Newsletter Volume 22, Issue 5

VFDs Take Control

Many industrial automation projects use programmable logic controllers (PLCs) for executing programs and variable frequency drives (VFDs) for running AC motors at commanded speeds. Some of the latest VFDs are actually hybrids with PLC-like programming functionality built right in, giving end users new options when designing automated systems.

Industrializing Open Source

Industrial technologies tend to develop slower and lag behind consumer tech, but that gap is closing. For instance, in the consumer world over the past 15 years a “maker” culture of users creating homebrew automation project with open source controllers and methods has gained momentum. In an example of reduced time-to-market, new industrialized microcontrollers are now enabling users to combine open source ingenuity with proven industrial platforms.

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Hammond Manufacturing: Consistently Delivering High Quality Products

In 1917, the United States entered World
War I, Germany torpedoed the British ocean liner Lusitania, Albert Einstein applied the theory of relativity to model the structure of the universe, and John F. Kennedy was born. That same year, a Canadian inventor founded a manufacturing company that became known for its excellent customer service and high-quality products which were used in strategic applications throughout the rest of the 20th Century and today.

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Making Enclosure Cutouts

Making enclosure cutouts…there’s an app for that? Before we answer this question, let’s talk about how we normally make a cutout on a carbon steel enclosure. Many of us have been there; we begin with making a drawing, schematic or diagram of how the system is going to work and the components that will be needed. As part of the system, we decide to use an enclosure to house controls, wiring and other electrical or electronic components safely and securely.

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White Paper – Thermal Management Systems

In this white paper, technical marketer Jim Krebs explains the best practices for thermal management by reviewing the three heat transfer mechanisms and the different types of enclosure thermal management systems that are used to maintain consistent temperatures within enclosures.

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Video – PID Overview and Game Plan

PID can be overwhelming. This WEG PID video series will break PID down into small, easy to consume chunks to help get you up and running quickly with PID loop control on a WEG Variable Frequency drive.

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