration is under way for Manufacturing Summit
In 24 hours, Jack Bauer can save the world. In the same 24 hours, the 2007 Plant Engineering Manufacturing Summit will help save manufacturers save money and time and raise the productivity on their plant floor. Online registration is now open for the 2007 Manufacturing Summit on April 2 and 3 at the Hotel Sofitel, 20 E.
The ELC PLC includes built-in I/O on its CPUs to operate as a standalone controller. It has the ability to add expansion modules to its no-rack design by snapping them into mating connectors. The controllers are available in 10, 12 and 14-point I/O configurations, with two serial ports, pulse input/output motion control, an autotune PID and pluggable terminal blocks in a 1-inch-wide package.
The Hi-Net DMC-1500HN is suitable for aerospace manufacturers and mold/die shops wanting speed, rigidity and precision in a double-column machining center. The 33,000-pound heavyweight bridge mill is engineered for high-speed net shape machining of complex 3D parts. It can handle a variety of materials at high feedrates, and has heavy castings that provide strength and vibration dampening.
Spotlight on: Leading change in manufacturing
Manufacturers are challenged daily to make their products on-demand for customers who seek customization. Manufacturing suppliers often watch this trend from a distance while delivering their traditional product lines in a traditional assembly process. Emerson Motor Technology joined the on-demand manufacturing world with an announcement at the AHR Expo in Dallas that it had converted its South...
The Smartline basket blaster is completely self-contained and features a removable rotating load basket to tumble parts as they are being blasted from the bottom of the heat-treated steel basket. It features a gravity reclaim system and an integral bag type dust collector, and the blast wheel is center-fed and has three blades, similar to other center abrasive-fed wheels. The basket is 20 inches in diameter by 27 inches long, offering a maximum capacity of 224 pounds.
Rotating cabin lift truck
The EFG D30 lift truck is designed with a cabin that rotates a full 180°, reducing operator injury, and eliminating obstructed views and lengthy reverse travel by allowing the operator to rotate the cabin to face the direction of travel. The operator can rotate the cabin up to 90° while the truck is in motion. For short and medium distance travel, this can offer adequate visibility and comfort.
The Infin-a-tek family of switched-reluctance (SR) motor-blowers incorporates digital control technology, materials manufacturing and electric circuitry design. They employ a new, digital speed control that reduces the complexity of its components and circuit board design, increasing overall reliability. The digital controller incorporates its own integrated power source.
Power quality from the inside out
At the 2006 Power Gen Show in Orlando in November, Plant Engineering convened a Roundtable discussion to talk about power quality issues and what manufacturers need to do to protect themselves against internal and external power disruptions. Panelists included Steve Wencis, the director of professional services, North America, for American Power Conversion; Jim Taufer, power management speciali...
Web exclusive: Protect VFDs with power quality devices
AC motors are designed to run at constant speeds. However, the load demands of most applications require the motor speed be variable. A new article by Emerson Network Power Surge Protection and available exclusively at www.plantengineering.com, addresses the proper application of devices to protect variable frequency drives.
The AKB series is available in diameters from 1.83 to 5.00 inches and provides static engagement with torque from 12.5 pound-inch to 470 pound-inch. The brakes are designed for easy installation and can provide a safe, cost-effective and energy-efficient braking solution in applications such as robotics, medical equipment, actuators, motor brakes, postal handling equipment and packaging. Danaher Motion www.DanaherMotion.com.
Spherical roller thrust bearings
Spherical roller thrust bearings are engineered to accommodate heavy axial and simultaneous radial loads in high-speed industrial equipment applications. Self-aligning capabilities allows them to compensate for shaft deflection and misalignment without reducing bearing service life. Applications include large, vertical electric motors, gearboxes, pumps, fans, crushers, machine tools, injection molding equipment, and other machinery performing at relatively high speeds and with combined loads.
Vortex blower technologies feature the E-Series high-capacity and G-Series high-pressure vortex blower lines. They include flexible application for both air discharge and suction, sound levels as low 49 dB(A), UL Listing, oil-less designs, patented three dimension impellers to provide high discharge pressures, and inverters for optimum energy efficiency. Hitachi America, Ltd., Industrial Systems Division www.hitachi.us.
DRS61 CoreTech 60-mm diameter incremental encoders allow users to program the number of lines from 1 to 8,192, as well as the width of the zero pulse using a simple USB connection and programming software. Their flexibility allows users to use a single type of encoder that can be programmed at any time for most applications.
New machine health classes offered
Machinery Health Management is the topic of four new classes added to Emerson Process Management’s educational services offerings for in 2007. The courses reflect technology innovations released by Emerson in the last seven months, and customer requests for expanded offerings in these areas. Courses include: For more information, go to www.
For many plant managers, achieving hydraulic system efficiency is an enigma. Growing sophistication in system components and increasing complexity of maintenance strategies have left them puzzled. During this time of technological and procedural innovation, it is imperative to acknowledge that the basic hydraulic systems principles haven't changed.
PLant Engineering blog: Five Fast Things for Nov. 30, 2006
By Bob Vavra Editor Plant Engineering magazine 1. High-tailing it out of Orlando : I’m back at home base outside of Chicago after the Power Gen show. I got out a little early after weather.com promised a foot of snow on top of my home — and every other home in a 100-mile radius.
Process modeling tool
UniSim Design Suite R360 features dynamic simulation capability, easy-to-use windows, process-flow dynamics, thermodynamics and unit operation models and Active X compliance. The release includes enhancements improving the design and optimization of heat exchanger networks. Its pressure-volume-temperature environment allows oil and gas users to tune thermodynamic packages to their reservoir flu...
H2 washdown adjustable speed drives are available in open-loop, encoderless and closed-loop vector, and servo configurations. Rated NEMA 4X, the drives are available from 1 hp through 10 hp. The easy-to-use keypad is integrated into the washdown cover making programming exactly the same as standard H2 drives.
Developing community rapport opens a door to the future
A recent study from the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis has put a number on the value of research and development as a driver for economic growth. It seems that R&D is contributing about 7% of the economic growth in the past seven years when it is considered as a capital investment, like a new piece of equipment, rather than as an expense, such as the salaries paid t...
The DRS61 CoreTech incremental encoders feature resolution that can be user-programmed from one to 8,192 lines, as well as the width of the zero pulse, using a USB connection and programming software. The encoders can also be re-programmed to suit different applications. This programmability helps reduce encoder inventory.
Mobile motor health monitor
ATPOL II electrical signature and power quality analyzer features handheld portability, Bluetooth data transmission, and memory cards for expanded data storage. It is rated for CAT IV for 600 V, and enclosed in a tough case with rubberized bottom. The system evaluates the electrical and mechanical health of an ac or dc motor and its driven load, as well as the incoming power quality showing ac/...
Refrigeration air dryers
CRV variable operation dryers are controlled by a microprocessor and feature an all-in-one, patented heat exchanger technology. The design also features an inverter for operation at medium to high air flows. Cycling operation takes place at lower air flows, with compressor cycling on and off according to the effective load on the dryer.
Copper rotor motors
NEMA motors are available in three product lines, which include general-purpose die-cast aluminum, general-purpose cast iron and severe duty cast iron frame. These motors include high efficiency and NEMA Premium designs. Die-cast copper rotors and special stator designs provide for energy efficiency and lower cost of ownership.
Robot invention programming
Mindstorms NXT icon-based, drag-and-drop, easy-to-use interface software quickly programs robotic inventions. The software enables you to program NXT robots and download programs via USB or Bluetooth connectivity. The drag-and-drop software comes with building instructions and programming guides. Interface blocks perform functions such as moving the motors and measuring distance, among others.
VFD for HVAC pumps
Altivar 61 variable speed drive manages and monitors building HVAC and pump applications using 3-phase motors from 1 hp to 125 hp at 200/240 Vac, and 1 hp to 900 hp at 380/480 Vac. It also has under-voltage ride-through capability qualified to SEMI-F47 standards. It is also designed for ease-of-use in centrifugal pump and fan applications.
The VFD 1000V UL flexible motor supply cable lineup now includes a series of five new, symmetrical three-conductor, 1 to 4/0 AWG, 600-volt UL1277, VFD cables. The cables’ symmetrical ground design combines the benefits of the company’s classic VFD cables with additional features for use on larger, more powerful AC motor drives. Two spiral, copper-tape shields provide improved flexibility and radiated and conducted noise protection.
The miniature Cushion-Grip screwdrivers come in a four-piece set and feature no. 0 phillips, 1/16-inch keystone, and 3/32-inch and 1/8-inch cabinet tip sizes. Designed for small screw applications, the miniature screwdrivers are packaged for convenience and offer the same design features as full-size Cushion-Grip screwdrivers.
Vacuum sheet and plate lifter
The VPE-3 Series is a family of high-capacity vacuum sheet and plate lifters that provides instant attach and release, preventing sagging and picking up thin sheets magnets. It features cross arms and vacuum cups that are fully adjustable to allow only 2 inches or less of sag, which keeps sheets flat and prevents distortion. The versatile vacuum lifters come in models for handling thin sheet up to heavy plate, are crane-suspended and can be operated remotely.
ABB low-voltage drives earn award
ABB earned the Frost & Sullivan Growth Excellence in Market and Product Leadership of the Year Award for 2006 low-voltage drives. Technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development were contingencies Frost & Sullivan included in its evaluation, noting that ABB's global Low-Voltage Drives business unit has excelled across them all. "In the drives space, this award goes to the company that demonstrates excellence in the fields of technology and evident customer confidence, in terms of loyalty and service," said Frost & Sullivan research analyst Shibu S L. When presenting the award, Shibu noted, "This is in recognition of ABB LV Drives for its superior expertise in creating profit-impacting solutions across all end-user verticals, which enables the company to establish itself as a global leader — with unsurpassable global market reach and presence." ABB has shown unmatched ability to pioneer technological innovation and leadership in penetrating newer markets, Shibu said, and "displayed a superlative ability to translate its consistent quality and technology focus into a customer-winning value proposition, via providing better life-cycle value for all its products globally." Accepting the award on behalf of ABB was Richard Hepperla, senior vice president and general manager of ABB Low-Voltage Drives, North America. "ABB is particularly pleased with the Award because it is based on Frost and Sullivan's original research," he said.
New handbook details manufacturing’s current strengths and challenges
The manufacturing sector — more than any other — is driving the current U.S. economic recovery but faces unprecedented challenges, according to “The Facts About Modern Manufacturing,”released Wednesday by the National Association of Manufacturers and The Manufacturing Institute. “Manufacturing output in America is at the highest level in U.S. history and continues to support our economy,” said NAM president John Engler.ation retires.” “Some mistakenly believe manufacturing in the United States is in decline because of the continuing evolution of global sourcing and competition. “The‘Facts’ book sets the record straight about manufacturing’s central role in the U.S.
Ethernet servo drives speed food tray sealing
Ethernet-compatible servo motor drives are underpinning a breakthrough in the speed and flexibility of food tray sealing. The availability of this new generation of networked motion control technology provided the platform for Ishida to re-think its machine control system architecture and achieve step-change improvements in speed. Instead of the combination of servo and pneumatic actuation axes used on previous machines, Ishida's latest QX-1100 tray sealer uses servo motors throughout, controlled using Ethernet-compatible MicroFlex e100 drives from Baldor Electric Co. The speed and predictability of movement provided by the servos allows Ishida to dramatically accelerate the throughput for this form of food processing automation, allowing sealing speeds of up to 200 trays/minute — up to twice as fast as many existing solutions. The 100 Mbits/second speed of the network also dramatically simplifies the control system, allowing the machine's complex motion to be managed by a single controller with extremely simple cabling.
Protecting against electrical supply quality problems with energy storage
When we talk about trouble with the utility power supply, it’s the big, dramatic problems that spring to mind. Blackouts and brownouts are relatively rare, but they grab the headlines. While some kind of backup power or UPS system is essential for critical installations, most of the time the electrical power supply is just taken for granted. However, when it is there, the quality of the electrical power can vary greatly.
Surge suppression takes the bite out of transients
Voltage transients are just one of those things you may not give a lot of thought to until they’ve done their worst. Taking preventive measures will put transients in their place and allow you to rest easier. An effective program can even have a positive impact on the bottom line. In fact, one particular deployment of transient voltage surge suppressors brought 80% annual savings in equip...
Rotary torque sensor
Model 01424 series sensor incorporates a digital wireless system and features reduced electrical noise, a 1,000-Hz frequency response and a 10,000 rpm speed rating. The sensor is designed to measure rotational torque using a conventional, shaft-to-shaft configuration for inline placement. It is capable of measuring torque from DC motors, engines, turbines and other rotary power sources.
Reader Feedback – 2006-09-01
Do the numbers make CO2 a good refrigerant? I just read the response from Ron Vallort (August Forum page 17) which said that CO2 is a good refrigerant because of its high Coefficient of Performance. I looked up in my ASHRAE Fundamentals and found CO2 is 2.56 C.O.P while R-22 is 4.66 C.O.P. Horsepower/ton is 1.
Roller curve conveyor
The company’s accumulation conveyor features noncontact, zero-pressure accumulation that stages from the discharge end around virtually any degree of curve. The PosiGrip design is used in the computer and electric component, food and beverage, appliance, automotive and glass industries when noncontact among product is crucial.
Wireless network boosts Dasani plant efficiency
Wireless network boosts Dasani plant efficiency The Coca-Cola Co. purchased a plant in southern Missouri to bottle its Dasani brand drinking water. The plant pumps water from the nearby Roubidoux Formation, which is the source of some of the purest water in North America. The recently redesigned control system uses a wireless Ethernet network to communicate with the operator terminal, I/O controller and various devices that control equipment in the plant.
The PowerMaxx cordless drill/driver features a 4.8-V battery that drives up to 95 #10 x 1-inch screws on one charge. It is useful for assembly work, carpentry, electrical work or any other application that requires getting into tight spaces. The unit weighs only 1.5 lb and is ergonomically designed for user comfort and easy operation.
Monitor induction motors to ensure energy efficiency
Second of two parts As energy costs rise around the world, the incentive for facilities to operate their equipment more efficiently will multiply. There are mandatory means (regulations) that authorities use to enforce conservation, and compensatory means (special rate tariffs) that reward users for using less energy.
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Siemens Energy and Automation has named Dennis Sadlowski as Chief Operating Officer effective July 1. As part of his new responsibilities, Sadlowski will lead the Power Distribution & Controls Division of SE&A with the Apparatus, Controls and Residential Business Units all reporting to him. Sadlowski joined Siemens in July 2000 as the vice president and general manager of the Electrica...
Bosch Rexroth releases motion technology report
Bosch Rexroth has released a new white paper titled “Safe Motion Technologies: Competitive Advantages for Early Adopters.” The white paper explains how intelligent safety systems can increase machine uptime and limit liability as today’s manufacturing engineering organizations become more aware of the strategic value of safety.
New white paper details how motion control enhances safety, productivity
The “Safe Motion Technologies” white paper shows how new motion control technology can keep machine operators and equipment safe in the midst of an industry climate that strongly emphasizes productivity improvements. The white paper also discusses coherent safety strategies that improve business metrics as well as the practice of embedding Safe Motion in digital servo drives, and safety trends in North America and Asian countries. Bosch Rexroth developed the white paper in conjunction with the ARC Advisory Group, a thought leader in manufacturing and supply chain solutions. Visit www.boschrexroth-us.com/SafetyOnBoard.
Siemens invests $7.2 million in Pennsylvania facility
Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. (SE&A) announced at a groundbreaking ceremony that it is investing $7.2 million to expand its New Kensington, PA manufacturing facility. The plant expansion site, formerly known as Robicon, was acquired by SE&A in July‘05.
Participate in maintenance benchmarking survey
Klaus Blache from General Motors Corporation will conduct a maintenance benchmarking survey modeled after a similar study done several years ago while he was chairman of the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals. Download survey (PDF) The purpose of the study is to compile current maintenance benchmarking information and viewpoints by repeating parts of two past studies done (1991 & 1997). Blache conducted the earlier analysis, and these results will be compared to looks at trends. Survey participants also will be given the resulting report. As before, the survey uses ratios and percents for anonymity and no company names are ever mentioned.
Siemens puts $7.2M into PA expansion
Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. is investing $7.2 million to expand its New Kensington, PA manufacturing facility. The plant expansion site, formerly known as Robicon, was acquired by SE&A in July 2005. Siemens plans to create 145 new full-time positions upon completion of the expansion for a total of 480 positions in New Kensington.
Regal-Beloit acquires Chinese company
Regal-Beloit Corp. has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Changzhou Sinya Electromotor Co. Ltd., Jiangsu Southern Sinya Electric Co. Ltd. and Changzhou Xiesheng Plastic Co. Ltd. (collectively “Sinya”). Sinya operations are located in Changzhou, China, and will primarily produce electric motors for the HVAC industry.
Find the right timing to perform preventive maintenance work
Selection of the correct interval to perform a preventive maintenance task is, by far, the most difficult job confronting the maintenance technician and analyst. We need to understand how physical processes and materials change over time, and how those changes ultimately lead to what we call failure modes.
Troubleshooting hydraulic components: Maintaining fluid power systems
Troubleshooting industrial hydraulic components – such as pumps, cylinders, valves, actuators, and hydraulic motors – requires a sound understanding of the operation and functional relationship of the components in the system. This article addresses the principles of diagnostics and testing, as well as common issues associated with hydraulic maintenance, such as the causes of noise ...
Siemens to expand Kensington, PA plant
Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. (SE&A) announced at a groundbreaking ceremony that it is investing $7.2 million to expand its New Kensington, Pa., manufacturing facility. The plant expansion site, formerly known as Robicon, was acquired by SE&A in July 2005.
Registration open for BE Conference 2006
Bentley Systems, Inc. announces that registration is now open for BE Conference 2006, to be held at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC, May 21-25. “This year’s BE Conference will be our biggest ever, drawing more than 2,000 attendees,” said Tony Flynn, Bentley CMO. “This annual event provides users with a comprehensive set of courses from professional trainers, a comprehensive set of best practices from their peers and a comprehensive set of technology updates from developers.
MDM case study on motor efficiency
A rubber manufacturer recently installed a variable frequency drive on a 1,500-horsepower motor used to power an extruder. The drive saves the customer more than $40,000 per year in utility bills and improves extruder operations and the power factor for the entire plant. For a look at this exclusive case study from Motor Decisions Matter, go to https://www.motorsmatter.org/kit/MidAmerican.pdf . Motor Decisions Matter is a national campaign encouraging the use of sound motor management and planning as a tool to cut motor energy costs and increase productivity.
GEMA selects system to drive best practices
Activplant announced that the Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance, a joint venture among DaimlerChrysler, Hyundai Motor Corporation and Mitsubishi Motor Company, has selected the Activplant Performance Management System to drive constant performance improvements in its ground-breaking engine manufacturing program. GEMA formed the alliance to develop a new family of four-cylinder engines, dubbed “World Engine”, in North America. GEMA plans to manufacture the innovative line of high quality, cost-efficient, in-line engines at two plants in Dundee, MI. The alliance has selected the Activplant system to be pre-installed in its plants.
Thinking inside the box: Energy costs drive ac-drive innovations
The types of ac drives used with ac induction motors are V/Hz, encoderless and flux vector. While there are many drives available for synchronous and servo motors, induction motors have the majority of applications. Sensorless vector control is the same as encoderless vector control, which better describes its operation.
Honorees at the 18th annual PLANT ENGINEERING Product of the Year dinner March 20 in Rosemont, IL got a glimpse at the present and future of manufacturing. The awards dinner drew more than 120 award winners in 16 categories to Rosemont, where winners were honored for their outstanding new product launches during 2005.
Auto sector sees growth and retreat
In the same month as General Motors announced it would offer buyouts to its manufacturing workers as part of its economic restructuring plan, another international automaker announced plans to expand operations in the U.S. GM's plan to offer early retirement buyout packages to more than 125,000 workers came in the same month as Korean automaker Kia announced plans to invest $1.
SME Education Foundation expands technology camps
Dynamic opportunities for middle school students to learn more about career opportunities in manufacturing, engineering, science and technology at STEPS (Science, Technology & Engineering Preview Summer) camps are being expanded and accelerated by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation. Corporate funding has been provided by the Caterpillar Foundation, DaimlerChrysler Corporation and Ford Motor Company. STEPS was created in 1997 at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, a Malcolm Baldrige award-winning university, as part of a major effort to attract more women and minorities into the field of engineering early in their academic life. Almost $1.3 million has been invested in STEPS to inspire more than 4,000 young people to explore careers.
