Motors, Drives
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Motors, Drives June 25, 2019

Motion control and motor market reports decline in first quarter of 2019

The Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA) reported that the global motion control and motor market saw a very small decline in shipments in the first quarter of 2019 compared to 2018.

By Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA)
Typical cause of being failure by percentage. Courtesy: ABB
Motors, Drives June 10, 2019

Understanding lubrication from the bearing’s perspective

Many factors can impact how proper use can avoid friction.

By Keith Bartley
Lubrication in a plant setting shouldn’t be taken for granted. In fact, a proper system to ensure oil cleanliness also can extend the life of equipment and improve productivity. Courtesy: Mobil Industrial Lubricants
Motors, Drives June 7, 2019

Clean oil is productive oil

The care of your lubricant stock is all about the basics.

By Brad Prickett
For a standard turbine fan such as the diagram shows here, a typical simulation would only include sections S1, R2 and S2. New research from the GUIde 6 Consortium is now showing that including R3 is important to the accuracy of the simulations. Courtesy: Shreyas Hegde/Duke University
Motors, Drives May 26, 2019

Guiding vibration simulations for turbines

The Duke-led GUIde Consortium develops faster, more accurate simulations of turbine blade vibrations to help aeronautical engineers develop safer jet turbines with lower maintenance costs.

By Ken Kingery
Preston Reine, research manager, industrial technology, IHS Markit. Courtesy: IHS Markit
Motors, Drives May 8, 2019

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.

By Preston Reine
Figure 1. Bypass and configured packages include a replaceable variable frequency drive. Courtesy: Yaskawa
Motors, Drives April 22, 2019

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.

By Chris Vavra
Figure 1. Bypass and configured packages include a replaceable variable frequency drive. Courtesy: Yaskawa
Motors, Drives April 12, 2019

VFD: Swap it or upgrade?

There’s a lot to know behind the process of replacing a drive.

By Jonathan Kopczyk
Courtesy: Katie Spain, CFE Media
Motors, Drives March 18, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 11-17

Articles about maintenance strategies, machine learning and maintenance, IEEE 1584-2018, AI-based maintenance, and a dust collection survey were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 11-17. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
When conducting a motor analysis, it’s important to measure a number of key factors, starting with motor temperature, power quality, and torque. Courtesy: Fluke Corporation
Motors, Drives January 30, 2019

Diagnosing motor health: Start with the basics

Temperature, power quality, and torque all are strong indicators of a motor's health.

By Frank Healy
Figure 2: Fundamental front end (FFE). Courtesy: Yaskawa
Motors, Drives January 2, 2019

Regenerative solutions

Make the right choice to drive electrical efficiency.

By Christopher Jaszczolt