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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
 
Pneumatic Energy Efficiency | White Paper

Pneumatic Energy Efficiency | White Paper

As electricity bills continue to rise due to new government mandates, manufacturing plants and other industrial facilities are making reducing energy consumption a priority. No company can afford to waste money by using machines or processes that consume too much energy. Since pneumatic systems are ubiquitous throughout manufacturing and can consume a large share of a ... 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
 
Electrical Arcs  | White Paper

Electrical Arcs | White Paper

Those of us who have worked with, or around, electrical equipment have witnessed electrical arcs. At the very least, we’ve seen the sparks produced when a relay or contactor switches off. This is easily observed by watching a motor starter with open contacts. When the motor turns on,
 
Processor Power and Efficiency | White Paper

Processor Power and Efficiency | White Paper

While energy efficiency is vital for consumer electronics, the industrial automation customer also benefits from chip manufacturers’ perpetual goal to create processors that do more while using less energy. This White Paper explains how consumer electronic
 
When To Use Multi-function Safety Relays | White Paper

When To Use Multi-function Safety Relays | White Paper

Multi-function safety relays are often the best choice for applications where single-function relays aren’t capable enough and a safety-rated PLC is overkill. This White Paper describes how multi-function safety relayscan often improve application costs by replacing multiple basic single-function safety relays.
 
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
 
Top 10 Tips: Specifying VFDs | White Paper

Top 10 Tips: Specifying VFDs | White Paper

VFDs can significantly extend the life of motors and cut operating costs, but selecting the right unit is critical to achieving these benefits. This White Paper provides detailed information, such as determining load and braking requirements, to help users choose the right VFD. It also explains how to maximize benefits through various communication options and best operating ... Read More
 
Understanding Encoders | White Paper

Understanding Encoders | White Paper

Encoders are used to determine the position, velocity and direction of a motor shaft or other mechanical motion. They provide information required for the precise control of a variety of applications, such as positioning a rotary table, pick and place, machine assembly, packaging, robotics and more. Regardless of type, all encoders provide a method of orientation detection that’s used as ... Read More
 
PLCs & PACs Simplify Data Acquisition | White Paper

PLCs & PACs Simplify Data Acquisition | White Paper

In today’s competitive market, companies need detailed and timely information about process variables, and production amounts, as well as alarms in real time. In the past, PLCs did not have the capabilities to provide such information, and PACs were not yet widely available. Fortunately, newer PLCs and PACs can perform many data acquisition tasks within ... Read More