FEMP tags NEMA Premium motors
The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) has accepted NEMA's recommendations for mandatory federal purchase of NEMA Premium motors in federal facilities. FEMP issued federal notice of a new standard to all federal agencies on the procurement of Premium Efficient motors. The comments to the agency, jointly submitted by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy and NEMA, are the basis for the standard. "Adoption of NEMA Premium by FEMP as the federal motors efficiency standard clearly signals our country's willingness to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions," said Emerson Motor Company's Rob Boteler, chairman of NEMA's Motors and Generators Section Energy Management Task Force. "NEMA fully expects many industrial and commercial motors users to follow the federal example and specify only NEMA Premium motors." The new FEMP specifications are based on the efficiency criteria set by the NEMA Premium Efficiency Motors Program.
Solid-state circuits still create a buzz
In the beginning, there were tubes, in which a stream of electrons flowing through the near-vacuum space inside was controlled by voltage charges on metal plates and grids. Then there were solid state circuits. Many of us grew up with those buzz-words heralding anything that was purportedly "state of the art.
Motor efficiency goes straight to the bottom line
Energy is on the minds of people all across the nation. The growing demand for energy and the blow from recent hurricanes to domestic oil and gas supplies have spurred escalating costs, and impacts are being felt throughout all sectors of the economy. To keep higher energy costs from dampening profitability, now more than ever is the time for industry's key-decision makers and facility managers...
Seasonal weakness claimed for control index drop
NEMA's Primary Industrial Controls Index declined 2.3% between the third and fourth quarter of 2005. The industry blamed the drop on a typical market weakness in the fourth quarter as opposed to any slowing in the industrial control market. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2004, sales of industrial control products and systems jumped 7.2%, marking the ninth consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth in the Primary Industrial Controls Index. The index's annual average for 2005 was 87.7, more than a 5% gain versus 2004 and its highest reading since 2000. The Primary Industrial Control and Adjustable Speed Drive Index fell 1.4% during 2005's fourth quarter.
A Proven Strategy to Control Rising Energy Costs
Energy is on the minds of people all across the nation. The growing demand for energy and the blow from recent hurricanes to domestic oil and gas supplies have spurred escalating costs, and impacts are being felt throughout all sectors of the economy. To keep higher energy costs from dampening profitability, now more than ever is the time for industry’s key-decision makers and facility managers to execute energy-saving strategies in their plant facilities.
Motor control center – 2006-02-01
The Model 6 Intelligent Motor Control Center (iMCC) provides access to information is provided by Schneider Electric Transparent Ready architecture, which allows users to optimize equipment utilization, increase reliability and reduce energy costs. Advanced motor protection features of Motor Logic Plus II overload relays provide the capability to customize protection levels and make the Model 6...
Study finds global growth potential in belt, chain drives market
Rapidly expanding markets of Eastern Europe and Asia Pacific offer tremendous growth potential for manufacturers of belt and chain drives in North America. The challenge before manufacturers is to ensure a timely footprint in the emerging markets without losing focus on the established ones. Toward this end, proportionate allocation of resources in line with balanced growth strategy becomes imperative. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan ( www.powertransmissions.frost.com ), North American belt and chain drives market, reveals that revenue in this market totaled $2.09 billion in 2004 and projects to reach $2.79 billion in 2011. Another crucial issue is the rapid commoditization of belt and chain drive products, which leads to adverse price pressures and compels manufacturers to lower product prices. “Differentiation of the offerings in terms of better after-sales service and technological advancements can help mitigate the effects of price pressures,” says Frost & Sullivan power transmissions team leader Bhavdeep Virdee.
Energy cost savings drive AC drive market growth
Strong global economic growth and consumer demand contributed to robust growth of the high power AC drive market. Manufacturing companies in a variety of industries invested heavily to create additional manufacturing capacity and in capital equipment to upgrade existing plants. The worldwide market for high power AC drives exceeded $3.2 billion in 2004 and it is expected to grow at 8.9% over the next five years, according to a new ARC Advisory Group study, “High Power AC Drive Worldwide Outlook.” ( www.arcweb.com/res/hpacww ) The escalating energy costs experienced in recent years has forced manufacturers to focus on energy conservation measures.
Webcast: Practical Perspectives on Motor Management
Program originally aired April 2005 This webcast is only available on CDrom. Contact Pat Mustari to order. Electric motors consume 65-70% of all electricity used in manufacturing. The purchase price of the motors in your plant could be a fraction of the cost of electricity required to run them. This webcast discusses ways to optimize your motor assets to increase productivity, while reducing operating costs.
Power conditioning system receives UL certification
ABB Inc. has received UL1741 certification for the power conditioning system it has developed for fuel cell power generation. ABB initially applied for the certification in late 2004, and has received it in 2005 by meeting the requirements. The UL1741 standard, titled "Inverters, Converters, Controllers and Interconnection System Equipment for Use with Distributed Energy Resources," is an Underwriters Laboratory (UL) standard essential to the distributed generation market.
Siemens to revitalize Ohio motor plant
Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. (SE&A), announced at a groundbreaking ceremony on December 6th, that it is investing an estimated $30 million in the revitalization of its Norwood, Ohio manufacturing facility. The facility is dedicated to developing, assembling, and testing large electric motors that are used in industrial and factory automation.
Siemens expands Ohio facility, plans new research center
Siemens Energy & Automation is investing an estimated $30 million in the revitalization of its Norwood, OH manufacturing facility. The facility is dedicated to developing, assembling, and testing large electric motors that are used in industrial and factory automation. By expanding and redesigning the facility, Siemens said it will develop a more efficient and productive manufacturing plant.
Lighting relay control
The GTD20A emergency lighting relay control device works in conjunction with an auxiliary generator or central inverter system to power designated emergency lighting loads up to 20 amps regardless of local switch position. The GTD20A acts as either a switch bypass or transfer device and is not limited to emergency lighting applications.
2006 Product of the Year / Entry form
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Rockwell Automation to acquire Datasweep
Rockwell Automation Inc. announced in November it will buy Datasweep Inc., a privately held manufacturing production management software solutions. Located in San Jose, CA, Datasweep currently serves major customers in the pharmaceutical, high-tech electronics, automotive and medical device industries.
Four task categories to understand in undertaking preventive maintenance
There are four basic factors behind the decision to define and choose preventative maintenance actions: By identifying the four factors for doing preventive maintenance, we have also set the stage for defining the four task categories from which a PM action may be specified. These task categories, by one name or another, are universally employed in constructing a PM program, irrespective of the...
Baldor releases Ethernet guide on motion, machinery control
Baldor has published a guide to the use of Ethernet in real-time motion and machinery control applications. The free 28-page document is designed for automation engineers and managers, and introduces the technology in a way that contrasts the control approach with conventional system architectures. The guide starts by describing the industry-standard Ethernet Powerlink protocol and its determi...
Siemens to acquire RVSI Acuity CiMatrix
Siemens Energy and Automation, Inc. announced it has completed the acquisition of the assets of RVSI Acuity CiMatrix, a division of Robotic Visions Systems, Inc. headquartered in Nashua, NH. On August 26, 2005, Siemens submitted an offer for the intended purchase of the assets of RVSI Acuity CiMatrix and a binding asset purchase agreement was signed between the Chapter 11 Trustee and Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc.
Upgraded software tool has new features
BE$T Version 2.0 free energy-savings software tool includes new features and expanded number of motors in its database. New features include currency converter; fractional horsepower Super-E, IEC and brake motors; units conversion calculator; 3-motor comparison tool; unique electricity rate per project file; frame size motor selection capability; and a motor management feature.
Washdown motors has improved breather vent
HydroDuty stainless steel electric motors are designed for durability in washdown applications. Offering is expanded to 3 and 5 hp ratings. Features include a sanitary motor base and improved breather vent design. Other features include potted conduit box, custom seal combination, stainless steel slinger, C-face cavity drains, flared shell, explosion-proof gap fits and drip grooves.
Grease gun offers efficiency
A low pressure, high volume reservoir filler gun can dispense 14 ounces in less than 60 seconds, provide up to 1,000 psi, will not pump air into a centralized lubrication system and uses a standard electric drill. Not only is the gun convenient, it is affordable. Its lightweight aluminum design makes if durable and easy to handle.
Varnish removal system for large reservoirs
Model N100 is an oil cleaning and hydraulic equipment improvement system and has a NEMA 4 rating. The unit is designed for applications requiring large reservoirs, such as paper production, power generation and steel processing. It has a filtering capacity of 10,100 gallons and runs on 115 V from a central control board.
Flexible motion controller has fiber optics
PACSystems DSM324i motion controller features a fiber-optic interface, improved speed and torque range, smaller size, low inertia, tight integration with the flexible PAC control platform and incremental or absolute positioning feedback. Fiber optic interface increases the distance between servo nodes to up to 100 meters while improving electrical noise immunity and reducing wiring costs.
Washdown motor has stainless steel housing
SSE stainless steel washdown duty electric motors are optimized to prevent water and moisture ingress. Features include stainless steel housing, conduit box and cover, shaft, base fan cover and slinger; encapsulated windings and conduit lead entry; NEMA Premium efficiency; and a hydrophobic aspiration system that eliminates condensation moisture in the motor.
Select the right industrial Ethernet device for the job
If you have ever opened the closet in your office where some of the IT equipment is installed, you will find many 19-inch rack-mounted Ethernet devices. Typically, each device has from 24 to 64 ports, or Ethernet connections. The entire rack may contain several hundred connections. This centralized wiring approach is similar to the PLCs in the years before remote I/O.
The CRES high thrust rod actuator from THK offers operating efficiency, while a low voltage dc motor (DC12V±15%) reduces energy consumption. The CRES has a maximum stroke of 130mm, make it suitable for a variety of non-traditional applications, including packaging machines, automatic seat positioners, panel operating mechanisms, positioning systems, height adjusters and opening/closing mec...
Lighting – 2005-08-01
Lighting management DmF6 series inverter is designed to power up to six cold cathode fluorescent lamps with combined lamp power up to 60 w, and providing a starting voltage up to 2400 V, with full flicker-free brightness control. Inverters feature an optimized form factor, high efficiency, onboard transformers, and onboard connectors for direct connection to the display. Six mounting holes make installation quick and easy.
Instrumentation – 2005-06-01
Combined tools The 1587 and 1577 insulation multimeters combine a digital insulation tester with a full-featured, true-RMS multimeter in a single, compact, handheld unit. The meter includes the functionality of an insulation tester that generates up to 1 kV in a package that weighs only one pound and fits in a toolbox or on a tool belt. Fluke Corp. , www.fluke.com , Write 314 on PE card Portable chart recorder CTXL Series Superecorder battery-operated, portable chart recorder is available in three models: temperature and relative humidity, dual thermocouple input and dual process input.
