VFD Configuration and Troubleshooting with a Smartphone: 10 Tips, 3 Applications, and a Demo

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Original air date November 15, 2021
Set-up up and troubleshooting of variable frequency drives (VFDs) includes specific challenges; smartphone apps and wireless technology can help. VFDs improve energy efficiency and motor performance in a wide variety of industrial applications. Start-up, maintenance and troubleshooting challenges for VFDs include the following and more:
  • Small button-controlled interfaces and limited low-res screens that make programming difficult
  • Restricted, difficult or inconvenient physical access to the VFD
  • Harsh environments not suitable for typical laptops
  • Time consuming lockout tag-out procedures
  • Safety risk when opening a high-voltage electrical and controls enclosures
  • Inability to program the VFD prior to installation
  • Learning curve related to understanding new VFDs or different VFD keypad HMI’s
  • Missing product instructions that can make post start-up work on the VFDs more difficult
  • Facilities often lack parameter management for many installed VFDs.