What is system integration?

System integration connects devices and systems, often with computers, software and networks, to optimize throughput or the process. System integrators for automation and controls design and integrate computerized control systems for industrial machines, manufacturers or facilities.
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Energy Management October 11, 2019

Energy management’s strategic role shifting for manufacturers

Reliable energy efficiency policies are being given a new lease on life by the introduction of better technology solutions.

By Vincent de Rul
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System Integration June 5, 2017

The ABCs of VFDs

Find the right application to match the motor need and know the conditions for using a variable frequency drive (VFD).

By Kevin Goodsell, Valin Corporation
VFD is used for variable demand control of the centrifugal pump. Courtesy: Motion Industries
System Integration December 5, 2016

VFD efficiency: Three best practices

The use of variable frequency drives (VFDs) has many benefits including improved process control, energy savings, higher reliability and reduced wear and tear.

By Gary Jacott, Motion Industries
Mike Howell, EASA Technical Support Specialist
System Integration December 2, 2016

Considerations for using VFDs with standard motors

End users desire speed and/or torque control procure and install VFDs to modify existing applications where a standard-induction motor is in place. There are a few areas of concern involving misapplication of a standard induction motor.

By Mike Howell, EASA Technical Support Specialist
Variable frequency drives (VFDs) are designed to reduce energy usage by controlling the speed of the motor and can offer cost-effective benefits for plants. Courtesy: L&S Electric
System Integration October 19, 2016

VFDs offer cost-effective benefits for plants

Variable frequency drives (VFDs) are designed to reduce energy usage by controlling the speed of the motor and can offer cost-effective benefits for plants.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
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System Integration October 7, 2016

Prevent shaft current from causing motor damage

Awareness and testing for potential shaft current on motors can help companies experience fewer problems with downtime and equipment failure.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
By using VFD controls, plant operators have the ability to more accurately control the pump and impeller speed at a varied rate, allowing the pump/motor output to match the system requirement for improved pump performance based on varying load demands. Co
System Integration October 2, 2015

Using medium-voltage VFDs for better pump process control

How product innovations are revolutionizing pump monitoring and process control management.

By Rob Lax
System Integration June 4, 2015

VFD trends and solutions for drive systems

Harmonics mitigation, filtering voltage spikes are two key issues.

By Alex Ward, REO-USA
System Integration June 19, 2012

Adding a drive to meet energy regulation

Part of a European motor efficiency standard allows use of a variable speed drive to meet energy-saving requirements.

By Frank J. Bartos, PE
Power Systems April 8, 2004

Basics of power management equipment

Electrical power enters the plant, drives the equipment, shines the lights, conditions the air, makes the coffee, and runs the printer that prepares your paycheck — and the check to pay for all this electricity. Are you getting your money's worth? Probably not.

By Jack Smith, Senior Editor, Plant Engineering magazine