Power Transmission – 2005-06-01
Become a pneumatic specialist The Fluid Power Society (FPS), the Industrial Training Zone (ITZ), and CFC-Solar have joined forces to offer interactive computer-based training for FPS Pneumatic Specialist certification. The course combines interactive learning modules and 16 hours of classroom training. In addition, there is test preparation including interactive calculators.
Electrical – 2005-05-01
Redesigned drive H2 is a line of adjustable speed drives that operates as a vector, encoderless vector, or ac servo motor control. The drive offers a larger graphical display added to the keypad, which provides multiple lines of English text display, selectable type sizes, and simple programming. The keypad also features more keys and faster navigation with directional arrows and enhanced soft programming keys.
Transfusion of knowledge: Fluid is a hydraulic system’s ‘lifeblood’
Hydraulic systems are expected to perform a tremendous amount of work in industrial facilities. In many cases, the hydraulic system is the heart of the operation, and hydraulic fluid its lifeblood. Reasonable attention, careful selection of lubrication, and a few simple steps can maintain efficient operation and trouble-free performance of hydraulic machinery.
Keep compressed air system draining on task and on time
One of the most common problems with down-stream compressed air equipment is a service report of excessive liquid—or death by drowning. A flood of liquid water goes downstream, overwhelms filters and dryers and ends up in the compressed air equipment or a manufacturing process. The amount of water vapor that turns into liquid during an average day is often underestimated.
Using small motors for high-cycle applications
The traditional method for handling high cycle applications incorporates a clutch/brake module or a servomotor. However, both methods can be expensive. For example, the clutch/brake module requires periodic maintenance. These methods may be more than what is needed for typical high-cycle applications.
Linking wireless networks and machinery performance
The U.S. Department of Energy and three industrial partners are testing the use of wireless networks in evaluating the performance of plant machinery, according to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The DOE partners in the research undertaking are General Electric, Eaton Corp., and Honeywell, Inc.
The Best of Maintenance Tips & Tricks
Winner of the 2004 "Maintenance Tip of the Year" is Jason Barron, Diversified Technology, Inc., Ridgeland, MS. He received $1,000 for his suggestion on how to install a pipe under a sidewalk. Runners-up were Craig Deluhery, Formosa Plastics, Illiopolis, IL and Jakob T. Duerson, Matsushita Electric Motor, Berea, KY.
Electrical – 2005-03-10
Motor protection relay SEL-749 protects against nuisance trips while enabling maximum motor horsepower. Relay protects motors from locked rotor, running overload, and negative sequence current imbalance by accurately tracking the heating effects of load and current while the motor is accelerating and running. Relay protects against high fault-current conditions when CT is saturated. Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories selindustrial.com Write 301 on PE card AC drive line expanded ACH550 ac drives line has been expanded to include 600-V class.
Power Transmission – 2004-12-10
Instant valves "ASCO Today" is a customer excellence program that guarantees same-day shipment of select items across their product lines. Orders in by 3:00 p.m. EST are guaranteed to ship the same day or the freight is free.
Compressed Air – 2004-11-10
Compressor saves energy ZT-160-VSD-FF rotary screw air compressor combines a variable speed drive, with EMC compliance, and a heat-of-compression dryer to save energy. The unit provides 100% oil-free air with instrument-class pressure dewpoints. Other features include: oil-free condensate, no foundation required, air or water-cooled option, low vibration levels, and performance rated per ISO 1217, Annex C, Ed.
Instruments and Controls – 2004-11-10
FOUNDATION fieldbus outlines EDDL enhancements At the ISA EXPO 2004 Exhibition & Conference, Houston, TX, the Fieldbus Foundation ( fieldbus.org ) outlined enhancements to the IEC 61804-2 Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) standard, which includes the device description language (DDL) used as an underlying technology in FOUNDATION fieldbus. A cooperation project to extend EDDL was undertaken by the Fieldbus Foundation, HART Communication Foundation (HCF), and PROFIBUS Nutzerorganisation e.V. (PNO). EDDL is a text-based language for describing the digital communication characteristics of intelligent devices and equipment parameters in an operating system (OS) and human-machine interface (HMI) neutral environment.
Electrical – 2004-11-10
NEMA releases two revised standards The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has released Revision 1 of MG 1-2003, Motors and Generators. MG 1-2003 provides more than 500 pp of manufacturing and performance data related to electric motors and generators, and is designed to assist users in the proper selection and application of motors and generators. The revision incorporates several updates to the standard, including the complete revision of Part 5, Classification of Degrees of Protection Provided by Enclosures for Rotating Machines , which brings MG 1 into alignment with the IEC 60034-5 standard. Additionally, the section relating to the application of V-belt sheaves to ac motors having anti-friction bearings has been revised. NEMA has also released ANSI C12.10-2004, American National Standard for Physical Aspects of Watt-Hour Meters —Safety Standard , revised for the first time since 1997.
Electric Motors, Drives, & Controls
Motor tester finds early faults ALL-TEST PRO 31 electric motor tester performs a rotor test in less than 3 min, checks winding conditions to detect turn-to-turn or coil-to-coil faults early, determines phase balance, detects open windings, finds FDW or cable problems, and incorporates megohm meter with choice of 500 or 1000-V test and 0.00—500 MV range. Instrument works on ac and dc motors of virtually any size. BJM Corp. : alltestpro.com TO VOTE, WRITE 60 ON BALLOT For more information, write 60 on card Meter detects broken rotor bars CSMeter is a handheld instrument for online detection of broken rotor bars in squirrel-cage induction motors.
Installing VFD reduces costs and noise
The Eliza Furnace Trail in downtown Pittsburgh gets its official name from the blast furnace that used to dominate the old J&L steel mill along the Monongahela River.
Material Handling – 2004-09-10
IC lift trucks H-Series internal combustion, cushion tire lift trucks are specially designed for continuous stop/go/forward/reverse service over three shifts. The 3000 to 5500-lb capacity trucks have hydrostatic drives that eliminate torque converters, clutches, mechanical transmissions, friction brakes, and differentials. Linde Lift Truck Corp. lindelifttruck.com Write 321 on PE card Walkie pallet truck Model 112XD walkie pallet truck employs the latest technological enhancements, such as higher speeds and acceleration, four-point lift system, shock-dampening brushings, component-free undercarriage, quick-change drive tires, adjustable heavy-duty casters, solid steel pull rods, and box-rail fork construction. Raymond Corp.
Tips & Tricks 2004
Time-conserving, money-saving, aggravation-avoiding ideas for solving typical maintenance problems should be shared with others in the plant engineering profession. This idea exchange concept serves as the basic philosophy for PLANT ENGINEERING magazine's 16th annual "Tips & Tricks" article. Details of this article were explained in the December 2003 issue.
Electrical – 2004-08-09
Protection relay SEL-387L line current differential relay requires no settings after the transmit and receive addresses are configured. Microprocessor-based unit is for applications with identical ratio CTs at both ends of a line with a digital communications channel interface between relays. Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. , selinc.com , Write 324 on PE card Circuit breakers Powerpact 150-A H-frame and 250-A J-frame molded case circuit breakers are designed to simplify installation and modification.
Compressed Air – 2004-06-10
Compressor controller Universal Autodual Model ADSE high efficiency, lead/lag, multiple compressor controller converts existing rotary and reciprocating compressors of any size and mix to intelligent operation. Features include: automatic dual control to eliminate expensive idling, automatic lead/lag selection, unloaded soft starts, hour meter and optional emergency shutdown, and timed tank drain. Standard Pneumatic Products, Inc. stdpneumatics.com Write 300 on PE card Breathing filter BA-Series, dual-stage compressed air filter is designed as a point-of-use breathing air filter.
Instruments & Controls – 2004-06-10
Temperature sensing WATCOUPLE nonstandard thermocouple uses metals such as alloy 600 and nickel-silicon that ensure accuracy, stability, and availability. Materials enable sensor to be 4 times more accurate than type K special limits, and last 3 times longer. Sensor is based on IEEE 1451.4 smart sensor technology, communicating voltage table, calibration, manufacturing, and traceability information. Watlow Electric Manufacturing Co.
Reducing harmonics from variable frequency HVAC drives
Pulse width modulation (PWM), variable frequency drives (VFDs) are considered the most energy-saving and efficient way to control motors in HVAC, fan, and pump systems. VFDs have proven their worth to facilities and plant managers, supported by bona fide energy savings and performance data. However, the proliferation of drives has exacerbated a problem for some users.
2003 FAME Awards
The FAME Awards for facilities management excellence are presented annually by the AFE Foundation, which is affiliated with the Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE). Purpose of the awards is to recognize organizations that have demonstrated outstanding performance in conducting plant and facilities engineering projects.
Electrical – 2004-04-08
Root cause analysis The Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA) offers its "Root cause failure analysis" seminar May 7-8, 2004 in Las Vegas, NV. Seminar explores the cause of motor failures from the most common to the unusual. Contact EASA at 314-993-2220. EASA easa.com Write 309 on PE card Variable frequency drive seminar National Technology Transfer, Inc.
New clamp meters offer more capability, accuracy, safety
Clamp meters are familiar tools for electrical engineers, and technicians — they're the wrench of the trade for electricians. But as electrical system loads become more complex, you should make sure your clamp meters are keeping pace. The two types of clamp meters in use today are average responding and true-RMS sensing.
Sigma Frequency Control rotary screw compressor
SFC 110's direct drive motor/oversized airend package is designed to offer the highest efficiency over its entire speed range of 20-100%.
Recycling machine tool coolants
Is recycling metalworking coolants only for the big boys, the machine shops that buy large volumes of coolant for many machine tools? Certainly not. Virtually all shops can benefit, regardless of size and type of application. The reason is the cost of purchasing new coolant is usually dwarfed by the cost of owning it — the costs associated with use and disposal.
Geisinger pioneers legionella control
In a groundbreaking effort, the Facilities Operations Group of Geisinger Health System, Danville, PA, developed a system to eliminate legionella bacteria from its domestic water supply. Their solution was the first successful system implemented at a hospital in the U.S. Test results conclusively prove that the organism is controlled and the safety of patients and staff is enhanced.
Material Handling – 2003-02-15
Telescopic forklift Teletruk is essentially a 6000-lb capacity industrial pneumatic tire forklift that incorporates telescopic boom technology instead of a vertical mast design, providing a reach capability up to 3500 lb. Quick-disconnect auxiliary hydraulics allow easy switching to a variety of attachments. Unit is diesel or LPG powered with a fully hydrostatic drive and torque converter response.
