AutomationDirect has extended the line of Marathon motors to include open drip proof (ODP) and 4-in-1 series ac motors. ODP motors are available in single phase, rigid base and C-face footed (rigid base) versions with NEMA Service Factor ratings. 4-in-1 motor configurations include single-phase, totally enclosed motors; and XRI 4N1 general purpose, 3-phase, totally enclosed […]
AC induction motor inertia: What’s the difference between WK2 and WR2?
In any motor-driven system, the difference between the motor inertia and the load inertia will affect the system’s performance — especially its ability to accelerate the load quickly and efficiently. While servo motors are the preferred choice for applications that specify a precise move profile, AC induction motors are often the better choice for applications […]
What is droop control in the context of AC motors and drives?
One of the fundamental characteristics of an AC induction motor is that the rotor spins at a slower rate than that of the stator’s rotating magnetic field. This difference in speed between the rotor and the stator’s magnetic field is known as slip. Slip allows the motor to produce torque — the higher the slip, […]
Bison Gear and Engineering launches next-generation permanent magnet ac motor
At the Automate Trade Show, Bison Gear and Engineering announces the launch of VFsync, a next-generation permanent magnet ac motor. Designed for today’s demanding machine drive applications, the new synchronous motors run at high efficiency with advanced variable frequency drives. The IP66/IP54 platform of three-phase motors range in power from 0.25 to 1.5 hp, and […]
Motion Trends: New motor breeds are smart, connected, and compact
This year’s survey of trends in electric motors for motion control and automation revealed several trends and emerging developments in the use of synchronous ac motors; stepper motors, especially in closed-loop offerings; brushless motors of various types; and a smattering of specialty direct-drive offerings just making inroads. Proliferation of synchronous ac motors With construction and […]
What is plugging for electric motors?
There are generally three types of electrical braking for motors: regenerative braking, dynamic braking, and plugging. Of the three methods, plugging provides the fastest stop, but it can be harsh on both the electrical and mechanical components. Because of this, it’s the least commonly used method of braking, but it is appropriate for some applications. […]
Get your gearmotor running … efficiently
A few tips for design and selection of induction and permanent magnet ac electric motor systems will make them more energy efficient. Gabriel Venzin ABM Drives Inc., ABM Greiffenberger U.S. Subsidiary Efficiency in motor designs is a more relevant concern than ever. With electric motors providing over 60% of all industrial power, efficiency is a […]
Premium-efficiency, cast-iron three-phase ac motors from AutomationDirect
IronHorse MTCP2 industrial duty motors meet the premium efficiency requirements of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. MTCP2 motors are offered in T-Frame (1 to 300 hp) and TC-Frame/C-Face (1 to 30 hp). C-face kits are available for motors over 30 hp. These motors are available in 1,200, 1,800, and 3,600 RPM and […]
The truth about VFDs and power factor
Power factor is essentially a measure of how effectively a piece of equipment (or an entire facility) uses electricity to produce useful work, such as heating, lighting, or motion. Electricity companies monitor power factor and often charge customers a penalty if their power factor falls below a specified threshold — typically 0.90 or higher. Fortunately, […]
When do you need a soft starter for an AC motor?
The traditional method of starting an AC induction motor “across the line” results in full voltage, current, and torque being applied immediately when the motor is started, and likewise, being removed immediately when the motor is stopped. While this is the most simple starting method, the high inrush current (often 6 to 7 times the […]