Manage power, don’t overload, boost battery life, get grounded

Read more about power management, current overloading and short-circuit conditions, ways to boost battery life, and power and grounding through the global resources of Control Engineering.

By Control Engineering Staff May 6, 2004

Read more about power management, current overloading and short-circuit conditions, ways to boost battery life, and power and grounding through the global resources of Control Engineering .

For an electrical power management plan checklist, see a recent article from Plant Engineering , owned by Reed Elsevier, the parent company of Control Engineering . Among recommendations: “ Identify goals and objectives in terms of energy management, power quality, system reliability, and uptime; identify available resources; and collect records and documentation .”

Need help with current overload or short circuit conditions? “Circuit protection involves preventing and limiting damage from faults (or failures) in a circuit before they lead to major problems or catastrophic events,” says ECN . Learn more from a primer article from ECN , part of the Reed Electronics Group, and a sister magazine to Control Engineering .

Boost battery life six ways in your next system design project. “ New and different functions require different voltage levels—making power management one of the most diabolically challenging tasks on the planet ,” according to Design News (also part of Reed Business Information, Control Engineering ).

Improper grounding remains a source for problems in automation and controls. Because of inadequate installation practices, control system reliability is often jeopardized before power even is applied. Get grounded with this new book from Control Engineering . Read more about it .

—Mark T. Hoske, editor-in-chief, Control Engineering, MHoske@cfemedia.com