The truth about the top five motor myths
Motors are everywhere. Industrial applications especially depend on electric motors to perform purposeful work. Engineers and maintenance staff are frequently working on motor application, selection, and maintenance.
Electric Motors, Drives, and Controls
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Construction, Buildings, and Grounds
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AFE Foundation honors projects
The Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE) Foundation honored two outstanding facilities engineering projects with its FAME Awards, presented last month at Facilities America 2002 in New Orleans. Water treatment development Geisinger Health System's facilities operations group, Danville, PA, was presented the FAME Award of Excellence for developing a first-ever treatment process to elimin...
Temperature control basics
A temperature controller is merely a part of a bigger system that depends on feedback (Fig. 1). If you apply heat to a process without knowing the actual temperature of the process, eventually you would have too much heat, or too little. The temperature of a process must be known in order to control it accurately.
Plant Engineering Software – 2002-07-15 – 2002-07-15
Free software figures motor operation cost BE$T software calculates annual electricity cost of an existing motor or group of motors, based on nominal efficiency, compared to the annual electricity cost of Baldor motors. It then recommends by catalog number the best of the company's motors for the application and notes the payback period in months for replacing the existing motor. The software accepts data entry through keyboard input, import of a project through Microsoft Excel, and the import of data from a PDA.
Suggestions and Solutions – 2002-07-15
Put on the brakes A free 14-p brochure helps engineers choose the best ERD electrically released, spring-set brakes for their application. ERDs are fail-safe, power-off brakes for load holding in the event of electrical outage. The brochure provides calculations to determine the correct model based on static holding torque, dynamic torque, and energy capacity (heat dissipation).
How motor efficiencies affect system designs
A plant's new project requirements: "Make it 25% faster, with 50% fewer rejects," Another requirement could be, "lower energy consumption by 30%." Plants are far more concerned with "parts per minute" than "watts per part." In systems such as packaging, finishing, or a new production line, the largest energy consumers are perhaps electric motors and servos.
Controls increase compressor efficiency
The three most expensive items in operating a compressed air system are inadequate, inefficient controls that waste energy, costly lost production due to an improperly maintained system, and leaks. State-of-the-art controls can provide efficient volume and pressure regulation of compressed air delivery and signal when maintenance or repair is due.
Maintenance avoids welding machine failures
By following a regimen of appropriate and thorough maintenance procedures, a welding machine can run safely and dependably for a long time. Bill Butler of Miller Electric Mfg. Co. and Mark Jacklin of Interstate Welding Sales Corp. explain how outsourcing can be a benefit and what steps inhouse maintenance can take to keep welding machines unning.
Cummins Inc. Saves $200K Annually Using Energy-Efficient Motors
Mention Cummins engines to anyone who's ever put the pedal to the metal in an 18-wheeler and you'll probably hear words like value and efficiency. So, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Cummins Inc. also practices energy efficiency in its plants. Cummins management believes a proactive energy efficiency policy helps the company stay competitive.
Reader Forum – 2002-04-15
Valve replacement provides cost savingsThis is in regards to Simple Solutions from a past issue, titled "Controlling pressure build up in air motors." For your information, a 1 hp air motor will use 6 to 10 cfm at 90 to 100 psi. Drilling a 1/8 in. hole in the air line at these psi will pass 25.
How to buy a lift truck
Like any other type of complex industrial equipment, lift trucks can present a real challenge when it comes time to replace an existing unit or add a new one. With the seemingly endless number of models and options available, it can be a daunting process. But those who buy fork lifts on a regular basis agree that a systematic approach can ease the job and prevent mistakes.
How Bearings Work
The bearing makes many of the machines we use every day possible. Without bearings we would constantly be replacing parts that wear out from friction.Objects roll more easily than they slide. The wheels on your car are like big bearings. If you had something like skis instead of wheels, your car would be much more difficult to push down the road.
Baldor’s EnergyGuide Labels Provide Insight Into Savings
Baldor Electric Company recently began to supply bright yellow EnergyGuide labels with all Baldor Super-Er premium efficient motors, providing plant engineers with an opportunity to view potential energy savings before they install the motor. Baldor's EnergyGuide labels are similar to the yellow tags used on home appliances.
Electric Motors, Drives & Controls
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Variable Frequency Drive Cuts Compressed Air Costs
Compressed air is a vital utility for most industrial businesses. It runs essential tools and machinery, and provides power to material handling systems and clean air to processes. New technology, concerns about steady pressure, maintenance, and that traditional nemesis, electrical power, make choosing the right compressor difficult.
2001 Product of the Year Finalists
2001 Product of the Year Finalists COMPANY CATEGORY VOTE PAGE Active Power Electrical Power 220 53 Air Solutions Group, Ingersoll-Rand Corp. Compressed Air 166 64 Airtek Compressed Air 209 62 Air/Tak, Inc. Compressed Air 212 64 Albany International Construction, Buildings & Grounds 65 46 ALECO Construction, Buildings & Grounds 204 48 Alzeta Corp.
Basics of belt drives
Power transmission belting has been used for more than 200 years. The first belts were flat and ran on flat pulleys. Later, cotton or hemp rope was used with V-groove pulleys to reduce belt tension. This led to the development of the vulcanized rubber V-belt in 1917. The need to eliminate speed variations led to the development of synchronous or toothed belts about 1950 and the later deve...
Suggestions & Solutions – 2001-09-01
Learn-a-lot fast Process Picture Maps is a new procedure/job-aid software program designed to radically reduce the time needed for people to learn new job-related tasks. The program reduces lengthy procedures 5-15-p long to one double-sided sheet. The resulting document uses pictures and symbols to make procedures significantly easier to understand and follow. Talsico LLC talsico.com Circle 251 Lubes for extreme conditions A free brochure describes the specifications and applications for Jet Lube antiseize compounds, thread sealants, valve maintenance, and other specialty products.
Simple Solutions – 2001-08-01
Reading a meter Problem: Trying to take voltmeter readings when the test points are far apart and there is no place to set the meter down can be a problem. Is there an easy way to take the readings? Solution: Get a cable hold down clip that fits one of the probes. These usually have a self-adhesive on the back.
A guide to smart motor controls
While there is no specific definition to the phrase "smart motor controls," there is no question that ac variable-speed drives are becoming more sophisticated, offering an increasing amount of intelligence. This intelligence is displayed in features such as removable and interchangeable keypads that help plant engineers program drives quickly, sophisticated diagnostics and motor protection, and more.
Plant Engineering Software – 2001-07-01
CD-ROM simplifies motor selection RPM AC Motor Wizard is a software program for selecting inverter-duty motors from three to 1,000 hp. This program upgrade, now in CD-ROM format as version 2.1, contains enhancements designed to help users with little understanding of ac induction motor theory select motors that meet their application requirements.
Solutions to fan and blower bearing problems
Fans and blowers are simple pieces of equipment, yet require a lot of maintenance, particularly for bearings. The higher the speed, the more problematic they become. This article details how to avoid common problems caused by the improper selection of pillow block housings, seals, bearings, lubricant and lubrication systems.
Choosing between IEC and NEMA motor controls
Key Concepts NEMA and IEC motor controls differ in size, ruggedness, and complexity. The solid-state overload relay is common to both NEMA and IEC motor controls.
Literature Offers – 2001-02-01
Maintenance services Brochure describes support capabilities through the company's LifeLine Maintenance Services program.
2000 PRODUCT OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
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Literature Offers – 2000-11-01
Heat transfer fluid Dowtherm MX is a synthetic, aromatic-based heat transfer fluid that provides long-term thermal stability and performance in nonpressurized or low-pressure, liquid-phase systems that typically use higher-performing oils. The fluid provides stability across its normal application range of -10-625 F, and it does not suffer the thermal degradation experienced by hot oils when they are pushed to temperatures above 550 F. A 12-p brochure provides a wide range of technical information about the fluid. The Dow Chemical Co.
Tips for preventing dc motor problems
Key concepts Early detection and correction of problems prevent expensive repairs. Maintaining commutators averts many problems.
Building energy efficiency into fan systems
Key concepts Taking a systems approach to fan systems can save significant amounts of energy.
Single-phase vs three-phase UPSs: How to choose the right one
Key concepts Today's utilities are not capable of delivering reliable power for most plant processes.
Maintenance Tips & Tricks – 2000 – #2
Cutting conduitProblem: How can you make a neat, straight cut through metallic flexible conduit without getting ragged edges or ruining it during the process? Solution: Cut a piece of 2 3 4 about 8-in long and put a slot down the middle a little larger than the conduit you are going to work on. Screw a piece of 1/4-in. plywood over the slot the entire length.
Protecting your large motor investment
Key concepts Read and understand instructions. Follow proper unloading and installation procedures. Run tests with the motor uncoupled and coupled.
Is an ASP part of your CMMS/EAM future?
Sometimes it seems that paradigm shifts are a dime a dozen in the information technology (IT) world. One concept just feels comfortable when another one pops up and promises to revolutionize the industry.
Plantwide software, hardware tools highlight NMW exhibits
New and innovative plant engineering and management products and services were abundant during this spring's National Manufacturing Week at Chicago's McCormick Place.
Suggestions & Solutions – 2000-06-01
Make your own enclosure ModRight Enclosure Modification Program offers customers the opportunity to benefit from inhouse capabilities for achieving accurate, cost effective enclosure changes.
Controlling pressure buildup in air motors
In regard to the "Simple Solution" from C.R. Barr, "Controlling pressure buildup in air motors" (PE, January 2000, p 14), the method for controlling pressure buildup in idle air motors by drilling a 1/8-in.
Combine variable frequency and fixed-speed drives for better economy
Variable frequency drives (VFDs) serve an important function in industry. They match motor torque and speed to the load, saving energy when load requirements are reduced.
Motors deliver high performance at low cost
ECM 142 Series motors are designed for air moving applications and deliver efficiency and performance at low cost.
Testing, motors, testing
A motor circuit analyzer provides predictive maintenance and reliability testing of electric motors, generators, and transformers. The unit automatically compares tests and stores over 500 results.
Controller reduces harmonic distortion
Smart Bypass Controller minimizes harmonic distortion produced by a variable frequency drive (VFD) during peak loads while improving efficiency up to 5%.
A 4-p brochure describes a supplemental driveline package for centrifugal chillers that use existing heat exchangers to create dramatic energy savings for large chiller plants.
RM-2000 remote monitor provides electronic motor protection and monitoring at a fraction of the cost of competing devices. The product displays information such as average current and voltage, line currents, and voltage unbalance. SymCom, Inc.
Overhead crane controls
CS portable radio remote control system works with overhead cranes, hoists, monorails, and other types of machinery with reversing motors. The system offers up to 65,000 different digital addresses, eliminating the possibility of duplicates.
Hydraulic transmission replaces motors
Replacing an existing one-speed motor allows it to operate limited-speed machinery anywhere from 0-800 rpm in either direction. The 3459 in.
Max-EZ2 mill and chemical motor offers high-efficiency design and long-life Class F insulation system with high-pulse endurance wire. The motor is available in sizes up to 300 hp. Teco-Westinghouse Motor Co. www.tecowestinghouse.
Motor control covers low horsepower
PowerFlex family of drives meets motor control applications ranging from low horsepower (0.37 kW, 0.5 hp) to medium voltage (3000 kW, 4000 hp).
Motors – 2000-03-01
Expanded 262-p catalog offers comprehensive product information on electric motors. The publication offers easy product sourcing and helpful product overview pages. Reliance Electric/ Rockwell Automation www.reliance.
Spirit M-Series two-way radios provide instant, clear communication to keep operations on schedule, enhance security, organize material deliveries, and coordinate multiple aspects of the manufacturing process.
Movimot gearmotor with built-in variable frequency inverter replaces the existing terminal boxes of a standard motor for less complicated wiring, installation, and maintenance. Up to 31 drives are tuned, adjusted, and controlled from one RS485 master.
Predictive and preventive maintenance programs present information on dynamic and inplace balancing, vibration analysis, equipment alignment, infrared thermography, and motor current analysis. Industrial Diagnostics Specialists, Inc.
Preventing overvoltage tripping of adjustable-speed drives
Adjustable-speed drives (ASDs) are affected by two major types of power supply disturbances: voltage sags and transient overvoltages.
Protecting motors in dusty environments
Problem: Corrosive material eventually fills in the grooves between fins of totally enclosed fan cooled motors operating in dusty environments. Windings end up burning out prematurely because of excess heat caused by a lack of cooling air.
Put project management theory into practice
Reference book covers the advanced topics necessary for implementation of and excellence in project management.
Inlet keeps hydraulic tanks clean
Replacing conventional filler/breathers with the OilMiser FILLorDrain inlet establishes a permanent down pipe for filling or draining hydraulic reservoirs.
Hydraulic lift table
Pro Series hydraulic lift table with deck-mounted tilter is powered by a totally self-contained, enclosed motor complete with a hydraulic pump and reservoir for improved space utilization and maximum efficiency.
Corrections – 2000-01-01
In the article, "Don't let power sags stop your motors" (PE, September 1999, p 76, File 0550/8550), there is an error in Fig. 5. The two horizontal lines from the dc coil (M symbol) should not be there.
A 46-p catalog contains information on the WHR Series Stabiline line of voltage regulators for ac power systems up to 660 V.
Regenerative blowers move low-pressure air effectively
Regenerative blowers are ideal for moving large volumes of air at low pressures or vacuums. Unlike positive displacement compressors and vacuum pumps, they pressurize air through a nonpositive displacement method.
Motor relay protects and reports
SEL-701 relay combines comprehensive motor protection with innovative reporting functions. Reports include load profiling and motor start and trend data.
Get any large motor repaired
Any make or model of large electric motor can be repaired in a facility that includes 200-ton cranes, 675,000-lb load capacity air pallets, and 350,000-lb capacity lathes.
Is it running?
Problem: A glance at the motor on the other side of the room can't really determine if it is running.
Mini inverter offers versatile controls for small motors
Series 15J and 15P mini inverters are a new family of inverter controls for 1/3-5-hp ac motors. The 15J uses a 12-key keypad and alphanumeric display for digital speed control, forward/reverse, stop, jog, and parameter setting and display.
Correction – 1999-11-01
In the article, "Don't let power sags stop your motors" (PE, September 1999, p 76, File 0550/8550), two of the illustrations require further clarification. In Fig. 6.
Vector drive for small motors installs easily
Commander SE ac open loop vector drive for 1/3-5-hp motors is simple to use and easy to install using only a screwdriver. Setting the 10 initial parameters meets the needs of 80% of typical drive applications.
Angle grinder features new motor technology
A 6-in. electronic angle grinder/mini cutoff machine includes a new motor technology, tool-free adjustable wheel guard, and tool-free "quick" wheel change system that requires only one finger.
Emergency lighting inverter prevents interruptions
Series EL emergency lighting inverters provide seamless transfer to backup power for HID and HPS lighting. In addition to battery backup, the system regulates output voltage and provides surge protection.
Colloid mill is clean, quiet, and precise
Self-pumping, high-shear colloid mill has no exposed screw threads or painted surfaces. All wetted parts are 316 SS or Nitronic 60. Totally enclosed motors provide noise levels less than 75 dB.
Remote monitor provides access to motor information
RM-2000 full-function remote monitor tracks and displays average current and voltage, individual line currents, line-to-line voltages, current and voltage unbalance, instantaneous power consumption, power factor, motor fault history, and protection limit settings. Keypad and two-line display make it easy to check information, and a communications port provides connection to computers or other equipment. SymCom, Inc.; www.symcominc.com TO VOTE, WRITE 122 ON BALLOT For more information circle 25 on card.
Protection relay maximizes motor operation
MP-3000 motor protection relay maximizes operation while protecting against excessive heating and damaging overload conditions.
Door combines high-speed and hygienics
Clean-Roll high-speed rolling door serves the requirements of hygienic/ clean room applications. The fabric door operates at 32 in./sec to minimize the spread of airborne pathogens and increase productivity.
1999 Product Of The Year Awards
As the century comes to a close, Plant Engineering is proud to end on a high note -- with the presentation of the candidates for "1999 Product of the Year.
Reducer features wobble-free bushing system
K Series helical/bevel speed reducer is supplied with a double-sided wobble-free bushing system that allows the unit to be mounted on the shaft from either side of the reducer.
Breather keeps fluids clean
Button Breather replaces the standard breather cap on small gearboxes and hydraulic reservoirs. The design eliminates lubrication system contamination and allows optimal performance of machinery.
Motors – 1999-09-01
Catalog No. 1050 offers 172 pp of information on nearly 4000 ratings of stock electric motors, gearmotors, gear reducers, electronic drives, and accessories. Technical data and cross-reference information are included in the literature.
Bus communication controls motors
Bus communication options interface with and control microprocessor and microcomputer-oriented devices in plants. Network expansion boards are located within motor controls and external gateways and provide plug-in communications.
Stack at the end of the line
A 6-min video highlights the 680 Series low-speed palletizer used to automate smaller plants and simplify operations at larger ones.
Filter cleans medium sized rooms
FilterAire Model CL 2500 is a three-stage air filtration system with 2500-cfm capacity and extra quiet operation. The unit is designed for small-to-medium sized work areas up to 40 ft x 40 ft x 8 ft where it filters all the air in 5 min.
Motion control handles up to 8 axes
DMC-2100 standalone motion controller uses the ethernet communication protocol. The series is available in 1-8-axis formats to control both step and servo motors on any combination of axes.
Drives and motors
Comprehensive 350-p catalog details a broad line of adjustable speed drives and motors. The publication offers flexibility in selecting proper drive/motor combinations for specific applications.
AC drives – 1999-07-01
An 8-p brochure folds out as a matrix listing adjustable speed ac drive applications. The matrix lists over 160 applications in 25 industrial categories. In addition to parameters for each category, the brochure includes a glossary.
A series of PWM dc motor controllers is featured in a 4-p brochure. Characteristics detailed include high frequency operation for quick response, with the ability to obtain more power from smaller motors, lessen motor heating, and reduce line noise.
A 6-p brochure highlights a new offering of motor control bus communication capabilities. The capabilities described include connectivity to various networks, including DeviceNet, Profibus DP, and Modbus Plus.
Blowers resist corrosive fumes
All-polypropylene blowers, in capacities from 300-85,000 cfm, are available in belt and direct variable frequency drive configurations.
Cycling air dryers cut costs
HeatSink cycling, refrigerated dryers consume only the energy required to dry the compressed air a plant actually uses.
Wringing water out of compressed air
It's a tough job supplying clean, dry compressed air to a plant air system. A 1000-scfm compressor operating 24 hr/day, 7 days/wk for 50 wk typically pumps out 577,600 lb of water vapor, 3111 lb of dirt, and 194 lb of oil (@ 5 ppm).
A colorful 44-p brochure describes accessories for the iDEN line of personal communications service handsets. External speakers, remote microphones, carrying cases, headsets, vehicle kits, and chargers are among the items covered.
A 4-p brochure covers rack supported stacking systems with integral cranes. The system described protects valuable tooling, parts, and work-in-progress in motorized units up to 25-ft high in single, double, and triple aisle configurations.
Software compares air compressor drives
Air Compressor Advisor CD-ROM is organized into three sections: manufacturers, case studies, and economic calculations.
Hold the fluid
Problem: A valve, immersion heater, or similar item, must be removed from the bottom of a hydraulic reservoir. Draining the reservoir is a time consuming nuisance.
Permanent magnet stepper motors, geared motors, and digital linear actuators are the subject of a 44-p product guide. The publication includes a tutorial on stepper motor technology and overview of motion control products.
Lubricator uses lights to indicate performance
Star, an electromechanical, temperature independent, automatic lubricator, comes with green and red LED performance lights to indicate the operational status. Green flashing indicates the unit is functioning.
A regenerative blower line covering 26 models in 11 series is the subject of a 56-p catalog. The blowers described are available with TEFC and explosion proof motors, single or three phase, and at various voltages.
Adjustable speed drives
Regenerative operation is offered by a new series of ac adjustable speed drives. The compact frame size drives, presented in a 4-p brochure, span the 15-60-hp range.
Motorized pulleys with sprockets drive belting
Series 400 and 500 motorized pulleys feature specialized sprockets designed to drive standard segmented conveyor belts. Standard units have a carbon steel tube and shaft and thermal protection. Interroll Corp. www.interroll.
Liquid level gauges
Styles OGG & OGGS brass gauges permit visual observation of liquid levels in reservoirs. The gauges have protected sights and feature an O-ring construction for positive sealing and a revolvable shield for optimum viewing. Oil-Rite Corp. www.
Various dust collection technologies are presented in a 4-p brochure.
An expanded catalog covers motors, drives, and motion control products. The 192-p document is divided into sections for overview, motion controls, ac controls and motors, and dc controls and motors. Baldor Electric Co. www.baldor.
