Motors, Drives

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Motors, Drives March 3, 2022

Picking the right motor condition monitoring system

A motor condition monitoring system is integral to sustainably maintain energy savings and extending motor life expectancy. A 100-hp motor/load consumes 795,118 kWh of energy in a year at 85% efficiency. At 95%, the same motor uses only 691,579 kWh. That’s $48,411 in annual savings at $0.07 per kWh.

By Narayanan R.
Courtesy: Yaskawa
Motors, Drives March 2, 2022

Intro to setting up, tuning a PM motor with a VFD

A permanent magnet (PM) motor requires a variable frequency drive (VFD) to operate effectively. See motor comparison table, induction motor vs. PM torque curve, and VFD programming and tuning advice.

By Robert Bonczar
Courtesy: Yaskawa America Inc.
Motors, Drives March 1, 2022

Control Engineering hot topics, February 2022

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in February 2022 included stories on Engineers' Choice winners, variable frequency drives (VFDs), neural networks, pulse-width modulation and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Performance Motion Devices
Motors, Drives February 26, 2022

Product advice: Why, what, how of new motion control drive

New digital drives are compact, PCB-mountable modules that provide high performance motion control, network connectivity, and power amplification for brushless dc, dc brush and step motors. The miniature devices are for creating embedded control and automation applications, according to a company with a Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Award product.

By Pam Gazley
Courtesy: Rockwell Automation, New Products for Engineers Database
Motors, Drives February 21, 2022

How drives can help with predictive maintenance

Modern low-voltage drives are able to offer predictive diagnostic capabilities for manufacturers and reduce downtime.

By Jonathan Smith
Courtesy: AutomationDirect
Motors, Drives February 14, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering articles February 7-13, 2022

Articles about Engineers' Choice winners, VFDs, motion control implementation, PWM effects and asset management were Control Engineering’s five most-viewed articles from February 7-13, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Yaskawa America Inc.
Motors, Drives February 7, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering articles January 31 to February 6, 2022

Articles about VFDs, artificial neural networks, machine learning, edge control and smart face masks were Control Engineering’s five most-viewed articles from January 31 to February 6, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Yaskawa America Inc.
Motors, Drives February 1, 2022

VFDs from the inside out

Variable frequency drive (VFD) vocabulary words: These 50 terms can help properly apply VFDs.

By Paul Avery
Courtesy: Portescap
Motors, Drives January 26, 2022

Understanding the effect of PWM when controlling a brushless dc motor

Motion system designers can be challenged when selecting or developing electronics using pulse-width modulation (PWM) to drive brushless dc motors. Heed some basic physical phenomena to avoid unexpected performance issues, along with general guidelines for using a PWM driver with a brushless DC motor. See diagrams, equations.

By Matthieu Bouat
Courtesy: Beckhoff Automation
Motors, Drives January 17, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering articles January 10-16, 2022

Articles about the most-viewed articles of 2021, machine learning, motor nameplates, the IT/OT relationship and LV drive trends were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 10-16, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra