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24 November 2016

The ACS800 Turns Classic HOT

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Do you still have sites heavily populated with ACS800 or in the process of considering the ACS800 on a current project? December 2016 will see the ACS800 turn into its classic phase.

Effortless climate control and simplified operation with drives that allow you to focus on what counts

The average life of a variable speed drive (VSD) is around 15 years, but some would take issue with this assertion. There are examples of variable speed drives running perfectly well for 35 years plus, without being touched. Then there are examples of VSD’s which have been completely destroyed .....

As manufacturing grows in your plant the more reliant we become on sensors and actuators. But without any clear communication from these small and simple devices, processes can experience vast periods of downtime while the engineer tries to work out which sensor has failed and why.

ATEX is an area where specialist knowledge is compulsory, margin for error is dangerous when processes are located within explosive or flammable atmospheres. ABB continually develop the strength of their ATEX motor product offering, for use in gas or dust areas which can be fixed speed or certified for use with an ABB Variable Speed Drive as a Motor package.

Technological evolution has happened so quickly in the past 50+ years, without question it can be difficult to appreciate all the innovation that has led the market place to produce ever changing products. As an industry we are constantly trying to provide solutions to issues in services, processes, products and applications to meet the requirements of the consumer.

PID closed loop control or proportional-integral-derivative control is a useful software tool that can be used within an ABB Variable Speed Drive. But what exactly is it?

The PID controller is the most commonly used method of closed looped control to a variable speed drive. This is predominantly used in industrial control systems to produce accurate and consistent operation.....

20 November 2015

Are your assets covered?

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At a site level we understand that the maintenance team are usually over stretched, which asks the question “Are the variable speed drives maintained correctly within the manufacturing process?”; unfortunately, we find they aren’t very often. On many occasions they are just left alone to produce car components, bake bread or whatever the process may be. What happens in the event of a breakdown; the response ranges from absolute panic to something more measured.

Uninterruptible Power Supplies, or commonly known as UPS's, are a vital component to most sites to ensure that during a power disruption, your critical plant is backed up with battery power. This beggars the question, are your sites Uninterrupted Power Supply's Winter Ready?

In wash down areas light curtains are not the most effective method of presence sensing. Datasensor have addressed this need and produced the SG4-H safety light curtains which will withstand wash down and heavy detergents.