Breathe safer and easier
Air Sentry disposable, contamination-control breather is used in any reservoir containing fluids or semisolids. Air is forced through a 2-micron solid particle filter; water vapor is removed through a bed of silica gel.
Electric hoist stops when power fails
ER Series electric hoists are available in capacities through 20 tons. They have a low headroom design, H4 duty rating, and advanced pull rotor brake with a cooling fan to provide accurate and reliable stopping -- even during a power loss.
Motors – 1999-04-01
Industrial three-phase motors are the subject of a comprehensive 288-p catalog. An engineering data section includes extensive performance and dimensional data, connection diagrams, and equivalent circuit data.
Inverter duty motors
CTAC and VTAC inverter duty motors offer a 5-yr warranty and require no expensive inverter power conditioning equipment such as filters or reactors.Lincoln Electric Co.
Self-contained roll groover with integral motor, safety foot switch, and power plug handles 2-8 in. schedule 40 steel, stainless steel, PVC, and aluminum pipe. Pivot arm permits roll changes without changing shafts.Victaulic Co. of Americawww.
Lubricator not temperature sensitive
Perma Star fully automatic, electronically driven lubricator is not influenced by temperature and does not contain chemicals or gases. It comes in three sizes; 60, 120, and 250 cc.
Motor test acquisition software
Motor Test Acquisition for Windows collects and analyzes data gathered by digital winding testers. Information is stored and collected in a database to create documentation and other reports.Baker Instrument Co.www.bakerinst.
Motion control cables
A 24-p catalog covers the most commonly used wire and cable products for motion control uses. Included are products for motor power supply, signal transmission, stationary applications, and demanding continuous-flex and robotics applications.
Compact ac drive has open loop vector
GPD 315 adjustable frequency ac drive provides both open loop vector and V/Hz control. It offers two separate control methods from the same drive.
Understanding stranded-cost investments: Education and involvement help users stay informed on deregulation
In the beginning, long after the earth cooled and the warm and cold-blooded behemoths and prehistoric fauna became fossil fuels, vertically integrated electric utilities dominated the landscape.
ER series of electric hoists is available in capacities through 20 tons and features low headroom, H4 duty rating, and advanced pull rotor brake with a cooling fan to provide accurate and reliable stopping.
Variable-speed drive controls ac motors
Kwik-Kit features a sensorless vector drive for fractional through 30-hp ac motors and NEMA-12/UL 508 certifications. Units have a removable subpanel, 120-V transformer, input line reactor, ground bar, and main disconnect.
The development of the machine and industrial manufacturing technology during the last 100 yr has run parallel with the growth of pneumatics.
Drive meets most application requirements
SV9000 series of drives, available from 3/4-1100 hp and 200-690 V, are capable of handling applications from simple variable torque to complex systems.
A 688-p catalog of industrial electrical and electronic controls covers thousands of automation products.
Lightweight and highly maneuverable Mule offers full suspension, large low pressure tires, and dual-mode differentials that can be locked or unlocked depending on the terrain. Model 2500 handles 800 lb of cargo in a 13 1/2-cu ft tilt bed and tows 900 lb.
AC drives – 1999-02-01
A comprehensive program that facilitates selection, purchasing, and delivery of 0.5-50 hp ac drives is introduced in a 10-p brochure. Features include 24-hr telephone help, rapid delivery, and world-wide warranty.
Cast iron motors
A line of re-engineered cast iron frame motors is the subject of an 8-p brochure. The document covers two versions: one EPAct efficiency compliant and the other a premium efficiency version. Features presented include 1.
Door combines speed, security, and aesthetics
Spiral high-speed security door is used for exterior doorways with moderate-to-heavy motorized traffic. The door opens at 5 fps, improving traffic flow and efficiency. The high-speed operation and an efficient seal save energy. Rytec Corp.
Saw cuts large pipe
APS-438 universal air-powered saw and WrapTrack replace clamshell tools for severing and square cutting large pipe with walls up to 5-in. thick. The product can be easily set up and operated by one person for pipe from 6-60 in. OD. Available with 8-14 in.
Drive enhances HVAC performance
ACH 400 dedicated, adjustable-speed ac drive for HVAC applications offers compact design, built-in serial communications, and single-point connectivity right out of the box. Modbus serial communication is standard.
Grease gun is cordless
Power Luber cordless/rechargeable grease gun uses a high-capacity 12-V battery and heavy-duty motor to provide a continuous flow of grease at a uniform pressure of 6000 psi. Three-way loading capability accepts bulk or cartridge grease.
Three-phase program 1. Analysis (define project, form team) 2. Discovery (identification of best practices, recommendations for improvement) 3. Implementation Four-phase program 1.
Material handling – 1998-12-01
Products for material handling, lifting, and positioning are the subject of a 32-p catalog. Product categories include beam cranes, lift tables, self-propelled cranes, upenders/inverters, mobile floor cranes, ground level lift tables, and gantry cranes.
Abrasive cut-off handles up to 5-in. pipes
Model 6176-20 cut-off machine has a 15-amp, 3-hp motor and runs at 3900 rpm with a 5-in. pipe cutting capacity. A quick-release locking vise provides for fast and efficient cutting. The vise is adjustable for angle cutting to 45 deg.
Don’t get all mixed up
A free bulletin on Q*E*D mixers describes a tapered shaft engagement system that ensures easy disassembly, yet provides a secure, true-running connection between the shaft and drive.
A 4-p brochure introduces a new, expanded version of a handheld motor/coil/winding tester able to check generators and transformers, as well as large motors.
Package includes motor and inverter
IMD integrated motor drive combines an inverter duty motor with an ac inverter in a compact package that preserves the original footprint and profile of the motor. Only the motor length grows to accommodate the inverter.
Birolling door operates at 80 in./sec
Fastrack birolling door for high-volume traffic areas is powered by a 3/4-hp direct drive motor, and offers an opening/ closing speed of 80 in./ sec. The nylon-reinforced PVC panel includes a full-width sight strip.
Voltage monitor includes automatic range selection
PLMU Series motor protector prevents premature equipment failure caused by voltage faults on the three-phase line.
Motor line exceeds EPAct requirements
Standard-E motor line exceeds the energy efficiency levels mandated by the Energy Policy Act.
AC drive incorporates third-generation software
Unidrive V3 digital ac drive uses smart third-generation software to enhance performance and simplify operation. The drive operates in standard V/Hz, open-loop vector, closed-loop vector, and ac servo modes.
Tank air breather removes ambient contaminants
TriCeptor disposable hydraulic tank breather protects the reservoir and work environment in a three-step process by removing solid particles and water from entering the tank and collecting oil mist before it exits. Filter pads eliminate solid particulate.
Product of the Year Awards Finalists
With this year's competition, Plant Engineering enters its second decade of awarding the prestigious "Product of the Year Award" to the most innovative and useful new products in the plant engineering marketplace.
Compact drives operate up to 5 hp
SCF Series of submicro adjustable frequency ac motor drives are rated from 1/4-5 hp and operate at 208-590 V.
Fire door operator tested at the turn of a switch
Fireset 1 motor operator for fire doors is designed for mechanical drop testing at the turn of a switch, promoting regular testing of fire doors, and providing added safety and security for building occupants.
Controller is programmable, microprocessor controlled
Redistart MV+ Series is a fully programmable, microprocessor controlled, solid state device for motors from 100-20,000 hp and 1300-15,000 V.
Adjustable frequency drive designed for small motors
AF91 microdrive is designed for motors from 0.25-5 hp.
Motor performs in harsh environments
Wash-Thru motor in sizes from 1/2-20 hp is designed for long life in harsh environments. Pressure encapsulated windings provide moisture protection, and electrodeposition primer protects against corrosion.
Switch monitors machine vibration
Model 550 monitor protects rotating machinery from excessive vibration. Applications include fans, blowers, and motors operating at 120-60,000 rpm. The monitor provides vibration velocity response from 0.1-2.75 ips.
Learn hydraulics at your own pace
Fluid Power Training CD-ROM covers the basics of hydraulics, components, fluids, reservoirs, circuits, and troubleshooting. Learning is self-paced and features automated self-testing with automatic review.
Air-operated pumps boost hydraulic pressure
PA9 Series air hydraulic pumps combine easy-to-use features with reliability and durability. They operate in any position from fully vertical to horizontal, and run on 40-120 psi shop air at 20 cfm to produce a maximum pressure output of 10,000 psi.
A 36-p catalog offers detailed information on maintenance instruments.
Motors – 1998-10-01
Chemical processing motors are covered in a 16-p color brochure. The literature offers electrical and mechanical design characteristics for over 200 models, providing connection diagrams, dimensions, conduit box volumes, and custom modifications.
Features and benefits of piston distributor systems for accurate, efficient, intermittent oil lubrication of small to large machines and equipment with up to 150 or more lube points are the subject of a 28-p bulletin.
Door operator uses switch for drop test
Fireset 1 motor operator is designed for mechanical drop testing at the turn of a switch, which saves time and money and provides added safety and security for occupants of the facility. Clopay Building Products Co. www.clopaydoor.com
Priming the pump
Problem: Pumps with large-volume suction lines that run above the fluid level are often difficult to prime.
Motor control center fills application needs
DeviceNet motor control center's flexible design gives each structure 72 in. of mounting space in 6-in. increments.
Pouring into tight spots
Problem: Getting lubricants and other liquids into just the right spot to do their jobs is often close to impossible because of obstructions and limited access.
Manufacturing output growth continues to slow
Industrial production growth has slowed in recent months -- further evidence that the overall U.S. economy didn't expand at nearly the rate in the second quarter of the year that it did during the first three months of 1998.
Controller regulates small motors
Bronco ac motor controller is an industrially-hardened, adjustable frequency drive for induction or synchronous motors rated from 1/8 - 1 hp. Simple potentiometer control makes it easy to set acceleration, deceleration, forward/reverse, and jog.
A 4-p brochure describes a series of shielded, flexible motor supply cables for adjustable speed drives.
An 8-p brochure introduces a line of micro drives rated up to 25 hp and providing 150% starting torque. The literature describes how the drives suppress audible motor noise at high carrier frequencies. Specifications, photos, and options are provided.
AC inverters use plain English to communicate
Speedmaster ac inverters are available through 40 hp in 460-480 Vac, 30 hp in 550-575 Vac, and 20 hp in 200-230 Vac. All inverters feature easy-to-use plain English programming and operational displays. Leeson Electric Corp. www.leeson.com
Find motors and drives
Version 4.0 of the interactive Electronic Catalog on CD-ROM enables users to instantly access technical information on over 4000 motors and drives.
