Six Software Tools You Need When Working with AC Drives (VFDs)
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A variable frequency AC drive (VFD) is a type of electric motor controller that drives an electric motor at different speeds and directions by changing the voltage and frequency supplied to the motor.
At first glance, this may seem simple enough, however VFDs can be very complex in many ways. VFD’s today come in many sizes to drive motors from fractional to thousands of horsepower for use in an infinite number of unique applications. This means VFDs have hundreds of settings and 20 or more I/O points to make them flexible and adaptable.
Small cost-effective button-controlled interfaces and limited low-res screens often make VFD configuration difficult and time consuming. Selection can also be a daunting task with the variety of sizes and features from which to choose.
Michael Hall will examine six software products that have features intended to simplify your work with VFDs in these areas:
- Selection and quoting
- Predictive tools for harmonics and energy
- VFD simulation
- VFD commissioning, maintenance, and troubleshooting
- VFD customization
- Learn what to expect and look for from a quality VFD manufacturer when it comes to software products for VFDs.
- Gain an understanding of how you can save time and effort by leveraging software in the VFD lifecycle.
- Examples of six tools along with brief demonstrations of each will help familiarize you with what is typically available for your specific needs.
Michael Hall, Product Manager for Software Tools and Technical Communications, Yaskawa America, Inc.
David Miller, Content Manager, CFE Media and Technology