Motors, Drives
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
One-cable technology (OCT) can support servomotors of all sizes, from low-wattage options connected to compact drives in an I/O terminal form factor up to large F7-flange motors that require large drives. Courtesy: Beckhoff Automation
Motors, Drives April 10, 2019

Efficient motion system engineering reduces servomotor costs

Configuration using PC-based control software, EtherCAT networks, integrated drives, and one-cable technology (OCT) simplify motion control system design and reduce servomotor costs.

By Matt Prellwitz
Courtesy: Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Motors, Drives April 3, 2019

Motion control, motor market experience record 2018 growth

The global motion control and motor market experienced record growth in 2018 with an 8 percent increase over 2017.

By Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA)
A drive that supports remote monitoring allows a vendor to monitor its performance. The vendor can notify of any faults, warnings or performance outside of a defined tolerance. Image shows the Allen-Bradley PowerFlex 6000 medium-voltage ac drives from Rockwell Automation, which allow for flexibility in a variety of applications, new and retrofit, variable torque, and constant torque. Courtesy: Intermountain Electronics
Motors, Drives April 3, 2019

Low-priced medium-voltage drives can have long-term costs

Consider how reliability and performance impact total cost of ownership (TCO) when buying or specifying medium-voltage drives rather than focus only on the initial price point.

By Pat Lemmon
Courtesy: Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Motors, Drives March 19, 2019

Companies striving for energy efficiency with different methods

A report from IHS Markit indicates that the goal of reducing energy use and costs remains the same regardless of industry though the methods do differ.

By IHS Markit
AutomationDirect's 325 frame size IronHorse cast iron worm gearboxes are available in several ratios with outputs in left hand shaft, right hand shaft, dual shaft, and hollow shaft. Courtesy: AutomationDirect
Motors, Drives March 10, 2019

Cast iron worm gearbox series

AutomationDirect's 325 frame size IronHorse cast iron worm gearboxes are available in several ratios with outputs in left hand shaft, right hand shaft, dual shaft, and hollow shaft.

By AutomationDirect
Dye penetrant testing was completed to ensure the new rotor had no flaws. Courtesy: Sulzer
Motors, Drives February 21, 2019

Fast rotor repair also improves efficiency

An Indonesian geothermal power plant opted for a quick rotor repair for their steam turbine, which was reinstalled with immediate improvement on performance.

By Claudia Proeger
A desktop model is typically used in a facility or lab environment. Courtesy: Yaskawa America Inc.
Motors, Drives February 9, 2019

Selecting a scope for a variable frequency drive

Select the right oscilloscope to fit a variable frequency drive (VFD) application. Consider scope types, probes, and options. See eight factors to consider when choosing an oscilloscope.

By Robert Bonczar
Control Engineering 2019 Engineers' Choice Awards
Motors, Drives February 4, 2019

2019 Engineers’ Choice Awards

Spotlight on innovation: Best automation, control, and instrumentation products in 26 categories.

By Amanda Pelliccione
Courtesy: Yaskawa
Motors, Drives February 1, 2019

Variable speed drive for process applications

The Yaskawa GA800 drive is designed to control traditional and emerging motor technologies through 600 HP and handles simple and precise applications.

By Yaskawa America, Inc.