Sock it to the socket
One-piece hex driver sockets for use with socket-head cap screws eliminate a bit and set screw so torque is consistently applied. Sockets are available in 1/2, 3/4, and 1-in. drives. Sizes range from 1/8-1 1/4 in. ATP
Adjusting adjustable speed drives
Measurement of Adjustable Speed Drives is a free, 28-p application note on servicing ASD motors. The material focuses on electrical measurements used to diagnose bad components and other conditions that may lead to premature motor failure.
Motion drive products
Drive and motion control products, including vector and servo drives, and the Mint motion control language are the subject of a 127-p catalog. Motion controllers, operator interfaces, and programming software are covered. Baldor Electric Co. www.baldor.
Voltage monitor has auto range selection
PLMU Series solid state motor control provides protection against premature equipment failure caused by voltage faults on three-phase lines.
Oil reservoir has filter and low-level switch
A liquid reservoir combines a low-level switch and filter. The switch has a magnetic reed that is single-pole, single-throw, normally open. Mesh filter is easily removed for cleaning. Oil-Rite Corp. www.thomasregister.com/oilrite
Watt a fox
Bulletin A-110 describes the low watt Red Fox wet rotor circulator (Model NRF-9F/LW). The product is a maintenance-free, inline, iron body unit powered by a low-wattage motor.
More on motors
Toshiba International Corp. was inadvertently left out of the listing for electric motor resources in the cover story, "Motor efficiency standards create new challenges" (PE, May 1998, p 40, File 0540).
Motorized cable reels deliver constant torque
BEM 7100 Series motorized cable reels allow automatic winding for overhead cranes, bulk handling, transfer cars, and water treatment plants.
Groover handles various rolls without shaft changes
Series 274 motorized, semiautomatic, hydraulic feed tool for roll grooving pipe receives grooved couplings. A pivot arm design allows roll changes without switching shafts. Victaulic Company of America
Probe detects excessive motor shaft currents
Shaft Voltage/Currents Probe detects excessive shaft currents that can cause premature bearing failure in dc motors, variable frequency ac motors, and steam turbines.
Get your motor runnin’
If it's information about ac/dc drives, motion control, or power transmission that is of interest to you, then stop right here, go to your nearest web browser, and key in www.motorcontrol.
Finding motors and drives
Version 4.0 of an interactive electronic catalog on CD-ROM allows users to instantly access a wide variety of technical information on over 4000 motors and drives.
Portable saw handles most pipe materials
APS-438 Universal Air-Powered Saw is equipped with a 12-in. dia fiber glass-reinforced blade that cuts virtually any tube material, including carbon steel, stainless, and ash pipe. The saw can cut round material, including bar stock up to 4-in. dia.
A new line of high efficiency IEC frame motors is the subject of a 6-p brochure. The material describes metric models that meet EPAct requirements, as well as single-phase, servo, saw arbor, 575-V, and brake motors.
No more guessing
A CD-ROM lets the user choose an application and define a motion profile, and then selects the optimum servomotor, amplifier, and power supply.
Lubricators handle small and large machines
Versa III Lubricators handle small machines with several lube points and medium and large equipment with centralized requirements up to 100 lube points. Units are available with 2 and 4-liter reservoirs.
Hydraulic oil filtration cart removes dirt, water
A filtering hydraulic oil transfer cart is equipped with a 110-V, 1-hp, single-phase motor; two 25-micron, dirt/ water absorbent prefilters; two 3-micron absolute final filters; and filter element condition indicator. Kaman Industrial Technologies Corp.
An incomplete fax number was provided for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association in the "More info" box of the article, "Ensuring motor drive compatibility to increase HVAC system reliability" (PE, April 1998, p 65, File 2501/0540). The correct fax number for NEMA is 703-841-3300.
Ac and dc motors
A 16-p color brochure describes an extensive range of subfractional horsepower ac and permanent magnet dc motors. Dimensional data and application guidelines are presented. Leeson Electric Corp. www.leeson.com
Modular assembly conveyor offers flexibility
Modular Assembly Conveyor acts as a flexible transport link among workstations by easily reconfiguring or expanding, and allowing simple conversion of manual stations to automatic.
Don’t blow your fuse
How does an electrical engineer locate the part number of a fuse to protect a 60-amp, 600-V ac motor? One answer is by logging onto www.littelfuse.com.
An 8-p catalog details a line of heavy-duty radial piston motors. Rotating shaft and rotating case models in 12 displacement sizes for pressures up to 5000 psi and output torques of 5296 lb-ft are presented. Nutron Motor Co., Inc.
Pumps deliver lubes through long lines
Thunder 3 oil and grease pumps are used with long pipe runs and multiple hose reels. The pumps feature a stall-free, ice-free air motor design that delivers 6 gpm of oil or 4 lb/min of grease. Ingersoll-Rand Co.
VFD supply cable resists severe voltage spikes
Variable frequency drives cable is a inverter-grade, flexible motor supply rated at 1000 V/3000 V peak.
Metering system eliminates vapor lock
PurgeX motor driven metering system for a wide range of liquids and chemicals can be adjusted from 1-0.012 cu in./stroke. The common problems of vapor lock and cavitation are eliminated by completely ejecting all air and impurities with each stroke.
Disconnect switch provides dual functions
A single nonfusible switch handles both manual motor and branch circuit disconnect applications, which eliminates multiple inventories. To change the number of poles from 3 to 4 or 5, or add auxiliary contacts, just slide on power poles.
Motor efficiency standards create new challenges
Big brother or helpful partner? The federal government's Department of Energy (DOE) has been working hard to change the old stereotype of government as a heavy-handed regulator.
The Motor Challenge
The DOE Motor Challenge is a program offering resources that promote energy efficiency in industrial motor systems. The program supplies unbiased information about motor system design, purchase, and operation from experts who have practical experience.
Shims made from a specially formulated elastomer that fills irregular gaps under a motor's foot are the subject of a 6-p brochure.
Motors work in difficult conditions
UltimateE motors exceed IEEE 841 specifications in a number of areas to ensure corrosion-resistance, high service factors, and long insulation life.
The second International Motor Challenge Teleconference will be broadcast from 9:00-11:00 a.m. PDT on May 19, 1998. The interactive, live teleconference will focus on strategies for assessing and improving motor-driven system performance.
Multipurpose variable speed drives for 1-400 hp, three-phase motors with three control modes -- V/Hz, sensorless vector, and flux vector -- are the subject of a 16-p brochure.
Breather captures three types of contaminants
TriCeptor reservoir breathers provide protection for a hydraulic system with a three-step process. Silica gel removes moisture, activated carbon captures oil vapors and odors, and filter pads remove solid particulate. Parker Hannifin www.parker.com
An 8-p product bulletin summarizes data for a line of indicator-type fuses available in a variety of styles and sizes. Technical data include characteristic curves, motor protection tables, and a condensed cross-reference chart. Littelfuse, Inc. www.
Small loggers monitor motors, lights, and doors
HOBO H6 battery-powered loggers record 2000 time-stamped on/off changes for unattended monitoring of motors, lights, and doors. The loggers are small for easy placement and require no wiring.
Ensuring motor/drive compatibility to increase HVAC system reliability
When the plant HVAC/R system shuts down because a motor fails, more than simple replacement may be needed to get the system up and running again.
Procedures For Protecting Electric Motor Bearings
Bearing contamination -- the entry of foreign particles or liquids into the bearing cavity -- is a leading cause of failure in electric motors.
How To Decide Between Synthetic And Petroleum-Based Lubricants
All too often, purchase cost is the deciding factor when buying lubricants.
Presenting…1997 Plant Engineering Magazine Maintenance Tips Of The Year
Suggestions for drilling holes in overhead positions, removing socket set or head screws, and locating bad connections were the problems solved by the winners in Plant Engineering magazine's "Ninth Annual Tips & Tricks Contest.
Conveyors and accessories
An 8-p brochure provides specifications, drawings, and performance information about a full line of 3 and 4-in. I-beam conveyors. Stock items include drive motors, components, and accessories to complete most systems. Jervis B. Webb Co. www.jervisbwebb.
Motors prevent corona damage
Electric motors constructed specifically to ensure reliable operation when fed from variable speed frequency drives prevent the destructive phenomenon called "corona" from occurring.
Grease gun reaches difficult locations
Model 1160 air-operated grease gun features uninterrupted grease flow when the trigger is depressed, exclusive air motor design to ensure consistent self-priming, and ergonomic shape for easy operation. Lincoln
Motor monitoring software
EMPATH Electrical Signature Analysis System monitors and analyzes ac and dc motors, as well as alternators, generators, and transformers. Framatome Technologies www.framatech.com
Let’s be reasonable
I am writing in regard to the "Human Side of Engineering" case, "Reasonable Accommodation Under ADA: To What Extent?" (PE, November 1997, p 31).
ECM motor delivers 60% energy savings
ECM motor applied to fan-powered variable air volume terminal units at 277 V provides greater than 60% energy savings, compared to conventional induction motors. Although more expensive initially, payback is 6-18 mo. GE Industrial Control Systems
Grease feeder is fully programmable
Lube Station positive displacement grease feeder includes single-point and multi-point units for up to four spots.
A 32-p catalog provides full details on a line a inverter-duty motors. These 1 to 350-hp motors are compatible with most major controllers, encoders, and brakes.
Drive/Motor Load Sharing: Match Technology To Needs
Many industrial applications require multiple drives mechanically coupled to a common load. When specifying a new or retrofit multiple-drive system, you are confronted with several choices of motor and drive technologies.
Motor insulation protects against voltage spikes
IRIS electric motors with inverter-rated insulation systems withstand the voltage spikes that result from the use of IGBT-type pulse width modulated inverters.
This 32-p product selection guide details technical and performance information for a new line of brushless servomotors.
Lube-Free Chains Reduce Maintenance
Lube-free chains are no longer considered specialized products for use only in food processing and other clean environments.
Slam on the brakes
A 6-p brochure describes the benefits of electronic braking over mechanical types, provides enclosure sizing and NEMA ratings, and shows basic specification data for various models.
Keyless bushing simplifies belt timing
Trantorque QC tapered, keyless bushing simplifies the installation and positioning of synchronous belt sprockets bored for QD bushings. Simply back-off the single locking nut, mechanically disengage the unit, and reposition or time the sprocket.
Motors meet EPAct requirements
Standard-E motors have efficiencies raised to meet EPAct requirements.