Archive For: Motors

Replacing & Sizing AC Motors | White Paper

Replacing & Sizing AC Motors | White Paper

The decision to replace existing motors with newer premium efficiency motors can be difficult. And, a common mistake made is thinking that buying any new premium efficiency motor will deliver optimal efficiency. This paper discusses how to determine whether to rewind or replace a motor, and how to find the right motor size for the ... Read More
 
Pulp Processor Speeds Production of Healthy Supplement

Pulp Processor Speeds Production of Healthy Supplement

Students at Penn State have been working on a Baobab pulp processor in conjunction with the residents of villages in Benin, Malawi, South Africa, and Madagascar. Native to Africa, “Baobab” is the common name for the Adansonia tree and the fruit that it bears. There has been quite a bit of hype surrounding the health ... Read More
 
Converting a Mill/Drill and Installing a VFD

Converting a Mill/Drill and Installing a VFD

Several years ago I purchased a Wadkin lathe made in England in late 1964. It is equipped with a very special motor that is 220V, three-phase and 50Hz. Because of the special design of the motor, it has a long extended shaft that carries the four sheave pulley, and because I do not have three-phase ... Read More
 
DC Motors Explained  | White Paper

DC Motors Explained | White Paper

Virtually every factory and shop has one thing in common. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the Brain Freeze Ice Cream Factory or Joe’s Garage. That one thing is a motor. Most of the time, you’ll find more than one in use. You’ll also find both AC and DC motors. But what is the difference? Is one ... Read More
 
Ladder Logic in Action

Ladder Logic in Action

Ladder logic programming for industrial controllers has evolved significantly over the past 30 years, and now supports advanced functionality such as process control, motion control, data manipulation, networking, and data acquisition. However, when you start with a blank page to design a new control system, large or small, there are many basic functions this tried-and-true ... Read More
 
How To Install an Encoder on a Marathon Motor

How To Install an Encoder on a Marathon Motor

The following How-to video covers the proper installation for the Dynapar HS35 heavy-duty hollow shaft encoder on a Marathon motor in six easy steps. Before you get started make sure to inspect all the parts and locate all the tools required for this installation. Luckily, AutomationDirect.com has created these Marathon Replacement Encoder Kits to come with ... Read More
 
Group Motor Protection | White Paper

Group Motor Protection | White Paper

Our Group Motor Protection White Paper explains how the usual way of preventing a small motor from drawing too much current is to install overcurrent protection in the form of a circuit breaker or some other kind of limiter. But installations that employ more than one motor might not want to use this approach. What’s Inside? By using ... Read More
 
New Stainless Steel General Purpose Motors from AutomationDirect®

New Stainless Steel General Purpose Motors from AutomationDirect®

Cumming, GA — August 22, 2012 … AutomationDirect’s IronHorse™ general purpose AC motor line now includes stainless steel three-phase motors available in horsepower ranges from 0.33 to 2 hp. Motors are available in speeds of 1800 and 3600 RPM and are electrically reversible. The three-phase industrial duty 56C-frame TEFC motors, priced from $275, feature 304 stainless steel frames ... Read More
 
Important Considerations for Replacing and Sizing AC Motors

Important Considerations for Replacing and Sizing AC Motors

How to determine whether to rewind or replace a motor, and how to find the right motor size for your application. Every business is trying to conserve energy in the face of high utility costs, so getting the best return on investment (ROI) is critical for maintaining a healthy balance sheet. The decision to replace ... Read More
 
Automated Volleyball Server

Automated Volleyball Server

Larry May, a student at Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU), contacted AutomationDirect and outlined his goal of building a volleyball setting and serving machine for his senior design project. Larry is active as a recreational volleyball player and is the father and coach of a competitive high school player. Larry is also a long time ... Read More